Here’s the scoop…vaccines save lives. They reduce illness better than any health care measure out there. Do vaccines cause autism? No direct links have been identified, however, children with underlying mitochondrial dysfunction and neurological deterioration (unknown at the time of immunization) may be confounded by the stress of multiple simultaneous immunizations.

Does this mean ‘don’t immunize’? NO! Diseases that vaccines prevent (meningitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, polio, measles, hepatitis & more) haven’t just disappeared, poof! The “herd immunity” to these diseases developed by all of us immunized people can’t stand up to a large amount of individuals who continue to be unvaccinated. These diseases are still prevalent and will come back to hit us in the rear if given the open door!

Oh yea, what about all the hype about vaccines and mercury poisoning? Thimerasol, a mercury derived preservative is not longer used in vaccines HOWEVER some companies still use mercury in their manufacturing process (of which 99% is filtered out of the final product). Sooo…what are your options? You can request that your child receive only non-mercury containing vaccines. Keep in mind, these particular vaccines may or may not be covered by your insurance plan and cost you big bucks out of pocket. And, what about the 9 million uninsured children in the United States who may receive immunizations from state funded programs? Do you think their parents could request non-mercury containing vaccines if they’re not the ones used in the program? Don’t think so!

What everyone does have an option to do whether they do or don’t have insurance, receive vaccines by private physician or through state funded programs, use vaccines with or without the use of mercury during manufacturing – REQUEST AN ALTERNATIVE IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE that basically spreads the vaccines out. The alternative schedule prevents children from the stress of multiple simultaneous immunizations and decreases the amount of potential mercury exposure that many people fear.

Check out this website, www.askdrsears.comm/thevaccinebook/, to see what Dr. Sears has to say about all of this. It’s a good read! As I stand though: pro immunization and pro choice in when you receive them.

Until next month,

Melissa

Contributing G&CM Writer and RN, MS, CPNPd

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