Hello Ladies, I'm so glad I found this site.
I have a almost 3 month old and took her for her shots this week. Originally I thought I wouldn't vax for the firts 2 years but after doing more research and taking into account the area we live in, I decided to start with Dr. Sears SELECTIVE VACC SCHEDULE. My other 4 children were all vacced on the regular scheule and did fine, but you do what you can when you know more. So with my new baby I felt more knowledgable about vaccs and knew I could never follow the original schedule.
I feel that even though some of us have decided to get some 2 month shots, we are still delaying vaccs. The main reason to give some of the shots as an infant is because it could be severe or deadly because they are
infants. Dr. Sears Selective Schedule leaves out shots that have severe or more fequent side effects, and omits vaccs for diseases that are usually mild.
He does recommend the DTaP & Rotavirus at 2 mo because they are more common, and are potentially severe to deadly in the first year of life.
But he only recommends 2 shots at a time and they are given at the times when a baby would most need it. Dr. Sears states "It wouldn't make much sense to wait until age one or two to give the infant shots because the child is way past the age when the illnesses tend to strike and strike hard". HIB and Pc, occur mainly in infancy. Pertussis and Rotavirus are seroius only in the first year or two of life. So if a person waits until the child is two to vaccinate, the child will be past the age at which these particular vaccines are most useful. Dr. Sears states, "If you are so worried about vaccines that you don't get any for your child by age two, it doesn't make much sense to then go ahead and catch up with all the shots. The way I see it is that you either get your baby vaccinated against the serious infant diseases (HIB, Pc, Pertussis, and Rotavirus) during infancy, when they are needed, or just skip the shots altogether. There are other vaccines that are worth considering when your child gets older. I simply want to point out the logical timing of these 4 infant vaccines."
The Selective Schedule protects babies from diseases that could be fatal without overloading them with shots.
Here is Dr. Sears Selective Schedule
2 months DTap, Rotavirus (My baby got these 2 this week.) No reaction!
3 months Pc, HIB (The ingredients and side effects of the HIB Vacc are among the safest of all the shots)
4 months DTaP, Rotavirus (My baby @ 5 months)
5 months Pc, HIB (My baby @ 6 months)
6 months DTap, Rotavirus (My baby @ 7 months)
7 months Pc, HIB (My baby @ 8 months)
15 months Pc, HIB
5 years Tetanus Booster
10 years Blood test for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and Hep A immunity. Consider Vacc if not immune. Also consider 3 dose Polio series if travel out of counrty is a possibility. (AFRICA OR ASIA)
12 YEARS Hep B (3 doses)
This is what I plan to follow for the most part, I do plan to spread them out a bit more. My baby is EBF and will not be going to a daycare. But I do want 2-3 rounds on board before October-November because that is when my 4 other children start to get sick and last winter we just kept passing it around and didn't really all get better until March. My Pedi also agreed that these were the most important for an infant to have, so he is on board.