We plan to enroll our child in public school, and in Connecticut, there is no way to avoid vaccinating unless you are willing to forego all vaccines. ¬†We are not, and so we are in the unfortunate position of having to comply with the required vaccines by the time DD is in kindergarten.¬†She is currently 15 months old, and our plan has been to delay EVERYTHING until she is at least 2 years old, possibly longer. ¬†Our ped. is on board, and until this week, I hadn't worried much about it.¬†
This week, I learned that my cousin is planning a destination wedding in Mexico next April. She is very dear to me, and my whole family will be attending, so it will be a very special experience for us all. ¬†I very much want to go, but DH and I are presently planning to become pregnant sometime in the next year, and if I am any later than 6m pregnant in April, I won't be traveling to Mexico, I just don't feel comfortable or safe doing so. ¬†If I am earlier than 6m, we probably will, and that presents the current situation.¬†
DD is not vaxxed for anything at the moment. ¬†If I go to Mexico, I think I would want to get her caught up on a few vaccines, but I'm not sure which ones, and I don't know how many in each series she would need for the vaccine to be fully effective. ¬†I am thinking of polio and DTaP, possibly HepA. ¬†Should I also consider MMR and/or HepB? What would you do in this situation? Would you go at all?
My dilemma is that I did not want to begin the vaccines until DD's system was more mature, and I feel that starting now would be too soon - but then I don't want to have to cram in tons of shots in a really short period of time because I think that's just dangerous. I also don't want to skip this trip though. ¬†This decision sucks.¬†
Happy¬†, delayed/selective vaxxing,¬†WOHM to DD1 4/10¬†, DD2 8/12¬†¬†and partner/wife for thirteen years to SAHD DH. ¬†
I go to Mexico every summer because my research is there. I actually got pregnant there last year and moved back to the US when I was 5 months pregnant. A couple months ago, I went again and this time took DD with me (she was 5 months at the time). I did a lot of research on this because she had no shots before the trip and I was trying to decide what to do. I don't have a lot of time right now to look up the sources I used, but I will try to get back to this thread soon. What I found out (I think was on the CDC website) was that Mexico has much higher rates of vaccinated children, so not a lot of outbreaks. They have major vaccination campaigns with people knocking door to door. One of the things I was worried about was that they use the live virus for polio (the oral vaccine).¬†
I will be back to add more. DD just woke up.
The only one of those diseases I think there would be any increased chance of her getting in Mexico would be hepatitis A. But that's a good thing. If you research hepatitis A, you'll most likely want her to get it as a child, as natural immunity is lifelong, and the disease is extremely mild in young children, usually causing no symptoms at all.
Why can't you vaccinate her for everything you want up until a few months before kindergarten, and then change your religious beliefs?