Confused momma here.
I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old. 10 year old is fully vaxed, but when 6 year old came along we decided to at the very least delay. 6 years later I'm still on the fence.
Has anyone begun to vax/selectively vax their child at this age or older?
We do have a friendly doctor in the area that I could take her to and am waiting to hear back from them because they don't often take new patients. She has only been to the doctor twice; once for a PKU after she was born and once for a Kindergarten physical (THAT was an interesting experience. Ugh). I'd like to establish her with someone just in case she needs a doctor. I'm not thrilled with who we take the 10 year old to, but keep him there for a separate issue. Just easier that way at the moment.
Now, the two will be at different schools next year since he's starting middle school but I worry that we will be questioned about why he's vaxed and why she has an exemption. I would assume it's none of their business, but is it???
Incidentally we're taking him to the doctor today and he "needs" a Pertussis vax to enter middle school. I was going to sign a waiver for him too but thought it would be suspicious considering he already is fully vaxed and then suddenly we're refusing. We live in VA so there is no philosophical exemption, only religious. I could delay it another month since he's not 11 yet but logistically we need to do it today.
The other issue that has come up recently that I didn't think about was that now the ten year old is asking why he needs a shot to go to school but his sister does not. I can't just not say anything about it anymore, they need an explanation. And the last thing I need is one of them saying the wrong thing. So far I told him that it's kind of a complicated reason and that when she was born we realized it wasn't a good idea to give her so many shots at once and that she probably would end up with shots at some point. Hopefully that will quiet him for a bit but after the vax he's getting today, it will probably come up again.