Post # 1
Ok – first off – I know vaccines are a controversial topic. This isn’t meant to be a right or wrong debate. I just have a genuine question from my own concerns.
I’m concerned that the vaccination schedule has increased so significantly since I was a kid and that makes me think about delaying some or breaking them up. It seems to me that kids and babies now get pumped with a lot very early on. To be perfectly honest, beyond the typical ones that we got as kids, I’m not sure of the significance or necessity of all the new ones that have been introduced into the schedule. Especially not for a baby. I wouldn’t feel right just blindly accepting whatever the doctor wants to give without asking questions first.
Has anyone delayed the vaccine schedule and how did you do it? Or had vaccines broken up so they didn’t get 6 or 8 shots in one go? And are you glad you did?
I would truly appreciate feedback on this, as there is endless controversial information out there, it makes it impossible to know what to do. My DH and I are scared about this part of becoming parents (in 8 weeks)
Post # 3
I thought about breaking up the 2 month shots into two separate visits but ended up just going ahead with all of them. I knew for sure I wanted her to have certain ones right away, but was ok waiting for others. They do some as ‘combo’ shots that include more than one vaccine, so she was getting two in one leg and one in the other but each one of those three shots had one of the ones I wanted right away. She ended up doing really well with it, and I didn’t even use baby tylenol or anything after. She was fussy for about an hour or so after the appointment, but didn’t have any trouble whatsoever after that.
Post # 4
We are doing the Dr. Sears vax schedule (though my son is only 3 months old -we’re barely starting!). The Sears schedule means more visits to the ped’s office since the shots are spread out.
I was comfortable with the CDC-prescribed schedule, but DH wanted to spread them out. Since DS is still getting all the vaxes, I’m ok with it.
Post # 5
@Sunshine09: The combination vaccines will alleviate some of the extra “shots” during the first few visits. If you’re looking at the immunization schedule, it does seem crowded when looking at the first few months. It depends what combination vaccines your physician uses, but pentacel, for example, combines tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, HIB and polio into one shot. Also, the vaccine for rotavirus (rotarix) is a liquid, not a shot.
Post # 6
@annifer: +1 for Dr. Sears schedule! 🙂
Post # 7
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@Sunshine09: I personally plan on asking the doctor what they would do if my child was their child or their grandchild and go with that. I figure if they think it’s safe enough for their own child, then it should be safe enough for mine.
Post # 8
Thanks I’m looking into Dr. Sears.
It’s hard to know which ones would be vital early on and which could wait, I wouldn’t want to miss something important but I also wouldn’t want to give something too early that could wait.
Post # 9
@beachbride1216: Thats a good idea too.
Post # 10
@beachbride1216: Good point about talking to the doc – OP, you will want to bring up these points when you’re interviewing peds, if you haven’t already selected one. Some peds are receptive to alternate vax schedules, some aren’t. Ours obviously is, and in fact has the Sears schedule posted in the office.
Post # 11
I strongly recommend you read this link before following Dr. Sears’ schedule, which he admits he made up.
Delaying vaccines increases seizure risk
(Follow the link in this article, too.)
Here’s the important part:
Dr. Sears, what evidence do you have to support your alternative vaccine schedule? Do you think it’s possible it validates parents’ fears about vaccines rather than alleviates them?
There is very little to no evidence. I agree that it’s possible it can validate some parents’ fears, but those parents have probably already chosen to not vaccinate anyway. What I think it achieves MORE often is that it allows parents to go ahead and vaccinate, when they wouldn’t otherwise have done so because they won’t follow the AAP schedule. I think it increases vaccination rates. Anyone who is already naturally opposed to or in favor of vaccination probably is unaffected by my schedule.
We are following the CDC schedule and he has never gotten more than 3 shots at once. Combining the fact that Dr. Sears has no evidence to support his schedule and the increase in seizure risk, I’m very confident in my decision to vaccinate.
Post # 12
@Sunshine09: I personally just went ahead and got everything that the Dr. suggested. I read about the possible side effects and I trusted the pediatrician to do what’s right. My daughter is almost 2 now and we have always been on schedule with no problems.
Post # 13
@Sunshine09: I would be concerned if medical knowledge HADN’T advanced since we were kids! I mean, we weren’t required to be in carseats, but that doesn’t make me question whether they’re a good idea. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing research on your own of course, but I don’t trust my own opinion on something so important over that of a professional who’s studied for years and treated many, many patients.
Post # 14
Commenting to follow.
Have any of you fully opted out of any parts of the vaccine schedule? I know where I am babies get the rotavirus oral vaccine at the 2 month mark as well, but I’m unsure if I want it at all. All it does is offer a chance to prevent rotavirus (virus that can cause severe diarrhoea) or, lessen the symptoms if baby does eventually get infected. I’m really just worried about pumpimg DS full of different vaccines so I kind of want to limit it to ones that are truly necessary. I feel like unless DS is immunocompromised we can treat RV if it happens. Anyone else?
Post # 15
@oneofthesethings: +1! There are reasons why the vaccine schedule is the way it is.
Post # 16
@MrsSawyer: Wouldn’t you rather prevent a problem than treat it later? What harm does this vaccine do?