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Alternative Schedules

The U.S. childhood immunization schedule is reviewed and approved by CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Alternative vaccination schedules have not been tested, reviewed, or approved by any medical authority or public health group. Alternative schedules delay induction of immunity and leaves children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.
Alternative Schedules Resources
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Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots by Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
Decision to Not Vaccinate My Child
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
What If You Don't Vaccinate Your Child?
What If You Don't Vaccinate Your Child?
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Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
IAC experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
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Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
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Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
Vaccine Basics: Vaccine Safety
The Vaccine Basics gateway page on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
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Vaccine Safety: Multiple Vaccinations at Once
Vaccine Safety: Multiple Vaccinations at Once
Provides answers to concerns about too many vaccines
The U.S. Childhood Immunization Schedule
The U.S. Childhood Immunization Schedule
Conversations with parents about vaccinating on time and that vaccines do not overwhelm the immune system
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Offers reassuring information about the safety of multiple vaccinations
Vaccine Education Center (VEC), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Special Article: The Problem with Dr. Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule
Special Article: The Problem with Dr. Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule
Paul Offit, MD, and Charlotte Moser. Reprinted with permission of Pediatrics 2009;123:e164-9
Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Offers reassuring information about the safety of multiple vaccinations
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Common Parental Concerns: Non-Standard Schedules
Common Parental Concerns: Non-Standard Schedules
Resources for healthcare professionals and parents about non-standard schedules
An Important Immunization Message from the AAP
An Important Immunization Message from the AAP
Pediatricians strongly support following the recommended immunization schedule
Child Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?
Child Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?
Explains the rationale behind the recommended vaccine schedule, includes answers for HCP about "too many vaccines"
National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an impartial group of the world's leading experts that advises Congress on science issues.
Click this arrow to view the 2011 IOM study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality
2011 Study: Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Evidence and Causality
2002 Study: Multiple Immunizations and Immune Dysfunction
2002 Study: Multiple Immunizations and Immune Dysfunction
Vaxopedia
Alternative Immunization Schedules
Alternative Immunization Schedules
Vincent Iannelli, MD, explains how alternative schedules translate into delayed protection
What Is Evidence for Alternative Vaccine Schedules?
What Is Evidence for Alternative Vaccine Schedules?
Vincent Iannelli, MD, notes that the first clue alternative schedules have no evidence behind them is that they are all different
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Why Vaccinate Children Who Are so Young?
Why Vaccinate Children Who Are so Young?
In this short video clip from Vaccinate Your Family, Dr. Mark Sawyer, Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco and Dr. Paul Offit respond to the common question: Why is it necessary to vaccinate infants who are so young?
What Determines the Right Age for Vaccines?
What Determines the Right Age for Vaccines?
In this short video clip from Vaccinate Your Family, Dr. Mark Sawyer, Dr. Paul Offit and Alison Singer respond to the common questions: How do they determine the ages when children should receive each vaccine? Is it okay to delay vaccines?
Are We Overwhelming the Immune System with so Many Vaccines?
 

 

Are We Overwhelming the Immune System with so Many Vaccines?
In this short video clip from Vaccinate Your Family, Dr. Mark Sawyer and Dr. Paul Offit talk about vaccines, your child's immune system, and the importance of following the recommended immunization schedule.
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PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
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      More Information
Physician Response to Parental Requests to Spread Out the Recommended Vaccine Schedule
Authors: Kempe A, et al. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;135(4):666-77.
Delaying Vaccination Is Not a Safer Choice
Authors: Feemster KA, Offit P. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Dec;167(12):1097-8.
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