Well, the appointment went well. And, thank goodness, Gwen is NOT teething, as we thought she might be! There was a funky white nodule on her gum and we couldn’t figure out what it would be other than a tooth – which we thought was the reason she’s been so unhappy lately. Apparently, though, it’s a cyst. The doctor didn’t seem too surprised, so I guess they’re fairly common. Weird.
I spoke with the doc about delaying the vaccinations and selectively vaccinating. She is open to it, but didn’t think we’d be able to since most of the vaccines that we’d like to switch out aren’t available in Ontario. We wanted to do this (as per Dr. Bob Sears’ alternative vaccination schedule):
- 2 mo. – DTaP (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis
- 3 mo. – Pc (pneumococcal meningitis), HIB (another meningitis)
- 4 mo. – DTaP
- 5 mo. – Pc, HIB
- 6 mo. – DTaP
- 7 mo. – Pc, HIB
We also plan to do the boosters of those vaccines, as well as Polio, and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) – but we want to do those after 4 years old (I am a nurse … and I do understand the idea of herd immunity! From a Public Health perspective it definitely makes sense for all to be vaccinated!). If Gwen doesn’t get the chicken pox before she’s 10 or 11, we’ll probably get her that vaccine as well.
But alas, you can’t get just plain DTaP for infants here! They have it for kids over 11, but not the infant one. Arg. What they want to give infants is Pentacel (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, HIB), AND Prevnar (the Pc vaccine) at 2, 4, and 6 months. I am SOOOOO not okay with the amount of aluminum in the Pentacel NOR the thought of overloading Gwen’s immune system with the cellular components of FIVE different diseases. So. Not. Okay.
So, I called Public Health today and it turns out that the doctor can order the HIB vaccine separately. We got Gwen the Pc vaccine on Monday (It was horrible. Horrible.) and I think we’ll get her:
- 4 mo. – Pc, HIB
- 6 mo. – Pc, HIB
- 8 mo. – HIB
I’m not decided on the DTaP quite yet. I’m really hoping maybe I can order the infant one from the manufacturer and pay for it? I’m more than willing to pay for it so that we can lower the number of diseases per shot AND lower the amount of aluminum.
My favourite thing that the public health nurse said? “The aluminum is a preservative, it’s not really harmful. Plus, aluminum is found in the earth’s crust!”
Actually, the aluminum is a adjuvant that makes the vaccine work better – not a preservative – and aluminum is proven to be quite a toxic substance when it’s in the body. And aluminum in the earth is a little different than aluminum injected into my baby’s muscle.