any advice on vaccines?

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 10:41am
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On Monday my 6 year old is due for his next set of vaccines. MMr, polio and dtp. I have been doing some research and the more I read the more confused I get.. Has anyone here considered not doing this or am I overreacting to the possible though slim chance of something going terribly wrong.. thanks, Kathy Ann

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I was also reluctant to vaccinate this time around for my 5 yr. old. He received some but not all of his 5 yr. vaccines.
I read a post here by "researchingmom" who posted a link to a small study done in Sweden about the Pertusiss vaccine raising the IGE level. I discussed this w/ my son's ped. who said it was fine to forego the pertussis this time and she agreed that it would raise his IGE response. He is still due for this DT, but they were out at the time. Also didn't get the MMR yet, concerned about the gelatin as he breaks out from eating gelatin. My son, who is now 5, has multiple food allergies, more now than he did at 2 yrs. old and the last thing I want is for his allergic response to increase. I do wonder if the vaccines coupled with an atopic background has made his allergies worse. But no one really knows, do they? If you want I can try to search for that info for you.

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I have been doing a lot of research on this exact topic and have posted somewhere a few bits of information. These days I don't feel as if I have much time to post but I do want to say that after many hours of researching, speaking to different types of Dr's including allergists, pediatricians and alternative Dr's also with medical degrees that I have decided at this time to stop vaccinating my 14 month old. My soon to be 3 year old is PA and I am dealing with grain allergies/intolerances, blueberry and pear allergy and possible egg allergy with my 14 month old. I made this decision after much research, soul searching and great anxiety but I feel that at this time I need to delay the rest of her vaccinations. I will not get into a huge debate with anyone that is pro vaccine under any circumstance because EVERY Doctor that I spoke to said YES there is a possibility that vaccinations will raise the IGE level and in allergic children can raise the possibility of adverse reactions. In the past I also spaced her shots out over time and only allowed 1 vaccine per visit. There is some really great info out there on these subjects.
It is late so I hope you can understand this post. Good luck I know this is a hard one to decide.
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posted March 18, 2001 06:05 PM
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Has anyone introduced a new food to their child after immunizations (MMR, etc.) or boosters that caused a reaction? Do you feel your child was more sensitive to allergens in the days following immunizations? Did your child get a cold a few days after immunizations?
My kids both seemed to get sick (cold, ear infection, whatever) within a week or two following an immunization shot. Also, seem more affected by enviormental allergies. It seems like this would also be a bad time to introduce new foods to an infant or toddler, but have never heard any medical advice on the subject.
Any comment?
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posted March 18, 2001 06:27 PM
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That's interesting that you should mention MMR vaccine...
My son's first introduction and reaction to peanuts was the same day he got his MMR shot. In hind site, we should not have introduced a new food on the same day as his immunizations.
So, we weren't sure whether it was the peanut butter cracker or the shot that gave him hives, wheezing, facial swelling.
I did some research on the MMR shot reactions and found a study that showed that the shot was made from gelatin and that people with a gelatin allergy can have a severe reaction to the MMR vaccine.
It was not until later that we decided that it was probably the peanut butter that he was allergic too, not gelatin.
For the official word, he will be getting the RAST for peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, and walnuts next week.
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posted March 19, 2001 12:27 PM
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As for vaccinations...
The MMR shot is attenuated (weakened) through chick embryos/eggs. Children who are allergic to eggs should not have this vaccine. The trouble is that most pediatricians don't tell you this and a lot of parents aren't aware that children have this allergy at the time the MMR is administered. Also, children allergic to neomycin should avoid vaccines (or delay vaccines) that contain this. I'm not sure however whether or not there is a screening test for neomycin for very young children.
I know that my views on vaccinations in general are not the norm, but I personally feel that they are a premature medical assault on the immune system. Children with a family history of allergies should really research as much as they can before inoculating their kids because a family history of asthma, eczema, allergies and arthritis (all immunological disorders)can make a child more susceptable to more serious allergies and bad reactions.
Patricia
Mom of 3--one severely allergic to nuts, eggs and milk
Aunt of a child who nearly died from an allergy to an ingredient in a vaccine--now autistic
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posted March 19, 2001 03:22 PM
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My son always gets an ear infection/cold/whatever after he has a shot. I never really put a connection with allergies though. He is due for his chicken pox shot tomorrow. Anyone had any bad effects with allergies due to this one?
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posted March 19, 2001 09:53 PM
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My daughter also had her first reaction and exposure to peanut butter on the same day as some immunizations. As Cindia said, I wish I had not introduced the peanut butter to her that day, although both my pediatrician and allergist say that the shots had nothing to do with the allergy. I have decided to believe this, but have always thought it was a strange coincidence.
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posted March 20, 2001 01:33 AM
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My daughter has had the chicken pox vaccine with no problems at all. Also at the last FAN conference they said the MMR vaccines are no longer made with the egg in it. There should not be a problem for egg allergic with that vaccine.
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One of my daughters couldn't take the chicken pox vaccine because it also uses eggs. It was 2 years ago that she would have gotten it. Does anyone know if the chicken pox vaccine, like the MMR, has discontinued the use of eggs?
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posted March 20, 2001 03:27 PM
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My egg allergic son also had the MMR vaccination. We specifically asked about this when we went for his shot. The nurse said it was no longer a problem for egg allergic people to have the mmr vacc. He had no problems whatsoever. He has also had the chicken pox vacc. with no problems.
Hope this helps!
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posted March 21, 2001 10:56 PM
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My PA daughter developed a measles like rash and fever exactly 14 days after the MMR vaccination. (She had a preexisting cough.) Little did we know that she also had pneumonia until she developed a high fever less than a week after the rash went away. She had successfully eaten a peanut butter cookie and a peanut butter and chocolate candy prior to the MMR vaccine. It was about 3 months after the vaccine that we noticed a problem after she ate a peanut butter and chocolate cookie - hives and vomiting.
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posted April 12, 2001 05:45 PM
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All of this sounds really familiar. My son had his 15 mth shots (including MMR) on a Friday. His Peanut allergy was discovered on the following Wednesday. The next Friday he was covered in a rash and had a fever of 103. All this sounds to coincidental to me.
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posted April 12, 2001 08:13 PM
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My son is a Class 6 to eggs among the PA and an assorted list of other foods. But he had the MMR and I was scared to death and I think the doc was a little nervous too she made me wait in the waiting room for 90 minutes after the shot checking him every 15 minutes. Thank God no reaction and he was already diagnosed before the shot with PA.
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posted April 28, 2003 11:27 PM
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I just delayed ny 4 months old shots because I was thinking the below:
My PA allergic child seemed to get sick after a lot of her immunizations.
She had terrible RSV in Jan and Feb and I gave her the peanut butter in Feb. which she had a reaction to. Her immune system was shot to heck at that time.
Quiet a few people in my family have immune system problems.
The alternative medicine Doctors that I have always gone to for myself and now for my kids have suggested that I delay my 2nd childs shots becuase obviously allergies run in the family and the immunizations break down the immune system.
Has anyone else opted to delay immunizations or feel as though any of this information seems similar to your own childs history.
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posted April 29, 2003 07:15 AM
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Danielle, we have and continue to avoid the MMR vaccine due to an egg allergy. That said, we did the chicken pox one without incident(I did not know at the time it was a risk for egg allergy). I was always leary of the MMR and was more than happy for a reason to delay to an older age, past the stats relating to autism. I am so glad, as I now have heard that I have at least 2 cousins with children with a form of autism.
We do plan to go ahead with it after she outgrows her egg allergy. becca
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posted April 29, 2003 09:22 AM
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Becca and everyone else...
While there is no scientific 'proof' that innoculations or MMR can cause autism, there is a growing belief among people whose children were effected and born in the decade between the early 1990's and ending around 1999 (when the ADA recommending ceasing the use of Thimerosal in childhood vaccinations due to a growing belief that Thimerosal (a form of mercury) can cause varying degrees of autism) that the vaccines are indeed the culprit. Here is one of my favorite links with scientific research:
[url="http://www.safeminds.org"]www.safeminds.org[/url]
My son definitely experienced extreme changes in mood and behavior within days of recieving five innoculations, including MMR and Chicken Pox at the age of 4. Later research (on my part) showed that the other three innoculations combined contained a hefty dose of Thimerosal, enough to be considered toxic to an adult.
One of the University of Calgary's video's on the website link regarding mercury and Alzheimer's shows how mercury, even in tiny doses, can permanently destroy the denudded neurofibers in the brain, leading to Alzheimers, and possibly to different forms of autism.
The ADA recommended the discontinuatation of the use of Thimerosal in vaccines for children. I still ask to see the bottle the vaccine comes in when it comes to my daughter. I have not seen any medical or scientific research regarding the MMR vaccine which can even come close to the connection that has been established between Thimerosal and autistic spectrum disorders.
On an end note, my other reason for believing in possibility that vaccines administered to my son during the mid-90's directly effected the severity of his autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger's) is personal... my brother in-law, after winning a scholarship to study in Ghana, received 11 innoculations simultaneously and has since suffered from grand mal seizures.
I do believe in innoculating my children, however, I won't let them give more than one per doctor visit or anything which I haven't read the ingredients label and accompanying paperwork on. Certain innoculations, such as Chicken Pox, MMR and polio are all live vaccines, which do not contain Thimerosal. Thimerosal is a preservative not needed in live vaccines.
~Melanie
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posted April 29, 2003 10:18 AM
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For most of the reasons listed above, I have delayed my son's final round of DTaP and IPV (polio) vaccinations. He was scheduled to have them at 15 months of age. We are scheduled to have them on May 9th (he will be 32 months old). I'm a nervous wreck. I've read so many unfortunate stories about reactions to these vaccinations that I have worked myself up into a panic over these shots.
Has anyone with a food allergic child had adverse reactions to DTaP or polio. Or is there anything I need to be aware of in regards to his allergies and these shots.
Thanks!
JoJo
Shane - peanut, milk, soy, sesame, nuts, avoiding all legumes.
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posted April 29, 2003 10:59 AM
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JoJo:
I didn't mean to cause undo panic or worry or make you afraid to innoculate your child. Please check out the link I provided.
All three of my children, 2 PA, one not, have been innoculated. With my PA daughter, however, I am a little more cautious in how I let them do it. One innoculation per doctor visit. I think it's a lot to expect of a child's immune system if you pop them with 4-5 innoculations at a time, with or without the undue stress of Thimerosal!
Always ask if the vaccinations contain Thimerosal. The ADA has recommended against the use, but I have read there are still stocks of vaccines out there containing it. Your annual flu shot has Thimerosal. I'd rather get the flu, thank you. So to amalgam filings in your teeth, which the film on [url="http://www.safeminds.org"]www.safeminds.org[/url] from the University of Calgary believes can lead to Alzheimers. My step-son needed three fillings and I had to pay extra due to the fact that our very good pediatric dentist refused to use amalgam fillings in children's teeth, claiming they are dangerous and potentially toxic. I love my son's dentist! Kids first!
The polio vaccine is a live vaccine. DTaP is one of the former Thimerosal containing drugs. Just be sure to ask, and if it contains Thimerosal, make another appointment and insist your child receive a non-Thimerosal containing vaccine. They CAN order them. Our pediatrician's office, after dealing with me and apparently several other mom's, sent back their bad stock and no longer use any vaccines which contain Thimerosal. I think this is in part due to the main doctor's son having DSI (Sensory Integration Dysfunction).
Good luck and don't panic. Really, check out that website. It's full of valuable information!
~Melanie
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posted April 29, 2003 11:05 AM
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Here is the direct link to the University of Calgary's film on mercury...
[url="http://commons.ucalgary.ca/mercury/"]http://commons.ucalgary.ca/mercury/[/url]
~Melanie
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posted April 29, 2003 11:26 AM
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One more link:
[url="http://www.mercurypolicy.org"]http://www.mercurypolicy.org[/url]
1/8/03 Parents and advocates are meeting today on Capital Hill to ask the Nation's leaders and pharmaceutical companies to stop using the mercury preservative thimerosal in all vaccines, to inform Americans about vaccines with mercury, and to recall existing thimerosal stocks from health care facilities. While most infant vaccines are mercury-free, the preservative is still added to formulations for influenza (flu vaccines), diphtheria-tetanus, tetanus, hepatitis B, pneumococcal and rabies. "Why are vaccine makers still using thimerosal and unnecessarily exposing infants, pregnant women an unsuspecting Americans to mercury?" asked Michael Bender, Director, Mercury Policy Project (see press release). "Vaccines are supposed to help prevent health problems and not create them. Continued use of mercury in medical products for any human use, where avoidable, is simply irresponsible and not worth the risk." US health and governmental officials seem to agree. In the FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged manufacturers to remove thimerosal from childhood vaccines. In 2001, the Institute of Medicine recommended that children and pregnant women avoid thimerosal whenever possible. Also see AP coverage on Yahoo.
~Melanie
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posted April 29, 2003 11:29 AM
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The CDC has information posted on their website about the contents of vaccines at:
[url="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/VaxCont.pdf"]http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/VaxCont.pdf[/url]
They also have contraindications for the vaccines posted:
[url="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/contraindications.pdf"]http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/contraindications.pdf[/url]
Also, some more information from the FDA on thimerosal:
[url="http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm"]http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm[/url]
Thought it would be interesting reading.
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posted April 30, 2003 12:39 PM
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This is so scary to read. I was digging in the posts about aspbergers (sp)here yesterday. DS displays alot of similar characteristics. Especially it seems when he is stressed. He also reacted everytime he was immunized (born 7/96) He would run a fever and have cold symptoms. Wonderful dr.s always told me this was normal. Recently, at allergists they were shocked by his history and found it very significant. All three kids seem to have food and other allergies. Baby hasn't been tested yet. Maybe i can do something to protect him. From what I sumised, I should ask if vacine has thimerosol in it? It is so disturbing to discover you may have unwitingly sone something to harm your kids. I put way too much trust in my dr.s. Thanks, Melody
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posted April 30, 2003 01:45 PM
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A light just went off in my head! At the sight of the injection my son had major redness and swelling, it was like that for SEVERAL days and it hurt if we even touched it. We had no clue and his doctor said it's just a reaction to the vaccine, now in hindsight I realize since he is allergic to eggs it was probably an allergic reaction to that vaccine. We didn't know he was allergic to eggs at the time of his vaccinations.
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posted April 30, 2003 05:02 PM
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No tammy, I dont think so , its quite common to have a sensitve bump like that after any immunizations.
There is egg in MMR, but very very very phew very small. If a child has had a severe reaction to eggs its worth going to hospital to have the innoculation, just in case.
I think that immunizations are very important for allergic children.
William has had all his immunizations, even the MMR and he is egg allergic.
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posted April 30, 2003 06:10 PM
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My kids have both gotten sick a few days after going to the doctor on several occasions, whether they have had shots or not. I attribute it to the germs floating around the waiting room.
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posted May 01, 2003 02:27 AM
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I don't think it is just germs. When my kids were preschoolers they all went on each other's doctor's visits (and mine). I was not one of those terribly efficient types to schedule them at the same time for all. Only the kid getting shots would be guaranteed of getting an ear infection, etc.
Of course, maybe that ear thingy they use to look in the ears has a lot of germs on it? (I thought they cleaned those little cones?)Have to think about that.
My kid has two food allergies. His first PA reaction was the afternoon of an a.m. shot day. PA turned out to be a big deal. His first mango reaction was the evening of an a.m. shot day. Mango allergy is a minor allergy for him. After that we were done with shots until 5 years old.
At 5 nothing happened except illness, but we introduced no new foods and didn't eat anything like strawberries or shellfish.Immune system is also much more mature by then.
We skip the flu shot also. I don't like the mercury (How can they recommend this for 6 month olds?) and they will probably get sick after the shot with something else. Not worth it. There is always a strain running around not covered in the shot anyway.
I knew this was ancedotal when I originally posted it, but was curious if others had some of the same experience.
I just think you shouldn't kick a dog when it is down. When the immune system is very actively manufacturing new antibodies is maybe just not the time to introduce new foods.
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posted May 01, 2003 09:15 PM
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Okay guys since my original post a few days ago I have sufficiently worked myself up into a complete frenzy. My soon to be 5 month old is due for shots and I really think I should delay for awhile. I am going to interview some new pediatricians and let them know that they will have to deal with my requests of one shot per visit and letting me see the immunization vial.
Nothing I read seems to calm my nerves at all, instead it leads me to more questions and more sleepless nights.
Help. I obviously need a lot of it.
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posted May 02, 2003 12:00 AM
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Well, if it is any comfort to anyone, my dd has had all her vaccinations, except for MMR, simply because it was around time for that one when we became aware fo her allergies. I was already leery of it for the autism reasons, and had/have some minor concerns about my dd's social development, loner tendencies and such. I just felt comfortable with delaying and using the egg allergy was good enough for me. It sounds like I really could do it, but feel better waiting for hr allergy to go away.
Never, after any shot was she more than a bit sleepy that day. Never a fever, never sick, never needed analgesics(I might have given some for prophylaxis once or twice, but do not recall). In fact she had a cold at 9 months, roseola at a year, and next illness was at 18 months(viral).
Her only health issues have been her food allergies and some eczema. Maybe that makes you feel better! Whwn she started really getting cold after cold was after stopping breastfeeding at 21 months, and starting preschool this year. becca
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MeCash,
You posted that you only let your child get one vaccination per visit. This makes sense to me, but I have a few questions.
How far apart do you space the vaccinations? Does your doctor give you a hard time about this?
My first child has all of her vaccinations (until kindergarten) but our second child is due in 6 days so I'm wondering, with the family history of allergies, if I should do things differently this time.
Thanks.
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I actually found a new pediatrician that I like a lot. I interviewed her and let her know my concerns about vaccinations and she said she has a lot of parents now that request 1 vaccination per visit. She spaces them 1 month a part from each other unless the manufacturers state longer. I feel very comfortable about this so I took my baby to have 1 shot last week. I also go to a alternative medicine Doc and she does not do any invasive work so I feel comfortable with her too. I try to schedule visits with her before and /or after the vaccination.

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It is important to minimise the effect of non-specific adjuvant enhancing factors for allergy. The 3-in-1 DPT inoculation should possibly be delayed because of the adjuvant effect on IgE stimulation of the pertussis component. Respiratory viral infections should be minimised. In this regard, over-populated day-care centres are not recommended for high-allergic-risk infants, nor is indiscriminate kissing of the baby by well-meaning friends to be encouraged.
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In the book "Conquering Your Child's Allergies" written by M. Eric Gershwin M.D.on page 193 it discusses that pertussis in studies has a side effect that has demonstrated in animals to produce more ige antibodies that generate allergies.Children who are atopic and already have a high incidence of allergies make far more ige than they need.Thus,following the administration of the pertussis vaccine ,their allergies may get significantly worse, for this reason they don't recommend pertussis vaccination in any child who has a history of moderate to severe hay fever, asthma, or eczema. This doctor also wrote another book called
"Taking Charge of Your Child's Allergies"published in 1998 with a similar discussion on page 195 in that book. I noticed in the preface that it stated that the authors had severely allergic children.
Also if you go to nlm gateway and go to pmid#10436392 there is a very interesting study that was published in Int Arch Allergy Immunol. in July of 1999. The abstract is tittled "Pertussis adjuvant prolongs intestinal hypersensitivity".In the conclusion to the study it says:Our findings indicate nonogram quantities of PT,when administered with a food protein, result in long-term sensitization to the antigen, and altered intestinal neuroimmune function. These data suggest that exposure to bacterial pathogens may prolong the normal transient immune responsiveness to inert food antigens."
Speaking as a mom who has a son who had a severe reaction to his vaccinations and listened to the pediatrician who said it was perfectly safe to vaccinate again.Shortly after my sons eczema went from a little patch to a mess all over his body, he had severe diarrhea and ended up in the hospital. My little boy has had anaphylactic reactions and is allergic to over 20 different foods.I personally believe that vaccinations played some part in the reason why he is so allergic.
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Quite interesting, my non-PA son's eczema worsened dramatically after his first DPT vaccine.
On the other hand, Whooping Cough in a young child is absolutely devastating. Definitely a case for risk/benefit analysis.
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Neither one of my boys got the initial DPT shots, they only got diptheria and tetanus. My reasoning behind this was because I had bad allergic reactions to the pertussis and my dr at the time said that would raise their risk of having a reaction. So I decided not to give it to them.
I have since been questioned constantly by dr.s' about why I didnt give it to them. I did eventually give them the last booster with the DTaP. I was told there was less risk with this and they had no problems.
I do have to say we had a whooping cough outbreak here a couple years ago and I was TERRIFIED! Both my boys have asthma and i was so scared they would get it and it would be all my fault. Well, they didnt and it turned out that most of the people who did get it had had the immunization so who knows.
I do know that if youve every heard a child with whooping cough its gut wrenching to listen to. This is the first time Ive ever heard of a dr recommending you not get the vaccine.
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I vaccinated my kids and now wish I didn't. I did not complete the vaccinations on my last two children. Did you know that the pharmaceutical companies say that if anyone in your family as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or if any family member has had reactions to vaccines , not to vaccinate other children in the family ? Why don't doctors tell you this ? Or how about this doozy...even though the pharmaceutical companies insist there is no link between mercury poisoning, autism and vaccines they are now protected under the Homeland Security Act against parents who wish to sue them. Hmmm. Now if there truly is no link , why the extensive protection ? Raises too many questions for me. Visit these government sponsored sites...
[url="http://www.909shot.com"]www.909shot.com[/url]
[url="http://www.hrsa.gov/osp/vicp/table.htm"]http://www.hrsa.gov/osp/vicp/table.htm[/url]
and this site
[url="http://www.mercola.com"]www.mercola.com[/url]
EDITED: because one of the links didn't work. It does now.
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Kathy Ann,
I have not had either of my children (one is allergic to PN, TN, and Eggs - the other is not allergic to anything) vaccinated - at all. My decision for this was not easy - and based on a lot of research and soul searching. You are not overreacting - and you are not alone.
Liz

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[i]completely unrelated[/i], but I work in a hospital, come home to my family, (one of which does attend a public school, one of which also works in another healthcare related field) go out to eat, shop in malls, go to public establishments, go to public clinics, etc...........

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I found this great site. Very thought provoking and full of insightful links.
The Hopewood Children
[url="http://www.vaccinationdebate.com/web8.html"]www.vaccinationdebate.com/web8.html[/url]

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I always seem to get drawn into this debate over and over. Is it possible to have a severe even deadly reaction to a vaccine? Of course and it does happen. The links above indicate there is about a 1 in 110,000 chance. This means that 99.999% of those vaccinated never have a serious reaction resulting in permanent injury. More typical reactions (like my children) are temporary fevers, injection site pain and redness.
Compare that incidence with the incidence of severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) to antibiotics in children (6 mo. - 10 years): The range varries from 0.75-4.5%. On the same scale that is 825-4950 in 110,000! Granted, not all of these reactions would be considered life threatening or causing permanent injury, but you can see that a child would be more likely to become seriously ill after receiving an antiobiotic than being vaccinated. Therefore, what do you do? Following the same anti-vaccine logic you would have to refuse any new antibiotic prescribed for your child and hope that the bacterial infection doesn't put them into the hospital.
I completely agree that thimerosal has no place in anything placed into a child's body. Most vaccines no longer contain this and I know there are thimerosal-free formulations for the one or two that do. Always ask your doctor!
This is definitely a risk/reward decision. The problem lies in the fact that the decision not to vaccinate can adversely effect the health of the general population. This is not a decision that should be taken without A LOT of valid scientific study. Remember, your grandparents feared that polio might strike their children. Today, most of us never even think about it...
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