What’s the deal with vaccines???

What’s the deal with vaccines???

Many of my friends have started spacing out their child’s vaccines. Can anyone tell me what the benefit is of doing this (besides the fear of autism)?

I haven’t been able to find any scientific research that says that this is the best method of giving vaccines to your children. On the other hand, I have found research that states there are benefits of giving your child the vaccines as scheduled- such as the fact that they will be better immune to specific illnesses quicker than if they are spaced apart.

Anyhow, I spoke to Dr. Pantages about this, and although he also couldn’t give me any scientific research in favor of spacing them out, he told me that he is more than willing to do this if I wish it. I just don’t know though….especially in light of the whooping cough comeback. Alot of my friends are doing this though, so I’m interested in the reasoning.

Also, I was talking to Rhiannon tonight about a couple of vaccines she didn’t give to Ty and I thought she had a really good point. Are there some vaccines that you wouldn’t give your child?

Inquiring minds need to know!!! 🙂

3 thoughts on “What’s the deal with vaccines???

  1. Spencer had all the vaccines on schedule except when he was sick and couldn't have them. We also get flu shots every year and I had him get the rotovirus vaccine because it's very common and in infants can cause major issues (the virus not the vaccine). Some people split up the MMR shots too. I don't know what you will be doing about daycare and then school, but you will need to think about that too, as they have to have their shots in order to attend.

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  2. You know it's so strange. We are so afraid of "new" vaccines but in a few years they become the norm. The H1N1 shot is part of the regular flu shot this year. This is what I saw on Dr. Sears website: * By only giving two vaccines at a time (instead of as many as 6), I decrease the chance of chemical overload from grouping so many vaccines chemicals all together at once. This allows a baby's body to better detoxify the chemicals one or two at a time. * I give only 1 aluminum-containing vaccine at a time (instead of the recommended 4). Overloading on this metal can be particularly toxic to the brain (See Resources, page ___ of The Vaccine Book to view the research on this). * I give only one live-virus vaccine component at a time to allow the body's immune system to better handle the live viruses in these vaccines. * Giving fewer shots at a time may decrease the side effects, in my experience. * Giving fewer shots at a time also makes it easier to figure out which vaccine a child is reacting to if a severe reaction occurs. That said, I vaccinated all my kids on schedule. I wanted them to have the most protection upfront that I could give them.

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  3. Even 20 years ago there were parents like me that refused to have so many vaccines given so close together and autism wasn't even a known factor. Heck, I don't want that many vaccines now as an adult that weighs over 125 pounds. I just didn't and still don't like the idea of giving so many vaccinations at the same time and now there are even more than back then. Yes, mine got more sticks because of more visits for the staggered vaccines that were spread out but they never ran fevers or had reactions to any of their vaccines and were current by the time they started school. It's one of those issues that parents have to go with their gut and make their own choice about.

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