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    I think I remember reading something about certain immunizations that should be delayed if a child receives a blood transfusion. I asked my doctor and he said he didn't know- but whatever immunization(s) it was in question were not scheduled until 1 year old. Well... Ben is quickly approaching one and I want to make sure I am on the ball with this.

    Do any of you have any clue what I am talking about?? I really should have made myself a note or something! Help!
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    Yes, it is the MMR and maybe the chicken pox one. I know for sure the MMR one. If you go to the CDC website and print off the vaccination hand-outs for each vaccine it will tell you if a blood transfusion is a contraindiction.
    Heather
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    Yes I do! We went through this and here's what I know...
    It only a concern for live vaccines like MMR and chicken pox. If you have a blood transfusion, the blood you have received may have antibodies for the live vaccine already. Therefore your body won't make its own antibodies, rendering the vaccine ineffective. It won't harm you but you'll need to get it again.

    The CDC say you need to wait 4-11 months after the transfusion for the MMR shot. How long you need to wait after the transfusion for the vaccine depends on the type of blood product. Because I found this out after Maya had her shot, my Dr went back and called the hospital to find out what kind of blood she got and it turned out she only needed to wait 3 months so she was okay.

    So here's what I'd do - find out the type of blood Ben got. Was it plasma or rehydrated - I don't know all the options but these are the things your looking to find out. Find out the shots he'll be getting and have your dr look in some big book they have and check to make sure he's okay for each. Alternatively, if this is too much for your pediatrician you can also call the CDC and they can transfer you to someone who knows the details.

    Hope this helps!
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    Our immunizations lady on base told me to wait 6 months after Keegan's transfusion before getting his MMR and Chickenpox. Because his surgery happened right around his first birthday, we put off getting the live vaccines then so now he is 18 months and still hasnt had his mmr and chickenpox vaccine.....we have to wait 2 more weeks for thos.

    Out of curiosity... how many had their kids get the H1N1 shot last year?

    How many got the flu shot for their child this year which includes H1N1 in it?
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    Nick had both the H1N1 and the regular flu shots last year and he got the all in one shot this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeegansMom View Post
    Out of curiosity... how many had their kids get the H1N1 shot last year?

    How many got the flu shot for their child this year which includes H1N1 in it?
    My whole family got it, we have not gotten the flu vac yet this year.
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    May got her flu shots before the surgery but could not get the H1N1 because it was not ready in time. Her surgery was Nov 2nd 2010 and I was so worried she get H1N1 from somebody in the PICU. We were in a "clean room" but many of the other rooms were filled with swine flu patients and we weren't supposed to leave our room incase we might come in contact with the virus and bring it to Maya. It was soooooo stressful!

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    So what if it's the other way around...Brentley is supposed to get his 4-month immunizations tomorrow and then his surgery is 12/21 and will most likely get a blood transfution....is that ok or will the immunizations be for nothing? Just wanted to make sure. thanks
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    Cam had his 4 month shots right before his surgery, got a blood transfusion, and then continued to have all his shots right on schedule. I didn't know it was an issue! lol
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    I think it is only the live vaccines and I believe the first time they get a live one is at 12 months for MMR and chickenpox so you should be fine.. but thats just my understanding
    TARA
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