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#1 of 2 Old 06-09-2011, 08:01 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello. I have a question and looked in the Vaccine Book, but didn't exactly find the answer.


Here is the background info. My son is 4 1/2 and I'm trying to decide which shot to give at his appt. on Friday. He was vaxed on the cdc schedule until age 4 mos and then I started spreading shots out. He had the first 3 DTAP shots on schedule, but the 4th shot that is usually given around 15-18 months I waited on. I didn't give him the 4th DTAP shot until his 3 year old well visit. I looked on the cdc schedule and it shows that if one follows the regular schedule they will have 4th DTAP at 15-18 mos and then have the 5th shot administred between ages 4 and 6. So, there is alot of time between the fourth and fifth shot if given on cdc schedule. Below is my question(s):


Since my son just had the 4th (regularly given at 18 mos) DTAP at age 3, would it be too soon to give him the 5th dose at his doc visit tomorrow? Since there are so many years between the 4th and 5th dose on the cdc schedule, I'm worried he'd be getting it too close together if he takes the shot tomorrow. I'd prefer waiting until age 5, so there would be two years between the shots (similar to cdc spacing of shots). But, I want to make sure that he has some protection against the diseases it covers since he goes to preschool two days per week.


Thank you for your help!


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#2 of 2 Old 06-09-2011, 08:55 AM
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You can go ahead and give the shot now.  The required waiting period between the 4th and 5th dose is only 6 months. 

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