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if you selectively vax, which vaccines do your children get/not get and why/why not?



Asked by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Jul. 28, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • no rotovirus (vaccine has been recalled before, illness is treatable with fluid intake). no chicken pox until puberty, mmr at 4 or5 because then you only need 1 dose, no prevnar she is not in a risk group and we breastdeed, no heb b unti school age or puberty (not in a risk group home or job). no flu.

    DTaP 2 doses for the tetanus component because we visit a farm every year. debating IPV or HiB. HiB is too new and we aren't in daycare and polio is no longer endemic in the us (mainly due to sanitation, not just the vaccine)

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:28 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • I had kids 40 years ago. The Pediatrician gave them their vaccinations every three months until the series was complete. Then they had booster shots before kindergarten and more before 7th grade. I had all my vaccinations in the 1940's and 1950's and just got a few boosters and a pneumonia vaccine last year. Why? Because that was the way the Peditricians and Family Doctors chose to do it and I am so glad, We are all healthy and safe from diseases such as measles and polio.

    Answer by gertie41 at 12:22 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Here are some questions to answer for yourself in deciding about vax.

    1. Name of the disease
    2. Description of the disease
    3. Length of time from initial infection to end of all symptoms
    4. Infectious period
    5. Normal symptoms of the disease
    6. Known serious consequences of the disease
    7. Proportion of persons infected developing serious consequences
    8. Transmission route of the disease
    9. Prevalence of the disease
    10. Treatments of the disease and efficacy of those treatments
    11. Relevant research about the disease
    12. Name of the vaccine
    13. Company that makes the vaccine
    14. Contents of the vaccine
    14A. The significance of whether or not the vaccine is live
    15. History of development of the vaccine
    16. Known side-effects of the vaccine and rate of incidence of those side-effects
    17. Possible side-effects not yet acknowledged by the vaccine maker
    18. Relevant rese

    Answer by Autumn22 at 12:30 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • My children will never receive a flu vaccine or the chicken pox vaccine. I don't see a point in either one.

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 12:21 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Just askin but why wouldnt someone vacinate? My dd is 6mnths and had all of her shots...there are certain shots that were manditory for her to get before she could even leave the nicu and the hospital...

    Answer by jorjiegirl at 1:37 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Tetanus is the most important. The bacteria can live in soil and other places in a dormant state for decades. When it gets in a dark moist place, a deep cut, it starts to grow. Tetanus is a serious disease with a pretty high mortality rate. It's good to get when your child starts to be mobile enough to get cuts. We did the tD (you can't get just tetanus but you don't have to have DTP) at around a year.


    Answer by Gailll at 1:41 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Immunizations are never mandatory, you can refuse. Immunizations are good for public health but not so good for the individual child. Babies are given shots for diseases there is no way they are going to be exposed to. They are given too many shots at once. We don't know the long term affects. There may be problems with components in the shots. There can be allergies (I'm allergic to tetanus - I was hospitalized 3 days with my last tetanus shot). There may be a link to autism (controversial). Immunization titers may wear off when the person is at prime age of getting the disease. The shot could be worse than the disease. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature. For example having cowpox prevents people from getting deadly smallpox. Descendents of survivors of the plague in Europe don't get AIDS even if they have repeated exposure.


    Answer by Gailll at 1:51 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • I'm a reformed vaccinator. DS is 4 1/2 and will not be recieving any more vaccinations... not his second MMR or chicken pox, nor Guardicil or any flu vaccienes

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 12:24 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • 18. Relevant research into the vaccine
    19. How effective is the vaccine at preventing the disease?
    20.What is the vaccine meant to do? (Many vaccines are not meant to prevent infection or transmission).
    21.Number of cases reported each year.
    22.Number of deaths reported each year from the vaccine and natural disease.

    Here are some sources to help you out:

    Vaccines-The Risks, the Benefits, the Choices DVD, By Sherri J. TENPENNY
    YOUTUBE: (download the current issue)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 12:31 PM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Here is another website I like a lot. You can read over the pros and cons of the diseases and the vaccines:

    Answer by Autumn22 at 12:33 PM on Jul. 28, 2010