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    Giving toddler both 15 and 18 month shots...scared.
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    ahmadmum posted:
    MY son turned 18 months today. We dint do his 15 month vaccination due to certain family crisis. His schedule for 15months is chicken pox1 plus MMR1 (measles, mumps, rubella). And for 18 months ... DTaP-HBV-HiB-IPV plus Chicken Pox2.

    His doctor is sayng that he would give him his shots of 15 months plus one of the vaccine due for 18months, i am guess the one from 18 months would be DTaP-HBV-HiB-IPV. we are really worried that giving sucha tiny body so many weak germs might stir up a reaction.since there is no track record of giving these three in one go. Please help.
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    Roy Benaroch, MD responded:
    There's never been any evidence that more vaccines at once are more likely to be problematic. It's like walking through the rain-- if more drops hit you, you might get a little more wet. So what? Your skin is supposed to get wet, just like your child's immune system is supposed to deal with immune challenges. These vaccines are in no way any kind of "strain" on his immune system, any more than a few drops of water are a "strain" on a raincoat.
    But if you're uncomfortable with your doc's suggestions, talk to him or her about it. You could probably break them into two visits, do what you're comfortable with now, go back in two weeks and do the rest. This isn't really worth a whole lot of worry.

    What you need to worry about is the diseases, not the vaccines. The diseases make kids very sick or kill them. The only vaccine reactions seen commonly are sore legs and a little fever.

    Spread 'em out a little if you want, but get your child caught up ASAP.


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