A couple of moms responded to my column today in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. You can read the column “Reform the childhood vaccination schedule” by clicking here.
The moms said they’ve long been concerned about the aggressive vaccine schedule and plan to ask their pediatricians to spread out the shots. Unfortunately, not all pediatricians are keen on this idea.
Sam and Kim Spencer, the parents spotlighted in my column and pictured here, say parents pushing for a less aggressive vaccine schedule are often met with impatience when they question how many shots their children receive per pediatric visit. The Spencers’ 7-year-old son is autistic. They attribute it partly to the aggressive vaccine schedule.
“Pediatricians have said “If you are not going to vaccinate on schedule, then you have to leave,’’ Spencer said.
Savannah pediatrician Dr. Ramon Ramos, who spreads out the shots over a longer period of time so no patient receives more than three per visit, said he’s seeing an increase in new patients at his practice whose pediatricians refused to deviate from the standard shot schedule.
Expect more news on this whole issue later this week. A meeting of the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s Vaccine Safety Working Group will be held in Washington, DC on April 11.