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 Integrative Medicine: Immunization-Related Problems 
 

The authors of this book believe that the decision to immunize or not to immunize involves risks that every parent should weigh carefully. There is probably no single answer that will feel right to all parents. It is your responsibility to become as informed as possible, so that you can consider both the risks and benefits, and decide whether or not you want to give your child a particular vaccine. Look into the potential side effects of different vaccines-both the short-term and any known long-term ones. Research the incidence, severity, and consequences of different illnesses. You should also call your state health department and ask for any recommendations and/or statistics they have on the subject, as well as school requirements. Once you have considered all of this information, you may choose not to have your child vaccinated, or to have your child receive only one or two of the vaccines, or you may choose to have them given when your child is one or two years old, rather than one or two months. If your child has a history of neurological disorders or seizures, you should definitely have a thorough discussion with your doctor before your child receives any vaccination.

Regardless of what decision you make, keep in mind that immunity is more than immunization. You can boost your child's resistance to disease by supporting her immune system, first by breastfeeding (a mother's immunities are temporarily transferred to her baby this way), and later by providing a nutritious diet. Creating a loving, nurturing, and (as much as possible) stress-free home environment will also help to promote overall health and well-being.

For further discussion of the immunization controversy, consult the following:

Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? by N.Z. Miller (Santa Fe, NM: New Atlantean Press, 1993).
The Immunization Decision, A Guide for Parents by R. Neustaedter (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1990).
Immunizations, a collection of articles from Mothering magazine (contact them at P.O. Box 8410, Santa Fe, NM 87504; telephone 505-984-8116).


General Recommendations
Discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of any vaccine for your individual child before she receives it, to make sure it is right for her.

Give your child one dose of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy immediately after any vaccine is administered.

To minimize discomfort at the site of the injection, give your child a dose of homeopathic Thuja.


Prevention
The only sure way to prevent your child from having a reaction to a vaccine is to not have your child receive it. If you have your child immunized, your best defense against reactions is to watch your child closely following all vaccinations, and if symptoms of a reaction develop, contact your doctor right away.

A child who has had an immediate, severe reaction to a previous immunization-such as a seizure, screaming syndrome, or a fever of 105°F or higher-should not be given that vaccine again. If your child's doctor is unwilling to take this concern seriously, you may wish to consider seeking another doctor.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
 
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