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© Vivian Gardner Westfall 2012
Vivian is a vaccine-education advocate who works to provide unemotional, evidence-based perspective to the vaccine topic. Her hope is that all parents will take the time to carefully research the information from all sides and perspectives to develop an informed stance on vaccination before consenting to vaccination on behalf of their children.
Blaring headlines, screaming experts, alternative salesmen and everyone else are trying to do the same thing: pull at your heartstrings.
When you blow all the smoke away and ignore the high-pitched voices on ALL sides, you can get down to the basic, level-headed process of determining the health needs for YOUR child.
Here is Vivian's summary on how to map out what your child needs and the specific risks for your child. Is your child's pediatrician doing this?
"First, determine if vaccines are necessary for your child. What are the real and direct risks of the illness for your child?
Keep in mind that it is medically unethical to consider anyone other than the patient (your child) when choosing medical products at the doctor's office.
a. When was the last case of the particular disease in your country? In your state? In your town? Calculate this here.
b. Is it reasonable for a child the age of your child to contract the disease? For example, is it age appropriate for a child to contract a disease such as Hepatitis B? Is it reasonable for a child in your area or socioeconomic status to contract a Tetanus infection?
Second, if your child develops an infection, what are the real and direct risks from that disease?
a. Which illnesses are considered to be serious? What is the frequency of severe or untreatable complications from an infection? This is an important question because the complications are what cause concern, and complications in healthy children are rare. Read through the Mayoclinic's database to learn about illnesses. Dig through the CDC's pink book chapters to become informed on the various vaccine-related illnesses.
b. Have you or your child's doctor calculated the real and direct risks for your child? What is your child's risk of contracting the disease, developing a complication and suffering an injury from that complication?
Third, now that you have a basis for understanding the real and direct risks of the illness and potential complications for your child, it is time to look at the vaccines. All medical procedures and products come with risks, including vaccines.
a. What are the specific ingredients in the vaccine that could be problematic for your child? At this point, a thorough family medical history should be mapped out to identify the risk factors. A family history of allergies, mitochondrial dysfunction, diabetes, other autoimmune issues and so on must be considered. Genetic conditions such as MTHFR should be tested for if your child shows any symptoms. Environment needs to be observed. For example, children of military families are exposed to more toxins, as are people in certain regions or near certain manufacturing plants. What is your child's individual susceptibility to the ingredients in the vaccines?
b. What are the real and direct risks of the vaccines? Has your child's doctor studied the VAERS reports? Has your child's doctor calculated other statistics to ascertain the risks of vaccination? Is your child's doctor aware that the FDA/CDC admit that adverse vaccine reactions are very underreported in spite of efforts to encourage doctors to report the adverse reaction? Has the doctor looked through the VAERS reports to see if your family history might make your child more susceptible to an adverse reaction than other children? What about that Hepatitis B vaccine anyways?
c. Have there been any other adverse reactions in your family? Were these reactions acknowledged? Unreported? Dismissed? Has anyone in your family experienced conditions such as SIDS, colic, allergies, asthma, autism, ADHD/ADD, parkinson's, seizures/epilepsy, brain hemorrhages, psoriasis and eczema, strabismus, etc?
d. Do not accept a greater good argument until the previous matters have been addressed and any benefit of this voluntary medical procedure clearly outweighs the risks of vaccination for your child. For example, if Polio is truly eradicated in America and no risk exists, can your child's doctor explain to you how your child will help a child living in a refugee camp in the Sudan to not get polio?
Fourth, what other treatments and procedures are available if your child get a disease for which she can be vaccinated? (Also called a vaccine-related disease). Keep in mind that even fully vaccinated children can still contract vaccine-related diseases and spread them to others. Vaccination does not guarantee immunization. It also doesn't guarantee protection for others. So, know the symptoms and the treatments available in case the vaccine fails.
a. So if your child should step on a rusty nail and contract tetanus, are there any other measures to address a tetanus infection to prevent serious complications?
Oh yes, I am so relieved you should ask that question. In fact, there are things that can be done. A tetanus infection should be addressed quickly and aggressively and some of the measures that can be used are:
Proper wound care
Tetanus immunoglobulin (to neutralize the toxin)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Since tetanus is a strict anaerobe after entering the body, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will instantly kill the bacterium as it cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. HBOT will superoxygenate even the extremities. This is why feet are of concern with Tetanus. The feet are the least oxygenated of our tissues and of concern in an older adult, particularly with compromised circulation such as in diabetics.
Have you or your child's doctor looked at each vaccine-related illness and compiled a basic treatment list like the one above for Tetanus? What about Measles? What about Chickenpox? What are the medications available? What are their efficacy rates? Side effects? Compared to the vaccine? What about alternative options? What about changing the diet?
b. You can also ask your child's doctor to run antibody titers to see what immune responses show up from vaccine-related diseases. If your child has already been exposed to the illness and developed an immune response, vaccination would clearly be an unnecessary medical procedure and therefore unethical.
Any medical procedure must be evaluated for risks and benefits to the individual patient. The benefits must outweigh the risks and the procedure must be necessary and administered with full consent to be medically ethical."
Exemption laws and forms by state
You could spend hours evaluating individual ingredients and vaccines here
Guggie's pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine link lists
A long but very worthwhile article about vaccination and immunity
More links, including book lists
Real and direct: Meet the Children