We can't say for sure, but there are certain risk factors that should raise a red flag:
- Is there an older sibling with allergies, eczema, asthma, autism/PDD, or ADHD?
- Does the child's parents or immediate family suffer from autoimmune or gut-related diseases like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, hypothyroidism, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, etc? Do they have food or environmental allergies, or asthma, or eczema?
- Has the child already had an adverse reaction such as fever, seizures, or high-pitched screaming after previous vaccinations?
- Does the child have a history of allergies, respiratory infections or ear infections?
- Is the child currently on antibiotics, sick or getting over a cold? Vaccinating when a child's immune system is down may have effects that are not yet understood.
If the above questions give you reason for concern, discuss postponing the child's vaccines with his doctor until he is older and his immune system is stronger. Some doctors recommend that at such a time, for children in the risk group, vaccines should be given in their single form, such as measles alone, wait 6 months, mumps alone, etc.
Don't be intimidated by statements like "there are no studies linking autism with vaccinations" or that "such things are very rare." This is simply not true. Several studies have given us great cause for concern. Never have we had such an aggressive vaccination policy, and parents of autistic children commonly report normal development before autistic regression following a vaccine. School districts across the country are now reporting as many as 1/139 children with autism. To make an informed decision, check out websites like the National Vaccine Information Center (www.909shot.com) and the Autism Autoimmunity Project (www.gti.net/truegrit).