Every parent does what they think is best for their child. With my firstborn that meant giving her vaccinations as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Perhaps two years of media got to me, or maybe it was Jenny McCarthy and all of the other parents of children with autism that made me a tad wary of vaccinations. So I will go a different route with my second babe.

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When I met my son in the hospital, I knew I would have to make a decision pretty quickly on how to deal with his health care. As autism is more prevalent in boys, his gender certainly played a part in my thought process. I obviously want to protect my lil guy from every harmful disease while not putting him at risk for developing any other disorder. To put my mind at ease, I decided to ask my pediatrician to give my son his vaccines on an alternative schedule. While my doc agreed to my request, my pediatrician does not advise the alternative schedule because she said the child ends up getting twice the preservatives that accompany vaccines because the doses are further divided. Despite her warning, I chose to move forward with an alternative schedule. Instead of receiving six shots at his four-month check-up, my son got four and then we returned a week later to get the rest. I feel good that he is up to date on his shots even if it means extra visits to the doctor. If you want to see an alternative schedule, check out the one Dr. Sears suggests:

  • two-months: DTaP, Rotavirus
  • 3-months: Pc, HIB
  • 4-months: DTaP, Rotavirus
  • 5-months: Pc, HIB
  • 6-months: DTaP, Rotavirus
  • 7-months: Pc, HIB
  • 9-months: Polio (IPV)
  • 12-months: Mumps, Polio (IPV)
  • 15-months: Pc, HIB
  • 18-months: DTaP, Chickenpox
  • two-years: Rubella, Polio (IPV)
  • two-and-a-half-years: Hep B, Hep A (start Hep B at birth if any close relatives or caregivers have Hep B)
  • three-years: Hep B, Measles
  • three-and-a-half-years: Hep B, Hep A
  • four-years: DTaP, Polio (IPV)
  • five-years: MMR
  • six-years: Chickenpox
  • 12-years: Tdap, HPV
  • 12-years, 2 months: HPV
  • 13-years: HPV, Meningococcal

The same information is provided in the Ask Dr. Sears Vaccine Book.