One of the most important things a new family can do is educate themselves on the issue of vaccinations yet the topic of vaccination has always been controversial. It has become more and more difficult to gain access to unbiased information on the health benefits and potential risks associated with vaccinations.
New parents can feel pressured and confused by the compelling arguments provided from both sides of the debate. However, the decisions that parents face today are different than the decisions parents faced just 15 years ago. The current immunization schedule encouraged by the Center for Disease Control and the American Pediatric Association now includes a significantly larger number of recommended vaccinations on a schedule that does not consider many of the possible impacts on a child’s developing immune system and there is a growing body of research that suggests they may be unsafe. The toxicity of each shot multiplied by the number given in such a short period of time has the potential to cause long-term health consequences. Before you make the decision as to whether or not you vaccinate your child, it is important to have a trusted adviser that can help you sort through the contradictory and complex information on the topic of vaccinations.
Our doctors offer vaccination consultations to provide parents with the information they need to feel comfortable and confident in making the right vaccine decision for your child. The doctor will answer specific vaccine-related questions and provide you information parents need to make these decisions including the potential risk factors involved with vaccinating or not vaccinating, the efficacy of each vaccine, as well as an understanding of how vaccines impact the development of a child’s immune system.
The greatest gift a parent can give their child is the gift of health. Meeting with the doctor can help parents understand the pros and cons of vaccines and as well as to provide them with the information they need to determine the vaccines that are, and are not, appropriate for their child so that s/he can enjoy the best health now and in the future.
Topics covered during a vaccine consultation include:
- How vaccines work and how they can affect your child’s physiology
- The short and long-term efficacy of vaccines
- How you can determine the necessity of certain vaccines for your child
- The risks of giving a child a particular vaccine relative to the risks of getting the disease
- Lifestyle decisions that could make a child more or less susceptible to specific infectious diseases
- The optimal times to vaccinate your child, based on his or her immune system and nervous system development
- Nutritional guidelines to help safe-guard your child from infections
- Alternative strategies to manage the risks for harmful infectious diseases in the immediate and extended family
Our doctors will never tell a parent to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children and we believe that ultimately it is the parents that should decide what is best for the child and family. Whether or not parents choose to vaccinate their children, all children are in need of a healthy immune system. In addition to vaccination counseling, our doctors also consult with parents who are seeking post-vaccination treatment strategies to minimize side effects and offers advice on disease prevention and treatment for un-vaccinated children.