I received the following response from Denise and Allan Fields of Baby 411. I have also included my response.
After you read it, please vote in the poll to the right(poll will be sent out to a wider audience via email as well) and offer any comments you like.
Thank you so much for writing in. We truly appreciate reader input and your
thoughtful comments are extremely helpful. Dr Brown is part of a national
immunization alliance and would like to share your input with that group.
What do you think would be the most useful way to interact with
pediatricians and experts who can help provide accurate vaccine information?
1. A public seminar offered in local/regional areas
2. A video seminar, offered online that includes all the most common
concerns parents have
3. An 800 hotline answered by live volunteer experts
4. An email exchange answered by volunteer experts
Please let us know if you have any other suggestions.
Alan & Denise Fields, authors
BRIDAL BARGAINS * BABY BARGAINS * TODDLER BARGAINS * BABY 411 * TODDLER 411
Address: Windsor Peak Press, 436 Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Thanks so much for the response. Those are all good ideas for getting vaccine info to concerned parents. I feel that a public, regionally offered seminar would be the most effective, but I also feel that an email exchange with experts is a good idea. Another option is a live streaming seminar that could be seen online in real time and viewed later. With mom schedules, particularly moms with young babies (which would be the target audience I assume since vaccine decisions are generally made early), on online seminar would be easiest to attend and probably the most cost effective for the presenting organization. In such a format, questions could be emailed in real time and answered.
I am going to post your response on my blog, which is read by a good number of like minded moms. I will poll them and poll the mom groups I am in contact with as well. Maybe it will help if I send their opinions on as well.
There is one other thought I would like to share with Dr. Brown and other pediatricians, and that is that most moms I know are concerned with the aluminum content of vaccines and aluminum’s possibly unstudied and as yet unknown consequences for babies as much as or more than they are concerned with autism and vaccines. In my experience with 3 pediatricians so far, all have responded to questions about aluminum with an admitted lack of knowledge. This is understandable because aluminum is a relatively new concern, but the most popular vaccine book, the Sears Vaccine Book, hammers home this idea that aluminum is possibly harmful. In fact Sear’s alternative vaccine schedule is based on the combined aluminum content of shots such that only one aluminum containing vaccine is given at a time. So it seems fair that we should expect that our pediatricians are informed about this new risk, as they are the experts we interact with. When asked, if they know nothing, the mom alarm goes off. Could aluminum be the next mercury? And that fear needs to be addressed with information. Possibly aluminum is exactly as harmful as Dr. Sears fears. It is crucial that pediatricians be able to address current fears about vaccines.
One final thought, and that is that most of the moms I have discussed this issue with do feel a social responsibility about vaccinating. It is very hard, once you have some information about dangers of vaccines, to put your child in what is possibly harm’s way. When asking moms about our social responsibility to vaccinate for the good of all, we should also ask drug companies where their social responsibility lies in providing SAFE vaccines without scary additives like aluminum and, previously, mercury.
Thanks for your time! It’s wonderful to get a response.