Why You Should Question Vaccines For Your Children

Vaccine safety is back in the news today, because the FDA has asked doctors to temporarily suspend giving the newest incarnation of the vaccine against rotavirus, Rotarix.

This vaccine is currently scheduled on CDC guidelines for infants in two doses between ages six weeks and 24 weeks.

Picture 5Independent researchers found the vaccine to be contaminated with fragments of a virus of pigs, porcine circovirus 1 (PCV1).

There are several unfortunate things about today’s news:

1. Although the contamination was communicated to vaccine makers and the FDA in early February, the FDA has only now stopped doctors from giving a vaccine they knew to contain a foreign virus.

2. We do not know how this swine disease agent got into the vaccine.

3. We do not know what the effect of ingesting PCV1 is on human health.

But there’s a bigger issue here. This vaccine is useless in America. Rotavirus itself cannot definitively be shown to have killed any American children. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in children, and essentially all Americans have gone through it by age three.

An older version of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield, was withdrawn from the market in 1999 because one of its side effects was a severe and life-threatening intestinal blockage. This side effect has also been reported with the new vaccine, but not in high enough numbers for public health officials to act on it.

Give a vaccine for a harmless illness to an infant that can cause a life-threatening emergency? No thank you.

The human immune system evolved to be exposed to diseases like rotavirus, adapt to them, and fight them off. To vaccinate against a benign disease like this and circumvent natural exposure may have negative long-term health consequences.

The health authorities have not been protecting our children’s health by mandating this vaccine in the first place.

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16 thoughts on “Why You Should Question Vaccines For Your Children”

  1. Our two daughters were born in Japan, where the vaccine schedule is totally different and they approach any new/extraneous vaccine with great caution. Thanks for posting this, Jennifer!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Goodbyes are hard =-.

  2. OK- I’m going to play devil’s advocate. When my daughter was two she became very ill after attending a birthday party. She got a fever, and had vomiting and diarrhea which lasted for almost a week. I took her to the doctor’s and was assured that she was fine, even though I thought otherwise. I called almost everyday about her worsening symptoms. Over the weekend she started vomiting blood and I I had to argue that it was really was an emergency so that our pathetic insurance insurance at the time would let us visit the emergency room. By the time she was admitted, Brittany had last 5 pounds, which was 20 percent of her body weight, and her blood sugar was almost non-existent. She was lethargic and non-responsive.I can’t even tell you how fast she went from a healthy to toddler to a skeletal, half-dead child, and even though she’s a healthy thirteen year-old now, the memory of it still makes me want to weep. Turns out she had roto-virus, and as soon as she was hospitalized her twin sister got it too, only about ten times worse. As somebody who has experienced the illness, I just can’t call it “harmless”. Perhaps my situation was mismanaged by a clueless caregiver, but it still makes me break out into a cold sweat remembering my toddler vomiting blood and the look on the emergency room nurse’s face when when the blood results came back. Whatever you think of vaccination, Roto-virus is NOT a walk in the park.

  3. I second Karen’s thoughts. Although I’m not ready to dole out vaccines for every ache and pain, rotavirus can be far more complex then just diarrhea. My daughter also lost weight and I was checking in with her doc daily. My kids are pretty resilient, but my daughter battled this particular bug for weeks. That said, I’m not sure I’d jump to give her the vaccine, but I think it’s worth considering.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Green Eggs & Ham Sandwiches =-.

  4. My kids are beyond vaccination age, but honestly? I don’t know what I’d do about immunizations if I had a baby now. I definitely don’t agree with the usual routine. But simply not doing them? I don’t know. I think I’d come up with some sort of modified plan, supported with homeopathics.
    .-= Kris´s last blog ..Get face-to-face with Oahu

  5. My children are past the vaccine age, but if they weren’t I would certainly reconsider any decision to give them this one. Something given for a non-life threatening illness just seems to be a big gamble.

  6. That sounds so awful, Karen. Thanks for the reminder that rotavirus can be so serious. (I got a FB comment from someone whose son was also in the ER from diarrhea caused by this virus.) I’m sorry Holly and Brittany had to go through that.
    .-= Jennifer Margulis´s last blog ..Nominated for a Maggie Award =-.

  7. My six year old daughter (who is normally a very healthy child) also had a very severe case of the rotavirus when she was two. Considering she had never had so much as a cold up until that point I was surprised and horrified. We were visiting relatives in another state when she picked it up and she was extremely sick for almost a month, with two trips to the emergency room. I am thankful to breastfeeding for keeping her nourished during this time, as she could keep nothing else down.

    However, I would still not make the choice to vaccinate my other child against this disease, not because I don’t want to protect him, but because no doctor I have ever spoken with on the topic of vaccines has been able to tell me with any confidence that vaccines are fully safe for my child. When my daughter was 2 months old I allowed her to have the all recommended vaccines and within 48 hours of these doses she had seizures. Nobody warned me about this potential complication and did not know how to help my daughter when it happened. I was frightened and confused and left the hospital with no answers from the doctors who had previously assured me that all these vaccines would protect my baby.

    So, although I deeply understand the desire to protect our children from diseases, I do not feel comfortable injecting my child with a substance that nobody can say is safe. When a doctor can present me with sound evidence that my child is truly at greater risk of injury from a disease than from the vaccine, I will reconsider. Until then, I think this post makes it obvious that pharmaceutical companies need to spend more money researching and testing and less money marketing.
    .-= Mel´s last blog ..Over One Million Infantino Baby Slings Recalled =-.

  8. I am assuming that this is a problem with a recent batch, but I’d love to find out more. After a suggestion from our Pediatrician (who is actually quite supportive of parents who prefer not to over-vaccinate), we had our son vaccinated with this vaccine once. He was sick for a week following the shot. He broke out, he was listless, had intestinal discomfort and never fully recovered. He still tends to be fussy and have GI issues. I don’t think it was a coincidence. So I refused the booster and we’re very choosy about vaccines. My aunt is a European Union-funded immunologist & vaccine researcher who argues against over-vaccination & vaccinating too early. He research is on the impact of the many of the additives, especially neurotoxins. But her chief argument has always been that we really don’t know how the immune system develops, so over-vaccinating our children is like experimentation, we really don’t know for sure what goes on. For those interested, here’s her website: http://www.ipin.edu.pl/autism/index.html

  9. When we were weighing the risks and benefits of vaccines, this one didn’t even need a second thought from me. There are no reported deaths from Rotavirus in the US, and it is estimated that all children have had rotavirus by age 3. If the vaccine A) isn’t effective, and B) has serious side effects, why isn’t it being questioned by more people?
    .-= Mama Em´s last blog ..Giggles =-.

  10. My son had a bout with Rotovirus @ 4 yrs old, right after a series of vaccines. I had decided to delay the vaccines to a modified schedule, thinking that would be strenthen him to be able to avoid reactions. Unfortunately, it didn’t. He had (and has now) asthma. He came down with it within a couple weeks of his last vaccine. Then he had rotovirus shortly after that. I will give you that Rotovirus was horrendous! However, I fully believe that his immune system was so weakened by the previous vaccines and by his asthma and that intensified the problem for him. He is now 17yrs old and still struggles with the asthma. Since our insurance changed, we pay $154/mo for his Singulair, without which he cannot breathe. Would I go back and get that vaccine? NEVER!!!! Would I go back and get NO vaccines?? Absolutely!!! If I could change one thing for my children, one mistake I made, and believe me, I’ve made my fair share, this would be it. I would trust in the design of the Designer of the body! Please do your research! If in doubt, DON’T!!! Many blessings to you all.

  11. When I had my son vaccinated 40 years ago, nobody even thought to question it. Thanks for keeping this serious and astounding debate alive and in the open.

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