To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

There are many alternatives to vaccines and the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule.  The current schedule is based on pediatric well child exams and “herd immunity;” if the majority of the population is vaccinated then the few individuals that are not will be protected as the disease will be less prevalent.  The schedule does not reflect when the child has developed a functional and mature immune system.  This can reduce the efficacy of the vaccinations due to an underdeveloped immune system and impede future immune function.  If the CDC’s schedule is followed, 32 vaccinations will be administered to a child by the time they are 2 years old.

Following a revised vaccination schedule that reflects the natural development of the immune system is a safe and effective option. Talk to your naturopath about alternative schedules for your child.

Another option is to test titers (current immune status towards a particular virus or bacteria) to determine if the vaccination is even required.  They may have been exposed and developed immunity through childhood interactions.  You can also consider homeopathic vaccinations and/or naturopathic prevention.

There are many risks associated with various vaccines.  One must always consider the individual risks of contracting the illness versus those associated with each vaccine.  There is never a guarantee that an individual will not contract the illness despite preventative measures.  If the immune system is under strain then there is an increased susceptibility to any illness.

Allergies are a common immune response (contrary to the desired response) to the vaccinations can cause overstimulation and activation of allergic defenses in the body.  If there is a family history of auto immune diseases, then a predisposition to auto immunity may exist.  Vaccines can be the trigger for an auto immune reaction.

Autism, neurological and developmental disorders, mental retardation, epilepsy, learning disabilities and hyperactivity are all risks due to the resultant brain inflammation generated after vaccines.  Live virus vaccines can be harbored in the brain and cerebral spinal fluid.

Here is a list of vaccines and helpful information about each:

MMR: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Not major infections in healthy children.
Vaccination is recommended after 2 years of age as severe complications may develop of contracted as an adult.
Vaccine contains gelatin and egg proteins, do not give to children with gelatin or egg allergies.

Hep B:  Hepatitis B
Only necessary if mother is Hep positive or if hepatitis is contracted during pregnancy.  Vaccines contained Thimerosal (mercury) until 1999, currently they may still have trace amounts.  You may require a booster vaccine as an adult.

Hib: Haemophilus influenze type B
Hib vaccine is not effective before 6 months of age due to the immaturity of the immune system.  If no major risk factors (lack of breats feeding, second hand smoke exposure, African American, day care) are present, you can delay this vaccine until 6 months of age.  Hib is uncommon in children younger than 6 months and breastfeeding helps prevent Hib infection.

Influenza: flu shot
Risks for complications from the flu shot are most prevalent in the very young and the very old.  Complications are rarely seen in healthy children or adults.  The vaccine contains aluminum, thimerasol, and egg protein.  Do not give to those with egg allergies.  There is a 1 in 100,000 risk of developing Guillian Barre syndrome (paralytic muscular disorder) from this vaccine.

Chickenpox
Not a major illness in healthy children.  This can be a severe infection in adults.  Make every effort to help your child contract chickenpox for lifelong immunity.  The vaccine is also only 70% effective and requires a booster.  There is an increased risk for severe complications as an adult if the required booster is missed.

Polio
Breastfeeding confers passive immunity to child.  A healthy infant and maternal GI tract is the most important factor in preventing paralytic polio.  Healthy children may not need the vaccine.  This vaccine is best considered once breast feeding has stopped.  This vaccine contains antibiotics.  A risk of the virus becoming virulent is present.

DPat: Diptheria, Pertussis acellular, Tetanus
Vaccination at 12 months results in a more robust immune response.  Recommended at 6 months of age for kids in daycare that may be exposed to diphteria or pertussis.  Formaldehyde is added to the tetanus vaccine.  The combination and individual vaccines may contain thimerasol and aluminum depending upon the manufacturer (these are heavy metals that are neurotoxic.)

by Dr. Marsha Hamilton, ND

About Dr. Marina Zaré

I am a Chiropractic Wellness Consultant in NW Portland, OR, in the heart of the Pearl district in Portland. I focus on prevention and am extremely passionate about taking care of the young before damage occurs. I utilize numerous technologies in the field of Chiropractic such as Thermography, Electromyography, Heart Rate Variability, B.E.S.T. KST which enable me to help people with chronic pain, learning disorders, ADHD, allergies, injuries, depression, anxiety and other ailments that are caused by having vertebral subluxation
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