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#1 of 3 Old 06-22-2011, 07:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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. 

 

Laura

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I don't think there is more vaccine risk for a child with a family history of immune compromise.  However, I do think there's some risk with AUTOimmune disorders, and that seems to be what you are asking?  I don't think the risk is so high to completely stay away from vaccines, but I do feel that it increases the risk of having autoimmune reactions to vaccines.  So, you have to factor that into your decision. But there's no way to put any type of numerically accurate statistical risk here.

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Thank you for your response!  As you can tell, my medical terminology is not up to par.  Thanks again!  --Laura

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