Separating MMR?

Jill - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Has anyone spearated the MMR vaccine? I keep reading articles that say you should split it up and others that say you shouldn't. Any thoughts??

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Sarra - posted on 08/31/2009

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I'll be honest, I contemplated getting the injections done individually, as a friend of mine kept pushing and pushing with the information that her 4 grandsons have all had them done that way (all due to the information regarding the Autism link) "Just incase"!!, and that if the child has a reaction to the MMR jab itself, you don't actually know which shot s/he is allergic too etc - however, when I sat and researched it for myself, the one thing that stood out in my mind is that by individually giving those shots, not only are you subjecting your child too 3 separate lots of pain, as opposed too one (not a nice thought!)....BUT, by separating the jabs, you're leaving your child unprotected to the other illnesses for a longer amount of time between injections. And that scared me a little, because there is a growing number of people out there now who won't get the child immunised.
I, personally (when the time comes to take my son) plan on getting the 3 in 1 jab, 1 lot of pain, all over and done with, and him protected from illnesses.
Good Luck ! x

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Sara - posted on 08/31/2009

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I don't think there's anything wrong with alternative vaccine schedules, it's better than nothing at all! I read "The Vaccine Book" by Dr. Sears and I found it had a lot of good information in it, and tried to be as impartial as possible. I strongly believe that there is no link between autism and the MMR. I have a friend who is a pediatrician and she told me that it just happens to be a coincidence that children develop the symptoms of an Austism spectrum disorder around the same time as the MMR. She said many times she had her suspicisions that a child may be autistic before, but you can't diagnose until a certain age for sure. It can be scary, we're all just trying to do what is best for our kids...but at the end of the day I trust my doctor and that he is going to give me honest advice that is the most beneficial for my child, so I chose to vaccinate! A lot of the information out there that is anti-vax is meant to illicit an emotional reaction from you, but it has little scientific proof to back up what they claim, so I don't put much stock in them! Good luck! :)

Jill - posted on 08/31/2009

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Thanks! I am concerned about autism. We have no family history and he isn't showing any signs, he has also done very well with all his others shots, which he received on schedule. I just started to read about the MMR and varicela vaccs and the articles can really scare you! Just wanted to see if others moms gave it all in one, waited till they were a little older or separated it.

Sara - posted on 08/31/2009

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Are you concerned about Autism? For me, since there is a lack of association between MMR and autism, I don't really feel it's necessary. If a you still insist on separating the vaccine components, Merck has limited supplies of separate measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine available, but your doctor may not have these. It is preferable to administer separate components of MMR rather than not administer any measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines.



Here's a website with more info about MMR and Autism:



http://www.immunize.org/mmrautism/

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