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How do you bring up delayed vaccination to your pediatrician?

My little man is having his 2-month check up soon. I was wondering how do you bring up delayed vacciation to their doctor? How does a delayed schedule work?


Asked by MommyToBe1023 at 9:02 PM on Nov. 21, 2009 in Health

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  • rkoloms has the right idea, OP... It is best to really do thorough research, actually LEARN WHY alternative scheduling is recommended, and then base your response to your Dr. on the real reasons why you are doing it. You need to understand, if you don't already, WHY the alternative schedule is used, and don't just jump on some bandwagon b/c you read it on Cafemom. I'm not saying you did or are doing this, but I've seen many in the past do it. Once you actually understand why you are doing what you are doing, it feels a lot easier and more natural to convey that to your doctor. Plus, you will seem (to the Dr.) like you are more educated about your decision and they are less likely to try to convince you otherwise. If you are asking how the schedule works, you definitely need some more education before you institute it for your child. Start by getting a list of all the shots your Dr gives, and research each one. (con't)

    Answer by Iskkra at 11:25 AM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • if u mean the vaccine da they could have given ur ds at the hospital when he was born ?
    if so , then u shouldnt worry cuz u had the chance to get it since birth up to his 2 months check up , and since it hasnt pass , then u got nothing to worry about .

    and by the questions u should/could ask ur ds's doctor orany subject of your concern . when i woiuld just tell u to "dont beat around the bush !' just aske him straight foward !

    Answer by happymom1988 at 9:14 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • You need to do your research and determine which vaccines you want your child to have and when.

    We choose to selectively vaccinate on a delayed schedule. The first vax was after our daughter turned one. We never did more than one vax per office visist. We had the office order single dose, preservative free vaccines; we concluded that the additives to the vaccines and the interactions between the vaccines posed the greatest danger. We skipped flu, chicken pox, and a couple of others. We always read the insert before allowing the shot to be given.
    Good luck.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:39 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Just tell him you want to delay vaccinations. Decide when you want to start. Most likely he has already had parents tell him that - it shouldn't be a new concept!! With my second born we decided to delay his and told the doctor we had reservations. He was fine with it and respected our decision!

    Answer by micheledo at 9:50 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • If your child isn't going to be in day care, doesn't go to the nursery at church, and isn't around other kids you can wait until after your child turns a year old to have any immunizations. When the doctor says something about it say you want to wait.

    Answer by Gailll at 9:56 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • Gailll, you can wait as long as you want to give immunizations to your child. It doesn't matter where your child goes, unless it is a private school. You can get waivers for school and many daycares.

    Answer by micheledo at 10:20 PM on Nov. 21, 2009

  • (con't) You need to understand why each shot is given, what its possible side effects are, how common those effects are, and whether the risk of them is greater or less than what you risk by NOT having the shot (a good way to determine this is to try to decipher how likely it is your child will be exposed to a particular disease, how common that disease is, and how high the mortality and other injury rates are). Unneccesary vaccines, I.E. for diseases that are not possibly deadly or severely disabling (like chicken pox) ought to be avoided on an alternative schedule. In addition, most on alternative schedules try to avoid any vaxes with, as rkoloms said, additives like adjuvants and preservatives (these are often what cause reactions). The flu vaccines and some forms of the DsTP vaxes still contain some thimerosal, a mercury preservative. The basic idea of the alternative schedule is (con't)

    Answer by Iskkra at 11:30 AM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • (con't) to avoid giving more shots than are necessary, and to avoid giving shots more than one at a time to avoid adverse reactions and over-abuse of the immune system. The thinking goes that the more shots you give, the more the immune system is attacked and therefore weakened, thus giving the "live virus" in the vaccine, plus the possibly harmful additives, a better chance at doing harm to your child. There is a bunch of science that backs this up, but like I said, do some research on your own.
    PLUS, don't expect your doc to approve of your decision - not only do they really push every vax they can b/c they really believe they are "best" for your child, but unfortunately the more vaxes a doc doles out, the more they get paid. So expect at very least a gentle nudge to do more vaxes than you wish to, if not a full-on attack of your parenting. But stand your ground, if you believe in what you are doing! Good luck!

    Answer by Iskkra at 11:35 AM on Nov. 22, 2009