I just looked at the CDC catch-up schedule for my 4-year-old and am finding it overwhelming. I always intended (or thought I did) to selectively vax and then ensure that by the time he started kindergarten (when he'll be nearly 6 years old), he would essentially be caught up. Now I realize how far behind I am. DS #1 has only had 3 doses of HIB, 3 doses of DTAP and 1 dose of IPV before I stopped vaxxing at 6 months. He was breastfed until 10 months of age and has been attending day care since 15 months and I got a religious exemption eventually since I live in FL and there are no philosophical exemptions available. I just simply was not going to vax my son according to the CDC/FL schedule.
Now I see all the Hep B shots he has to get, 1 DTAP, 1 HIB, the MMR, 3 IPV, and the list goes on and on and I'm not sure if I can subject him to this even in a year and half's time. I also staunchly do NOT want to give him the varicella vax. Frankly, I was against Hep B as well, but given all of his activities on the playground and getting scratched by equipment and other preschoolers on a few occasions, I'm rethinking that. I really have a problem with live vaxx and the human/animal tissue ingredients bother me a great deal.
I realize that I can lose my exemption if the public school he will be attending discovers that I am selectively vaxxing but I seem to be between a rock and hard place. I would like to start kindergarten with little drama but I am anticipating it if I bring in that exemption.
Btw, I will be going through this again with DS #2 who also has an exemption but he's been vaxxed more regularly because he started daycare much earlier (4 months old).
Thanks for any guidance on this, particularly any South Florida moms!