QOTW: Vaccines?

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QOTW: Vaccines?
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 3:11pm

Okay, Ella's comment: "I guess I don't know what the right answer is... or maybe there is more than one right answer!?" reminded me of how I've been feeling about vaccines lately .



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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 06-14-2011 - 3:33pm
I know this was last week's QOTW but I'll answer anyway.

We do not skip any vax, but we do spread them out similar to how some of you mentioned - no more than 2 shots at a time. My ped was actually the one who suggested it and it's worked great for us as (knock on wood) Selin's never had a reaction, not even a fever.

I used to work with a girl whose family did not get vax for religious reasons and she said all they had to do was write a letter for the kids' school and it wasn't an issue. It's not like they're going to challenge your religious views anyway.

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 11:40am
In Canada (Ontario anyway) it's actually easier than in the states to not vax--there' one form to fill out for school - and you have to agree to keep your unvaxed kids home if there's an outbreak of any of the vax diseases.

I don't vax at all-my youngest sister had a reaction that is still affecting her health now (10 yrs later). I've seen the effects a vax can have first hand (not talking autism), and with them happening to someone I'm so closely related to, I will take on the risk of a case of measles, etc. The only vax that I may do is tetanus, because it has the least risks (that I've read about anyway) and can be the easiest to get and one of the more serious ones as well.
A really good book (and impartial as well) to read is the Thoughtful Parent's Guide to Vaccinations (http://www.amazon.com/Vaccinations-Thoughtful-Sensible-Decisions-Alternatives/dp/0892819316). It gives a good account of both sides of the debate, along with an assessment of the risks of either position, etc. It's a little older than some other books, but packed with info on how the immune system works, etc.
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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 10:19pm

We have done (and will do) all the recommended vaccines but I've had them do no more than two at a time.

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Registered: 01-29-2008
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 8:51pm
It got started for newborns in the states because those at most risk for Hep B often aren't coming in routinely for dr appts so instead of getting it for just those at risk they vax all babies so those that they think should have it get it.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 11:44am

We're basically following the standard schedule for Ontario, which was posted by Alyssa and by Ruby. Basically, I hate it when Benjamin is bothered by even a little cold, so if there's something I can do to prevent him from suffering a serious illness, I'm all for it.

I didn't get Benjamin the flu shot last year, as my doctor advised me that, since Ben was not in daycare, DH and I getting the shot would probably provide adequate protection for Ben. I'll probably get him the flu shot every year going forward, until he's at least 5 or possibly longer, since he is now in part-time daycare, and since influenza can be so dangerous for very young children.

I do question the need for the chicken pox vaccine. Up until a few years ago, it was not even publically funded in Ontario. However, if the majority of children are getting vaccinate, it's probably much less likely that he'll catch it and "get it over with" as a child, so we'll probably just get him the shot.

I looked quickly at the CDC schedule and two of the obvious differences are the rotavirus and Hep B. Rotavirus doesn't seem to be on the Ontario schedule at all, and Hep B is not given until much later (Grade 7, I think.) I understand the reasoning behind vaccinating for Hep B before adolescence, but I don't get why it is done at birth in the States.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 9:10am

We follow this schedule with a few exceptions...


We wont do chicken pox, rotavirus (which isnt even on here from what I can see) and our doc isnt pushy on the flu vax which we did not get for him yet.


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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 7:25am
Just as an FYI, children who have exemptions, that are allowed by the state are allowed in public schools, the school can not keep them out or force them to get vaccinated. The students that you normally hear about in the news who are kept out of school until they get vaccinated are those whose parents did not sign the exemption paperwork and just didn't get their children vaccinated/keep their vaccinations up to date.

Private schools and preschools can require vaccinations to go their, but most follow the states rules on exemptions, so as long as you fill out the exemption (and ours is literally one sentence on the medical form, so it really isn't much), most private schools and preschools and all public schools will admit your child with few issues. Though knowing the law helps, since sometimes public schools will try to argue it.

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:44pm

We did all of David's on schedule. And I know a big story here in Indiana last fall was they were not letting kids in certain distrcts ( I can't remember which ones) go to school without their vaccines. Some kids missed a week or more of school since they were not up to date and they actually brought clinics in to give them to the kids so they could go to class.

And our daycare provider asked me for a copy of David's vaccines from his doctor.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:46pm

We do a delayed/selective combo. For instance I don't see any need for HepB at birth, so around 10 or so I'll get it for mine. I also hate shooting my child full of 5+ vaccines at once so we only will do 2 shots at a time, and only 1 if it is a combo shot like DTaP. Also I found that if you wait on some of the vaccines you need fewer doses, for instance if you don't do Hib until 18 months you only need 1 shot vs the series of 3 or 4 if you follow the normal schedule, you also only need 3 prevnars if you do that last one at 18 months vs 4 if you do the last one at 12 months like suggested.

We don't do Chicken Pox or Rotovirus, though if mine kids aren't immune to chicken pox by 12 or so I'll get it for them since it is much more dangerous as an adult. We do do Polio and early since we do visit India which is one of the few countries where it still exists, if we weren't going there, we might delay it longer. I do delay the MMR till 3, not because I am afraid of Autism, but because it is a fairly nasty shot.

I am happy to share my schedule, which is what we used with Eloise and will use with Sully, it is basically what we used with Desmond as well, though it has been refined a bit since then.

As for preschool/daycare and school, we have an excemption for Desmond and will for Eloise as well when she starts next year, almost all States offer a religious exemption, and a few states even offer a philosophical excemption.

Also remember some vaccines they will not give to older children/infants.

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:12pm

We did all of Barrett's vaccines on schedule (not counting Hep B in the hospital - we waited until 2 months) and will do the same for Novalie as long as she doesn't seem to have any adverse reactions to the vaccines.