Vaccines  

The Basic Facts

1. Vaccines are not given in the way we normally contract the disease. With the exception of the oral polio vaccine, all other vaccines are injected into the body. Naturally contracted diseases must go through a series of defense systems which promotes life-long immunity.

2. All children, regardless of size or age get the same dosage of vaccine. All other medicines dispensed are based on weight. This is not done with vaccines.

3. Most childhood diseases had already drastically declined BEFORE vaccines were introduced. For example, the polio epidemic of the 1940’s was on its way out when the vaccine program began in the 1950’s. And in many cases, there was an increase in the number of cases after the vaccines were introduced. The decline in incidence of disease can be much attributed to an increase in sanitation with indoor plumbing and the flushable toilet, as well as clean water and nutritious food.

4. Vaccines contain harmful substances. Chemicals, such as mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, and thimerisol are added to bacterial or virus preparations.

5. Vaccines are not proven to be effective. There continue to be “outbreaks” of disease in vaccinated communities. In the 1993 pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in Cincinnati, 80% of those under 5 years had been vaccinated. In Australia, where vaccines are not mandated, only half the population is vaccinated and the rates of disease are the same.

6. Vaccines are not proven to be safe. Many other countries around the world have stopped mandatory vaccination programs after serious side effects are observed. Sweden and Japan no longer routinely give the pertussis vaccine. A US study found that 1:875 DPT shots caused convulsions and/or shock and collapse. There are studies which show the measles vaccine can cause death and the hepatitis B vaccine can cause shock.

7. We don’t know all the long term effects of vaccines. They know there is a connection with polio, diptheria, tetanus, measles, and smallpox vaccines and multiple sclerosis. The measles vaccine can cause Chron’s disease. The MMR vaccine may cause arthritis. Hepatits B vaccine is linked with central nervous system demyelination. Female children who do not get childhood diseases naturally will not develop antibodies to pass along to their babies through breast milk, causing them to be at risk for infection.

8. The “Germ Theory” doesn’t exist. If it did EVERYONE would be sick ALL the time. You will only “get sick” when your body’s immune system has become weakened.

9. Vaccines weaken the immune system. Since mass vaccination programs began, there has been a rise in ear infections, allergies and asthma which have been in part attributed to vaccines. Only when diseases stimulate the normal immune response do they cause lifelong immunity and make the immune system even stronger.

10. Children vaccinated with childhood diseases are likely to contract these diseases as an adult. Measles, mumps, and chicken pox are much more severe when contracted as adults.

11. Vaccines are big business. Vaccines are a multibillion dollar business shared by the government, public health department, medical doctors, pharmacies, and the insurance industries. They have a financial stake in your child getting vaccinated.

Informed Consent

Before you give your child a vaccine, you should have knowledge of the risks they pose. This is called Informed Consent. Deciding whether to vaccinate your child will be one of the major decisions you make as a parent and it is not one to be taken lightly and certainly not blindly. It is you, the parent, your child, and the family who will have to live with the consequences should your child be injured or killed by a vaccine. Information is power; once you have ALL the information regarding vaccines, you can make an educated decision about which vaccines, if any, you want administered.

Many medical doctors are now questioning the wisdom of MANDATORY vaccination. Some states have philosophical exemptions from vaccines (California is one of them. On the back of the school vaccine form there is the waiver form!) Most states have a religious exemption and all have a medical exemption. For more information on vaccines, contact the National Vaccine Information Center at 800-909-SHOT or www.909shot.com.

What Can I Do If I Decide Not To Vaccinate

Mother nature has equipped us with an immune system in order to be able to combat bacteria, viruses, and other “germs”. Many of the childhood diseases actually help to strengthen the immune system – in other words, “if you don’t use it, you lose it!” A child’s immune system begins to function around 6 months of age. Before that time, immunity is gained through breast milk. So, one of the proactive things you can do is to breastfeed your baby for at least 6 months.

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Chiropractic adjustments also help the immune system to function at 100% capacity. The nervous system is responsible for directing the immune system. You could have adequate white blood cells, but without stimulation from the nervous system, they will not act!! I picture the white blood cells just kind of milling about saying, “Do you know what we’re supposed to do?” Chiropractic removes any interference which might stop the natural healing process from occurring. Let’s face it, germs are everywhere (especially in a kids world) – it is how our bodies process these germs that counts.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection which is acquired when there is blood to blood contact; it can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during birth. By screening mothers for the Hepatitis B antigen, it can be determined whether or not the baby is at risk. High risk groups include: those who have sexual contact with multiple partners, intravenous drug users, and criminals. It is estimated that 33,000 – 165,000 cases of Hepatitis B occur annually, with fewer than 1% occurring in children less than 15 years old. It is currently given at birth with 2 additional booster shots. The “protective” effects of the vaccine are thought to last five years. Studies and case reports have revealed that demylenating nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis; autimmune diseases such as Guillain Barre Syndrome & thrombocytopenia purpura; arthritis, and anaphylaxis (paralysis of the respiratory system) are some of the adverse reactions to the hepatits B vaccine.

Diptheria

Diptheria is the “D” component of the DTP vaccine. It is caused by a bacterial infection, usually acquired via the respiratory tract or mucus membranes. Diptheria is extremely rare in the US; in the 1980’s there were only 0-5 cases reported per year. The mortality rate had dropped 50% from 1900 to 1920, before the vaccine was introduced. The vaccine is generally given at 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months, and 4-6 years of age, in combination with Pertussis and Tetanus toxoids, as well as sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, aluminum, and thimerosal (mercury).

Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is the “P” part of the DTP or DTaP toxoid. It is a bacterial childhood infectious disease, characterized by coughing fits ending with a deep inhale, which often makes a “whooping” sound. The incidence of the disease has declined from 100 cases per 100,00 population from 1930-1945 to 1.5 per 100,000 from 1984-1993 with 5 deaths per year. The vaccine appears to wear off after 5 – 10 years and cannot be given past the age of 7 because it causes severe reactions. The acellulat pertussis vaccine(aP) is often used for the last booster shot at 4-6 years in an attempt to prevent severe reactions. Studies have shown, however, that the rate of severe reactions did not significantly differ between the acellular and whole celll vaccine. Adverse reactions to the pertussis toxoid causes brain damage which initially presents as fever and sleepiness; often it results in seizure activity, behavioral changes, ADHD, learning disabilities, lowered IQ, mental retardation, coma, and death.

Tetanus

Tetanus is the “T” part of the DTP shot. It is caused by a bacterium which lives in manure-treated soil and the gut of farm animals; it enters the body via a deep cut, usually a puncture wound. In the past 10 years about 50 cases of Tetanus were reported per year and the majority of the people are over 50 years old! The case fatality ratio for those less than 50 years old is only 5%. The tetanus toxoid is made with human blood. After the initial vaccination schedule of DTP, booster shots are recommended every ten years. Immediate adverse reactions usually include swelling and abscess, but also reported are nervous system disorders such as Guillan Barre syndrome, neuropathies, and encephalopathies, allergic reactions and death due to anaphylaxis (stopped breathing), and arthritis.

HIB

Hib stands for Haemophilus Influenzae Type B Meningitis. Haemophilus Influenza is a common childhood bacterial infection, which can cause sinus, throat, or ear infections. These problems are usually not serious and tend to resolve on their own. Type B Haemophilus, however, tends to invade deeper levels of the body and cause infections of the spinal fluid (meningitis), lungs (pneumonia), heart (pericarditis) and blood. It is NOT a form of the flu. Meningitis initially presents with flu-like symptoms in children. These may be followed by a change in alertness, stiff neck, and seizures (20-30%). Medical treatment usually consists of antibiotic therapy. The yearly incidence of Hib meningitis is estimated to be 8,000-15,000 cases, with the peak incidence at 6-7 months. It occurs more often in children who attend day care. The incidence has increased over the past 30 years and is thought to be related to immune suppression caused by other vaccines, especially DTP and measles. The mortality rate is 3-8%. The Hib vaccine was found to be more effective when bound to a protein carrier. In 1990, the first “conjugated” form was licensed for use beginning at 2 months of age. Several conjugate vaccines have been rushed through licensure with only one or two efficacy trials. The short term effectiveness of the vaccines has varied, ranging from 35% to 96%; no long term studies have been performed. Hib vaccine adverse reactions include seizures, anaphylactic allergic reactions, serum sickness-like reactions (joint pain, rashes, and swelling), and death. The most common reaction has been an increased incidence of Hib infection following vaccination.. The conjugate vaccines have also been associated with Gullain-Barre Syndrome, transverse myelitis (a paralyzing disease of the spinal cord), and thrombocytopenia.

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and is normally a mild disease with no complications when contracted during childhood. Infection with varicella confers lifelong immunity. The chickenpox usually presents with a fever and runny nose, followed by eruptions of flat, pink areas which develop into itchy, fluid-filled vesicles. The disease usually lasts a week. Complications of chickenpox include secondary infections of the skin and neuroloic disease. Encephalitis rarely occurs and it is usually mild. Death from chicken pox complications occur in less than 50 children per year and these kids are usually immune compromised. The risk of death in healthy kids is .0014%! The introduction of the chickenpox vaccine will invariably cause a shift of the disease to the adult and infant population, just as the measles and mumps vaccines have done. Adults who contract varicella have a more prolonged and serious illness with more complications. Pregnant women who contract chicken pox may have children with congenital malformations. Mothers will not be able to protect their infants with maternal antibodies. Reactions to the chickenpox vaccine are rash, herpes zoster or shingles, cancer, and neurological problems.

Pneumococcal

Streptococcus Pneumonia is a bacteria associated with many cases of pneumonia, meningitis, and ear infections. A vaccine has recently come onto the market where the vaccine is bound to a protein carrier. It is not yet “mandated”. Efficacy studies have mostly been done on adults who are at high risk. Studies show that the vaccine is ineffective in children under 2 years old. Other studies show that the vaccine did not prevent ear infections; it only altered the the type of microbes present. The long term effects are unknown. Side effects include swelling and pain at the injection site, fever, and allergic reactions.

Measles

The “M” portion of the MMR vaccine, which is given at 12 months or older. MEASLES Measles are caused by a virus that is transmitted via the respiratory system. Symptoms include cough, irritated eyes, high fever, and a rash. The disease has become progressively milder and deaths are rare. Resurgences of measles cases since the vaccine primarily occurred in children less than 15 months of age; this is because mothers who were vaccinated as children didn’t have measles antibodies to pass on to their infants. This has caused a shift away from measles occurring in childhood to becoming a disease of infants – and adults. Measles cases continue to occur in the vaccinated population at a rate of about 60%. When vaccinated children contract measles, they tend to develop atypical measles. They will have an exaggerated rash, muscle weakness, peripheral swelling, and severe abdominal pain with vomiting. Vaccine reactions include encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (demyelination of the nerves causing death), seizure disorders, deafness, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, autism, Guillan-Barre Syndrome (autoimmune problem causing progressive paraysis), thrombocytopenia purpura, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Mumps

The middle,”M” of the MMR vaccine. A mild disease of childhood characterized by fever, headache, ear ache, and swollen salivary glands. Complications are rare in children. The vaccine caused a shift of the disease to the adult population, where the effects are more severe; adults are more likely to suffer from infections of the testes, ovaries and other organs. Adverse reactions include meningitis, diabetes, seizures, encephalitis, and atypical mumps.

Ruebella

The “R” of the MMR vaccine, also known as “German Measles”. A mild childhood disease with rare complications. It is only harmful to the developing fetus when pregnant women contract the disease during the first trimester. The vaccine doesn’t confer lifelong immunity, and therefore women vaccinated as children may become susceptible to rubella as child-bearing adults. Adverse effects of the rubella vaccine inlude encephalitis-type syndromes, meningitis, Guillan-Barre syndrome, and arthritis.

Polio

Given as OPV (oral “live” polio vaccine) or IPV (injected “killed” polio vaccine), usually started at 2 months with 4 booster doses over 5 years. When given as OPV, the live virus will be shed in the infant’s feces and could possibly cause polio in the caregiver. The mode of transmission is fecal-oral. The vaccine is the only source of polio in the US; the “wild” polio virus doesn’t exist. Polio existed for centuries, but became epidemic in the early 1900’s; there has been no epidemics in the US since 1954. In rare cases (1%), poliomyelitis produces weakness and paralysis of muscles supplied by the affected nerves; and only a small percentage of these have residual paralysis. In 90-98% of the cases, polio causes no symptoms or manifests as sore throat, headache, nausea and abdominal pain. It is usually diagnosed as a cold or flu! Controversy exists surrounding the effectiveness of the polio vaccine; By the time the polio vaccine was introduced in the 1950’s, the disease was already declining. The criteria of the diagnosis of polio changed after the vaccineto provide more favorable statistics. Polio tended to be renamed as meningitis in the post vaccine era, again, skewing the statistics. Adverse effects include: vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis, Gullain-Barre syndrome, and transmission of monkey viruses which are associated with cancers and possibly the HIV virus.