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Some Quick Thoughts About Vaccination

This is a status update on Facebook by Healthy Families For God:

Before you vaccinate your child, ask to see the manufacturer’s multiple-page package insert for each vaccine.  This is NOT the same as the fluffy 2-page flyer from the CDC that are given out!  In the manufacturer’s information, you will see things such as: “INFANRIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.” “PEDIARIX has not been evaluated f…or carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.” “RECOMBIVAX HB has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or its potential to impair fertility.” (Carcinogenic=cancer causing) “Due to the concern for transmission of vaccine virus, vaccine recipients should attempt to avoid whenever possible close association with susceptible high-risk individuals for up to six weeks following vaccination with VARIVAX.” (Meaning vaccination has the potential to spread the disease around for up to six weeks.) “Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a vaccine cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another vaccine and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. There is the possibility that broad use of INFANRIX could reveal adverse reactions not observed in clinical trials.” “There have been no controlled clinical studies demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with AFLURIA.” “Safety and effectiveness of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers and in the pediatric population below 6 months of age.” “If Guillain-Barré syndrome occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of a prior vaccine containing tetanus toxoid, the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome may be increased following a subsequent dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine, including BOOSTRIX.” “In non-US adolescent studies in which serious adverse events were monitored for up to 37 days, one subject was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes 20 days following administration of BOOSTRIX.” …And many more things the CDC’s catchy flyer conveniently leaves out.

I am not a hard & fast ‘non-vaxxer’, but I find it troubling that the medical community, by and large, refuses to acknowledge that there are sound reasons why some people pass on vaccinations. This is not a case of hippy-dippy-free-love-weed-smokers trying to fight ‘the man’ (or at least it’s not always that- lol). There are people who have medical concerns and objections to ingredients documented by the vaccines’ manufacturers. There are those who have concerns about the lack of controlled studies of certain vaccines. There are also people who have concerns about possible and documented side-effects of certain vaccines. Some are concerned about the way vaccination by-passes the body’s natural immune system and, therefore, the vaccination is not processed the same way other pathogens would be– what effect might this have on the body and the immune system? And, honestly, there are those who are worried about the lack of respectful dialogue concerning this topic.

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Just like any other topic, there are extremists on both ends of the vaccine debate. My hope is that intelligent, respectful conversation with parents who have concerns about vaccinations can be had. I call on medical & public health professionals to stop demonizing parents who have legitimate concerns and to engage them (hey Health Departments make someone your vaccine specialist whose job is to speak intelligently to those who have questions- your handouts and posters already convince those who don’t question). Make your best case FOR vaccinations by really understanding WHY some hesitate- discuss the data instead of brushing these parents off as crazy, uneducated conspiracy theorists OR morons who follow anyone who speaks loudly enough.

We are not stupid. We are worried. We want what’s best for our children and we want answers. Talk to us.

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This entry was posted on January 19, 2013 by in Health and tagged , , .
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