By Anne Dachel
What's happening in the medical world? What's going on at CNN? This week we were told by this major news outlet that some doctors are addressing the concerns of parents and adjusting the vaccine schedule.
To understand the ramifications of this action we need only to look back to June 4, when Katie Couric brought up the topic of vaccine safety in a CBS Evening News story about the Green Our Vaccines rally in Washington, Marching Over Vaccines And Autism (HERE)
Parents might be saying the schedule is overloading kids with too many vaccines too soon, but CBS News had vaccine guru Dr. Paul Offit telling us, "There is no advantage to spacing out, delaying or withholding vaccines. The only thing that will come of that kind of behavior will be allowing for a period of time to occur when children are at risk of vaccine preventable diseases."
It seems Offit wasn't speaking for the entire medical community in that CBS report because today CNN countered with a story called, Should I Vaccinate My Baby? (HERE)
They featured a host of experts from the medical community saying that they're willing to adjust the schedule to fit the parents and their children.
Here are some of the stunning statements:
Dr. Arthur Lavin, a pediatrician in Beachwood, Ohio: "I share with them what I know, but ultimately, it's the parent's decision."
Dr. Kenneth Bock, a clinical instructor in family medicine at Albany Medical College: "It shouldn't be my way or the highway. We can't say one size fits all. One size doesn't fit all."
Dr. Richard Frye, assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at the University of Texas Medical Center at Houston: "I've never understood why we give this [Hep B] at birth,"
Dr. David Traver, a pediatrician in private practice in Foster City,
California: "I don't know babies who have sex or share needles,"
Dr. Laura Jana, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics:
"If you came to me and said you wanted to check titers, and you'll pay for it, would I do that for you? I would,"
Dr. Frances Page Glascoe, a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center,: "I would look at Mom, Dad, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins who had developmental disabilities, including language disorders and autism spectrum disorder. That would cause me to discuss an alternative vaccination schedule."
We also heard about Dr. Robert Sears who developed an alternative vaccination schedule where "patients bring their babies in for shots seven times between the ages of 2 to 9 months, never receiving more than two shots at each visit." The regular CDC schedule has children coming in three times during that same amount of time, receiving sometimes five shots at one visit.
There have been a number of stories out there recently telling us about doctors who threaten parents who question the vaccine schedule.
They tell them to either vaccinate or find a new doctor. It was a complete about-face to see this unexpected news from CNN telling us about doctors who want to work with parents, who would delay and spread out vaccines.
The real message for Paul Offit from all this is that in the real world, parents are afraid. They hear about so many people who claim that vaccines damaged their children. They see so many kids everywhere with autism, a disease that was rare only twenty-five years ago. These parents are coming to doctors with these very real fears and doctors have no reasonable explanation for the autism epidemic.
Parents know about the toxins and the massive increase in the number of vaccines with no safety studies to back it.
The most frightening aspect of this for people like Offit is that it makes the link plausible. If doctors are adjusting the vaccine schedule because of parental concerns about serious side effects, does that tell the public that there is a connection? Are doctors themselves worried that there are too many too soon? I'd say it's a "yes" on both counts and this news has got to have a long-time naysayer like Paul Offit worried.
Anne Dachel is media editor of Age of Autism.