Delayed Vaccination Schedules Are Just Asking for Trouble

baby vaccinationOkay parents, we are re-opening the vaccinations debate. Are you ready? This time it's "shot-limited schedules." Researchers from the Oregon Health Authority say that more and more parents in Oregon are using alternative vaccination schedules that reduce the number of shots their children receive at one time. In other words, they're getting some of those shots on a delayed schedule.

This practice could be putting those children -- and their peers -- at greater risks for diseases.

And it's not just Oregon kids. I know that here in Brooklyn shot-limited schedules are very popular. Parents are trying to take back control over their kids' vaccinations. But do we really know enough to do that?

I know babies and toddlers get a LOT of shots. I was shocked every time I took my son in for a check-up. And did I ever hear it from the other parents, too. There's so much social pressure in my area to get all bossy with your pediatrician and demand a delayed schedule -- or even skipping some vaccinations altogether.

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Our pediatrician won't hear of it. She's married to a researcher who studies diseases and vaccinations all day, every day -- and she's very serious about staying on schedule.

So -- am I just totally naive here? -- I trusted our pediatrician and went along with her crazy, mega-vaccination schedule. And now my son is eight and he's fine. That's just us, of course. It doesn't prove anything about anything. But I wonder about these shot-limiting schedules. Sure, there's all kinds of information on the Internet about the dangers of too many vaccinations at once. But how do you know who to trust?

I have a lot of crunchy mom friends who question western medicine. And I listen to them politely. And then I shrug and go along with the advice of the woman with the medical degree on her wall.

Have you tried a shot-limiting schedule?

 

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.seal... .sealuchas.

Thats what we are doing with our DD. But its because of the fact that my DS had a reaction from his shots, and with so many at one time they couldnt pin point the one that he reacted to. If we do it this way I will be able to know what, if any, will cause her to have a reaction. 

nonmember avatar colette

Considering I'm allergic to chicken and DH and I are both allergic to eggs we're only getting DD the shots that are absolutely necessary.

JessL... JessLogansMommy

My pediatrician already has a shot limited schedule and i delayed a few myself.  I didn't even know how many shots kids are supposed to get in each visit until i talked to a few moms at work.  Same as the blogger, i'm going with the woman with the medical degree hanging up on the wall but  spreading out our shots.  

nonmember avatar Thesimpletruth

I follow the regular schedule with all my kids. I am a medical professional and have seen the bad side of not/delayed vaccines.

bills... billsfan1104

#4 today in the mommy wars

tiny_... tiny_mama

I have 3 children with autism, and after my youngest child had bad reactions to her first set of vaccines, even though we were selective, we've opted not to vaccinate, she's 2.5 years old and is not showing any signs of autism.. That said.. If vaccinations work, why are non-vaccinated children considered a danger to vaccinated kids? Your logic is illogical.

nonmember avatar mm12

We delayed my daughter's shots, bc she is very small, and I believe having too many shots at one time can be dangerous. I dont think there's anything wrong with delaying them...I actally applaud those who research, speak and *agree* with their dr's on what works for their family. Instead of following a schedule that is not designed with your specific child in mind

eleph... elephantmamaof2

I've always vaccinated at the 'recommended' schedule and my children have never received a bad reaction.

nonmember avatar laura

We delayed my daughter's shots, bc she is very small, and I believe having too many shots at one time can be dangerous. I dont think there's anything wrong with delaying them...I actally applaud those who research, speak and *agree* with their dr's on what works for their family. Instead of following a schedule that is not designed with your specific child in mind

meaga... meagansmommy07

My 5 year old stopped breathing and was in NICU for 5 days after getting her 2 month shots...so we never vaccinated her after that nor has my 8 month old had any vaccinations......

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