||[Sep. 26th, 2008|09:18 am]
So, my son is 3 and five months. He is totally vaccination free and I LIKE this. However, I am concerned about him entering school. I live in MN, which allows philosophical exemption. I do, however, want him to be healthy and safe. Will he be healthy and safe in a public school system if he is entirely vax free? Possibly not.|
I am not sure what I should do for vaccinations with him. I have done a lot of research. I just don't know how to time things, what to get with what.. or when.
Is there a delayed vaccination schedule anywhere? Can some of you who have delayed vaxes tell me what you got and when.. and why?
Here's our delayed schedule (though my son will be a year behind due to several factors, mostly the GP and HV not deciding who is be responsible for handling delayed schedules). The 'why' is because my husband and I had a long debate and this was our final compromise based on what we are able to get on the NHS:
3 years and 4 months - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
3 years and 7 months - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
3 years and 10 months - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
4 years and 1 month - Hib
4 years and 4 months - Meningitis C
4 years and 7 months - Meningitis C
4 years and 10 months - Meningitis C
5 years and 1 month - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
We might continue with MMR at 5 years and 4 months and 5 years and 7 months or we may delay that until the teen shots which also include another 'diphtheria, tetanus, polio' shot.
My daughter is 3 years old and is totally vaccination free as well. I have seen delayed vaccination schedule around online - although I can't remember just where. I'm sure if you Google 'Delayed Vaccination Schedule' you will be able to find something.
I'm still debating on wether or not to get her some vaccinations.
I know, me too. My worry is school because that's where you catch the scary stuff, more often then not, you know?
I don't think it's as scary as what those vaccines might have done to my baby if I would have just let her get them on a regular schedule.
I'm sure I'll be fighting the school when it comes time to enroll her. Some of these new vaccines are just nonsense. Just a way to make the RX and Dr's more money.
There is a delayed schedule called A User Friendly Vaccination Schedule (just google it and it should come up), and that one does pertussis, polio, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Well, what are you worried about in particular?
If your child is well nourished and well rested, any of the diseases likely to be going around a school aren't going to be much of a problem. If zie hasn't had chickenpox yet, you may want the varicella vax... but otherwise I dunno. Pertussis and HiB are nothing at school age... tetanus is unlikely and you can get the vaccine up to a week AFTER a deep, dirty puncture wound has occurred... rubella and mumps are nothing, and measles aren't usually too bad and are extremely rare... but maybe you'd still want the MMR.
Polio is pretty much eradicated and the chances of it being serious are microscopic.
I see meningitis mentioned above... I'm not sure on the statistics for that one.
If you want to vaccinate for any of the STDs (that's just the two, Hep B and HPV, isn't it?), you *could* start before zie begins school, but that's probably still pretty well in advance of sexual activity, so you could maybe start those in 4th grade or something.
Have you looked at Dr. Sears' recommended vax schedule?
My son also just turned 3 (and we also live in MN). We didn't start vax on him until he was about 9 mos. old. At this rate, he's only gotten 2 shots at a time. I sat down with the doc and discussed out options.
There are some vax that you can pass on after they turn a certain age because they only apply to infants for example.