One of the main arguments I keep hearing used to justify complying with the mandatory vaccine schedule for pre-school children is, “Well, we were all vaccinated, so what’s the big deal?”
It’s true that I was vaccinated in accordance with the CDC’s schedule at the time. Here’s my pre-school vaccination history:
When I was two months old, I got a shot of DTP and a shot of OPV. At my four month well visit, I was given a second shot of DTP and a second shot of OPV. At my six month well visit, I was given a third dose of DTP. Then I was good for awhile until at fifteen months, I was given the MMR. Three months later at 18 months, I was given another round of both the OPV and the DTP. At four years old, I was given another dose of the DTP and of the OPV. Then, I was ready for kindergarten.
My daughter’s mandatory vaccine schedule, had I not opted out of most of it for health reasons, would have looked quite a bit different. Here is her ideal vaccination schedule to start kindergarten according to the CDC:
My daughter would have first been exposed to the influenza vaccine while still gestating within me. Then, fresh from the womb, before being released from the hospital, she was supposed to get the Hep B vaccine. Four weeks later, she was supposed to get a second Hep B vaccine. At a mere two months old, when I was getting my first two immunizations, my daughter was supposed to the DTaP vaccine, the Hib vaccine, the IPV vaccine, the PCV vaccine and the Rotavirus vaccine. Two months later, at her four month well visit, she was supposed to get another dose of the DTaP vax, the Hib vax, the IPV vax, the PCV vax and the Rotavirus vax. Her next well baby visit was supposed to be at 6 months. At that visit she would have been given another Hep B shot, another DTaP shot, another Hib shot, another IPV shot, and other PCV shot, a flu shot, and a final Rotavirus shot. Then, we’d take a six month vaccine break. Her immunizations would pick back up on her first birthday and I would go in and her her another Hib vaccine, her first MMR vaccine, the chicken pox vaccine, the PCV booster, and a vaccination for Hep A. Her 15 month well baby visit would have been a breeze because she’d only get the DTaP at that visit. At 18 months, she would get another flu shot and another Hep A shot. At two and a half, she’d be ready for another annual flu shot. Again at 3 and a half years old, she would have gotten another flu shot. At four years old, before pre-school, she would have been given another MMR vaccine, another DTaP vaccine, another chicken pox vaccine, and another IPV vaccine. One more flu shot at 4 and a half and then (provided they don’t add any new vaccines to the schedule in the next couple of years) she will be ready to start kindergarten.
I think we can all agree, at the very least, that those two kindergarten readiness schedules are vastly different from each other. So, I request that that argument be stricken from the record. Will anyone second that request?