Vegans and vegetarians need to be aware of the breaking news stories that bloggers are having a field day with, about specific ingredients from animal sources in vaccines. Be sure to do some serious research before allowing certain vaccines to be administered to you or your children.
The first I learned of the ‘cultured in dog kidney cells’ issue with the new Medi-Mumps vaccine was from an article posted in Vactruth.com. A bit later, NaturalNews broke the story and it has taken off from there. In case you are one of those people who don’t feel these publications or anyone’s blog on these issues holds up to scrutiny, then that is your decision and read no further. However there may be many of you, especially vegans and vegetarians, who will want to know about this, if you have missed these controversial articles and blogs.
I think being forewarned is particularly important with regard to the subject of vaccines, so that those who question them can act accordingly, as well as having the knowledge necessary to pick and choose between them and/or avoid them and make an informed decision with regard to whatever is suggested to you to be injected into your children’s bodies. The topic of vaccination is a very controversial topic, because every time I or anyone else advises caution, it seems like we start a firestorm on the subject. That aside, here in my blog, I think it is important to share news with you that I feel relevant, and let you make your own decisions.
This is what I have learned recently. According to the sources listed in the Vactruth.com post, there is an unlicensed vaccine entering the U.K. via the Czech Republic. The controversy is this: the Medi-Mumps vaccine may be linked to severe allergic reactions because this particular mumps vaccine is made from cultured dog kidney cells, and it is being offered as an alternative to the current but controversial vaccine, the combination measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The main question being raised is whether or not its source could cause or exacerbate existing canine allergies. I’ll get to the ethical issues — please read on.
Christina England from Vactruth.com reports that Medi-Mumps is available in private U.K. health clinics as of right now, June 2012. This vaccine is intended for children who are allergic to eggs, since many vaccines are produced using egg cultures. This one is also being offered for children whose parents are opposed to the current controversial MMR jab. Though not officially approved for use, Medi-Mumps will be an option for parents who request it as part of a single vaccine regimen of immunization.
If you or your child has dog allergies currently, you might want to explore other alternatives to the Medi-Mumps vaccine with your doctor or holistic practitioner, if and when it enters the US, and decide about the risk of the same type of allergic reactions that a typical egg-cultured vaccine often prompts in children who are allergic to eggs. Many people believe that egg-cultured vaccines cause some children to become allergic to eggs and could potentially cause new egg allergies. You will need to be vigilant regarding a dog-based vaccine if animal products are on your list of ingredients to avoid in food. The question to be considered is: what about having them injected directly into your child’s blood stream? If because of your dietary choices, you choose not to eat eggs, or any animal products, let alone dog’s or any living thing’s kidneys, then the issue is worth review.