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    Infant + vaccinations = pin-cushion

    You mean there are more shots in our future? Oh yeah! But this upcoming set is all on G 🙁

    My poor baby is about to be turned into a pin-cushion!

    I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks researching vaccines and the vaccination schedule normally prescribed to newborns in the US. Considering some of the risk associated with some shots, I’d like to delay and space out as much as possible, while at the same time considering two big things:

    1. G will be in day care around other kids, and
    2. by the time he’s 1, G would most likely have made his first trip over-seas to visit his European family.

    Both of these factors equal germs, and although I’d like to be cautious around the vaccine schedule, I also need to be sensible around what he could be exposed to as well.

    Luckily, living in the area we do, delayed vaccination schedules are not uncommon, and our pediatrician is happy to work around our needs. As a matter of fact, during our interview with him, following our discussion around vaccines we (mutually) agreed on the following schedule for G’s first two years:

    Birth: no vaccines
    Month 1: no vaccines (yey! spared another 30 days)
    Month 2: Pentacel (an IPV, DTaP, Hib combo) + Rotavirus
    Month 3: Hep B + PCV
    Month 4: Pentacel + Rotavirus
    Month 5: Hep B + PCV
    Month 6: Pentacel + Rotavirus
    Month 7: Hep B + PCV
    Month 12: Hep A
    Month 15: Pentacel + PCV
    Month 18: Chicken pox + Hep A
    Month 20: MMR (joined since no longer made separately). Moved from 24 months, since traveling abroad.
    4-6yr: DTaP + IPV + MMR + Chicken pox
    11-12yr: Td + MCV

    Interestingly enough in Bulgaria they immunize infants against TB immediately at birth. Here we do Hep-B, there’s it’s TB. I need to look into this a bit more and understand if that’s because TB is actually active out there, or if it’s just their normal procedure. If it is active, I might be reconsidering when G will be making his first trip out there. Arg — more research. When does it all end?

    2 responses to “Infant + vaccinations = pin-cushion”

    1. Kirsten says:

      I believe the research ends sometime after they have chosen their college…

    2. Rebecca says:

      Wow, that’s a lot of shots… I’m still debating getting James his first shots and he’s almost 3. All the traveling might change my mind I guess. I have to agree with Kirstin though.. we’ll be lucky if we get to stop researching things after the kids go away to college..

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