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delayed vax question--aren't those diseases worst for infants?

for those who vaccinate your children on a delayed schedule

what do you say to the fact (if it is indeed a fact) that the diseases you are vaccinating your children against are more fatal in infants and that's why the CDC recommends them so early?

i am just finding it very difficult to make decisions concerning vaccinating my child. i considered delaying his vaccinations until he is 18 months old but then the ped was saying that things like pertussis and rotavirus are a lot more deadly for an infant and that's why he would really like to vaccinate him on the recommended schedule.

obviously i know that 99% of peds are going to pressure you to vaccinate on their schedule but i just wondered how those who do delay vaccines would respond to that. :)


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Asked by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Jul. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

Answers (8)
  • omg thanks for asking this question i didnt do vaccinations and i am now considering it i would love to hear your responses :)

    Answer by megan1089 at 3:49 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • how does your baby handle the shots? can you get them separate? the pertussis is really concerning.

    Answer by surfcitymom at 3:51 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • how does your baby handle the shots? can you get them separate? the pertussis is really concerning.

    what do you mean? do you mean pertussis is concerning or the pertussis vaccination is concerning? thanks! he has only had the 1 shot and he did ok, he was sleepy and fussy for a couple of days though. seemed to have a mild fever. all "normal" side effects.

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 4:01 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • Theres a bad outbreak of pertussis right now. I cant help you. I fully vax on schedule except flu. I just wanted to add theres an outbreak of pertussis right now.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 4:07 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • Yes, the diseases *CAN* be more harmful to young babies. Especially pertussis. However, Rotavirus? Seriously? The main cause of death in young babies with Rotavirus is not the illness itself, it's dehydration. By the age of 5, nearly all children have had it. Do you know how it's transmitted? It's transmitted via the fecal-oral route, via contact with contaminated hands, surfaces and objects. Solution? WASH YOUR HANDS. Make sure baby isn't touching fecal matter, and that if any feces gets on any surface, it's properly sanitized. Same with Hep B. I never can wrap my brain around the fact that we "immunize" NEWBORNS for a disease that's contracted through fecal-oral contamination, dirty needles, and promiscuous sex. NEWBORNS do not do these things.

    We've delayed our DD's vaccinations, and our pedi has been very supportive. He does recommend just pertussis for our DD though. We're still thinking about it.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 4:10 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • I agree with milfalicious08. You also have to consider if you are in a risk group. If you breastfeed, aren't in daycare, and don't live in a hepatitis positive household what is your likliehood of coming into contact with something? Rotovirus vaccines have been pulled off the market TWICE.

    Chicken pox is benign in children, just watch how it will soon become part of the already over bloated infant immunization schedule. Did you know that more than likely one or two shots of DTaP is more than sufficient to confer immunity? The reason why the do more is because you can never be sure unless you test blood titres...and they don't test! If MMR is delays until age five all you need is one dosage IIRC. Prevnar doesn't protect from every strain, and it is making other strains more prevalent -- just like overuse of antibiotics.

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:22 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • If you are concerned about an outbreak (vaccination does NOT guarantee immunity) then go to the CDC and look up yur area to see if there is an outbreak near you. Then you look up the symptoms (don't look at the layman brochures...look at the information directed at health care professionals) and treatment so that you know what to do, what not to do, and what to look for, vaccinated or not.

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:24 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

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    Answer by amileegirl at 4:47 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

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