Friday, January 25, 2008

Vaccination...Did we do the right thing?

One thing that I only gave mild thought to when I was pregnant was whether or not to vaccinate The Boy. I thought about why I should vaccinate, weighed the consequences of the diseases and made, what I thought at the time, was a relatively informed and wise decision.

Thirteen months later, I am convinced I, er we, did the wrong thing. If I had it to do over again, I would still vaccinate, but I would insist on a modified schedule, and I would insist on vaccinations that do not contain Mercury and other metals. The amount of metals and such in the vaccines, many of which are given at the same time, concern me, and because pharmaceutical companies are not liable for adverse reactions to their vaccines and they perform their own testing prior to FDA approval, and there is no way to really know the reactions of vaccinations without administering them to large groups of children, I do not trust them or their results. To make matters worse, these same companies sit on FDA panels and have far far TOO MUCH influence with the FDA.

Anyway, I really do wish we had delayed and separated some of the vaccinations from one another. The next time we are in to see the doctor, I am going to ask for more information on The Boy's upcoming schedule and see if we can't spread them out.

What did you do? What do you plan to do? Thoughts? Is anyone out there?

6 comments:

newsanchormom.com said...

I so wish I had an answer for you. I can tell you I interviewed an infectious diseases specialist in Chicago about this very issue last year. Dr. Stanford Shulman told me the only real risk to splitting up the vaccines is that your child won't be protected from those diseases as early as other children. He also explained exactly how pharmaceutical companies decide when we should give our kids the immunizations.It was a very eye opening interview. You can still view it on my t.v. station's website. www.hoinews.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page and click on exclusive, then click on the autism epidemic logo. The interview is in two parts. Click on the video box on the top right hand side to see the first part. Click on part two underneath the video box to see the rest of it. I am anxious to hear your thoughts. I am sure people have watched it, but no one has gotten back to me about what they think.

newsanchormom.com said...

Maria,
Yes, the part about how the pharmaceutical industry decides when to schedule immunizations was very eye opening. I have had several doctors tell me the shots are scheduled at 2months, 4months, 6months, 12months, etc. because that's the safest way to do it. If you listened to what Dr. Shulman said, (National Network for Immunization Safety) that's not exactly true. The pharmaceutical companies do a small study with only a few kids and just randomly pick a few times to give the shots. Which ever one of those random times seemed to work the best, is what is then recommened by the FDA. So, if someone wants to separate the Measles, Mumps and Rubella shot or any of the other shots, there is no reasearch that shows that won't be safer. It has never been tested. I think for people who are considering altering their child's vaccinations, it is important to note that the only risk is that the child would be more susceptible to these diseases until the shots are up to date. Many, many doctors have told me otherwise. Thanks for watching. I can certainly do an immunization safety post, but I don't think I will get any more information that this. However, It might be worth repeating. Jen

C N Heidelberg said...

Most vaccinations don't have mercury in them anymore.
I don't think there is any very convincing evidence against vaccination at this point. Contracting the diseases they protect against is a much bigger issue for me. I plan to fully vaccinate my kids, when/if I have them.
The issue comes up now and again among my cohort of epidemiology master's students and I haven't met anyone yet who would not vaccinate.

Maria said...

Really, it is not just the Mercury that concerns me, as I know that prior to my thinking about what is actually in the vaccine besides the protectant, The Boy had a flu vaccine, which still does contain mercury in many cases. Like I said, I would insist on an altered schedule.

Melissa said...

This is a big issue for me. As an attorney, I've had parents come into my office with children who have been injured by vaccines. In one instance I had two young parents with a beautiful bright three-year-old who had gone from being a completely normal child to a child who had lost the ability to feed herself, then the ability to walk, and then the ability to speak, all contributed to a vaccination reaction. By the time I saw her, instead of being an active toddler, she was helpless and immobile on the floor.

Unfortunately, this type of thing is so widespread (not necessarily common, but certainly not unusual) that the government has set up a vaccination injury fund. Before you can sue the pharmaceutical companies for injuries to your child that have resulted from their vaccines, you have to go through a years-long rigamarole with the federal government involving huge amounts of paperwork and expenses. Essentially, the federal government is shielding these companies from liability for their negligence while they earn billions of dollars selling these vaccines to every child in America.

mama said...

Newsmom,

where can i find this interview? i don't see it on the site....

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