The alternative vaccination schedule Dr. Sears promotes offers two options for vaccines. These alternatives are becoming increasingly popular as the vaccination controversy continues to rage and parents want alternatives to the conventional schedule.
In contrast to the alternative vaccination schedule of Dr Miller whose schedule starts at 2 years and the alternative schedule of Dr Stephanie Cave whose schedule starts at 4 months - Dr Sears offers two options that each start at 2 months as is conventional but spaces them out differently as is listed below.
One of the biggest problems many parents have with immunizations is the vaccine ingredients.
Dr. Sears asserts:
"By only giving two vaccines at a time (instead of as many as 6), I decrease the chance of chemical overload from grouping so many vaccines chemicals all together at once. This allows a baby's body to better detoxify the chemicals one or two at a time."
For example he recommends splitting up the MMR into individual shots instead of all on the same day at 12 months. This might be difficult to do, though, since at the time of this writing it seems pharmaceutic companies are not making single doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations - you might want to check.
For parents who want to avoid the more risky baby immunizations, Dr. Sears suggests the following "selective" schedule, although shots still start at 2 months:
Cohen, senior medical correspondent for CNN's Health, Medical and
Wellness unit and author of The Empowered Patient, lays out some general
guidelines to think about when selecting an alternative vaccination
schedule for young children. She says:
"Don’t give the Hepatitis B vaccine to newborns in the hospital. Because this shot can cause fever, lethargy, and poor feeding (problems you don’t want to see in a newborn), it’s better to delay this shot for the first two months of life, especially since the disease doesn’t even occur in newborns (it’s a sexually-transmitted disease)."
Ms. Cohen also suggests a titer test for various shots before doing boosters.
Are you one of the many parents concerned about the vaccination controversy and considering a non-conventional immunization schedule for your baby? Be assured - there are options.
Is one of Dr. Sears schedules right for your family? It can be confusing and it takes time to get through all the information in order to make that big decision. But, it will be time well spent when you will have chosen the "right" alternative vaccination schedule for children - your children. That gives peace of mind.
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