I’m not taking a stance one way or another on whether or not to vaccinate your children. I don’t feel it’s my place. I’ve chosen a middle ground for my own children, but I’m not even suggesting anyone choose the middle ground.
That’s not what this blog is.
This blog is to help you make your own informed decision. I know many of my mommy friends feel overwhelmed when facing this decision. So, without making any kind of stance, I will just do the busy work for you. Then, you can make your own informed decision.
Here is a brief explanation of a few of the key players involved in vaccines:
Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate: Aluminum is the most commonly used adjuvant (substance added to a vaccine to amplify the immune response) in vaccines. The FDA has continued to approve the use of aluminum as an additive to vaccines for many years, however, a newborn who gets a Hepatitis B injection at birth would receive 250 mcg of aluminum, but the FDA also recommends that premature babies, and anyone with impaired kidney function, receive no more than 10 to 25 mcg of injected aluminum at any one time.
Animal Cells: This has been getting a lot of attention lately. The rotavirus vaccine was pulled temporarily when it was found to contain contaminated pig cells. The major concern is that contaminated animal DNA can cause secondary disease when injected into humans. This mirrors the huge concerns from the past when it was discovered that the polio vaccine given for years (which used monkey DNA) was contaminated with a monkey virus, which was found to cause brain and lung cancer in humans.
Egg Protein: This is added as a stabilizer to many vaccines. The big concern is for children with allergic reactions to egg.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Formaldehyde has been shown to weaken the immune system and is listed as a potential carcinogen. It is used in vaccines to inactivate the viruses and detoxify the bacteria that is used to make vaccines.
Neomycin: This is an antibiotic. It is added to prevent bacterial contamination during the manufacturing. The predominant concern, besides the overuse of antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria, is allergic reactions to it.
Should you prefer not to vaccinate, here’s a state by state list of laws on parents’ vaccination choice rights.
***Disclaimer: As mentioned above, this blog is not intended to give medical advice. It is a compilation of information so that any decision you make with your doctor or nurse practitioner can be more informed.