I don't think it would hurt him to delay the shot, but at some point I would probably give it to him.
You're wise not to jump on the bandwagon that attacks vaccines, even though you are the parent of an autistic child.
I would do a lot of research. Unfortunately, you're going to get a LOT of biased information on it. I have a real problem with people like Jenny McCarthy touting her celebrity status as a way to "teach" people about autism. While she is a huge child advocate - aren't we all, as mothers? - and her status as a well-known person helps to get the word out, I'm not so sure the "word" is correct. She has her experience, which can and probably does differ from a lot of other parents. Not only that, she's not a member of the medical community. It's scary to think that people are possibly putting their kids' health at risk by not vaccinating them at ALL because of her word against that of the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatricians throughout the country.
I don't think it contributes to autism, although I'm not sure in my mind what exactly does. I know lately they've discovered the numbers *continue to climb* even though mercury (thimerosal) has been eliminated from virtually all childhood vaccines. So there goes that theory. Another theory is that excessive exposure to ultrasound in the womb can cause problems - I'm not sure I believe that either, but it would be interesting to see if they can come up with something substantial. I know there are a great many number of doctors now who do ultrasounds a LOT on every patient, which is something I don't get.
I would definitely talk to your doctor. If you have a doctor who is pushing you about it or doesn't want to hear your opinion, seek the advice of someone else. We switched peds and actually all of us see a DO (doctor of osteopathy) who is a lot more relaxed about the vaxing schedule and listens to my concerns about it. He still thinks the kids should be vaccinated, but understands my concerns about delaying them and had no problem.
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· 1 decade ago