A SmartVax Approach to Vaccines

A parent could gauge a child’s risk of vaccine-injury, and optionally make changes to the child’s vaccine schedule to reduce this risk, by following this SmartVax approach to vaccines:

  • Step 1 — Vaccine Decisions to make during pregnancy: Decide whether the pregnant mother will get the flu vaccine during pregnancy and will be tested for HepB, and then decide whether the newborn will get the HepB vaccine at birth (seeVaccine Decisions to Make During Pregnancy)
  • Step 2 — High-Risk Subgroups:  Determine whether your child is in a high-risk subgroup for vaccine-injury. Some children, such as children currently suffering a moderate or severe illness, are at a higher risk of vaccine injury than others.  Other risk factors include premature birth, family history of asthma or autoimmune diseases, poor health at time of vaccination, etc. (see High-Risk Subgroups)
  • Step 3 — Adverse-Reaction History: Analyze whether your child or child’s siblings have had severe or even slight adverse reactions to vaccines (e.g eczema, ear-aches), as such reactions indicate a far higher risk of vaccine-injury (see Learn how to recognize the symptoms of a vaccine reaction)
  • Step 4 — Individualized Vaccine Schedule: Weigh the risks vs benefits of each vaccine, including consideration on the timing of each vaccine, and then optionally define an individualized schedule that minimizes risk for the child (to get started, go to Define an Individualized Vaccine Schedule)
  • Step 5 — Prepare for Pediatrician Visit: Prepare yourself to ask questions of your pediatrician and discuss an individual vaccine schedule (see Preparing for the Pediatrician Visit)
  • Step 6 — If you Choose not to Vaccinate: There are steps you need to take (see CDC brochure What to Do if You Choose not to Vaccinate)
  • Step 7 — Vaccine Pre-Inspection: Before your child receives vaccines, insist on reading the vaccine product insert to ensure that the vaccine doesn’t contain a mercury compound called “thimerosal” or “thiomersal”.  Also ensure that you child is receiving the proper vaccines per your individualized schedule, as there are different combinations of vaccines
  • Step 8 — Post-Vaccination Care & Monitoring: Minimize risks post-vaccination by avoiding Tylenol since it reduces the body’s ability to detoxify, and monitor carefullly for any severe reactions such as fever over 103 degrees and for mild reactions such as eczema and chronic ear-aches. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), an organization that encourages consumers to become fully informed regarding vaccines, provides information on how to recognize and report a suspected vaccine injury (see Monitor for vaccine reactions)