Note: This week, Connecticut and Virginia are fighting against the removal of vaccination rights. Note this timely article from ABC News that as many as 1/3 of families are delaying vaccines. I took note of this point, they are not delaying for the first born, but for second or later kids. How many of us have done the same thing? We saw our firstborn children have adverse reactions and life altering effects, and so decided to slow down or stop with our second child? Of course the article blames misinformation, which is to say NOT swallowing the propaganda from the CDC. In reality, Moms put a lot of research into their kids health and safety, and playground conversations can get real, real fast. We're speaking out about what happened to our older children without fear. And the young Moms see with their own eyes, classrooms full of kids with chronic health issues. We live in a nation that usually RUNS to medicine and pills as the first line of defense. We are not medicine averse here in the USA. So to slowdown or stop vaccinating takes careful thought and painful decision making. From this we know.
From ABC: One-third of children between the ages of 19-35 months don't receive vaccines on time, leaving them vulnerable to preventable infectious diseases, and their complications, a new study finds.
The study revealed that 63% of children received vaccines on time before the age of three, as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, while 23% limited the number of shots per visit or skipped at least one vaccine. Another 14% were not compliant with guideline recommendations, according to data used from surveys at Emory University from 15,059 children nationwide showed.
The CDC recommends children be vaccinated against 14 illnesses in their first three years of life; Chickenpox (Varicella) Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP) (4th dose), Haemophilus influenzae type b disease (Hib) (4th dose), Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) (1st dose), Polio (IPV) (3rd dose), Pneumococcal disease (PCV13) (4th dose), Hepatitis A (HepA) (1st dose).
Vaccine delays were more common in children who moved across state lines, were not first-born, lived in the Northeast, were black or multi-race, and below the poverty level, according to the study.
"Some families work with their pediatrician to come up with a modified immunization schedule (vs. CDC schedule) or they will split up the combination vaccines, which ultimately ends up being more of a disservice to your newborn because of more overall injections given. Delaying vaccines, delays the body's ability to develop an immune response, relying on immunity from rest of community" Dr. Shaliz Pourkaviani, who is a bicoastal neonatologist, said. Read more here.