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How do you SELECT which ones to give?

post #1 of 17
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For those moms who select certain vaxes but refuse the others: How do you decide? Did you decide according to what disease seems to you the most dangerous?
post #2 of 17
Research each disease and each vaccine and try to balance benefit and risk.

-Angela
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Research each disease and each vaccine and try to balance benefit and risk.

-Angela
Yep. Some people end up selecting several vaccines, some end up selecting none. Some decide to just do a couple around the teen years.

There are some vaccines (like HepA) that most people cross off the list pretty easily. (the disease just isn't severe enough in kids).
But some vaccines sound like a good idea until you hear the argument against the vax. (like prevnar/PCV).
Or, you might not find the argument against the vax that compelling.
post #4 of 17
If you can find a really good doctor who doesn't force vax issues, it can really help. Our pediatrician, for example, has so far recommended only getting tetanus shots because we live on a farm with some old rusty barbed wire around the woods and 2 bacterial infections that he said he had actually witnessed occur in children and that could cause meningitis. Everything else he's said we can hold off on until our ds goes to school (unless we homeschool). He's been really honest with us about the low risk our son stands of contracting anything like polio, measles, etc., and it really gives me greater peace of mind to have someone experienced in this stuff to give input, rather than just figuring out risks on my own.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by LaughinWillow View Post
If you can find a really good doctor who doesn't force vax issues, it can really help. Our pediatrician, for example, has so far recommended only getting tetanus shots because we live on a farm with some old rusty barbed wire around the woods and 2 bacterial infections that he said he had actually witnessed occur in children and that could cause meningitis. Everything else he's said we can hold off on until our ds goes to school (unless we homeschool). He's been really honest with us about the low risk our son stands of contracting anything like polio, measles, etc., and it really gives me greater peace of mind to have someone experienced in this stuff to give input, rather than just figuring out risks on my own.
I'm glad you feel your dr. is supportive. Did he explain how exemptions work in your state so that you can opt out of whatever vaxes you want?

-Angela
post #6 of 17
Just lurking as my ds will be starting pre k...and we're battling with vaccines...
post #7 of 17
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Just lurking as my ds will be starting pre k...and we're battling with vaccines...
Do you need info on exemptions?

-Angela
post #8 of 17
I'm giving most things on schedule. I didn't do a hep b shot at birth, but I knew she'd be getting it in pediarix... but honestly if not for the combo shot I would've been fine delaying that one. I'm also planning to delay MMR for a year or so, based on potential reactions. Thus far we haven't had any reactions or problems to speak of. I wish they could make the shots hurt less though.

I'm also undecided thus far on varicella, but I don't have to worry about that one just yet.
post #9 of 17
I judge if my son will be at risk for any of the diseases (he's type 1 diabetic so it's different, illnesses affect blood sugars, which is dangerous), if the benefits to the vax outweigh the risks, and if I believe in the vaccine *cough flu vax cough*, it's a lot of research but it's worth it. We can pick and choose in my state IF I send him to public school
post #10 of 17
I like Stephanie Cave's book. It was helpful when I was deciding.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Do you need info on exemptions?

-Angela
I do, I do!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by LaughinWillow View Post
If you can find a really good doctor who doesn't force vax issues, it can really help. Our pediatrician, for example, has so far recommended only getting tetanus shots because we live on a farm with some old rusty barbed wire around the woods and 2 bacterial infections that he said he had actually witnessed occur in children and that could cause meningitis. Everything else he's said we can hold off on until our ds goes to school (unless we homeschool). He's been really honest with us about the low risk our son stands of contracting anything like polio, measles, etc., and it really gives me greater peace of mind to have someone experienced in this stuff to give input, rather than just figuring out risks on my own.
This is the only one my DH and I are contemplating, because we love the outdoors, camping in the woods, etc...
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Janelovesmax View Post
I do, I do!
Post over in the main vax forum

Lots of good info over there on tetanus too.

-Angela
post #14 of 17
Hi

I was wondering if you know the name of the book?

Naomi
post #15 of 17

State Exemptions Info

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I do, I do!
Try this link:
http://www.909shot.com/state-site/state-exemptions.htm

Hope this helps!
post #16 of 17
Stephanie Cave's book was very helpful to us when trying to decide. It goes over the risks of each vax as well as the risks of each disease.

Our deciding factor is basically this: If our kids are not likely to contract the disease and have serious health problems or death because of it, we don't get the vax. Or, even if the disease is very common, if it usually doesn't cause serious health problems for children, we don't get the vax.
post #17 of 17
[QUOTE=prettypixels;8532605] I wish they could make the shots hurt less though. QUOTE]

Try the Shotblocker. It's made by a company in Toledo called Bionix. My 4 yo's first ped gave us the shotblocker. It's amazing. My son never reacted (cried, winced, screamed, etc) until he was over 12 months and a student nurse did his shot. The shotblocker works on the principle of the gateway method, i.e. the nerves can only send one signal at a time to the brain.

I recently got a DTP booster and used the shotblocker. I was really curious if it worked because my only experience with it had been watching my son. It really worked! I did not know when the needle was going in or even coming out. I truly felt nothing.

You should be able to google "shotblocker".

P.S. I do not work for Bionix but have recommended the shotblocker to many parents who appreciate it too!
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