As I mentioned last week, tomorrow is the big day where Shot at Life will be offering a free vaccination for comments on my post. I will be posting about my 28th year – which was the hardest year of my life so far. I talked a bit about why I think vaccines are so important in this post. I also mentioned that I still understand the concerns about vaccinating young children and the potential overwhelm of so many shots at once. A few people asked about the alternative schedule I used and I thought I would share it here.  This is the schedule we used on our own kids (with the exception of Kembe, who lived in a place where diseases posed more of a risk and therefore received vaccines earlier.)  This goes without saying, but I am not a doctor. This is a slightly modified version of Dr. Sear’s suggestions – who is a very well-respected pediatrician here in Orange County.  Dr. Sears says his alternative schedule won’t overwhelm young immune systems, but still provides complete vaccine protection.The main difference from his list is that I gave my kids the MMR together, because it’s very difficult to obtain the shots separated as he suggests. As such, I waited to give my kids the MMR until age 3. I think every family needs to look at their individual circumstances as well. Karris did receive some shots earlier because she traveled to Haiti at a very young age.  We go to a main-stream doctor but when I showed her a print-out of this schedule and helped her understand that I had every intent to vaccinate the kids (albeit at a slower pace) she was very supportive.  Dr. Sears says his alternative schedule won't overwhelm young immune systems, but still provides complete vaccine protection. 2 months
Rotavirus
DTaP 3 months
PCV
Hib 4 months
Rotavirus (second dose)
DTaP (second dose) 5 months
PCV (second dose)
Hib (second dose) 6 months
Rotavirus (third dose)
DTaP (third dose) 7 months
PCV (third dose)
Hib (third dose) 9 months
Polio 12 months
Polio (second dose) 15 months
PCV (fourth dose)
Hib (fourth dose) 18 months
DTaP (fourth dose)
Varicella 2 years
Polio (third dose) 2 1/2 years
Hep B
Hep A 3 1/2 years
Hep B (second dose)
MMR 4 years
DTaP (fifth dose)
Polio (fourth dose) 5 years
MMR (second dose) 6 years
Varicella (second dose) 12 years
HPV 12 years, 2 months
HPV (second dose)

13 years

HPV (third dose) Do you do an alternative vaccination schedule? How receptive was your pediatrician to the idea?