Responsible Decision Making About Childhood Vaccinations

A thoughtful approach to vaccination will optimize your child’s health and reduce the risk of adverse immunization reactions.  Click here for more information about having Dr. Chapman vaccinate your child.

Before you vaccinate, make sure you know the answer to these questions…
1. Is my child sick right now?
2. Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
3. Does my child have a personal or family history of:
     vaccine reactions
     convulsions or neurological disorders
     severe allergies
     developmental disorders
     immune system disorders
4. Do I know if my child is at high risk of reacting?
5. Do I know how to identify a vaccine reaction?
6. Do I know how to report a vaccine reaction?
7. Do I know the vaccine manufacturer's name and lot number?
8. Do I know if my vaccine is Thimerosal free?
9. Do I know I have a choice?

The following steps are recommended if you choose to vaccinate:

1.  Get a copy of the Vaccine Information Statement before your child’s immunization visit so you can read it before the scheduled appointment and formulate questions.  These statements are available from your pediatrician or from
2.  Tell your doctor if your child has been recently ill, or anyone in the family is currently ill.  Evidence suggests that having a viral or bacterial infection may prevent the body from mounting an adequate antibody response to vaccination.  Never vaccinate a sick child!
3.  Compile a complete family history, including adverse vaccine reactions, a history of seizures or autoimmune disease, neurologic disease or severe allergies.  Report this to your child’s doctor and ask that it be included in their medical record.

On the days before, during and following a vaccine:

• Vitamin A supplementation before and after the vaccination at the daily recommended intake level for age.   Ask your child’s doctor for specific recommendations.
• Vitamin C supplementation on the days before and following vaccination. 150-300 mg two times per day depending on the age of the child.
• Homeopathic Ledum 30C for puncture wounds.
• Homeopathic Thuja 30C for minimizing adverse reactions.
• Keep your kids healthy.  Healthy, vital, robust children will have the best outcomes.

Vaccine Reactions:
Short-term (within 24 hours) adverse reactions include high fever, high-pitched screaming, irritability, sleeplessness, rashes and failure to nurse. Severe vaccine reactions include seizure, convulsions, shock, anaphylaxis, paralysis and death.  Report any and all reactions.
Here is a fantastic website on Immunization Reactions from Seattle Childrens Hospital.

Reporting Adverse Reactions:

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires health care providers to report:

  Any event listed by the manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the vaccine   Any event in the Reportable Events Table that occurs within the specified time period after vaccination.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS collects and analyzes information from reports of adverse events following immunization and that may possibly be related to the vaccines administered. This 12-year old federal database receives approximately 1000 reports a month of adverse events including paralysis, brain damage, shock, encephalopathy, and death. For further information:
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
P.O. Box 1100
Rockville, MD 20849-1100
Fax inquiries: 877-721-0366
Email inquires:

Additional Recommended Reading:
The Vaccine Book:  Making the Right Decision for Your Child by Robert Sears MD

Alternative Schedules: 
Several alternative vaccination schedules have been created, by both doctors and immunologists, to spread the shots out into more frequent visits.  Although this takes more time, effort and trips to the clinic, it can be a way to minimize the risk of side effects.  It is also assumed that this may be a more gentle way to vaccinate, allowing the immune system to concentrate its efforts on one immune response at a time.  Talk to your doctor about modifications that can be made to the existing CDC schedule that fits the individual needs of your child.

Vaccines and Mercury/ other additives:
At this point in time, drug manufacturers are no longer producing childhood vaccinations with thimerosal (mercury). The flu shot is the only routinely administered vaccine that still contains thimerasol.
Here is the CDC's list of other ingredients and additives used in vaccines.

Opting Out: 
Information on your right to exemption from mandatory vaccination is regulated state by state and can be found at under “state laws and exemptions.”

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical or legal advice.