A.S. asks from Ballston Spa, NY on September 28, 2008
I am so panict about getting my child shots at a year old. I did get them at 2-4-6 months. No problems. But, a friend brought me Jenny McCarthys books and I am so scared now. I have ahd all these shots as well as my husband and we are fine. What to do suggestions, anything that will help
L.N. answers from New York on October 01, 2008
A., spread them out and don't accept more than one shot a day, then wait at least 2 weeks for the next shot. as for MMR, don't do it before the age of 2.
i totally understand the medical experts saying no link found between autism and shots. ok for now. what about 10 years from now? can they guarantee it?
i asked my kids' ped. to sign a doc. saying he guarantees us the shots won't harm my kids in any way and that he guarantees this for 20+ years. i asked him this after he lectured me on the diseases they protect from and after lecturing me how he has to deal with a few moms a year every time shots are brought up. needless to say, he didn't sign it but got my point. and agreed to spread them out. my kids are 4 and i still refuse mercury filled flu shots. our ped does not carry mercury free flu shots, therefore i get them through the county
ps i agree mccarthy is no expert...but she did have her son diagnosed with autism and her through her efforts she was able to reverse it. so in my opinion, her advice should NOT be ignored
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M.L. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
I, like you, was soo paranoid about giving my daughter her shots at 1 and 2 years of age...I voiced my concern to her pedi and he gave me much info to read on this...how it isnt a proven medical fact that the vaccines cause autism...they say that the children who develope autism already have the trait and will eventually get it, the shots just activate it to come out sooner...there are lots of studies published on CNN, one very recent one where it shows this proven fact...only shot I was very aprehensive about getting was the Chicken Pox vaccine....I felt that my daugher should be exposed to them and get them so that she doesnt get shingles later on in life...even though she still could get shingles, her chances are much less if she has the chicken pox....like my Mom said to me....what did they do years ago when we were born, and there was no knowledge of this??? We all had our immunizations and turned out perfectly fine...I tried to focus on that each time my daughter got her shots....my daughter is now 2 1/2 and perfectly fine....I really feel its a personal choice whether or not you immunize but like my daughters pedi said to me...which would you rather want...your daughter to get her shots or for her to get some horrible disease such as menengitis and be on a breathing tube in the hospital....its true...when they dont get there shots they are also putting other people/children at risk...I wish you the best in whatever you decide!!
C.F. answers from New York on September 29, 2008
I understand that there is so much conflicting information in the media, but please do not believe that shots cause Autism. That just isn't the case - there is nothing out there in the medical literature that shows this. It would be great if the solution were that simple, but it's not.
Think about it this way - Thimerisol (which was believed to cause the problems) was taken out of shots yet the rates of Autism continue to go up.
Please don't listen to an actress who is trying to sell books - listen to the researchers who live this every day. I've talked to autism experts on this subject - there is just no link.
T.B. answers from New York on September 30, 2008
I am in the same boat, and I am sure there are many thousands of other parents with us. My son is 10 weeks old and has had 2 Hep B shots and the first dtap, polio and rotavirus vaccinations. I spoke with my doctor and she wasn't much help and very brief in her explanation. At that point I started researching. My favorite book is The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. Its not anti vaccination or pro. Its very informative and interesting. My husband and I have decided to space the shots out and delay the MMR as long as possible. We will also be asking for the MMR in 3 seperate shots. We have a four year old who has Asperger's, so this is very scarey for us. As for Jenny McCarthy, I truly respect what she has done and am thankful for her. She is using her name (and Jim's) to fight for something we need. Check out her website, generationrescue.org, it has great info and links. Educate yourself and make your own choices, its your baby! My thoughts are with you.
D. answers from New York on September 28, 2008
My kids aren't on the regular shot schedule. They never have been. They never will be. They do get all their shots just not on the doctors time frame. And you don't have to allow them to give your kids any shots you don't want them to have. They can not force you into it at all. You can say that the baby is just getting over a cold and I would prefer to wait on this round of shots. Also, change the schedule. Move them back and don't let them have more then a few shots at a time. They can not give your kids any shots without your permission. This is what I told my doctor's..."having children is the most important decision I have ever made in my life. If something happens to them, I am the one responsible, not you. I have to handle it, not you." Vaccines are important. They do save lives. Yet they aren't great for every child, and by the time that is realized it's to late. Get your kids vaccinated. But you don't have to follow their rules. Set up a different schedule. My son had his MMR at 2 not 18 mos. And he didn't have his hep B shots and chicken pox shot until he needed them for preschool. The schedule is not set in stone. Follow your heart. Putting them off a month or 2 isn't a problem. And if it makes you feel better then that is all that matters. The thing is, is that a baby doesn't start building antibodies until their between 4-6 mos. yet we start injecting them when they are hours old (this doesn't include the vitamin K shot or the eye stuff). My kids started at 4 mos with their shots and here is the schedule.
4 mos: DTap, Hib, Polio
6 mos: DTap, Hib, Polio
9 mos: DTap , Hib
12 mos: Polio
15 mos: Hib
18 mos: DTap
24 mos: MMR
My kids did not have Prevnar (the menangitis shot), it's not required in CT.
The Hep B and Chicken Pox my son was older the 3 for them.
No pediarex, it's 5 shots in 1 and then they get the hep B on top of that. That's 6 vaccines at 1 time. Far to many at once. I never allow more then 3 at a time. Yes this schedule allows for more needle pricks. But what is more important, the chance for their bodies to have a better chance to build antibodies or less needle sticks. I'd rather more tears and worries about what could happen. Again their my kids, my resposiblity, my life. And if anything happens to them...my problem.
A.J. answers from Albany on September 29, 2008
Talk to a medical professional. Not an actor or a friend, or someone you do not even know online. This is your child's life and not a time to be ignorant. Good luck.