Vaccinations: A Parent's Right to Choose

Written by Jane Sheppard   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 12:10
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The vaccine decision is one of the most important choices we can make as parents. However, in questioning vaccines, we open ourselves up to a great deal of criticism, disapproval and accusations of child neglect from doctors, school administrators, public health officials, family members and other parents. How, they ask, do we dare question a practice that has prevented so many devastating diseases and saved so many lives? Aren't we putting our child and other children at risk for contracting serious diseases? After all, the government agencies designated to protect public health and most doctors say that childhood vaccines are safe.

If you dig a little deeper into the issue, you'll find many gaps and limitations in the data and knowledge regarding vaccine safety. Unfortunately, vaccines are capable of causing serious damage to the health of a child. Because they contain lab-altered viruses, bacteria and other toxic substances, vaccines have the inherent ability to cause mild to severe brain or immune system damage, or even death, depending on the vaccine given, the combination of vaccines given, the health of the child at the time of vaccination, and the genetic or biological factors that predispose the child to these complications.

Vaccines are potent and toxic drugs that contain formaldehyde, mercury derivatives, aluminum, antibiotics and other toxic components. Vaccine Reactions Most doctors do not bother to report adverse reactions, and it is estimated that only between one and ten percent of vaccine reactions are ever reported. Even so, between 12,000 and 14,000 adverse reactions (including hospitalizations, injuries and death) are reported annually to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Chronic diseases and disabilities in children have risen dramatically as vaccination rates for a growing number of vaccines climb higher than ever before.

Vaccine Reactions

There are two types of vaccine reactions – short-term and long-term. Short-term reactions occur soon after receiving a vaccine. These can include fevers, allergic responses, deafness, high-pitched screaming, prolonged crying, developmental regression, convulsions, paralysis, brain inflammation and central nervous system damage resulting in temporary or permanent disabilities, and death. The majority of children seem to survive vaccinations unscathed by immediate serious adverse reactions, but no tests are in place to determine in advance if your child will react to vaccines. Long-term or delayed reactions to vaccines can be less obvious and are seldom studied, but a growing number of scientists, researchers, parents, and doctors agree that vaccines can cause autism, epilepsy, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders such as ADD/ADHD, in addition to long-term immune system damage.