Vaccination Consideration (8 of 9): Mild Diseases

This is the eighth of nine reasons we’re going to explore for why we decided not to vaccinate our children. If you missed the intro to this series, please read it here. It contains groundwork critical for properly understanding my motivation for writing this series.

In a previous post, we discussed that many parents are scared of diseases for which we now have vaccines, and often the fear is justified. Diseases like whooping cough, measles, and polio were responsible for many deaths. But we examined the statistics which showed that the decline in these deadly diseases was not due to vaccines, but rather better nutrition, refrigeration of foods, cleaner water, and improved sanitation.

We’ve also had a chance to look at risks and issues associated with vaccines:

In light of these issues we now want to discuss vaccines for diseases which are not dangerous and do not cause deaths in the overwhelming majority of cases.  In these cases, we have to consider the risks of the vaccines themselves in addition to the comparative lack of risk of the diseases.

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from both practices to devote full time to nutritional studies and research. Here’s what he has to say on the matter (emphasis mine):

The data demonstrates that millions of people are seriously injured and thousands die as a result of vaccine complications every year. In many cases the damage caused by the vaccines exceed the risk of the disease being vaccinated against — such as is the case with the chickenpox, tetanus, measles, mumps, hepatitis B, and HPV vaccines.

A few examples of these mild diseases are listed below.  I have linked each disease to the extremely pro-vaccine CDC descriptions.  The CDC typically highlights the worst of every disease in order to promote the benefits of vaccinations, but even their site includes benign descriptions of the diseases.

Hepatitis B

Description: A liver disease that can only be caught from contact with infectious blood or semen.  Unless the mother has Hepatitis B or the newborn has sex with an infected person or shares needles to inject drugs, this is a completely unnecessary vaccine.

ABC-TV “20/20” (1999): Hepatitis B Vaccine Risks & Mandates

Rotavirus

Description: A self-limited illness including diarrhea, vomiting, and fever that lasts for only a few days.

Treatment: Fluids and rest. According to the CDC, only 1 in 70 children will require hospitalization for the purpose of receiving intravenous fluids.  They neglect to mention the mild hospital treatment necessary (intravenous fluids) when they quote the scary figure of 55,000 children hospitalized each year.

Deaths: Though the CDC didn’t list how many deaths the virus was responsible for in the US, they did list the high number of deaths worldwide.  Again, they neglected to mention that in the countries with the highest number of deaths from Rotovirus there is greater contamination of food and water and less ability to keep kids hydrated. Again, the best way to avoid this disease is with better nutrition, refrigeration of foods, cleaner water, and improved sanitation.

Immunity: With each infection immunity develops and subsequent infections are less severe. Please note that the CDC confesses that children vaccinated against Rotovirus aren’t guaranteed immunity.  They may very well develop the disease more than once.

Chicken Pox (Varicella)

Description: Most commonly a mild, week-long nuisance of an illness including blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever.

Treatment: Cool compresses, rest.

Deaths: Responsible for only about 100 deaths per year, and most of those were the result of over-aggressive medical care.

Immunity: Once contracted, the child has lifelong natural immunity. Like the Rotavirus vaccine, Chicken Pox vaccines do not guarantee immunity. The CDC says, “About 15%–20% of people who have received one dose of chickenpox vaccine do still get chickenpox if they are exposed.”

Influenza

Description: Respiratory infection causing fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches, fatigue. (Interestingly, side effects from the vaccine can also produce fever, sore throat, runny nose and muscle aches.  Go figure. . .)

Treatment: Rest and fluids.

Deaths: Though the CDC’s page states that about 36,000 people die from the flu each year, the actual number is much lower, around a few hundred.  Their 36,000 number includes deaths caused by pneumonia.  Interestingly, from 1999-2002 before the CDC advocated vaccinating young children, very few young children died from the flu – under 100 in all 4 years.  In 2003, after the CDC started vaccinating young children, flue deaths in this age group skyrocketed to 90 in a single year!

Immunity: Young and healthy people with normal immune systems who contract the flu will likely have good immunity against the same or closely related strains of virus from one year to the next. The flu vaccine will only be effective if the vaccine manufacturers “matched” the viruses in the vaccine with those in circulation.

An informative 8 minute video about flu vaccines is below:

And for a less official, but much more entertaining video about the flu vaccine, watch this:

As parents, we have to ask ourselves: Is avoiding these mild diseases is worth the risk of the vaccines themselves?

Read the next post in this series here.

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