QOTW: Vaccines?

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QOTW: Vaccines?
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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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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 9:40am
Katie - I'm not sure if they are different or not. Here is a chart for Ontario:
http://www.toronto.ca/health/immunization_children/immunization_schedule.htm




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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 10:03am
cavenyee wrote:
We're doing all of them, and on schedule. This is two-fold.

1. Peter is in full time daycare. There are currently 6 other kids in his room, and I don't know what they've been exposed to. One had RSV during the winter, and his/her parents still brought him/her to school. Since I can't control what other people do, I want Peter protected.

If James was in daycare we would probably be up to date as well (maybe still not Hep B and Rotovirus, but maybe even those).

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:00pm
I had a cousin get Rotovirus just before his first birthday and share it with the WHOLE family. With Peter being so small anyway, it's nice to not worry about it so much.
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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:13pm
"...the odds of many of these disease being life-threatening after the school age is extremely low (but much higher in young infants!!)."

That's true --- but then he could give it to someone and it could be life-threatening to them (such as grandparents, people who are already sick and therefore have reduced immune systems, or younger siblings). Vaccines typically aren't all that important for the people getting them, BUT it does act as a way to stop the spread of those diseases. It's kind of like taking one for the team :)




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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:39pm
The question of vaccines is really tough and complicated. I tend to be sort of "alternative" in my parenting and other personal choices, but after doing tons of research from various perspectives, DH and I decided to go with the standard vaccine schedule...for now. We will evaluate our decision as information becomes available. Science is always changing, and my heart tells me to do the best I can with the best information available to me at this point in time. That being said, I support parents' rights to make informed decisions, and I believe that parents who decide to not vaccinate should be allowed to make the decision without fighting the system/doctors/family, etc.
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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:01pm
Good point about the school policies, although most have exemptions. It's also something to keep in mind if your child will ever be in licensed daycare centers, they'll have the same policies as the school district.

It is a very tough decision to make, and I think every parent does need to be informed about the benefits and risks. It is alarming to see the rates rising on some of the diseases. My nephew was hospitalized at a couple months old for whooping cough, so scary to see him have to go through that at such a young age.

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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.

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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 - 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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Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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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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