How do you handle vaccines with the PA child?

Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 11:25pm
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I have 2 children and do not vaccinate either. My DD (now 7)
was inoculated until she was 18 months old until she had a severe reaction to the MMR vaccines. She had a seizure and ended up really sick for a while. I threw myself in to all information possible about vaccines to find out what they really were.
Then we had our son who was allergic to everything and I was even more persuaded not to. He was allergic to egg and they manufacture a few vaccines in eggs so he was exempted from those. After all we have been through, we stand our ground and choose not too. The doctors want us too, but it would have to be done at the hospital each time. There are many families in our area that do not vaccinate. I didn't realize this until I went to a local support group for vaccines. I guess it is pretty much kept undergound who does and who doesn't. I am not here to say not to do it, just for our family that is what we feel is best for us. How do you handle that with our children's sensitivity to things??
Confused.....
Ginger

Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 11:58pm
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The MMR has always given me the willies for a number of reasons, and it was the only one left by the time I had a handle on my dd'd allergies. She has not had the MMR due to her egg allergy, but I am glad due to autism connections. I am sort of glad I had an excuse. I have recently found out I have 2 cousins with children with high functioning types of autism. So, there may be some trend in the family.
Now that she is 3, I will do it when she outgrows her egg allergy. becca

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:14am
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Ginger, both of my children (one PA, one non-PA) have had all of their shots (that sounds like they're dogs [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ) without difficulty. They also received the chickenpox vaccine a couple of years ago and due to asthma with both children, they also get a flu shot each year. We have been very fortunate (touch wood) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
The vaccine that I really need to research before Jesse reaches age 12 (or my daughter as well) is the Hepatitis one that is given in our schools here. I saw a horrible report about it a couple of years ago which left me really unclear as to whether my kids needed it or not.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 2:00am
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Hi
Like Cindy's kids, my PA daughter has had all her vaccinations without incident, including the chickenpox shot and yearly flu shots. She has reactive airway, so could be a "good candidate" for complications if she were to have a bad flu.
Because she was born in NJ where it is common to get a series of Hepatitis B shots very early, she had Hep vaccinations at 1 day, 1 month, and 6 months. Again, she had no problems. I don't know how this compares to the Ontario shots for older kids that Cindy mentioned.
Of course, we are only dealing with 1 allergic food (that we know of for now, she'll be tested later this year for tree nuts) not like some of you with multiple allergies to consider.
Sarah

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 3:35am
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My PA son is 18 now and his immunizations scared me to death.
Each one was a nightmare of fever, pain pain pain, swelling and redness at the site. The pediatrician finally gave him split doses and to be honest I really don't know if we ever finished them.
We got him the chicken pox shot a few years ago when it first came out because he had not had CPox yet and I figured if it killed anyone it would kill him. He did fine with that one.
I don't ever want to go through his immunizations again.
DD did fine, she has only drug and environmental allergies, but she had a fever of 105 when she got her first tooth at 13 months!
Peg541

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 8:30am
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Ben is 29 months old and allergic to multiple foods including peanut and egg. He has received all his vaccinations including the flu shot. He did have the flu shot at St. Louis Children's Hospital and did have a reaction - rash and hives. I felt horrible! I just got back from seeing his pediatrician and we talked about the flu shot and whether or not it was worth it. He felt like it was because every single person in this family including Ben has asthma. When my daughter was his age she got the flu and was sick for months. So with the benefit of some time to get over the shock of the reaction I would say that I would do it again and in fact will do it next year. I have seen what the flu can do to a asthmatic child.
Ann

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 9:10am
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I guess that I am in the minority here but I too had a horrible time with my oldest son as far as the vaccines. He has no allergies but had horrible reactions to the shots and a very compromised immune system. He would get 105 degree temps and scream (high pitched wail) for 5 or 6 hours or more after a shot. He got all the shots till he was 18 months old and the specialist wanted him to get the next set to see if he was building antibodies to check on his immune system. I had to take him to the pediatricians office (located inside the hospital) instead of the health clinic because of his severe reactions. The pediatrician [b]refused[/b] to give him the shots stating that instead of a 1 in a million chance of him developing polio for instance that it was less than a 1 in 10 chance for him. That really opened my eyes and I started researching all the pros and cons of the vaccines. My dh and I made a very informed decision that our children would never have the vaccines. We have 3 children who have never had a single vaccine and the oldest had his last at 15 months old.
I know this is not a popular decision and we have had to pay the price for making it, believe me! We do not push our beliefs on others, but we do expect the same curtesy in return [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] In fact most people do not even know of our decision. We have had a child be forced to stay in the hospital for several extra days because he said I was a bad Mother until Childrens Services investigated us. Well, much to his chagrin they refused to investigate us because we were within our legal rights to make this decision. That is only one example, but you get the idea... No flames please, we have thought long and hard about our decision and nobody is going to change our minds... not even the doctors who have lectured us for 2 hours in one sitting.
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 9:53am
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Valerie,
I am in the same boat. We stand firm in our decision about not vaccinating. So far no problems even from the school system. I just feel like I hate to challenge the system on the vaccine issue and now the peanut one. That's me, always making waves [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Honestly, I try not too and if i do , i do it with class [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] or at least I try too. It's so hard being a parent!!! I was just curious how some handle this issue..
All in a nutshell,
Ginger

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 10:33am
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Neither of my children had the chicken pox vaccine, because they both got the pox right around the time the vaccine came out. The only vaccine either of them had a problem with was when my older one got his first DTP (that was before they started giving the acellular version, which is given now). He had the high-pitched wail for hours, fever, altered personality for about 2 weeks. Really, really scary.
Despite their asthma, they have only had the flu vaccine once (last year). Kevin got the flu anyway, LOL!
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 10:53am
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side note: what really creeps me out is when parents purposely allow their children to be exposed to chicken pox so their children can possibly contract it and as I've heard them say "get it over with". Creepy.

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 11:06am
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Hi Ginger & Valerie (Sorry, Valerie, I forgot to include you in my original post) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
One of my very dear friends since grade school has two sons. Her first, when vaccinated, went into seizures and anytime he gets a fever, they have to watch him for seizures. She has decided not to further vaccinate her children. This is a personal choice and you have to do what you feel is right for your family. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Our son was allergic to eggs up until a few years ago. (He is 8 1/2) He would receive his MMR shot in his allergist's office just to make sure everything went okay due to his allergy to egg. (This was at the request of his Pediatrician...OMG what an awesome man and may we find another one like him when we move to Texas)! Anyway, our son was fine with his shots.
Great thread!
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Stay Safe!
Connie
[This message has been edited by Jazz It Up (edited January 24, 2003).]

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