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I like to be as informed about as much as possible before I go into to anything, hence why I'm posting here.
I don't want to home school, I was and as much as I liked it, I hated it because I have very few friends. And here in Michigan, children can not go to school unless they are up to date on all vaccinations. I have "heard" about delayed vaccsing but not alot. My best friends baby (one in my siggy) was healthy until she received her 4 month shots. She got all 5 in 1 visit and with in a week she had 2 Grand Mal seizures in 1 day. And since then she has had at least 1 seizure every month and a half. She is undiagnosed. They don't know why she is having seizures. After her second birthday she is going for 4 MRI to see if anything shows up that was too small to be seen on the the earlier 3. She was on Phenobarbital but that didn't work. In fact when she was on it, she had up to 3 seizures a week.
I'm not saying that the Vaccinations caused the seizures. But I know when I have children I don't want them going through what Audrey and her family are.
What exactly does delayed vaccinations entail?
Purple Plums, just one more helping
Just SOME of my favorite names!
Delaying can be whatever you want, really it's just not following the recommended schedule but rather getting them done at your own pace. Some people delay starting vaccines, waiting until an age they are more comfortable with, others delay by spacing them out, not getting so many in one visit, some do both of that. Then there is also selective vaccination, where you get some of the recommended vaccines but not others for whatever reason. Some people delay and selective vax.
A lot of people follow Dr Roberts Sears' Alternative Vaccine Schedule. It provides a timeframe to get all the vaccines, but no more than 2 at a time. To quote Dr. Sears, "it's the best of both worlds of disease prevention and safe vaccination." You might want to check out his book The Vaccine Book
You can use the Dr. Sears schedule or you can ask your doctor to break up vaccines in a way that you're comfortable with. My doctor and I discussed breaking up my son's 18 month vaccines since there are 2 combination shots at once, but for the most part we've vaccinated on schedule. You can also skip some vaccines or delay them if that's what you want, and do the rest on schedule or do the vaccines necessary to get your child in school. Most states do allow you to waive vaccines, but the laws vary by state. In Wisconsin, you just have to check a box on your child's school registration form. Public schools cannot deny entry for being unvaccinated, but private schools and daycares can, so if you're considering daycare find out which vaccines they require beforehand.
ETA: I forgot to say, I hope the doctors can find out why your little niece is having seizures and that they can find treatment that works for her. I'm wishing her and her family lots of luck!