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Smart Tips for Vaccination

There is no doubt that vaccinations have done wonders for the world in the 20th century and I am not pro or anti vaccinations as such.

However I do believe that we are slightly unware of how we can better administer vaccinations to reduce any potential side effects. In the below post I provide a few tips on how we can ensure we are administering vaccinations in such a way that we are doing everything we can do to protect our baby’s health and well being.

Spread them out

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (APIC) recommend that babies receive 14 vaccines before the age of 2. The vaccines are given in a series of 26 shots, with as many as five shots at a single visit. Some parents are concerned that this vaccine schedule may overwhelm a child’s immune system. Others believe vaccines are behind the rise in other medical conditions, like autism.

There is the ability to separate combined vaccines such as the MMR so that children get only one live vaccine at a time. By giving only one live-virus vaccine at a time this may allow the baby’s immune system to better handle live viruses. This may decrease side effects and, if there is a reaction, make it easier to pinpoint which vaccine caused it.

Consider your child’s health history and genetic background

I would highly recommend that parents carefully consider their child’s health history and genetic background before deciding which vaccines to administer. For instance, if your child was born prematurely or has had recurrent ear infections, or if you and/or your partner have a history of autoimmune disorders or allergies, then these are indicators that your baby or toddler might not respond well to a vaccine (let alone multiple vaccines at the same time).

Ensure your child is very healthy at the time of vaccination

If you decide to give a vaccine, make sure your child has not been ill recently or is not coming down with something. You also do not want to give a vaccine if your child has been on antibiotics or if they recently came off antibiotics. Ask for single-dose vials, and give one at a time, i.e., per visit. There are no long-term studies showing that giving multiple vaccines at once is a safe practice.

Boost your child’s immunity prior to vaccination

I would also suggest priming your child’s immune system with immune-protective nutrients prior to vaccinating. Provide vitamin C, Echinacea drops and cod liver oil before vaccination. Please contact me for specific brands and doses.

Test Before Boosting 

Avoid some booster shots by doing a blood test to see if the shot is really needed. This may make booster shots unnecessary if the vaccine is still active.

Be Aware of the Facts

Vaccines contain many ingredients of which the public is not aware. These are just some of the ingredients used in production of vaccines:

* Ethylene glycol – antifreeze* Phenol – also known as carbolic acid. This is used as a disinfectant, dye. * Formaldehyde – a known cancer causing agent*Aluminum – is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures, also cancer producing in laboratory mice. It is used as an additive to promote antibody response.* Thimerosal – a mercury disinfectant/ preservative. It can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease.* Neomycin, Streptomycin – antibiotics which have caused allergic reactions in some people.

Get Informed

If you are unsure about your options I would highly recommend reading more and in particular reading Robert Sears book, The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child. IN this book pediatrician Robert Sears, MD, outlines two alternatives to the traditional vaccine schedule. The “Selective Vaccine Schedule” omits certain vaccines, while the “Alternative Vaccine Schedule” stretches out the traditional one.

Through his book and Web site, Dr. Sears addresses questions about vaccines, the overall number, the combinations of vaccines given in a single dose, and the preservatives in some vaccines, which contain mercury and aluminum.


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