When a child is born he has to be vaccinated. He is supposed to be given 29 vaccines between birth and six years of age. He has to be immunized against Hepatitis B; Hepatitis A; Rotavirus; DtaP; Haemophilus influenzae type b; Pneumonia; Trivalent inactivated influenza; Attenuated influenza; MMR; Varicella; Meningococ; etc. The questions arise: why should a child be given so many vaccines in such a short period of time? Is a child at a great risk to get sick with at least one third of these diseases? Do we protect children from the diseases or just weaken their immune systems?
Nowadays, there are a lot of disputes concerning vaccinations. Based on the various facts parents should decide what is best for their children. Nonetheless, “All 50 states require vaccinations for children entering public schools even though no mandatory federal vaccination laws exist. All 50 states issue medical exemptions, 48 states (excluding Mississippi and West Virginia) permit religious exemptions, and 20 states allow an exemption for philosophical reasons”. (Vaccines: ProCon.org)
What are the PROs of vaccinations?
- Vaccines can prevent serious illness and death.
- When a vaccinated child gets sick with the disease he has been vaccinated against, he usually has milder symptoms with less serious complications than an unvaccinated child that gets the same disease.
- When diseases seem to no longer exist, outbreaks can still occur if children are not vaccinated.
- The US Court of Federal Claims ruled that the “theory of vaccine-related causation of autism is scientifically unsupportable.”
- Vaccines produce significant economic benefits for society.
However, let us look at some negative sides of vaccinations. So,…
What are the CONs of vaccinations?
- Vaccines are often unnecessary in many cases where the threat of death from disease is small.
- Common childhood vaccination can cause serious reactions such as shock, paralysis, and sudden death.
- Vaccines can trigger auto-immune disorders such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), and other disorders.
- Vaccines can cause brain inflammation (encephalopathy) which can lead to death or permanent brain damage and disorders such as autism, ADD/ADHD, and other developmental problems.
- Vaccines clog and disrupt the lymphatic system with large foreign protein molecules which may lead to leukemia and lymphoma.
- All vaccines cause immune system suppression, and can permanently damage the natural immune system.
- Children should not be required to receive the DPT vaccine. Some studies have shown that children who receive the DPT vaccine exibit shallow breathing which has been associated with sleep apnea and may be a causal factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Children should not receive the hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis B is a blood-born disease and is primarily spread by sexual intercourse and intravenous drug use. In addition, researches have found that immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine is associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
- Young girls should not receive mandatory vaccination for HPV. It is a relatively new vaccine which was approved in 2006. The long-term effects are unknown. The vaccine gives rare but dangerous side effects and it is not worth the risk since the vaccine only protects against two of the 15 strains of HPV that may cause cancer of the cervix, 20 – 40 years after an individual is infected.
- One of the biggest role of vaccination is to generate profits for manufacturers and financial donations for medical organizations that endorse vaccines.
- Children should not be vaccinated against rotavirus. According to the CDC, rotavirus lasts only a few days and can be treated with fluids to rehydrate the patient. Only one in seven children requires hospitalization for the virus.
The research above (the pros and cons of vaccinations) is based on Vaccines: ProCon.org research
HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) provides with a vaccine injury table. The table explains injuries that are presumed to be caused by vaccines. It also lists periods of time in which the first symptom of the injurries must occur after receiving the vaccine. If the first symptom of the injury occurs within the listed time period, it is presumed that the vaccine caused the injury.
Vaccine Injury Table
Hence, it is still unclear whether children should be vaccinated or not. If they should, is it necessary to follow “Immunization Schedules”? Every parent will be taking risks anyway. If you made a decision to give vaccines to your child you have to make sure that the child is 100% ready to receive them. He should be checked thoroughly by a pediatrician. You should check the date of expiry of the vaccine your child is going to receive. You have a right to know in what conditions a certain vaccine should be kept and make sure that it has been kept accordingly. Every step should be taken seriously without any negligence.
If some injuries occur after vaccination you can apply for National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.