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Preventable Childhood Illness on the Rise

Preventable Childhood Illness on the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control reports that “since the 1980s, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of pertussis, especially among teens (10–19 years of age) and babies less than 5 months of age. In 2005, there were more than 25,000 total reported cases.”

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, begins much like the common cold. It is most contagious before the coughing begins. As the disease progresses, violent coughing affects the ability to breathe, causing the loud whooping sound, and can lead to pneumonia or convulsions. More than 50 percent of infants under the age of one who contract whooping cough must be hospitalized. Death is rare, but 10 – 20 people in the United States die each year from pertussis. 

Pertussis is one of several preventable childhood illnesses making a comeback in recent years, as an increasing number of parents are opting not to have their children immunized. 

We’ve become rather complacent about diseases that have all but disappeared, while we wrestle with our fears about newer and more frightening monsters. These childhood vaccinations we so take for granted have changed the way we live and completely altered our expectations. Prior to the advent of vaccines to prevent pertussis, polio, tetanus, and other serious childhood diseases, it was commonplace to lose children in infancy or childhood. 

If you have questions or concerns about the safety or effectiveness of childhood vaccinations, perform your own due diligence. Schedule an appointment with your family doctor or pediatrician. Get your information from reputable sources, and research the facts. Only after you’ve done all that will you be able to make an informed decision, one that is in the best interests of your family. Then it’s up to you.

 

Additional Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

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Photo Credit: Centers For Disease Control/ Judy Schmidt


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1:08PM PDT on May 31, 2009

Thimerosal is not the only toxin in vaccines. And many vaccines promoted as mercury free still contain trace amounts of mercury. There are also many other additives, including aluminum, formadelhyde, MSG, sorbitol, polysorbate 80, ammonium sulfate, formalin, chick embryos, human fetal byproducts, phenol, vesicle fluid from calf skins, monkey kidney cells, red rhesus monkey fetal lung cells, and aspartame.
Why are all newborns given a vaccine for hepatitis b when the major risk factors are illegal IV drug use and unprotected sex?
http://www.know-vaccines.org/controversy.html
http://www.ias.org.nz/
http://www.goodlight.net/vacexpert/suportng.htm
http://www.hapihealth.com/
http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0706/aspartame_in_the_pink_packet.php
http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/ingredie.html
http://educate-yourself.org/vcd/howensteinwhyyoushouldavoidvaccines03feb07.shtml
http://www.generationrescue.org/survey.html
http://iansvoice.org/default.aspx

5:40AM PDT on May 31, 2009

If you don't wish Thermasol ask for a Thermasol Free Vaccine and there is absolutely no evidence that Thermasol has any connection to autism as was recently reported after intensive independent research.

I worked in medicine all my adult life and will tell you one of the absloute worst experiences I have ever had happened in the mid 1970's. I was working in a North Carolina hospital who at that time did not have a Neurologist to read an EEG for a legal death recording, meaning you had to do the exam, send it to Duke University bye courrier and wait for the phone call results.

This exam was on a 10 yr old boy whose family did not believe in Vaccines, he had mumps and the mumps caused swelling in his brain. He was "alive"; his heart was beating, he was on a respirator.

His EEG was flat and the only reason he was "alive" was brain stem function, I had to tell these parents their son was dead, and the reason was directly related to the severity of the infectious agent because he had no anti-bodies that vaccines allow us to produce.

Love your children and be wise that your love is not always enough to protect them, vaccines are a gift that are proven to help you do what parents do.

Make the right choices, if Thermasol is your reason to not vaccinate, use Thermasol free.


6:32PM PDT on May 30, 2009

We have chosen not to vaccine, based on our own instincts, observations (we fully vaccinated up through two months, and saw some negative reactions), as well as reading from the less "reputable" sites. I have a friend whose daughter died from a vaccine reaction. We have educated ourselves, and have a naturopath who is familiar with treating pertussis with large doses of ascorbate (vitamin C), in case it does happen. Our son was exclusively breast fed for the first six months, and was never in any sort of daycare (not even at the gym), so we were confident in our decision.
It is hard to trust the CDC and pharmaceutical companies when so much is covered up. Vaccine reactions are massively under-reported, and in fact most pediatricians don't even take them seriously.

8:43AM PDT on May 29, 2009

I think one of the reasons is because some parents have become concerned by mercury in some of the vaccines and the fact that they have found links to autism. They have done their due dilligence; and found the pharmaceutical companies lacking. They find barriers and cover ups and they want answers they can not find.
Since medical care is so much better today that children mostly do not die anymore from this disease - they look at it from a different perspective.
The CDC can tout the idea that you should have x number of shots by x age - but parents are not listening. Until the pharmaceutical companies can prove to them that these shots pose no correlataion to autism - they may not. Of course, if there is an outbreak or a pandemic - they might listen.
I don't know what the answer is or even where I fall on this. I have no children to vaccinate or not vaccinate now. I do get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot every year and recently got a tetanus/pertussis vaccination. No affects so far.

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