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Our doctor (naturopath) has recommended that we delay vaccines until after 2 years of age due to some allergy concerns in my 5 month old daughter. She is going to a group daycare with various classes of kids up to 3 years of age. So she has had no vaccine shots. Should I be concerned? She is our first child and I can't help but worry and i am finding so much conflicting information on this issue. I am concerned about "shedding" from vaccinated kids and also the fact that it is a fairly large daycare... Unfortunately, we are very limited in the options for daycare, as I had to choose a facility near my work. She is exclusively breastfed currently. Would like to hear what others would do in this situation, thank you for any input you can provide.
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My younger son is completely unvaccinated and has been in public school for 6+ years. The only "diseases" he's ever had besides the common cold are Fifth disease and one of the hand, foot, and mouth viruses.

He nursed for five years and we restrict sugar and junk foods. I never use antibacterial cleaners at home. I'm not the last bit worried about my vaccine choices.

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Well, I WOULD worry, but I'm a full vaccinator. Hard to know without knowing the whole medical situation, really. I feel like the big ones are MMR and DTaP, because those cover the most common illnesses of childhood. Could you go back and ask about starting some of them, just holding off on whatever it is that has what you think she's allergic to? Or have her skin-tested for allergies, so you know for certain?
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I would also worry if I'm honest. 5 months old is awful young to be exposed to kids up to 3 and all the potential germs they carry around. Probably it'll be fine of course, but I personally would feel terrible if it wasn't because my child was not vaccinated..... 


 I think pertussis would be my main concern - MMR comes much later in the recommended schedule anyway. Pertussis in young babies can be serious, and while the vaccine isn't 100% protection it does lower the risk enough to be worth doing in my opinion.


But as pepperedmoth said we don't know the full story. Some children cannot be vaccinated, and there you just have to trust to enough immunity in the kids around your daughter to prevent the diseases spreading to her. 


Just a final comment that shedding from other kids vaccines is extremely rare as to be something you really shouldn't worry about (only relevant for live virus like chicken pox anyway). 

Mother of two living in UK. Daughter (2007) born in USA, son (2010) born here. I'm pro natural birth, midwife care, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby wearing and a keen advocate of cloth diapering. I'm a full time working research scientist (physical sciences). Vaccines save lives.
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Thank you all for sharing your opinions - this gives me some points to discuss with her doctor. The suspected allergies are food-related; we don't suspect an allergy to the actual vaccines. The reasoning was that she may have a weak immune system (as evidenced by her food allergies), which may be an indication that she would not react well to the vaccines. But I will follow-up with her doctor, to make sure we are fully weighing the risks of exposure at daycare.
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