L.D. asks from Valencia, CA on April 14, 2008
Advice on Vaccinations
I need advice about what vaccines are neccesary and what which ones my 4 month old daughter can do without. She got them all at two months, which I was unsure about but due to lack of knowledge I decided for her to get them cause I didn't want to not get them and her get sick. Iam concerned that vaccinations might cause autism when they get them so young. Iam really worried about this especially with all the talk about autism these days. I'd like to know what other moms did. Your advice is greatly appriciated. Her Dr. appointment is sceduled for April 25th.
K.C. answers from Los Angeles on April 14, 2008
there are lots of pros and cons about vaccinations. You would feel horrible if something happened to her from vaccines, but how much more horrible if you did nothing and she got something horrible. I personally did my research then made my decision. You will get LOTS of people saying don't give any vaccines at all. Personally I pick and choose. Dr. Sears has great information about when and what vaccines to give. He personally has kids and chooses only some vaccines. Look at his web-site and do a little foot work. As for Autism, you have a girl and if you look at the statistics, in more then 8 out of 10 cases of Autism it effects boys.
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M.S. answers from Los Angeles on April 15, 2008
During this confusing time, know that you can delay and/or be selective on what your child gets. Don't ever panic that your child has a Dr. appt coming up and you need to have an answer as to what you are doing by that appt. Do the well check up and if your gut isn't feeling right, just tell your Dr. you are doing some research and will schedule an appt for the shots when you are ready. Most Dr.'s these days, respect a parent who is researching it. If they feel very strong about giving all the vaccines, they'll let you know. With both of mine, I delay or am selective to what they get. I am currently reading The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears. There are a lot of great resources out there to help you on the overwhelming journey.
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C.C. answers from Reno on April 15, 2008
My son went through the "typical" immunization process and thankfully doesn't have autism. What really threw me was that our last checkup (age 4) caught him up all the way to age 12. I don't remember that being typical when I was getting immunizations so I found that appauling. I have my own issues with immunizations because I was very healthy throughout childhood until I got a DPT at the age of 16 and started going downhill from there.
Back to your question...there are doctors that will spread out immunizations for parents who request it. I believe www.rainweb.org has listed doctors in our area that spread out immunizations in their online resource manual as well as a lot more useful information for parents with children who have autism. You can also not immunize as long as you have a viable reason to back it up (I don't know much about that) but that website has contact information for people who do.
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T.F. answers from Los Angeles on April 14, 2008
Mothering Magazine (natural living magazine) has a very knowledgeable and active ANTI-vax board. Read that board. There are new, great books out. Start reading. You can postpone the 4 month shots. The doctor might give you a hard time, but you need to present yourself and calm and confident, otherwise you will give a shot(s) and then regret it (like me 8 years ago). If he/she sees that you are uncertain, he'll say anything scary (your baby could die if they get X disease...) to get you to say yes to the shot.
People do different things... some people (after researching) choose not to vax at all. Some people vax completely. Some delay the shots (past age 2) and space them out to let the body recover/handle it better. Some are very selective about the shots, only giving a select few.
My son is partially vaxxed. I was in your shoes 8 years ago and at the 6 month visit I said no more (this was when mercury was still in shots - they were never recalled - they just used up all the lots). He's never had MMR. I gave him DTaP (last one) at age 5 b/c I was going to travel abroad and DH insisted. Fine. My daughter then 2 got her first Hep A (again due to travel) and then I postponed the trip indefinitely b/c I didn't want to give her any more (2nd Hep A, 3 DTaP shots).
There are many parents who had normal developing children who regressed after a series of shots. I didn't want to risk that. My children are very healthy. The doctors and researchers will argue that there was a pre-existing condition and the shots just were a catalyst. Well then, screen the children. If they are unable or unwilling to do that, I will not line them up to be used as guinea pigs.
The new gardisil (anti-cervical cancer vaccine for teen girls) has been linked to deaths and paralysis. Do an online search for those words and you'll read the stories. Granted, most girls don't have severe reactions, but again, my children are not guinea pigs. It's best for you to educate yourself, and read up, and relax...
Dr. Jay Gordon has a Vaccine DVD. He is a proponent of delaying and being selective about shots. That to me is the most sensible approach. (Though if it were up to me, I'd give none at all, unless I was traveling to a 3rd world country where they had a problem with Polio, Diptheria, or whatever. The country I was planning on traveling to did not.)
I hear Dr. Miller's recent updated book is great. Order it from Amazon.
B.B. answers from Los Angeles on April 15, 2008
I staggerd my child's vaccinatons and followed an amended vaccination schedule- HE is 3.5 and still not caught up but I am comfortable with my decision. Read the vaccination book by Dr. Bob Sears
There are two camps against and for not really in the middle and people ahve very strong opinions (like religion). So be prepared. We went to a shot talk in Dana point held by Dr Bob Sears- I would maybe read the book. I still have not done the MMR for the same fears but as my boy got older they decided to pass on some because he ahd outgrown the worries-AND it also depends on if she is home with you or what her childcare will be like
GOOD LUCK this one is one of the toughest decisions wou will make!
J.M. answers from Reno on April 14, 2008
Ask your dr about the type of vaccines they use...are they mercury free? I know there are some parents choosing not to have their little ones vaccinated. I personally have my boys vaccinated because we travel international to 3rd world countries. Also check the research, this is a very personal decision that only you can make. Good luck
K.E. answers from Los Angeles on April 15, 2008
go to vaclib.org this is an anti-vaccination website full of info. my kids are 14 and 16, they are not immunized and you can ask for the vaccination waiver at school. you must say it is for religious reasons that you refuse vacs but that is a whole tangled legal issue. when you find out the science behind vacs, you will not give them to your kids. it is appaling. mercury in the vacs. the serums grown on necrotized animal tissues... sick. injected into your baby? and does it really protect them? no. my mid wife had 6 kids 3 immunized 3 not. whooping cough breaks out, 2 of herimmunized and 1 of her unimmunized get it... do your homework BEFORE you decide.