A few days back my DD 3 yrs had a bout of viral illness (or 'flu) which lasted 6 days and she ran pretty high and consistent/persistent fevers.
The docs we visited (2 visits..one with ped and another with a horrible scary doc) kind of pressurized us to get her the Prevnar vax which we haven't because I read so many negative things about it.
Well the second emergency doc was very horrid and used some scare tactics but all in all she was kind of persistent and made me feel we narrowly escaped something horrible because they were kind of looking for Pneumonia and all (she even got x-rayed which came back negative)
Anyway.. am a bit shaken. thoughts?> I thought Prevnar was recommended for children under 2 yrs - right? I mean not that it isn't given to children above 3 but...
..Also I read that one dose of Prevnar is very very effective ..so am kind of wondering if we should get her one dose?
She is due for her last Hib and last DTap dose so the doc is strongly recommending Pentacel so as to get her all 5 in one...
...Her first Hib was a separate shot for only Hib.. I read in a CDC site that they should keep the same conjugate vaccine throughout the schedule.. so am not sure what the individual Hib vax contained and what Pentacil may contain and if they would be the same or not.... but that is secondary.
Primary is - should we go the Pentacil route at all? Am not feeling comfortable giving 5 vaxes at once ...
. Ideally, the same conjugate vaccine should be used throughout the entire vaccination series (according to the schedule outlined in Table_4). No data exist regarding the interchangeability of different conjugate vaccines with respect to safety, immunogenicity, or efficacy. However, situations will arise in which the vaccine provider does not know which type of Hib conjugate vaccine the child to be vaccinated had previously received. Under these circumstances, it is prudent for vaccine providers to ensure that at a minimum an infant 2-6 months of age receives a primary series of three doses of conjugate vaccine. These recommendations may change as data become available regarding the response to different conjugate vaccines in a primary series.
Edited by Blessed_Mom - 5/6/12 at 10:58am