My friend's 13-month old is currently vaxed on schedule, other than the MMR. She delayed that at his last appointment because he was sick (with rotavirus). Some of you may recall my thread from about a month ago where I mentioned this friend's pediatrician telling her that it was important for her baby to get the MMR anyway because they were going to be coming to visit me in Amsterdam. I guess the ped thought there's no clean water outside of the US. Whatever.
Anyway, she wrote to me today to tell me that they heard that their baby's chances of having a bad reaction to the MMR go down a lot after 18 months of age, so they're going to delay until then. She said they also have the option of giving individual shots instead of the MMR.
Of course, I'd love to see her skip it altogether, but I want to respond to the specific things she brought up first, since I see her mentioning it to me as an invitation for me to provide some more info, since she's fully aware of my stance on vaxes.
I have a few questions:
1) I know I've read here that the individual shots for one of the combo shots aren't actually available for babies, but I'm not sure if that's the DTaP or the MMR. Can she really get M, M and R shots individually for a toddler?
2) Do those individual shots contain thimerosal?
3) I'm guessing that getting the individual shots is worse since I'm guessing that the baby will get three times the toxic crap that way. Would someone confirm or deny that?
4) Is there any truth to her belief that the MMR is safer after 18 months?
I think I'm going to take the approach of recommending one of her two choices (MMR or separate shots) based on what I learn here, and then also providing some information about the severity of the diseases and the health benefits of measles in an attempt to get her wondering about why she's subjecting him to the vaccines in the first place.
Just so you know where she stands mentally in terms of vaxes right now, at present her biggest deciding factor between the MMR and separate shots is the pain of one shot versus three.
Sarah, mother to Eloïse (5/2005), Lucas (3/2008) and Ilias (7/2011), and due with #4 (March 1, 2014)