Immunizations- do you split them up?

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 3:58am
PennMom's picture
Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

Immunizations- do you split them up or get all recommended at once?

I really don't want DD getting a bunch of vaccines all at once again (we are due for the 4 year old ones)- just wondering what everyone else does?

I know "everyone" keeps saying it doesn't matter- but it makes me nervous as obviously with PA/TNA she has an "overreactive" immune system. And in looking at the recommended CDC schedule for 2007 they are now recommending a second varicella (chickenpox) vaccine now too???

[This message has been edited by PennMom (edited July 05, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 4:54am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

This is just what *we* do(not telling anyone what to do)...we follow the recomended immunization schedule and have them done as directed at each age interval(youngest due for 18mth series this month). I've done this with all 4 of my kids with no problems. Good luck with your decision....
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 5:45am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

Just our personal way of doing this:
We split up shots -- never more than 2 at one time now (did not do this for 1st child for his 1st 18 months, WISH WE HAD). Typically one shot only at a time for both kids now.
If you can handle the multiple visits to doc for shots (may have to battle insurance on this too, if you have insurance) it is do-able. May cost more co-pays or cost shares for you.
Just how we do it.
Mother to 2:
DD age 5, NKA, treated as though PA/TNA
DS age 8, PA, possible TNA, Latex, legumes?
(PA diagnosed & ana reaction 1999)
Member here since 2000

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 5:55am
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

No, we do it as per normal on schedule. I read this scientific paper...I forget the minute details, but they spoke about the thousands of bombardments in all forms to an infant's immune system, and how immunizations are a tiny little drop in the bucket compared to what a child's immune system responds to all of the time. They get constantly challenged by bacteria and viruses. Constantly. It made sense to me, and so we see no reason to space them out.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 6:12am
melissiabeth's picture
Joined: 05/24/2006 - 09:00

My daughter's pediatrian's office always has split her shots up in two visits a week apart.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 8:37am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

We'll be delaying and selectively vaxing. My health problems--including food allergies and AI issues--were triggered by vaccine injury.
We all have to do what is right for our own families and this choice is what works for mine.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 8:41am
elmh23's picture
Joined: 05/24/2007 - 09:00

We selective and delay vax, meaning we skip some vaccines and delay the other. With our first child (who is allergic to peanuts and soy) we were on schedule with everything, except I skipped the chicken pox vax because I don't trust it's immunity. Our second child is 4 months old and has only had DTaP and Polio on schedule and teh only reason I did DTaP was because my niece has a trachiostomy (sp?) and is on a vent and a lung infection could kill her. We did polio because it's been around so long that we trust it. Our plan for our son is to only vax for what the school requires, except chicken pox. We will also delay everything (except the ones we've started) to age 3.
Here's some more info on vaccines: [url=""][/url]
Erin, mama to Sarah (11/29/04) allergic to peanuts and soy, and to Simon (2/26/07) who has no known allergies

Posted on: Fri, 07/06/2007 - 8:11am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

There are many threads on this and I think I started one a few years back with about 100 replies. Really good different opinions. In the end, you need to educate yourself and make your own decision.

Posted on: Fri, 07/06/2007 - 10:47am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

We've been getting all the required ones plus any recommended ones on schedule. Sometimes 4 or 5 at a time. It hasn't been a problem.
The only vaccine that *may* have caused a problem was a flu shot that DS had (separately from other shots.) He had a severe reaction 10 days later. Because it was so delayed, we are not even sure the reaction was from the vaccine, but he is allergic to eggs so it could have been a reaction to the egg in the flu shot. He will not be getting another flu shot until he outgrows the egg allergy.
Both kids had symptoms of food allergy from early infancy (before they even had most of their shots.) So for them, I don't think vaccines had anything to do with their allergies.
Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
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Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 9:16am
FromTheSouth's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

All but one of my five children were vaccinated per the CDC guidelines/schedule, which meant multiple shots/vaccines per visit. They all experienced what I called the "rag doll" effect after getting them...meaning not feeling well, clingy, often slightly fevered....Just not themselves. I always reported these symptoms but told it was normal. My 5th child was a different story. At 4 months he got the multiple vaccines as scheduled and became very ill about 12 hours later...temp. of almost 104, shallow breathing. When I reported this to the health dept. they refused to file a report with the CDC but also refused to immunize him again...Said he would need to get the rest of his shots in a medical setting. I had a pediatrician space the reminder of his shots (one at a time) and he had no other reactions. In fact, did not experience the "rag doll" effect. They never could identify which shot caused the bad reaction because when he received the same shots again (but separately) he had no reaction...I suspect it was the "5" vaccines they gave him at "one" time at such a young age. It doesn't take a genius to figure out it overloaded his immune system. The health dept. told me the multiple shots are given for convenience because each vaccine is still made individually. They worry, however, that most parents would not make multiple trips to get their kids vaccinated so they refuse to allow you to space them/receive them individually. You have to go to a private doc. to do that. I wish all my dc had received their shots separately now.

Posted on: Mon, 07/09/2007 - 9:59am
hopechapel's picture
Joined: 12/11/2005 - 09:00

My vet will not give my dog or cat more than one shot at a time. (maybe they make more money that way )--- but --- given the suspicious climate around vaccines these days --- I personally would not give more than one at a time. This was hindsight - I vaxed on schedule up until the 15 month marker. NOW - only one. And child must be in perfect health at the time.


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