Has anyone split up the MMR shot into three seperate shots due to fear it may be linked to autism? Everything I read is so split on this issue I am finding it hard to make and informed decision.
We did this w/ our oldest son b/c he was diagnosed w/ a developmental delay at 2 yrs old which scared me. We also didn't give him the flu vaccine until close to 3 1/2 yrs old. We did this w/ my younger son as well. My oldest didn't start school until 3, and my youngest who's 3 1/2 now will be starting pre-school this fall. Therefore, we didn't worry about it too much.
Current thinking is that thimerosal is the probable culprit in serious side effects from vaccines. Thimerosal is a preservative that contains mercury, and the FDA acknowledges the dangers of it (see http://www.fda.gov/CBER/vaccine/thimerosal.htm). Although the amount of thimerosal used in kids' vaccines has been reduced, it is still routinely used in the flu vaccine. You have to request (and perhaps pay more for) a flu vaccine without thimerosal. It's a good idea to ask how much thimerosal is present in any vaccine given to your child.
Actually, current thinking is it's not so much the thermasol as the frequency of all the shots at such a young age. It actually "cooks" the neurons in the brain. Just space out (and break apart the MMR) shots over a period of a few years as opposed to month - much healthier for the developing brain.
I agree with momtoangel about the "cooking of the neourons" Definitely space them out if you decide to do them at all. My son received vaccinations and he is autistic. We were not going to make that same mistake twice so my daughter doesn't have any vaccinations. It may sound extreme but so is living with an autistic child. I lean towards an eastern philosophy of health and healing now. And don't ever let the school boards fool you into thinking you have to have your children vaccinated or they can't attend. You just need to have a justice of the peace or city magistrate sign a letter of conscientious or religious objection. There may be a small fee.
Another thought I just had is you could go to your local health food store and ask for any literature they may have on immunizations. This is what I did and I found a great book called "What your doctor may not tell you about childhood vaccinations." I can't remember who the author is, sorry.
In our state, the parent only needs to sign a form that opts your child out of immunizations, and there is no fee. Different states have different laws.
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