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First off, let me say that I am not against the concept of vaccinating my children against diseases that are deadly or dibilitaing. I also believe conceptually that if the diseases are no longer prevalent due to widespread vaccinations that they are serving their purpose and protecting the majority of us and our children, at least in theory. Let me also state that I have a 10-year-old that had her vaccinations on time with no side-effects or repricussions.

With that being said, I am certainly not arguing that there are not adverse reactions to the vaccinations themselves, or the combination of vaccines given, or the timing of them. I am, however, like the rest of you, finding it difficult to find unbiased info, most likely because it would be unethical to do studies that would give us the concrete facts that we need, so we are forced to rely on secondary info and opinions.

I now have a 2-month-old and have become aware that there is concern over the vaccinations and also the timing of them. So far, the only difference between the vaccinations my 10-year-old had and the first set my 2-month-old had is the Pneumococcal Conjugate (Prevnar?) that I was told was to prevent menengitis which children can die from (I've heard of cases in recent years where people have died). Apparently, this has been "mandatory" in the last 5 years, according to our pediatrician.

I am not oposed to vaccinating in general, so I am not looking to start an argument as to why I shouldn't vaccinate my DD (that's another thread that I have already read through it's entirety and acknowledge the points on both sides). I am, however, interested in info on what diseases are serious if contracted and have vaccinations available to prevent. I am also curious to hear from others who believe in vaccinating but differ as to WHEN to vaccinate - what is the ideal schedule you would suggest and why?

The new vaccination I have a hard time with is Chicken Pox (Varicella?). I think the majority of us have had chicken pox as children, and for the majority who get it, my understanding is that it's not deadly or dibilitating, just itchy, sometimes scarring, and a lot of missed school. As adults, I understand it is more serious. I don't understand why we would vaccinate against something that is not serious in the majority of cases, and if we vaccinate as children and it doesn't take, wouldn't it cause more problems since more adults would get it? Perhaps, I am missing something and need more education on the reason for this vaccination. Same thing with the flu, although I don't believe the flu shot is "required" as of now. It's not deadly or dibilitating in most cases that I am aware of.

I'm not against vaccinating my children, I just want to make sure I understand the why behind each vaccination and will pick and choose which ones I am willing to do and which ones I am not. So far, I am not convinced that the Chicken Pox vaccination is necessary and will opt not to do that one unless I hear compelling reasons why I should, nor will I do the flu shot.
I just researched the CDC website for what diseases we are supposed to vaccinate for and when and thought I'd share some of the info and conclusions I've come to for my own family.

The Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine is supposed to be given at 12-18 months, but the website also indicates that cases are more severe in people older than 13, although that's not to say that there are not severe cases in younger children and infants. I'm going to wait until DD is 10 for that one if she doesn't get the chicken pox.

I found it ironic that the Pneumococcal Conjugate (new meningitis strand) is supposed to be given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12-18 months, however, in the section of the same website that discusses Meningococcal Disease (the one the vaccine is for) it indicates that "the vaccine is recommended for all persons over 65 years of age and younger persons at least 2 years old with certain medical problems. There is a newly licensed vaccine...that appears to be effective in infants for the prevention of pneumococcal infections and is routinely recommended for all children greater than 2 years of age." If they indicate "greater than 2 years," why would they give the series of shots from 2 months to 18 months? DD had the first one in the series at 2 months, but I think I'm going to wait until she's 2 for the rest.

I couldn't seem to find much info on the CDC website on Hepatitis B except that it appears to be contracted through bodily fluids (including saliva) and is classified mainly as a sexually transmitted disease. The part that I don't understand is that the CDC indicates that 30% of children who contract this disease get it at age 1-6 years. How do they get it at that age? I guess since it is transmitted through saliva as well, they could get it if they share a drink with someone who has it, but it isn't prevalent in the US, according to the website, so I'm not sure that DD needs this vaccination as an infant. She's already had 2 of the 3 shots, though. Anyone know more about this?

DTaP and Poliovirus are dibilitating/deadly diseases according to the info on the CDC website, so I'll continue with those on schedule. I think I'll also continue with Haemophilus influenza type b (HIB) since it's a pretty harsh disease as well. My 10-year-old had these on the same schedule and was fine with them.

I haven't made up my mind on the MMR yet. I may delay that one too, but that one doesn't come up for a year so I have some time to think about it.





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