Alternative Vaccination Schedule -
Dr Stephanie Cave

This alternative vaccination schedule starts vaccines at four months slowing down the number of vaccines for each visit. Many parents find this satisfies uncertainties in the vaccination controversy.

Why the concern?

Dr. Stephanie Cave is a medical doctor as well as a DAN! Practitioner - a doctor specializing in biomedical approach to autism treatment. She is also the author to the updated book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations

She is concerned with the recommended immunization schedule - so many vaccines within such a short period of time administered at such a young age. Concern is due to vaccine ingredients and the potential damage they can have on a baby and so she has suggested some changes.

In contrast with the alternative vaccination schedule of Dr Sears and Dr Miller's schedule this one starts vaccination at four months and recommends generally only one or two shots per visit.

In addition to following an alternative vaccination schedules many parents administer probiotics to fortify their child's immune system and rebuild healthy bacteria. Aside from making that vaccination decision is the importance of keeping your child healthy. Our naturopath recommended Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child when our daughter was born and it has been our go-to reference for years now.

Updated Alternative Vaccination Schedule
Dr. Stephanie Cave

In contrast to the more than 30 shots (and ever growing) by age 2, recommended on the CDC (centers for disease control) schedule for baby immunizations, this schedule suggests 22 vaccines within that time period. She recommends just 2 live virus vaccines (live virus vaccines are measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and rota virus).

Following is Dr. Cave's UPDATED full recommendation list:

  • Birth - Hepatitis B only if mom is Hepatitis B Positive; otherwise, no vaccine shot
  • 4 months - Hib, IPV (polio)
  • 5 months - DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • 6 months - Hib, IPV
  • 7 months - DTaP
  • 8 months - Hib
  • 9 months - DTaP
  • 15 months - Measles
  • 17 months - Hib, IPV
  • 18 months - DTaP
  • 21 months - Rubella
  • 24 months - Pneumovax
  • 27 months - Mumps
  • 4-5 years - DTaP, IPV
  • 4-5 years - Hepatitis A if in endemic area
  • 4-5 years - Test titers for M, M, and R: booster if negative
  • 5-12 years - Hepatitis B, if required by law
  • 12 years - Varicella if titer is negative
  • 12 years - Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis {whooping cough}) only if titers are negative 
  • On admission to college dorm - Meningococcal
Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent for CNN's Health, Medical and Wellness unit and author of The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time , 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.

The vaccination controversy can be confusing and it takes time to get through all the information on vaccines in order to make that big decision. But, it's time well worth it.

This alternative vaccination schedule formulated by Dr Stephanie Cave is one that many parents have chosen and felt satisfied with.

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