Guest blogger Amanda Carlson joined us to provide an article about side effects of vaccines and school vaccination programs. Important information for parents to digest. Schools cannot be trusted to vaccinate children.Every year, millions of children are subjected to vaccinations provided by school programs in order to promote a healthier environment. Those who don't attend these school programs still need documentation that the child has had updated immunity shots before they can even attend the school. While the intentions of vaccinations for diseases and illnesses are often honorable, are they really effective? Or is this simply a ploy by vaccination manufacturers and the pharmaceutical companies to make a few bucks? Nothing says education more than scaring the arms of children with measles, mumps, and rubella.
Taking Shots at the School Vaccination Programs
1. Media Influence - According to ABC News, Nearly 90 percent of parents vaccinate their children as medically advised. However, how truthful is that statement? Many schools require vaccination of children as part of the enrollment process into the school district. It has nothing to do with medical advice provided by doctors. Given the choice, a great deal of parents would rather not subject their child to these shots. This just goes to show how convoluted the media and schools can be when it comes to sharing facts.
2. Influenza - A controversial vaccination is the Influenza shot offered to millions of people every winter in order to prevent sickness from taking place. The mild side effects themselves are often the same symptoms as Influenza. It begs the question, "Is this a gamble?" If there is a chance you are going to experience the same symptoms anyway, why go through the trouble and just rely on the body's natural ability to heal itself?
3. Children and MMR - According to immunizationinfo.org, In about 5% to 15% of children given MMR, a fever in excess of 103 degrees F may occur. This is coming from a website that states more than 80% is considered "Nearly All." The statistics sound within reason on paper, until you realize that it means approximately 1 out of 10 children will experience this fever. In a class of 30, three children will be excused because of the side effects of this shot. Seemingly the vaccination is given without balancing the rarity of MMR, the side effect of fever, and that the actual outbreaks are localized in areas where these shots are mandatory.
4. Longevity - Did you know that whooping cough vaccines lose their preventative potential over time? According NBC News, protection drops to 71 out of 100 children five years later which causes concern for parents who have children that just received their final shots a few years ago. Since this vaccine is so short-lived, does that lend credence to others not being as potent as the pharmaceutical companies emphasize? Many skeptics would rather rely on their own natural immunities and a great deal of these people rarely experience a sickness. Does that open debate about preventative measures and healthy living surpassing the power of synthetic remedies?
While artificial immunities may provide adequate protection against future disease, it is the body’s own immunity system that shields us from attacks. Some skeptics infer that by artificially creating an immunity, you are taking something away from the human body. You could be making yourself dependent on the given drug and decreasing the body's ability to heal. Whether this is true or not is still up for debate, but it poses an interesting look at how vaccines could be causing more damage than good.
Amanda Carlson, a blogger as well as a former newborn care nurse contributed this post. To stay connected to her previous career and share the knowledge she gained, she began writing for www.newborncare.com. You can reach her at amanda.newborncare @ gmail.com.