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Should I Vaccinate My Baby Or Not?

Should I Vaccinate My Baby Or Not?

It’s only natural for a parent to fear for their child’s life, especially after the recently reported cases of frequent and expensive failures by lucrative pharmaceutical companies. If doctors no longer trust reports and research from big pharma companies, how can parents? These companies are responsible for saving lives and vaccines alone are purported to prevent millions of deaths, but it’s not the first time in many years that a drug or vaccine has been considered unsafe, while big pharma’s continue to cover their tracks.

To say that the vaccination subject is still a sore topic is the understatement of the year. Granted, there are diseases that vaccinations can prevent such as:

  • Polio, which can lead to permanent paralysis even death
  • Pneumococcal disease which can lead to infection of the brain and spinal (meningitis)
  • Hepatitis B can lead to liver damage and cancer in 1 out of 4 chronically infected children
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B can lead to meningitis in children under the age of 5
  • Whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, or death
  • Tetanus can cause tightening of the muscles

Keeping this in mind, you can see that immunization may save your child – to some extent, in fact, a good percentage of kids nowadays are still receiving vaccines, and as a 70’s or 80’s child, you too received your inoculations. Studies show that a dangerous disease such as measles can be eradicated through a single vaccination at childhood. However, when you think about the harmful and sometimes, life-threatening ingredients that are used in most vaccines, it’s not a shock that most parents are against getting their babies immunized.

Research suggests that the total antigens babies receive during all the routine vaccines at 2, 4, and 6 months of age today are a fraction of what kids used to receive years ago. Compared to today, kids born about 40 years ago were only vaccinated against eight diseases. Today, by the time a child is two years old, he or she requires multiple shots to protect them from against twice as many diseases, which begs the question, won’t so many vaccines overwhelm a child’s immature immune system?

Nearly all vaccines are loaded with various chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury, neomycin, formaldehyde, minor traces of aluminum, etc., which drug companies conveniently leave out from the label and if mentioned, they are probably names in jargon. Can you imagine what would happen to your growing child after receiving a cocktail of these toxic substances even in small amounts? Some health clinics have recently stopped administering all vaccines because some of them are purported to cause autoimmune disease in small children.

An ingredient such as neomycin and gelatin pose some risks because they are solely used to prevent bacteria growth and to prevent vaccines from degrading over time, respectively. These ingredients have been shown to cause anaphylactic responses also some studies carried out in 2010 revealed that vaccinated children are 30% more susceptible to developing allergies, asthma, ADHD, or ear infections than unvaccinated one. This is not to suggest that vaccines are solely to blame for the occurrence of these diseases, in fact, a combination of both genetics and environmental factors also play a major role as well.

Is it possible to boost your child’s immune system and protect them from diseases any other way apart from immunizations? Long-term breastfeeding, healthy nutrition, the right supplements, a healthy mental and emotional support are some natural ways that you as a parent can contribute to the health of your child’s immunity.

There is another side of immunization that needs a closer look. Some parents are still getting their kids vaccinated with no visible detrimental effects. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines can protect your child against 14 diseases by the age of two, and apparently, there is no link between vaccines and autism as many are led to believe.

Parents worry that all these vaccines will overwhelm their baby’s immune system, but the antigens in vaccines are presumably in very small amounts, and they can provide a child with essential antibodies to ward off vaccine-preventable diseases. Early immunization is also deemed necessary because even though a baby’s immune system can successfully fight off thousands of germs, they are still susceptible to serious diseases such as whooping cough and chickenpox, which are yet to be eradicated in the United States and the rest of the world. 

To minimize the number of vaccines your child needs (which are quite a few), various vaccine combinations are currently available. What used to require up to three separate shots for polio or 9 shots to get protection against Diphtheria, children can get the same protection with fewer shots but with the same side effects such as fever or rashes.

A newborn’s immune system is protected in its mother’s womb before birth and from breastfeeding, but after that, a child’s natural immunity is strengthened when it’s exposed to infections, which means that they are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Is it safe to leave a child’s immune system to its own devices because we fear that vaccines will cause undue stress on them or do we trust that the ingredients in vaccines according to the CDC will, in fact, protect our children?

The main concern is that vaccines will do more harm than good, that they indeed cause side effects that seem worse than the actual disease or infection. While studies show that it takes over ten years for new vaccines to make it through all four phases of safety testing before they can get approved, the jury is still out on this issue. Mild to moderate side effects of some vaccines such as seizures and high fever are to be expected, but what about the confirmed side effects of bowel obstruction caused by the rotavirus vaccine? It’s up to parents to consider the efficacy of other nontoxic methods to boost their children’s immunity.

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