This is the first post I’ve made about vaccines. I will start by saying that I just really want parents to do their homework and make an INFORMED decision based on what they think is the best interest of their child.
I admit, I was uninformed by choice when my first son was born. People tried to tell me the dangers, but I didn’t want to hear it; I wanted my child to be ‘safe.’ After my second son had a vaccine reaction after his 6 month shots, I began to research for myself and was astounded at what I found. If you decide to vaccinate, or not, I respect your opinion. My goal is to shed some light on information that is not always readily available to parents, so they can make the best decision for their family.
The following is the information found in the insert in the DTaP vaccine. When you go to your doctor, they will be able to pull this out of the box, or you can read it on the FDA’s website. Who actually reads this? I’m not sure many doctors, nurses, or parents have, but here is some information that absolutely shocked me.
I copied this directly from the FDA.gov site, where you can read further. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm101580.pdf
It states that reported adverse reactions to the vaccine include SIDS and autism. How can our government continue to report that there is NO correlation between vaccines and autism, yet the very package insert says that this “reaction” has occurred? It makes me so angry!
While I understand that most children don’t have these severe reactions, the reality is that autism has increased 78% in the last decade in the US, with 1 in 91 children diagnosed with the disorder. When you look for a reason, no one knows why, but they are quick to state that vaccines have nothing to do with it.
I read a great article linking autism to vaccines, namely the MMR vaccine, based on the words coming directly from pharmaceutical giant Merck and the US Government. Read it here.
I guess my big beef with vaccines is that they are not accurately represented. As parents, we are pressured to get them, and if you refuse them you are made to feel like a horrible parent. You even have to sign a waiver stating you know the risks of not vaccinating. However, the little sheet they give you about each vaccination that you are to read and sign before your child gets their shots, does NOT contain the whole story. If that sheet of paper said that an adverse reaction to the vaccine you were about to put in your child was death (SIDS) or autism, would you think twice about getting the shot?
For a comlete list of all vaccine inserts, please see this link, and print them out and take to your doctor. If they start to question your decision to not vaccinate, or not fully vaccinate, pull out the inserts and start a discussion. Chances are, they haven’t read them, and you will be educating them.
How are you responding to this information as you read it? Please chime in, because I know it is a heated topic, and I personally have been on both sides.
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