Should we space vaccines with dd at 2??

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Should we space vaccines with dd at 2??
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Wed, 08-20-2008 - 10:12pm

DD is 20 months. I have been able to hold off any decisions about vaccinating her by saying I'll start at age 2. My family practitioner is great and hasn't pressured me one way or the other. Still as we get closer to her 2nd birthday (Dec) I've heard a few people ask about when we'll start. What kills me here is a lot of vaccines I thought were important (ie: polio) I am now questioning. Dd only visits western Europe (France, Ireland) and here at home. A lot of infant vaccines it sounds like aren't as scary once they hit 2, (eg: pertussis, rotavirus, hib).

Is there really any vaccine out there that is imperative necessary after age 2 ere in the states? Bear in mind I am not looking at the herd idea; I look only at MY daughter here. I already have two boys with autism (high functioning autism and aspergers) and am not willing to play Russian roulette with my daughter to protect someone else's baby. Sounds harsh, but experience has given me a thick skin.

Dee

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 08-20-2008 - 11:17pm

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I cannot think of any. My boys have not had any vaccines and the older they get the more secure I feel in my decision. Honestly, the peds, et al would have us believe that our kids are doomed to catch these dreaded diseases for sure if they are not vaccinated as soon as they are born. I think you will find many healthy, unvaccinated kids out there that prove this is just not true.

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Registered: 09-18-2007
Thu, 08-21-2008 - 2:00am
I am on the fence like you. My DD is only 6 months old, but I am considering if I should give her any after she turns two years old. If and when I do give any vaccines, I will only give her one disease at a time. You could always check out the cdc and see if there have been any outbreaks of these diseases near you recently.
Riley

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Thu, 08-21-2008 - 11:19am

Personally, I think waiting until 2 to decide is good allowing the nervous system to fully develop.