Sunday, April 19, 2015


Little Man has been keeping me quite busy. He has 4 molars coming in at the same time and last week got his 12 month immunizations. He was a little late because every time I took him in he had ear infections.  He is a tough little guy, no fever or ear pulling to let me know that he was in pain.

He is a busy little guy, always into something.

He is so determined to get his shoes on my himself.  I expect to hear him say "me do it" someday soon.

I will say that I am an advocate for immunizations. I knew and adult that had polio as a child.  It gave him a life full of challenges. Having my children immunized helps the children who are too young or too sick and can't get protected.

However, I am not a huge advocate of the sheer number of shots they give at one time. I was surprised when they came in with 4 shots.  I had some reservations because of his teething.  I should have listened to my instincts.  I should have requested that he get two that day and the other two in a few weeks.

He came home and took a nap.  After he woke up from his nap he wouldn't leave my lap.  He was miserable, feverish and not himself.  The child who played with a double ear infection was laid low by those shots.  I held him until my husband got home and then he held him for a long while.  He laid there crying and hot. Going outside (his favorite thing) didn't perk him up.  He just had to work through it.

It seems like kids get a lot more shots now then when my older ones were young. So I went searching and found that it was true.  However, the number of visits hasn't increased.  Why do they not spread the vaccines out more?  I know that next time I will be more aware and will not allow more than two at a time.

There is a lot of debate about vaccines at this time.  The only one that I haven't given my kids is the HPV.  That is for older girls, not infants.  Anyone have an opinion on that specific one?  I have heard some very negative things about it.

Recommended Vaccines (1975-1994)

MMR (new)
The measlesmumps, and rubella vaccine began to be more widely used after mumps vaccination was recommended for all children in 1977.
In 1977, 57,345 cases of measles were reported in the United States. By 1984, the number of cases had fallen by 95%, to 2,587.
HIB (new)
A polysaccharide vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) was licensed for use in children 18 months and older in 1985. It was replaced by conjugate vaccines licensed in 1990 and recommended in 1991. After introduction of the vaccine, the number of meningitis-related deaths from Hib dropped from 600 to fewer than 10 per year.
Hepatitis B (new)
The hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for all infants beginning in 1991.
Polio (OPV)

Recommended Vaccines (2005-present)

HPV (new)
The first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was licensed in 2006 and recommended by ACIP for girls and women aged 11-26. The vaccination is licensed for use in boys and men, but ACIP has not recommended such use.
Hepatitis A (new)
The first hepatitis A vaccine was licensed in 1995 and recommended for all children on May 19, 2006.
Meningococcal (new)
Since 2005, the meningococcal vaccine has been recommended for all adolescents at age 11-12.
Hepatitis B
In 2010, ACIP expanded its previous recommendation for seasonal influenza vaccination to include all people older than 6 months who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine.
The CDC has stated that “before introduction of a vaccine in 2006, rotavirus caused an estimated 20 to 60 deaths [and] 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations…in the U.S. each year.” A study of representative U.S. laboratories showed that in 2008-2009 the number of positive rotavirus test results was 60% lower than in the prevaccine era.


  1. Jessica got the HPV shots, but then I had a friend who told me about her best friend whose daughter is now in a wheelchair because she had stroke like symptoms after getting the HPV. I found out that wasn't a single case. It happens. So I passed on them for Jasmine. But her ped said they may become mandatory in the future. Not sure if that is possible. Hope not, but in our society....

  2. I also am a vaccine advocate. My high school boyfriend's mom had polio as a child, and it messed her all up. I also had a childhood friend who lost a baby sister to pertussis. I have had Rylie's shots spaced way out, though. I have only done the Dtap and pneumococcal so far.

  3. I had my daughter vaccinated for HPV. no problems. except for an emerging tween attitude these days but I don't think I can blame that on the vaccine :)

  4. No HPV!! Just no, please. Way to much risk (linked to autoimmune disorders, infirtility, strokes..) Its a live virus that was fast tracted through the FDA and has very little benefits (protects aganist a very few strains for a few years, regular paps are a netter pretevention against a mutating virus)

    Dr. sears has a vaccine scheduale thats timed out to limit risks.
    Id avoid otcm for the baby righy now, its important to keep a fever down but they will tax the liver making it harder for his body to detox wnd recover from the vaccine

  5. Our schedules are different - our Little L only got 2 shots at 12 mths (MMR and HIB/MeningococcalC. Big yes here for HPV too, it's part of our national vaccine program and both boys and girls get it around 7th/8th grade.

  6. Please, please read and research before giving your teens the vaccine for HPV.......Dr. Harper one of the researches on this project has spoken out against the vaccine: This vaccine is not risk free and may even be worse than contracting the disease itself!

    More links:

    Most importantly educate yourself on the risks v. benefits of these very potent and power drugs before putting them into the bodies of your children! Parents need to be informed and as parents we need to be making these decisions for our kids!