I gave my kids vaccines when they were younger, yes... but after research, I felt that I would rather play it safe and just try to eat healthy, exercize, wash our hands and pray. You can lower your chances for illness more by healthy prevention than you can with drugs and vaccines. God gave you an immune system and is still in control today. Sure, we get the off-and-on sinus allergy attacks when pollen is thick enough to cut with a knife in the air outside (like today). We don't, however, go to the doctor more than once a year on average. I haven't been for myself because of an illness in over two or three years. My kids each went to the doctor once last year. For my daughter, it was for eczema - not illness. We even try to avoid medicine if we can manage to suffer through the snotty noses and sore throats that happen once or twice a year with seasonal allergies. After all, you aren't feeling bad because of a lack of pharmaceuticals in your blood-stream. I don't take flu shots, either. The last time I took one, I got the flu. It was the last time I had the flu. I figured if one of the only times I got the flu was when I took the shot... I wanted NOTHING to do with the shot.
The media every year is quick to sensationalize flu season. Each year it seems that there is a shortage of shots - causing mass panic to erupt and hordes of fear-controlled masses to bang down the doors at every local clinic in town. What most people don't think about is WHO the PANIC benefits: the drug companies, plain and simple. What in the world would they do with all those batches of vaccine if no one bought them? It is in their best interest for the flu to continue to ravage the world. Us sick makes them rich.
Another vaccine has recently begun to make headlines in Texas and elsewhere; the HPV Vaccine. Below is information about the HPV Virus and some reasons why there is such a controversy regarding the governor making it mandatory for 11 year old girls to get treated before they are allowed in Texas schools.
From the HSLDA Website (italics and bolding are all my additions):
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of viruses that have about 100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted. While most HPV infections are dealt with by the body’s immune system and no symptoms occur, there are several types that can cause cervical cancer or genital warts. For more information about HPV see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s online information.
Those who are most likely to get HPV are those who have sex at an early age, have many sex partners, or have a sex partner who has had many partners.
However, the only FDA approved HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is not a cure for HPV or cervical cancer. Instead the vaccine seeks to prevent the four specific types of HPV (6, 11, 16, and 18) which are responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. There is currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses. Even the FDA and the CDE admit the only “cure” is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage.
There have been no long-term studies of the HPV vaccine. Children in the 9-year-old age group have been monitored for only 18 months and there have been no studies on the carcinogenic risk or the general toxicity of the vaccine itself. From July 2006 to the end of 2006, there were 385 unique reports of adverse events filed with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following the receipt of the vaccine. Visit the National Vaccine Information Center for a full review of these reports.
I am a homeschool mom, so my daughter won't have to take this shot to be educated in my home. However, I feel really sorry for the other kids who are going to be harassed into getting vaccinated soon if nothing is done to help get this mandate vetoed. Texas parents are up in arms about the vaccinations for an array of different reasons (medical, ethical, privacy and parental rights are a few). Just click over and take a look at these informational posts by Keel the Pot, Home Where They Belong, and Mama Says.
Here are just two of the cases in which adverse reactions to the vaccine were reported. They are unspeakably scary to read. Imagine if this were your child!
From the National Vaccine Information Center:
Case record - 267171 - (13 y/o) - INfluenza vaccine and Human Papilloma VIrus vaccines given November 10 about 11:45 AM. Patient woke up with numbness on right side of face on November 11. Presented to Emergency Room on November 12 with Bells Palsy of right side of face. Unable to move right side of face. Unable to close right eye. Previously healthy, no symptoms on day of vaccine administration. Symptoms: Paralysis, facial paralysis, paresthesia.
Case report - 269328 - (13 y/o) - Information has been received from a physician concerning a 13 year old female who on 22-Nov-2006 was vaccinated with HPV rL1 6 11 16 18 VLP vaccine (yeast). A few days later she had cold symptoms and was prescribed azithromycin (ZITHROMAX). A few days after that the patient developed hives and was prescribed amoxicillin. A few days later the patient was hospitalized and diagnosed on 01-Dec-2006 with Guillian-Barre Syndrome. The patient sought unspecified medical attention. At the time of the report, it was [reported truncated] Symptoms: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, urticaria (hives)
From the NINDS site:
What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
Guillain-Barré (ghee-yan bah-ray) syndrome 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 weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases, the disorder is life-threatening and is considered a medical emergency. The patient is often put on a respirator to assist with breathing. Most patients, however, recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have some degree of weakness. Guillain-Barré syndrome is rare. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally, surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome. The disorder can develop over the course of hours or days, or it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks. No one yet knows why Guillain-Barré strikes some people and not others or what sets the disease in motion. What scientists do know is that the body's immune system begins to attack the body itself, causing what is known as an autoimmune disease. Guillain-Barré is called a syndrome rather than a disease because it is not clear that a specific disease-causing agent is involved. Reflexes such as knee jerks are usually lost. Because the signals traveling along the nerve are slower, a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test can give a doctor clues to aid the diagnosis. The cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the spinal cord and brain contains more protein than usual, so a physician may decide to perform a spinal tap.
Take NOTE: Between July and December (just six months), they already had nearly 400 adverse reactions to the HPV Vaccine on record. Those aren't just reactions. Those are little girls - little girls whose lives are being toyed with.
More from the National Vaccine Information Center:
"If only 1 to 4 percent of all adverse events associated with GARDASIL vaccination are being reported to VAERS, there could have been up to 38,000 health problems after GARDASIL vaccination in 2006 which were never reported," said Fisher. "How many girls are really having short-term health problems associated with getting this vaccine that could turn into long-term neurological or immune system disorders? And how many will go on to develop fertility problems, cancer or damage to their genes, all of which Merck admits in its product insert that it has not studied at all? We just don't know enough to be mandating GARDASIL for anyone, much less vulnerable 11 to 12 year old girls entering puberty."
I think the safest route would be to teach kids abstinence and not shoot them up with vaccines that could give them nasty side-effects. Of course, this is what works for our family. I don't want my daughter to end up with Guillain-Barré or facial paralysis (or worse) just because I was afraid that one day she might catch something else. I certainly don't want to give her pills or vaccines that speak clearly to the fact that I don't TRUST that she can remain sex-free until she gets married, either. I'll pass on the HPV Vaccine - no thanks! If it becomes mandatory in public schools for 11 year old girls to get this vaccine... I think you'll see the homeschool ranks and private school attendees swell to an all-time high next school year. And they should!
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