An alternative vaccination schedule is a vaccination schedule differing from the schedule endorsed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ACIP. Contrary to the claims made by some advocates of alternative vaccine schedules, there is no scientific evidence for the existence of "immune system overload", and according to the UK National Health Service the idea is a "myth". Among the most prominent proponents of alternative vaccination schedules is notable pediatrician and vaccine critic Robert Sears. A study identified five different types of alternative vaccine schedules: Sears' schedule, a shot-limiting schedule, selective delaying or refusal, making vaccine decisions visit-by-visit, or refusing all vaccines.
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The alternative vaccination schedule Dr. Sears promotes offers two options for vaccines. These alternatives are becoming increasingly popular as the vaccination controversy continues to rage and parents want alternatives to the conventional schedule. In contrast to the alternative vaccination schedule of Dr Miller whose schedule starts at 2 years and the alternative schedule of Dr Stephanie Cave whose schedule starts at 4 months - Dr Sears offers two options that each start at 2 months as is conventional but spaces them out differently as is listed below.
One of the biggest problems many parents have with immunizations is the vaccine ingredients. Sears asserts: " 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. For example he recommends splitting up the MMR into individual shots instead of all on the same day at 12 months. This might be difficult to do, though, since at the time of this writing it seems pharmaceutic companies are not making single doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations - you might want to check.
For parents who want to avoid the more risky baby immunizations , Dr. Sears suggests the following "selective" schedule, although shots still start at 2 months:. Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent for CNN's Health, Medical and Wellness unit and author of The Empowered Patient, lays out some general guidelines to think about when selecting an alternative vaccination schedule for young children.
Cohen also suggests a titer test for various shots before doing boosters. Are you one of the many parents concerned about the vaccination controversy and considering a non-conventional immunization schedule for your baby? Be assured - there are options. Is one of Dr. Sears schedules right for your family? It can be confusing and it takes time to get through all the information in order to make that big decision.
But, it will be time well spent when you will have chosen the "right" alternative vaccination schedule for children - your children. That gives peace of mind. Return to Loving Attachment Parenting Homepage. Alternative Vaccination Schedule - Dr. Sears Vaccine Solution The alternative vaccination schedule Dr. Comments Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
Alternative vaccination schedule