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i'm still undecided on vax *sigh* Willow's 2 month appt. is the 20th. even if we do vax, we'll be asking to delay until after the holidays because we're traveling and i don't want her to be uncomfortable. well hell i don't want her to be uncomfortable EVER but i still can't decide which vax to go with or not. my husband works at a movie theater concession stand, he's handling money all day long, even with stringent hand-washing we have no idea what he could be catching or passing on. i expect the pediatrician will be hard-selling us on Pediarix because it means less shots. but that one causes more fevers and other problems, right?<br><br>
i don't know where to start with studying on the vax issue, it is totally overwhelming the amount of info on both sides!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i'm still undecided on vax *sigh* Willow's 2 month appt. is the 20th. even if we do vax, we'll be asking to delay until after the holidays because we're traveling and i don't want her to be uncomfortable. well hell i don't want her to be uncomfortable EVER but i still can't decide which vax to go with or not. my husband works at a movie theater concession stand, he's handling money all day long, even with stringent hand-washing we have no idea what he could be catching or passing on. i expect the pediatrician will be hard-selling us on Pediarix because it means less shots. but that one causes more fevers and other problems, right?<br><br>
i don't know where to start with studying on the vax issue, it is totally overwhelming the amount of info on both sides!</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greet.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greet"> to the board. And congratulations on researching vaccines before blindly injecting and then suffering the consequences. You are very smart to ask questions and delay until you are better informed.<br><br>
Just to help you out right now, if the ped should decide to push you, tell him you will only vaccinate if he signs a paper stating that the vaccine is 100% effective, will not make your baby sick, nor cause any side effects.<br><br>
Now, having put it off, come back after the holidays and start to research. We have an archive that explains every single vaccine and every disease that they are supposed to prevent.<br><br>
Your dh handling money has nothing to do with whether your child will get sick or not. You'll see. We'll explain it to you. Because it depends stricly on the child and his constitution which is at its strongest when left up to nature.<br><br>
But you can take your time and make the best decision after reading all the literature.<br><br>
Are you breast feeding? I do hope you are. That makes all the difference. And also not to introduce solids too early.<br><br>
I know vaccines can be overwhelming at first. I was so bogged down by it, I didn't tackle it till my grandson was already vaccinated to a certain point. But once you start to get some information, you'll see the light....<br><br>
Good luck to you and congratualtions on becoming a mom!
 

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Welcome!! You're right, this is an overwhelming issue and it is sooo hard not to get bogged down in fear. That's been my experience at least. What I've personally done is taken a look at my son's risk factors for each disease, then taken a look at each vaccine (This was after reading Stephanie Cave's book and also another book entitled "A thoughful parent's guide to childhood vaccinations"....I think I may have messed up that title.) If you want the specific book titles and authors, let me know or do a search. I would start by reading a book, then going from there. I was going to delay until 3 months, then start with 2 at 3 months, then 2 at 4 months. Then this just didn't sit right with me the more I researched, so I went back to the ped. at 3 months and said we won't be vaxing today. We plan to revisit at 6 months and see. Although, by the time my son gets to 6 months, I don't know whether I'll vax then either. I don't know, but I know I don't feel comfortable now due to some risk factors that he has. If you don't feel comfortable, you could consider waiting until you do. When I first made the final decision to delay when my son was 6 weeks, I thought well, I can always come anytime and get him vaxed, but I can't take it away when it's done. When you go to the ped, you can certainly tell him you'd rather not vax until you get back from the holidays and this will buy you some time. I was personally really leery of Pediarix, by the way. Just something to consider. Ultimately, you have to do what you feel is right for your child. Good luck!! This is by far the most difficult issue I've dealt with in motherhood thus far!
 

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I welcome you, too!!!!<br>
Always delay when you have a gut feeling!!!!! To feel pressure is not the right mind-frame to make these critical decisions!<br>
Start reading about each one at a time..come back and post often...we are all at different stages of research..your questions help us!<br>
So help me..Pediatrix is a multi-valent shot, right?...more than one vax in one. If I'm remembering right...I would opt against that because too many components in one vax will be harder on the immune system..and if a reaction does occur immediately or with-in a few weeks..it will be hard to tell what may have been the cause..therefore harder to avoid at a later date..<br>
I have learned from sources that are not anti or pro..that if you choose to vax.."keep it simple"..it may mean more visits..but convenience is not an issue to our babes' health.<br>
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