Originally Posted by lucy4
The reasons we got first DTaP was to get him to be immune to the diseases.
(The schedule sais - 2,4,6 mo.) So, are you saying that with the schedule, "P" is useless for all kids who do it?
Yes, I am thinking about waiting longer than 2 months to get his DTaP. So, for me, it's this:
2 mo - got DTaP alone.
3 mo got HIB and PCV7
Baby turns 4 months tomorrow.
No reaction to anything yet. If a reaction will show now (which would be weird-- so long after shots!), I would assume it was either HIB or PCV7 - I know which leg the shots where given.
I was considering waiting on doing the second round of shots till he is about 6 to make it easier on him. But if the "P" part is useless after 6 months anyway, then, I don't know...
Also, I am wondering if I could skip the third round of DTaP because of all the last dose reactions I am hearing about. And just give him the "T" booster every 10 years or TDaP wich is a weaker vax. In any case, I might go to the lab and ask if they could test his blood and see what his immunity is looking like to the diseases, and only then I would do a third round of DTaP if immunity is low.
Well the DTAP is one that doesn't make a lot of sense when you break it down.
Diptheria has always been very rare regardless of the vaccine.
Tetanus is due to poor wound care/diabetes in the elderly. If your child did have growth of Tetani and present with the symptoms, he could receive the Tetanus Immunoglobulin shot immediately as opposed to getting a vaccine or booster.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwr...053713.htm#top
“(13%) of the 122 non-neonatal patients with supplemental data were reported to have received at least a primary series (i.e., three or more doses) of TT before onset of illness (Table_1), including two (40%) of the five non-neonatal patients aged less than 20 years. Three (60%) of the non-neonatal patients aged less than 20 years were unvaccinated because of their parents' religious objections. The fourth case occurred in a boy aged 14 years who was bitten by a dog and who had received his last dose 2 years previously. “
The CDC is telling us that of the FIVE kids who were reported to have Tetanus, two of them were vaccinated and three were vaccine free. ZERO died. Interestingly, supplemental data does not include any information about wound care.
Pertussis is in its own disease cycle regardless of the vaccine. The vaccine largely reduces symptoms but not transmission. And although it is more a matter of opinion, I do not find Pertussis in a developmentally typical child to be scary.
Food for thought:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol6no5/pdf/srugo.pdf
“The effects of whole-cell pertussis vaccine wane after 5 to 10 years, and infection in a vaccinated person causes nonspecific symptoms (3-7). Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants (3-11). The whole-cell vaccine for pertussis is protective only against clinical disease, not against infection (15-17). Therefore, even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.”http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...ull/104/6/1381
“Case definition has been particularly problematic in all of the recent DTaP vaccine efficacy trials. For uniform comparative purposes a case definition was suggested by a WHO expert committee.39 This definition required 21 days of paroxysmal cough plus laboratory confirmation of pertussis in the subject or household contact. There are 2 problems with this definition. The first is that a substantial number of B pertussis infections in unvaccinated children are mild and would not meet the case definition. The second is that all pertussis vaccines tend to modify duration and severity of disease rather than completely preventing illness”