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VAccinations [Sep. 26th, 2008|09:18 am]
Delaying Vaccination


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?

[User Picture]From: the_questess
2008-09-26 11:46 pm (UTC)
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.
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