Collaborating with your Pediatrician on a Vaccination Schedule

by Lawrence P. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Parents of children diagnosed with autism, and others questioning a link between vaccines and autism, are meeting resistance from pediatricians who refuse to treat their children. Why? These parents reject the "one-size-fits-all" vaccine schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

According to the October 2005 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, more than one-third of pediatricians say they would dismiss a family from their practice for refusing all vaccinations. Some doctors state such policies with signs in their waiting rooms.

What Is the AAP Vaccine Schedule?

Under the guise of "prevention," the pediatrician’s black bag contains a newly accelerated vaccination schedule that reads like a diary developed by profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies. For 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend more than 25 pokes before age six. Most vaccines, a pediatrician’s instrument of well-child care, have undergone little research on efficacy and none on safety. Some, like the flu vaccine, still contain the mercury-based preservative, Thimerosal.

What’s a Parent to Do?

Parents of children with mercury toxicity, attributed, in part, to Thimerosal-containing vaccinations, may hesitate to vaccinate. In my book "Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach," I empower parents by encouraging healthy relationships with their pediatricians. Though developing a pediatric partnership can take years, due to resistance on both sides, benefits outweigh disadvantages. The kind, recognizable face of a familiar doctor is superior to an unfamiliar emergency room, should an accident occur.

Forced Vaccination in America?

With the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005 now headed for legislation, we may be witnessing forced vaccinations in a democracy. According to DDR Professional Advisory Board member, Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), "This bill means that, if an American is injured by an experimental flu or anthrax vaccine that he/she is mandated to take, that citizen will be banned from exercising the Constitutional right to a jury trial, even if the vaccine maker engaged in criminal fraud and negligence in manufacturing that vaccine,"

What will you do if your pediatrician fires you for refusing to vaccinate your child? Not an easy question to answer. As long as you have a choice, be sure to seek an integrated partnership with your pediatrician. Finding a supportive doctor takes time and research. DDR can help you locate one.

[Dr. Lawrence P. Kaplan is the founder and Executive Director of US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. He is the author of the book, Diagnosis Autism: Now What?Diagnosis Autism Now What: 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes: a Parent – Physician Team Approach]

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 11, Number 1 - Fall, 2005]

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