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)
The measles, mumps, 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.
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.
Recommended Vaccines (2005-present)
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.
Since 2005, the meningococcal vaccine has been recommended for all adolescents at age 11-12.
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.