Do We Give Our Children Too Many Vaccines?

The Problem with multiple vaccines
There is growing concern among parents regarding the number of vaccines that children now receive. Children are required by government schools to have completed the required vaccines prior to enrolling in school. The list of required vaccines continues rising, along with the costs. The number of vaccines raises concerns about safety and reasons for the large numbers of vaccines.

To put the situation in perspective consider that about one hundred years ago, children received a single vaccine for smallpox. Over time, the number of vaccines increased to five, which was about forty five years ago. These five vaccines were for diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, and smallpox. In the past forty years the number doubles to where today’s children receive 11 routine vaccines. Many of the vaccines are in the form of multiple shots.

Increasing costs of vaccines
In the early 1980’s the cost to immunize a child with the required vaccines was $75 to $100. Not only has the number of vaccines doubled, the cost has more than doubled. Presently the cost of obtaining the recommended vaccines is about $1,250. Even accounting for inflation, the increase in cost is dramatic. The cost is about to become more for teenage girls. The vaccination that reportedly protects against cervical cancer costs about $360 for a three dose series, which raises the total for the vaccines to about $1600. Although the number of shots has been reduced, the combination shots make it difficult to trace down which shot children are experiencing a reaction to when there are side effects.

Number of Antigens Children are exposed to
Part of the reason for the increased costs is that many of these vaccinations are for multiple antigens. (An antigen is a compound which when introduced into your body stimulates your immune system to produce chemical substances called ‘anti-bodies’. These antibodies are instructed to either kill or neutralize any substance they consider a ‘threat’.)

The combination shots increase the cost of the vaccines. One of the reasons for the combo shots is an effort to reduce the number of physical injections the child receives. In terms of the number of chemicals injected into the developing bodies of children is amazing.. When a girl receives all doses of all the recommended vaccines, the number of antigens received is 156 in the form of 45 shots. Boys, on the other hand receive 144 vaccine antigens in about 42 injections.

Think about that for a moment. When you follow the vaccine schedule, you are introducing 144-156 alien chemicals into your child’s developing body. Since they are vaccines, these chemicals are injected into the body and bypass the natural defenses of the body. You might consider it foolish to take your infant through 150 different chemical plants so that they could be exposed to those substances, yet when you follow the schedule, you are taking similar action. If your child is sensitive or allergic to many foreign chemicals, the introduction of this many chemicals in so short a time span is asking for trouble.

The government recommends many vaccinations. The required vaccinations include: hepatitis A and B; inactivated poliovirus (IPV); rotavirus; haemophilus influenzae Type B (Hib); measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); pneumococcal conjugate (PCV); varicella (chickenpox); influenza; and diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP). In addition, there is Tdap – tetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine and meningitis vaccine (MCV4) for those entering high school.

Vaccine Reactions
Researches have documented reactions to the pertussis and chicken pox vaccines. The danger with the chicken pox is that many of those vaccinated develop shingles within 10 years of the vaccination.

Vaccination has been cited as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. However, it doesn’t require an advanced degree in science to grasp that the public health accolades, celebrating high vaccination rates and low infection rates, have lead to serious health consequences across the globe. Among those consequences are biological reactions to vaccine ingredients. Vaccine ingredients seem to be playing a substantial role in some of today’s health problems.

Sometimes it is the additives to the vaccines that create problems rather than the vaccines themselves. Gelatin, one of many ingredients often used has been documented to cause allergies and asthma. Vaccines known to contain gelatin include chickenpox, MMR, Boostrix (a pertussis booster for teens), Tripedia (DTaP) and Zostrix which is the vaccine used for adult shingles.

Formaldehyde is another dangerous additive. It is used to inactivate some of the bacteria in the vaccines. It has also been found to interrupt the normal function of the immune system. Although the CDC site downplays the exposure and danger of formaldehyde, the National Cancer Institute identifies it as ‘known human carcinogen’. Formaldehyde, besides being a preservative for lab specimens, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, difficulty in breathing and asthma attacks. The chemical is categorized as a hazardous chemical on eight federal regulatory lists. With the current vaccine children receive more than ten times the recommended safe amounts. Vaccines containing formaldehyde include DTaP, polio, and influenza.

MSG is another common additive. MSG is added to ‘stabilize’ the vaccines. MSG is often used as a flavor enhancer, yet in some populations, the substance agitates the neural system. MSG is considered by many to be an excitotoxin due to the way it agitates or ‘ ‘excites’ the nervous system.

Egg proteins are also contained in some vaccines. Although government sites downplay the potential reaction, people who are allergic to egg proteins may react to these substances.

Another type of additive in many vaccines are adjuvats. These are chemical substances used to enhance the potency of the vaccine chemicals. The adjuvats amplify the effects of the vaccine. There are many types of chemicals used to increase the potency of vaccines. Variations of aluminum salts are often used in human based vaccines. At times, oil based adjuvats are included in vaccines. One of the controversial ones is squalene. Squalene triggers a strong auto-immune response to antibodies. Squalene is controversial in many circles. According to the CDC, no vaccines produced in the US contain squalene.

There is no squalene in any FDA-approved vaccine in the US. There is no squalene in any kind of seasonal flu vaccine or in the H1N1 vaccine.“-Patricia El-Hinnawy

This is in contradiction to the statements of vaccine manufacturers. One spokesmen at GlaxoSmithKline, claims that its vaccines do have squalene.

A novel feature of the two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline is the addition of squalene-containing adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities.“-Meryl Nass, MD

With all the controversy, it behooves parents to consider the old Latin phrase, “Let the buyer beware”. You will need to investigate matters yourself and find medical information you trust.

Follow the Money
The sales figures for preventative vaccines in 2007 amounted to $16.3 billion. This is an increase from the $11.7 billion generated in 2006. Since many vaccines are mandated by governments, the likelihood of the sales declining is low. The portion of these numbers that were for pediatric vaccines was $8 billion.

Pet Vaccination’s – Less Is More

After reading this article and looking a bit closer at the risks and benefits of yearly vaccines your vet recommends, you might want to think this over a bit before rushing your pet in to be re-vaccinated.

Can Vaccines be unnecessary, and actually harmful to your pets health? After the research I have done over the last few years, I say Hands down, Yes!! We over vaccinate our Children, but at least we stop when they get a bit older. Why then do we continue to vaccinate our Pets every year with boosters all the way up to when they are seniors? As Adults, we don’t assault our immune system with annual boosters, and we sure would not do it to our Elderly family members. So why in the world would anyone want to do it to their pet, when common sense should tell us that vaccines after the first year are not needed.

Another food for thought, is that there is no adjustments to the dose based on size of your pet. Your teacup poodle gets the same dose a 150 pound Great Day. Your 10 pound Cat the same as a 400 pound Tiger. All of this overwhelms your pets immune system. Vaccine reactions happen way to often and they can be avoided. Did you know that adverse reaction in smaller breed are 10 times higher than large breeds. This indicates that standard doses are too high in smaller breed pets.

There is no scientific evidence that annual vaccines are needed, in fact once an animal receives the immunity from their initial vaccine it seems they have immunity the rest of their lives. Over Vaccinations cause a quite a number of serious medical problems, with the immune system, including allergies, seizures, anemia and cancer.

Here is a thought, Vaccines are very profitable part of veterinary care, In fact some vet practices are built around giving vaccines. To many vaccines, starting, at an early age, is proving to be a problem. Some vets recommend vaccines given at 6 weeks,8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, and 16 weeks. Then to give boosters at one year and then annually for their lifetime. How in the world did these recommendations come into place? The United States Department of Agriculture and the drug companies put these recommendations in place over 20 years ago on recommendations from one person and that is the way it has been done ever since. This has been a very profitable deal for the drug companies, veterinarians, and the government so far. Why would they want to change it its making them money. Now the USDA puts animal vaccinations recommendations right on the product label.

Evidence suggests that like humans, cats and dogs like humans can be vaccinated early in life and they are protected their entire life. With the exception of rabies which should not be given more often than every three years One rabies study that the core vaccine probably last at least Seven years. Did you know that one dose of Rabies vaccine costs your Vet 61 cents, The Clients are usually charged a office visit and as high as 40.00 for the vaccination. Rabies is the law, yes I know, but in 20 years has any money been spent to see if the rabies vaccine is even needed after the first dose or how long the immunity is kept after the vaccination given? Not that I am aware of, it would take big money from the big drug companies to do that, do you think that they want to spend the money, when it may cost them their profit?

Back to annual vaccines, Lets look at the dangers of annual vaccines in general. In one study the antibody levels of more than 1400 healthy dogs were measured for Parvovirus and Distemper. Nearly all the dogs immune rate was 95-98 percent) This highly suggests that annual vaccines are not needed.

A study published by Purdue University in 2005 Found: *Smaller dogs are more prone to vaccine reactions than larger dogs *Risk of reactions increased by 27 percent for each additional vaccine given per office visit in dogs under 22 pounds, and by 12 percent in dogs over 22 pounds *Risk increased for dogs up to 2 years old, then declined with age *Risk increased for pregnant dogs and dogs in heat *More reactions were found in small dogs given Leptospirosis vaccine.

Of course you do want to take your pet in for well checkups as you feel needed. Rabies vaccines are required by law. The First one is given at 6 months to 1 year old (depending on the laws in your area) and then a 3 year vaccine. You can find a Holistic vet that will be able to provide you with the homeopathic rabies vaccine detox, called Lyssin.

You may be able to ask your veterinarian to do a Titer Test, which is available, this can determine if you vet has the proper immunity. Above all, ask your vet the risks versus benefits of the vaccines you are considering, before automatically assume that vaccines are necessary. Do not allow the vet or tech to just come in and start giving the vaccinations without your knowing what exactly they are giving and the risks involved. It is up to you to educate yourself. Don’t just take the Vets normal protocols as gospel.

Now that some Vets are coming forward with the true information about vaccines that is a positive step towards change. Try very hard to find a veterinarian that you feel is going in that direction. They are out there, Just take the time to pay attention and make your own educated choices for your pets care. They depend on you to do the best you can to keep them healthy, just as your children do.

Cat Care – The Main Vaccinations Your Cat Needs

The vaccines that the Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (the AAFP Panel) classified as core vaccines are recommended for all cats. These are the vaccines against feline parvovirus (FPV), which causes feline panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper); against feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1), which causes feline rhinotracheitis; against feline calicivirus (FCV); and against rabies.

The vaccine against FPV is generally given together with a combination of vaccines against FHV-1 and FCV. There are both injectable and intranasal versions of these vaccines available, and both modified live virus (infectious) and killed virus (noninfectious) versions of the vaccines are available. The vaccine against rabies comes in only an injectable version, with recombinant and killed virus versions available. The rabies vaccine comes in 1-year and 3-year versions.

Kittens should be vaccinated with the FPV and FHV-1/FCV vaccines beginning as early as 6 weeks and every 3 to 4 weeks thereafter, until they reach 16 weeks of age, and all kittens should get at least one dose of the FPV vaccine via injection, according to the AAFP Panel. In addition, the Panel recommends that kittens receive one dose of the rabies vaccine, as early as 8 or 12 weeks (depending on the product label), with a second dose of the vaccine given one year later. Adolescent or adult cats with unknown vaccination histories should be given two doses of the FPV and FHV-1/FCV vaccines, three to four weeks apart, and two doses of the vaccine against rabies, 12 months apart, according to the Panel.

The booster schedule for the FPV and FHV-1/FCV vaccines is a single dose one year after administration of the last dose of the initial series, followed by a single dose given no more frequently than every three years. Many states and municipalities require cats be vaccinated against rabies, in which case, veterinarians must follow the regulations. Otherwise, annual vaccination with the one-year version or vaccination every three years with the three-year version is recommended.

The AAFP panel classified the vaccine against feline leukemia virus (FeLV) as a noncore vaccine but highly recommended vaccination against FeLV for all kittens (with the first dose given at 8 to 12 weeks and, depending on the product, a second dose three to four weeks later). The Panel did not recommend booster vaccination unless the cats were at risk of infection (basically outdoor cats and those cats living with cats that tested positive for FeLV. According to the panel, cats should be tested for the FeLV virus prior to inoculation and only FeLV negative cats be vaccinated.

The AAFP Panel classified vaccines against the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), chlamydophila felis, and bordetella bronchiseptica as noncore vaccines. The panel recommended vaccination against FIV only for cats that have a high risk of infection (mainly cats that live with FIV-positive cats) and that only cats testing FIV-negative be vaccinated. Vaccination against chlamydophila felis or against bordetella bronchiseptica was recommended only under specific circumstances.

Vaccines against the feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIP) and giardia spp were classified as not generally recommended vaccines.