In this, the third installment of our research guide, we will cover vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), their symptoms and complications; as well as the potential complications from the vaccines and who is most at risk for developing them. To refresh our memory, here is the CDC chart containing the vaccine schedule, and below it is the list of VPDs with their symptoms and complications listed beside them.
Here is a link to the vaccines, with their ingredients and adverse events listed side-by side:
Hepatitis B- The Hep B shot is given to newborn babies on the first day of life. It is becoming more and more common for well educated parents to forego this particular shot. A lot of the kindergartners in the US who have non-medical vaccine exemptions are not exempt because they are completely unvaccinated, but because their parents decided to skip or delay certain vaccines. Hep B commonly being one of those. The reason for this, is the immune system of a newborn baby has not been established. No one knows if this baby has an underlying medical condition that might cause an adverse reaction. This shot is given prior to the results of the baby’s “foot poke” test results coming back. A lot of parents would rather err on the side of caution and not vaccinate their baby on day one. Another reason that parents often forego this shot, is that hepatitis B is extremely rare in newborn babies in the US. According to the CDC “Hepatitis B is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of a person who is not infected. People can become infected with the virus during activities such as:
- Birth (spread from an infected mother to her baby during birth)
- Sex with an infected partner
- Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
- Sharing items such as razors or toothbrushes with an infected person
- Direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
- Exposure to blood from needlesticks or other sharp instruments”
The CDC also states “Although anyone can get Hepatitis B, some people are at greater risk, such as those who:
- Have sex with an infected person
- Have multiple sex partners
- Have a sexually transmitted disease
- Are men who have sexual contact with other men
- Inject drugs or share needles, syringes, or other drug equipment
- Live with a person who has chronic Hepatitis B
- Are infants born to infected mothers
- Are exposed to blood on the job
- Are hemodialysis patients
- Travel to countries with moderate to high rates of Hepatitis B”
Hepatitis B virus is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. Here is what Dr. Sears has to say:
Potential complications of Hepatitis B include: Chronic liver infection, liver failure and liver cancer.
Potential adverse events from the Hep B vaccine include: Fever, insomnia, hypotension, abdominal pain, stiffness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability.
Rotavirus- According to the CDC “Rotavirus disease is most common in infants and young children. However, older children and adults and can also become infected with rotavirus. Once a person has been exposed to rotavirus, it takes about 2 days for the symptoms to appear. “Children who get infected may have severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Vomiting and watery diarrhea can last from 3 to 8 days. Additional symptoms include loss of appetite and dehydration (loss of body fluids), which can be especially harmful for infants and young children.” “Children, even those that are vaccinated, may develop rotavirus disease more than once. That is because neither natural infection with rotavirus nor rotavirus vaccination provides full immunity (protection) from future infections. Usually a person’s first infection with rotavirus causes the most severe symptoms.”
Potential complications from Rotavirus include: Severe diarrhea, dehydration.
Potential adverse events from Rotavirus vaccine include: Diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, otitis media, nasopharyngitis, bronchospasm, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, fever, urinary tract infection, allergic reactions, and a serious problem called intussusception, which may be indicated by: vomiting, bad diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and blood in the stool.
A note on Intussusception: Intussusception is a condition that causes part of the intestine to fold into itself like a telescope. According to Mayo Clinic “Intussusception (in-tuh-suh-SEP-shun) is a serious disorder in which part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestine. This “telescoping” often blocks food or fluid from passing through. Intussusception also cuts off the blood supply to the part of the intestine that’s affected. Intussusception can lead to a tear in the bowel (perforation), infection and death of bowel tissue.”
DTaP- DTap is a three-in-one combo shot for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
Diphtheria: A serious bacterial infection usually affecting the mucous membranes of your nose and throat. Diphtheria typically causes a sore throat, fever, swollen glands and weakness. But the hallmark sign is a sheet of thick, gray material covering the back of your throat, which can block your airway, causing you to struggle for breath.
Potential complications of diphtheria include: Swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death.
Tetanus- Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that affects your nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with your ability to breathe and, ultimately, threaten your life. Tetanus is commonly known as “lockjaw.” Tetanus is caused by a bacterium that is mostly present in soil, manure, and in the digestive tracts of animals and humans. Tetanus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from person to person. The bacteria often enter the body through a puncture wound, which can be a small as a pin prick, or wounds made by rusty nails or dirty knives. Tetanus bacteria do not survive in the presence of oxygen, which is why puncture wounds, which do not bleed very much and are protected by tissue and skin from direct exposure to the air, are a perfect environment for tetanus bacteria to multiply and cause infection. Image Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/images/chapt16-figure01-view.gif
Potential complications from tetanus include: Broken bones, breathing difficulty, death.
Pertussis- “Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. These bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line part of the upper respiratory system. The bacteria release toxins, which damage the cilia and cause inflammation (swelling).”-CDC.
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Recently there has been an increase in the number of pertussis cases in the US. It appears that the acellular pertussis vaccine protection not only wanes at a very quick rate, but that it can also cause people to become asymptomatic carriers. Meaning, it will give you temporary protection for yourself, but you can still pass the bacteria on to others. According to one study: “We reviewed 400 bacteriologically confirmed cases of pertussis in infants and children during the past 18 years. Several changes in the epidemiology have occurred in the most recent six-year period. The incidence of whooping cough in children has decreased by at least 50%, but the proportion of cases occurring in infants younger than 12 weeks of age has doubled to 30% of all cases. Formerly most young infants acquired their illness from siblings or other children, but in the recent period adults in the household were the most common source of infection to neonates and young infants. This observation plus the increasingly high level of immunization in preschool and school-aged children suggest that young adults with waning immunity and mild illness are a major reservoir for transmission of pertussis to infants too young to be immunized.”
“Our data suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis. We noted a markedly increased rate of disease from age 8 through 12, proportionate to the interval since the last scheduled vaccine. Stable rates of testing ruled out selection bias. The possibility of earlier or more numerous booster doses of acellular pertussis vaccine either as part of routine immunization or for outbreak control should be entertained.”
“Pertussis has reemerged as an important public health concern since current acellular pertussis vaccines (aP) replaced older whole-cell vaccines (wP). In this study, we show nonhuman primates vaccinated with aP were protected from severe symptoms but not infection and readily transmitted Bordetella pertussis to contacts. Vaccination with wP and previous infection induced a more rapid clearance compared with naïve and aP-vaccinated animals. While all groups possessed robust antibody responses, key differences in T-cell memory suggest that aP vaccination induces a suboptimal immune response that is unable to prevent infection. These data provide a plausible explanation for pertussis resurgence and suggest that attaining herd immunity will require the development of improved vaccination strategies that prevent B. pertussis colonization and transmission.”
Let’s reflect on what’s being said here. We already give 5 doses of DTaP to children before entering kindergarten. The vaccine is not providing sufficient immunity and can cause some people to become asymptomatic carriers. Yet their solution is to add more shots? You have to ask yourself if that is worth it.
Potential complications of pertussis include: Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death.
A note about pertussis death: Although pertussis can lead to complications in adolescents and adults, it’s usually only fatal for babies under 6 months old. Pertussis is treated with antibiotics.
Complications of pertussis in infants include: Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death. Complications in adolescents and adults include: loss of bladder control, fainting, and rib fractures.
Potential adverse events from DTaP vaccine include: Vomiting, redness or swelling, fever, tiredness or poor appetite, seizures, serious allergic reaction, brain damage (very rare).
Hib- “Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease is a serious disease caused by bacteria. It usually strikes children under 5 years old. Your child can get Hib disease by being around other children or adults who may have the bacteria and not know it. The germs spread from person to person. If the germs stay in the child’s nose and throat, the child probably will not get sick. But sometimes the germs spread into the lungs or the bloodstream, and then Hib can cause serious problems.” -CDC
Hib is mostly a disease of young children under the age of 5 years old. Before the vaccine was introduced in the U.S., children who became sick from Hib were usually under 2 years old, and mostly between 6 and 7 months old. In general, Hib disease is not considered very contagious. Before the vaccine most children acquired natural immunity by the time they were 5 or 6 years old. While the CDC reports that the risk of Hib vaccine causing serious harm or death is extremely small, as of May 2012 there have been a total of 12,140 adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Most of these reports were in children under age 3.
Potential complications of Hib include: Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), intellectual disability, epiglottitis (life threatening infection that can block the windpipe and lead to serious breathing problems), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death.
Potential adverse events from Hib Vaccine include: Fever, diarrhea, erythema, tenderness, swelling, irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, seizures, vomiting.
Pneumococcal- “Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). There are different types of pneumococcal disease, such as pneumococcal pneumonia, blood infections (bacteremia), brain infections (pneumoccocal meningitis), and middle ear infections (otitis media). There are more than 90 types of pneumococcal bacteria. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) protects against 13 of them. These bacteria types are responsible for most common severe pneumococcal infections among children.” -vaccines.gov. Pneumococcus bacteria is in many people’s noses and throats and is spread by coughing, sneezing, or contact with respiratory secretions. Why it suddenly invades the body and causes disease is unknown.
Potential complications from pneumococcal include: Bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), death.
Potential adverse events from the pneumococcal vaccine include: Irritability, tenderness, decreased appetite, decreased sleep, increased sleep, fever, redness, pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, limitation of arm movement, chills, rash, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia.
Inactivated Polio Virus (IPV)- Polio is a contagious viral illness that in its most severe form causes paralysis, difficulty breathing and sometimes death. In the U.S., the last case of naturally occurring polio happened in 1979. Polio is transmitted when the virus enters the mouth or nose and infects the throat and gastrointestinal tract. In 90-95% of cases, polio infection is subclinical and does not cause symptoms. In some cases there may be minor symptoms, such as sore throat, low grade fever, headache, fatigue and nausea followed by stiff neck, meningitis (brain inflammation) and temporary paralysis of an arm or leg but there is full recovery within a few weeks. In about 1-2% of cases, the polio virus infects the central nervous system and paralyzes the muscles of the arms and legs or muscles needed for breathing and swallowing, which can lead to permanent paralysis or death. Some adults, who appear to have fully recovered from polio as children, have developed post-polio syndrome (PPS) and experience weakness and pain in muscles and joints. Although it is believed that polio was eradicated in the US through mass vaccination, there is evidence to the contrary. Diagnostic criteria was changed shortly after the introduction of the vaccine, giving a less-than-honest perception of the effects that the vaccine had on paralytic polio. “In order to qualify for classification as paralytic poliomyelitis, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for at least 60 days after the onset of the disease. Prior to 1954, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for only 24 hours. Laboratory confirmation and the presence of residual paralysis were not required. After 1954, residual paralysis was determined 10 to 20 days and again 50 to 70 days after the onset of the disease. This change in definition meant that in 1955 we started reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic poliomyelitis with a longer lasting paralysis.” -Dr. Bernard Greenberg “Cocksackie virus and aseptic meningitis have been distinguished from paralytic poliomyelitis, whereas prior to 1954 large numbers of these cases undoubtedly were mislabeled as paralytic polio,” -Dr. Bernard Greenberg During this time, they also began using heavy amounts of DDT, a toxic pesticide. “Acute effects likely in humans due to low to moderate exposure may include nausea, diarrhea, increased liver enzyme activity, irritation (of the eyes, nose or throat), disturbed gait, malaise and excitability; at higher doses, tremors and convulsions are possible. While adults appear to tolerate moderate to high ingested doses of up to 280 mg/kg, a case of fatal poisoning was seen in a child who ingested one ounce of a 5% DDT:kerosene solution.”
Here’s what Suzanne Humphries, MD has to say:
More information on polio here: http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/nicholas-gonzalez-m-d-scientifically-no-polio-vaccine-was-needed/
Potential complications from polio include: Paralysis, death.
Potential adverse reactions from IPV vaccine include: Erythema, induration, pain, fever, irritability, sleepiness, fussiness, persistent crying, swelling, loss of appetite, vomiting, tenderness.
Influenza- According to the Nation Vaccine Information Center “Influenza, often referred to as ‘flu,’ is an infectious respiratory disease caused by type A or type B influenza viruses, which are present in the mucus membranes and secretions of the nose, throat and lungs. There are other viruses and bacteria associated with ‘flu-like’ symptoms and it is estimated that about 80 percent of all flu-like illness that occurs every year during the ‘flu season’ is not type A or type B influenza. Only lab confirmation can detect whether flu-like symptoms, including serious complications like pneumonia, are caused by influenza viruses or other types of viral or bacterial organisms.” Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
Flu shots are suggested for everyone 6 months old and up. Nasal flu vaccine is available for people 2-49 years old. A new flu shot has to be administered each year due to the rapid mutation of the influenza virus. Each year, the seasonal flu shot protects against 3-4 strains of influenza. These strains are selected based on which strains of flu virus The World Health Origination believes will be prevalent in the upcoming flu season. In a year when the vaccine is considered a “good match”, the CDC estimates that it is, at best, 50-60% effective in adults and older children, and even less so in the elderly. This previous flu season (2014-15), the vaccine was said to be only 18% effective.
“‘The vaccine-effectiveness percentage is just an average. The real effectiveness probably sits in a range between 6% and 29%’, says Brendan Flannery, PhD, of the Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.
“When the vaccine is a good match to the strains of flu making people sick, vaccine effectiveness has been as high as 60%.” -Brenda Goodman, MA
Not only was the flu shot a total flop this year, but the nasal flu mist given to children two and up was also a complete failure.
“Early numbers show that for the second flu season in a row, the FluMist nasal spray, aimed mainly at children, didn’t work at all for kids ages 2 through 8.” -Brenda Goodman, MA
Since the flu can only truly be diagnosed through a blood test, it is impossible to know just how many people each year die from it. The CDC essentially makes an educated guess based on the number of people who die from flu-like symptoms. According to their website, between 3,000 and 49,000 people die each year from influenza. According to an article in the BMJ titled Are US flu death figures more PR than science?
“US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons.”
“According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), “influenza and pneumonia” took 62 034 lives in 2001—61 777 of which were attributed to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was flu virus positively identified. Between 1979 and 2002, NCHS data show an average 1348 flu deaths per year (range 257 to 3006).”
It makes you wonder, who is the CDC working for; us or the drug manufacturers? The deeper you dig on that subject, the more disappointed you will become. It doesn’t take a tin-foil-hat wearing conspiracy theorist to see how the government is putting the drug company’s profits above our health. Can you believe there are doctors and nurses who are being fired for refusing their flu shot?
Aside from being quite ineffective at preventing the flu, the vaccine itself has one of the highest number of adverse events reported to VAERS.
“As of November 2013, there have been more than 93,000 reports of reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following influenza vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 1,080 related deaths, 8,888 hospitalizations, 1,801 related disabilities and over 1,700 cases of GBS. In 2013 the Federal Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) voted to add GBS to the Vaccine Injury Table within the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).” -NVIC
According to this study, the highest number of vaccine induced Guillian Barre Syndrome were from the flu shot. Guillain Barre Syndrome is a condition similar to paralytic polio. From the NIH website:
“Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the person is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases the disorder is life threatening – potentially interfering with breathing and, at times, with blood pressure or heart rate – and is considered a medical emergency. Such an individual is often put on a ventilator to assist with breathing and is watched closely for problems such as an abnormal heart beat, infections, blood clots, and high or low blood pressure. Most individuals, however, have good recovery from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have a certain degree of weakness.
“Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anybody. It can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. The syndrome is rare, however, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery will trigger the syndrome. In rare instances vaccinations may increase the risk of GBS.”
Potential complications of the flu include: Pneumonia (infection in the lungs).
Potential adverse events from the flu shot include: Tenderness, erythema, swelling, induration, ecchymosis, fever, vomiting, abnormal crying, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, pain, pruritus, headache, malaise, myalgia.
Potential adverse events from nasal Flumist include: Runny nose or nasal congestion, fever, sore throat, wheezing, decreased appetite, irritability, lethargy, headache, muscle aches, chills, cough.
A note about the flu shot: While many of today’s vaccines are claimed to have had the mercury removed from them, the seasonal flu shot still contains 25mcgs of this toxic metal. more info in the following video clip.
MMR- The MMR shot is a three in one combo shot for measles, mumps and rubella.
Measles- The measles is a highly contagious virus that causes a rash all over your entire body. It is also known as rubeola or red measles. “The first symptoms of measles are like a bad cold—a high fever, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, and a hacking cough. The lymph nodes in your neck may swell. You also may feel very tired and have diarrhea and red, sore eyes. As these symptoms start to go away, you will get red spots inside your mouth, followed by a rash all over your body.” -WebMD
People who acquire the measles naturally as a child have lifelong immunity, whereas a person who is vaccinated against the measles will only be immune for ten years at most. The term “herd immunity” was coined by a doctor named A W hedrich back in the the early 1900’s while observing wild measles outbreaks in Baltimore, MD. He observed that measles outbreaks only occurred when less than 65% of the community was immune to the measles. This theory was falsely applied to the measles vaccine. It was hypothesized that if 65% of the population was vaccinated against the measles, it would keep others from catching it as well. The problem with this theory, is that the measles vaccine does not provide protection for a certain percentage of recipients, and what protection it offers to the others, tends to be very short-lived. Since herd immunity wasn’t achieved after 65% of people had received the vaccine, the recommendation was raised to 85% of the population and then again to 95%. Still, we continue to see outbreaks of measles in highly vaccinated communities. China for example, has a vaccination coverage of 99% for the measles, and still does not have herd immunity.
“This outbreak demonstrates that transmission of measles can occur within a school population with a documented immunization level of 100%.” -CDC document.
More info on herd immunity here:
Another example of measles is a 99% vaccinated community:
Like all infectious diseases, the measles was far from the deadly plague that we have been lead to believe it is by the media. In fact, death from measles was nearly unheard of in the years leading up to the introduction of the vaccine.
It has been hypothesized that even with no vaccine, the measles would have been entirely eradicated on it’s own around the year 2000 because not only were measles deaths declining at a steady pace, but so were overall measles cases.
In the last ten years there have been zero deaths from the measles in the us, and prior to that, there was an average of one or two deaths per year. During the last ten years, there have been over a hundred reported cases of death from the measles vaccine. Often times the media uses the worldwide death rates of the measles to scare people into vaccinating. The reason people still die from the measles in developing countries is because they are often malnourished (namely, deficient in vitamin A) and do not have access to clean drinking water. In the US, prior to the vaccine, it was common practice for parents to have “measles parties” so that their kids would be sure to have it before adulthood, when there is a higher chance of complications. Once their kids contracted the measles, they were treated with plenty of fluids and cod liver oil. Cod liver oil is high in Vitamin A. To this day, children who contract the measles are treated with fluids and vitamin A because it has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of complications associated with the measles.
Potential complications of the measles include: Encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in
the lungs), death.
Mumps- Mumps is a contagious virus that starts with a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Most people who get the mumps will fully recover and gain lifelong immunity, but there is an increased chance of complications for people who contract mumps after puberty. In very rare circumstances, it can lead to sterility in males.
Merck, the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine, is currently in hot water over allegedly falsifying data on the efficacy of the mumps portion of the MMR. According to this Huffington Post article “Merck’s misconduct was far-ranging: It ‘failed to disclose that its mumps vaccine was not as effective as Merck represented, (ii) used improper testing techniques, (iii) manipulated testing methodology, (iv) abandoned undesirable test results, (v) falsified test data, (vi) failed to adequately investigate and report the diminished efficacy of its mumps vaccine, (vii) falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling, (viii) falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA, (ix) falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract, (x) engaged in the fraud and concealment describe herein for the purpose of illegally monopolizing the U.S. market for mumps vaccine, (xi) mislabeled, misbranded, and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, and (xii) engaged in the other acts described herein to conceal the diminished efficacy of the vaccine the government was purchasing.'”
Potential complications of the mumps include: Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain
and spinal cord) , encephalitis (brain swelling), inflammation
of testicles or ovaries, deafness.
Rubella- Rubella, also called German measles or three-day measles, is a contagious viral infection. Rubella is similar to the measles, but less contagious and severe. In 2004, the CDC declared that rubella had been eliminated in the US, but still encourages people to be vaccinated. According to Mayo Clinic “The signs and symptoms of rubella are often so mild they’re difficult to notice, especially in children. If signs and symptoms do occur, they generally appear between two and three weeks after exposure to the virus.” Symptoms include mild fever, runny/stuffy nose, swollen lymph nodes, red eyes and a rash. You may be wondering why we are encouraged to vaccinate for something seemingly so mild. The danger isn’t to the general public, but to pregnant women who are not immune. Catching rubella in childhood offers lifelong immunity. Pregnant women who have never had rubella, nor the vaccine are at risk of contracting the disease, which can lead to fetal death or serious birth defects, especially in the first trimester.
Potential complications from rubella include: Miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, birth defects.
Potential adverse reactions from the MMR vaccine include: Fever, headache, dizziness, malaise, irritability, diarrhea, vomiting, parotitis, nausea, arthralgia, myalgia, edema, thrombocytopenia, arthritis, panniculitis, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, seizures, ataxia, polyneuritis, paresthesia.
A note on the MMR vaccine: Along with whistleblowers coming forward regarding the alleged falsified data for the mumps portion of the MMR, another whistleblower has recently spoken out. William Thompson, Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a statement from his lawyer regarding information from a 2004 article that he and his co-authors submitted. In the statement, he alleges that a significant increase in the rate of autism in African American boys vaccinated with the MMR prior to 36 months of age.
“My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
Read the entire statement here:
Varicella- Varicella, also known as chickenpox, is a contagious disease that causes an itchy blister-like rash over the entire body. Chickenpox isn’t usually serious, but it does require your child to be out of school for several weeks. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus lays dormant in your body and can reappear later in life in the form of shingles. Shingles is a very painful rash that affects only one side of the body usually in a long stripe of blisters and can lead to a condition known as Postherpetic Neuralgia. Postherpetic Neuralgia is a lingering nerve pain condition that can be very debilitating. Prior to the introduction of the varicella vaccine, shingles was commonly a disease in the elderly. This was due to waning immunity to chickenpox from a lack of exposure to the wild virus. Since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine, there has been a rise in cases of shingles among young adults. It is because of the potential rise in shingles, that Great Britain does not vaccinate against chickenpox.
Children who get the varicella vaccine can still contract shingles. Prior to the vaccine, around 100 people a year died from the chickenpox.
Potential complications of varicella include: Infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain
swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs).
Potential adverse reactions to the varicella vaccine include: Headache, Varicella-like rash, fatigue, cough, myalgia, disturbed sleep, nausea, diarrhea, chills, eye complaints, loss of appetite, itching, vomiting, constipation, rashes, respiratory illness, cold/canker sore, seizures, secondary bacterial infections.
Hepatitis A- Hep A is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause inflammation that may interfere with liver function.
“You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.
Practicing good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, is one of the best ways to protect against hepatitis A.” -Mayo Clinic.
Not everyone who develops Hepatitis A will have signs or symptoms. Some people may experience fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low grade fever and yellowing of the skin.
Potential complications from hepatitis A include: Liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders.
Potential adverse events from the hepatitis A vaccine include: Fever, erythema, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, allergic reaction (very rare).
Meningoccocal- Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious infection. It causes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed. Each year, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. get meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis and septicemia (blood infection). About 10% of people have Neisseria meningitidis bacteria in the back of their nose and throat with no signs or symptoms of disease.
“Neisseria meningitidis bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Fortunately, these bacteria are not as contagious as germs that cause the common cold or the flu. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningococcal disease has been.
“Sometimes Neisseria meningitidis bacteria spread to people who have had close or lengthy contact with a patient with meningococcal disease. People in the same household, roommates, or anyone with direct contact with a patient’s oral secretions, meaning saliva or spit, (such as a boyfriend or girlfriend) would be considered at increased risk of getting the infection.” -CDC
Potential complications of Meningococcal include: Brain damage, hearing loss, hydrocephalus, myocarditis, seizures, subdural effusion (buildup of fluid between the skull and brain).
This concludes part three of my Research Guide. I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I wish you good luck and good health. Remember, there is no one more qualified to make decisions regarding your baby’s health than their parents. I urge you to do whatever you feel most comfortable with; all vaccines on time, some vaccines on a delayed schedule or no vaccines at all. Ultimately it is up to you.