Medical studies show that any type of vaccination, single or combined, can cause damage, so I don’t think one is any safer over another.
However, if you have decided to vaccinate or selectively vaccinate, we have put together this page.
Can I choose Some Vaccines And Not Others?
Yes. For instance, if you didn’t want the 5-in-1 but you still wanted meningitis C, you could refuse the 5-in-1 and accept the meningitis C.
Do I Have To Start Vaccinating At 2 Months?
No. You don’t have to vaccinate at all, but if you choose to, you can choose when you start. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that early vaccination causes auto-immune problems and even cot death.
If I Have Started Vaccinating But Change My Mind, Is It Safe To Stop Half Way Through A Course?
Yes. Vaccines contain things like aluminium which have an accumulative effect (they build up in the body) so actually the more shots you have, the more risk of side-effects. There won’t be any adverse effect from abandoning a course of injections.
What Safety Considerations Are There?
If you choose multiple combination vaccines, bear in mind that if your child has a reaction, it will be difficult to tell which vaccine he is reacting to, which will make it difficult to report and difficult to monitor vaccine safety in general.
Consider using only single vaccines so you can accurately identify what your child is reacting to, should he have a reaction. Single viruses are also less of a challenge to his immune system.
How Can I Ease The Pain of Injections?
These days with babies being given three shots in one sitting, relieving the pain is paramount.
One of my daughter’s has a genetic condition and when she had a blood test, her arm was numbed with lidocaine anesthetic beforehand, so she couldn’t feel the pain.
It made me wonder why they don’t do this when they vaccinate babies – unless it is because they have so many to do, they wouldn’t have time to ensure it’s pain free?
You can insist on an anesthetic preparation being given prior to any shots. If they say no, tell them no shots until your baby is numbed. I am sure they would rapidly agree. I don’t consent to any blood tests on my children until they do this.
Breast feeding during the shots has been shown to reduce pain. This is because breast feeding releases endorpins, the body’s natural pain killer, and it also comforts the baby.
Should Children Be Vaccinated?
I remember taking my new baby boy, at 8 weeks of age, for his well-baby checkup that would include his first round of vaccinations. I sometimes think it was harder for me holding that sweet, little angel knowing what was about to steal that sweet smile from his face, not to mention the internal struggle of questioning am I really doing what’s best for my child.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the pediatrician, I was doing exactly what was best for my child. But at what point do we trust ourselves to be the sole decider of what is best for our children?
Even the person with the best planning instincts stumbles into parenthood. It’s a new frontier. Sure we’ve observed it around us storing ideas of “do versus do not”, even been a piece of the puzzle as children ourselves. But we are never truly prepared to become parents, even with all the books, magazines, internet and personal advice from others, until we walk that path ourselves. It is a personal journey that you can’t completely prepare for and you learn as you travel both smooth and bumpy roads, stumbling and finding your way again.
Vaccination schedules are ever changing and I never thought of refusing a vaccination until the HPV vaccine came along. My main reasoning here being that I didn’t need it so why should my children need it. I would not be vaccinating my daughter for HPV. But then I was intrigued when my pediatrician suggested that my boys get this vaccination. I politely refused but left thinking that was insane!
The importance of Vitamin C in Preventing Vaccine Side-Effects
Although Kalokerinos was one of the first to draw attention to this problem in human infants, the scientific literature on the relationship between vitamin C status and resistance to bacterial toxins goes back a long way. Work on guinea pigs by Harde,15 by King and Menten,5 by Jungblut and Zwemer,16 and by Kligler17 has shown that vitamin C deficiency increases the susceptibility of these animals to diphtheria toxin. Moreover, these workers found that vitamin C has a direct detoxifying effect on diphtheria toxin, both in vivo and in vitro. King and Menten observed that there is a wide zone of vitamin C deficiency, without the appearance of scurvy, where physiological processes are subnormal and the animal is more sensitive to bacterial toxin. Any infection, even the common cold, causes a sharp drop in the blood leukocyte ascorbic acid concentration, so Kalokerinos’ advice to avoid inoculation of children when they are ill for any reason would seem to have been entirely correct.