My DD is 2 1/2 years old. Currently, she has an infection that started a week ago and has now gotten worse, as she woke up this morning with two small spots of blood on her sheets, oozing from her right ear. Pedi diagnosed her with an ear infection this afternoon and a round of antibiotics. When my oldest DD was born in 2007, Prevnar 7 was only administered to children under 2, and now Prevnar is administered to children under 5. Does anyone know why? Is the prevalence of invasive meningitis increasing after the use of Prevnar 7? Seriously considering going in for Prevnar 13. So far, my 2 1/2 y.o. has had 2 Hib vaccinations, which she is current, and nothing else. My oldest DD of 6 y.o. has had 3 Hib vaccinations (started at age 6m), and only 1 DTaP. After her 3rd Hob vaccination at 16m, she fell seriously ill with meningitis. Thank God the spinal tap later showed ONLY viral. Since then, I have been a very leery vaccinating mom, but now I am scared of this first-time ear infection that has gone worse.
Just received Dr. Sears Vaccination Book and his schedule for children older than 2 years INCLUDES Prevnar 13, where the version from 2007 states that Prevnar 7 is not required after age 2. SO, why is Prevnar 13 required AFTER age 2 until age 5? I'm worried about side effects and serotyping, but as Dr. Sears states in his updated version of The Vaccination Book, we'll never know what the future holds with Prevnar and it's ability to wipe-out pneumococcal disease!
Can anyone provide some light and/or data on the subject. Also, what can I do in the meantime to help this infection GO AWAY? Garlic oil drops (which were not recommended by the pedi), colloidal silver?
Thanks for reading this. From a very worried Mom of two Princesses.