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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

Podcast Episode 2: An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield

In episode 2 of the Mothering podcast Mothering Editor and Publisher Peggy O’Mara interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield; coauthor of a 1998 study that suggested a link between Crohn’s Disease and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine in some children. He has been accused of incorrectly linking the MMR vaccine with autism. In this special interview, Wakefield discusses the current controversy surrounding his research. Subscribe to the Mothering podcast. See the associated resource page for this episode. Download the Mothering Interview With... read more

From Dr. Bob Sears: California Bill AB2109 Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice

Thank you to Dr. Bob Sears for this guest post. The California Legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor’s signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child. Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption form at the school – no doctor’s signature needed. The new law would require “a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent... read more

Vermont Considers Ending Philosophical Vaccine Exemption

The debate in Vermont continues as the state considers ending the right to a philosophical vaccine exemption for families. The exemption currently allows parents to say no to vaccines for their children and still send them to public school or child care. Vermont is one of twenty states that allow such an option for parents. Vocal opponents of the exemption state that it  jeopardizes “herd immunity,” putting the community at risk.  Others see it as a vital right that allows families to make informed health decisions without excluding them from important... 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

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

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

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

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