Anne - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My husband and I both have some serious auto-immune diseases in our family histories and our daughter was a real miracle after he had surgery and chemotherapy for cancer and our chances of conceiveing were supposed to be very low. We are very protective of her and have been cautious about anything that might increase her risk of developing the diseases in our gene pool. We have delayed getting her vaccinations and because of this we haven't taken her to things like swimming or large playgroups. She has just turned 1 year old and we are now thinking about which vaccinations she should have. I would like to take her swimming but I'm not sure if she needs to have completed the polio (IPV) vaccinations beforehand. I believe it is given with 4 other vaccines all at once - dTaP/IPV/Hib. My questions are: Is it necessary to have so many at once? Does anyone know if there is any drawback to having single vaccines if they are available? I know the government says the delay in administering single shots puts children at risk but we have been careful to protect her this long and want to do what is best. Five serious diseases suddenly being injected into your blood stream seems like an overstimulation of the immune system to me. I read an article syaing that it's the total number of injections that counts though - each time you bypass the primary immune responders (tonsils, glands ect) and go straight for the blood stream it causes such a rush of white blood cells that this can actually damage the vascular system. So having them all in a fewer number of shots is actually better. I don't know if there is any truth in it or not. Perhaps others out there have looked into this too and can help us out. Is it safe to take her swimming without the vaccine? Some sources say yes but they don't explain why. So any opinions about what age to have which vaccines, and in what form they should be would be welcome. Please no preaching though - I get that from people who don't understand our worries and haven't spent as much time and consideration on these issues.