Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Heart of the Heartland
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We are VERY pro-vax, but we vaccinate very slowly and on a delayed "schedule" - and I use that word in it's losest possible sense, since other than deciding we'd go one at a time and every 2 months at the most, we don't really have one. I'm psychotic about not vaccinating him when he's sick, so he's presently behind where I figured he'd be, but he has done all the DtaP, HiB, and IPV series and we're currently working through a separated MMR. We tried Prevnar but he had a bad reaction to the first shot, so we'll wait and do the Pneumoccocal conjugate after he's 7, with Chicken Pox if he doesn't get them naturally. We're waiting on Hep B until he's old enough to need it, and I'd really like to do Hepetitis A and the travel series when he's an older adolescent (Cholera, Yellow Fever, etc), just in case there was a break down in public health and those diseases became an issue. 50% less chance of dying from Cholera? Sign. me. up!
I actually started out being VERY anti-vax, and did all my research and reading including reading every vaccine-injury court case in the US for my summer job my first year of law school. When I was pregnant with E I sat down with DH, who has a degree in molecular biology, and talked it over with him... it was a very enlightening and humbling experience, especially watching him give me that look he has that says "I love you, but what you've said is so ignorant as to cause me actual, physical pain" when I asked him about some of the things I read in books and on anti-vax websites. He was very patient and kind to me and explained in small words with lots of drawings and examples (because I'm a total science idiot) what the science was and wasn't, which really changed my mind about vaccines -- probably because I know that he didn't have any skin in the game; no one was paying him and he'd already decided to let me make the decision regarding vaccines.
But we did both agree that the standard schedule was too much, too fast for our kids -- especially since it's designed the way it is mroe of 'public' health and our for-profit health system than the health of babies. We know that we're going to be responsible and take our kids in for their shots, so we see no reason to rush things. We're also psychotic about making sure that if our kids have even a minor adverse reaction (anything more than a low fever or a small bump or redness at the injection site) we stop that vax immediately. The majority of the vaccine cases I read were kids who'd had a minor bad reaction and whose parents were told to blow that off by their docs and went on to give another dose.
Spending all of my money and time on this wild, wild life.