I heard it's better to delay some vaccines or following an alternative schedule. Is this true?

No. It is recommended that children are vaccinated according to the recommended BC immunization schedule. This schedule is based on scientific research and is designed to protect children when they are most vulnerable to disease.  Children receive no known benefits from following delayed or alternative immunization schedules.  Delaying vaccines only increases the time during which children are susceptible to certain diseases, such as chickenpox and whooping cough (pertussis).  If children are exposed to diseases like these during the time they are not protected by vaccines, they could get very sick and even die.  Delaying vaccination will also increase the number of injections your child will receive and the number of visits to your public health unit or doctor’s office.

Parents who choose to delay vaccines or follow alternative schedules often do so because they’re concerned about their baby getting several shots at the same visit. A baby’s immune system is amazing. Babies come into contact with millions of germs every day and are able to respond to them. When babies are exposed to the small number of antigens (germs) in vaccines, the body is easily able to respond to these antigens. Just like contact with antigens in your environment, the antigens in vaccines cannot "use up or damage" your baby's immune system. This is because the body is always making more and more immune system cells, to protect your baby from the millions of germs they contact every day. All vaccines do is ensure the immune system can fend off the most dangerous diseases.

Vaccines are tested together to ensure safety.  A number of studies have shown that the recommended vaccines are as effective in combination as they are individually, and that such combinations carry no greater risk for adverse side effects.

Read more: The Problem With Dr Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/123/1/e164.full.pdf+html

This answer was published on Sep 16, 2014.
The answers in the Q&A are not altered or updated after the published date. For current information and recommendations, consult your health care provider.

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