I have never vaccinated my son to date. He is 4-1/2. My husband was diagnosed with MS which affects him cognitively after contracting the Chicken Pox for the first time as an adult(38 yrs old) His MS diagnosis was made within 60 days of the Pox. Mom has asthma and allergies.
I am worried for my kids naturally. I have a niece who is on the autism spectrum.
I wonder what are the shots most suggested and dosage. I had been thinking of the DT for our son. is there a specific brand anyone can suggest??? I did read the insert from our doctors office and it seems he would only need 2 doses to be immune vs. the 3 they typically give. What would be the important ones for him to take. Polio/Mumps???
It's a very personal choice. What one parent might consider most important could be very different from someone else.
I would highly recommend researching each vaccine and the diseases they are designed to prevent.
Where do you live? In the US, MMR is not available in separate components, and I think DT is always given as DTaP or Tdap.
For me, polio isn't even on my radar and I wouldn't bother with it as a selective vaxing family, but your risk tolerance may be different than mine. If your concern is chicken pox, varicella might be the most logical one to start with.
One thing they all seem to have in common is vitamin DS deficiency.
www.vitamindcouncil.org has a lot of interesting information on all of these.
Seems like D deficiency can make the immune system extremely vulnerable to viral-triggered autoimmune reaction. If your hubby received a flu shot or any other kind of booster in the month or so preceding the chicken pox, I'd be suspicious that that played a role as well.
My own experience was that I developed shingles within a month after receiving 4 vaccines as an adult. For some people, if they have been exposed to chicken pox but never mounted a proper antibody response, they could have a severe case of chicken pox years later rather than shingles.
I'll recommend the Dr. Sears Vaccine book. He's actuallt pro-vaccine, but he really presents a realistic perspective about the threats of each disease. IMO.
Good luck on whatever you decide.
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Thank you so much for ta king the time to respond. Yes Vit. D is big in our family. For my husband and our kids. I was told the only thing they have proven to help prevent the autoimmune disorders would be for the kids to get enought vitamin D3 before their 12.