Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vaccine Schedule

Given so much controversy about vaccine safety, I decided I need to do my own reading, and come up with my own decision about the vaccine schedule for my baby.

My rationales are how common, and how severe the disease is, what are the ingredients contained in the vaccine and their potential side effects, whether the vaccine contains live viruses.  Also, I would try to space out all the shots, and not take any all-in-one combined shot as much as possible so that the little body does not have to handle that much drugs all at once.

Here is the planned vaccine schedule I come up with for my baby last year:

Planned AgeDiseaseBrand
2 monthsDTaPDaptacel
2 months 1 weekHIBActHIB
2 months 1 weekHIBActHIB
2 months 2 weeksPcPrevnar
2 months 3 weeksPolioIPOL
4 monthsDTaPDaptacel
4 months 1 weekHIBActHIB
4 months 2 weeksPcPrevnar
4 months 3 weeksPolioIPOL
6 monthsDTaPDaptacel
6 months 1 weekHIBActHIB
6 months 2 weeksPcPrevnar
9 monthsPolioIPOL
10 monthsFluFluzone (half of the single dose vial)
11 monthsFluFluzone (half of the single dose vial)
15 monthsDTaPDaptacel
15 months 1 weekHIBActHIB
15 months 2 weeksPcPrevnar
17 monthsVaricellaVarivax
18 months (likely later)MMRMMR
2 years 6 monthsHepatitus BRecombivax HB
2 years 7 monthsHepatitus AHarvix
3 years 6 monthsHepatitus BRecombivax HB
3 years 7 monthsHepatitus AHarvix
4 years 4 monthsDTaPDaptacel
4 years 4 months 1 weekPolioIPOL
4 years 6 monthsHepatitus BRecombivax HB
5 years 6 monhtsVaricellaVarivax
5 years 7 months (likely later)MMRMMR
~12 yearsTdapAdacel
~12 yearsMeningococcalMenactra

He is almost one year old now.  I have been following this schedule most of the time with a few delays.  For example, when he got sick (from a cold), I would delay the scheduled shot until he recovers.  I have been pretty happy with it.  Therefore I'm posting it online so others can learn about it.

The majority of the information I gathered is from Dr Sears' The Vaccine Book. Other than that, it is from various web sites Google directed me to.

I urge all parents to do their own readings and come up with their own decisions on the subject.

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