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Just wondering how some of you have handled the decision around older children and vaccinations. It was an easy decision for me when they were babies and so vulnerable. Now I have an almost 12 yr old boy and an almost 9 yr old girl. My practitioner, who has been very cool up until this point about not vaccing, is now suggesting a little more strongly, that we do rubella because of the risk to pregnant women, mumps for my son, and chicken pox for both. I have tried to help them get chicken pox over the years with no success. They have never had any of the childhood diseases (since they are so impossible to find now!) When I was little I had a lot of the diseases myself.<br><br>
Has anyone reevaluated as children have gotten older, and done some selected vaccing like this?
 

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have you had their titers checked? They may already be immune to some or all of these diseases, as it is possible to have a subclinical infection.<br><br>
As for rubella, since we don't really know how long the immunity will last after vaccination, it is possible that vaxing your daughter at age 9 or 10 will leave her vulnerable to rubella later on, at about the time she may be considering having children. There is a thread on here about the risks of rubella and CRS are not as great as we are led to believe.<br><br>
As for mumps, it is very rare that an adult male will become completely sterile after a bout with the mumps. I don't have the numbers, but a search on this forum should pull up the necessary info.<br><br>
Chicken pox? Well, while it may be more difficult for adults who get it and the risks of complications may increase with age, I still won't be getting that vax for my kids, as it is not guaranteed to protect them from getting CP in the first place, and may increase their risk of getting shingles.
 

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I would have the titters checked before I considered any vax. As for cp I got them when I was like 10-11 it was ruff of course since I remember it vividly.<br><br>
But there is no way I will ever get ds the cp vax and I wish with all my heart I hadn't gotten it for dd (ped out and out lied to me on that one) I am worried about the increased incidence of shingles cases in early life for children vaxed for cp.
 

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we are not doing rubella or cp currently. however when dd is around 12 or so we will begin to reconsider- if she has not gotten either of these, and after having her titers checked. most likely if she does not have the immunity, we will be getting these for her IF she agrees. i think at that age she would be old enough to contribute to the decision making process. Of course, if we are having problems with her or I am really concerned about maybe promiscuity on he rpart due to behavior issues, then I may go ahead and say no you are getting rubella anyway, and to me she would not be showing enough maturity or responsibility to be a part of making that kind of a decision anyway if that was the case. i think it just depends on your research and conclusions, and the reasons for why you and your family are not getting the vaccines right now as to what you will decide for the future. but 9??? seems a bit early to me. unless your 9 year old typically goes around having sex..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
mumps- i don't know about that one. i know the risks for ds would be very low. i think that would just be a personal choice. but i think he is probably old enough to discuss it, since he is almost 12.
 
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