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Vaccination: Controversy Increases

Written by Joel Alcantara, DC   
Thursday, 01 March 2007 00:00
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The topic of vaccination is becoming more and more controversial and practitioners in the medical profession are voicing their concerns as well.

Recently, University of Michigan researchers assessed the medical profession (and the parents of their pediatric patients) attitudes about vaccines, by mailing a survey to a national random sample of 750 pediatricians and 750 family practice physicians. The survey was designed to address parental concerns about vaccine safety, how often primary care physicians do not recommend vaccines, and the impact of recent vaccine problems on physicians and parents.

The study demonstrated that many parents—and even some physicians—are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of childhood vaccinations. Concerns ranged from vaccine reactions, to ingredients in vaccines and the need for greater research on the safety of vaccinations.

Vaccination Controversy IncreaseYou can read the article and view some revealing tables as presented by Michael Devit at: www.chiroweb.com/archives/19/14/18.html .

Medical organizations now oppose vaccine mandates. Members of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) voted at their 57th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO to pass a resolution calling for an end to mandatory childhood vaccines.

The concerns for vaccines are only just beginning to surface and more controversy and opposition will be made public. As practitioners we need to continue to stay informed and offer our patients avenues of resources to make informed health care choices for their children.

I welcome you to examine the issues more closely by accessing, “Vaccination: Point/Counter-point” at: www.chiro.org/LINKS/ vaccination.shtml wherein the subject of adverse reactions to vaccines, the risk/benefit and the long-term consequences of vaccines, herd immunity, vaccine failures, and more are discussed.

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The effects of many vaccines on the autoimmune system can be as large or larger than their effects on the permanent sequelae of the infectious diseases. A discussion of vaccination techniques in the management and prevention of such diseases as polio, diabetes and influenza concludes that the potential exists for vaccinations to damage organs and spread the diseases which the vaccines are designed to prevent.

Live oral polio vaccines have been shown to induce polio at a rate of 0.2 cases per 100,000; this observation has caused some countries (including the US) to give a killed polio vaccine instead of the live vaccine. In the case of the Haemophilus influenzae vaccine, doses often serve to immunize rather than treat; the result is that three or four doses of Haemophilus influenzae vaccine are routinely introduced into the bodies of children who will never be infected with Haemophilus meningitis in the first place. HIB vaccination may only prevent 30–36 cases of meningitis per 100,000. The effects of vaccines on insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) may exceed the effect of a vaccine on an infectious complication; even a small rise in IDDM (i.e., 200 cases per 100,000) following immunization can result in a much larger number of children developing diabetes.

These findings suggest that while vaccines carry great potential for benefits, there are risks which should also be considered. Clinicians and patients must have information on and understanding of the complete effects of vaccines, so that informed decisions can be made regarding their use in the prevention of disease.

Excerpted from: www.chiropracticresearchreview.com Risks of immunization. For more information, visit this website: www.vaccines.net

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