Not AntiVaccine, Just Informed

Not “Anti” Vaccine, Just Informed

Disclaimer: This post is NOT meant to mom-shame, but to inform about vaccines and give another perspective

[Mom-shaming: Criticizing or degrading a mother for her parenting choices because they differ from the choices the shamer would make.]

In this day and age, we have SO many unlimited resources at our finger-tips! Throughout our school years we are encouraged to use the Internet for research purposes to write papers, do projects, and sometimes even to study. So why is it that moms are being SHAMED for researching medical decisions that effect their children? Why is it that moms are being SHAMED for doing what they feel is best for their child? Why is it that moms are being SHAMED for protecting these precious beings that have been entrusted to their care?

The decision to vaccinate, not vaccinate, or delay vaccinations should not be taken lightly. This is our children’s LIVES we are talking about! Our world is corrupt, and we would be extremely naive to assume that the medical and pharmaceutical industry is not corrupt as well. For the first 3 years of my daughter’s life, the first 18 months of my son’s and the first 2 months of my youngest daughter’s, I trusted that the information I was being given was complete and accurate. But just like anything else, there’s more than one side to every story.

What started my research journey

When my oldest daughter was born, I never questioned that the doctors would deceive me or put my child’s health at risk for a paycheck. I hated seeing my baby scream and cry from the pain of the shot, but what parent would enjoy that? There were several times that I got a gut check when taking her in for vaccines, but I thought I was just being silly. So I continued to vaccinate.

Before my son was born I was added to a group on Facebook that was full of natural mamas. I saw several posts with information about vaccines, but never have them much thought. When my son was born, I still hadn’t done much research at that point because “why would the doctor lie to me?” So again, my baby was vaccinated.

The gut checks got worse and worse. When I gave birth to my youngest, I STILL had not done my research…. so AGAIN, I vaccinated.

Finally, one day, I took the time to READ. I read post after post about children being injured or dying after a vaccine. So I went to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and began to research each individual vaccine.

Ingredients

The CDC has a document on their website that lists every vaccine ingredient for each vaccine. Below are some of the most shocking, in my opinion.

  • Polysorbate 80 – disrupts the blood brain barrier, allowing other chemicals and toxins to pass through which are especially vulnerable to infants; found in following vaccines: DTaP, DTaP-IPV, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, HPV, Influenza, Meningococcal, Pneaumococcal, Rotavirus, Tdap
  • MRC-5 cells – developed from the lung tissue of a 14 week old aborted fetus; found in: DTaP, Hep A, Hep A/Hep B, MMRV, Rabies, Varicella, Zoster
  • WI-38 human diploid fibroblasts – lung cells of an aborted fetus; found in: Adenovirus, MMR, MMRV, Varicella
  • Fetal bovine serum – harvested from pregnant heifers during slaughter; found in: Adenovirus, MMR, Varicella; not including those vaccines containing bovine calf serum which is harvested in the same way.

If you take a closer look at the ingredient list you’ll see these as well as many others including: guinea pig cell cultures, African Green Monkey kidney (Vero) cells, egg protein, milk-derived raw materials, chick embryo cell cultures, chicken fibroblasts, gelatin, etc.

Diseases they “protect” against

 

1. Polio

Polio is asymptomatic in 95-99% of people who contract the disease. Of the cases that do have symptoms, most are thought to be the stomach flu. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, sore throat, and meningitis. Only 1% of polio cases cause paralysis.

Possible adverse reactions, found in the vaccine manufacturer’s insert, to the IPV include: soreness, rash or mass at injection site; fainting; dizziness; headache; vision changes; ringing in ears; shoulder pain; irritability; sleepiness; fussing; crying; lymphadenopathy; allergic reaction; anaphylactic shock; arthralgia; myalgia; convulsion; febrile seizure; paresthesia; somnolence; and uritcaria.

2. Measles

Measles is a viral infection that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include: fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a rash. The symptoms typically last between two and three weeks.

Possible adverse reactions, found in the vaccine manufacturer’s package insert, to the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine include: panniculitis, atypical measles, fever, syncope, headache, dizziness, malaise, irritability, vasculitis, pancreatitis, diarrhea, vomiting, parotitis, nausea, diabetes mellitus, thrombocytopenia, purpura, regional lymphadenopathy, leukocytosis, anaphylaxis, arthritis, arthralgia, myalgia, polyneuritis, encephalitis, encephalopathy, measles inclusion body encephalitis, subacute sclerosing pancephalitis, Guillian-Barré’s Syndrome, acute disseminated encephelomyelitis, transverse myelitis, febrile seizures, afebrile seizures, ataxia, polyneuropathy, ocular palsies, paresthesia, aseptic meningitis, pneumonia, pneumonitis, sore throat, cough, rhinitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, erythema multiforme, urticaria, rash, measles-like rash, pruritis, burning or stinging at injection site, wheal and flare, swelling, induration, tenderness, vesiculation, Henoch Schönlein purpura, acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, nerve deafness, otitis media, retinitis, optic neuritis, papillitis, retrobulbar neuritis, conjunctivitis, epidymitis, orchitis, and death.

3. Pertussis

Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread from person to person. It is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or is in the same breathing space for a period of time. The contagious period lasts for up to two weeks after the cough begins. Early symptoms include a mild cough, low grade fever, runny nose and possible apnea in babies. Symptoms in the later stage of the infection include paroxysms, vomiting during or after a coughing fit, exhaustion after a coughing fit. The infection is treatable with antibiotics.

Possible adverse reactions, found in the vaccine manufacturer’s package insert, to the DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) vaccine include: pain, redness, and swelling at injection site; fever; drowsiness; irritability; loss of appetite; hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode; persistent crying more than 3 hours; seizures; bronchitis; cellulitis; respiratory tract infection; lymphadenopathy; thrombocytopenia; anaphylaxis; hypersensitivity; encephalopathy; headache; hypotonia; syncope; ear pain; cyanosis; apnea; cough; angioedema; erythema; pruritis; rash; urticaria; fatigue; induration; and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The spectrum of vaccine injuries/reactions is so broad, and I have only touched the surface in this article. I would be willing to bet that at least 90% of the vaccinated population has been injured without even realizing that a vaccine could be the cause.

I say all of this to say that you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I did. You don’t have to watch your child lay in her bed for three days, unable to move, like I did. You don’t have to continue putting your child’s health at risk.

Do your own research. Come to your own conclusions. Do what YOU think is best for YOUR child. But, please, don’t shame another mother for doing the same.

You can always hold off on vaccines, but you can NEVER undo them.

Ariel King is a Stay-At-Home mom to her three children, Lana, Ace, and Norah. Writing and researching are two of her biggest passions. People say that she is full of all kinds of useless knowledge, and it is even rumored she has a Google PhD. She is not a typical mainstream mom, imperfect in every way, but is on a mission to encourage and inspire other moms. Her belief is that no one should feel alone in the day to day of motherhood.

22 thoughts on “Not “Anti” Vaccine, Just Informed

  1. Wow…. this goes back to my post where I mention how we believe not all meds are for our own good. We also reconsidered routine vaccines too. I’ve gotta look deeper into how to get around not having to get my child vaccinated and still registered for public school. Thank you so much for sharing. And that FB group for natural mamas… is that what I would search: “natural mamas”?

    1. There are soooo many natural mama groups! There is also a vaccine group that I would highly suggest joining: Vaccination Re-education Discussion forum! You can ask in there about specifics for your state school requirements!

    1. Unfortunately, I didn’t consider the impact until it was too late for my first two babies! I love opening the eyes of other parents so that they can do the research BEFORE their child is affected! Thanks for reading!

  2. I definitely agree that we should not just take a medication or vaccine without knowing all of the information! But being a Nurse and a community health worker now in an area in Africa where vaccines are far and few between, it definitely has changed my perspective. While the side effects of these vaccines may not be fun, I have seen children die or become ill almost to the point of death from measles, an easily preventable disease with a vaccine. I completely understand where you are coming from with being unaware of the risks, which is completely understandable, but to me the risks of the diseases far outweigh the risks of the vaccines. Just some thoughts, but definitely enjoyed reading this and also respect other thoughts too as long as you are well educated on both ends!

    1. I do also think that location plays a part in it. However, in America, with the sanitation systems, access to clean water and healthy foods, the diseases that we vaccinate for can be easily treated. I have done extensive research on each of the diseases we vaccinate for as well as their treatments. A child can just as easily die from the vaccine as they could from the disease (in a 3rd world country). I 100% support any decision as long as it was an informed one. My main issue is that doctors don’t tell you about the risks, and when your child has a reaction they are more than likely going to deny any correlation.

  3. Thanks for all the information! Vaccines can be a really touchy subject for some. It is important to make informed decisions when it comes to the health of our little ones. Vaccine information pamphlets should be offered before a vaccine is administered, in my opinion. We choose selective vaccinating- similar to the previous comment- where disease risk out weighs the vaccine.

    1. Absolutely! I definitely agree that pamphlets should be handed out. We have been taught to blindly agree with everything we are told, and sadly not everyone is looking out for our best interest. We have to be proactive with our children’s health! It is a touchy subject, and honestly the majority of the people (that I have found) that get upset over the discussion are those who HAVEN’T researched. I am all for a healthy debate on the topic, because it gets people thinking on both sides! I am confident of the decision we made for our family. Props to you for doing what is best for your kiddos!

  4. Knowing what you’re giving to your children and yourself is so important. You don’t want to put them at risk. We should all do more research so that we can make the best decisions.

    1. You’re right about that! Haha! I am surprised the comments on this have been as calm as they have been. Most people lose their minds when it comes to this topic. I am extremely confident of my decision for our family, and if even one mother or father is given enough information to even want to research the topic further, then I have accomplished my goal.

  5. At the risk of you calling me all sorts of names in a very UNChristian-like manner, I’d like to say that the information that you present in this article, is not only one-sided, much of it is just plain wrong.

    You are so fortunate to live in a country where other people vaccinate their children. You’re also fortunate to live in a time where diseases such as polio, pertussis and Chicken Pox (to name just a few) no longer kill, paralyze and maim children. The probability of developing a debilitating or life-threatening reaction to vaccines is infinitesimal. Burying your child is extremely high if your child should contract one of these diseases. Not only that, by not vaccinating your children, they become a vector for community wide infection and a danger to people who, for a variety of medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated because the illness they already carry has decimated their immune system already. This makes you, simply put, a bad citizen. It makes you selfish and uncaring, about others, an extremely UNChristian position. So, while you believe you’re doing god’s work when you take your unvaccinated kids to other countries to spread your dearly held beliefs, you become responsible for the deaths of children who have fewer choices than your already blessed children.

    Your understanding of the topic of vaccination is peppered by information created by paranoid people who believe the government is out to get them. Educate yourself better. Read reputable medical journals. Take some molecular biology classes. If you don’t understand science journals, or upper level science classes, do some remedial education. As someone who has studied this topic thoroughly, I beg you to read articles written by people who are well versed in the statistics of the topic as well as the biomechanics of disease transmission.

    And be aware, that the doctor who wrote the original article about vaccines causing autism, admitted that he fabricated the statistics in his article and embarrassed himself right out of the science community.

    Thinking that you can just treat a disease with antibiotics has lead to extreme overuse of antibiotics and the creation of superbugs that we can no longer treat at all. Your pound of cure is far less effective and way more expensive than the ounce of prevention available from modern science.

    If you love your children, you need to find better sources of information than other anti-vaxers. You’re on an express route to grief, guilt and self-blame.

    /rant

    1. I’m not sure why you feel that I would call you names based on your own findings. That’s just not my style.

      The information provided in this article is mostly from the CDC and FDA. If you feel that it is one-sided, take that up with the manufacturer’s of these vaccines because the information I have provided comes directly from them. The ONLY portion of this article that is not “fact-based” is the experience my daughter had with vaccines. She is vaccine injured.

      None of the diseases that we vaccinate for would pose a terrible health risk UNLESS my children had an underlying condition. If looking out for MY children makes me a bad citizen and uncaring, then so be it. As a mother, my priority is MY children’s health.

      Again, as I stated, the information I provided in this article is DIRECTLY from the CDC and FDA, aka the government.

      I have read NUMEROUS medical journals.

      My children cannot spread a disease that they do not have, so the theory that my children pose more of a risk than any other child is flawed. A good number of the vaccines that children receive are LIVE vaccines meaning that the vaccinated can potentially become silent carriers.

      Nowhere have I mentioned autism, and frankly it is the LEAST of my concerns regarding vaccines. However, since you have brought it up, your information is incorrect. The doctor you are speaking about did NOT write an article stating that vaccines cause autism. In fact, he simply noticed a connection between vaccines and gastrointestinal problems, which can be symptoms of autism. All he did was connect a few dots. Before he was able to further investigate people made the same assumptions you have listed.

      I do not rely on antibiotics to treat my children, as I have seen the harm that they have had on my body. Antibiotics are not the only way to treat illness.

      My information does NOT come from anti-vaxers. My desire to research and learn more only STEMMED from them. Every ounce of information I have acquired has been of my own accord, and no one else’s.

      I am beyond confident in my decision to stop vaccinating my children. I am grief ridden ONLY from having to watch my child endure the pain that vaccines inflicted on her. I feel guilty ONLY because it could have been prevented. And I only blame myself for NOT researching until it was too late.

    2. Her argument is not one sided, however yours is. Unless you have personally been a victim of your child being vaccine injured, you’ll never know the extent of the harm they can cause. Ariel is very educated in the matter, and has experienced first hand the harm of vaccines. You can state your opinion without belittling someone as you have done to Ariel. I suggest you read medical journals from both sides, not just ones that fit your agenda. Ariel has a strong faith in god and it’s not your place to question the relationship she has with him. I’m sure she will pray you never find out the dangers of vaccines first hand. Toodles.

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