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Selective vaxing starting at age 5

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Thread Starter 
I've never been comfortable with doing all the vaccines, but I'm also not exactly comfortable doing none either. My concerns are about bombarding the immune system with too much too young, and the questionable ingredients affecting developing brains.

I'm thinking about getting some vaxes when my daughter starts kindergarten, at age 5. I know what I don't want (CP, HiB, hep A or B, polio), but I'm not sure of others. And how do I know how much she would be expected to get?
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So sorry your post was missed Ninetales. Just thought I'd bump it up for attention so some of the veteran members here can offer their advice. :thumb

post #3 of 5
I recommend the vaccine book by dr. Sears. It breaks down each vaccine, the pros, cons and everything in between! I'm in the same boat as you but my Lo is only 15 months so I have a while to decide which ones. Good luck!
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I go back and forth all the time. I have Dr. Sears' book but it just confuses me. My feelings that I should do some vaxes are pretty much 100% based on what other people think. My heart and my gut say no.
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I'm not in the US but I'm sure the CDC has a catch up schedule that will give you an idea of how many of a certain vaccine are required at older ages. 

 

I just wanted to say that I'm in a similar boat. We started vaccinating this past November (kids are 9 and 5.5). The label, "reluctant vaxer" sums us up. We're going with one MMR then doing a titre. My DD will get the dT as a series starting this November (earliest our Australian GP will do this). DS will have to wait until age 10 for his. 

 

We will consider other vaccines as they get closer to puberty (meningococcal etc.). Others are not our on radar--HPV, varicella, flu etc. They're also too old for others (Hib, Pc). 

 

Good luck. I think going back and forth and re-evaluating isn't necessarily negative. It's a sign of wise and careful assessment of your situation, based on your changing circumstances.

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