So I was way too exhausted with anemia and all sorts of challenges the first few months after my baby was born to look into vaccine alternatives, I just crossed my fingers and did what the doctor recommended, shots at 2, 3, and 4 months. I hated it, the baby hated it and clearly had a lot of pain, but we had no serious reactions, not even a measurable fever. I know there are some serious risks though, so I feel lucky.
Now I am looking more closely and I regret letting her get the Prevnar series at all (it just looks like a bad idea with new strains replacing the vaccinated ones and getting the same illnesses etc), but now that she's had the first 3 shots, I'm wondering what to do about the next one. How long can I delay it and still have it be effective? Is there any risk to NOT getting it at all, or waiting a year or two?
I see in the US these are given at 2, 4, 6 and then 12-15m, a booster. Here in France it's 2, 3, 4m, and then, according to my doctor 12m, but according to the schedule in our health record book, 16-18m (yes, I'm going to point this out to my doctor when I see her next!)
Has anyone stopped partway through the Prevnar series, or have scientifically informed advice about this question? I'd really appreciate any perspective on this!
Edited by petitpois - 10/5/12 at 2:21pm