Congrats to you for being concerned and wanting to learn more BEFORE injecting anything into your prescious little one! You have every reason to be concerned. First, you do not need to rush.... Your child is only 14 months, which is extremely young for any of the M, M or R vaccines. Even though I don't get it for my kids, my ped doesn't even do it until kids are a full 24 months because he says this vax hurts and feels their immune system needs to be more mature before dealing with these. Don't rush, it's a decision that can't be reversed. Do lots and lots of research and educate yourself as much as possible and make a decision that you feel is best for your child. You have the option of waiting until the typical age of 18-24 mo or delaying longer, it's all up to you. Right now I don't
think you can get one of the 3 components seperarely, I'm not remembering which one of the m's
but the others can be obtained but not one of them. They claim that all 3 will be available again in another year or 2. I would highly recommend reading a few good books.... 'Shoot em Up' comes in book and video/DVD form (I got the DVD so hubby could watch too and we were then on the same page), Dr.Sears Vaccine Book, and there are a couple others I've found helpful but I'm not sure I'm remembering the titles correctly.... I think 'vaccines: what your dr. May not tell you' and also 'how to raise a healthy child in spite of your Dr' . Plus I would really check into the vaccine section and forums on www.mothering.com and www.kellymom.com where there is lots of experience and reading lists.... Best wishes, remember you are in control and don't get bullied. If you need a waiver from the government, it is very easy, just go to the county health dept. Best wishes!