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Posted by Liz R on October 21, 2000 at 00:45:34:

In Reply to: DTP vaccine in premature baby posted by max on October 20, 2000 at 17:25:13:

: Our daughter was born 6 weeks premature. At 8 weeks we were advised by our GP that she was to have her first Dtp vaccine. She reated with a fever and a swelling around the injection site, but appeared normal several days later. I have now read that the manufacturers guidelines state that premature babies should not be given the vaccine. The health visitor giving the jab did not advise us of this even after repeated questions on its saftey.
: Has anyone had a similar experience?
: Has anyone any suggestions of what I should do?
: Is it correct that premature babies should not be given the vaccine?
: Are there particular effects if a prem baby is given the vaccine?
: ?????????
: Max

Dear Max,

I'm sure your daughter will be fine. However, this brings up an important point of how routine the administration of vaccines has become. I think a lot of guidelines are not being followed.
If you feel uncomfortable with how this was handled, you could contact VAERS and report her fever and that she was prematurely immunized. At least you have been given an opportunity to question the safety of vaccines and weigh the risks against the benefits before she has more shots.
I'm not totally against immunizations. I just think that children are bombarded with them when they are going through a crucial period of development and the brain and nervous system are making rapid changes. Kids are given so many shots simultaneously and sometimes while they are sick.
You may want to discuss your concerns with your health care provider. Perhaps a plan can be made for safer immunizations for your daughter. Maybe she can wait until she is older or maybe get the shots that you feel are necessary.

God Bless,

Liz R

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