There's definitely more than two anti-vaxxers here. Most just know better than to post about it
As far as contraindications for dtap go, concurrent acute moderate to severe illness & chronic illness are not contraindications for the vaccine. However they are listed as precautions, & would be evaluated on a case by case basis by the practitioner. Persons with moderate or severe illnesses, with or without fever, can be vaccinated as soon as they are recovering and no longer acutely ill.
With relation to Chronic illness, according to the CDC “The great majority of persons with chronic illnesses should be appropriately vaccinated. The decision whether or not to vaccinate these persons, and what vaccines to give, should be made on an individual basis”. So a doctor would advise the appropriate course of action based on each individual case, but according to the experts it should not interfere with the majority of cases.
According to the Australian Immunisation handbook “Children with minor illness (without an acute systemic illness and with a current temperature below 38.5oC) may be vaccinated safely. Major illness or high fever may be confused with vaccine side effects and increase discomfort to the child.Therefore vaccination should be postponed for 2 to 3 days until the child is well. A return appointment for vaccination should be made at the time of deferral.
Apart from some of the confusion surrounding illness & vaccinations some people may believe that delaying vaccines is beneficial however no real scientific evidence of this exists & thus far the one study done on this topic has indicated there are no developmental benefits in delaying vaccines but there are substantial risks. Specifically "This study suggests that delaying vaccines does not give infants any advantage in terms of brain development," Dr. Smith said. Published online Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, the study is believed to be the first to address the issue of delayed vaccination”. It also states “More than 90% of babies are vaccinated, but only 76% of children from the ages of 19 to 35 months get all recommended doses of key vaccines, according to data released last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than 1% of children receive no vaccines. Dr. Smith likens a parent's decision to delay vaccination to someone buckling their seat belt after 20 minutes of riding in the car. "You don't know when you'll get hit". http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...687548864.html
I have never had a problem with those who are contra indicated receiving vaccines however I do have a problem with the inference that any concurrent illness at the time of vaccination means you will have to postpone. In the vast majority of cases it should not mean a long delay.
Essentially a medical professional should be able to advise the individual but I understand what 4under4 is getting at with her comment.
My dd was born with a hole in her heart, she had hep b at birth then no others until 12 months and mmr wasn't until 5. There are still a couple she hasn't had like chicken pox, and she has never been given a flu vaccine.
But again, if doctors who know the child advise against vaccinations, or to at least delay, then how can you say the reasons are not valid?
Stiflers Mom (18-02-2012)
I agree it's difficult if doctors suggest not to vaccinate. And I'm truly astounded by the apparent number of doctors who suggest not vaccinating for no good reason. Thankyou to the PP who took the time to explain that recurrent illnesses are not a reason to not vax. I can only postulate that many doctors, when confronted with an anxious mother just can't be bothered arguing. Or they are ignorant.
Sorry if I 'bullied' non vaxxers. Again, the PP asked a question and I answered it. Or was the question supposed to be rhetorical.
Being uber pedantic here, but Vit K is not a vaccine
I've been following this thread, and I'm a bit confused as to what people are confused about...
Forgive me if I'm being slow, but what I've got from this thread (and the other ones that are linked) is:
Alimia is pro-vax, and was confused about why there was a higher % of non-vaxxed kids at daycare.
She thought there would be more, or that the daycare centre would make it mandatory.
She's not judging the non-vaxxers, but from a personal stance would prefer it if kids had to be vaxxed when at daycare.
Her husband is a paediatrician.
She works as a paediatrician's specialist.
I don't see any contradictions?
Last edited by Mod-pegasus; 18-02-2012 at 16:54.
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