Jul 29, 2011 10:36 PM by Shawn Kline

Weighing the options on vaccinations before school

It's hard to believe the new school year begins in just over two weeks and you may still have some questions if you're one of those parents sending your kids off for the first time.
The one question schools have for you: are your kids up to date on shots?

Experts say you should weigh your options before class begins.

Jenee Taylor did just that. She says her sons, Aiden and Conner are two regular boys but with two different personalities.
Aiden, for example was diagnosed with autism.

"After he had his shots for kindergarten... he started acting a little stranger than normal," Taylor said.

Taylor believes her son's vaccinations may have contributed to the diagnosis.
One doctor agrees- in fact, she wrote the book on it.

"I think we start too early by starting at birth." Dr. Stephanie Cave says, "and... we give too many on one day."

Dr. Cave wrote, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations."
She says giving children too many shots at once can increase their risk for autism among other disabilities.

"In '83, we had a spike." She says, "and we introduced human tissue in the vaccines in 1979."

"There's never been any scientific evidence to that," Dr. Carolyn Green said of the theory. "Myself, I don't think it's true- that's my opinion. They're welcome to theirs."

Dr. Green is a pediatrician at Lafayette General. She says there's no proof to Dr. Cave's theory and skipping out on shots will do more harm than good. Especially in the infant stage.

"Number one, the infant will not be getting immunity as fast as you would like," Dr. Green said of skipping shots during this stage. "Most of the illnesses we're vaccinating against at that time have a higher mortality (rates) in young infants."

Taylor's boys still get their shots, but not all at once.
Dr. Cave says staggering those shots is an option. Dr. Green also says it's an option for older kids however, infants should receive all their immunizations as early as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control suggests getting your child vaccinated as early as possible.
There are also exemptions if you decide not to give your child a shot- but experts suggest talking to your pediatrician.



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