Childhood Vaccines: How Do You Decide?

Health

You want to protect your child. To keep him safe and healthy. So what do you do about vaccines? On one hand, you’re told to vaccinate to keep him safe. And on the other, you’re told NOT to vaccinate to keep him safe. So, which is it?

If you forgo vaccines and he contracts measles you’ll feel guilty and blame yourself. People may judge you. But, even if he doesn’t get measles people may say you made an irresponsible choice, suggesting your actions are endangering their child.

But are you scared if you vaccinate his chances of asthma, autism or eczema will skyrocket? The incidence of chronic childhood conditions is ever-increasing and some say vaccines are partly to blame. Both sides of the argument are insanely one-eyed. How can you have an educated, logical discussion when the vast majority of people are debating a topic they know almost nothing about?

The only way to make a sound decision based on facts, rather than opinion is to do your own thorough research. Here are a few of the factors that helped us make a decision for our son’s health.

ARE VACCINES SAFE?

This is the most important question of all. Our chief responsibility as parents is to keep our children safe. This question could end the debate – if vaccines are safe we’d consider them. If they’re not safe, why would we?

A clinical study comparing long-term health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of children has never been done.

Safety studies are performed on individual vaccines. In reality, though, vaccines are injected at the same time, with up to 10 vaccines given in one visit. The safety implications of giving multiple vaccines at the same time has never been studied, nor has the safety of repeat dosing.

The safety studies performed on vaccines are flawed from a scientific point of view. Rather than using a genuine placebo, government regulators allow vaccine manufacturers to compare the safety of new vaccines against old vaccines or a heavy metal containing substance (such as aluminium). Double blinded, genuine placebo controlled studies, which are standard practice in pharmaceutical trials, don’t exist in the vaccine world.

The lack of safety information on vaccines is mind-boggling. My confidence in vaccine safety testing is non-existent. And the lack of proper scientific vaccine safety trials makes me ask, why haven’t the studies been done? Maybe it’s because the same federal health agencies responsible for developing, regulating and making vaccine policy are also in charge of monitoring vaccine safety. Slight conflict of interest.

ARE FAMILY DOCTORS EXPERTS?

Doctors are taught vaccines are safe and effective. They’re not taught how vaccines are studied for safety, the components of vaccines, or the gaps in the research. I experienced this first hand with two family doctors.

I questioned vaccine safety and ingredients but neither doctor had the knowledge to competently discuss it, with one openly admitting it.

I spent five years at veterinary college and I can say first hand veterinarians are taught in the same fashion. We were told vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. We learnt the theories of how vaccines affect the immune system and we were given the vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens. And told to vaccinate on a yearly basis. Thats it.

Vaccines are sold to the medical profession as “preventative medicine”.  And we believe all preventative medicine is “good medicine”. It isn’t questioned. But it should be.

You’re the guardian of your newborn’s health. Your family doctor is there to provide information and options, but you make the decision, not your doctor. You should feel comfortable to ask questions and if you don’t understand ask your doctor to explain in a way you will. And if they refuse it may be time to look for a new GP.

THE DECLINE OF PREVENTABLE DISEASE

We’re told vaccines prevent infectious disease. We’re told the reason we don’t see diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio anymore is because of vaccination. And when there is an outbreak it’s blamed on parents not vaccinating. But is that the whole story?

Digging a little deeper I was staggered to learn vaccination is only a small part of the reason we don’t see the infectious disease levels common in the early 20th century.

Measures such as improved hygiene, sanitation, adequate vitamin A intake and understanding quarantine measures were largely responsible for the reduction and/or eradication of many infectious diseases such as smallpox. The decline in mortality from many infectious disease including measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough, and diphtheria occurred long before the introduction of the vaccines for each virus.

On the flip side, we’re now seeing even more severe strains of diseases emerging, such as measles. Many scientists believe this is because viruses are evolving and mutating as a result of mass vaccination. Nature always finds a way. But when outbreaks occur unvaccinated individuals are often blamed.

In the 2015 Disneyland Measles outbreak emotional parents turned on their unvaccinated counterparts blaming them for the incident. But it’s more likely vaccinated children caused the outbreak. Live-virus vaccines like MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shed viruses from the back of the throat for weeks or even months following vaccination, potentially infecting others. This means any child recently given an MMR vaccine is potentially, and unknowlingly, spreading disease.

VACCINES ARE DOGMA

Wikipedia defines Dogma as “A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system’s paradigm, or the ideology itself.”

Vaccination has become medical dogma. It’s not questioned by medical doctors, which makes it more like religion than science. A medical intervention which can’t be questioned is dangerous.

DOES THE POLICY MAKE SENSE?

Examining the infant vaccination policy with an enquiring mind provokes many questions.

Why are vaccines given as early as birth?

I asked my family doctor and she explained governments realize they have a short window in which they have a mother’s attention. By starting vaccines at 1 day or 8 weeks while mothers are on maternity leave and babies are having wellness checks they know they’ll catch the greatest number of children for vaccination.

Biologically, it’s more appropriate to vaccinate children at 2 years of age when the blood brain barrier has closed.

This means substances injected into the blood cannot pass to the brain. Prior to 2 years of age they can. But government agencies know if they implemented a vaccine policy at 2 years more parents would forget and many children would be missed.

In Japan in the 1980’s the protocol was to vaccinate at 2 years of age and they experienced practically zero deaths from SIDs. Then they reduced the vaccine age to 8 weeks. Deaths from SIDs increased. Wisely, they reverted to the 2 year policy and deaths went down again.

The Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine is an example of a vaccine which may cause more harm than good. It’s a relatively benign disease if experienced in childhood. It used to be common for parents to host “chickenpox parties” to aid the spread of disease and get it over and done with. After experiencing chickenpox lifelong immunity is established. Whereas vaccines provide only short term immunity. So, why would we vaccinate against chickenpox?

I asked my family doctor and she said it’s because governments don’t want mothers taking time off work to care for their children as it cost employers time and money. She also went on to say the chickenpox vaccine was only 50% effective and she wouldn’t give it to her children.

But there’s another problem with the chickenpox vaccine. When kids get chickenpox they develop lifelong immunity AND also “boost” their parent’s (and other adult’s) immunity to the varicella virus. This is hugely valuable as it reduces the chance of adults succumbing to shingles.  Shingles is a serious disease in adults, much more serious than chickenpox in children – specifically 20 times more risk of death and 15 times more risk of hospitalization. Since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine rates of shingles have risen. But should we be worried? After all, Merck, the makers of the chickenpox vaccine also make a shingles vaccine. The irony is absurd.

Needless to say, reasoning like this does not build my faith in policymakers.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN VACCINES?

So, just what is inside vaccines?!

Each vaccine has multiple ingredients and it would be impossible to list them all here. This is a snapshot of some of the ingredients found in common infant vaccines:

formaldehyde, neomycin, monkey kidney cells, calf serum protein, aluminum hydroxide, thimerosal, bovine muscle tissue (US sourced), human diploid cell cultures (WI-38), embryonic guinea pig cell cultures, human embryonic lung cultures, egg proteins, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate

The list above contains ingredients which are carcinogenic (cancer causing), neurotoxic (toxic to the brain and nervous system), allergenic and to some, immoral.

We are so mindful of what we eat and what we put into our bodies. Yet when we eat our bodies have a chance to combat toxins on their natural passage through the digestive tract. But, when we inject these materials directly into the bloodstream, the body doesn’t can’t fully protect itself, especially immature bodies.

A HEALTHY DEBATE

I expect this post to attract the clichéd criticism of being overtly anti vaccination. But it’s an easy, yet naïve, judgement to make. Ten years ago I probably would have drawn a similar conclusion. But having a child has a way of making you dig deeper and seek the truth. I urge everybody reading this post to stop and consider their reasoning. Take a broader look at the most appropriate way to care for and protect our children.

Vaccination certainly has it’s place in our healthcare system but it has escalated to unprecedented proportions. Just this week the CDC announced they’re adding another three vaccines to the infant vaccination schedule. That means 74 doses comprising of 53 injections and 3 oral vaccines. Compared to when I was a kid in 1983, when we received 24 doses comprising of 7 injections and 4 oral doses. How many more toxins can our children’s bodies take? And are they getting healthier or sicker? 

This is a debate we need to have.

SO, WHERE TO FROM HERE?

Infant vaccination is as controversial as it gets for new parents.But you’re up to the challenge. You know what’s best for your child. Nobody is more qualified to make this decision than you. This is your child’s health.

First. Stop. And Don’t Rush.

You don’t need to make this decision today. You can decide to vaccinate tomorrow but you can’t un-vaccinate yesterday. Wait until you feel confident you have all the information you need to make a decision based on facts, not opinion.

Here’s are a few resources to get you started…..

This is YOUR child’s health. Protect it fiercely.

COMMENTS
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    March 22, 2016
    Chelsea

    Fantastic view on vaccines. Thanks for writing this, good to know someone else is also being cautious and not taking everything your doctor says for face value.

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      March 22, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Thanks Chelsea and so happy you enjoyed the article. It’s sad this has become such a controversial issue – it would be great if we could all be educated about it and make an informed decisions. Thanks again.

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    March 29, 2016
    David

    Some valid points made, some very informative tidbits of information shared, but unfortunately also a couple of fundamental logical flaws in this article…

    First, the topic is treated exclusively from the perspective of individual health, with no consideration for the epidemiological angle (e.g. the benefit of “herd immunity”). This is perhaps not so much a logical flaw but more of a content gap. That said, this being a brief, non-scientific article, I guess it is OK to choose not to address this.

    But second, and more importantly, what certainly is a logical flaw is the assertion that “You know what’s best for your child. Nobody is more qualified to make this decision than you.” The article confuses the fact that parents have *the right* to decide whether to vaccinate their children, versus “knowing what’s best”. Knowing what’s best requires scientific training, and a base of evidence that conforms to the scientific method. Even if one were to accept the author’s broad mistrust of pharmaceutical corporations, government regulators and most medical professionals, that in no way implies that parents suddenly “know what’s best”. They don’t. They can inform themselves, seek advice from multiple sources, form an *opinion* and ultimately make a decision that they believe will maximize their children’s chance of living healthy lives. But that is a far cry from truly knowing what is best or being the most qualified individual to make that type of a decision. Let’s not confuse authority with capability.

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      April 04, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Thanks for your comment David and for reading the post. And you are correct – a whole book could be written on this topic whereas this is one blog post so I can’t cover it all at once.

      In relation to herd immunity – it is a myth and has only ever been a theory. I will be addressing it in a post in the near future but in the meantime here is an excerpt from Dr. Russell Blaylock MD, a retired neurosurgeon, explaining why the blind-faith reliance on herd immunity is a mistake:

      “That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.

      If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.”

      In relation to your second point I believe it’s true that parents are best to make decisions for their children. I honestly believe I am the best person to make the decision for my child. Why? Because nobody cares more than me to do the research, find the information and make an informed decision. To assume that doctors are up to date and understand (or have even been properly educated) on vaccine safety is naive. I’ve had the discussion with two family doctors and I had more knowledge than both of them combined. Neither were aware how inappropriately vaccines were tested for safety. You are correct in saying that some parents aren’t the best people to make the decision – but parents who read this post and who are actively trying to inform themselves and arm themselves with knowledge are not in that camp. Most parents blindly assume doctors know what’s best and don’t do any research at all which I find scary. To suggest that pharmaceutical companies know what’s best for children is simply not true – I’ve worked for one multinational big pharma company and I was a veterinarian for many years working directly with big pharma so my “mistrust” comes from intimate knowledge.

      And I like your last line – not confusing authority with capability but I think it applies more to doctors than it does to parents when it comes to vaccines.

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        October 01, 2016

        Very poignant Tracy. Great work! Please keep it up. Thank you so much for your important words of wisdom.
        Sincerely,
        el

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          October 09, 2016
          Tracy Gillett

          Thanks so much El! And shall do – a controversial topic to write about but one we need to all be more informed about rather than making it an empty but emotional debate xx

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        October 24, 2016
        Julie

        Hi Tracy,
        I’m a bit confused when you cite people such as Dr Sherri Tenpenny who supports the theory that vaccines cause autism, while the authors of the study that said so retracted their article. Also, yes vaccines do increase the immunity for a limited time -that’s why doctors suggest to do them again after some time, like 10 years for Hepatitis B. Most people I know do it (which, I know, is anecdotal) meaning that, in my herd we’re pretty immunized. So I wonder on what source you based your sentence ” at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.” Thanks !

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          October 25, 2016
          Tracy Gillett

          Hi Julie,

          Thanks for reading and for your comment. Here is the link to the International Medical Council on Vaccination’s article about herd immunity. Unlike you situation most people I know aren’t vaccinated repeatedly as adults, especially for conditions like measles and mumps and chickenpox. Tetanus and Hepatitis B and the Flu Vaccine may be different but as you say everyone has an individual circumstance.

          Yes, Dr Wakefield has been vilified by the medical community for his research suggesting vaccines may cause issues with autism. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Many neurosurgeons also share his view that vaccinates may contribute to conditions like autism – my understanding is it’s still up for debate and I love Dr Sherri Tenpenny’s work. Check out The Greater Good documentary as well which speaks to the issue.

          Hope that helps!
          Cheers Tracy

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    April 28, 2016
    Frankie

    Hiya Tracy,
    This was such an interesting article to read – thank you for writing it!
    I have always been incredible pro-vaccination.
    It is very interesting to read this article from a veterinary perspective as you are definitely more medically informed than me! Your information was certainly interesting to read and gave me a respect for the anti-vaccination movement that I’d never had before as unfortunately the main arguments I hear tend not to be scientifically based (i.e. the false link with autism). It is so fascinating and terrifying to me that big pharma are the ones testing these vaccinations for safety. I had no idea.

    I work in a childcare and so have a different view of herd immunity (as the children under my care have been recently vaccinated). We have a few children who are immune deficient for various reasons (AIDs, cancer treatment, etc.) and it makes it incredibly dangerous for them if other children are not vaccinated. Unvaccinated children may be carrying preventable illnesses which they are not yet showing symptoms of. From this perspective I do think when making a decision regarding vaccination it is also important to consider the health of other children your child will be exposed to.

    I still think I’ll get my children vaccinated but I will certainly do my research before making that decision!

    Thank you for this article as it has certainly made me more deeply consider the other side of this difficult argument.

    p.s. as an educator I love your blog – it really aligns with the newest research on children’s mental health – I love that people like you are out there, for other parents and educators!

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      May 02, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Hiya Frankie (guessing from the Hiya you may be in the UK? We lived in London for five years and loved it).

      Thanks for your comments and I’m happy you enjoyed the post. It’s a hugely controversial topic and I think the problem is most people are making decisions with limited information. I’m still learning as I go too. I appreciate the difficulties you face in a daycare situation – vaccinated children can also carry disease too though which I think is often forgotten, and vaccines only offer short term protection. In many outbreaks its been shown more vaccinated kids get sick than unvaccinated as their immune systems may not be as robust. With some vaccines, like whooping cough, its best for kids to stay away from other kids for at least a few days following vaccination as they can spread disease from the vaccine itself.

      It’s tough and I think the best defence for kids is to nourish their immune systems whether they’re vaccinated or not. Practices like breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact can help a lot. As well as promoting health with probiotics, vitamin D and hiding super nutrition in smoothies for older kids. In countries without measles vaccines the protection/treatment offered is Vitamin A supplementation as its been shown a deficiency is implicated in disease. Vitamin A is crucial for a well functioning immune system.

      Anyway, this will be a debate which goes on for a long time. I’m not anti-vaccine – I appreciate vaccines have their place in modern medicine but I feel their use is becoming excessive (fuelled by profit) and its healthy for parents to be aware of their choices.

      Thanks again!
      Tracy

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    July 12, 2016
    Kristin

    Thank you so much for this post. My husband and I have been researching vaccines, and we feel afraid to mention a word of it to anyone for fear of being outcast from society. The “dogma” issue you bring up is very real and very intimidating. Upon our son’s first pediatric visit, we dated ask a few questions about vaccine ingredients and his immune system, and the doctor very harshly accused us of not caring about his health if we didn’t follow the CDC schedule–which we wouldn’t agree to since she wouldn’t discuss our concerns–and then told us to leave and not come back.
    After being firmly dismissed by a second pediatrician, we found a third who agreed to form a delayed schedule for us. However, his responses to our concerns were so condescending (“Shots are scary, but he’s not going to ‘catch’ autism”) that we faltered and were bullied into a few shots we didn’t feel he was ready for. When he was unwakable for a few minutes, we were beside ourselves, and we made an even stronger vow to trust our parental instincts.
    We are not “anti-vaccine,” but we do feel that the great number of shots, begun so early, is not the safest approach for our son. And
    we resent the fact that we are being put into this “anti-vax” box because we want to wait for his myelin sheath to develop before we overload his immune system with neurotoxins. We are just normal people who love our son and want him to be safe. And with new research showing a strong link between gastrointestinal issues and vaccine injury, and many in my family suffering from celiac disease, we have a duty to investigate before we continue any other shots.
    The fact that, as a parent, I’m made to feel paranoid, silly, or negligent, for asking questions about my baby’s medical treatment, is deplorable. Every vaccine insert lists the rare, but life-changing or deadly results for a certain number of children. Let’s stop treating each other like there is NO risk or NO benefit. Just like most medical treatments, there is a mix of both, and it’s up to the parents to make a decision for their children. If we can admit that all parents, whether they get their kid all the vaccines, none, some–it’s all out of love for our kids–maybe we can close the two-sided emotional debate and focus on discussing facts. Then maybe we will have enough power behind us as a society to demand proper drug trials, done by an unafilliated party, which might just result in safer shots that more of us can get behind.

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      July 15, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      My pleasure Kristin – I am so happy it was helpful to you. This is about the most controversial topic I write about and I will be writing more soon. It’s sad because this should actually just be an educated discussion but people make it emotional as they lack the understanding to debate it properly. They believe marketing spin about “herd immunity” and believe it as gospel when many of these things are theory only and actually untrue.

      I am not an “anti-vaxxer” either – I’m a free thinker who likes to understand why we do things and what the repercussions are. If I was going to vaccinate my son it would certainly be like you, after 2 years of age when the myelin sheath has closed, the blood brain barrier has matured and the risk of neurological adverse events is reduced. But vaccinating my son as a baby because as my doctor told me, “that’s when we have mother’s attention – when they’re on maternity leave”, isn’t a good enough reason.

      Good on you for not wavering after being turned away by multiple doctors – all that makes me think as someone who used to be a veterinarian is, why are they practicing? I would have NEVER turned away a pet owner for making an informed decision. It makes me wonder how much of their income comes from vaccines and they like to protect it. Certainly in veterinary practice it’s a bread and butter income. Our doctor gave us a threat about potentially turning us away but didn’t. Ironically my son is so healthy we haven’t been to the doctor for over two years anyway 🙂

      Thank you again for reading and I’m so happy it was helpful. xx

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    July 21, 2016
    Erin

    Just wanted to give you another perspective re: lack of valid clinical studies done. You cited a conflict of interest. That may be true. Imagine for a minute that independent, reliable, gold standard research trials were to be done. To have any credibility, thousands of children would need to be involved. Who would volunteer their child for such a trial? You and your healthcare provider would not be able to know if your child was receiving some, all or no vaccines – perhaps for many, many years. For free thinkers such as yourself, who write passionate blogs about making informed choices about vaccines and lament the lack of quality research – without citing references, might I add – I urge you to consider that in order for research to be done, there must be test subjects. Would you be the first to volunteer your newborn? I would not.

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      July 30, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Thanks for your comment Erin and for reading my post. The type of study you suggest, a double blinded randomized placebo-controlled study, as you say would be difficult to get parents to sign up for and yes – I certainly wouldn’t sign my son up for it. But, I don’t believe that’s the initial work that is needed. A long term longitudinal study comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated vs non-vaccinated children could easily be done with large numbers of children and I would certainly volunteer my son’s health records (or my own) for a study like that. The Nurse’s Health Study is the most famous of it’s kind, starting in 1976 and now with over 275,000 participants. It investigates factors which contribute to chronic disease in women and is now in it’s third generation. Something similar – with two groups – could work for infant vaccination.

      The lack of quality research doesn’t end there though. Safety studies completed by vaccine manufacturers are not done with a genuine placebo control which they should be – there is no reason not to. Comparing a new vaccine to an old vaccine or a new vaccine to an aluminum adjuvant skews any results and to my mind makes them completely void. Fast tracking registration and safety studies of vaccines is also another issue – the FDA famously fast tracked the Gardasil vaccine which has come under severe scrutiny, questioning whether marketing and profits come before patient health.

      I am a passionate blogger but more importantly I’m a concerned parent and I think it’s dangerous to believe everything we’re told without digging deeper ourselves.

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    July 29, 2016

    I loved your article – congrats. Rational, informative and easy to read. I have not vaccinated my daughter (now 4 years) only after reading everything I could get my hands on (both sides) and taking her (and my families) health into my own hards and making my decision based on knowledge not fear. She is the healthiest child I know and like you have almost never been to the doctor. Thank you for being brave enough to write about this incredibly important issue we are all facing which I believe will play out strongly in the future of all of our health. Skye xx

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      July 30, 2016
      Tracy Gillett

      Thanks so much for your comment Skye and happy the article resonated with you. I plan to write more about vaccines – I think it’s an important, although controversial, issue and knowledge is key to making an informed decision – either way. I read so much when I was pregnant and am happy with the decision we made to not vaccinate. We have done homeopathic prophylaxis which I know is controversial but I think is amazing. Great to hear your daughter is so healthy. Thanks again for reading xx

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    March 19, 2017
    carole

    “The safety implications of giving multiple vaccines at the same time has never been studied, nor has the safety of repeat dosing.” I tried to read further on this blog, but was gobsmacked at this blatant lie. The safety of the schedule of vaccines recommended by the scientific community has been validated with studies involving thousands and thousands of children for decades. Medical doctors devote their entire lives to the study of health and scientific advances. They don’t just start thinking about vaccines once they get pregnant or a few weeks before their child’s first vaccinations are due. You have no clue how much you don’t know about this subject.

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      March 19, 2017
      Tracy Gillett

      Hi Carole

      Thanks for your comment but we obviously disagree. I’d love it if you could send me links to the studies you reference. To my knowledge, after extensive research, there are no double blinded placebos controlled studies testing safety of individual vaccines (or multiple vaccines) which is the standard for pharmaceuticals. The placebos that are used are old vaccines which by definition means they are not true placebos.

      Some medical doctors may spend their time studying the health and safety implications of vaccines but my two GP’s in Canada certainly do not. Vaccines are bread and butter to the medical profession. They are simply too busy treating illness to spend time reading about safety studies about vaccines which they already believe are safe. Same with vets – I was a one of them and I must have worked with well over 100 other vets in my career. None of us read one article about vaccines unless it was about a new vaccine being produced or released. Are you in the medical profession? If so, I’d love you to elaborate more on your specific experience on the subject as most of what you’ve said is very general and unsubstantiated.

      Tracy

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    April 17, 2017
    Amy

    Thanks for writing this post it was great;) keep up the goood work

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      April 17, 2017
      Tracy Gillett

      Thanks so much Amy and shall do!

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    June 13, 2017
    Crystal

    Hi, I read your article when I stumbled across it searching for answers for this relentless argument.. my husband and I recently argued about this because he didn’t want our son vaccinated. He is four months old and I took him to get his 4 month shots. And while I was there he told me over a text message to tell them to wait, and I did but long story short I got the shots. And well reading this I can’t help but feel so mad at myself for getting the shots. I did not realize the ingredients nor the things I was injecting into my son. Or our three children before but it truly does feel like you stated, a dogma. Not only that but I felt pressured by my doctor and wel besides feeling guilty I just realized they were trying to persuade me. With “it’s totally safe my kids got the same shots my sisters kids my brothers too. I know there’s lots of bad things out there being said about vaccines but there’s a window that they have to get them and we don’t want him to miss it, besides i don’t think we would be injecting babies with bad things what benefit would that give us?” and with that.. I said well okay.. and I guess that’s what made me look online to see something that said it’s okay crystal.. you did good by vaccinating him. But all I have seen so far are articles on what these vaccines contain, questions I should’ve asked before getting him vaccinated and why the hell is this shit being injected in infants.. . I truly wish I wouldn’t have now. Honestly when my dr asked “what benefit would that give us?” She was referring to injecting babies with “bad” stuff.. I thought well for one it would keep you in business if I keep bringing my baby back for shit you injected him with to begin with. I mean.. this is truly awful. I can’t wrap my mind around the reason for this. Like the big picture is very scary to me. I have just one question now, can I stop here or will he have to get the next doses of vaccines as he gets older? I mean are they connected to where he has to get the second round because he has already gotten the first round?

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    June 27, 2017
    Laila

    Thank you so much for such a well-written post. Much of the information I have seen before, but you have it laid out in a wonderful way. A question for you as you mention the importance of vitamin A and D – do you give your children supplements? I find it difficult to find good quality ones and was curious if you had any suggestions!! Thanks again for such a great blog – it’s so comforting to have a place where your parenting choices are “normal”.

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      July 06, 2017
      Tracy Gillett

      My pleasure Laila – it’s a topic I’d like to write about more but it’s so controversial (although I don’t think it needs to be). Yes, I give Vitamin D – we use a Thorne Supplement that we get from our naturopath. It also has Vitamin K in it as it’s good to give both together. Here’s a link to it – Thorne Vit D. We live in Canada though where Vit D deficiency is pretty common owing to less sunlight. I tend to give it more frequently in the winter than in the summer. Vitamin A – I don’t supplement as it can become toxic in high doses. I’ve given it once when my son was sick with a fever but only for a few days and our naturopath recommended it. But I do try to make sure my son gets lots of food that are rich in beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body – foods like carrots and sweet potatoes for example. Hope that helps and thank you again for your comment, much appreciated!

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