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Vaccinating Your Kids: Mom Talk

Preventable diseases are on the rise.

Gracie, now 6 months, had her next round of vaccinations. It puts me at ease to know I'm protecting her from so many preventable diseases. Still, I find so many moms out there who still think that some vaccinations are linked to Autism.

That is a fallacy that has been refuted by all the world's major medical associations. Here are links to the research, including the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and The National Institutes of Health. Even the British Medical Journal that originally published the article has rebuked it, calling it a "fraud" with "bogus data."

"Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare," in a British Medical Journal article titled "Wakefield's article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent."

Recently, my children and I were invited over to a new friend's home. Although I enjoy my friend's company very much, I admit I held my breath when she told me her older children were not vaccinated. I was concerned for my baby, who hasn't gotten all of her shots.

After a discussion with a pediatric nurse, I learned that Grace is better protected than my friend's children and I shouldn't be alarmed. That was good news to hear. Frankly, with a baby, I didn't know if I should be alarmed or not.

Then, however, she explained that one of the real concerns these days is whooping cough (pertussis). The instances of this highly contagious disease are growing exponentially.

"In Washington, there have been 1,484 cases reported statewide through May 12, 2012, compared to 134 reported cases in 2011 during the same period," according to the Center For Disease Control website. "There were 965 cases reported statewide in 2011 compared to 608 reported cases in 2010."

My nurse friend also told me that booster shots wear off over time. As adults, we should ask our doctors if we need a booster. Teens are no longer advised to wait until high school to get the booster. Instead, it is now commonly given in sixth grade.

I have family members who were stricken by life-altering diseases that are now largely eliminated due to vaccinations. Our society is not fighting measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chicken pox and so many more diseases like we one were.

I was 2 or 3 when I got the chicken pox. I was pretty sick for a couple weeks. Luckily, my kids won't ever have to go through that. Unfortunately, some others probably still will.

Hera June 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Tim, None of those studies came from an autism website.They come if you put thimerosal neurons into google scholar. It was late, I was tired, and you apparently had no idea that thimerosal is even a neurotoxin.So the first couple of studies that were relevant ,I sent them on to you. You did not like one of them, and critiqued it.Fine.Thats scientific. However, I'm guessing the reason you don't want to give me a study showing thimerosal is safe is because there aren't any. I know that, and I am guessing now that you do too. "I'm too scientific to send you a study" doesn't cut it. It would have been a great opportunity to both embarass me and teach me something, in fact. I like to learn.And if there is a study out there that I missed, which shows thimerosal is safe, I want to read it, see how it was designed ,and see what conclusions were drawn.. But if your only answer to scientific inquiry is "because I said so", then you in fact are the one that doesn"t understand science. By the way, Hannah Poling had a "rare" mitochondrial disorder, which contributed to her vaccine injury. Have you checked the science to see what % of children with autism also have mitochondrial dysfunction?
Hera June 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Tim, None of the studies came from autism websites.You seemed unaware that thimerosal is a nuerotoxin, so I put thimerosal neurons into google scholar and sent you the first three or four ones that looked interesting. No "autism sites" involved. You disliked the concentration used in one study. Thats fine. Scientists discussing things critique studies all the time. However; hopefully it is now hard for you to scientifically argue that thimerosal is as safe as table salt, or do still believe this? I'm pretty sure that sprinkling table salt on a babies umbilical cord might sting, but it wouldn't kill them... To clarify; we are not discussing a base line for everyone. We are discussing genetically susceptible children ( for a variety of reasons) who are damaged or killed by vaccines. ( And acknowledging them rather than pretending they don't exist.) Interesting mouse study; Neurotoxic effects of post natal thimerosal are mouse strain dependent (I.E. mice who have genetic susceptibility to immune problems are more susceptible to damage from thimerosal than other mice) Perhaps not surprisingly, the rates of autism are much higher in people who have a genetic tendency to immune disorders. Tim, I challenge you to look at the science.It might take you places you don't want to go, but you will learn a lot.
Hera June 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Sorry; I did not mean to double post; thought I had lost the first reply, so I rewrote it ( cough, hopefully politer, ) the second time..oops. Ah well, the info is all there..
mo2424 July 19, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I personally have donated my cord blood (which contains the needed embryonic stem cells) after 3 healthy births. It is a current option to every mother giving birth in a hospital. And that is the real truth - I didn't read it, nobody told me....I actually did it. wow.
mo2424 July 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM
There is a general rule of thumb that I personally follow...."the benefit outweighs the risk". I just changed pediatricians...but we went to a very prominent Northshore pediatrician office. It was not a huge practice - only had 4 doctors. But for all of the diseases that vaccines cure - they currently had cases of. So these are not just diseases that "foreigners" bring in....these are diseases that upper class, highly educated families have. I can see that chicken pox vaccine could be considered a "convenience" vaccine for most - me included. But there are a lot of children with deficient immune systems that someone with chicken pox could infect and kill. I see it as a huge Benefit to vaccinate because the risk is small and the benefits are much greater...not only to my children but to those around us. BTW - I got the chicken pox while I was in college. Was not fun.

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