With all of the questions surrounding the safety of children’s vaccinations it is not surprising that parents are backing off, despite doctor recommendations that vaccines be given on schedule. Now a survey to be published in the journal Pediatrics finds that 13 percent of parents in the U.S. vary from the recommended schedule and 2 percent choose not to vaccinate their children at all.
Vaccines are given to children age six months to six years to prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases such as whopping cough and measles. Even a small decline in the number of vaccines tends to result in a disease outbreak said the researcher in charge of the survey.
Why does someone want to vary the vaccine schedule? Some do so at the advice of friends. Others make up their own vaccine schedule or follow the advice of Dr. Bob Sears of AskDrSears.com. The theory is that childhood injuries such as autism come from receiving too many vaccines at one time overwhelming the child’s small body. Although the cause of autism has not been found, suspicions are that mercury, used as a preservative, and other ingredients in vaccines play some role.
The most delayed vaccine is the measles-mumps-rubella shot at 45 percent, followed by the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine.
Dr. Sears has written The Vaccine Book because information is constantly changing and vaccine makers change their formulations sometimes leaving the old vaccines on shelves until they are depleted. When thimerosol, the preservative in vaccines containing mercury, fell out of favor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not mandate its removal from the market. Thimerosol is still found in some vaccines in trace amounts while no safe amount for this preservative has ever been established.
Additionally, there are live viruses, bacteria, chemical additives such as aluminum salts, and in some vaccines, formaldehyde to stabilize the compound, neomycin, gelatin, and eggs, any of which can trigger a reaction in a small person whose body/ brain are developing.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the brain. In the U.S., 1 in 110 children have autism or a related disorder. The U.S. has the highest rate of autism, so there is no wonder that parents are looking for ways to avoid this permanent and disabling condition.