Originally Posted by prosciencemum
The health service in the UK does not recommend varicella, or hep B at birth either.
I realize the situation is very complicated in the USA. However, Doctors are supposed to be there for advice and to help us understand medical issues. Whatever your opinion, they do have more background in medical decisions than most parents so I think discussing options/worries is a good idea. I'm not suggesting the OP blindly does what her doctor suggests, but I think having the converstaion is a good idea.
The experience of most of us here is that doctors don't discuss options and worries about vaccines. They tell us that we are required to have them or they will refuse to treat our child.
Where vaccines are concerned, THIS: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/patient-ed/conversations/index.html is pretty much the extent of pediatricans' "background in medical decisions."
You'll note that the assumption is already there that vaccines--including varicella, hep B at birth, the flu shot, and Gardasil--are not only safe and effective, but absolutely necessary. The goal here is to increase vaccination rates, not to increase vaccine safety. There isn't even any leeway to give one shot at a time to a child who HAS had adverse effects (which would be much safer, as then one would know which vaccine is causing the reaction). There is no deviation. No pre-screening. No concern for families with history of vaccine reaction, seizure, autoimmune disorders, vitamin deficiencies. One size fits all. No matter what.
You're a scientist, prosciencemum. What do you think is the effect of giving a toddler with, say celiac disease that is not yet controlled by diet, 5 vaccines, one of which (the flu shot) contains thimerosal, and the rest containing aluminum? Remember, celiac disease means a leaky gut; it also means vitamin deficiency, and glutathione deficiency. Without glutathione, heavy metals are not excreted properly and can travel to the brain.
Also remember that mothers with celiac disease are more likely to have children with autism than mothers without celiac disease.
Tell us how many doctors are aware of this potential connection between celiac disease and vaccine reaction? Tell me how many will say, "yes, let's get the intestinal problems under control before we vaccinate, just to be on the safe side?"
Now tell us how many will say, "naah, toddlers get diarrhea/constipation all the time! Don't worry about it! As long as there's not high fever, we're safe to give all 5 vaccines! Or 7! Or 9!"
Sure, communication with doctors is of utmost importance--but if doctors aren't trained to understand or even recognize vaccine reactions, but they ARE trained to dismiss the possibility of vaccine reaction, how will discussing one's worries about vaccine reactions with the doctor be helpful?
Edited by Taximom5 - 8/17/13 at 8:24am