Are You Feeling Pressure to Follow the “Required” Immunization Schedule?
With a new school year coming fast, along with all the vaccine paperwork and the “required” immunization schedule for kids, I wanted to pull some resources and information together for parents who are feeling anxious about the issue of vaccines. (If you are 100% pro-vaccine and are offended by others who question their safety, read no further–this isn't for you.)
Click here to read all my posts in one spot related to the vaccine issue and how Kent and I came to our own decisions.
At that post you'll also find out how we got past following the “required” immunization schedule, the waiver forms we used to skip the vaccines, how we talked to our doc about it, etc.
Hopefully using that waiver for your school will get you through no problem as it did for us, but there may be other circumstances (such as a health care job?) where you just can't get around it and have to get a vaccine. (Yep, right here in America…???) Have you seen these posts?
- And another: 150 Employees Fired for Not Getting the Flu Shot.
- And you may want to check out this DVD: Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices.
So if you truly must vaccinate, the following information might help:
- Consider nutritional support ahead of time to encourage detoxification and a healthy immune response. VacciShield is a supplement designed to be taken for 14 days, beginning 7-10 days before vaccination.
- Or check out this newer post with another idea: Don’t Shake that Vial! (Strategy for Forced Vaccinations.
- And before you submit to any vaccine(s) you do not want, educate yourself on the exemption laws in your state. Sometimes school officials are uninformed or misrepresent their state's laws. This map of vaccine exemption laws by state is a good place to start.
- Click here to read the (heated at times) Facebook conversation after I shared this information over there…
I hope that list helps some of you facing this dilemma, share your stories in the comments if you were able to get out of a similar sticky situation.
Come fall or winter,I may have to take some vaccines due to my recent Leukemia diagnosis. I have been anti vaccine but I may not have a choice. Do you recommend the Vaccishield for adults? Sorry to read about your mom. Both of mine had died by the time I was 30.Any other resources or suggestions would be helpful.
Sorry about your cancer diagnosis, Deanna. Do you have a naturopath working with you to help you support your immune system right now? Vaccines, by design, strongly challenge the immune system, which can cause a lot of trouble when the immune system is already experiencing challenges. Before submitting to any vaccines, especially given your diagnosis, I would highly recommend consulting with a qualified natural health practitioner such as a naturopath. I believe the adult VacciShield dosage is double the kid dose, but again, if vaccines are questionable under the best of circumstances, I would question them all the more for anyone with a compromised immune system.
Whether you agree or not with the other vaccines, the most important one is for tetanus (aka lock jaw). One can catch it from many sources, not only from rusty metal. It is incurable and always fatal unless you have been vaccinated. Should have booster shots at least every 10 years.
I agree with the Japanese who do not vaccinate their children until they are at least 2 years old to give them time for their immune system to develop/strengthen adequately.
I received all the vaccines in the 50s and 60s yet still caught measles, mumps and chickenpox. My children did also, but they did not not have as severe a reaction to those diseases. I haven’t seen the DVD Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices, but think every parent should review it so they can make a informed decision.
I used to feel the same way, but digging a little deeper (AFTER an ER trip with my teenage son, who suffered OPEN wounds to his face after diving into a shallow CHLORINATED swimming pool and receiving a tetanus shot before leaving the hospital at the insistence of the ER doc) I have changed my opinion on tetanus shots. As it turns out tetanus is extremely, extremely rare in America, far more rare than can be accounted for by relying on a temporary vaccine that most people are not “up to date” on. In addition, tetanus is an anaerobic bacteria that cannot thrive in the presence of oxygen. So the vast, vast majority of wounds not only are lacking exposure to tetanus to begin with, but the nature of the wound itself is rarely ever of the type necessary for it to live. If a person receives a wound in an environment that is suspected to contain tetanus (extremely rare in America and first world countries), a tetanus shot won’t do any good. At that point a different treatment altogether is needed to counteract tetanus. So the routine tetanus shots people receive when they get puncture wounds can do absolutely nothing for the person if they actually have actually been exposed. It’s another cash cow perpetuated by ignorance on both the doctors’ and public’s parts, that is of great benefit to pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders. Here’s a great article in tetanus shots: https://gianelloni.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/the-truth-about-tetanus/