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#1 of 3 Old 07-21-2011, 02:22 PM - Thread Starter
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My daughter is 5.5 and has never been vaxed.  Are there any vaccinations that you feel are neccessary? If so, which ones?

Tetnus is on my mind right now.  Last week my daughter got a small wound on her hand in the back yard. My mother and grandparents are very concerned over our decision not to vaccinate. We are under fire by our family and actually have made an appointment to get our daughter a tetanus shot on Friday..... how easily can one actually get this, and are there any that we should consider getting?  our families are making us second guess ourselves........   Any thoughts?     she is so bright and has been the healthiest kid around  (we believe this is partly due to never having had a shot)))))) thank you, Dana Riggs            (((     we cancelled the tet shot and did NOT get it     :)   ))))

Still unvaccinated!!!!!!

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Hoping this article will be helpful in making your choice...

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i can't lay out all the info you'd need for this decision, but my general advice to unvaxed school age kids (or their parents, rather) is that vaccines at this point aren't that necessary. Fatal cases of diseases at this age and older is VERY rare.  Most fatalities occur during infancy.  So, if you skipped vaccines back then, there isn't much point to doing them NOW. BUT, this advice is only based on considering what vaccines are important for her as an individual. If you consider the public health, and the need to keep these diseases at low levels, then there's a good argument that many vaccines would be important from this standpoint.

But I find that many parents in your position are mainly considering vaccines based on disease risk for their own child. (?). If that's the case, then I'd say no vaccine is really necessary now since there's very little risk of a serious disease or fatality, even from tetanus.

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