by deborah Z. bain Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks. The National Vaccine Information Center encourages parents to become fully informed about the potential risks and disease complications for their own children and pose these questions to one or more trusted health care professionals before making a decision. The key point is being able to talk with a trusted health care professional and not someone that makes patients feel pushed to go along with a vaccine schedule that they don’t feel confident about. The information forms that accompany vaccines state that if there is a moderate to severe medical illness at the time vaccines are due, patients should take care of the underlying problem and vaccinate later. However, new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations state that doctors may vaccinate during well visits, sick visits and chronic illness visits. This is a shift in AAP recommendations and is incongruent with prior vaccine information. Parents might be wise to consider these questions before embarking on the full vaccination schedule: n Is my child currently experiencing an acute or chronic medical condition? n Has my child had an adverse reaction to a vaccination in the past, or is there a family history of adverse vaccine reactions? n Does my child have any neurological disorders, severe allergies or a comprised immune system? n Have I received full information about the vaccine’s side effects and disease risks? n Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? n Will I receive a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations? n Have I reviewed the vaccine ingredient list on the CDC website? n Am I convinced that I have enough information to make an informed choice? No child’s immune system, genetics and nutritional state is the same as another’s. Detoxification from vaccination sometimes require key nutrients, including B complex vitamins, glutathione, vitamin C, zinc, amino acids and more that may be deficient in chronic medical conditions. Working with a doctor that looks at the whole immune system, genetics, family history and nutrient balance is best to help families safely navigate a possibly daunting vaccine schedule. For information about recognizing vaccine reaction symptoms, people can visit nvic.org. Deborah Z. Bain is a pediatric M.D., integrative and functional medicine doctor and owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics, in Frisco. For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com. See ad, page 33.