First, let me tell you that I am not one of those "nut job" parents who blames my child's autism on vaccines, although I do not at all know whta caused her to have autism, and I think that when the mystery of autism is solved, we will find that there is more than one "autism" and many potential causes. I don't have the time or energy to devote to debate on that subject matter. She developed completely normally until about 18 months. Secondly, let me tell you that I have a 12 year old daughter who is completely up to date on her vaccines, even where my 10 year old daughter with autism is not.
Here is why: At my younger dd's 15 month checkup, she received 4 vaccinations at one time, and reacted to one of them. Who knows which? All I know is that she was inconsolable for about a week after the fact, and that she had quite a high fever, also. It wasn't until later that she was diagnosed with autism, and it was a few years before I began to wonder if the two events were linked. (I can show you video of my daughter which shows that she was not autistic for at least the first 15 months of her life.) Anyhow, I stopped vaccinating her...because her immune system is weak. I had the support of her mainstream pediatrician. Fast forward 8 years. I decided to get dd caught up on her vaccinations...one vaccine at a time. Her dr. suggested we do the DTap first. We did this in August, 2008. And her arm was swollen from the shoulder to her elbow for a solid month. I am done vaccinating her.
I learned after my daughter's first reaction that I had also reacted to the DTP, which was formulated much differently back then. After my first DTP vaccine, all of the rest of them were DT, which I had no problems with.
So, I am pregnant. Is there a genetic predisposition to having reactions to certain vaccines? I am thinking about following a modified vaccine schedule with this little one. I have two kids...one who has reacted twice and one who has never had a reaction. I don't like the idea of just following whatever schedule is out there without at least weighing the risks and benefits. I certainly do not want to cause my little one any long term ill effects...and we all know that that has happened before.
So, what would you do, and why??