Just wondering where everyone stands with regard to the new Prevnar 13 vaccine. My baby has gotten two doses of the Prevnar 7 vaccine and I'm not sure what to do next. I've been trying to follow Dr. Sears' selective vaccine schedule as much as possible. Although the vaccine has technically been out since I believe 2000, wouldn't the revised vaccine still be considered a 'new' vaccine? For those of you whose babies are due to receive additional prevnar vaccines, what are you planning to do? Would it make sense to get additional Prevnar 7 vaccines instead? Or would that not be worth it to do? I read that the strains in the old Prevnar aren't even prevelant (sp?) anymore? My baby had a reaction to Pentacel. The doctors' believe it was due to Dtap (pertussis in particular). I was always weary when it comes to vaccines and wanted them spaced out from the get go and am even more weary now.
I want to weigh the risks vs. benefits with this vaccine as I know that pneumococcal strains are common. Yet I'm not sure if it would be wise to give a brand new vaccine which I'm assuming it is. According to Dr. Sears' blog aside from the six new strains there are two other new ingredients that are in Prevnar 13 that weren't in the old version. I believe it has to do with preservaties.
Now to add to my already racing mind I wake up to hear in the news that Rotarix was halted adding to my concerns of vaccines!
Thank you so much in advance. I look forward to hearing your opinions/experiences.