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We got all DD's vaccinations, although not without some questions and research beforehand (no mercury, etc.). We will probably do the same thing with this baby, although I don't think she'll be getting the HepB until later and I'm not letting them give her more than 2 injections a visit. I don't remember where it was, but I read that more than 2 (or was it 3?) at a time increases the risk for developing adverse reactions. Not a risk I'm willing to take.<br><br>
I'm curious what the other vaccinating mamas-to-be are planning. I don't want this to be a debate--I'm still sorting out my own thoughts on this and would love input from others facing these same decisions. <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 don't have a very defined philosophy, but we're doing vaxes with DD slowly, but eventually, for the most part.<br>
It helped that I went with a ped who actually doesn't like to give vaxes to any kids until they're 6 months old (this is assuming BFing) since that's when he thinks they sort of stop being "newborns" and it's easier to judge whether they have a reaction, shouldn't get the shot that day, etc.<br>
He is also not a fan of Hep-B in babies not at risk, and he doesn't like to do more than one (maybe two occasionally, once they're older) vax per visit. I trust him a lot, and he is - like pretty much all peds - pro-vax, though he'd let us skip if we wanted to, and I've let his thoughts sort of guide us.
 

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We didn't do any vaxes with ds (3 years old) and won't do any with this baby either. We've found some very supportive doctors in our area, which is great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We fully vax, but there are some that we delay a little bit. We don't do Hep B vax at birth, but we will do it before she starts daycare, for example. We also delay live vaccines as much as they will let us and stay in daycare.
 

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We don't vax, and we will probably continue to not vax, but.. last summer all 3 boys caught whooping cough (from a vaxed kid!) and it was HELLL!!!!!!!!!! But, everybody is fine now.
 

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I didn't vax Bella until age 2 when she started to wean. We'll probably do the same with this babe, and then very selectively. The only thing that causes me a little concern is that Bella will be bringing crap home from school, so I have a few mixed emotions about that - there has been some pretty nasty stuff at her school lately(I really wish that homeschooling had worked for us!).
 

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Ths is something I am just researching. I probably will elect to do some delayed vax, based on what I've read here, but will fully vax. My other kids had their vax on schedule. But I've read about delaying and not doing too many at a time, I just need to get the right doctor on board, still looking there. And deciding. I don't do the flu vax for us, I guess because it's live vax and I am afraid of getting it from that, but I have just started in my research about other vax...
 

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I want to delay the Hepatitis B vaccine. I'm just not comfy putting my baby at risk right after birth in order to protect him from a disease he has almost zero chance of getting as an infant.<br><br>
I'm not very worried about many other vaccines, but I do have serious reservations about the MMR. DS1 reacted very poorly to this vaccine, immediately entering a profound developmental regression, losing skills he had gained months prior, along with his entire vocabulary. Obviously I have no proof that this wasn't just a strange coincidence... but I don't think it was unrelated. (DS did regain his lost skills after six months of therapy and all is well now, but it was scary at the time.)<br><br>
At any rate, I want to hold off on the MMR with DS2 until such a time as he can speak clearly and explain how he feels. I think 18 months of age is the wrong time for some kids and I believe my kids are very likely to be among those few. But I've also seen how badly the mumps can turn out... and, frankly, what DS1 went through wasn't that bad in comparison... so that also influences me.
 

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We were going to start vaxing ds at 18 months (selectively) but it ended up being 2.5 years and I really feel we waited too long. Going with him now makes me want to cry because he hates it so much and he's not nursing which I know would make it easier on him. It also feels like we have so many shots to catch up on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
With this baby we will start earlier, between 6 and 12 months.
 

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I have been so torn on this issue ever since DS was about 6 months old. I did have him fully vaxed, on schedule until then but then we moved to a different state when he was 10 months and we had an insurance lapse for awhile so I didn't take him back for any well baby visits. He had a bad reaction to the DTaP at 4 months which is what got me thinking more seriously about what I was allowing to be put in his body, but honestly, I haven't taken much time to research anything. I just took him in yesterday for his 2 year checkup (the first one he's been too since 9 months) and he got Hep A and MMR. I will slowly catch him up over the next year or so as we will be in the office a lot with the new baby. With her, I know I will decline Hep B at birth and I think I want to do a delayed schedule with her from the beginning. Luckily, DH is supportive of whatever I choose to do, I just need to figure out what that is!
 

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My first was fully vaccinated- my second hasn't had any. I really considered doing the Dtap because pertussis scares the poop out of me, but my husband always has terrible reactions to the tetanus part of vaccines and so that is always on my mind.<br>
This next one won't be vaccinated either.<br>
DD was exposed to the chicken pox this last weekend- from a child who 'caught' it from her vaccination <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">. I am glad that she has been exposed so that is out of the way- but really hope the baby doesn't decide to come early! Can you imagine taking care of a newborn and a toddler w/ the chicken pox? Oy.
 

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My kids get whatever I got. Nothing more, nothing less. It may be faulty logic, but I've decided if it didn't kill me then it's probably ok. And I don't want them getting anything new and untried, kwim?
 

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I think we're going to skip on the Hep B at first, too. Then delay and space out (giving MMR as separate shots, etc.). I think the most important thing is to make an informed decision.
 

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we're delaying as well... no Hep B for a long time, but I do feel that HIB & possibly DTaP are important ones to get vax'd as babies (my mom was a peds nurse during the 80s & 90s & saw the incidence of meningitis drop before her eyes due to the introduction of the HIB vaccine).<br><br>
I'd say my 2.5yo will probably be caught up by the time she starts kindergarten & we'll probably do the same w/ this baby<br><br>
Thank you all for sharing your points of view & being non-confrontational on this topic. I know this is a subject people feel very strongly about (if you want to find out more, visit the <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=47" target="_blank">Vaccinations forum</a>)
 

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We don't vax. I blame the DTaP for some of DD1's issues. I ignored my gut that day that said it was a bad idea to give it to her and she did have a vax reaction so that was the last one my kids have ever received That was 6 years ago.<br><br>
It's not always an easy decision, my 2y did get pertussis as a newborn, she was far too young to have been vaxed even if that was the plan, she was literally exposed at birth from my hubby. The rest of us got it as well and were fine, but DD2 really struggled to survive and still has remaining health issues. I don't care to ever repeat that experience again, so the idea of having a newborn is scary to me, I don't think I will relax until she is 6 months old. And on the other hand, I have my oldest child who gets dragged from therapy to therapy. Sigh, sometimes there are no easy decisions.
 

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we'll be on a different schedule, spacing out the shots over more frequent visits.<br><br>
Instead of going in every 2-3 months for 5+ shots - I'll be taking the baby in monthly for fewer shots per visit.<br><br>
Also - no hep B at birth as per the advice of the PED we chose....
 

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I'm reading a lot that sounds familiar. I did a LOT of reading and research before DS1 was born and we decided to go with a delayed/selective schedule (which we're making up as we go). We decided to get HIB at 2 mos., DTaP at 3 mos. and alternate them until 7 mos. Then he got the last of those both on one day at his 9 mo. check-up. He had no adverse reactions until the 2 at a time - he had a fever for a day, but that was it. It also could have been that he wasn't quite over his cold at the time (I thought he was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ).<br><br>
Now we're trying to figure out what to do next. Probably polio at 15 mos. I'm really going to try to get no more than one at a time from now on. I'm scared to death of the MMR and will probably wait as long as I can. I wanted to do them separately, but now that may not ever be available again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I have a wonderful Dr. for my children that is all for delayed and selectively vaxing, so we're sort of allowing him to help us through our decisions. We'll probably follow the same schedule for DS2 (due in a few weeks!). Good luck with your decision-making process! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Thanks all of you for your input and ideas. I really think that we will delay the Hep B for a good while--I'm a SAHM, and, honestly, how is a newborn going to be exposed to hepatitis being at home with DD and I all day?<br>
The MMR our ped offers is a combo, so no chance of getting those seperately, and that is my only real initial concern. I also have a feeling I may meet some resistance when I bring up the idea of delaying (even though we chose this ped because he is the most pro-midwife and breastfeeding in the area), but becoming a mother has toughened me up a lot, and I no longer care what others think of my parenting philosophies. My family has seen the evidence of that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'm still torn. We did not do hep B with DD but did do all other shots regular schedule. This time I have no idea...I know we won't do regular schedule so it's either no vax or delayed. We are going into a DO next week to talk to him about it...he does all three options so it'd be good to get his info and along with my reasearch decide what to do. We have many friends who do not vax so I'm not really scared of not doing that...but DH always takes time to warm up to "not the norm" processes. We probably won't make a decision till after baby is born. I am a SAHM who BF till age 2 or longer and we will be Homeschooling...though I know you can catch anything anywhere. I'm going to pray about it and try not to stress. I havn't done DDs boosters and am not sure I will.
 

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you know, the MMR our ped offers is the combo too and I just asked if they would be willing to special order them separately - and they did. It may be worth asking about.<br>
We did a selective/delayed vax schedule with our 3.5 yo. She still hasn't had everything and likely won't. With this babe, we will do nothing until 6 mos and then a selective schedule after that. No more then one vax per visit.<br>
Kind of OT, but we recently got a new puppy and even our vet said she didn't like to give animals more than one vax at a time. So she asked us to come in once a month for awhile to gradually give the pup her shots.
 
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