By Anne Dachel
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Dec 3, 2014, Pasadena, CA 89.3 KPCC: Doctors bend vaccination schedule for shot-wary parents
People tend to think there are two camps in the fight over vaccinations: Those who are pro-vaccines, and those who are opposed to them.
But there's a large group of parents in the middle: They want to vaccinate their children, but on a schedule different from the one recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some cases their doctors are accommodating them, just to ensure that the children will eventually get all of the required immunizations.
Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Marcy Hardart says about one out of every five families she sees asks to delay the vaccination schedule.
"'It seems like it's too much too soon,'" Hardart says parents tell her. "'Can't we start later?'" she says they ask. "'Do we have to do all of them at once? Can we spread them out?'"
It's a predicament for pediatricians like Hardart. They fully support the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule (which is also backed by the American Academies of Pediatrics and Family Physicians). But because they want to see kids fully vaccinated, more and more doctors are complying with families' requests, and bending the recommended vaccination schedule. . . .
The CDC schedule recommends babies receive six vaccinations when they're two months old.
But Brentwood pediatrician Dr. Samina Taha says the vast majority of the families she sees don't want their children to get that many shots at one time. . . .
While the typical pediatrician may not recognize anything is wrong with the explosion in children who can't learn, can't behave and can't communicate like typical kids (along with the ones with diabetes, seizure disorder, bowel disease, asthma and allergies) parents are scared. We have the most vaccinated kids on the planet and some of the sickest and most disabled. Doctors simply close their eyes to the reality that countless kids start out perfectly healthy and then fall apart.
The article doesn't say, but I suspect that the parents who are the most concerned about schedule are the ones with the most education and the ones who've taken the time to investigate this issue for themselves. It's a simple fact that so much information is available online. There are sites like the National Vaccine Information Center.
Try Googling "vaccines side effects." Look at what comes up: Mercola, Generation Rescue, and a PBS interview with Dr. Bob Sears!
Twenty-five years ago, lots of parents wouldn't have even considered that a vaccine could cause a serious reaction. Today, given the arsenal of shots lined up at each "well baby visit," they have a right to be concerned.
Kim Stagliano and I discussed this article and she pointed out how troubling this part was:
Those fears are so widespread that Dr. Marcy Hardart says when she suspects a child may have developmental issues or autism, she'll suggest the parents hold off on the shot.
"I will tell the parents that the reason I'm doing it is not because I'm concerned that the MMR will do any damage – but I'm concerned that if the child's language doesn't develop, or if there is autism, I don't want the vaccine to be blamed,” she says.
The doctor is more concerned about protecting the reputation of the vaccine than investigating what's happening to the child.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.