Clark has finally started getting his vaccines! Yay! This is very exciting for us since Clark needs the extra protection while his immune system is still weak.
Most children have their vaccines spread out over a few years, including booster shots. Clark will be on the fast-track to completing his vaccines. For the time being, Clark will only have “dead” vaccines (non-live) to prevent him from actually contracting the virus’. Clark has now had 2 rounds with about 5 shots each. In 8 weeks he goes in for his last round of booster shots.
If you can’t remember getting your last vaccine, they can be a bit painful. Especially when you end up getting 10 shots in 4 weeks. The crying was to be expected, but the little bumps (like a muscle knot) on each thigh where he was injected, was new to me. One of the injections was so painful that Clark refused to walk for almost 2 days! So we gave him a little Tylenol before bed, and held him throughout the day. :( Apparently this is common for some of the vaccines. Other than that, Clark has been great. He doesn’t fight me while he is getting his vaccines, and he forgets the pain quickly.
1 month after Clark’s last dose of “dead” vaccines, he will have labs drawn to make sure he is maintaining these new antibodies. If all goes well, we start talking about giving Clark his “Live” vaccines. These are the vaccines that I am impatiently awaiting. Even though Measles seems to be off the radar, Rotavirus is still common, and can be dangerous.