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Vaccination considerations and precautions


Whether or not to vaccinate your child(ren) is a personal decision. My only real advice is that if your intuition tells you not to, then don’t do it.

But, if you do decide to vaccinate, you can consider the following (use your own intuition and discernment for what is right for your child).


  • Read some scientific papers about the effect of vaccinations.
  • If you only want to read one scientific paper, read this one:  Blaylock, R.L. 2008. The danger of excessive vaccination during brain development: the case for a link to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Medical Vertias 5(2008):1727-1741.
  • Read some stories of vaccine injured children
  • Consider this fact: The United States has the highest number of mandated vaccines for children under 5 in the world (36, double the Western world average of 18), the highest autism rate in the world (was 1 in 110 children Update (April 2012): now 1 in 55 boys and 1 in 88 children, 10 times or more the rate of some other Western countries), and 33 other countries have lower mortality rates for children under 5 than the US).
  • Graphs that demonstrate that vaccines did not eradicate the diseases they claim to. The life-threatening diseases declined all on their own or a long time before vaccines were created. Discussion about the graphs here.
  • What about the “14 studies” that support the false assertion that vaccines do not cause autism? Read more about them here. Many of these studies were funded by vaccine companies or were written by individuals who work for vaccine companies. Can you say conflict of interest? On the other hand, there are more than 300 scientific studies (many of which are listed here) that have evidence that vaccines cause harm.
  • Find out if your family has a history of diseases (auto-immune problems or poor methylation families) that make your child more susceptible to experiencing a toxic overload resulting from vaccinations, which may increase their probabilty of developing allergies, asthma, anaphylaxis, ADHD, autism, etc.
  • The Heilkunst view of hereditary predisposition for autism here.
  • Be aware of the documented potential side effects of the various vaccinations and also the ingredients.

If you do choose to vaccinate:

  • Consider delaying vaccinations until your child is older (2+ years old).  By delaying vaccinating until your child is 2 years old, fewer vaccinations are required because children’s immune responses to vaccinations are better when they are older than when they are 2 months old (i.e., additional boosters may not be required). Also your child’s immune system may be better able to handle the vaccinations when s/he is older. One scientific study has found that a delay in the DPT vaccination leads to a lower rate of asthma.
  • Live virus vaccines (MMR, chicken pox, live-virus polio vaccine, etc.) should be avoided;
  • Avoid vaccinations with thimerosal (a preservative that is approximately 50% mercury by weight), such as flu vaccines.
  • If you plan to get the MMR vaccine, ask your doctor to give it in three separate vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (although I’ve heard that they are no longer available as separate vaccinations).
  • Administering the vaccinations one at a time (allowing at least 6 months between each vaccination), rather than 3 to 5 diseases within one shot.
  • Consider selectively vaccinating (choose which vaccinations that you feel are particularly important).
  • The “user friendly” vaccination schedule that Dr. Donald Miller (a cardiac surgeon) recommends is as follows:
  1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old.
  2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
  3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
  4. These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:
    1. Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
    2. Diphtheria
    3. Tetanus
    4. Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)

Preparing for the vaccination:

Note: The following precautions does not guarantee that a vaccine reaction will not occur, but will hopefully reduce the possibility.

  • Make sure that your child has not been ill recently or is not coming down with something;
  • Do not give your child a vaccine if s/he has been on antibiotics or if s/he recently came off antibiotics. Watch this CBC documentary about the potential link of antbiotics and the development of autism.
  • Ensure your child is well nourished; immune complications are less with individuals with good nutrition.
  • Prime your child’s immune system by giving your child 250 mg of Vitamin C or 2 or 3 Echinacea drops and 1/2 tsp cod liver oil and Vitamin D for a few days before and after the vaccine;
  • Consider high doses of Vitamin A (5,000 IU or more) three days before, on the day of and for three days after vaccination. (Dr. Tenpenny’s Saying No to Vaccines book has very specific suggestions for Vitamin C and Vitamin A dosages depending on the age of the child on page 295).
  • Consider asking for a “skin test” of the vaccine, prior to the injection. One mother asked for a “skin test” of a vaccine on her daughter, who had a serious adverse reaction to a previous vaccination. Her daughter had a huge skin reaction to the vaccine (and still has a scar from it 15 years later). The mother truly feels that her daughter probably would have died had they injected her with the vaccination.

After the vaccination:

  • Put bentonite clay on the injection site.
  • After the vaccination, do not give Tylenol as it blocks the formation of glutathione which is critical in the process of detoxification.
  • After the vaccination, consider giving your child spirulina (blue-green algae) afterwards to help detox her/his system; and
  • Consult with a homeopathic practitioner or naturopath to see what other options there are to minimizing risks. My son’s Heilkunst practitioner gave him homeopathic remedies to remove the negative effects of the vaccines, after which we found improvements in his health. See here and here.
  • Prior to administering booster shots, get your doctor to find out the titer levels to the vaccine(s), or order them yourself directly from the lab.
  • If your child experiences any developmental delays or has any negative reactions, stop vaccinating until you learn more.

For more information:

  • More information about “safer” ways to vaccinate here.
  • Read what Generation Rescue has to say about vaccinations, including ways to minimize risk here.
  • Read “A user friendly vaccination schedule” here.
  • I highly recommend reading the book, Saying No to Vaccines, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. It references more than 350 scientific and medical references documenting vaccines problems. I purchased a copy of this book. (I very rarely buy books, so this one is highly recommended by me).

More websites about vaccinations

6 thoughts on “Vaccination considerations and precautions

  1. Pingback: More thoughts on vaccinations « Raising a Sensitive Child

  2. Thank you for this post! I have about eight tabs open from links in this article that I’ve gotta go read now!

  3. Lisa: You’re welcome!!!! You actually helped to inspire the start of this post when you asked me if I had any advice about minimizing risks to vaccinations. 🙂

  4. Haha…I kind of wondered that…. Well, thank you for your very thorough answer!!

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