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I am neither pro vax or anti vax. The vast amount of information is just so overwhelming....but I am pretty sure I decided on delaying/selective vaxing because giving my 2 month old 6 different vaccines at once just sounds crazy. So far he is not vaxed since I refused the HepB at the hospital. What do you think is the most important ones? I am probably going to do them 1-2 vaccinations at a time. Which one are especially important to get first for protection during infancy?<br><br>
Heres some info about us... ds only had formula for 3 days of his life and since has been 100% breastfed. he will not be going to daycare. he will be around other kids since we are pretty social. we will be traveling internationally in the next year since both dh and I have family in Turkey and China.<br><br>
I am concerned about what vaccinations we need to have for international travel, but anyways given this information what do you think our vaccination schedule should look like?
 

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Hi Godaime <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br>
My baby just had his two month visit less than a week ago so I was just in your position. I bought the Dr. Sears book on vaccines and it helped so much. The book talks about the vaccine schedule, whats in each vaccine, it gives a description of the disease the vaccine is protecting against, and how common the disease is. There's a chapter in the book on selective/delayed vaccination that was really helpful.<br><br>
I decided to to selective/delayed vax my son. I went with the pentacel shot (combination DTap, Polio, Hib) and oral Rotavirus vax. I'll take him back at 3 months for the Pc shot normally given at the 2 month visit. I declined HepB, as I did at his birth. He'll probably get that one when he's much older.<br><br>
My pedi was very supportive about my desire to spread out the vaxes. It must be pretty common with his practice as they have Thursday afternoons dedicated for kids who are just getting vaccines, not seeing the Dr. So when we go at 3 months, Honeybun will just be seeing the nurse for his Pc shot.<br><br>
I was so nervous before his shot. I worried so much about it. In the end he was fine. He started to cry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and I nursed him right away. That helped so much. Immediately after the shot, he slept for a long time. Then when he woke, he was really cranky and had a temp of 100. He was cranky throughout the night and woke up in the middle of the night crying. I could definitely tell he wasn't feeling well. The next morning though, he was so much better. His temp was normal, and he seemed like his happy self <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I also have a 2 month old, and we are doing a selective/delayed vax schedule. She had the DtaP shot and the oral Rotavirus vaccine this week. She has been pooping 6 times a day (up from 3 times a week) since we went to the doctor. From what I understand the live Rotavirus sometimes makes babies not feel good and have diarrhea.<br><br>
Im not sure what you will have to have to go overseas.
 

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Since rotavirus is a live vaccine, it can (and frequently does) cause babies to have a case of rotavirus. The biggest concern with a baby getting rotavirus is dehydration, so if you have a good nurser, I wouldn't worry about that one at all. If your ds gets it, he will just nurse a lot and get over it fine.<br><br>
Breastmilk is filled with antibacterial agents, so I wouldn't worry about Hib. With the issue of serotype replacement, I don't see the point at all.<br><br>
Unless you are traveling to a place with high rates of polio soon, there hasn't been a case here since the 1970's.<br><br>
In several European countries, the only give Pc if the baby is breastfed for less than 3 months. If you plan on bfing for at least that long, it's something to think about.<br><br>
I chose to not worry about DTaP. When I asked our pediatrician to rank the 2 month shots in order of importance, this was his least important one. The reasons he gave were that dd was at almost no risk of catching diphtheria and tetanus, and the pertussis portion was the least effective vaccine he knew of. He still recommended getting this one, but did say it was the "least important" of the 2 months vaxes. With it being the most reactive and scary vax of all to me, I opted not to get this one.<br><br>
FWIW, the pediatrician told me rotavirus was his most important vax, and then shared with me that all three of his grandchildren had been vaxed against it and 2 of them got it anyway. Not sure how that was supposed to convince me to get that vax (it didn't), but for some reason, that was supposed to be a selling point. They also just discovered some swine virus in this vax (I think), but they have not pulled it from the market. Yuck.
 
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