An unvaccinated child has died from a preventable disease

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    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...table-disease/
    This story is so sad, and what makes it worse is that it was preventable.
    The Centers for Disease Control has put out an alert: in Minnesota in 2008, there were five confirmed cases of Haemophilus influenzae type b (or Hib) among children younger than five years old. Of these five cases, three of the children were unvaccinated, one had started the series of vaccines but did not complete the series due to shortages, and the fifth — who had been fully vaccinated — had an immune deficiency.
    Five cases may not sound like a lot… until you learn that one of the unvaccinated children died. This was a baby, just a seven-month-old infant.
    I can barely type that sentence out; my heart is aching so. I can only imagine what the parents are feeling. I literally have nightmares about such things.
    See the link above to read the full article.
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Jan 25, '09 : Reason: Copyrighted material may not be quoted in full per Terms of Service
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    This article got me to thinking what other barriers to vaccination are out there. Inadequate education/poor informed choice is one, as this article mentions.

    I think another barrier may very well be cost. Here is a price sheet from the CDC that breaks down the cost per dose of each vaccination. It adds up to a pretty hefty price tag if you bring in an infant for multiple injections and you're paying cash instead of having your insurance cover the cost.

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs...price-list.htm
    Faeriewand, BelleKat, and leslie :-D like this.
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    A lot of people don't know that the local health department will vaccinate for very little money. They charge by the syringe, not how many vaccines are in the syringe. I didn't know until my husband lost his job and I went for WIC. When we took our son, there were many people there. This was 13 yrs ago. The need is greater now.
    Faeriewand, BelleKat, Bortaz, RN, and 2 others like this.
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    at our health department vaccinations are completely free for all children. I have lived in two states and in both states it was free (one asked for a 10 dollar donation , which i gladly obliged)

    I went in the other day to get a tetanus shot booster fully expecting that i would pay for that and it was also free. a lot of people don't know about the free vaccines out there. We have insurance but we still end up paying a lot.
    Faeriewand, BelleKat, and rph3664 like this.
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    I live in an area with a sizable Amish population. Most of our "nonexistent" diseases come from that population. They will take immunizations but for them, it is not mandatory for school attendance due to the religious exemption.
    Faeriewand and BelleKat like this.
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    One of our nieces has 2 children now in college who have never had their shots. She home schooled them both. They are not pioneers or backwoods boonies, but regular (wealthy) people who don't believe in vaccinations. The girl is engaged and I wonder if she will carry on this "practice" if she has a child.. So far both have been healthy with the occasional broken finger from karate or bruises from wall climbing. But it still scares me.
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    The one immunization that is NOT an option is tetanus; while it is not transmissible person-to-person, it exists in soil bacteria everywhere in the world, and weeks in the ICU on a ventilator is not my idea of a good time.
    Altra, Not_A_Hat_Person, Faeriewand, and 1 other like this.
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    vaccination is a touchy subject today. i personally believe that vaccines have improved our quality of life and have saved millions of people. however, as a mother of a toddler, i can tell you that i am personally scared of the current vaccine schedule. i have selectively vaccinated my child and therefore i have chosen to hold off on some of the vaccines until he is older. i also chose not to get some of the exclusively infant vaccines like rotavirus. hib was important to me since i knew its mortality rate was so high, but i waited until he was 10 months old and began daycare. i weighed my risks and made personal choices based on where i felt our risks were higher. i know that in no way did i have all the information straight, but i ultimately realized that i needed to do what i was comfortable with.

    there are more and more physicians that are starting to wonder if the current vaccination schedule is too much, too soon. and you can't deny that there are times when some children suffer horrible ailments from being vaccinated. my child has spiked a high fever with every vaccine he has ever received, and after his second dtap he spiked 105.4!!! even my pediatrician scratched his head and said that i was warranted in my fear of giving him a third dose, since reactions typically get worse with each subsequent dose. i have yet to give him his third dose and i don't know when i will. the fear of him suffering a seizure or brain damage is too great with his reaction history.

    i also chose not to get him his hepb shot. i think it is great to try and eradicate it from our population, and this is why they are shooting up every newborn before they leave the hospital...but i knew that i did not blow a false negative twice and my sons risk of contracting hep b as an infant was virtually nonexistent. therefore i believed that the risk of getting the shot at such a young age outweighed the risk of him getting the disease. i will vaccinate him against hepb when he gets older.

    again, i realize that vaccines have been a miracle...but there are times when mothers are warranted in their fears. i seriously think that the current vaccine schedule needs to be evaluated very closely. jmho
    Sarah Bellum, fromtheseaRN, Bree124, and 5 others like this.
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    i am very pro-vaccination and yet in a case like your son, i wouldn't vaccinate further either. however, it is cases exactly like that, that i think it is so important that the others are vaccinated, to protect those who can't receive the vaccines. another good case in point is pertussis. babies are too young (under 2 months) to get the vaccines and won't be fully vaccinated for a long time. exactly the reason that those around them (in essence, everyone) need to be fully vaccinated.

    i have good friends who unfortunately don't vaccinate. it is not because they are uneducated, the father has a phd. it's also not for lack of finances, they have both private insurance and supplemental. they have opted to go for a natural route. i don't agree and i do tell her when i see sick kids with diseases that could have been prevented. but i don't make it a barrier to our friendship.

    anyway, back to the basic story, very sad indeed.

    Quote from yelnikmcwawa
    vaccination is a touchy subject today. i personally believe that vaccines have improved our quality of life and have saved millions of people. however, as a mother of a toddler, i can tell you that i am personally scared of the current vaccine schedule. i have selectively vaccinated my child and therefore i have chosen to hold off on some of the vaccines until he is older. i also chose not to get some of the exclusively infant vaccines like rotavirus. hib was important to me since i knew its mortality rate was so high, but i waited until he was 10 months old and began daycare. i weighed my risks and made personal choices based on where i felt our risks were higher. i know that in no way did i have all the information straight, but i ultimately realized that i needed to do what i was comfortable with.

    there are more and more physicians that are starting to wonder if the current vaccination schedule is too much, too soon. and you can't deny that there are times when some children suffer horrible ailments from being vaccinated. my child has spiked a high fever with every vaccine he has ever received, and after his second dtap he spiked 105.4!!! even my pediatrician scratched his head and said that i was warranted in my fear of giving him a third dose, since reactions typically get worse with each subsequent dose. i have yet to give him his third dose and i don't know when i will. the fear of him suffering a seizure or brain damage is too great with his reaction history.

    i also chose not to get him his hepb shot. i think it is great to try and eradicate it from our population, and this is why they are shooting up every newborn before they leave the hospital...but i knew that i did not blow a false negative twice and my sons risk of contracting hep b as an infant was virtually nonexistent. therefore i believed that the risk of getting the shot at such a young age outweighed the risk of him getting the disease. i will vaccinate him against hepb when he gets older.

    again, i realize that vaccines have been a miracle...but there are times when mothers are warranted in their fears. i seriously think that the current vaccine schedule needs to be evaluated very closely. jmho
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    I was always so worried when my children were little that there were too many 'shots' all at once. I did have a friend whose child was 3 when she got Rotavirus and was hospitalized for 3 days because she was so sick. Vaccine against Rotavirus is something I would give my baby today if I had one. I've given it to babies and my nursing school instructor said it tasted sweet and babies liked it. The babies we gave it to did stop crying and seemed to like the taste. I think it might be ok to hold off on the Varicella vaccine and Hep B. I think Hep A is important to get. Someone who didn't wash their hands after BR and then touches a countertop that you touch just might pass the bug on to you. The test for TB isn't that important either unless you've been exposed. Why give it to schoolchildren routinely? We do all that here in San Diego however because we are close to the boarder.


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