Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The controversy over vaccines never seems to end. I read about this case today and am not sure how or if it relates to food allergies but as a parent, I find it interesting. We happen to believe strongly in vaccinating our children, but there hasn't been a single doctor visit that I have not cringed, cried and prayed that I was doing the right thing. Sadly, I have a friend who lost a child to the flu a few years back... and if she had been vaccinated, she would have been protected. (The flu strain that she got was the same as the immunization that year.) The little girl was 2.

That being said, I am still totally open to all debate on this issue and pass no judgement on those who decide against vaccinating their children. Clearly, this is a very complex issue and every parent has to make their own decisions based on what is best for their kids. Recently, we agonized over the MMR booster for our daughter who had a horrific reaction to her first MMR shot. Thankfully, reader Linda from New Jersey suggested that we take a titer test to check the level of antibodies in her blood needed to fight the measles, mumps and rubella. As it turns out, her levels were more than high enough and the booster would have been uneccesary overkill. This is something that should be discussed with your doctor if it is something that you are considering. We live in California and the laws are pretty strict when it comes to school aged children and their immunizations. We have had to jump through a few hoops since school started; lots of letters being faxed back and forth, to confirm that Ella does not need the booster. Thankfully, our doctor and our school are very patient and have been willing to work with us.

In any case, if you are interested in the above mentioned article from today's Huffington Post, here it is...

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Good post Heidi. The titer was a smart idea; I'm sure as time goes by you will have to repeat it and at some point may have to make the choice on the booster.
I am on the vaccines save lives side of the arguement, but with any medication, vaccine included, side effects are possible. I think it is a matter of being aware.
Several years ago I had an allergic reaction to a TB test injection (they think it was an inactive ingredient, but don't know what), and have not had that injection since. I did once offer that if it was really that important that screening be done by injection then I would stay in the office for the rest of the day and expect them to have epinephrine on hand. They backed down. Fortunately a blood test screening is now available, but it takes a bit to get people to set it up. I'm also not a big fan of repeated chest x-rays, although I did agree to one of those for a screening because at the time the fastest possible result really was what was needed.