Vaccines

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.children01

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.

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  • Elizabeth Running says:

    My daughter needs to get the MMR vaccine for college. She is almost 17 years old and has not been vaccinated at all. We just had an appointment with Dr. Axelrod in preparation for the MMR and she suggested that I contact your clinic to see if you would administer the shot without having to go thru a new patient exam since we just did that with her. What is the charge for the vaccination? Thank you.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m so sorry I missed this comment before now – you should e-mail our office directly at info@mtwholehealth.com. The cost for vaccine administration varies greatly depending on insurance coverage, uninsured or medicaid eligible/underinsured patients. It can be anywhere from $21.43 to $150 for the MMR vaccine administration – please contact us directly.

  • Suzanne says:

    I enjoyed your vaccines demystified webinar. It was so helpful. We do vaccinate and my daughter is 7 months old. I tried to use buzzy to help minimize the pain but I found it hard to use on small baby legs at 2 months of age and haven’t tried to use it since. Have you had more success when using it with young babies? Also, you recommend zinc and l-glutamine -is vaccishield ok for young babies as well?

    • Lately I have been using the Buzzy and placing it on the baby’s chest – it provides some nice distraction away from the injection site. When the injection is over Buzzy stops – so they also know when the pain ends.

      VacciShield is meant for babies over 6 months of age. I don’t routinely recommend L-glutamine because of the increased risk of seizures in children – for this one I would consult your child’s physician. VacciShield does have some glutamine, but it is in relatively low doses.

  • Chris says:

    I’m curious if you can tell me what age a child’s adaptive immune system develops and at what age it fully matures. I can’t seem to find this information anywhere.

    Thank you.

  • Kimberly Reed says:

    Hi Doc. Day are is requiring the MMR due to measles outbreak. I purchased Vaccishield , but now I’m concerned since has had a febrile seizure. And he is 2. which increases the risk of febrile seizure slightly. So what is the risk with the l glutamine and seizures now?

  • Hannah Goldman says:

    You mention that the MMR vaccines are no longer offered separately. Should I be concerned that my pediatrician offers them separately?! I appreciate the choice, but I’m a little suspicious how they have them if multiple sources, including someone as aware as you, state they’re not available.
    I appreciate the help!

    • I am unaware of any manufacturer that makes the separate Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccines – so yes, I would be concerned. If you find out the name of the manufacturer please let me know and I’ll look into it for you. Unless the pediatrician is referring to giving the MMR alone (i.e., without varicella)…



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