Dear Dr. Sears,
Thank you for taking the time to read our question! We have a 1 ½ year old who is a very healthy unvaccinated boy. We have many reasons for not vaccinating and at this time plan to at least stall the vaccinations until 2. My question for you I suppose is related to genetics. Many family members on my side of the family have/had immune deficiency disorders, including: my father has a form of rheumatoid arthritis, my brother has food/ environmental allergies and asthma, my maternal uncle died with Multiple Sclerosis, and my paternal aunt has some form of immune compromise (the name of which I do not know). Also, my son’s father had asthma as a child.
I have read that children with a strong genetic possibility for immune deficiencies should not be vaccinated. What is your professional opinion here? If you agree, do you think we have any chance of finding a local pediatrician who would be willing to write us a medical exemption (for school, daycare, etc, although our son is not in either at this time.)
Thank you in advance—we greatly value your professional take on our situation. I have followed your website since our son’s birth and read The Vaccine Book while pregnant.