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Thursday, August 22, 2013

2 Month Shots

My little monkey got her 2 month vaccines yesterday...
It was an interesting experience. While she handled the shots pretty well initially, I'd say that madame has been a little out of sorts since.

Since talking to some other Moms, it seems to go in the territory of 'every baby is different'. My doctor was lovely, but I have to laugh at the info she gave me: 'Your baby should sleep the rest of the day'... LOL. Except for the car- ride- home- induced- nap, my lil monkey did not sleep again until 9:30pm!!!

Haha to that. But we got some good snuggles in.

On a more serious note, vaccinations have become such a controversial & talked about subject, that it's hard for parents to sift through all the info and opinions and really, truly make an informed decision they are comfortable with. I will admit if I lived in a part of the country where people travelled less, and thus weren't exposing the population to disease new & old, I would be tempted to forego vaccines. 

I made my decision based on this, and the hope that prevention is the best medicine. I am not against those who choose to forego vaccines. Again, I know we're getting into sticky territory here.

That being said, it is important to inform ourselves about what these vaccines are, and why they are deemed necessary. A good reference is your local health authority. Here in BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control has some good info and provides immunization schedules. Babies receive vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, & 18 months; then again at 4 years (approx. age that children start kindergarten). After that they don't receive any more until grades 6 & 9. 

At 2 months, children receive 4 vaccines: DTaP- HB- IPV- Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b),  Pneumococcal conjugate ‡, Meningococcal conjugate C, and Rotavirus. Your family doctor may administer the vaccines. If not, you can visit your local health authority. For those in the Fraser Valley, Fraser Health operates clinics in which the vaccines can be administered. Our local health clinic has a wonderful staff of ladies who are always happy to help & answer questions. Don't neglect to use this great resource! As a BC resident, you can also call 811 to speak to a health services rep. Again, another great resource. 

Reactions to vaccines range from soreness, swelling at the injection site, fever, and (less commonly & more seriously) seizures. Check out this site for more info. If you think your baby or child is having an adverse reaction to the vaccines, call 911.

In BC, you will want to bring your child's Health Passport so that the necessary info can be added for future reference. You should be provided with one at your child's birth, or you can request one from your local health authority.

I hope this info helps. I'll add more when the young lady receives her 4 month shots (I've been warned the reaction may be more extreme).

I'd love to hear your thoughts on vaccines and what influenced your choices, pro or against.

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