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.
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A WARNING ABOUT DR. ROBERT SEARS’S ALTERNATIVE VACCINE SCHEDULE
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
2009 RECOMMENDED CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULES
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).