Please will you share your knowledge or experience in connection with Infant Immunisations.
My daughter has niggling doubt about wether to have her newborn baby girl immunised or not, so we are doing our best to research the advantages and disadvantages and make an educated decision. There is an option of not giving 'ALL' of the vaccines at once, or indeed 'ALL' of the vaccines, but, this is very costly and involves a trip to London for each individual injection and is quite honestly out of her affordability. Added to this she is currently being bombarded with recommendations to inject baby with swine flu vaccine as well.
Thank you in Advance
Well, I'm really not sure about all of the vaccines, but I do know that I've heard from quite a few doctors over here in the US not to get the swine flu shots. They said that the virus is too new, and because of the rush to get them out, they just threw together what they think should work without doing a lot of the needed research.
If she is healthy and doing good, I'd consider only the ones that are most important. My boys got a bunch, but they were twins born at 34 weeks though and my wife took care of all that.
All my 5 children have been fully vaccinated, they are all grown up now. it is because we live in a tropical country and there are lots of diseases wgich are preventable due to vaccines. I recommend Tuberculin it is important, DPT or diptheria(water borne disease) pertussis (whooping cough)and tetanus, three doses, since you live in UK, I dont think there is danger to that.
MMR Mumps measles rubella, I will recommend it. hepatitis A and B, i will recommend that.
Polio vaccine I will not recommend it.
You need to keep in mind that once the children start school, you will be asked for their vaccination card -at least in Spain and France it is compulsory to have the vaccination card up to date to be accepted at school.
For my children we opted for separate vaccines rather than the one shot with multiple vaccines in it (up to 8 sometimes in Spain). It was slightly more expensive and more time consuming because the baby had a vaccine every month as opposed to having them all in one day.
Whether is there any link or not, with that method none of my little ones were ever sick sick or showed any bad reactions after the vaccines. They are groing up strong and with no major diseases apart from the odd cold.
You want to make an educated decision then go to medical school. Otherwise ask your doctor - thats what they're there for.
Sometimes even doctors don't know or else may be giving advice that later turns out to be challenged by the medical profession. I'm not saying they "don't know anything", by any means, and we generally have to trust them; but when it comes to some decisions we do sometimes need to seek out information beyond just what doctors "are saying these days". It was doctors who prescribed Thalidomide decades ago, only to later have it discovered that doing so had disastrous and heartbreaking consequences. DES was another one. Today there's a lot argument about ADHD medications and H1N1 immunizations. A little scouting around for whatever information is "out there", besides just what doctors advise these days, isn't such a bad thing.
(Of course, I'm someone whose pediatrician was going to go ahead and give my baby the pertussis vaccine until I asked whether his having had a seizure meant he shouldn't have it. The doctor said, "I'm not sure. Let me go look that up. He then returned and said he'd give my son the form of vaccine without pertussis vaccine included.)
My two boys are fully vaccinated. We've never skipped a shot and, yes, they have had multiple sticks in one day. Aside from the expected side effects (slight fever or soreness after a couple) they've been fine.
I know there is a concern for many parents regarding autism and a link to vaccines. believe me, I'm a worry wart research nut so I did my homework before getting my sons any shots. The info I have read and heard says this:
The majority of kids who developed autism following a vaccine already had a specific gene for autism. Supposedly, there was something in the shots that awakened this gene. I don't know if it is something that can be checked for or not.
So many of us parents are/were concerned about vaccines; and besides any laws that say our children can't get into school without immunizations, a lot of us just feel safer knowing our children have been immunized.
My kids had the usual measles, mumps, rubella. One (of three) didn't finish the "pertussis" part of the diptheria, tetanus, pertussis immunization (because he had a febrile seizure from an ear infection, and that was reason to have potential concerns about the pertussis vaccine (this was over twenty years ago, when the pertussis vaccine was believed to have potentially serious side-effects in some children who may be at higher risk). They also got the polio immunization. If I had another baby tomorrow I would make the same choices (although I don't pretend I wasn't worried when each child got immunized). When my kids entered college I wanted them to get immunized against meningitis (which can be a problem for dorm-living students).
My 20-month-old nephew died when he got epiglottitis (sp?), which comes from the Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. This was years ago when the Hib vaccine had been recently developed but was not given routinely to children because it was said to be too costly. His mother was so upset to think her child had died when he hadn't had to, if the vaccine hadn't been "a secret". Within just a couple/few years after my nephew died the vaccine became available and recommended for all children. As a parent, I don't pretend I wasn't worried about possible problems from immunizations, but living with the risk of some diseases always hanging over our heads isn't great either.
To everyone else so far, Your responses are greatly appreciated, thank you for your time and effort. QP ;-)
To immunize or not is entirely up to the parent (so long as the doctor gives the go-ahead) so I'm not going to advise one way or the other.
When my babies were little I was hesitant like every other mum out there, especially seeing that one of the women I worked alongside had a vaccine-damaged child.
But you know, in the end, what persuaded me to go ahead was the thought that if my child was damaged by the vaccine, they would be killed by the disease if they didn't have the vaccine in the first place.
So I went ahead, had the triple vaccines in each case and TB as well in my first (we lived in a multi-cultural area at the time, and the doctor advised getting it).
All six of my children are normal healthy adults now:)
I was always a worry wart about vaccines even before Jenny came on oprah and threw the world into a frenzy about them being linked to autism. My worries were about freak reactions that happen to 1 in 100,000. But I worried more about my kids getting sick and so I always went ahead with them.
My mother actually had a good point when she told me that parents woulnd't be so against vaccines if they had lived through the polio epidemic. There are reasons why we have vaccines and should take them as a serious part of prevention when it comes to our health.
Anyways, Nothing ever happened when my kids were vaccinated, besides the usual soreness and fever and crankiness, but a good trick for that is to give baby tylenol an hour before the vaccines and every four to six hours as needed the first day of vaccination.
I agree with Lisa about being your own proponent when it comes to research and making informed decisions. doctors don't know everything, and whats more, they are often overloaded and distracted, and even if theyve seen you 50 times in the last year, they probably still haven't read your file thoroughly. I find that I have to remind my doctor everytime about my sons emergency respiratory shutdown so she doesn't overlook a serious problem when he gets sick. twice now, I have had to push for tests when they thought he just had a cold and then found out he had acute pneumonia which required antibiotics.
My 3 kids have all been vaccinated fully, including h1n1 and even the chickenpox, and their doing fine. so take heart
Thank you, my daughter is calling to see me sometime this week and is looking forward to reading your comments.
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