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Posted by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 11:04 PM
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My son is 19 months old and we are waiting to have him eval. by a team of specialists this Aug. to see whether or not he is on the spectrum.  I noted that after his MMR at 12 months, he seemed "diif." and searching for an answer as to why he might be autistic, would tell you I think his MMR may have had something to do with it.  (That's a whole other story.....)  Anyway, I also have a 5 month old and am wondering what any of you have done with your other children when it came to immunizations.  I feel my 5 month old needs them, but am obviously skeptical b/c of the incident with my first son.  Your thoughts??????

by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 11:04 PM
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by on Jul. 14, 2007 at 11:18 PM
Here is my answer and I know alot of people won't like it, but I don't think shots is the biggest cause for autism there is. My son got all the new shots, the hospital doesn't have any of the old vaccines left and my daughter got the old ones.... My son has multiple disabilities, autism being one of them and my daughter doesn't even have allergies...... My SD has no problems, but yes my little one whos is my son and my husbands is sick and will never get better. I'm sorry but I think kids can get worse if they don' have vaccines, I can only imagine what else my son could have if I didn't take him to get his vaccines. No one can tell yo what to do when it comes to your children, you know better and if you think he has mercury poisoned then you should take him in for testing before he gets diagnosed with anything. I think vaccinesare important for our kids and may be before you make your decision you need to make sure your son's possibel autism is not b/c he has mercury poisoned and it is just b/c it had to be.....
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 12:53 AM
You can have them spread out, and your child will still get them it's probably a safer way.  The MMR can be given in two doses instead of one.  I've heard that the nervous system is more equipped to handle the vaccinations when a child is two.  I didn't spread my boys' out, wish I would have.  Although I think this is the way my children were born, I don't know if some of it could have been triggered.  DAN research is where I was told to go to find out more info. about vaccinations.
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 2:12 AM
I saw a website that listed which vaccinations from which brands still had thimersol in them.  I wish I could remember....  You can also talk frankly about it with your doctor, let them know why it is a concern and request they vaccinate your 5 month old ONLY with vaccines that DO NOT contain thimersol.  It is a very short list as there is growing concern.  I will see if I can find it again and post it for you!
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 9:53 PM
You're really asking for it when you ask for MY thoughts, so here goes...
I would talk to the docs about there being no mercury in the preservatives for the vaccines.  We did that the first time around as well.  ALSO I would spread out the MMR shot.  We didn't do that with B.  B did have a bad reaction to this vaccine.  He basically got the measles -- hives and diarrhea (while we were travelling in SWFL in the heat, poor little guy).  Now there is the question of what will happen when he is 4 and supposed to get the booster, but we're waiting on that decision. 

We have also opted out of 2 vaccines for the time being:
The Hep vaccine -- b/c he's not at high risk.  (I never understood why they give vaccines to newborns who have no immune systems.)
The Chicken Pox/Shingles vaccine -- b/c I'm not convinced of the limited research on that "new" one.
If I had a daughter I would think long and hard about the cervical cancer vaccine as well.
I know we're supposed to be moving toward better health, but 30 years ago when a lot of us were vaccinated there were fewer vaccines and I'm not sure that was such a bad thing.
I believe that we all parent in different ways and have the right to make decisions for our children based on what we think is best for them.  So do what works best for you and your family. (That's my parenting advice mantra.) 
by on Jul. 15, 2007 at 11:46 PM
This is such an interesting topic for me because I never really thought about it until I started really researching after I decided Evan fit in the PDD family.  I have gone from being a strong advocate of vaccinating your kids on the schedule to being really unsure.  All three of my boys have had all of their vaccines "on time".  I am a nurse, so I am sure my fears and over-education on communicable diseases as well as my possible exposure to Hepatitis at work and then exposing my kids to it has thus far made me err on the side of vaccinate vs. wait or not at all.

However, now as I am in the throws of this reality, it is a concern to me.  My husband and I have done some research on vaccines and mercury, etc. but I still feel like I am really a novice on the subject!
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