I'm needing some advice. My son is 4.5 and has not gotten a dose of MMR up until this point. I was concerned with adverse reactions to the shot and have done a selective/delayed vaccine schedule since he was born. We are, however, seeing a rise in cases of measles close to us and his preschool is asking for him to receive the shot. I'm on the fence, I had said from the beginning that I would have him get the shot as we got to school-age, but now that we're here I'm wavering. He's a very healthy child, and in the back of my mind, while I don't think there will be any issues, I've got the "what if" that I keep hearing in my head. I guess what I'm looking for is any direction I can get as far as research/good articles out there in regards to giving the vaccine later on, and risks involved. Are there any other ways I can prep him/his body holistically if I choose to give him the vaccine? Any advise is welcome.
There's a few of us who have done the MMR at older ages or are considering it, along with ensuing discussion of risk/benefit, supplements etc. If you search through some of the old threads in this forum, it might be point you in the right direction.
I think for some of us with older children, one of the issues was getting the MMR before puberty if we have daughters because of the higher risk of arthritis-type reactions in the teen years, but with a son you don't need to worry about that. Good luck.
Mother to DD#1 s/b @40w 2003 for unknown reasons; DD#2 nearly 10 years old; DS 6.5 years old
Why are daughters protected but not sons?
This is a question of mine as well. I don't think we will be doing any vaccines ATM but it's always something I wonder about in the future---Starting vaccines in older children who have had none to date.
If you go for it, look at the CDC catch-up schedule. (Don't rely on your doc or nurse to know it by heart. They can be too used to assembly-lining kids through the conventional schedule. Ask me how I know. ) I can't download the PDF, but your child may only need one dose. If two are called for, you can always do a blood test and check for immunity instead of doing a second shot.
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