Update: On his February 2011 show on the causes of autism, Dr Oz admitted that he personally used an alternative vaccine schedule with his children! Dr. Sears also said that recommends an alternative vaccine schedule with some of his patients.
Vaccinations are a somewhat controversial topic, in the autism world. Each person must do their own research and determine what is best for their child. Obviously there are three perspectives. Some choose to completely stop vaccinating their children when they learn of a possible autism link. Others continue as they previously vaccinated while many are choosing to spread out their vaccine schedules. This topic was recently posed on one of our homeschool blogs, so I thought I would post a spread out vaccine schedule. This is just one option, but a place to begin.
“Those who question the benefit of mass immunisation are not all irrational non-believers. Most support vaccination but are concerned at – and question the necessity for – the large number of vaccines and the early ages at which these are given. Many have studied the research, only to find – as I have – contradiction and uncertainty. They deserve to be treated with respect and given the opportunity for an open and honest debate.”
– Dr. Richard Halverson, letter to the British Medical Journal
Dr. Donald Miller, in his 2004 article, suggests this as one proposed vaccine schedule:
This is a vaccination schedule that I would recommend:
- No vaccinations until a child is two years old.
- No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
- No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
- These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:
- Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
- Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)
- To read his entire article, click here.
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