Vaccinations have come under fire in recent years due to concerns over adverse side effects. These concerns have been primarily related to the large increase in diagnosed Autism in children. The belief states that there are three vaccination connected causes of Autism. The first is the amount of mercury that may be present in various vaccinations given to children under the age of 5. The second belief states that certain vaccinations are no longer required and should be removed from the vaccination schedule. The third belief, related to delayed vaccinations, states that children are receiving too many vaccinations in one visit. Therefore, the vaccinations should be staggered. This belief leads to several questions regarding delayed vaccinations and how they work.
The Standard Schedule
In order to understand a delayed vaccination program, you will first need to understand the standard vaccination schedule. Currently the CDC has a set schedule for vaccinations that is used across the United States. This schedule begins at birth with the Hepatitis B vaccine. During the first well baby appointment, a 2 month old is given 6 shots. Each shot corresponds to a different vaccine. These shots are repeated at the next well baby visit or at 4 months old. When the baby turns 6 months old, more vaccinations are given. This means, from birth to 6 months, a baby will receive 22 to 24 shots related to various vaccinations and boosters to those vaccinations.
The Problem with Standard Scheduling
The problem, that leads to the delayed vaccination schedule, is in the number of shots given in a short amount of time. There are families who believe that the number of shots is what leads to adverse side effects. They believe that staggering these shots over several visits is a better option. Another school of thought is the childs immune systems are overloaded when they are exposed to the large number of vaccinations in a short amount of time. This means, for the believers in this school of thought, that if the immune system is overloaded the immune system will weaken and allow for illnesses to take over.
The Solution to the Problem
For many families, the solution to the standard schedule problem has been to move to a delayed schedule. A delayed schedule can be discussed between the parents and the doctor. It can also be related to the Robert W. Sears method of delayed vaccinations. Dr. Sears method uses the same vaccinations and booster vaccinations as the standard scheduling plan put in place by the CDC. However, there is one major difference to Sears’ plan. His plan states that these shots and booster vaccinations should be offered over the first 5 to 6 years of life rather than the first 5 to 6 months of life. The view is simple. If the vaccinations are stretched out over time, they will take hold in the system and work better to combat the issues the vaccinations were designed to handle.
Overall, it is up to the parents what type of vaccination schedule is chosen. Many will still choose to use a standardized vaccination schedule while others will take the option of no vaccinations at all. The delayed vaccination schedule, however, is becoming increasingly popular and has been discussed as the primary method of vaccinations in the future should a bill pass Congress.