"I thought, 'OK, let's do it,'" says Imamura, 39, from Torrance, California. & # 39; & # 39; But we will slow it down so that your body adapts and does not. & # 39; Suddenly six different things are at stake. "
Seven years later, Imamura says her son is a" very healthy, "active boy who enjoys sports.
But delaying the vaccine is risky, and many paediatricians will tell you that a step-by-step approach is needed Vaccinations are better than no vaccinations at all, but they do give some stern advice to parents who are considering this.
"Every day you can get a vaccine that you did not get the chance of having an invasive disease," says Dr. Charles Golden, senior medical director of the Primary Care Network at Orange County Children's Hospital
Recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough have once again sparked a word war over vaccinations.
The dispute is often painted two-sidedly: in one Camp promotes the medical facility, supported by the science, the vaccination of children against 1
4 teething problems at the age of 2. In the other is a small but vocal minority – the so-called Anti-Vaxer – who shake off the shots and believe that the risks of vaccines outweigh the dangers of diseases.
The idea that there are two opposing sides obscures a great middle ground that is occupied by up to a quarter of parents who believe they are vaccinating their children, but how the Imamuras do it gradually. They are worried about the health effects of so many shots in such a short time, and in some cases they are completely relinquishing certain vaccines.
Alternative vaccination schedules have been around for years, promoted by some doctors and promoted by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy Donald Trump advocated the idea in a Republican debate in 2015.
The concept gained in importance after more than ten years as Robert W. Sears, a pediatrician from Orange County, California, "The Vaccine Book," in which he took two alternative schedules. Both delay vaccines, and one of them allows parents to skip photos of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), chickenpox, hepatitis A, and polio.
Sears' book became the vaccination Bible for thousands of parents visiting their paediatricians in tow. However, it is noteworthy that Sears was punished by the Medical Board of California last year after he was accused of illegally releasing a two-year-old from all future vaccinations. He declined to be interviewed for this column.
Imamura, who calls herself "definitely not an anti-Vaxer," says she and her husband "followed Sears to a T." They limited the number of vaccines for their son to a maximum of two per appointment, compared to up to six in the official schedule. And they skipped the shot for chickenpox.
However, she admits, "If there had been outbreaks like this now, that would have affected my thinking about delaying vaccines."
The ideas put forth by Sears and others have contributed to parents 'concerns that front-loader shots may overwhelm their babies' immune systems or expose them to toxic levels of chemicals such as mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde.
But scientific evidence supports that Not. Infectious disease doctors and public health officials say children's immune systems are far more challenging.
"If they touch another person and crawl around the house, they are exposed to so many things every day that these vaccines do not do much," Dr. Pia Pannaraj, a pediatric infectious disease specialist for diseases at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
The same is true of some of the metals and chemicals contained in vaccines, with vaccine skeptics blaming autism, despite numerous unrelated studies – the most recent ones released earlier this month.
In the first six months of life, babies receive much more aluminum from breast milk and infant formula than from vaccines, say health care professionals.
"If you look at babies who have received aluminum-containing vaccines, you can not even see that levels have risen," says Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and director of the hospital vaccine education center. The same applies to formaldehyde and mercury.
(Offit co – Merck's RotaTeq vaccine against rotavirus was introduced and CHOP sold the license rights for $ 182 million in 2008. CHOP declined to comment on Offit's share.)
Parents for mercury, aluminum or other Vaccines are concerned, this should avoid information that is exchanged on social media, which can be misleading. Instead, visit the Vaccine Education Center on the CHOP website at www.chop.edu by clicking on the "Departments" tab.
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Wenn your children are not among them, vaccinate them. This will help prevent outbreaks and protect those who have not received the shots for medical reasons.
When parents fight back, Pannaraj says, she points out that the potential harm from infections is far more serious than the risks of the vaccines. For example, she points out that the risk of getting measles encephalitis is about 1,000 times greater than that of the vaccine.
Nevertheless, side effects occur. Most are mild, but severe cases – though rare – are not unknown. To learn more about the potential side effects of vaccines, visit the CDC website or discuss these with your pediatrician.
Emily Lawrence Mendoza, 35, says that after her second child, who was shot for the first time with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) at the age of 12 months, Elsie got a fever and a whole body rash that looked like a mild version of the disease.
It took three urgent visits before a doctor confirmed that Elsie, now nearly five years old, could have had a mild reaction to the vaccine. Mendoza of Orange, California, then decided to introduce a more gradual vaccination plan for her third child.
However, Mendoza says that Elsie's negative reaction made her realize the importance of vaccinations: "What if she had been exposed to a full-blown case of measles?"
This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.