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Help needed for ITP father of one year old

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Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

YOu have all helped out in the past when i was researching vaccines. At this point my som just turned one and we froze the vacc. process after the HIB and IPV as I was afraid to move forward. He was due for DTAP and the more I read the more I freaked.

I have ITP (Thrombocytopenia) and I am fairly confident I got it after an MMR booster for college. So I fear my son my be predisposed for reactions.

In addition we are constantly hearing about the rise on Whooping cough cases around here som my wife and I are going back and forth on what to do about the DTap.

First of all does anyone know if it is possible to break these out? I am getting conflicting info on that.

Also does my ITP constitute enough of a risk for us to claim an exception for vaccines?

thanks in advance!
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by marcx
Also does my ITP constitute enough of a risk for us to claim an exception for vaccines?
You may be able to get an exemption for the MMR, but I don't think the other vaccines would constitute a valid exemption.

CDC Contraindication List (scroll down to the T's):
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/contraindications.htm

If you plan on stopping or selectively/delay vaccination, then I definitely wouldn't use a medical exemption.

Pertussis for children is only given as part of the DTaP.
post #3 of 6
From the CDC:


Thrombocytopenia, or history of thrombocytopenic purpura
Note 47:

Consider the benefits of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella versus the risk of recurrence or exacerbation of thrombocytopenia after vaccination, or risk from natural infections of measles or rubella. In most instances, the benefits of vaccination will be much greater than the potential risks and will justify giving MMR, particularly in view of the even greater risk of thrombocytopenia following measles or rubella disease. However, if a prior episode of thrombocytopenia occurred near the time of vaccination, it might be prudent to avoid a subsequent dose.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Longisland--thanks but does that also pertain to my son? Would me having a reaction make his considered pre-disposed?


And I was reading the other thread regarding Dtap and brain bleeding and it also brought up some issues about ITP. I confess a lot of it was a little above me but it sent my alarms ringing....
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by marcx
Longisland--thanks but does that also pertain to my son? Would me having a reaction make his considered pre-disposed?
Well - it doesn't state "family history of . . . ," but if a doctor were to feel the risks outweighed the benefits b/c of family history, a doctor may write a medical exemption for the MMR. But (and this is a big but), the health department can challenge the exemption and claim that family history is not a valid contraindication to the vaccine.

This is why you should seriously consider a religious or philosophical exemption, depending on your state.

I don't know the answer to your predisposition question, but I'll see if I can find anything or maybe someone here knows for sure.
post #6 of 6
An FYI:


According to the CDC, Thromocytopenia is listed among the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) studies for 2005:

http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/vsd/research.htm


Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura and MMR Vaccination:
Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) is an acquired disease that is caused by the destruction or impaired production of platelets. In children who are otherwise health, the acute onset of thrombocytopenia is commonly characterizes as ITP. Over the last several years, there has been growing concern that the live virus MMR vaccination is associated with an increased incidence of ITP. Previous studies have demonstrated a significant risk of ITP following receipt of MMR vaccination, however, they were based on small populations. To better quantify the relationship between MMR vaccination and ITP, VSD researchers are currently investigating the association in a large cohort of children. Researchers will use inpatient, outpatient, and laboratory data to identity children with a diagnosis of ITP during a specific period of time. Medical charts will then be reviewed to verify cases of ITP and collect information on vaccination history. Analyses will be performed to assess the risk of ITP following MMR vaccination.

Final analyses are currently being conducted for this study
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