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September 23rd, 2007, 12:14 PM
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Hi! My son is going to be 4 next Saturday and I have a question about vaccines.

He and my oldest are fully vaccinated and thus far, have suffered no real ill effects. Scotty will be 4 soon and I am having to make the decision to vaccinate at age 4 or wait until age 5. He does attend Preschool so that encourages me to go ahead and get them now...but also, when he was 16.5 months old, he had his MMR and Varicella at the same time. He broke out in a small dotted rash (I noted about 10 dots in his baby book) and had a low grade fever that spiked to 102.5 for one night before going away. The doctor seems to think he either had the rxn to the Measles or CP. I don't care which...I just wonder if it will happen again. The doc seems to think it won't - that that was his case of whichever and the next shot won't bother him a bit.

Can someone shed some light on this for me - or send me somewhere to read further.

Also - we get flu shots each year. Is there an icreased chance for rxn with the more of them we take, or is the risk the same each year? Or...is it that if you take the shot once, the risk and gone and you can take the shot with no rxn for life?

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September 25th, 2007, 10:10 PM
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The fever and rash sounds like he more likely caught a subclinical case of measles, rubella or chicken pox from the vaccines. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. What you may want to do is get each dose at a seperate visit, at least 1 month apart, that way his body doesn't have to fight off 4 live viruses at once.

With the flu shot (just like every vaccine), there is no way of predicting or preventing a reaction. The first couple of doses may cause no problems at all, but his body could develop a sensitivity to one of the ingredients and it may not show up until a later dose. Its sort of like how allergies can develop over time.
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December 21st, 2007, 09:27 AM
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I would try to gather as much research as possible on both fronts.

As for reactions - you cant guarantee no reaction, even to subsequent vaccinations of the same shot - especially b/c vaccinations by nature are designed to weaken your immune system to enable your body to produce antibodies. So you will always face a weakened immune system.

That said - There are a lot of things out there that give advice on how to reduce your risks of reaction by boosting your immune system before the vaccination. Theyve also shown that the incidence of reactions reduces as you get older b/c your immune system strengthens. Things such as Vit C, single dose injections spaced apart appropriately, etc all reduce your risk of reaction.

There is plenty of info out there on how to reduce the risk of reaction.


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