Monday, July 21, 2008

Vax


While I sit considering my options with my blog, I wanted to address something else.....vaccinations. After having a child with Aspergers Syndrome, I have always been scared every time they inject my child. I feel as if I hold my breath for a whole day afterwards praying that they are the same as they were prior to shots. I have done some shots early on and then delayed til they were 2-3 and started "catching them up." After more research on the topic lately though, I really wonder, what is necessary? I do not want to go with "herd immunity" so I have chosen to eventually get my children all the vax I feel are worth the associated risks. My theory is basically this: am I more scared of them getting the vax with all sorts of things in it-thermosal, aluminum, msg, and so many other horrible additives that can trigger scary reactions, or the disease itself. I starting thinking about this more in depth the past few days as I deal with Wyatt who seems to be worsening lately. It could just be the double ear infection we have been battling for a month now too, but my thoughts always wander back to those shots. He was overloaded with shots at his tender size(5 lbs) and age(newborn). They gave him more to "protect" him in his very fragile state that he was born in. He had intrauterine growth restriction and was born 5 lbs 8 ounces full term +1 day. He had no suck swallow reflex and his weight dropped to 4lbs, 13 ounces by 3 weeks old. He was starving. It was horrible. They were pounding him with shots so he wouldn't get this or that. I was 17 and didn't know better. This was before mercury was mandated out of shots as well. Even now though, no one checks up to regulate mercury actually not being in the shots(I learned this just recently). So I sat down and really looked at the shots that Drs want to give and when and came up with a schedule that I am comfortable with. My kids will still be given shots, but on my terms and it will be delayed mostly.



DTAP needs 4 doses instead of 5 if the last dose is given at 4+ years old.



What we wont do: influenza, rota virus, varicella, Hep A, Hep B, and pnuemonococcal for now. The only 2 I am considering later on are Heb B and Varicella.



Kenna will be getting DTAP at 2 years and again at 4 years and that will be covered. (she has already had 2 doses)

She has had 2 doses of HIB and will have no more

Measles and Rubella possibly at 4 and 6 years old....still debating about this one. The other kids have had it though. *mumps vaccine doesn't seem to be working anymore so there is no point to that one

She has had 2 IPV and will get her last IPV at 12 months



We will have titers done at 5 or so to check for immunity for DTAP, IPV and MMR



Future children vax schedule will be:

9 months old DTAP, IPV

12 months old DTAP, IPV

15 months HIB, DTAP, IPV

4 years DTAP

Measles and Rubella MUCH later



If they dont get chicken pox by age 12, I will consider chicken pox shots as chicken pox can be pretty rough for an adult. I will also consider Hep B at this age.





8 comments:

Sandy said...

when did you start to notice the symptoms of Asperger's in your son? What age was he diagnosed?
Can you email me?

maryellenlewis said...

We vaccinate mostly on schedule, but I don't do any vax until at least 2 mos and I limit the shots to 2 per visit. I know the risks but I can't take chances with the diseases since my oldest nearly died of botulism (not that there's any kind of vax for that) and we live in NYC and around a lot of unvax kids and foreigners who might not have been vaccinated. Oh, and my husband travels to foreign countries a lot (Bangalore, Hong Kong, Tokyo) so I feel much better for our family to be thoroughly vaccinated. It does worry me though after every shot. :(

Virginia H. said...

We have chosen to omit and/or delay vaccinating our kids and I think choosing to do so has been one of the hardest things I have had to do as a mom.

I am terrified of vaccines and the crap that they are made of but how can I ignore the risks of the diseases too? tough decision.
Our oldest (because we did not know any better) was vaccinated on schedule until he was 6 months and hasn'y received any type of vaccine since. Nate (the youngest) has only been vaccinated against menengitis so far and I literally threw up after he got the shot because I am still unsure that that is really what I wanted to do.
We are definately not givng the kids the chicken pox vaccine, the rotavirus, the flu vaccine and Hep B (at least not for now).
The MMR we'll delay (and eventually split up) as long as possible.
Here is a website I like :http://www.vacinfo.org/
I have a few more but am too lazy to look right now, let me know if you would like them!

Krystin said...

I understand your thoughts on vacs. I too have a kid who is on the spectrum, I don't know if it was the vacs, or all the crap that they pumped into him in the NICU, but coming from a medical family, I vac all my kids, but like you I do it on MY sched. good to know I am not the only one who makes my Dr's life hard! :)

Krystin said...

I understand your thoughts on vacs. I too have a kid who is on the spectrum, I don't know if it was the vacs, or all the crap that they pumped into him in the NICU, but coming from a medical family, I vac all my kids, but like you I do it on MY sched. good to know I am not the only one who makes my Dr's life hard! :)

Adrienne said...

One vaccine that's especially scary is the Gardisil one for the HPV virus because people have died after getting it.

Janice said...

My kids haven't had any vaccines. My daughter is 5 years and my son is 15 months.

My kids are both extremely healthy. They've never needed or taken any prescription or over the counter medication. The only disease they've had for which there is a vaccine is chickenpox, but we had to search very hard for it.

The point I'm trying to make is that completely avoiding vaccines is also an option.

I like the www.mothering.com/discussions vaccinations board for information and support.

Jeanie said...

I am with you on this! We have 2 out of our 5 with very hf AU, I say more like aspergers. Either way the school said Au. I am VERY careful with my 4th boy and his vacinations.