Protect Yourself Against the Flu Vaccine!

The vaccine industry insists that their vaccines against the flu serve as the key to a healthy winter. Although there has not been a serious flu epidemic for 38 years, their vaccines are prescribed to millions of people each year. You may wonder why perfectly healthy people are injected with a normally harmless bug whose strains mutate from year to year? Although flu vaccines can never be accurate, encouraged by their employers, millions of employees submit to a flu jab each year, trying to avoid the loss of working days.

Influenza always starts in the Far East, and then spreads to the West in early winter, reaching its peak during February and March. It may come in either of three types, A, B, or C. During the last several years, type A has been the dominant version. What makes vaccination against the flu so unsuccessful is that the strains of the flu virus are different every year and the so-called protection lasts for only six months. So each autumn you require a new vaccination for a different virus. The trouble is, drug companies have no way of knowing in summer which new strain of the flu virus is going to hit the Western Hemisphere during the winter months.
The vaccine producers grow the vaccines, consisting of live viruses, in hen’s eggs, which when injected into the body can cause side effects such as redness and soreness at the injection site and a mild form of flu. Very serious complications arise in people who are taking immune-suppressing drugs or who have a heart condition. If you are allergic to eggs, having a flu-shot may also endanger your health.

For the average healthy person, coming down with the flu is not serious at all. On the contrary, it can build up natural immunity even against future encounters with new strains of the flu virus. The very reason why nature creates these new forms of virus every year and spreads them with accurate timing is to ensure continued ecological balance and strong immunity in plants, animals, and humans alike. Anyone prone to repeated infections is likely to have a toxic liver with many hundreds of stones accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. Gallstones, which harbor many types of infectious bacteria and viruses, are a constant source of immune suppression. Cleansing the liver of all gallstones is about the best prevention against any type of infection. People who have cleansed their liver in this way have reported that they never catch a cold or the flu anymore.

Flu virus vaccines used until 2002 contained “live” viruses and produced so many serious, adverse reactions that new vaccines had to be concocted. The new formula for flu vaccines is called the “subvirion,” which basically is a mutilated virus “blended, spliced and macerated” until just bits and pieces of the original virus are left. This in no way makes the virus less dangerous. In fact, the antigens or foreign proteins in the vaccine, for which the body is forced to produce antibodies against, are still as poisonous and harmful as live virus.

Besides the subvirion, there are plenty of other substances added to the flu vaccine, most of which you would never want to consciously ingest. These include:

* Hemagglutinin antigens that cause clumping of the red blood cells, leading to cardiovascular disease.
* The enzyme neuraminidase, which cuts out neuraminic acid from the cell membrane, weakening all of the trillions of cell membranes in the body.
* White crystalline substance called allantoin, a toxic animal waste product. Due to its high nitrogen content, allantoin is used as fertilizer; leads to kidneys and bladder stones.
* Gentamicin, a broad spectrum antibiotic, is added to each embryonated chicken egg to inhibit the growth of bacteria (vaccine is grown in chicken eggs).
* Formaldehyde (carcinogenic), used as a preservative and to inactivate the virus.
* The toxic chemicals, tri butylphosphate and Polysorbate 80, USP.
* Resin, to eliminate “substantial portions” of tri butylphosphate and Polysorbate 80
* Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, to preserve the vaccine cocktail.
* Polyethylene glycol, a relative of ethylene glycol (antifreeze); often used to poison dogs and other predators of sheep.
* Isocctylphenyl ether, a compound of ether; has anesthetic properties; a teratogen, causing abnormal prenatal development. It also induces testicular atrophy in animals.

The vaccine producers are unable to guarantee that the vaccine will protect you against the flu. So they carefully tell you that the vaccine “reduces the likelihood of infection; or if you do develop the disease it will be a milder case.” Some express the same uncertainly about their product in this way: “It is known definitely that influenza virus vaccine, as now constituted, is not effective against all possible strains of influenza virus.”
Why would you want to entrust your health to a cocktail of poisonous chemicals when even a somewhat weakened immune system stands a far better chance to protect you against harm from a bout of influenza. Our body’s sophisticated immune system, which has evolved over millions of years, can certainly do a better job of protecting you against the flu than anything made-made. All it needs is some basic care taking on your part. With each new flu shot, on the other hand, your immune system becomes more depleted and side-effects become more pronounced and severe. And, you may still get the flu anyway. The following list includes the possible consequences you can expect if you go down the road of vaccination:

The most frequent side effects of vaccination:

* Soreness at the site of the vaccination
* Pain or tenderness
* Erythema
* Inflammation
* Skin discoloration
* Induration
* A mass or lump
* Hypersensitivity reactions incl. puritus and urticaria
* Fever
* Malaise
* Myalgia
* Arthralgia
* Asthenia
* Chills
* Headache
* Lymphadenopathy
* Rash
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Diarrhea
* Pharyngitis
* Angiopathy
* Vasculiltis
* Anaphylaxis in asthmatics, with possible death
* Anaphylactic shock, with possible death

Vaccination certainly does not create immunity. You cannot become immune by ingesting poisons that destroy the immune system. Studies by a group of Italian scientists showed that the flu vaccine reduced the occurrence of clinical episodes of influenza by only 6 percent in adults, and effectiveness tended to decrease with age. They concluded that universal immunization wasn’t warranted. Stated simply, hand washing and other hygienic and nutritional measures are far superior to the flu vaccine in effectiveness. When cared for hygienically, and by eating nutritious foods and keeping one’s intestines and liver clean, influenza never becomes a deadly disease. Getting vaccinated against the flu, on the other hand, is a sure way to sow the seeds for new illnesses in the body. All vaccines are poisonous, and as such act like time bombs that will explode in due time.

Why People Get the Flu

Flu jabs lower natural immunity by injecting alien and toxic substances directly into the blood stream. No other animal in the world takes recourse t such unnatural, superficial and crude means to defend itself against invading viruses. The normal route of contact with a viral particle is via the lungs. The vast majority of the population has a normal, healthy immune system and is perfectly capable of dealing with the invaders without getting sick. But if the body’s infection fighters have temporarily gone “on strike” for reasons other than the lack of a vaccine, the flu virus can gain unrestricted access into the body and cause an infection.

Regular vaccination (of any kind) is one of the major causes of depleted immunity. The yearly-administered flu jabs burden the immune system and cells of the body with foreign toxic material without giving them a chance to remove them again. The toxic viral particles can remain latent in the cells and gallstones for as long as 20 years; when they emerge they can cause serious cell damage. With each new vaccination the immune system becomes more and more restricted in its effort to neutralize the live virus that suddenly appears in the blood. It may produce antibodies for the virus (although in many cases the immune system fails to do even that), which is finally subdued, but this encounter leaves the host’s immune system unnecessarily tired and weak.

Besides immune damage, vaccines of all kinds produce alterations in genetic material and thereby cause a whole range of malfunctions in the body. Vaccines may even be the cause of the increasing incidence of malignant diseases in children. Mass immunization programs have created such weak immune systems that they are even susceptible to such harmless viruses as the one causing the flu. We may have gone as far as to replace mumps and measles with cancer, leukemia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Flu vaccinations are mainly targeted at the older generation and young children. In the United Kingdom, about 10,000 people, most of them are of very advanced age, (supposedly) die from flu-related illnesses. It may, therefore, sound reasonable to vaccinate the older people to protect them against the flu virus. But there is no total protection even among those vaccinated. Around 20 percent or more of the elderly people who get the vaccine still get a more virulent strain of flu, and many others get a lighter form of the flu. The same is true for the people in the same age group who haven’t been immunized. The weak and elderly people are more likely among those who die from the flu, regardless whether they have been immunized or not. The bottom line is that there is no real advantage in having a flu jab. And certainly, given the frailty of so many of the oldest members of society, there is absolutely no reliable way of telling whether the flu or something else may lead to their death. According to several studies released in February 2005 and reported by major news media such as CNN, the death rate in and out of the flu season among the elderly remains unchanged. In a statement commenting on the results of the new research, a CDC spokesman reiterated they still hold the strong belief that vaccinating the elderly and young is necessary. It is scary to entrust the life of millions of adults and children in the hands of people who base their decisions on mere personal belief, instead of on facts. As we have seen with AIDS (chapter 12), statistics can be manipulated in ways that support theories which have only one objective, to keep the medical business going. When a person who is about to die anyway also catches the flu, he will be automatically listed as a flu victim. This statistical deception will justify the use of vaccines in the rest of the elderly population, and the children.

Instead of giving the elderly population vaccines – in the misguided belief that this would take care of them – we could help them much more by improving their general resistance to disease through good diet, social engagements and exercise programs. Many old people don’t have adequate nutrition and suffer from depression; both these factors work as powerful immune suppressants. Others don’t have a warm home or they live alone. Research has shown that these are the major risk factors for illness and death in the older generation. A series of liver cleanses alone can strengthen natural immunity, improve digestion, retard the aging process, restore health, and foremost of all, enhance mental functions.
In developing countries, where the elderly play an important role in society, general illness is low, provided there is enough food available. In these countries it is more likely that old people die from malnutrition than from a strain of virus.

There are an increasing number of reports that indicate a worsening of high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, and Parkinson’s disease as well as an increase in all kinds of allergic complaints in adults who regularly receive flu jabs. In 1976 an extensive flu vaccination program in America led to a massive outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system. The outbreak, known as the “Great Swine Flue Fiasco,” paralyzed 656 people and 30 elderly persons were found dead within hours after they were vaccinated. Compensation claims were enormous, which helped slowing down the program, but only for a while.

What about the other high-risk group, young children? Japanese researchers have shown that infants under one year of age fail to even generate a good antibody response following the vaccine. There is no point pumping children full with vaccine poisons, except enriching the pharmaceutical companies.
Seniors, of course, are one of the core target groups for the flu vaccine program. So every year we’re told how older people are particularly vulnerable to the flu. We’re also told that government officials are holding their breath over their fear of a devastating flu pandemic. We’re even told that about 36,000 people die of flu related complications in the United States each year, and most of those deaths are elderly people. The reality of the matter is quite different, though. How many people do you think died of the flu last year? Less than 175, according to Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O., an internationally known leader in vaccine research! And yet, the official line propagated by media campaigns is to be prepared for another wave of deadly flu epidemic, killing thousands of people each new season.

The latest scare campaign about a possible bird-flu pandemic that recently swept the mass media and was written about in the a February issue of the New Yorker magazine is not justified, according to most research experts in the field. That 180 million people are projected to die from the bird-flu if it spreads is based on guess work, without any real scientific proof. It is like forecasting the long-awaited massive earthquake in California. At this time, there is no reason to believe that such a pandemic will occur.

In the Name of Prevention

The pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccines seem to have a more powerful effect on the population than the scientists have who invented them. As early as 1980, Dr Albert Sabin, one of the world’s leading virologists and pioneer of the polio vaccine, spoke vehemently against the use of the flu vaccine, claiming that it was unnecessary for over 90 percent of the population. This, however, has not discouraged the vaccination industry to endorse vaccination for all in the name of health and protection against disease.

What makes matters worse is that there has never been a properly controlled clinical trial with the flu vaccine. Because we don’t know anything about it’s its long-term effects, we may be unknowingly producing generations of people with debilitated immune systems and chronic diseases. Flu vaccination is an unproved and unscientific practice and there is nothing in the scientific literature that can certify or guarantee its safety. The most effective way to fight infections, including the flu, is to prevent it. There is no substitute for a health-increasing regimen. Vaccination, on the other hand, offers no real protection. Injecting the body with foreign and poisonous viral material is counterproductive to improving our well being. Dr. John Seal from the American National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases warned that we have to assume that every flu vaccination can cause the Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In this sense, prevention is not better than cure.

Help From Mother Nature

For those who are concerned about the flu and its possible effects, there is a remarkable herbal extract (andrographis paniculata) that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) therapies and traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used to treat everything from isolated cases of the sniffles to full-blown outbreaks of influenza. Apparently, Andrographis is believed to have halted the spread of the 1919 Indian flu pandemic.

There is scientific evidence to support that theory. Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK conducted a survey of medical databases, herbal manufacturer information and World Health Organization reports to select seven studies that met the criteria for double-blind, controlled trials. The combined studies tested the use of andrographis as a treatment for respiratory tract infection in nearly 900 subjects.
In all seven of these studies, subjects who took andrographis after the onset of cold symptoms reported faster recovery, compared to subjects who took placeboes or medication.

Researchers concluded that andrographis may be effective in treating “uncomplicated” infection in the upper respiratory tract (throat, sinuses and ears). According to previous laboratory trials andrographis extract doesn’t actually kill the organisms that make you sick – at least not directly. Instead, the herbal compound boosts your immune system and stimulates natural antibodies.

Animal research also showed that andrographis may help prevent myocardial ischemia (inadequate blood circulation in the heart caused by coronary artery disease), inhibit the formation of blood clots, lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, lowered systolic blood pressure, and protect the liver against damage.

Kan Jang is a brand of standardized extract of andrographis that has consistently outsold all other cold medications in Scandinavia for 13 years running. The Swedish Herbal Institute, the formulator of Kan Jang, recommends that you take one tablet four times daily to fight colds or the flu. Kan Jang can be purchased at dietary supplement stores and through Internet sites.

Excerpt from the book Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation (488 pages, 8/1/2 x 11)

Copyright © 2005 by Andreas Moritz

Vaccination – 5 Things to Consider Before Vaccinating Your Children

One of the most important decisions you will make
One of the most important decisions you will make that will affect the health of your children is whether or not to vaccinate them. Since many medical authorities say vaccination is safe, most parents go ahead with vaccination, completely unaware of the potential dangers and unable to recognize serious reactions when they occur. I am a huge believer in parenting without regrets and I am writing this article to spur you to do some research on your own, especially since the information that you will be presented with (if any) by your pediatrician is not sufficient for you to make a truly informed choice. Regardless of whether you decide to vaccinate your children or not, you should at least be making a conscious and fully informed choice. The following is critical for you to consider before vaccinating

Vaccinations are not necessarily safe – YOU need to be the judge for your family
The majority of pediatricians will tell you that vaccines are safe and that the number of children that experience adverse reactions is very low. In addition, they will lead you believe that the few negative reactions are carefully tracked and monitored. However, if you take the time to dig deeper you will find that these assertions are not evidence based and lack solid scientific backing. For example, there has never been a long term study that compares the health and welfare of vaccinated children to unvaccinated children. Seeing as cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children under 15 years of age, wouldn’t it be interesting to know if the cancer rate for vaccinated kids was much higher than for unvaccinated kids?

Might that change our view on the safety and wisdom of vaccination? There has been some analysis into the issue, but both of the studies have been discounted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). One study was of the Pennsylvania Amish, who don’t vaccinate their children for religious reasons. When it was found that they have virtually no incidence of autism (nor of asthma, allergies or ADHD) the CDC responded by saying that the Amish have a “genetic connectivity” that protects them. (Reference 1) A second study, this one of a home-schooling organization of 35,000 children in the Chicago area, found that in this unvaccinated group there were no recorded cases of autism and that the incidence of asthma, allergies and ADHD was extremely low as well. (Reference 2) This was also discounted.

Vaccines are not thoroughly tested before, nor adequately tracked after, being released
Vaccinations are not rigorously tested before being released to the public. Typically, a new vaccine is tested by comparing short term side effects of a new vaccine against an already existing vaccine. The definition of what constitutes a side effect is narrowly defined so that many side effects are determined to be coincidence – not related to the vaccination. It is also important to know that the pharmaceutical companies have been absolved of liability for vaccine injuries since congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. This leaves them with very little incentive to do thorough testing. For example, when a manufacturer’s representative was asked in a 1997 Illinois Board of Health hearing to show evidence that the hepatitis B vaccine is safe for newborns, the representative stated, “We have none, our studies were done on 5 and 10 year-olds.” (Reference 3) This is concerning because your children are scheduled to receive three doses of Hep B before they are a year old, with the first dose being administered before you and your baby leave the hospital.

Since there is so little testing prior to release, one would hope that there would be careful tracking and follow-up after the vaccine has been released to the public so that if there were issues, they could be evaluated and the vaccine would be pulled from the market if necessary. Not so! It is true that when a vaccine is released into the market, post-marketing surveillance is supposed to track any negative reactions. However the adverse reporting system is entirely voluntary and according to David Kessler, (the head of the FDA for most of the 1990s), 90 to 99 percent of all adverse reactions are never reported. (Reference 4)

The combination of vaccinations currently required as part of the Recommended Immunization Schedule are overwhelming for the immune systems of many children
Not only are individual vaccines not rigorously tested, but the combination of vaccines prescribed in the Centers for Disease Control “Recommended Immunization Schedule 2009” are not studied in combination to prove that giving multiple viral and bacterial vaccinations at one time is safe. Over the past twenty years, the number of vaccinations children are given has almost quadrupled. In 1983 children were given 5 shots during their first 6 months of life and 8 shots by the age of two. By 2007 that number increased 74% to 19 shots by the age of 6 months and a whooping 27 by the time they are two years old. This is especially concerning when you realize that children are born with immature immune systems as well as an inability to effectively metabolize heavy metals.

For the most part, mercury (Thimerosol) has been removed from vaccines. This doesn’t mean that there are not other ingredients in vaccines that cause concern. One of these ingredients is aluminum which is added to vaccinations to increase their efficacy (help them work better). Why is aluminum a concern? Well, aluminum is eliminated primarily through the kidneys, when babies can’t eliminate it effectively it accumulates and causes impaired neurologic and mental development that doesn’t show up until around 18 months of age. Infant kidney function is low at birth and doesn’t reach full capacity until 1-2 years of age. (Reference 5) As a result, the cumulative exposure babies have to aluminum (in the process of receiving up to 37 doses of vaccination delivered in 27 shots during their first two years of life) can cause numerous problems. For example, children typically receive eight vaccinations (Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenza Type B, Pneumococcal and Inactivated Poliovirus) on the same day when they are 2 months old.

The total amount of aluminum they are injected with is between 295 and 1225 micrograms, depending on which brands of vaccination are used. Meanwhile, the FDA requires that all injectable solutions have a 25 microgram limit. (Reference 6) Not only is the maximum aluminum exceeded at two months, but they are injected with nearly the same amount of aluminum at 4 months and again at 6 months, long before their kidneys are fully functioning and can eliminate the aluminum effectively. The combined amount of aluminum that builds up in their system will be dependent on their health and genetics, and is likely many, many times the recommended limit. More to the point, nobody knows what the repercussions are for the millions of children that are being vaccinated as part of the recommended schedule.

Parents, not the government or pharmaceutical companies, take full responsibility for vaccine damage
If your child is injured by vaccination, you cannot sue the pharmaceutical company(s) that produced the vaccine(s). They have been protected from lawsuits by the US government. Instead, you must submit your case to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). To date, approximately 60 percent of the claims have been rejected. The problem with winning compensation is proving that the vaccine, not an unknown genetic problem or coincidence, caused the injury. Because your baby’s immune system is complex, it is easy for them to say that it was something other than the vaccine that caused the problem. The whole process takes a long time, meaning that if your child is injured, you will likely wait years before you are awarded any money to defray the costs of raising a child with serious medical and caretaking needs. It is estimated that the lifetime cost of caring for one autistic child is more than $4.5M. VICP has awarded more than $1.1 billion for vaccine injuries since 1988. If your child is injured, no amount of money can truly compensate you for losing the bright, happy, healthy child you once had.

In Summary
Vaccination is not mandatory. Exemptions are allowed in all states for medical, religious and/or philosophical reasons. As parents, you are the one who is ultimately responsible for making decisions for your children. You are also the one who has to live with the repercussions of these decisions, not your family pediatrician, nor the government. Fortunately, there are many choices when it comes to vaccination. First, there is the choice to vaccinate or not. If you do choose to vaccinate, you should carefully consider how many vaccinations you want your child to be given and at what ages.

Recommended Books and DVD’s:
“Vaccines: Are they Really Safe & Effective?”, by Neil Z. Miller, 2002.
“The Vaccine Guide”, by Randall Neustaedter, 2002.
“What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccines “, by Stephanie Cave M.D., with Deborah Mitchell, 2001.
“Vaccine Illusion”, by Tetyana Obukhanych
“The Vaccine Book”, by Robert Sears
“Vaccines – What CDC Documents and Science Reveal”, DVD, by Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny
“Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices”, DVD, by Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny

(1) Healing the new Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth, 2007, Ballantine Books, New York.
(2) Healing the new Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth, 2007, Ballantine Books, New York.
(3) The Congressional Quarterly, August 25, 2000, pg. 647
(4) David Kessler, Introducing MedWatch: A new approach to reporting medication and device adverse effect and product problems,Journal of American Medical Association, July 2, 1993, 269(21): 2765-68.
(5) Zatta PF, Alfrey AC. (Eds) Aluminum Toxicity in Infants’ Health and Disease. 1997, World Scientific Publishing.
(6) search for “alumninum toxicity”

Copyright 2009 Julie Fagan

Should You Vaccinate Your Children?

Should you vaccinate your children? This is a question that every parent is faced with almost as soon as their child is born because according to the CDC vaccination schedule, the first vaccine is given shortly after birth (HepB). This can sometimes be a controversial topic so let me fully disclose that anything contained going forward is strictly just my opinion on vaccinations for my children.

I personally have vaccinated and will continue to vaccinate both of my boys because during my short stay in nursing school, I heard something that really stuck with me. “Why would you continue taking your child to a Doctor you do not trust?”. What does this have to do with vaccination? I fully trust everything that my boy’s doctor believes in and he, like most, believes in fully vaccinating his patients.

There is really no concrete answer to this question because the decision lies solely on the parents so I am simply going to go over some pros and cons of vaccinations as well as some common myths that surround vaccination.

Let’s get into it!

Pros and Cons of Vaccination


Bottom line, Vaccination can save your child’s life. Most of the diseases that your child will be vaccinated against according to the CDC vaccination schedule can be deadly. For example, the MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella all of which can be deadly.

Vaccination can save your family a lot of time and money. We all know medical bills are expensive, especially if you have hefty co-pays on your insurance so vaccinating your children can save you the exorbitant amount of money you would spend on medical bills if your child came down with any of the diseases the current vaccination schedule vaccinates against.

Vaccination helps protect future generations. Diseases that used to injure or kill thousands of people are now virtually eliminated or close to extinction all thanks to vaccination. For example, the last cases of naturally occurring paralytic Polio in the United States were in 1979. This is thanks to the miracle of vaccinations and parents continuing to trust their children’s doctor!

Vaccinations are safe and effective. We all know that it is tough to watch our little ones receive vaccinations but if you compare that to what they would go through if they were to contract any of the diseases that they are being protected against, it is nothing.


Vaccinations can cause some discomfort. Let’s face it, shots don’t feel good, especially to young children. Although it can be tough to watch your little ones scream and kick from vaccinations, it is a vast difference from how you would feel if your child contracted one of the diseases that they are being vaccinated against.

Side effects. Most, if not all, mandatory vaccines can cause mild side effects that can include a sore injection site or low grade fever. These side effects should subside within a few days but can still be hard for younger children.

The government controls your decision to vaccinate. I believe that the decision to vaccinate or not should rest solely on the parents but in most states it does not because the entrance requirements for public schools in most states require your child to have the mandatory vaccinations.

Once again, the decision to vaccinate rests solely on the parent and although I have fully vaccinated both of my children and will continue to do so, I completely respect anyone’s decision to not vaccinate.

Common Myths about Vaccination

Myth 1: Vaccination causes Autism

This myth originated in 1997 when an article was published by a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield. A medical journal, The Lancet, published the article directing the increased chance of autism in children towards one specific vaccine, the Measles, Mumps, and Rhubella vaccine (MMR).

The good news is that this article has since been discredited due to multiple procedural errors, ethical violations, and concealed financial conflicts of interest (sounds like a kickback deal to me!). Dr. Wakefield also lost his medical license and the paper was removed from The Lancet.

The bad news is that this article was taken very seriously by the medical community, causing many other major studies to be conducted eventually leading to the discovery that there was no actual link between any vaccine and the likelihood of children developing autism from administration of said vaccine.

The true cause of autism continues to remain a mystery but to the disprove of this myth, several studies have identified symptoms of autism in children well before they are ever given the MMR vaccine.

Myth 2: Children’s immune systems cannot handle so many vaccinations

Children are, in most cases, are a lot more resilient than most parents think (myself included) and this goes for their immune systems as well. For example, based on the amount of antibodies present in the blood of an infant, they would have the ability to respond to around 10,000 vaccines at one time. The CDC recommends 14 scheduled vaccines and even if a baby received all of those vaccines at once, it would only use up about 0.1% of their immune system (Not to mention I would never be able to sit through my babies getting 14 injections at once!). The notion that a child’s immune system “can’t handle” vaccinations is a little far fetched because scientists believe an “immune system capacity” is purely theoretical.

Myth 3: Vaccinating your child isn’t worth the risk

As a parent, I can completely understand wanting the best for your child and even when it comes to giving my boys Tylenol, I try to avoid it unless absolutely necessary but when it comes to vaccinations, children have been successfully vaccinated for a long time so I am personally confident that there aren’t any quantifiable risks.

When it comes to immediate danger of vaccines, speaking in terms of serious side effects or allergic reactions, the incidence of death are so rare they can’t even be calculated. For example, there was only one death reported to the CDC between 1990-1992 that was caused directly from a vaccine. The chances of a severe allergic reaction directly related to a vaccine is around one in every one to two million injections.

Myth 4: Why vaccinate against diseases/infections that aren’t around anymore?

I have heard this one a lot, “Why should I vaccinate my children against diseases that haven’t been around for years”? What they don’t realize is that thanks to Community Immunity, as long as a large portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of that community will be protected against that disease because there is very little opportunity for an outbreak.

As far as specific diseases/infections not being around anymore, the CDC warns that international travel is rapidly growing, so even if a disease is not a threat in the United States, it can very well be common in another country. If an individual were to bring in a disease from another country, someone who has not been vaccinated will be at a much greater risk of contracting said disease.