At Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care, we believe that families who have educated themselves on the topic have a right to choose how and when they wish to vaccinate their children. We are able to follow the guidelines set forward by the AAP, but if informed parents choose to follow an alternative schedule or to not give certain vaccines, that is their right and we will respect that right.
Frequently we are asked to provide a copy of our “alternative vaccine schedule”. We do not have one particular alternative schedule that we follow. Each family is encouraged to meet with Dr. David or Nurse Patsy to address their individual concerns and then construct an individualized vaccine plan. Dr. Bob Sears and Dr. Stephanie Cave both provide alternative schedules in their vaccine books for those who are interested.
All vaccines used at Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care are mercury-free, unless there are no other options for a particular vaccine.
We do not believe in vaccinating children who are sick or recently recovering from an illness. Dr. Berger has developed protocols for certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs to be taken both before and after each vaccine.
We encourage families to make vaccine consultations in order to develop a plan that takes into consideration both the health of the child and the wishes of the parents.
In the winter of 2009-2010, Dr. David was asked by a Florida State Senator and Representative to create form that would be part of a Bill that explains the Rights granted by the Florida Law and Informed consent, regarding vaccinations. Unfortunately, the Bill never was voted out of the committees and therefore died. This form has been renamed “The Statement of Florida Vaccine Rights and Responsibilities”.
Please feel free to distribute this form to any family who you think would like to know more about their vaccine rights. Some parents are presenting this signed form to their pediatrician to be placed on their medical charts, to acknowledge that they know what their rights are.
Click here to read “The Statement of Florida Vaccine Rights and Responsibilities”
Thimerosal was a common preservative in vaccinations that is about 50% ethylmercury. Since 1999, when the Academy of Pediatrics announced that “Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children, and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population”, the thimerosal content of the vaccines has gradually been reduced.
Families often ask about the presence of mercury in the vaccines their children received. Without knowing the lot number it may be difficult to determine, since many vaccines had long shelf lives.
Johns Hopkins University has compiled lists of the thimerosal content of each vaccine, but they update their list so that only currently available vaccines are listed.
Below are the links to the sequential Hopkins lists. The actual thimerosal content of any vaccine still depends on the lot number, but these lists are still informative.