Delaying the MMR Vaccine

Kellie - posted on 09/20/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
We've been right on schedule with all of the other vaccines but something scares me a bit about the MMR. I've read a lot about each vaccine that he's received and something tells me to hold off on the MMR. Not to say he's not going to get it but maybe wait a year or so. My sister works for a pharmaceutical company and told me they might be separating this vaccine shortly. I think I might wait until he's a bit older and doesn't have so many vaccines given to him in one visit. Has anyone else delayed some of the vaccines? Again, we're completely on schedule as of now and I intend to have him fully vaccinated I just don't know if this one should be given to him right now.

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Valerie - posted on 12/09/2013

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In 1977 I received 10 vaccines from birth to kindergarten. Now the CDC "recommends 36 vaccines from birth to kindergarten. In 1977, the prevalence of autism was 1 in 10,000, now the prevalence of autism is 1 out of 88 children being diagnosed. And a new study just came out that showed the rate of autism wasveven higher than that showing 1 out of 50 children are being diagnosed. I don't need a scientific study, it it is simply common sense. When my infant was due for her vaccines, I took a copy of MY vaccinations into my pediatrition and told him to follow that plan exactly with the same schedule. Also. I am delaying the MMR until my child is older. I am not anti-vaccine; I am pro-child.

Kellie - posted on 10/05/2010

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Janet, who is that post directed at...I hope not me. No body on this thread has said they're against vaccines and don't plan to vaccinate. We're still on schedule and did go with the MMR but as you would know it, he had a bad reaction...104 fever and had a mild case of rubella. I just feel there are too many medicined pumped into their system at one time. Granted I don't like to see my son in pain because they're going to be spaced out but I feel that is the best way to handle this after lots of research. Why is there such a rise in childhood disease (not just autism) but allergies and asthma. I looked at my vaccination record and over the course of my life receive 28 shots. My son has already just about that (not actual injections because they are combos) but to me, that's crazy!

Janet - posted on 10/04/2010

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YIKES!! I can't believe some people don't get their child immunized!! That is very scary to me! The shots don't cause Autism...or MANY people would have autism! Jenny McCarthy is one crazy lady!! Both of my children have had all their shots and they did fine!
Do you still drive in your car everyday?? Many people have had accidents but you still drive!

Nikki - posted on 10/20/2010

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The autism stories and developmental delays have PROVEN to be utter crap. When a child is vaccinated it is the normal immune response to present with a fever and or lethargic behaviour. This is the bodies way of learning to fight of virus, it is normal. I don't love the idea of vaccinations, but I couldn't live with myself if my child died because I chose not to vaccinate.

Kellie - posted on 10/05/2010

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Mason is my first and we just didn't know better and decided we'd trust what the doctor was doing was right. They make it universal so it's not so confusing for everyone but you have the right to make your own schedule. I will be doing that with my next child. It is very scary business.

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Dawn - posted on 10/28/2010

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We have decided to delay certain vaccinations and also decided against some as well. I did do the MMR at my daughter's 1 year visit, and definitely felt pressured into it. She ended up getting a rash a pretty bad fever about 2 weeks later, which is a 'typical' reaction. Dr Sears "The Vaccine Book" is super neutral information, and so helpful... I would never look down on a nother parent who has chosen their own path when it comes to vaccinations... it is definitely a choice that we are given, and it's sad that so many people choose to be rude when a parent decides what they feel is right for their child.

Natasha - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have yet to actually talk to a doctor who will admit to any sort of link, but I think they also legally have to stick to the party line. In terms of delaying or not, it also depends on where you live. We saw our doc last week for the 1 year (we're in manhattan) and she said she was fine with us delaying and there hasn't been a case of measles in the city in years but that there was one isolated outbreak in Brooklyn several years back that didn't cross the bridge and that if heard of a new one, I'd just bring him in). According to Dr. Sears' website, dying of the measles in this country is very rare, about 1 in 3000. But hospitalization because of getting the disease is more like 1 in 100 to 1 in 300 and that's scary to me. I don't want him to wind up the hospital, so death isn't the only thing to worry about as far as I'm concerned. In our case I think I'll delay until 18 months to 2 years, depending. He's a sturdy little guy so I'm not too worried. Sears says 2 or when they start school. So sorry to hear about your son Amanda. Although I know from other friends with an autistic child that it doesn't always show itself early. I'd feel better if they could say what does cause it, instead of what doesn't.....

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2010

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Kaycie got her shot. I don't buy into the Autism stories about it. My son has autism and he started showing it long before he got the vaccine. it didn't make things worse when he got it either. i made an off handed comment about it when i got my daughters vaccine and my doctor sighed and said "it doesn't have anything to do with autism but it does prevent death from measeals.. hundreds of kids are dying everyday from them.."

Lisa - posted on 10/17/2010

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I must admit this was a subject that was frequently discussed before we decided that yes we would just go for it, and I am not really sure why. Mr 4 had his MMR at 13mths, we were living in the UK at the time, and we never even really discussed it, he was a very healthy and tall fellow, but we did have great discussions when we come to vaccinating our little girl at i year, and i think the main reason was due to the fact she is a very slim and petite little girl and my biggest concerns were, if she got ill, how would she cope if she lost weight and that kind of thing, and I must say those concerns stayed with me right up to sitting at the health centre talking to the nurse, and her explaining things to me over and over again, so in the end we did have it, and all my concerns were un-warranted, Thankfully, but i really do understand your dilema, do what is right for you and your little one...............

Natasha - posted on 10/16/2010

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You should really read THE VACCINE BOOK by Dr. Sears. It explains each vaccine your child will receive, what's in it, what the concerns are, etc. It's actually really easy to understand and helps a lot in making decisions about this. He offers an alternative schedule also in his book, but it assumes the MMR can be split into 3 shots, which it no longer can. So the update for that part is on his website: http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook... but I would still read the book for the original explanations, and because the MMR is not the only vaccine you want to be knowledgeable about.... Good luck!

Precious - posted on 10/15/2010

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Hi!

Can someone post a website link so I can be more informed re delaying the vaccinefoy my child. I have a 1 year child and I never knew something re MMR vaccines that affects behaviour of children I need to be more informed abt this so I can weigh my options

Beth - posted on 10/15/2010

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I decided to wait on the MMR vaccine. At this point I am not sure when I'll have my DS get his. I decided to wait, as I have read of behavioral changes with the shot. He got the first part of the flu vaccine, but I am contemplating not getting the second one.

Something I found in my research, that is more ethical for me than anything else, is the part where the MMR vaccine is made from aborted fetus. http://www.jillstanek.com/vaccines-with-...

Noreen - posted on 10/05/2010

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I agree with you Kellie. I think everyone should make an INFORMED decision! This is America. We are all supposed to be able to have the freedom to make our own choices. But I feel like our choices are being taken away from us by forcing children to be vaccinated, etc.

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We were given the option to hold off until our daughters 15mo check up but we decided to stay on track and get her chicken pox and mmr vaccine, we were kinda iffy about it too and she actually ended up breaking out in a rubella rash 3 days ago but never got sick or had a fever and is totally fine now and all the rash is gone.

Natasha - posted on 09/29/2010

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Jenny McCarthy's not the only one recommending delaying certain vaccines. So is Dr. Sears. We've been doing his alternate vaccine schedule (all the vaccines are ultimately given, it just delays the less important ones until babies are older and better able to handle it physically). He's got a whole response on his website to the fact that they are no longer making the individual M, M, and R shots available. Now that only the bundle is available, he's recommending waiting if you can, until your kids start school or turn 4, whichever comes first. But he lays out all the arguments, so it's interesting to read. I'm pretty sure we'll delay it at least until he's two.

Kellie - posted on 09/25/2010

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I'm not, not vaccinating him. This is just the first "live culture" vaccine that our babies will receive. I did in fact go with it. But I'll tell you, I'm not too thrilled about it. It's extremely scary to me.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2010

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The risks are much greater for contracting a disease without the vaccine than having any major side effects from the vaccine. Too many people have been listening to Jenny McCartney, hardly a reliable source.

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Jakob just got his Hib, Pneumococcal, MMR & Varicella and he's been doing great! He was doing better then his brother who just got the Pneumococcal and was acting like a BIG BABY the ENTIRE evening!!! On that note, we do not get the Flu vac or H1N1...

Tiffany - posted on 09/22/2010

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I dont really know anything about any of the shots, so far Blake is up to date on everything the doctor says she needs. I dont really like them too much but dont know the difference...

Brooke - posted on 09/21/2010

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I have heard a few things about the MMR vaccine as well but I would really like to hear others' point of views. Oliver is booked in to get his next month so he will be 13mnths old. I am in Australia so bubs get MMR, Hib and Meningococcal C. He had a reaction to the Swine Flu vaccine (fever pretty high they kept in hosp overnight) but other than that he has been fine. Has anyone got their bubs done so far??

Brandi - posted on 09/21/2010

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I have chosen not to vaccinate my child at all. At least until she is two. So far she is extremely healthy. She goes to daycare full time and although she catches most of the colds going around she always gets over them more quickly than the others. I've also chosen to breastfeed her til she is at least 2 to ensure she is still getting antibodies, etc from me that will support her immune system.
Personally, the MMR shot is the one I like the least and would probably not vaccinate her with until she is at least 7. Measles and mumps are relatively harmless childhood illness. Rubella is as well, but the concern is in pregnancy so I would prefer to have her aquire it while she is young so she has natural immunity before she is of childbearing age. I will have her tested first to determine if she is immune to it before vaccinating because it is the only one in MMR that I find beneficial.

Vicki - posted on 09/21/2010

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We did not get the MMR shot for our little man, I have done some research and asked our doctor and we agreed that it would be fine to wait until our son is 2 to have the MMR shot. Though many peds don't recommend it, we figured since our little man isn't in daycare or around alot of people that there is no need to get the shot. Our neighbors little man is 9 days older than our son and they also are holding off on the shot till 2 years old. He got the chicken Pox vaccine, Hep A and flu vaccines. This was enough for the little guy to handle.

Hope that is helpful.

Noreen - posted on 09/21/2010

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Abby can't have the MMR vaccination because she is severaly allergic to milk and eggs. But we are on a delayed vaccination scedule

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