2013 Vaccine Recommendations

vaccine3Each year the brightest and smartest, most trained doctors in infectious diseases in our country, from the NIH/CDC – Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), issue their guidelines for immunizations here in the US.  These guide all physicians and are intended to be the “best practice” and thus the “standard of care”. Those who choose not to vaccinate according to these guidelines are often looked upon as not being up to date, or even worse as being inferior doctors who don’t care about their patients or don’t know the right approach.  I offer you a differing view of this issue.  It is only the most educated and ethical doctors who care enough to research both the benefits and the side effects and care enough to treat your child’s unique risks and situation who can guide you in this most vital area of vaccination. 

At Integrative Pediatrics, what I hope to bring is the best possible care for your child and your particular situation.  Immunization guidelines are made based on the whole country, and not the individual. These experts also clearly look at just the benefits side of the equation and not the risks.  There is no other way to explain the current and ongoing recommendation to give the Hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns.  The only newborns that need the Hepatitis B vaccine are those born to a mom who either has Hepatitis B or whose status regarding hepatitis B is unknown.  These days, most moms have been tested for Hepatitis B (our OB-GYN colleagues do an amazing job in this area) and moms know if they have Hep B or not and in most cases they not only don’t have Hep B, they are immune to Hep B and thus there is absolutely no way on earth they could transmit this virus to their newborn.  Why then would you inject 250 micrograms of aluminum into your newborn?  Studies have shown for premature infants, we should not exceed 4-5 micrograms of aluminum a day. 

The absolutely shocking recommendation is as follows:  “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Tdap for pregnant adolescents and adults during each pregnancy. This approach was in response to increasing cases of pertussis nationally and a recognition that the greatest burden of disease, morbidity, and mortality occurs in infants prior to the time that they can achieve protection from their primary series with DTaP. Data on the safety and efficacy of multiple Tdap doses are limited. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that adolescents and young adults who have received Tdap prior to their pregnancy should receive another Tdap during this pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics is reviewing available information before publishing a policy statement concerning whether it is appropriate to provide additional Tdap doses for subsequent pregnancies. This will be addressed in a future AAP policy statement for pertussis vaccine and in the 2014 immunization schedule.”

Your developing baby in the womb has even less renal function than a premature infant.  That developing baby is at the most vulnerable stage to toxins.  We advise pregnant moms to eat organic, avoid fish, avoid all alcohol and smoking etc., but somehow it’s OK to inject the Tdap with it’s 330 micrograms of aluminum!  I say as clearly and as loudly as I possibly can: DO NOT GET THE Tdap WHILE PREGNANT!  

To protect your newborn from pertussis (whooping cough) have all the care givers get the Tdap before the baby comes and mom can get it right after delivery, while still in the hospital.

Link to the 2013 schedule for childhood vaccines:  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/2/397.full

For other approaches – http://drpaul.md/images/Forms/Vaccinations%20at%20Integrative%20Pediatrics.pdf

 

Dr. Paul

 

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