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[Dec. 2nd, 2007|07:50 pm]
Vaccine Awareness & Education


Hello, I'm new here and a bit ashamed. Please be gentle with me as I make this confession:
I have been one of those parents who blindly vaccinated asking no questions, not blinking an eye. I have a 7 month old and a 4 year old.
I'm not ashamed of myself for vaccinating as I am for my ignorance in doing so. I put blind faith in the medical community at large and didn't think for a moment there could be any other side to things or options available.
Then I saw that Jenny McCarthy episode of Oprah about Autism....

I'm not professing that I think autism is related to vaccines. Maybe it is, I haven't formed an opinion. But I'll tell you what, seeing that sure did spark in interest in reading up on the topic of vaccinations- their histories, their ingredients, the specifics of the diseases they supposedly protect us from- and there is so much more to it than I ever thought.
Since then I have been reading literature and trying to educate myself so I can start making informed choices for my children. Whether I choose to vaccinate, not to vaccinate, or vaccinate on a delayed schedule the important thing is that I'm not going about it ignorantly. My children deserve as much.

So, without saying, my children have been loaded with shots, and I'm hoping it's not too late to adopt a new approach, with my 7-month-old in mind in particular. I am interested in the Donald Miller schedule at this point, but again, I confess my education in this area is VERY limited thus I'm very open to other suggestions. Here is the Miller schedule for reference:

1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old.
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
4. These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:
1. Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
2. Diphtheria
3. Tetanus
4. Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)

This is problematic for me because my baby has already had so many of these boosters. Here is where I have a million questions. And I am sure all the answers are but a click away thanks to Google, and forgive again my ignorance, I am so overwhelmed and hope you don't mind me just asking here. :)
If I adopt this schedule after already having many of the boosters, can I ask that my daughter not finish the boosters as scheduled? How will that effect shots for the future? Will she have to be revaccinated in full? Or can the boosters wait a few years?

So far, my pediatrician is supportive in me delaying things and breaking things up between visits, but we haven't discussed it in great length yet. I want to have a workable plan in writing, sources to share, and be able to communicate effectively.
I am reading Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives by Aviva Jill Romm and would love any other recommendations as well.

Thank you for your patience and support :)

[User Picture]From: chaos_in_action
2007-12-03 04:19 am (UTC)
There is no maximum time in between shots AFAIK, there's just a minimum thats recommended by the CDC at least. Figure out what has already been given, and then break up from there. And the longer you delay, the less shots they would actually need to get, I believe. So, no, you aren't going to mess anything up by waiting. (Or never doing!) :)

On the books score: I really liked "Raising a Vaccine Free Child" by Wendy Lydall and "The Vaccine Guide" by Randall Neus...and there's where I can stop spelling his name, much less actually pronouncing it. ;) As well as the two other books you've just mentioned in this post. And a message board with *wonderful* amounts of information (and really, its a bit daunting too!) is at http://www.mothering.com/discussions in the Vaccine forum.
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[User Picture]From: patsila
2007-12-03 02:36 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: chaos_in_action
2007-12-03 03:47 pm (UTC)
No problem. :)

Also, I have the vaccination guide from the Stephanie Cave book up on my LJ, if you want to have a sort of quick reference to it. (My LJ is friends-locked, so it'll be the first post you'll be able to see.)
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[User Picture]From: patsila
2007-12-03 03:49 pm (UTC)
I certainly will check that out!
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