I hope this is the right place to post....I also posted in INV because at the moment DS is not vaccinated.
My DS will be three in Jan. He is still nursing, eats fairly well, is at home with me and since I am a home body we do not go out a whole lot. I thought we would start vaxing at 2 but somehow he is almost three! I kind of thought we would always start with one shot of ActHib. I am working on tracking some down, right now our health unit only has Hiberix. But if I decide to move forward I will keep up with the phone calls to try and find ActHib.
The usual arguments against Hib don't do a whole lot to make me feel better. Examples. We didn't have it and we are fine. You are breastfeeding and that shows a lot of protection. He is not in group care so risk is low. I understand the risk is low. For some reason this has always been the vax that has weighed heavily on my shoulders. And after 2+ years of research I still feel sick to my stomach to not do it and sick if I don't.
The things I know. Risk drops after 2, peaks at 6/7 months. But there have been deaths in 3 and over, obviously I don't know about breastfeeding status but I know that the children in Minnesota were not in group care. Breastfeeding offers a protective effect, I have read the studies and they are very convincing.
A few questions:
1. I am wondering if you did chose this vaccine what made you come to this conclusion?
2. If you did not chose this vaccine what made you come to this conclusion?
3. If you vaccinated for Hib did you also vaccinate with Prevnar?
4. What age did your child receive Hib?
Why am I still unsure?
1. If pre-vaccine children were mostly colonized with Hib by age 5 and now Hib is virtually non-existent, than how is my child going to be colonized by age 5. I was looking at a study (and now of course I cannot find it) but it was saying that Hib is now being found in children aged 10-14?? Anyone have any thoughts on any of this?
2. The link to type 1 diabetes. It seems like a causal link and the study I read was not overly convincing. I would really like more info on this as diabetes type 2 is in our family. On my Mom and Dad’s side.
3. The ingredients I read included ammonium sulfate, anyone know more about this. I could not find much except that it is used as a commercial fertilizer.
4. I have read quite a bit on here about serotype replacement. And I do have a few questions regarding that. I guess I am thinking that if I give him ActHib than he will be covered against strain B. Of course that is the only one. I guess where I am confused is are we actually saying that if he was covered for B that the chance of the other strains actually increases? I guess the way I was looking at it was that at least he would be covered for B. If the other strains do not increase in likelihood than at least he is covered for that one? KWIM??
5. The issue with giving Hib and then increasing pneumococcal bacteria? Is this a concern??
6. I have to say I am also having a difficult time understanding the testing they did. Plus on the inserts it continually seems to state that the vaccine is meant for children up to 18 months of age, although the catch up schedule indicates that un-vaccinated children 5 and under need to have a minimum of one dose???
I hope someone can help me. I am driving myself crazy. Having a hard time sleeping. We have a new baby coming in April and I am feeling like I need to make a choice about all of this before than. The first year with my son have a lot of added stress because of vaccine research. Thank you in advance for your replies. I so appreciate these forums.
Edited by MommatoGray - 11/4/13 at 9:35am