Childhood Vaccinations and Exemptions

Dr. Tilden firmly believes that a parent should be able to make medical decisions for their children and that doctors should provide information about the potential risks of vaccines in general and evaluate the risks for each unique individual patient. Everyone should be educated about infectious disease and the immune system.

Dr. Tilden listens to patients and understands that personal and family health history that may make a child (or an adult) more susceptible to potential injury from receiving a vaccine.

If you are interested in a medical evaluation of your immune health, and to understand if a medical exemption may be appropriate for your individual situation, then contact the office by phone or through the contact link above.


Current Vaccine Law

California’s SB277 Mandatory Vaccine Law was signed in 2015. For purposes of school admission, this new law removed a parents right to choose not to have their child vaccinated for personal or religious reasons.

Currently a medical exemption is the only option for a child to be allowed to attend public or private school or a day care center without receiving vaccines; unless the child meets one of these exceptions:

  • Student in a home based private schools
  • Student enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom based instruction
  • Access to special education and related services specified in a student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) cannot be denied
  • A grandfathered personal belief or religious exemption on file before 2016, and the student has not yet reached a checkpoint year (TK, K, 7th) since 2016

The net effect of SB277 is that California parents are being forced to give their child more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines. This open-ended vaccine mandate allows the State of California to add any additional vaccines they deem necessary at anytime.

Who may vaccines be dangerous for?

Every child is unique, and there are many health and testing factors that inform the physician’s assessment of vaccination risk, such as if your child and/or a family member has:

  • A previous severe reaction to a vaccine
  • Autoimmune disorders
    • Type I Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac disease, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, Sjogren’s, Lupus, Chron’s disease, etc. (there are more than 80 types)
  • Allergies
    • Including anaphylactic reactions, asthma, eczema and food allergies to a vaccine component (i.e. eggs, milk, gelatin)
  • Neurologic disorders
    • Seizures, developmental delay, autism, ADD or ADHD, learning or behavioral disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain-Baree’, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, etc.
  • Alzheimer’s or early onset dementia
  • Severe mental health issues
    • Schizophrenia, suicide, psychosis, psych hospitalizations, etc.
  • Severe immune compromise
    • Babies that need isolation in the hospital and IV antibiotics

Risks of Vaccination

Here is a partial list of potential vaccine complications have been reported in the medical literature:

  • Brain inflammation, acute enceopalopathy
  • Shock
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Febrile seizures
  • Protracted, inconsolable crying
  • Shock – loss of consciousness and loss of muscle strength
  • Thrombocycopenia
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Chronic nervous system dysfunction
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Deltoid Bursitis
  • Acute and chronic arthritis
  • Smallpox, polio, measles and varicella zoster vaccine strain infection
  • Death

Symptoms of Vaccine Reactions

If you choose to fully or partially vaccinate your child, you need to understand the symptoms that can follow vaccination and immediately contact a doctor. Symptoms can occur immediately, hours, days or weeks after a vaccine. Make sure that every problem is entered into the permanent medical record and written copies should be kept by the person vaccinated or the parent or guardian of that person.

  • Pronounced swelling, redness, heat or hardness at injection site that continues for days or weeks
  • Body rash or hives
  • Unresponsiveness, prolonged deep sleep
  • High pitched screaming, inconsolable crying for hours
  • Arching the back
  • Fever over 103 deg F
  • Rolling or crossing of eyes
  • Twitching or jerking of the body, arm, leg or head
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralysis of any body part
  • Changes in sleep/wake pattern or dramatic personality change
  • Lack of eye contact or social withdrawal
  • Loss of ability to roll over, sit up or stand up
  • Head banging or unusual flapping, rubbing, rocking, spinning
  • Severe and persistent diarrhea or constipation
  • Shock or collapse
  • Excessive bruising, bleeding or anemia
  • Joint pain or muscle weakness
  • Severe head or neck pain
  • Disabling fatigue
  • Onset of chronic ear or respiratory problems
  • Other serious loss of physical, mental or emotional well being