We entirely skipped the elementary boosters for various reasons. They were almost fully vaxxed the first round, both have had the chicken pox vax. Regrets there, but honestly even our non-vaxxing friends haven't had the pox, so I'm not sure if natural immunity was an easy option anyhow. For the elementary round, because of needle shyness and some research to back up my decision, I've simply dropped vaccinating and relied on the partial immunity they received from the first round. No flu shots.
In a year or so, we will be coming into the later rounds of boosters, and I'd like to both consider them, and educate my kids on vaccinations. Hopefully they will be beyond, or nearly beyond the age where they want to refuse a shot because of the needle alone. So, flexibly I am looking at restarting the conversation soon, aiming at 11-13yo to resume some vax. Part of that needs to be which vaxxes will be the most important at that age. I'm leaning towards measles and tetanus/whooping cough (or just tetanus) and possibly chicken pox unless I can find a pocket of it floating around very soon. I think I'll be joining them as well, excepting CP.
1. Which vaxxes would you choose and why and
2. How would you begin a conversation with your older kids about vaccinations?
If you are familiar at all with some of my posting history, you'll know this is a *very* important issue for me and responses like "you do what needs to be done and the kids don't have a say" doesn't resonate with me regarding vaxxes. I guess that illustrates where on the S/D vaxxing spectrum I stand. I also think such a conversation would make them more likely to consider vaccinations as adults. (Most of us were never allowed in to the decision as children, and how many vaccinations have we had, collectively, as adults? Uh-huh.)
Beyond that, all perspectives are welcome. Resources that address this strange arrangement would be welcome. I find that as much as I love Dr. Sears' book (and I will be reviewing it again) he doesn't address such alternative arrangements.