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Question. [Feb. 25th, 2011|06:57 pm]
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When my daughter was 14 months old she had her MMR shot. A few days later she broke out in a rash. She was lethargic and had a fever. I took her back to the DR's office. The first Doc couldn't figure out what was wrong with her so he called in 3 other Doctors. Finally, they decided that she had a reaction to the MMR shot. My daughters doctor even said that she was probably already immune to it from breastfeeding. Since then I have not vaccinated any of my children. My daughter is now 4 her older brother is 5 and we have another one on the way.
I am getting a LOT of flack from the school system and I am not sure if I want to start getting them vaccinated again. I know she will not have another MMR or the chicken pox vaccine (she already had the pox).
My son has had one chicken pox shot and I decided not to follow through with the rest when I saw how easy it really to treat the chicken pox.
I'm having issues with figuring out which way to go. We have another one on the way and I don't want to load our new baby full of shots before s/he can build their own immune system.

Does any one have any suggestions as far as shot series they actually completed and ones that they really think we need to stay away from? Did you get any shots when your baby was born?
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needing to catch up on vax for daycare purposes - a few questions [Jan. 18th, 2010|04:59 pm]
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We just started my son's shots in December (he turned 2 in November). So, he has one round of shots. It will take us until July to get him caught up with where he should be. He will get the MMR shot on Friday, and they have him planned for the Varicella shot, but I'm really thinking about delaying that another couple of months. I don't like the idea of getting him those all at once.

Our babysitter is crapping out on us, so I'm afraid we're going to have to go the daycare route. I figured we'd be doing this next school year (I'm a teacher); that's why we started his shots in December.

My question is: What exactly does it mean by being current on shots, according to daycare centers? Since he's only had the one round, I'm assuming he's not current. Although I look at it as he had the shots in December - just about as current as we could get them. Does it make a difference if he's had all the types of shots he needs, just not the amount of shots he should have if he had started getting them as an infant? Or are we out of luck getting him into daycare (without all the hassle & paperwork) until July?

Another question for those who delayed shots (or not)...
About 6 hours after he got his first shots (HIB, PC, hepB, DPT, Polio - I think those were all of them...for a total of 3 shots), his legs were so sore he couldn't walk. He was miserable, feeling crappy. I hated that we gave him all those shots at once. Is this normal for his age? When they give all those shots at once to a 2 month old, are they of the same dosage? I can't imagine how he would have felt 2 years ago undergoing all that. Will the 2nd & 3rd rounds be the same? I can't stand him going through that again and am considering spreading them out (if daycare isn't an issue, at least).
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ready to vax...a post that ended up a rant:( [Aug. 10th, 2009|05:49 pm]
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My son is 20 months. After doing the research, we decided to delay vaccinations and are now ready to start. We moved and found a new doctor. We chose her because from what I read about her, she seemed really breastfeeding-friendly (I tried finding a vax-friendly doc around us, but it seems impossible. Plus, we wanted to get this started and networking, researching at this point will take longer than we'd like...we'll do that after we get settled in and signed up for our new insurance once that starts).

Anyway, we had my son's well-baby appointment today. The nurses and the doc herself looked at me like I was an alien when I told them our son hasn't been vaccinated yet, but that was why we were there, so we could start.

I told the dr. I only wanted one aluminum-containing vaccine at a time. I told her I wasn't interested in the hep B shot at all. She said we would need to come in every 6 weeks to get additional shots (How can they give 6 shots at once, yet you have to wait 6 weeks between shots? even between just 1 or 2?. We talked for about 7 minutes total - not just about vaccines, but about everything. I didn't get a chance to tell her exactly how I felt.

She left and the nurses came back in with 3 or 4 syringes. They said they were giving him 5 vaccines (DTap, hib, pc, MMR, varicella) and were giving us a prescription for polio to take to the Health Department since the only polio shot they have includes hep B.

Since we're new to this, I wasn't aware they were going to just bring in all these shots. I thought we'd be give more information first - info about the side-effects, etc. BEFORE they gave him the shots. Anyway...I said "no." I voiced my concerns to the doctor about the aluminum and the live-virus vaccines (the proceeded to tell us that they took the varicella vaccine out of the freezer and thawed it just for us). She basically said that they can give him the shots we wanted him to have today, but if he didn't get all of them, they wouldn't see him again.

I was so pissed. I'm not good with confrontation. All the reading I've done left me. So the doctor said she would let us think and talk for a while longer. She finally came back and said she would just give us a prescription for all the shots he needs so we can get them done at the Health Department at our own rate. (My husband guessed that after leaving the first time she went to talk with her superior(s) and s/he told her what to do next.)

What gets me: She says "I don't know what's in the vaccines" after I reminded her I only wanted one aluminum-containing vaccine at a time. wtf?!

She said we need 3 HIB and 3 Pc shots; Dr. Sears says after 18 months, all that is needed is 1 shot.

I'm just disgusted at how we were treated - we who educated ourselves and are pro-active in our son's life, ESPECIALLY when it comes to HIS health and his body.

I'm guessing the purpose of this post is to vent. I don't want to get reamed by any friends by posting to my own journal.

Suggestions on how to find a doctor that will respect our wishes? (FWIW, we live in San Angelo, TX, population less-than-100,000 and at least 90 miles from any other "city")

Edited to add: She said my milk didn't have any immunological benefits for a 20-month old, that after he was 6 months, they were gone. (that's my paraphrase of what she said...wtf?!)
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First Vax [Apr. 15th, 2009|05:57 pm]
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Hello all!

I have a 2 & 1/2 year old boy who will be starting a slow & modified vax schedule tomorrow. He hasn't had anything as of yet...
My question: Which one do you think we should start with?

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Christmas pox. [Dec. 24th, 2008|08:40 pm]
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Eek, I think it is the real thing. DS has a slight fever, and several spots on his legs and bottom, each spot with a little dot in the middle. It's only been a few hours, so we'll be watching the progression.

If anyone is interested in a pox party in Knoxville, TN, let me know - it's Christmas, but we might be able to work something out for Boxing Day or the weekend. :) Also, I'm willing to send care packages!

However, one word of caution. With rather poor timing, I got DS a measles (monovalent, no mumps or rubella) shot 8 days ago. :( If he's shedding, there's the potential that a CP lollipop could turn into a measles lollipop. It doesn't seem very likely, but it isn't beyond the realm of possibility. So... proceed at your own risk, please, and only ask for a pop or party if you feel fully safe with the chance that someone will get measles.

And Merry Christmas, everyone!
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traveling internationally :/ [Dec. 11th, 2008|05:52 am]
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I posted this to the breastfeeding community as I wanted to know whether any of my immunity from vaccines would be passed through breast milk to my daughter.

I got a lot of advice to vaccinate her before we left. I have no idea what to do! Opinions please?

My husband and I will be visiting his family in the Philippines in February. We will be taking our daughter who will be 8 months old.

We have been planning to delay vaccinations for her as we felt it was the right choice for us in Australia. My husband wants us to have her immunized before going to the Philippines however. I am still torn on the issue as I had not anticipated traveling internationally before she was two.
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2008|02:43 pm]
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Last night I was cleaning the closet while my 21 month old played below me, I pulled something down from a shelf and a piece of metal dropped down and hit her on the head. It was the slidey-ruler piece to a paper cutter, no sharp parts on it. Yet her head was cut and bled. I mentioned it to a friend and she says I might have to get her a tetnus shot. The metal was clean, new, and not rusted.

She had all recommended shots up to 4 months, including DTAP. Do I really need to get her a shot? I'm reluctant to ask my doctor because he is pro-vaccination. Thanks!

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illness [Oct. 25th, 2008|07:23 pm]
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[mood |worriedworried]

Hi, I am terribly sick myself so I'm going to keep this short. For those of you who have not vaccinated your child, what do you do when they get sick? How do you know if its one of the illnesses that the vaccines are supposed to prevent? I heard some of the diseases behave like a common cold. I don't know how to treat my little one, and I really don't want to take her to the doctor unless necessary because I don't want her catching something else or be prescribed antibiotics. We just moved to Korea and throughout the 6 months we were in America, we never got sick. So I'm sorta scared. Advice, please?
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VAccinations [Sep. 26th, 2008|09:18 am]
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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?
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Vaccine Blog Post [Sep. 25th, 2008|01:17 pm]
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These two paragraphs sum up one of the reasons why we personally chose not to vaccinate:
Furthermore, at least with regards to asthma, allergies and autism, it is reasonable to have a heightened and continuing sense of concern about vaccines, since they are direct attempts to alter the immune system.  Lots of children with autism seem to have immunological problems, and asthma and allergies are both dysfunctions of the immune system.  I’m not remotely suggesting there is evidence of anything causal because of this, but I do think it means it is well worth thinking about and looking at vaccines carefully, since we’re manipulating the immune system in ways that are not well understood, and we’ve got a lot of children appearing with immune problems.
Secondly, the increases in neurological problems, asthma/allergies, ADD and ADHD, bipolar disorder and autistic spectrum disorders in children ARE happening concomitantly with the increases in the number of vaccines that children get.  This is obviously another concern NOT causative on its face, but why does that then make it somehow crazy to want to examine vaccines more closely, as well as their constituent parts?
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