delaying vaccinations & Dr.'s reaction..

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delaying vaccinations & Dr.'s reaction..
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Thu, 05-29-2008 - 7:17pm

i am expecting a son in early July.

after reading Dr. Sears' book & taking extensive notes from it so that DH & i could make a decision regarding vaccinations we have decided that we would like to do a "delayed vaccination schedule" for most & skip a select few & separate the MMR vaccine into 3 diff. vaccinations.

today while at our ped. for DD i found out that our pediatrician was unavailable (she is out for an unknown -but long- amount of time due to an illness). so i spoke w/the other dr. in the practice. i told her about our wishes concerning the above. she told me that over 1/2 of her patients are deciding to go that way so of course she would accommodate or she would lose half of her patients.
BUT...then seemed uncooperative about all the issues i brought up...like being very against the Hep B vaccine at birth (no need in our family), the autism link (she disagreed that it had anything to do w/vaccines) & giving the Measles, Mumps & Rubella shots separately (her words were "why would you want to give your child 3 different shots instead of one?")...

we didn't come to these conclusions before researching it & this is what we feel comfortable with...now i don't know if her "partner" would have been any different w/her opinions but it looks like i won't be finding out any time soon either.

i guess my question is should we just stick it out at this practice or find one that's more accommodating & doesn't make us feel like we're silly for making these decisions?

she wasn't really rude about it, just flippant.
anyone else experienced this type of reaction yet had no problems or resistance down the road???

Patti

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Thu, 05-29-2008 - 9:23pm
I get these reactions.
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Thu, 05-29-2008 - 11:24pm

Hi Patti,


Congrats on your soon to be new arrival!

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Fri, 05-30-2008 - 1:48pm

Congratulations! I would just get used to it, but being pregnant, I am guessing it would be twice as hard to do. The pediatric doctors are not spending time researching the latest information or discoveries about vaccines. They only go by what they have been taught but you must remember, textbooks are ALWAYS outdated. Consider that when they go to continuing education classes, they get to pick and choose the class most often, so not all are well versed on the latest vaccine news. Try to see their side though. That is also hard to do when they won't share what their side is, I totally understand that too. I will share with you what they won't: They don't want to separate the vaccines because it costs them more money to buy the vaccines that way. They order in large quantity so the cost is low. When you ask for something special, it cuts into their profits. No business likes for that to happen :)

This doctor will tell you that breaking them up is a mistake because in reality, you are putting three times the toxins into the child when you break the MMR into three shots. Each vaccine has it's own amounts of preservatives. So if you are determined to do this, be ready for that attitude. If you are looking for a new doctor, keep in mind that they must abide by what the AAP instructs them to, otherwise they have to worry about liability issues. Some doctors won't risk going against the government or the practices that keep them safe from courtrooms. Some doctors are better than that and have found ways around the issues. It may just be as simple as wording a sentence in a way that protects them. I can tell that my pediatrician is constantly "covering her butt" just by the way she says things. Not all doctors have time to learn these tricks and many won't bother because they don't have to. With my doctor, I think it has come with experience and she has gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to continuing education.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 05-30-2008 - 2:25pm

I suppose my question would be... why would you want your child to have all 3 viruses at the same time?


"(her words were "why would you want to give your child 3 different shots instead of one?")..."


Alas... all that aside... if she seems to at least accomoate your wishes, there may be no need to worry. However, IF you are asked to sign something READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY! Never, ever, ever, ever.... sign anything stating you agree that you are putting your child at risk by not vaccinating. If such thing should occur from this physician - run, don't walk, to your nearest exit.


My children and I see a holistic doctor and he's completely wonderful. We don't have silly discussions about vaccinations, but rather conversations of their health and well-being.

Rands

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Sun, 06-01-2008 - 10:03pm

Oh my gosh, I so know what you mean, and it is so annoying!! I've gotten "do you want to turn your baby into a pin cushion?", along with so many others.

I'm surprised you got beef for separating the MMR, though. You know what's weird, when I asked for it separated (and after I got all the grief), our Pedi said "ok, well since they are all live viruses, you will need to space them out at least one month a part. We can't give babies live viruses closer than that". Then in the car on the way home I thought, well then why do you normally give them all three at the same time with the MMR?? Weird!

Unfortunately I can tell you from experience that changing Pedi's has not worked for me, with cutting down on the negative comments. And for me, I don't necessarily believe in the austism/vaccination link, I just think that vulnerable young bodies can be triggered/overloaded but multipule vaccinations at once...which can trigger austism or other things.

Anyhow! Just wanted to say so sorry you have to deal with the negativity! :)



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Tue, 06-03-2008 - 5:19pm
THANK YOU all for your advice...i will definitely take all that has been offered into consideration when i deal w/this dr. again (or our original dr. since i really don't know where she stands on this)& i guess i'll take the approach that she will do as she said she would & if i feel anymore resistance that i'm uncomfortable w/i'll go w/plan B...just have to come up w/plan b now! :-)
THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!
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Thu, 06-05-2008 - 9:34am
The pin cushion comment is uncalled for, I'm sorry that happened to you.