After several years of working in Immunization related activities to help others, I find myself on the other side of the fence, with a 2 month old baby, in Senegal, trying to get her shots. She was born in the US, and we opted not do the HEP B at birth and figured to start at 2 months. We went to a fancy pharmacy in Saly, where they only had DTaP + PCV + Hib + Polio as a cocktail and didn't know anything about RV and then Hep B as a standalone.
I had in the past heard concerns about such cocktails (which may be rumour), but then came across this article India Serves Up Costly Cocktail of Vaccines and wondered if the claims regarding adverse reactions and deaths are true.
If we want to avoid cocktails, is it possible to do so still? Would there be any benefit to dividing immunizations up so that DTP/Polio/Hep B are on one schedule, and PCV/Rota are on another, and a month out of phase (for example)? Is Hib really necessary?
I'm sorry to post a question of such a personal nature on Technet, but the amount of information online regarding child immunization is overwhelming and riddled with contradictions. WHO and CDC policy are one thing but also developed as blanket approaches to maximize the overall benefit to populations (no?). I have the ability to take as as many trips as needed to the pediatrician, and can afford to buy vaccines separately - should I?
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