Here's a few links to some sites that discuss alternative vaccine schedules, for those parents who want to vaccinate, but prefer to take it slower so as not to overwhelm baby's system.
Also, I highly recommend What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Vaccinations by Dr. Stephanie Cave and The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears. Both books offer selective/delayed schedules.
From the Dr. Sears book:
"My main worry about(the recommended)schedule is that there really hasn't been enough research on the various chemicals and ingredients in many vaccines to prove that they are 100% safe. It has also been my experience that giving 5 or 6 vaccines at a time can increase the likelihood of a severe reaction. My Alternative Vaccine Schedule circumvents these theoretical worries and provides complete vaccine coverage, but at a more reasonable pace."
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=47 mothering.com's vaccine message board...I highly recommend it...lots of really informed women discussing vaccine issues.
wow......I just spent the last 30 minutes reading over this information, and I am definitely compelled to further research. Autism is such a terrifying condition, and if it can in anyway be avoided, I'll take the steps to do so...
You're welcome! When researching, please share what you learn...there's so much conflicting info and it can be overwhelming, so if something makes sense to you, lets hear it! :)
Here is David Kirby's most recent article; it discusses how the recent Hannah Poling case may not be as isolated as once thought, and talks about how the government is currently reviewing the recommended vaccine schedule to see if we are giving too many, too soon.
Another excellent site to research: http://www.909shot.com/ (National Vaccine Information Center.)
I think a GREAT resource for any parent wanting to know all the facts and actual CDC numbers regarding the diseases we're vaccinating against, as well as the reported reactions from the vaccines themselves is the DVD Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. It is a three hour DVD that helps to break down the information in easy to understand terms regarding each disease.Who is at risk for it, how many people actually catch it each year, how many of the sick had previously been vaccinated for it, how it is treated, andthe outcome. It also talks about what is in the vaccine for it, how it is manufactured, and how many severe reactions are reported yearly from the vaccine.
It really helps you to weight the pros and cons using the governments own statistics on disease so you can make an informed choice about which shots are worth it to you! Its a MUST SEE for any parent who is on the fence and looking for more information regarding vaccinations for their child; the risks, versus the benefits. You can order a copy of it at www.nmaseminars.com I think its a DVD every parent should watch.It really opens your eyes to some of the public misconceptions regarding vaccinations and enlightens you with actual science! No parent can be too informed.
i want to put my child on a delayed vaccination schedule, but im not sure how to go about it.. my doctors office doesnt have a delayed schedule, and im not sure how to go about making my own schedule..
I found this schedule...
Dr. Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule
2 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
3 months*: Pc, HIB
4 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
5 months*: Pc, HIB
6 months: DTaP, Rotavirus
7 months*: Pc, HIB
9 months: Polio
12 months: Mumps, Polio
15 months: Pc, HIB
18 months: DTaP, Chickenpox
2 years: Rubella, Polio
2 1/2 years*: Hep B, Hep A (start Hep B at birth if any close relatives or caregivers have Hep B)
3 years: Hep B, Measles
3 1/2 years*: Hep B, Hep A
4 years: DTaP, Polio
5 years: MMR
6 years: Chickenpox
12 years: Tdap, HPV
12 years, 2 months*: HPV
13 years: HPV, Meningococcal (once Meningococcal vaccine is approved for age 2, Dr. Sears will move it there and delay Hep B by 6 months)
but now im interested in what the heck dtap, rotavirus, and pc are... i guess i will have to read a book or do some more researching online.
"The Pc vaccine protects a child against pneumococcal (Pc) disease, which ranges from mild cold symptoms and ear infections to severe pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and meningitis. The Pc vaccine is recommended by the AAP at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months. The vaccine came out in 2001.
Pc is common - in the cold symptom and ear infection form. Pneumonia is only an occasional occurrence, and bloodstream infections and meningitis are considered very rare. Studies differ, but one states that after the vaccine came out, 400 cases of severe Pc struck children 5 and under. In all ages, 2,000 to 3,000 severe cases of antibiotic-resistant Pc have been reported each year. It is also estimated that as many as 10,000 severe cases of Pc in children and 20,000-30,000 severe cases in adults strike each year. Before the vaccine, there were 60,000 cases or severe Pc each year, 17,000 of which were in children 5 and younger.
Oi, the numbers, they hurt my head. It seems no one can agree on how many cases there are each year. But they can agree that the serious cases attack mostly the infants (two and under) and the elderly."