THE VACCINE BOOK by Dr. Robert Sears has answered most of my questions regarding vaccines. This book, being neither extremely for or against vaccines, has confirmed my feelings about vaccines. It has given me the details I need to make definite decisions concerning the vaccination of my 2 and 5 year old boys. The decision is to discontinue the vaccination process. These are the facts, as I understand them, that brought me to my decision:
1. It seems that the risk of fatality or permanent damage from any of these diseases come in infancy and at older ages. This being said, I feel a huge relief taken off my shoulders, as my children are passed the infancy stage.
*Dr. Sears offers an alternative vaccine schedule in his book, which in essence you go every month to the doctor for 2 vaccines each time. The schedule ensures that the child will only be given one vaccine with aluminum at a time.
2. Most vaccines contain ingredients that are point blank questionable (animal and human tissues, mercury, aluminum, fermaldehyde, etc.) I will go into more detail as I address each individual vaccine on additional posts.
3. At this point in time, the length in which any vaccine doses will last is unknown. So we are vaccinating our kids for chicken pox at age 12 months and a booster at 5 years old, but the vaccine can lose its potency into adulthood. That being the time when chicken pox is the most dangerous. I would rather just let my kids get the "disease" in childhood and thus not have to worry about any ill effects later on.
4. Obtaining natural immunity is the best!
5. Breastfeeding into the second year of life greatly reduces the chance of catching any of these illnesses.
6. Infants put in day-care will almost definitely be exposed to some of these illnesses and again exposure in infancy can have some unwanted side effects.
7. There is a simple blood test that can be done to see if one has actually been exposed to some of these diseases and has become naturally immune to them. As my children get closer to the ages that some of these diseases can potentially harm their health, we will do this blood test. Once we determine what they need to be immunized for, we will then begin the process.
Lastly, the question that Dr. Sears poses is are we in this for the health of only our children or for the possible eradication of many of these diseases. His thought is, if all people are immunized, then the diseases would no longer have a place to live and would no longer exist (presumably). My question on this is, does disease ever really disappear and if they can possibly mutate into different, maybe more threatening diseases then they already are???
Stay tuned for detailed info on the individual vaccines....