I am not doing any. I do think the case is better for some than others, though.
measles - it is highly contagious and has a complication rate beyond my comfort level. I am not thrilled with the reaction rate of MMR, though, and would delay until 3 years.
meningococcal -scary stuff
Polio - highly contagious and a complication rate beyond my comfort level.
I will add that I think pneumococal might be a good idea for those who struggle with chest issues, and that I would consider both rubella and chicken pox for older female teens (actually, they can decide for themselves) if either is endemic, for fetal protection. Chickenpox is endemic, rubella is not.
Vaccines there is a poor case for, IMHO, where I live:
Hep b in infants. Repeat after me: the risks of hep. b in an infant whose mother does not have Hep. B are almost nil.
Rotavirus in breastfed infants from wealthy countries. The risks are just so very low. The risk from vaccine (intusception, at 1/250 000 per dose) is much scarier to me.
HPV. I will wait til they sort out how long it is good for and if there is anything to all those reported adverse reactions, thanks. I am reassured that pap smears are still the way to go in terms of early detection.
and for extra bonus points: flu and pertussis.
flu: if I need to get a shot 50-100 times to prevent one case of the flu, I will just take my chances with the flu. I know the flu can kill in rare cases (rare as defined by case:fatality) but I just cannot see myself going to the doctor or clinic year after year after year to prevent 1 or 2 cases of flu in my lifetime. I will take my chances (and it is not like sitting in a waiting room full of sick people is devoid of chance).
pertussis: changing dominant strains, low efficacy, low duration of effectiveness, people getting the disease, not knowing they have it due to vaccination and wandering around transmitting pertussis - there is a lot to hate about how the pertussis vaccine is working at the moment. I can tell you that if I were facing my reproductive years, I would prefer to get pertussis, with the solid longer lasting immunity it would confer. I could then pass on some immunity through birth and breastfeeding, as well as know that I would not be the one to give my infant pertussis.
Edited by kathymuggle - 2/9/14 at 7:31am