It is my personal mission to provide vaccines in a compassionate, comfortable environment to minimize trauma to the child and to their developing immune system. ~Dr. Erika Krumbeck
Here at Montana Whole Health our goal is to take the fear out of vaccines and vaccine decisions. A Mom herself, Dr. Krumbeck understands how incredibly difficult it can be to make a decision over how/when to vaccinate your child.
Sensing a real need in the community, we have decided to carry vaccines to give parents another option for primary care for their children. Currently very few private clinics are doing delayed or alternate-schedule vaccines in Missoula, with none offering the level of comfort and care of Montana Whole Health.
How are vaccinations different at Montana Whole Health?
Here at Montana Whole Health we carry individual vaccines* and vaccines with the lowest possible aluminum content. We also carry a product called “VacciShield,” an evidence-based supplement designed by a naturopathic physician for the purpose of reducing vaccine reactions. Vaccishield helps prepare the immune system for the immunization by protecting the gut lining, decreasing inappropriate inflammation while simultaneously enhancing the immune response.
To reduce the pain of the injection Dr. Krumbeck uses the “Buzzy” – a bee-shaped gadget that works by inhibiting pain signals with vibration. Vaccines are always performed by Dr. Krumbeck herself, never a nurse, and are done in the safety of a parent’s lap. Babies and toddlers can nurse or bottlefeed while getting an injection. All of these steps are done to reduce trauma to the child (and parent!) and to prevent future needle-phobia.
Can you help with daycare / preschool / kindergarten requirements?
Dr. Krumbeck is well versed in the school and daycare requirements and can help parents navigate the obstacles to school attendance.
Can you sign a medical exemption form?
No. As of 2013 the State of Montana updated their requirements for what qualifies as a medical exemption. The terms are restrictive to the point that almost no children qualify.
Do you do vaccine education?
A part of her mission is to reduce the fear that parents have about vaccines. Dr. Krumbeck is a parent herself and understands how frustrating it can be to try to find information about vaccines from legitimate sources. You may have heard one thing from a doctor, another from the internet and another from a friend or celebrity. Dr. Krumbeck spends time with the families in her practice counseling them on the evidence behind the risks and benefits of vaccinating. She is the author of an online webinar named Vaccines Demystified which is designed to answer many of the common myths about vaccines. She highly encourages her patients and fellow moms to listen to the webinar.
Can my children still see you if they haven’t had any vaccines?
Dr. Krumbeck welcomes children into her practice who are fully or partially vaccinated, as well as children whose parents have declined all vaccines. She understands that there can be a stigma behind vaccinating or not vaccinating, and wishes to fully support parents in whatever choice they decide is best for their child.
(*Note: single components of the MMR vaccine – e.g., measles only, are no longer available. Single Pertussis vaccines are not available – pertussis is combined with diphtheria and tetanus (DTaP) to improve the immune response.)
If you have questions about vaccines at Montana Whole Health please feel free to leave a comment below.