One of the topics that we generally cover with parents is the very controversial subject of vaccinations. It is an area that often is emotional and difficult for parents as they struggle with what they believe is a black or white answer : to vaccinate or not to vaccinate? The problem lies in the fact that we are inundated with “facts” in the media and community and these only lead to confusion. Making these choices isn’t easy but it should be an informed decision. Do as much research as you need by reading some recommended books and talking to your health care providers in order to feel comfortable with the choices you make. Knowing that you are not alone, that there are many parents out there who are trying to find a plan that feels best to them for their child, is very important. We will support you through this process. It is important to know that whether you choose to vaccinate according to the CDC schedule, whether you choose to use alternatives such as homeopathic nosodes, whether you choose to delay or split up the vaccinations on the schedule or even just select those which you feel are most important, in all cases the child’s immune system and body should be supported naturopathically. What does this mean? It entails a healthy diet free from processed foods and foods that might aggravate the immune system, supplements for general immune support and additional pre /post vaccination support. Although we have some general immune support guidelines and a naturopathic pre/post vaccine protocol that we recommend, we always individualize the specific requirements based on the child’s overall health. A healthy immune system is necessary whether a person is vaccinated or not!