Are vaccines safe?

Cynthia - posted on 10/15/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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In the past century, vaccines against diphtheria, polio, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella, not to mention the more recent additions of hepatitis B and chicken pox, have wired humans with powerful immune sentries to ward off uninvited invasions. And thanks to state laws requiring vaccinations for youngsters enrolling in kindergarten, the U.S. currently enjoys the highest immunization rate ever; 77% of children embarking on the first day of school are completely up to date on their recommended doses and most of the remaining children are missing just a few shots.



Yet simmering beneath these national numbers is a trend that's working in the microbes' favor—and against ours. Spurred by claims that vaccinations can be linked to autism, increasing numbers of parents are raising questions about whether vaccines, far from panaceas, are actually harmful to children. When the immune system of a baby or young child is just coming online, is it such a good idea to challenge it with antigens to so many bugs? Have the safety, efficacy and side effects of this flood of inoculations really been worked through? Just last month the U.S. government, which has always stood by the safety of vaccines, acknowledged that a 9-year-old Georgia girl with a preexisting cellular disease had been made worse by inoculations she had received as an infant, which "significantly aggravated" the condition, resulting in a brain disorder with autism-like symptoms.

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Lady - posted on 10/16/2011

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"When the immune system of a baby or young is just coming online, is it such a good idea to challenge it with antigens to so many bugs?"

A baby is being bombarded with diseases and bugs and ilnessnes and everything else every day of their life - evertime they meet someone or go outside or their mum opens the window hundreds of different germs attack them but their bodies are equipt to cope with it - we were designed that way or we'd die before the first week of life was out!!

And the link with autism had been disproven so many times it's not even worth mentioning!!

Kate CP - posted on 10/16/2011

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'Scuse me a moment. *wanders off to go bang her head on a brick wall for an hour*

Okay, so now that I'm back and I have a headache and can't see straight I can honestly say I've accomplished the same thing as I would have if I had actually argued with an anti-vaxxer about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. :P

PS: I'm cranky today. :P

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/16/2011

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I agree, getting the vax as a preventative is totally worth it over the diseases you could contract without them. For those unable to be vaccinated (due to allergies) they should be protected by the mass majority who receives them. Not really sure about the TRUE angle of the op. If you DON"T think they are safe, why?

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Yep.

There are some people who are allergic to the ingredients who obviously shouldn't have them... and I do believe it may be possible to trigger things that certain people are already predisposed to (though many, many other things could probably trigger it even if vaccines are avoided), but for MOST people.... well, to steal an above line... shoot 'em up. ;)

Donna - posted on 10/16/2011

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i think if vaccines really caused autisim, the majority of the us would be autistic. Personally I'm going to keep vaccinating myself and my family until the FDA says other wise.

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Tracey - posted on 10/18/2011

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Nothing is 100% safe but you have weigh up the pros and cons in every situation. If we believed every scare story we wouldn't do anything or eat anything because at one time almost everything (medicine, food, activity) has been linked to a bad effect.

Sherri - posted on 10/16/2011

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Vaccinations are 100% NOT linked to autism in any form.

They have been tested over and over and over again. They are 100% safe except for the rare few that have allergies or conditions that a vaccine would make worse. However, for the vast majority of the worlds population they are nothing but beneficial.

Stifler's - posted on 10/16/2011

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Yeah I agree with Donna. Anti vax is a minority and do the majority of people have ASD ? Ir serious reactions? No.

Rosie - posted on 10/16/2011

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yes they are safe. there are some side efffects yes, but i'd rather risk that then the illnesses they prevent.

as for autism, and shooting yourself with toxins and all that crap...sigh. there's no proof they cause autism, and while there are toxins in vaccines, the amounts are negligable.



your food that you put in your body multiple times a day, the air you breathe and the cosmetics/personal products that we use turn us into little walking toxin carriers. i find that as a reason for the increasing autism rates waaay more plausible than injecting TINY amounts of SOME toxic products a couple times.

Lady - posted on 10/16/2011

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Very true Kate - people will always choose to believe what they really want to despite the evidence to the contrary - just look at religion - must be cranky too lol!!!

Iridescent - posted on 10/16/2011

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In regards to the child with pre-existing cellular disease (actually, it's mitochondrial disease, which IS present in my family very strongly as well - 100%), while families may not be aware they carry it, the ones that aren't have no need to be concerned in the first place. Their children don't have symptoms of an illness. Mitochondrial disease cannot be officially diagnosed until 3 body systems are severely effected. My mom - mental, GI, autonomic. My grandmother - cardiac, lung, GI, and neurological just prior to her death last month, but signs since birth. My nephew - neurological only so far, but he is known to have it. My daughter - skeletal, neurological, GI, hepatic, renal, cardiac. Myself - neurological, skeletal, GI, renal. My son - renal, neurological, skeletal. These aren't simple kids. These are very ill kids. Most don't even survive into adulthood. And even these kids are especially encouraged to vaccinate. This is the purpose of the statement "Do not vaccinate while ill". Very simple, and very effective. An extra precaution in kids with suspected or known mitochondrial disease is pre-treating with Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen, and alternating the two for 48 hours after injection, to prevent fever. This is because the only link between autism and mitochondrial disease is the direct result of the fever that can occur after vaccinating. http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2010/03/11/...

I hope that helps clarify this for you a little better. It is quite confusing, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Iridescent - posted on 10/16/2011

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The Thymus gland is biggest when the child is young, and it is the gland responsible for making immunity/antibodies. As a result, it's BEST to challenge it when the child is youngest (except perhaps preemies), and to continue challenging it to get the immunity possible. The fact is, the thymus essentially disappears eventually, which is why the elderly are also a very high risk group for illnesses. Add to it the fact that you are not intentionally exposing your newborn to illnesses, and it's about the only time in their life they are not exposed to other ill children, and it makes newborn stage the safest of all to be vaccinated.

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I was thinking this was a troll question.

But for the sake of argument, yes, vaccines are safe. Vaccines have been continuously researched, improved, updated. It's responsible parenting to not only vax your child, but to protect your entire community. Even if your child may actually come down with slight, unnoticebale symptoms, oh let's say for mumps. Your child may in turn spread the disease to others. So yes, vaccines are safe, and are needed to protect your child, and other children.

Becky - posted on 10/15/2011

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Exactly what Amy said. I'd rather take the risks associated with the vaccine than the risks associated with the diseases we vaccinate against!

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