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Help a parent make the right decision

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 1, 2010

This parent has a very common question in their mind, and unfortunately, they’ve turned to the internet for answers. I do not think posting your health question on some web forum is the best way to get the right answer, but it is what it is and we now have to do our best to help them make the best decision for them and their child. The question is as follows:

He’s 16 weeks and it’s about time for his 4 month shots.Some people say don’t do it might cause autism or death.Others say I don’t have a choice.Do I have a choice? If not now would later be ok.

This is the comment I left. Others need to join in so we can sway him/her to at least discuss this with their pediatrician before they make a decision.

The question is not: are immunizations safe for you child. The question you should ask yourself, and your PEDIATRICIAN, is: Is it safe NOT to immunize your child? 20 seconds of crying can save you boat loads of headaches and stress down the road. This is an issue of your child’s health, and I strongly suggest you don’t limit yourself to internet research but speak to an expert, a pediatrician, or two or three if you want to get more opinions. But remember, quality of opinion matters more than quantity.

Far as choice goes, the CDC schedule is just a recommended schedule; as the parent you’re still given all the freedom to decide not to vaccinate. However, when the time comes for the child to go do daycare/school you will be required to have them caught up in order to attend, but even then you may be able to exempt them from this requirement. See my entry here for details on legal requirements.

http://tinyurl.com/2gxqdf8

Please take a few minutes, add your comment; if we get one parent to do the right thing that is a step in the right direction.

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