SafeMinds has launched a new website, SmartVax, to change the discourse on vaccines in a manner that will create a positive environment where consumers are empowered and scientists are encouraged to pursue the necessary research on vaccine-injury and vaccine-effectiveness. The website includes a SmartVax Approach to Vaccines section that provides several steps for prospective parents to educate themselves to make informed decisions on vaccination such as Vaccine Decisions to Make During Pregnancy and Preparing for the Pediatrician Visit (which includes a list of SmartVax questions for your pediatrician for download).
Additionally, information to empower parents to Define an Individualized Vaccine Schedule is provided. This information includes a downloadable “Individualized Vaccine Schedule” tool that can walk a parent through the decisions to be made. The tool provides links to the CDC-recommended schedule, risks and benefits of each individual vaccine (for example, A SmartVax Discussion on the HepB vaccine), and FDA information on each vaccine. A parent can use the downloadable tool to choose the vaccines to be administered and the month in which each vaccine-series will begin. Consideration on the month in which a vaccine-series begins is important in light of evidence that there may be a 1 in 13 risk of vaccine-induced asthma that could be avoided by delaying one vaccine by three months (see Vaccine-Induced Asthma).
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