Just took my 5 year old to her kindergarten checkup today and have come home with too many ? buzzing around in my head. We spread out our vaxes the first 2 years with all my 4 kids. My oldest I did allow to have all 4 required kindergarten shots (DTaP, polio, MMR and Varicella) but now I don't feel comfortable giving my 5 year old all of them at once. I went into the appointment just wanting DTaP and Varicella, getting polio later this summer and then having blood titres drawn for MMR (as I have read that 90% of kids are actually immune after the first MMR shot which she received at 2).
My Pedi's nurse came in and said she was only due to get 3 shots (this is before I explained what I wanted to do, was waiting to talk to dr) - DTaP, polio and MMRV. I said I did not feel comfortable having the MMRV combined and wanted to separate them anyways and also the blood titre for MMR anyways (boy was I given a look!!! God forbid I actually know what I want put into my child and when!!) The nurse said that if I did the MMR and Varivax together today it would be the same thing as the one shot but in my heart I didn't feel good so I said no :)
So dr comes in later and I said again I want to do 2 shots only today and get blood titres for MMR and then catch up polio shot at end of summer. Dr says she doesn't do blood titres and that my daughter needed the MMR booster regardless... also she said that as I was okay with just the varicella vaccine today that I now had to wait 4-6 weeks (she said preferably 6 weeks) for the MMR as MMR and Varivax are both live viruses. So my daughter got DTap and Varivax and now have to schedule appt later on.
So my ???? - how come she could have gotten 2 live vaccines in one day if when you spread them out they have to be 4-6 weeks apart. And what about blood titres for MMR?? Did I completely misread that 90% of kids are immune after first shot? My husband is at his dr's today for his own checkup and on his way out have actually asked him to ask if my daughter can get titres drawn there (don't mind paying out of pocket) as my Pedi's office seems to be offended..
Also, any info known on ProQuad (MMRV) vs just MMR II and Varivax??
Agghhh.... stress ;)