Awakening the Critical Thinker

The purpose of today’s blog is to continue the conversation on vaccines that for some of us started more than a decade ago. We want to present you with different articles and points of view to inspire your critical thinker. We won’t tell you what to think or what to do.  The decision about what is best for your kids is yours. But we want to look at some of the issues that are coming up to increase the awareness on vaccine’s safety

Vaccines can save lives, there is no question about that. However, the “one fit all” rule shouldn’t be applied to all individuals, cultures and countries. Below we present you with some facts and outline some main points to stir up our conversation. Here we go:

1. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

“Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assure us all, and that they are “continually work to make already safe vaccines even safer”.

The CDC argues that “vaccines are our best defense against many diseases, which can result in serious complications such as pneumonia, meningitis (swelling of the lining of the brain), liver cancer, bloodstream infections, and even death. CDC recommends vaccinations to protect children against 16 infectious diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), polio, influenza (flu), and pneumococcal disease.”

The CDC immunization recommended schedule includes vaccines form the moment of birth to 18 year of age, adding up to a total of more than 40 doses of vaccines by the age of 6 and 69 does by the age of 18. Click here to see a reader friendly version

2 – The “National Vaccine Injury Program”

The U.S department of Health and Human services has created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988. In the rare event that a child is injured by a vaccine, he or she may be compensated through the VICP.

If vaccines are safe as doctors, nurses, lawyers and the CDC argued, why they have created the VICP?

3 – Vaccinations during pregnancy

A new CDC policy directs doctors to give pregnant women one dose of influenza vaccine in any trimester and one dose of pertussis containing Tdap vaccine after 20 weeks during every pregnancy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that there are no adequate, well controlled studies conducted in pregnant women to determine if it is safe for the developing fetus or pregnant woman to receive Tdap and Influenza vaccines during pregnancy.

4 – Vaccines content

The “International Medical Council on Vaccination” on 2011 published an article questioning the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. While the tone of the article is a bit radical and you may not like it, it does provide VERY important information that we cannot ignore. Eighty doctors and health care providers are behind this article and declare hat Human DNA, harmful chemicals and aborted fetal tissues are some of the particles found in vaccines. Read it: Vaccines: Get the Full Story Doctors, Nurses and Scientists on Protecting Your Child and Yourself 

5 – Vaccines-Mandatory?

The National Vaccine information Center advocates  “Achieving and protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination is more important now than ever before, and we need your help to make that happen.”

In several states, vaccines are becoming mandatory. Does a state have a right to mandate vaccination when it comes to a conflict between individual choice and potential public health issue? Dr. Aviva Romm, M.D. wrote a very interesting article about this. She writes that “While a causal link has not been identified, in my clinical experience as a doctor I have seen children whose symptoms of autism began within weeks of the MMR vaccine. None of their parents were opting out of vaccinations or even questioned vaccine safety. They were following the rules.” Read her full article to get a larger picture of what could be the possible consequences of mandatory vaccines.

6 – What to do?

  • Keep reading and keep asking questions.
  • Consult with your pediatrician and health care provider.
  • Keep reading, don’t buy onto an easy answer.

And what did I do? My husband, an M.D. from Argentina and I decided not to vaccinate our child. He has been in 16 countries travelling with us and is now 6 years old and has been in perfect health. When he was 4 years old, before entering kindergarden we wanted to follow the rules for “community safety” and we vaccinated him (Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine). The same night of his first shot, he had an acute reaction and was with fever for two consecutive weeks. We decided to pause and we continue reading and getting informed. We are evaluating the pros and cons of vaccination.

What is your experience with vaccines? Let’s continue the conversation…

Aerin @ Blooming Together