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#1 of 5 Old 04-04-2007, 03:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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okay so we are just getting to the point of having to think about this. I'm trying to work out my schedule. I know it's possible to get separate MMR shots, can you do the DTaP shots separately or does it have to be an all or nothing? anyone one spaced them out? had trouble getting them separately?

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You can get the D and the T together, without the P, but you can't get any of them alone.
So it's either the Dt or the DTaP.
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The only one you can get alone is tetanus, but that vaccine is indicated for individuals age 7+ and it contains 25 micrograms of mercury in each dose unless you get a single dose syringe formulation, which is not going to be easy to find.

DT is indicated for infants/children up to age seven.

I recently confirmed with Sanofi that the DT vaccine is no longer made in multi-dose formulations (since 2003), so in 2007, there should be no DT vaccine on the shelves containing full strength thimerosal. Regardless, make sure the vaccine comes from a single dose syringe and not a multi dose bottle because there are tons of reports of children getting expired vaccines.
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damn, really I just want the P for now

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If it makes you feel any better, pertussis isn't all that bad for people who aren't infants. I had a friend (vaxed) age 30-something who had it, and all it was was a lot of coughing, as one might expect with whooping cough. The vax wears off in a ridiculously short amount of time, too. I had a discussion on another set of forums about vaxing, and someone brought up the pertussis outbreaks where dozens of kids were dying because some of them weren't vaxed. When I looked into it, the kids who were getting the pertussis were elementary school kids, most of whom had been vaxed, and there was only one death that I could confirm.
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