Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Word on Vaccines......



Since my son has autism, I get asked many times what my stand is on Vaccines. No, I am not against them. However, I am very against how they are administered. You see, in years past, there were only a few vaccines given.Today, your little infant is given some straight out of the shoot and usually around 5 or more at any one visit. Here lies the problem. First of all, a newborn baby does not have an immune system that can fight off the antigen put in their body. Why would we then inject them with something that is so hard for their bodies to fight. That starts the problems right away. Then, a few months later when they still don't have the system in place to fight off diseases, lets give them 5-6 more! Crazy. By doing this, the body is under turmoil in so many cases, especially the stomach. If you add antibiotics to the mess, you can start the process for deterioration not to mention any mercury that the vaccine can contain. What am I advocating? Take control. Do not blindly do what the pediatrician tells you. I always tell moms to never, ever get the vaccine in the hospital. Always delay the vaccine schedule. I would wait to start the immunizations for at least 6 months, if not to a year. Also, give only 1 shot at a time. Never multiple and never when the child is sick or has recently been on antibiotics. If this is followed, the body is so much better equipped to fight off the disease you are injecting into their body. They will still have all the shots completed before they enter kindergarten. I am certainly not alone in my thinking. Most autism groups and naturopathic Dr.s will advocate the same thing. You, as parents need to be in charge, not the pediatrician. I do not believe that vaccines alone cause the problems of autism, however, I believe that it is the first culprit in what contributes to the deterioration of an otherwise normal, healthy little child. That is the true tragedy, it can be prevented.

7 comments:

Becky said...

Thank you for such great advice. At my little ones 1 yr dr.s appointment they wanted to give him all kinds of shots. I was apprehensive about him getting so many shots at once and asked that they hold off on giving him the MMR until he was at least 18 months and they said ok. I was really worried that I would face opposition, but they really surprised me by letting me do what I felt was best. I guess sometimes all we have to do is speak up. We are our children's keeper!

Carrie B said...

Can you post a link to a delayed vax schedule? That would be helpful!

domestic bliss said...

Hi Shari-
I am so glad you are posting this information.
Had I known this information I would have never allowed my daughter to receive multiple vaccines at once. Anna has Juvenile Diabetes and I STRONGLY suspect that having too many vaccines given at once caused her body to overreact. It may be that she would have been a diabetic anyways... But-the dangers are great- and mothers should educate themselves and not just trust that their doctors know what is best. I blindly did what my Dr. suggested and ended up in the Pediatric ICU just a week after my daughter was given the multiple vaccines. This is not a comment against vaccines- but against multiple injections at once.

Thanks again for posting such helpful information-
Kristin

brenda j said...

I too had heard of the connection to autism and vaccines when I was pregnant with my last child (a boy) and declined the vacc. at the hospital. My pediatrician (DaleGuthrie) has an autistic son and was very open to my desire to seperate and or delay some vaccinations, but he also was very helpful in putting me at ease a little on the whole situation, as I was very stressed out about the whole thing. He gave me studies and documentations to go over before I made my decisions, and I did alot of research on my own. I finally came to the decision to go ahead with the vacc. (The book by two Alternative medicine Dr.'s "Healthy Child Whole Child" is a great reference.) Anyway even though I am less stressed out about the whole thing now I think it is so important that we use our our internal instincts as parents and like you said we have to be our childs advocate and sometimes go against the grain. It is our duty to sometimes question our pediatricians advice. I wish you all the best in progress with your son, and love your blog, you truly are an enlightened homemaker.

Anna and Ryan said...

I totally agree about pushing back against the routine vaccination schedule. We did a lot of research before my first son was born and decided to put off the first vaccines for a few months and then space them out so that he wasn't getting more than one shot at a time. Keep in mind that if you breastfeed your baby is getting excellent protection from your immune system through antibodies in your milk.

Also, regarding talking about this with your pediatrician. Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics has a public health mission, so the immunization schedule that they endorse is the one that is most likely to be completed. It's a one-size-fits-most solution that synchs with routine well-baby visits but may not be BEST for your individual child or situation. If your child isn't going to daycare or doesn't have other risk factors it may make sense to work out a different schedule.

Rachel said...

Wow, I can't believe you don't have one single comment from someone telling you how dumb you are for worrying about nothing. I get that ALOT when people find out that I have delayed and spaced out my daughter's vaccines. I actually avoid the topic on purpose on my blog b/c I know I'll get a railing about it. But I read the Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears and it just makes sense to take it slowly, especially with the lack of research on vaccine's effects. We delayed till a year and are now getting two shots at a time - only one with aluminum at a time and one live virus at a time. To be honest though, if I weren't breastfeeding exclusively I don't know if I would feel as confident waiting, but with our situation I feel responsible and peaceful about it. Good for you for being so brave and public about your choice, maybe someday I will be too:).

Michelle said...

I was glad to read this advice. We are having a boy in October and I was wondering about this topic.
Thank you!