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My Vaccine Info

    Vaccination. The topic is enough to make my stomach churn, because of the ugliness that so often follows.  I’ve read a million debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more.  Yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines.   Some people say it’s because non-vaccinators are putting others at risk, but since vaccinated people also contract and spread diseases, that can’t be accurate.  What I have found is that most people who get really heated over the topic haven’t... read more

Vaccinations: Why All the Fuss?

Resources for Non-vaccinating Families

Please PM a moderator with suggested additions for this thread. Books United States Exemption forums by state Canadian Exemption Forms Doctor's Office Waivers     Exemption forms by state Arizona Arizona exemption letter example (used for schools and for foster care application). AZ offers a philosophical exemption as well as religious. To Whom It May Concern: In accordance with ARS 15-873, we certify that we have received information about immunizations provided by the department of health services, we understand the risks and benefits of... read more

Special Report: Vaccines

  Mothering's Special Report on Vaccines showcases current and past Mothering articles and resources on the topic of vaccine safety and efficacy. Join the Discussion            • Peggy on Pregnancy & Vaccines • General Vaccine Forums • I'm Not Vaccinating • Selective & Delayed Vaccination  • Vaccinations Forum Archives • Ask Dr. Bob Sears Newest Vaccine... read more

Whooping Cough Vaccine Provides Little Long-Term Protection

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that protection from whooping cough wanes quickly after the final dose of the vaccine is administered to children around age seven. Most children whose parents chose to follow the recommended schedule receive the vaccine in five doses beginning as an infant. Acellular pertussis is just one of the three vaccines contained in this DTaP series, which also includes diphtheria and tetanus. The new results showed a dramatic drop in continuing protection from the vaccine after the final dose... read more

Far-Off Adventures

By Sherri J. TenpennyIssue 120, September-October 2003 The time has finally arrived for the highly anticipated trip out of the country. The plans began long ago: airplane tickets, hotel reservations, rental car, sightseeing plans. The bags are being pulled from the attic to be packed, and the excitement mounts with each passing day. Everything is a go. But wait-what about vaccines? Is this one more preparation that needs to be added to the "To Do" list? Traveling out of the country can feel like a venture to another planet. Pictures of exotic destinations coupled with... read more

Enter to Win from Vaccishield!

This giveaway has ended.  The winners are…(winners will be contacted by email to claim their prizes) Christine We all get lots of exercise/physical activity. I try to make healthy choices for my body and mind and love myself in the hope that my daughters will see that and love themselves, too. Rachel The biggest thing I do to keep my kiddo healthy is to be a good example of healthy habits. Monkey see, monkey do, right? I try to eat right and stay active and since he eats what I eat and comes along with me for all of my activities... read more

To Vaccinate or Not- A Tale of Two Choices

When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent most of the pregnancy worried about and trying to plan for a great natural birth.  All the “mothering” stuff after that I just didn’t even think about.  I read one baby book though, the Dr Sears classic, “The Baby Book” and thought briefly about vaccines and delayed vaccinations.  When I talked to my child’s pediatrician though she kind of brushed off the idea of splitting up the schedule and I ended up just going along with everything as recommended by the “experts.” I proceeded obediently according to... read more

U.S. Pediatricians Endorse Continued Injection of Mercury into Children in Developing Countries

SafeMinds deplores AAP support of the unlimited use of thimerosal in vaccines. WASHINGTON, DC – In a stunning statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has supported the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation that thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, be retained for use in the global vaccine supply.  Rather than supporting a ban or phase out, the AAP and WHO are arguing for unrestricted use of mercury in vaccines.  SafeMinds believes that children in developing countries deserve the same access to mercury-free vaccines that... read more

The Case for Vaccination

Ultimately, the case for vaccination is that it saves lives. It has changed the face of medicine over the last few decades in this country.  There are risks to vaccines, as there are risks to all medical treatments and, for that matter, everything in life, but the risks of the vaccine are very very small and are less than the risk of the vaccine preventable disease.   Are Vaccines are effective?   Yes!   Death from chicken pox dractically reduced since vaccine has gained widespread use "During the 12 years of the mostly 1-dose US varicella vaccination... read more

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