What If I Still Choose To Give My Children Vaccinations?

If you have chosen to give your children vaccinations after fully researching the topic, or just don’t feel confident enough at this stage to decide against vaccinating, or like many, you are under pressure to do so, (even if perhaps you would not like to). Then I have compiled a list of suggestions to help you and your children cope with the vaccine process better. The book ‘Well Adjusted Babies’ by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani, is an amazing holistic parenting book worth reading for any parent. Rather than debating the vaccination issue, it focuses on the health risks. It is my parenting bible.

It’s really important that you have a family doctor that, if not ‘supports’ the reasons why you are questioning vaccines, then supports the criteria you make in order for you to choose to vaccinate, (such as choosing to delay them). Doctors cannot tell you what you can and cannot do. They may make you feel bad or stupid for the decisions you make, but they do not have the power to make you do anything you do not want to do. You may need to swap to another doctor if this is the case. It’s your child and only you as a parent have the right make these important decisions. It will be after all, you who has to deal with any repercussions.

Take these, (or some of these) ideas, research them, and hopefully it will help you find a balance that you feel confident with.

  1. Delay the vaccination schedule for as long as you can. A minimum of a year would give your baby a much better start to life, to let their immune system develop without the interference of immune suppressing chemicals. Two years would have the greatest benefit. This would allow your child’s own natural immunity time to strengthen.
  1. You do have a choice to only have some of the vaccinations on the schedule. If you do not feel that your child is at risk from some of the illnesses then you have the right to break them up and only choose what you would prefer your child to have, and not have others.

Research each separate vaccination and disease. Look into the actual statistics for how many children in New Zealand die or get sick from these diseases and if you can what their circumstances were. You need to keep in mind that the statistics used for death and complications from diseases that the government and vaccine advocates give you, groups all ages together, (including elderly). Sometimes different countries’ data is included, and also sick children (with cancer for example) are not distinguished between ‘healthy’ children. It’s important to not just rely on these websites, brochures and data as your only means of research. They are one sided, and they omit a lot of balanced, important and information based on correct statistical facts. Information, such as who is actually at risk (other than “all babies and children”), ways these illnesses can be treated successfully, and realistically, just how rare many of these complications and deaths from these illnesses actually are is left out.

  1. Continue to breastfeed your child until they have finished the vaccination schedule. This will give your child an immune boost.

A note on the importance of breastfeeding and immunity: you can have confidence in the fact that you are passing maternal antibodies to your baby to protect them from common childhood infections, (coughs, colds, chickenpox), and life threatening infections, such as bacterial meningitis. Breast milk is particularly rich in IgA antibodies, which line your baby’s gut and protect against gastrointestinal infections. Breast milk is also a good source of highly absorbent minerals, antioxidants and other antibacterial substances that further help protect your baby against bacterial and viral infections. In addition, it is also an excellent source of essential fatty acids. These are vital in the proper development and functioning of your child’s immune system, as they help to regulate the activity of disease-fighting white blood cells.

“Incredibly, breastfeeding mothers can protect their babies by providing tailor-made antibodies to the bacteria and viruses they come into contact with. When you kiss your babies cheek you are effectively sampling the bacteria and viruses on his face that he is about to ingest. By transferring these bacteria to your own body, you stimulate your immune system to create specific antibodies to fight these pathogens. You then pass the tailor-made antibodies back to your baby through your breast milk” (Immunity foods for healthy kids by Lucy Burney). Oh the miracle of nature!

If you cannot or have chosen not to breastfeed your baby, (or have finished breastfeeding), you could add a quarter of a teaspoon of children’s probiotic to your baby’s bottle once a day, to provide some of the beneficial bacteria present in breast milk. You could also add a few drops of organic flaxseed oil into each of your baby’s bottles to provide a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, (a maximum of one teaspoon in 24 hours). Also rubbing the contents of a 500mg evening primrose oil capsule onto your baby’s tummy after bathtime to ensure a source of omega-6 essential fatty acids.

  1. It is very important to make sure your baby is ‘well’ at the time of vaccinations and is certainly not taking antibiotics. Colds and even irritability with teething are valid reasons to put off the vaccines until they are back to being ‘well’ again. When your child is unwell, (even irritable with teething or a minor cold), your child needs all the strength of its developing immune system to become well again. It is not worth the risk. The New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre contradicts this, by saying: “an ordinary cough, cold, runny nose or another minor illness, but if their temperature is normal or only slightly raised, they can receive their immunisations.” What is not explained to you here, and also not public knowledge, (of course), but is important knowledge, is the fact that when these vaccines are deemed ‘safe’ the trials and safely studies are done on healthy babies and children. In fact, the criteria are quite strict. To name just a few of the criteria, a baby would be rejected from a trial if:

 It was born before 37 weeks gestation, and weighed less than 2500g at birth.

It has or has suspected health problems.

A member in the family had an immune system that does not work properly.

The mother had problems before or in labour, such as prolonged rupture of membranes lasting longer than 18 hours.

The mother had diabetes.

The mother had a pregnancy problem such as the placenta coming away suddenly or pre-eclampsia.

So, although vaccines are deemed safe, they may only be safe in the small amount of babies they were ever tested on for safety. I hate the thought that our children today are the lab rats, but in reality they are! It’s disgusting that our children are being treated this way and they are getting away with it. But then, if the safety trials were done properly they would deem vaccines unsafe and where is the money in that?

Back to being unbiased…

  1. Talk to your doctor or nurse, and ask, (demand) mercury-free vaccines; these are often withheld and will not be used until old stocks are used up. You have a right to see the vaccine packaging, (including ingredients and possible side effects listed). Read up on the effects of mercury so that you can be strong in your right to demand mercury-free vaccines (if they are actually available).
  1. Really take some time to research your decision to vaccinate if there is a family history of convulsions, epilepsy or any other neurological problems. This would be a red flag in my books. Remember, vaccines have never been safety tested in babies who have these health problems. I would say to be wary of vaccinations if you have a family history of allergies, (see my blog ‘The link between vaccines and allergies’, which explains the theory that food proteins used in vaccines are linked to the rise in allergy’s). Also if a sibling has had a vaccine reaction.
  1. Utilise the knowledge and skill of naturopaths, homeopaths and chiropractors prior to, during and after vaccinations, which may help to reduce nerve irritation, chemical toxicity and increase their immune strength. Homeopathic vaccinations are an effective and safe alternative to conventional vaccines and worth researching. Homeopathics can also be used to detox the side effects of vaccinations.
  1. At the time of vaccination, provide your child with wholesome foods and probiotics (or if breastfeeding do so yourself). Some research shows the benefits of high levels of vitamin C and calcium taken for a period of time prior to vaccinations (as both of these nutrients can become deficient during the process).

I will once again stress the point that the decision to vaccinate your child or not is the biggest and most important one you will ever have to make for your child. The consequences of whichever decision you make lie solely with you as a parent. Investigate this topic for yourself from many different sources, ask good questions and don’t allow yourself to be bullied into anything you do not want to do for your child. Have confidence in your decision. Whether you choose to give your children vaccinations or not, the greatest focus should be on how you can protect and strengthen your children’s immunity. How their immune system is built now, is the foundations for their health in the future…and that health is in your hands.