I thought this book was very informative. Although it leans more to the side of not vaccinating I thought it did a good job of presenting a lot of scientific evidence and attempting to be very unbiased. He discusses how one can go about making an informed decision about vaccines including childhood vaccines and adult vaccines. He goes over different short and long term reactions to vaccines in general, the history of vaccines that have been contaminated and by what, and different harmful chemicals that are in vaccines. He is very detailed in all of this. The book also covers Alternative medicine approaches to vaccination and Natural medicines role in healing these childhood diseases. He discusses how to build a strong immune system and nutrition as well as the legal requirements regarding vaccination.
I’ll be honest I was truly interested in the breakdown of each vaccine.(probably because I’ve studies much of the other stuff already but had never gotten a real understanding of each vaccine and disease). I wanted to share that with you specifically.
The breakdown of each vaccine
He discusses various vaccines but I’ll just go over the ones that are recommended in the child vaccination schedule;
- Hepatitis B is primarily a sexually transmitted disease. Other common sources of transmission include exposure to infected blood, injected-drug use, and occupational or household contacts.
- Infants can contract hepatitis B from their infected mothers.
- Women can be tested during pregnancy to determine if they are infected, and infants born to infected mothers can receive hepatitis B vaccine and Hepatitis immune globulin at birth.
- Only those children exposed to infected mothers are at risk. Antibody levels produced by vaccination will probably decline to non-protective levels before children reach the age when they are sexually active or exposed to other risk factors.
- Hepatitis B vaccine has been associated with sever, debilitating and life-threatening adverse reactions.
- Tetanus is a potentially life-threatening disease.
- Infection occurs through wounds.
- Incidence of tetanus is approximately 50 cases per year for the past 10 years; less that 10 of these cases are under 30 years old, and these cases are rarely fatal.
- A series of tetanus toxoid injections does provide protection from tetanus for at least 10 years. tetanus immune globulin protects unvaccinated individuals if they receive an injections soon after injury.
- Immediate vaccine reactions are usually mild, though many severe reactions have been reported, some of them causing permanent disability and a few fatalities. Long-term adverse effects are unknown.
- Both pertussis vaccines (whole-cell and acellular) are associated with severe reactions including encephalitis, seizures, brain damage, and deaths.
- the disease itself has these same risks, though the incidence of pertussis in now low in the United States.
- The vaccine has limited efficacy.
- The disease can be treated with homeopathic medications.
- No cases of wild polio have occurred in the United States since 1979. The risk of a child acquiring polio in the United States is zero, except from the vaccine itself.
- The vaccines have questionable effectiveness.
- Oral, live-virus vaccine (OPV) does cause polio in vaccine recipients and contacts. It has caused Gullain-Barre syndrom (GBS) in recipients. It also may contain live monkey viruses that have been associated with human diseases.
- Killed polio vaccine (IPV) has also caused significant adverse effects, including cancers from a contaminated vaccine, but it does not cause polio in recipients.
- Measles has historically been a common childhood disease with rare complications.
- Mass vaccination has resulted in a dramatic decline in measles incidence, but outbreaks now occur in older populations and in infants born to women whose immunity from vaccination has deteriorated. Periodic epidemic continue to occur.
- The vaccine is associated with serious adverse reactions including permanent nervous system damage and autism. Long-term effects are unknown.
- Mumps is generally a benign disease of children. Complications of mumps do occur, but an estimated 30 percent of cases go unnoticed.
- Mumps has increasingly become a disease of adolescents and adults since the widespread use of the vaccine.
- Complications of mumps occur much more frequently in adults.
- The vaccine has caused significant adverse reactions, including vaccine-associated meningitis, in as many as one per 1,000 doses.
- Rubella is a mild childhood disease that requires no treatment.
- A woman who contracts rubella during the first three months of pregnancy risks abortion, miscarriage, or birth defects in her child.
- Rubella incidence has shifted to older age groups since wide-spread vaccination.
- Rubella vaccine is associated with significant adverse effects, including arthritis and central nervous system disorders.
Varicella, and diptheria were not discussed in the book.
Overall this was very informative. In order to make an informed decision about vaccines one needs to understand each vaccine in depth. This book puts this into perspective without using fear tactics to persuade you to either vaccinate or not vaccinate. This is a good book to read especially if you would like to study in detail each of the vaccinations and their side effects.