"After the 4 month round, he screamed for 6 hours, ran a fever of 104-105, then slept for a long time and was difficult to wake."
Now I'm definitely not a doctor, but my son had a adverse reaction to his 12 month round of shots, so I have been doing a ton of reading and researching. What this sounds like to me is Encephalitis.
Definition- Rarely, a baby will register a high fever and scream intensely, alternating with lethargy for several hours and possibly days. This reaction is thought to be due to swelling and inflammation of the brain, the medical term for which is "encephalitis." virtually all infants with an encephalitis reaction recover without any problems. Unfortunately, a small percentage of cases progress to encephalopathy, during which the brain actually suffers some permanent damage.
Known severe reactions for DTaP- About 1 in 1000 infants will suffer nonstop crying for three or more hours (which indicates encephalitis)
Here is a link to a Product Insert for the Daptacel brand of DTaP.
It states right in this Product Insert Directly from the pharmaceutical company
------------------------warnings and precautions -------------------------
• Carefully consider benefits and risks before administering
DAPTACEL to persons with a history of:
- fever ≥40.5°C (105°F), hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode
(HHE) or persistent, inconsolable crying lasting ≥3 hours
within 48 hours after a previous pertussis-containing
"His doctor told me no big deal, just continue with the schedule. We didn't." I think your doctor is a freakin Idiot and you should find another. There are a maximum of 5 hospitalizations of Diphtheria a year, (most years there are 0), 5 hospitalizations of Tetanus a year (which is mainly adults 25 and older) and virtually all pertussis deaths happen to babies 3 months and younger. Taking into account the unacceptable rate of 1 in 1000 children's brains swelling from this vac....I think I would rather take my chances with the diseases!! You made a really great decision not to continue.
After my son had his shots at 12 months, MMR, Chickenpox, Hep A, he had a 103-104 fever for days, a rash all over his body, then sever tantrums. He had a change in behavior and a regression in speech that lasted over 2 months. Since then I have been looking for a alternate VAX schedule friendly doctor, and reading and researching vaccines. We are most likely not going to continue with most. I highly recommend you read The Vaccine Book, by Dr. Sears, the 2011 updated version. It has been a life saver for us, helping us to make upcoming vaccine decisions. Good Luck to :)