Baby Immunizations - What You Should Know
Baby immunizations are controversial and complicated. Some insist vaccinating is the best thing you could do for your little one while others strongly warn against baby vaccines.
Worthy of consideration are these questions regarding this vaccine controversy: What are some of the risks related to vaccination? What other important facts can help you make the right choice for your family?
In the 1950's 4 vaccines were on the schedule for baby immunizations - diptheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio with a young child receiving as many as 5 shots by the time she turned 2 years old. In the years following, many more vaccines were added.
The 1970's saw the introduction of the MMR vaccine in the United States (1980's in the United Kingdom). Following that, even more were added to the schedule in the mid 1980's.
Now, following the suggested schedule, a child may receive vaccinations for 12 different diseases - adding up to between 24-32 vaccines by the time she turns 2 years old!
The suggested baby immunizations are:
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal infections
- Hemophilus influenza type B infections (meningitis)
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Statistics show that after the implementation of baby vaccines half a century ago disease declined sharply. A victory! However, not so well known is the fact that even before vaccines were introduced - the first 60 years of the 20th century saw an extreme decline in these same diseases. Why?
The early part of the 20th century saw better nutrition with timely delivery of fresh produce to cities, as well as refrigeration. Cleaner water and improved sanitation with better sewage systems all contributed to a sharp drop in disease.
Why the concern?
Many parents are very concerned about the effects immunization may have on kids. Because vaccine testing is done very short term, there is concern for the long-term effects of vaccinations - especially for babies who receive all these immunizations when they are under 2 years old.
There is quite a number of horrible ingredients that go into vaccines - dangerous preservatives and chemicals that increase immune response.
Some of the ingredients that go into vaccines are:
- Formaldehyde - (a known carcinogen)
- Thimerosal (mercury) - which may still be in the flu and Hep B shots (although there are single dose vials available without thimerosal in them)
- Aluminum phosphate - used in a great number of shots
- 2-phenoxyethanol - a toxic substance used in antifreeze (contained in Pentacel - DTPaP+Hib vaccine)
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
Vaccine ingredients may change. In order to "be in the know" with accurate information where you live, ask for the print material that list the ingredients. Vaccination providers have this available for information purposes - you are entitled to know.
Toxins and Babies
As a society in general, we have come to realize more than ever before, toxins can accumulate in your body and eventually suppress the immune system, causing many health problems. There has been what some call an epidemic in auto-immune disorders in children - type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and bowel disorders.
Baby immunizations bring this to the next level, when, during the critical stages of development - before age two, babies are bombarded by the toxins in vaccines. Well known are the dangers of PCB's, preservatives in food and the list goes on. However, the negative effects - even long-term, of baby immunizations are less well known.
Did you know that your baby's brain is only 80% developed by the time she is 2 years old? Before that time your baby's brain is so vulnerable.
For the above reasons, an increasing number of parents are choosing not to vaccinate. In fact, it's even reaching the medical field. A trip to the hospital's emergency department led the registration nurse to ask as a routine question, "All shots up-to-date?". Upon hearing "No", his second question was, "Is your husband a doctor?"
World Health organization asserts:
"The best vaccine against common infectious deseases is an adequate diet."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:
"Hand washing is the single most important thing that you can do to help prevent the spread of infection and to stay healthy and well."
Sorting through the reasons for vaccine controversy and making the choice is a big deal. You make decisions every day in the interests of your baby, all of them to keep her safe and healthy - baby immunizations might be one of the most important.
Vaccination is one of those decisions that demands of you an answer from the get-go - when you are new, sleep deprived parent's who are feeling the pressure. So, educate yourself, before if possible, on baby vaccines so that you are equipped to make your best decision for your baby.
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