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30th-Oct-2006 04:46 pm - Anyone here with an ill child?
Stone tower
Hi all--

I have been watching this group for a while. Lots of great information--it's great to find it all in one place.

My fifth baby was born with several heart defects and we have been through the wringer with her in her short life (she is now 7 months).

Currently, her health is very stable, *and* we are getting a lot of pressure to vaccinate her.

FWIW I selectively vaccinate my kids on a delayed schedule. For instance, I do the DTaP but not Hep B.

Because of my baby's health issues, I hear a lot of advice that "since her health is so tenuous, she needs all the protection she can get". I tend to think that (a) her health is not tenuous--where is the documented link between congenital heart defects and faulty immune systems" and (b) if her health *is* tenuous, all the more reason not to assault it with foreign agents.

I have always felt comfortable with my choices about vaccines. My oldest child is 16 and I have been slowly evolving my way of doing things over the years, but having a child with health challenges has thrown me off balance a bit. I would love to hear some ideas.

(BTW, she is not in day care and is breastfed.)
23rd-Oct-2006 09:56 am - Rotavirus: The Rotateq vaccine
How many reactions to the Rotavirus vaccine, since it's been on the market again...aka, this year

ttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/submenus/sub_rotavirus.htm (cdc's version of rotavirus information)
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/menus/vaccines.htm#rotavirus (cdc's version of rotavirus vaccine information)
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/r/rotateq/rotateq_pi.pdf (ROTATEQ rotavirus vaccine package insert: by Merck)

Doesn't seem worth it to me...what do you think?
United States mortality rate for influenza vs. influenza vaccine coverage


Deaths relating to influenza and pneumonia increased as vaccine coverage increased! Interesting.
6th-Oct-2006 04:57 pm(no subject)
Well, the flu season is just around the corner. You'll be hearing lots of "get your flu shot" media plugs. I thought I'd provide what I know about this year's flu vaccine so you can choose to make an educated decision in regard to whether you'll get the shot or not this year.

Chiron Vaccines Ltd
Fluvirin 22

GlaxoSmithKline Biologics
Fluarix 18

MedImmune Vaccines, Inc
FluMist 21

Sanofi Pasteur, Inc
Fluzone 41

Also see: FluMist
Also see: What you should know about the FluMist vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Rixensart Belgium
Also see: Fluarix

Chiron Vaccines Ltd
Also see: Chiron's info

Sanofi Pasteur Inc
Also see: Fluzone.com

Also see: www.influenza.com/

More Flu info:

State Health Departments:
MN: http://www.health.state.mn.us/
IN: http://www.state.in.us/isdh/

MMWR Past issues:

Summary of Notifiable Diseases:

ACIP Recommendations:

CDC's Information on the Flu:

Influenza Vaccine Bulletins:

Flu info:


Important questions to ask before vaccinating, if you vaccinate at all:
Is the vaccine provided appropriate for the age of the person receiving it?
What are the vaccine's side effects (found in the "Contraindications," "Warnings," "Precautions," "Adverse Reactions" sections of the vaccine's package insert)?
How will vaccination affect my chances of getting the flu?
Are there other ways of avoiding the flu?
How long does it take for the vaccine to become "effective"?
How do I know the vaccine's version of the flu is going to be this year's flu strain?
Why should I vaccinate?
Why shouldn't I vaccinate?

When/if you decide to vaccinate, ALWAYS get the name of the shot, the manufacturer name, serial # , batch #, date administered, and the name of the person administering the shots--ALWAYS.
What is polio?
What different kinds of polio exist?
Who is at risk for getting polio?
What are the risks factors in contracting polio?
How is polio spread/how do you get it?
How soon after exposure to polio do symptoms appear?
What are the symptoms of polio?
How long does it last?
How is polio diagnosed?
What treatments are available for polio?
What prevention can you take so you will not contract polio?
What is the history of polio?
How common is polio?
What are the benefits of getting polio?
What are the risks of getting polio?
How does one get life-long immunity from polio?
What other information do I need to know about polio?

What is the history of the polio vaccine?
What vaccines are available for polio?
Which is the “safest” vaccine available for polio?
Which is the most “effective” vaccine available for polio?
Reasons to vaccinate?
Reasons not to vaccinate?
What benefits are involved in vaccinating against polio?
What risks are involved in vaccinating against polio?
What are the ingredients in the polio vaccine?
How do the ingredients of the polio vaccine affect the human body?
What are the contraindications for the polio vaccine?
What are adverse affects that can occur when being vaccinated against polio?
What syndromes are associated with the polio vaccine?
How many doses are needed for the vaccine to be effective?
How long does the vaccine last (does it wear off)?
What other information do I need to know about the polio vaccine?

Comment answers you know--and links to support your answers...education is the key...as parents we don't always have the time to research EVERYTHING...so this should help (if we all work together)...
2nd-Jan-2006 09:45 pm - malaria meds?
Hey - -

I have a question about malaria prophylactics. I'm heading to mexico (the Yucatan peninsula region) in mid-february, and I've been hearing mixed things about whether I should take drugs to prevent malaria. Obviously I don't want to get malaria, and I know it's quite serious, but the side effects of some of the drugs seem obscene. I am prone to anxiety, and I know some of them are supposed to aggrivate that a lot, and a friend of a friend has suffered malaria drug-induced psychosis. However, a lot of other people I've talked to have taken things like doxycyclin with no adverse affects whatsoever. The trip is for a biology field course, studying birds, and we're going to be camping and spending a lot of time in jungles and mangroves and such, and sleeping in hammocks, so I know I'm going to get bitten. I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth going at all, if I have to choose between malaria and horrible drugs.
26th-Sep-2005 10:44 am - I changed the membership
--so anyone can post and anyone can join...
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