QOTW: Vaccines?

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Registered: 09-08-2007
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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Registered: 11-01-2005
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 9:10am

We follow this schedule with a few exceptions...

http://www.healthunit.biz/docs/immunization/Immunization%20Poster%20Prevnar%2013.pdf

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: 09-29-2006
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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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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Registered: 02-27-2008
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: 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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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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