Vaccination schedule...

Rachel - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Is anyone else considering delaying or "spacing out" their baby's shots? Since autism runs in our family, I want to take every possible precaution in preventing it in my 10 week old son.



At his 2 month well-baby visit, they wanted to give him SIX vaccines at once! I allowed the DTP shot, because pertussis is a real threat at his age. However, I refused the other combination shot they reccommended, and will return next month to get it (requires an extra visit, but who cares?).



I plan on following Dr. Sears delayed immunization schedule, but I'm still worried about it...so many "unknowns" in the whole process!



Any thoughts? Anyone else concerned about the harmful effects of vaccinations on our babies? Anyone have trouble following an alternative schedule?



Your input is greatly appreciated!

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Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hi, this subject means a lot to me. I have an 11 year old autistic son and he had all his vaccinations as advised (not sure he ever had 6 vaccines at once tho) but I don't believe the MMR contributed to his autism and this may sound odd but even if it were ever proved to be a slight risk, i'd still do it again.



When I was 15 my brother, Richard, came home from school with a soar throat and what appeared to be bruises all over his body. He insisted that he felt ok but mum took him to the docs and he had to go into hospital. He was in hospital for about 10 days, he missed his last day at primary school and wasn't too happy about that because he said he felt fine. My mum would often go to see him and he'd be jumping up and down on the bed.



He was due to come home on the 11th July and my friend and I were going to spend the morning with him on the 10th whilst my mum was at work. As we walked onto the ward he slipped into a semi coma, had we been a few minutes earlier and not stopped to get him a cream cake on the way, we would have been able to speak to him. He was transferred to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he had 2 operations because he had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage, his life support machine was turned off on the Friday 11th July 1986, he was just 10 years old. His post mortem revealed that this sequence of events had happened because he'd contracted german measles, he never had the chance to have the MMR becuase it wasn't availble until a year after his death.



Everyone has to make their own mind up and I can appreciate it must be difficult for a lot of people, but for me there was no choice to make. Take care and good luck x

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Nicole - posted on 09/19/2009

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This is tough for me. I have 3 children with a fourth due any day now and I am torn! My second child is Autistic and had all of his immunizations, but so have my other 2 children and they are not Autistic. I feel that I saw the signs even when he was an infant, but his docs kept saying he was fine. It wasn't until he was around 18 months old and had no vocabulary and seemed to have no interest in communication (no eye contact, etc.) that they finally listened to me.



So, with that said, if it was the immunizations that caused his Autism then it would have been one of the earlier doses. And then you look at my other children and they have been vaccinated and are fine.



So, for me, the question is: Do vaccinations actually cause Autism? And that's where I am torn. My husband is stubborn with his position that he wants to delay vax for this child I am carrying, because there MAY be a chance. But, I am uneasy about the thought of no vax. I have, at least, talked him into allowing the DTP, due to pertussis being a threat to little babies and since there have been at least 2 babies die of pertussis in my family before. I have also talked him into re-evaluating the vax idea at 6 months of age due to the fact that even though I will be breastfeeding, the gut in an infant starts to close and this means a little less absorption of the breastmilk antibodies into the baby's bloodstream.



I'm not saying that this is just his decision, but because I am on the fence, I am having a hard time making the decision myself. I am very supportive of vaccinations. I know that they save lives and working with the medical community as a Lactation Counselor helps prove that to me all the time, but I worry that we vaccinate too aggressively, too early and there lies my problem.



Good luck and I hope that you have it figured out soon. I sure need to make my decision very soon, too. As any day now, I will have a newborn in the hospital with a HepB needle in debate. =(

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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My little girl's brother was born autistic. From the moment he came home from the hospital something was wrong. I think shots causing autism is nonsense. Not vaccinating your children puts them at risk and could spread illness. People just want something they can blame so it's not such a scary, uncontrollable, mysterious thing.

Jen - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter has had all of her shots on time and had up to 4 at a time (2 in each leg). She has had no ill effects and is very smart (she's 21 months). My friend's boys whom the oldest (age 3) was diagnosed with PDD-Nos and is currently being retested and her youngest (aged 23 months) whom is on the spectrum got all of their shots and have never had them split up. I honestly believe autism is genetic and is not a result of shots, but this is my personal belief. However, I do believe parents of children with autism should consider looking for warning signs earlier in their second child and if that means splitting up the shots then by all means do it. It's not going to hurt to split them up. Good luck.

Veronica - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son was diagnosed over a year and half ago. My doctor and I decided to space out his vaccines especially the MMR. Not many doctors will tell you but you can split the MMR in three separate shots instead of the cocktail vaccination. Currently I am pregnant and I will be delaying on the unnecessary shots on my daughter. There are too many shots for such little bodies. My mother still does not understand why children receive so many vaccination shots. She said 30-40 years ago we did not have these many shots and we all are in great health. If you delay your shots, remember you are doing whats best for you child.

Stacey - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son is waiting to be tested (2 1/2 years old) and my daughter is due to have her 1 yr shots in about 2 weeks. I wasn't sure what to do, since I dont want to skip her vaccs, I couldn't bear to see her get really ill, but then I found some info, go to www.generationrescue.com, on the home page scroll down til you see a heading about larry king, #7 should be about vaccinated more safely, there are some good tips that I will use, such as getting the MMR vacc done in 3 seperate shots instead of one & getting shots done 1 per visit etc. I feel mean doing it this way, but It is a real worry.

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