Most Health Organizations Agree That Multiple Vaccines Are Safe, But That Doesn't Mean You Can't Change The Schedule.

If you look at the current CDC Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedule, it can seem a little overwhelming. There are...
If you look at the current CDC Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedule, it can seem a little overwhelming. There are a TON of vaccines on the schedule, many given at the same time. This leads many parents to ask, "Is it safe to give multiple vaccines at once?" That depends on who you ask. The CDC notes that studies show that kids bodies - even babies - can handle many shots or combination shots at once. Almost all major health organizations agree with the CDC. A major benefit to more than one shot at once is that it reduces the number of office visits your baby will need. Most of the people I've met who are against multiple vaccines at once are against them because they simply aren't on board with vaccines. Most of the stuff I've read on this is much the same - articles against multiple vaccines are usually about anti-vaccines in general not anti-multiple vaccines. It's VERY hard to find any actual studies that say multiple vaccines aren't safe. They may be out there, but I haven't seen them. The question of whether to vaccinate or not is a whole different debate actually. See the end of this post for more posts about both the pros and cons of vaccines. IF your concern really is with the vaccine schedule itself, and not the vaccines, then you can discuss changing the vaccine schedule with your baby's pediatrician. Many pediatricians are willing to adjust, since most believe that getting the vaccine is more important than sticking to the CDC schedule. For an interesting take on switching the CDC vaccine schedule to something more manageable, take a look at this excellent interview with Robert W. Sears, M.D. on Frontline. It's a fascinating read. If you like you can skip right to the schedule section. [image via CDC ©James Gathany]

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