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To Vaccinate Your Child, Or Not?

What It Means For You

1.  Consider a better-safe-than-sorry approach to vaccinations. The basic advice from those who are wary of possible repercussions from the official schedule is to:

• Reduce the total number of vaccines.

• Start the vaccines later in your child’s life.

• Space out administering vaccines to one per doctor’s visit.

• Never allow a vaccine with a preservative; demand single-dose vials.

• Never vaccinate a child who is not completely healthy; postpone the visit.

• Flu shots, recommended for pregnant women as well as for children, commonly contain mercury as a preservative.  So do shots against the H1N1 virus.  But both can be found without preservatives.  You may want to receive flu and H1N1 shots on different days.

• The DTap vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) commonly contains aluminum, though some brands do not.

• To be doubly sure, once you’re in the doctor’s office, you may want to look at the vaccine fact sheet to determine whether it contains a preservative or other potential toxin.

• The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is a combined, three-in-one-vaccine.  Separate shots are thought to be safer, but these are not available now in the U.S. (they do exist in other countries) tho one company is said to be restarting separates, perhaps for distribution in 2012.  (See NVIC, below, for up-to-date information.)

• The hepatitis-B vaccine is needed on the day of birth only when the mother is hepatitis-B positive, according to many researchers who add that you have the right to reject its administration then.  They propose postponing that shot till shortly before your child starts day care or, if s/he doesn’t attend day care, until the year before kindergarten.

2.  Boost immunity

• Start with yourself.   Mercury in a pregnant woman’s body can lower her immune capacities, and there’s research indicating that when her glutathione system is not working well, it has a negative impact on the developing baby.  It weakens his/her capacity to withstand toxic assaults.

• Eat healthy foods, especially green vegetables.  Here is one area where you have (almost) complete control.  You and your children should eat organic and unadulterated foods from local sources as much as possible.

3.  Demand change

• Demand research into the cumulative impact of environmental toxins.  Demand our nation change the system that makes it so easy for these toxins to enter our lives.

• Yes, you as a parent can control some potential injury to your child that might (or might not) occur from vaccinations but we must not ignore the greater danger of the toxics that pervade our air, water and food without our knowledge or acceptance.

• Join a local environmental organization.  Exercise your right as a citizen to keep your elected representatives representing the environmental health of our children.

Consult the nonprofit organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, which offers sensible and reliable information.  One of its features is a Vaccine Ingredient Calculator, which highlights most if not all of the harmful contents that might be found–and avoided–in vaccines.

Sources for alternative vaccination schedules include:, and Healing the New Childhood Epidemics, by Dr. Kenneth Bock, pgs 391-394.

Read Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill, to understand how toxins find their way into our daily lives, and how to protect your child and change the system.

Related: Do Toxins Cause Autism?5 Guidelines for Keeping Plastics Out of Your Kids

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Alice Shabecoff

Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics, and co-author of the recently published book Poisoned for Profit (Chelsea Green). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange.


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8:53AM PDT on May 24, 2015

Thank you Alice.

4:03AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

thank you

4:06PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you for article.

4:05PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you for article.

10:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2012


3:47PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Lindsey, having all the side effects on the packet is all well and good, but how many folk do you know that get to read them.
And of course you realize that babies can't read, and if for some reason they can, they can't talk to say they don't want the vaccine. Al they can do is cry and scream.
The mothers are mostly sold on the idea of immunization, so they are not going to question it. Here in Australia they don't exactly pull each person aside to warn them of the possible side effects of each vaccine. Blind faith.
Finally, most side effects are not recorded, or passed off as something else, or considered not relevant due to an 'over reactive mother.'
Unbiased? yeah, right!

11:51AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

If any injury is caused a patient by a drug through a known side effect that's disclosed in the literature, there would be no reason for compensation.

All drugs have known side effects and patients have to weigh the benefits vs. the risks when they choose to take them. And if the patient doesn't want to take the risk of the known side effects, then he shouldn't take the medication. And if he does he's assuming the risk himself (or parents are, if the patient is a child).

11:15AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Of course there has to be a "disinterested" 3rd party. I am loath to agree to mediation as I have seen the system use it for the so called best of intention but tainted mediators screw it up for the other party. Just about every corner of society has been corupted by bankers, businessmen, priests etc etc etc so I am not sure there can be a fair hearing on anything anymore.

7:57AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

"Proof on either street would be difficult, unless there was transparency, and unbiased science available."

UYou do realize than any study is done "double blind" where the patient AND the physician do not know what the patient is getting, don't you? That eliminates bias.

7:32AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

i totally agree with you guys on that one.
Of course it would have to be a 2 way street, so as to fully cover the vaccinated if they were damaged, or died.
Proof on either street would be difficult, unless there was transparency, and unbiased science available.
We dream! :-)

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