Are able to have open dialogue concerning immunizations with their pediatrician?
Are supplied with current data on the safety and efficacy of all 16 immunizations (totaling 69 with multiple doses)?
Are easily able to access and read full ingredient labels each time a vaccine is presented for administration?
Are able to select preferred brand(s) of each vaccine?
Are able to elect that all vaccines be administered in single dose format and at separate office visits if so desired?
Are able to decline all or some of recommended vaccines without being asked to leave the pediatric physician's practice?
NO VACCINE. NO SERVICE.
I have followed the vaccine controversy for well over a decade now, and I completely understand the strong opinions and concerns of parents nationwide and around the world (given that the US is a major vaccine exporter).
Apart from the core issue of to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, there are several issues that I find frustrating--most notably that board-certified medical doctors are refusing to provide medical care for children whose parents elect against vaccines.
In addition, it frustrates me that these same doctors have chosen to wear the hat of gatekeeper, yet have very little knowledge of vaccine ingredients, specific manufacturer formulations, vaccine safety studies, or details on how safety studies have been commissioned, funded, collected, or reported.
It also frustrates me that those parent consumers, who wish to engage in dialogue, are very often made to feel singled out, unintelligent, or anti-vaccine.
Frustrating, but maybe not surprising, is the fact that our federal government allows the pharmaceutical industry to police itself. Yes, the FDA relies on studies that pharma conducts on its own vaccine products to determine whether that product will be approved for the US market.
A large, long-term clinical study comparing the medium or long-term health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of people has NEVER been done.
In several cases, vaccines are given simultaneously--as many as 10 in one office visit. Studies have not evaluated the safety of shots administered simultaneously.
Individual ingredients across vaccines (administered individually versus in combination) have not been evaluated in large, long-term clinical studies.
The FDA has relied on the pharmaceutical industry to conduct safety studies on their own products. (These shouldn't be the ONLY studies; and they are certainly not reliable for anyone outside the pharmaceutical industry unless they can be repeated independently.)
Currently, between age 0 and 18 years, 16 immunizations are administered, totaling 69 doses. The first immunization is administered within a child's first 24 hours of life (unless you also consider any immunizations the mother was given during her pregnancy).
Common Controversial Vaccine Ingredients (not exhaustive):
mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, cells from aborted fetuses, cells from monkey kidneys, chicken embryos, bovine components, live viruses, antibiotics, yeast, Polysorbate 80, detergents, 2-phenoxyethanol, glutamate, MSG, octoxynol, sodium deoxycholate, EDTA
Why are these controversial and unstudied ingredients included:
Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum are added as adjuvants to promote an earlier, more potent response and more persistent immune response to the vaccine. Independent research on aluminum safety is growing, especially concerning autoimmunity, inflammation and neurological complications.
Antibiotics are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.
Chicken egg protein is used to house live virus in influenza and yellow fever vaccines
Influenza and yellow fever viruses are injected into fertilized hen's eggs and allowed to replicate and later used for harvesting antigens.
Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines and is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine. Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol are used as stabilizers to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity or humidity.
Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
Within the last decade, mercury has been greatly reduced/eliminated from most vaccines. However, it is still used in the manufacturing process. Also, both tetanus and flu vaccines still contain 25 mcg of mercury, a well-known neurotoxin that is particularly damaging to the brain of a developing fetus or
Also, deeply concerning to me is that pregnant women are still being administered flu vaccines. In my area, I have met several OB/GYNs who have voluntarily discontinued this practice due to their own observations of the autism spectrum epidemic, which includes ADHD/ADD, autism, Asperger's or other spectrum disorders--all of which are gut-brain associated with significant to profound neurological, digestive, and social implications.
More info: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf
Are you aware that most vaccine safety studies have been conducted by the developing pharmaceutical company itself on ITS OWN PRODUCT? Third-party, independent, controlled studies do not exist.
Are you aware that the United States Food and Drug Administration licenses vaccines based on the safety studies that the pharmaceutical company conducts on itself?
In medical school, students are taught that vaccines are safe and effective according to decades of clinical use demonstrating safety and efficacy. They are taught that adverse effects are rare.
However, they are not informed of how vaccines are studied, the individual components of vaccines, nor of existing gaps in vaccine research.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created in the 1980s as "a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system" under the umbrella of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
However, there is no systematic reporting of vaccine injury or adverse reactions. It is a voluntary reporting system placed largely in the hands of parent consumers. The pharmaceutical industry enjoys a nearly universal protection under this umbrella organization, directed by the federal government.
The federal government allows each state to mandate immunization requirements.
If you are a new parent and/or are researching vaccines for your growing family, I applaud your efforts to be informed. Please do not allow anyone to make you feel wrong for asking questions and researching best decisions for your family.
Knowing the facts leads to the best informed decision(s) for your child. It is our duty to consider all relevant information as pertains to the health and safety of our children.
I believe that Americans should call upon our government to fully study vaccines in an independent, controlled manner, with documented and nationally-published results. A full study will include examining safety and efficacy of not just singular vaccines but also those routinely given in combination as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, consisting of the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This currently applies to the following age recommendations for multiple immunizations in one office visit:
2 months | Hep B, RV, DTaP, Hib, PCV 13, IPV
4 months | Hep B, RV, DTaP, Hib, PCV 13, IPV, plus catch-up vaccinations
6 months | Hep B, RV, DTaP, Hib, PCV 13, IPV, IIV
9 months | any catch-up vaccinations
12 months | Hep B, Hib, PCV 13, IPV, IIV, MMR, VAR, HepA, catch-up vaccinations
15 months | Hep B, Hib, PCV 13, IPV, IIV, MMR, VAR, HepA,
18 months | Hep B, DTaP, IPV,IIV, HepA, plus any catch-up vaccinations
4-6 years | DTaP, IPV,IIV, MMR, VAR, catch-up vaccinations
11-12 years | IIV, meningococcal*, Tdap, HPV
*Meningococcal may also be administered at 6 weeks, 2 months, or 9 months for high risk groups