The Paediatricians Who Think Child Vaccinations are “Messing with Nature”

Are Childhood Vaccinations Against Nature?

Syringes  and their contents evoke fear and mistrust among some sections of the community.

A growing number of pediatricians are promoting the delay of certain childhood vaccinations and the forgoing of others completely. Although discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics, alternative childhood vaccination schedules are not a forbidden practice. As a result, pediatric practices that offer alternative vaccination schedules are popping up across the nation.

Pediatric Alternatives in Mill Valley, California treats between 1,500 and 2,000 children a year. Stacia Kenet Lansman, the founder and head physician, has 20 years of experience in pediatric medicine. In 1998 she opened the clinic with the goal to, “start children and families out with healthy habits and routines so that they are more likely to stay healthy.” This includes skipping many recommended child hood vaccinations like polio, hepatitis B, and chicken pox.

Dr. Lansman believes that over vaccinations have contributed to the recent surge in autoimmune disorders and other chronic conditions in children. She told Mother Jones, “I think we’re just messing with nature. The incidence of asthma, allergies, and autism spectrum disorders has dramatically increased since the 1990s. And the reason for this we don’t know. But my concern is that vaccines have played a role.”

Although she encourages parents to get the meningitis vaccination and the DTaP shot-which fights against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, she claims that children do not need protection against other “low risk” diseases for their age group. For example, she advises parents to forgo the hepatitis B vaccine, which is contracted mainly through sexual activity and intravenous drug use, behavior she says, “Children are not engaged in.”

A recent health survey reports that 13% of parents currently use an alternative immunization schedule. The practice of picking and choosing which childhood vaccinations to administer based on, what seems like; parental preference is a trend that has many pediatricians worried. Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in Orangeburg, New York comments, “I think that policy is dangerous.  I think it puts children at risk when they are most vulnerable.”

Saad Omer, a professor of public health at Emory University, agrees with Dr. Levine.  “You want to give vaccines as early as possible to protect the child,” he told Mother Jones, “If you delay, you are leaving the most vulnerable period for the child open.”

The decision to vaccinate a child rests with the parents. However, alternative vaccination schedules go against the recommendations of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents should exercise due diligence before pursuing a tailor made vaccination schedule for their child. Children do not live in a bubble. And just because measles are not common in California, doesn’t mean a child won’t come into contact with a person from a country that is riddled with it. Is the freedom to opt out of childhood vaccinations really worth the risk?

 

 

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