Thursday, January 29, 2009

Boulder uphill AAP Wants to Limit Your Choice as a Parent

The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning its members (your friendly ped) about the alternative vax schedules that its customers, its clients, its PATIENTS (you?) are demanding. They seem to be especially fearful of the logical, well thought out alternative schedule suggested by Dr. Bob Sears,who is hardly an anti-vaccine zealot!

Parents, politicians, informed doctors, scientists and other sane people are now considering an alternative schedule that takes into account the health and family history of the child the norm, not the exception. And look! Another Rotovirus vaccine has been licensed!

Read the full piece HERE.

Please visit Ask Dr. Sears, and make sure you buy The Vaccine Book for unbiased information that puts your precious child first.


In a special article in the January issue of Pediatrics, the authors discuss the increasing popularity of a book by Dr. Robert Sears (The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child) in which he provides alternative vaccine schedules for parents who want to decline, delay, or reduce the number of vaccines. The authors of the special article provide information about the fallacies of the alternative approach and summarize misconceptions of families and physicians who opt for the alternative schedule. All physicians who care for children should read this article to increase their understanding of alternative vaccine schedules and to better inform parents.

Guess who wrote the "special article?" Dr. Paul Offit. HERE. For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Paul Offit, he's an infectious disease specialist at Children's of Philadelphia who held the patent for the Rotovirus vaccine that is now on the AAP schedule. A vaccine patent is worth more than gold, as you can imagine.

Vaccine Update 2009

Changes in the recommended immunization schedule, a warning about the growing popularity of an alternative vaccine schedule, and progress with the avian influenza (H5N1) vaccine in children

The vaccine schedule for children and adolescents is a moving target that requires frequent updates and adjustments. The AAP, the CDC, and the American Academy of Family Physicians have published the 2009 immunization schedules. Two important changes include:

Influenza vaccine is now recommended for all children ages 6 months through 18 years, close contacts of children through age 4 years, and contacts of high-risk children ages 5 years through 18 years (JW Pediatr Adolesc Med Mar 12 2008).

A second rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix; GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals) has been licensed; the dosing schedules for Rotarix and RotaTeq have been synchronized so that the first dose of either one can be administered at ages 6 weeks through 14 weeks (JW Pediatr Adolesc Med Jul 30 2008).


Amanda said...

Outrageous. I'm not anti-vaccine but come on, how many cases of avian flu have you come across? Carry on like this and you won't be able to fight a damn thing off yourself.

Josh Day said...

This was the final straw for us.

Our local pediatric practice, which services the entire county, is like an airport terminal -- you get treated about the same way too! Nothing but a shot factory. Get em in, measure and weigh, take temp., shoot em up, throw the parents some photocopied pamphlets of garbage from Gerber and the formula companies, then sign em up for the next appt. Wash, rinse, repeat. Profit!

I highly recommend Dr. Robert Mendlesohn's book "How to Raise a Healthy Child... In Spite of Your Doctor." He makes the case of how absolutely useless pediatricians are as a whole. And he's speaking about his own area of expertise.

Here on out it's a family practice for us, with a laid-back and GAY nurse practitioner who my wife loved.

Good riddance to the ped. You know, they didn't help us one bit. In fact, when my wife needed help for breastfeeding, guess who called us back? Not the doctor we pay outrageous sums of money to see, which was the custom when I was growing up, but a stupid nurse who a. was absolutely no help, b. gave terrible, absurd advice, and c. insulted my wife by saying she was "breastcheating" because she was pumping as our son no longer seemed interested in breastfeeding.

(My wife figured out what was wrong when she stopped feeding-on-demand and went to a feeding schedule -- Furber's much maligned sleep book was a great help. Colic, fighting the breast, all gone in half a day! Yep, we started out as attachment parents but changed at 4-5 months as the program did not work for us.)

I recommend contacting a rescue angel at first to see if you can find a friendly doc in your area. That's what I did but unfortunately the closest office is an hour away. I'd like something closer in the event of a real emergency.

~Zurama~ said...

It's just ridiculous!! I was at the doctor's office with my son, who is autistic by injection and I noticed a big poster that was informing parents that it was okay to get vaccinated while ill, with an ear infections, colds, etc. They are out of control and they are playing Russian roulette with our children!

Anonymous said...

Whenever we go to the pediatrician's I say, "How many are they required to have by law?"
Interesting, I had meningitis as a kid due to a structural abnormality (a leak in my dura layer) So the Doc was chiding me for questioning the meningitis vaccine. I pretty much ripped him a new one and said I fear vaccines more than meningitis.