Okay, so I try to keep this blog controversy-free for the most part and I am somewhat hesitant to put this out there, but here is the deal:
Munchkin had his (almost) two month checkup today. You know, the one where they’re supposed to start all the shots and stuff. I asked our doctor if he was okay with us delaying Munchkin’s vaccines and being selective about which ones he gets once we start. I am a little concerned about him getting so many vaccines so close together while he is still so young, especially since he has a strong family background of autoimmune disease (my mom, grandma, and I all have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) and I certainly wasn’t ready to start today. He was totally fine with that, but did want to make sure that we understood the risks of each of the diseases that are commonly vaccinated against. His personal recommendation is that we start at Munchkin’s 4 month appointment with just the Dtap and HIB (ones that he would be most likely to catch) and hold off on Hep B and Polio until he is older and has a more developed immune system since he isn’t likely to be exposed to either of those at this time. I personally would like to hold off longer on everything- preferably until at least one year- and space out the doses. I don’t think I want to have him vaccinated for MMR, Varicella (chickenpox), or Rotavirus at all. To me , the risk of overloading his immune system just outweighs the risk that those diseases pose given the quality of health care in our country. I’m NOT saying that I think vaccines cause autoimmune diseases; obviously there is a pretty strong genetic factor in my family. But, I also do not want to stress his immune system and trigger something that he may be predisposed to. Anyways, our doctor is willing to work with us no matter what we decide, but he would prefer we start at least some of the vaccinations before 1 year. I know the pro-vaccine vs. anti-vaccine debate is a hot one, and I am not looking for judgemental comments from either side, just some (nice, please) input from other parents out there. Have any of you used a delayed/selective vaccination schedule? If so, which one did you use and when did you start? How did you space out the doses? Surely the one-size-fits-all approach is’t best for every individual child. Just one last reminder, please be nice if you comment!
Okay, on a less controversial note, isn’t this just the cutest smile you’ve ever seen?!?! 🙂