Atlantic Puffin (10-11-2011)
Subscribing as we will be delaying
In NSW, the first vaccine after the birth is now at 6 weeks due to whooping cough epidemic. Best thing to do is get yourself updated with the whooping cough vax and grandparents as well, and any other adults who will be spending time with baby.
Last edited by BigRedV; 10-11-2011 at 12:26.
Okay, I am going to be a slight fence sitter, difficult for me as I am an immunologist by trade.
Firstly, the reason that there are so many more vaccines now then in the 80's is purely due to our advances in medicine. It is not an attempt to over vaccinate our children. I am fully vaccinated, so are all members of my family. The incidence of reactions (albeit most completely unproven) are so rare. The effects of contracting the disease - so severe. It's just a weight up the negatives vs positives. As long as you make an accurate informed decision then I don't mind what you do.
On the other side - now there is no link here - please don't think I am trying to correlate the two - but there are so many children these days with allergies, asthma, eczema etc. Is this large increase in these immune related problems related to our increase in vaccine usage if just because we are better diagnosing these conditions? Our mothering instincts of 'no, don't eat dirt. No, don't put that in your mouth' may be hampering that immune response from a young age and leaving our kids more prone to certain conditions (not that I'm condoning children to eat dirt!!! - sorry for the irrelevant rant!!)
Such a tough decision, I personally will be selecting the vaccinations I want my child to have, but will probably end up administering most of them.
Each to their own, there are no clear correct answers in this case!!
I'm not vaxxing in consultation with my GP after developing two serious separate health issues for no apparent reason and with no known cure after receiving the DTaP vaccine as an adult. I hadn't previously been vaccinated as my dad went into a 3 month coma after getting the polio vaccine as a child. Given our history we decided not to vax DD. I'm not anti-vax as such and am really torn on this issue. I do find the increased rate of allergies and asthma a cause for concern, though, and wonder at the correlation with increased vaccination
I am unsure why this thread derailed the way it did as everyone was commenting constructively and politely
I will repoen this thread for the OP to gain the information and advice that was ASKED for, but personally attacking and rude posts will not be tolerated. Please keep it nice or will be closed permanently.
I haven't had DD (3yo) vaxxed against chicken pox, studies that I've found linked to in here show a correlation between the vaccine and shingles in the future (yes I know that it's a risk with naturally occuring varicella as well).
I may have DD vaxxed against it in the future, but right now I don't deem it necessary.
ETA: as it is fairly new on the schedule I think that it may become more refined as more research is conducted on it's effectiveness.
It was kind of forced on dd 1 to get fully vacinated cause my hubby has a phd in microbiology and biotec so he had this and that reason for doing it, I on the other hand would have prefered to delay some of the vaccines as she got very sick at the 2 and 6 month ones. I'll def be delaying with my next bub
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