Baby Immunisations / Vaccinations

baby-immunisationsBaby Immunisations / Vaccinations:

Choosing whether or not to vaccinate your baby is based on making an informed decision regarding the risks versus the benefits. Do you vaccinate with the hope of possible short term immunity against a particular disease, or do you forgo the vaccination and risk the chance of your baby getting the disease, being sick for a period of time and then gaining lifelong immunity? Do you risk the chance of a possible vaccine reaction, or do you take your chances with a natural infection and let your baby’s immune system deal with it the way nature intended?

The chances of your doctor willingly giving you the vaccine package insert, is pretty much nil. This puts the onus on you, as the parent of a child too young to make their own health decisions, to find out what your risks are, should you choose to vaccinate.

Let’s have a look at the vaccine schedule for 6 week old babies (http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule). Infanrix-hexa vaccine consists of a combination of Diphtheria/Tetanus/Whooping cough/Polio/ Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b. The chances of your baby being naturally exposed to these 6 diseases all in the same day, let alone all in the same second, is absolutely impossible. But wait! There’s more! Why not throw in a pneumococcal vaccine (Synflorix) for these newborns as well? So that is 7 different diseases that your newborn (whose immune system has not even fully developed yet) is un-naturally being exposed to within seconds!

The Datasheet for Infanrix-hexa can be found here: http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/datasheet/i/infanrixhexainj.pdf and the datasheet for Synflorix can be found here: http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/datasheet/s/synflorixinj.pdf. Make sure you have a really good read of the ingredients of these vaccines when weighing up your options of possible artificial short-term immunity versus the chances of possibly getting these diseases naturally and gaining life-long immunity (in most cases).

A quick look at the Infanrix-hexa datasheet will show a huge list of contra-indications. I wonder how many doctors take the time to go through this list with their patients, before administering the vaccine. You’ll find the list of Vaccination/Immunisation Reactions under the euphemistically titled “Undesirable Effects.” These include upper respiratory tract infections, appetite loss, irritability, nervousness, somnolence, convulsions, cough, bronchitis, pruritus, rash, dermatitis, swelling of the injected limb, lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia, allergic reactions, hypotonic-hyporesponsiveness episode, apnea and angioneurotic edema.

For the hepatitis B part of the vaccine alone, the following vaccine reactions are recorded: “Meningitis, allergic reactions mimicking serum sickness, paralysis, encephalitis, encephalopathy, neuropathy, neuritis, hypotension, vasculitis, lichen planus, erythema multiforme, arthritis, muscular weakness have been reported during post-marketing surveillance following GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals’ hepatitis B vaccine in infants < 2 years old.” Although they do like to also stick in there that the “causal relationship to the vaccine has not been established.” Suuure….
The Synflorix vaccine has the following adverse reactions listed: pain, redness and swelling at the site of injection, allergic reactions eg. dermatitis, eczema, lost appetite, irritability, abnormal crying, apnea, rash, urticaria, fever, injection site hematoma, hemorrhage, nervous system disorders and hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes.

It often seems that the side-effects of modern medicine are worse than the very disease that they are supposed to treat/prevent. As the old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ensuring your baby has a strong immune system eg. by breastfeeding him/her on demand, will go a long way in preventing them from getting sick in the first place. If they do get sick, then make sure you have a good Natural Health Practitioner you can call on, to ensure that your child is cared for in a natural, safe and effective way.

So at the end of the day, it comes down to this: Do you want to artificially expose your 6 week old baby to 7 different diseases all at once in the hope that it might give them short-term immunity, with the possibility that you’re also simultaneously exposing them to a massive list of possible life-threatening side-effects? Or are you going to be brave enough not to fall for the scare mongering tactics employed by those who benefit from vaccines financially, by educating yourself on how to treat your child naturally, should they become ill.

Knowledge is power, and having the knowledge to deal with childhood illnesses naturally, will help to strengthen your child’s immune system and benefit them for the rest of their life. At the end of the day, no doctor/pediatrician/specialist is responsible for your child’s health – that responsibility lies solely with you as parent.