Nowadays the majority of people hold immense trust in their doctors and go with mainstream society. They don’t even think twice about the potential dangers of vaccinating themselves or their children. There are several things that need to be considered before making this choice. The considerations should be taken seriously, as many have not done this in the past and suffered repercussions for not doing due diligence.
Vaccinations are not necessarily safe and 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 to 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.
Vaccines are not thoroughly tested before, nor adequately tracked after, being released. 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.
Since there is so little testing prior to release, one would hope there would be careful tracking and follow-up after the vaccine has been released to the public so if there were issues, they could be evaluated and the vaccine would be pulled from the market if necessary. This isn’t so. It is true 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% of all adverse reactions are never reported.
The combination of vaccinations currently required as part of the Recommended Immunization Schedule are overwhelming for many children’s immune systems. Multiple vaccinations at one time 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.
If your child is injured by vaccination, you cannot sue the pharmaceutical company that produced the vaccine. They have been protected from lawsuits by the US government. Instead, you must submit your case to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). 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 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 said that up to 60% of cases are rejected from compensation.
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. It is your choice to make, and you have to be the one satisfied with it. Do not feel pressured one way or the other.
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