What to do if you don’t want your child to get 8 vaccines at once

Federal law requires doctors to discuss the benefits and risks of any immunization before administering it, so your doctor should be willing to address your questions. After all, says Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, “the doctor-patient relationship isn’t a dictatorship; it’s a negotiation.” Here are some options to consider.

Space out shots-Don’t overwhelm the Child’s immune system all at once.  You especially want to space out live virus vaccines like the MMR and chicken pox.

Do some research–  Does your child really need Hepatitis B ( a sexually transmitted disease) vaccination as a toddler?  Does your child even need the polio vaccine?  The last case of polio in the wild in the US was back in 1994.  North America has been declared a polio-free zone since 2004.  Why are we giving shots to kids when the risk is so minimal?  In fact, the side effects can be more numerous, and potentially more detrimental, than natural polio.

Chose flu vaccines without thimerosal-Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, has been linked to all sorts of health problems from autism to birth defects.  Beware-the flu vaccine that pediatricians are recommending for kids often contains thimerosal, in fact up to 250 times the EPA’s safety limit!!  Make sure to ask!  (If you have any questions about which medicines/vaccines that contain thimerosal, or what the harmful effects associated with it, respond to this post and I’ll list the CDC’s notes.)

Be cautious about new vaccines-Since manufacturer trials include thousands rather than millions of children, it may take a few years for rare side effects to come to light. That’s one reason that many parents object to mandatory Gardasil vaccination.

Avoid shots if your child is sick-Rashes and other allergic reactions can be the result when an immune system already primed to fight an infection kicks into overdrive after a shot.

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