Tuesday, November 24, 2009

For what it's worth

For those who are interested in how we're going about vaccinating Zeke, I have an alternative vaccination schedule here. We're not eliminating any shots, just spreading them out to avoid giving him lots of needle-sticks at a time. Also, if he DOES have a reaction, it'll be a little easier to determine which vaccine caused it. We have every intention of giving him the flu vaccine yearly once he's old enough for it, too (it's not recommended for children under six months).

This schedule comes from The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child by Dr. Bob Sears (copyright 2007).

2 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
3 months*: Pc, HIB
4 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
5 months*: Pc, HIB
6 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
7 months*: Pc, HIB
9 months: Polio (IPV)
12 months: Mumps, Polio (IPV)
15 months: Pc, HIB
18 months: DTaP, Chickenpox
2 years: Rubella, Polio (IPV)
2 1/2 years*: Hep B, Hep A (start Hep B at birth if any close relatives or caregivers have Hep B)
3 years: Hep B, Measles
3 1/2 years*: Hep B, Hep A
4 years: DTaP, Polio (IPV)
5 years: MMR
6 years: Chickenpox
12 years: Tdap, HPV
12 years, 2 months*: HPV
13 years: HPV, Meningococcal (once Meningococcal vaccine is approved for age 2, Dr. Sears will move it there and delay Hep B by 6 months)

*indicates a "shots only" visit

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