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Vaccine: to vaccinate or not

 

There are many people who are against vaccinations for varied reasons. They put articles on the Net and in magazines. And on TV. It seams there is a growing move away from traditional doctors and medications and there is a booming business in Herbs, home deliveries, and alternate medicine. Many have been disillusioned by doctors who are not current or when things turn bad for no specific reason.

When a baby gets a vaccine and immediately after has any symptom, the knee jerk reflex is to blame it on the vaccine. I guess that is where superstitions come from. A black cat crossed in front of someone who then had bad things happen and he blamed it on the cat. Only through scientific studies comparing the treated and control groups have we come far in our understanding and knowledge. Many myths have been dispelled and we have proven the snake oil did not help your medical condition. Many quacks have been stopped by proving their stuff did not work.

But it is hard to convince a parent whose baby dies the night after the vaccination that it was not the vaccine. Also the person who develops arthritis or seizures after receiving a vaccine. Thousands of infants receive their DPT at 2 months in the United States and there will be some crib death that night. Studies showed that there were just as many crib deaths the night before they were due to have their shots as there were after. The frequency of crib death in the vaccinated infants was the same as those infants who were unvaccinated. There is definite proof that the shots did not cause crib death but try convincing that parent whose baby dies after the shots. Seizures, delayed development, and Autism occur and are not caused by vaccines. Scientific studies have proven it.

There are reported rare cases of damage after vaccinations.  These are 1/310,000 patients. There are risks. Not only to these vaccines but to just living. Going to school or driving the car. We take precautions like buckling up but there are still risks. These vaccines are made as safe as we know how at the level of our technology at that time. They are continually improving and making them safer. But there are risks.

We look at the risks and the benefits. Like the seat belt that can save you 90% of the time but may cause problems 5 % of the time. You still buckle up.  More people were killed in the Civil War than in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam all added together. Only 1/3 were killed by bullets. 2/3’s died from Polio, Measles, Meningitis, and other diseases we vaccinate against. This year 3 million children will die from tetanus, measles, and meningitis……. not in the USA because we vaccinate. The last case of meningitis I saw was 10 years ago when the HIB vaccine came out. The child was due to come in for it’s check up and shots but the mother missed the appointment. The child developed meningitis and died at Children’s hospital. We went from 20,000 cases/year of meningitis to now a only a few per year. It is now so rare that you hear about it on the news. You did not hear much about it years ago because it was so common that it was not news. 10% die and 50% are brain damaged. In just one year we went from 20,000 cases to a few hundred. It is saving many children.

We have eliminated Small Pox from the face of the earth and now do not give the vaccine. Measles is about to be eliminated from the US. We eliminated Polio from all of N. and S. America, and soon will eliminate it from the world. We now give the injectable form of the polio rather than the live vaccine. Some day we will not have to give that vaccine but one has to wait until it is gone for sure before we stop it. One must weigh the risks and benefits.

It is so hard to get medications and especially vaccines approved by the FDA because they are trying to keep it safe and effective.

The latest vaccine is against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that causes venereal warts, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer, and cancer of the mouth and esophagus.  We will almost eliminate cervical cancer with it.   It is now approved for boys.  I hope they get a vaccine against AIDS soon.

Yes there are rare risks. Would I get my child or grandchild vaccinated today? Definitely!

http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/

 

Here are research papers proving there is no connection with autism and vaccines or thymersol (mercury).

 http://sdsma.org/pdfs/09%20-%20History%20of%20Autism%20-%20Blake.pdf

http://lifevesselbeverlyhills.com/val/Vaccine%20Autism.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X12005828

http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/2010/05000/Lack_of_Association_Between_Measles_Mumps_Rubella.3.aspx

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/4/656.short

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10810731003780714

http://www.landesbioscience.com/journals/vaccines/article/12217/News-PolicyHV6-5.pdf?nocache=179268593

http://www.theannals.com/content/45/10/1302.short

And the latest one: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/health/university-of-sydney-study-rules-out-link-between-vaccination-and-autism/story-fni0dgux-1226923177732

 Here are news reports that are interesting:

http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=102691

 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/measles-outbreak-hits-jewish-neighborhoods-brooklyn-article-1.1346446

 http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112852881/measles-outbreak-england-call-for-action-concerns-autism-052113/

 http://pediatrics.about.com/b/2013/05/28/measles-is-back-and-so-are-the-consequences.htm

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/crackpot-crusaders-putting-our-kids-at-risk/story-fni0cwl5-1226641441502

 

 

Dr. Knapp

 Here are only a few tombstones in a cemetery from 100+ years ago.  This is why we vaccinate!