Delayed vaccines are preferred by more and more parents today. This is likely due to the dramatic rise in cases of autism. Over the span of 2 decades cases have risen from 1-10,000 to 1 in 68. Some believe delayed vaccines may be a key part in preventing autism in the future. But is it? The Mayo Clinic believes 21st century vaccine delivery won’t be a “one size fits all” vaccine dosing schedule. A new research field called vaccinomics may make all that obsolete.
According to a Fox News report, many parents are asking for delayed vaccine schedules to protect their children. But the practice of administering delayed vaccines isn’t failproof. Scientists are hoping vaccinomics will be.
Delayed Vaccines through Vaccinomics are Tailored to the Individual
Vaccinomics is a method of giving personalized vaccines. It uses your genetics to personalize your vaccine schedule. The vaccines you get are based on your personal genetic risk factors. So rather than offering delayed vaccines blindly, doctors can know what’s most important for you. This movement started in Europe and the people seem to be getting behind it.
Since 2008 Vaccine research by doctors at the Mayo Clinic have been including this new field of research: vaccinomics. It requires genetic testing to find out which diseases a patient is most at risk of getting. This method will hopefully lessen the need for vaccines that are unnecessary.
This topic on delayed vaccines is one of several that was discussed at the Ninth Annual World Vaccine Congress held April 20-23 in Washington D.C.
Vaccinomics is a Better Way to Administer Delayed Vaccines
According to Dr. Gregory Poland, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic:
“The time may come when we will know beforehand whether or not a vaccine will work ahead of time. We know with certain drugs that if you carry certain genes that means that drug could harm you. Or you might metabolize the drug so fast that the typical dose wouldn’t do you any good at all and we would have to give you double the dose.
Poland explains that vaccinomics is the idea that a simple genetic screening can predict whether a vaccine is needed. It will show if they are at risk and if they will have a bad reaction to it. Some patients don’t need booster shots. Some may need more doses. They will also be better able to predict if a person is likely to have a serious reaction to the vaccine.
He continues describing personalized delayed vaccine science:
“Nevertheless, there are documented cases. They may occur one in a million times of somebody getting a live viral vaccine for example, and having a significant complication to that. What if we could predict that? And the promise of genetics and of individualized medicine it is pretty clear that we will probably be able to predict some if not all of those. We are just at the very early stages of figuring out how that might all work….”
According to Ben Hewitt’s “Autism Roulette“, published in Best Life in October 2008:
“Within a decade, vaccinomics could eliminate the final, small slice of risk that exists with immunizations (for instance, approximately one in 100,000 children suffers an allergic reaction to the MMR vaccine, and one in 14,000 experiences seizures after receiving the DTaP vaccine), he says.
“Basically, we’ll be able to say, ‘You’re susceptible to this disease, so we better make sure you’re well vaccinated’ or ‘You have a 30 percent chance of having a reaction to this vaccine, and since you are at an exceedingly low risk of this disease, let’s skip it.'” Obviously, it holds promise for identifying at-risk subgroups who might be genetically predisposed to react to specific vaccines.
There is much to learn about personalized delayed vaccines through vaccinomics. Delayed vaccines are not enough to stop adverse side effects. Vaccinomics may be an added insurance for families worried about vaccine injury. This new field may ease the feelings of parents requesting delayed vaccines.