Parents today have many concerns for the well being of their child. One big apprehension is what vaccines are being introduced into their infant’s small bodies and the many adverse reactions they cause. In our current generation, infants are injected with up to 31 vaccines just in their first year of life (CDC, 2015). Life threatening diseases are prevented with such vaccines, but parents are often left to wonder, how many of these vaccines are even necessary. Many of the vaccines are given in combinations; sometimes three or more disease fighting vaccines are given in one inoculation. There is continued clinical research to increase efficiency of these vaccines, changing the components of the vaccines, making them vastly different from what they were in generations past. Separating these vaccines can make a large difference in how a child’s body reacts to the new generation of vaccines. Vaccines can not only be separated out of the combinations that are most common, they can be prolonged. Some parents choose to give vaccines only every six months, others choose to wait to start any vaccinations until their child is two years of age (Miller, 2014). Parents have choices today, follow the recommended dosage schedule or prolong and separate their child’s vaccines. In doing the latter, and infant’s body systems have time to mature, side effects may be reduced, and parents will be more willing to vaccinate.
Prolonging and Separating Infant Vaccinations
There are many reason parents choose to vaccinate or not. Side effects and fears of permanent adverse reactions are among the biggest of parent fears when considering when and how to vaccinate their child. With the emergence of fears of autism, neurological problems, developmental problems, sudden infant death syndrome and severe side effects such as high fevers or illness, many parents are left to wonder what the right thing to do for their baby is. Even with the apprehension parents may feel, still only less than 1 percent of American children are not immunized (Morales, 2014).
One solution to ease parental fears is to prolong the initial vaccines; some physicians even recommend holding off on vaccines until the child is two years of age (Miller, 2014). Allowing a child’s body systems to mature properly may ease the adverse reactions that many infants face when receiving a vaccine. Separating each vaccine is also an option, whether the parent chooses to prolong the vaccine or not. Many vaccines come in combination inoculations, such as the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) or further combining them with MMR and Hepatitis B, or other available combinations. Separating these vaccines into individual shots may help ease side effects, may reduce permanent injury to the child, such as neurological disorders, and will make parents feel more in control over what is being injected into their child.
Overall, infant immunizations should be prolonged and separated to allow for infants body...