Vaccines: Read this before you head to your doctor for next shot

Vaccines have been a great life saver. It’s been around from the time Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 that we could prevent smallpox in humans through vaccination.  The number of disease cases starts to drop when a vaccine is launched. Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Smallpox has been eradicated from many countries through vaccination. Vaccines definitely are the most effective tool we have to prevent infectious diseases.

But then, vaccine production is a big industry in itself.  80% of global vaccine sales come from five large multi-national corporations. The global vaccines market is expected to reach USD 48.03 Billion by 2021 according to MarketsandMarkets. Newer and newer vaccines are coming into the market every year. There are at least 30 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines. The number of shots a baby has to take has increased over the years. New optional vaccines have also entered the Indian market. If we go for all the shots it will add up to 49 doses of 14 vaccines.

The question we need to ask ourselves is do we need all of it, what will happen if we opt out of some, are all vaccines safe, do we know enough about them or we just go by what doctors say, are we aware of anti-vaccination activists.

How many of you have read Vaccine Package Insert

Package insert or Patient information leaflet  is a multiple page document that is included with all vaccines. Package inserts are part of what is called the “labeling” of the drug, which mean what the vaccine does or not does, side effects, allergic reactions, age specifications and every other detail known about the vaccine will be included here. It also includes details on precautions, dosage, warnings, carcinogenesis etc.

The irony is people who support vaccination never read this and anti-vaccination people read through every word and slice it up and scrutinize it. They hold this as a document proving vaccines can cause harm or even lead to death.

The most commonly misunderstood and misused sections are the Adverse Reactions and the Use in Specific Populations sections.

The first thing you can do as a responsible parent or guardian or individual is to find out what vaccines can do. Read the vaccine inserts before you go to the doctor.

Vaccine : Did you know these facts

  • Vaccines rarely protect 100% of the recipients
  • Vaccines contain live viruses, killed viruses, purified viral proteins, inactivated bacterial toxins or bacterial polysaccharides
  • Some vaccines contain tiny residual quantities of substances used during the manufacturing process, such as formaldehyde, antibiotics, egg proteins or yeast proteins
  • Adjuvants, most commonly aluminium salts (known as alum), are added to some vaccines to enhance the immune response to the vaccine
  • The administration of vaccines requires the same high standard of injection safety as any other injection
  • Periodic boosters must be is needed many a times to maintain immunity
  • Vaccines may produce some undesirable side effects, such as pain and redness at the injection site or fever, but most reactions are mild and resolve quickly
  • Presence of some un-inactivated microbes can lead to vaccine-associated disease
  • May very rarely revert to its virulent form and cause disease
  • Administration of live attenuated vaccines to people with impaired immune function can cause serious illness or death in the vaccine recipient
  • Some members of the Islamic and Jewish faiths object to vaccination arguing that vaccines can contain pork products
  • There is no scientific basis to support the use of any homoeopathic preparation in preventing diseases targeted by conventional vaccines
  • To opt out of vaccination is completely ones choice

Also you need to know about Anti-vaccine activists

 Anti-vaccine activists are … those who have lost a child, a loved one, or witnessed their vulnerable child triggered into a life of autism or other life wrecking maladies as a result of vaccines. 

MMR vaccine and Autism:

Andrew Wakefield published a paper in 1998 in The Lancet linking the MMR vaccine with autism. The paper was widely discredited, but triggered a vaccine scare, causing the number of parents choosing to vaccinate their children to dip. Andrew Wakefield, a practicing gastroenterologist lost his medical license. But he still continues his fight against big pharma.

He is the one behind the movie Vaxxed. The movie was released in 2016. The film revolves around a cover-up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a purported link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Last year when Tribeca Film Festival founder and actor Robert De Niro included Vaxxed on the schedule of screenings, there was an outcry from the scientific community and preview was cancelled. But then this year on Feb 7th, this movie will be screened in Vancouver.

Movie Vaxxed :

Flu shot story:

 I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.“- Donald Trump


US President Donald Trump

FluLaval (influenza virus vaccine) is used to prevent infection caused by influenza virus. The flu vaccine is produced from influenza virus that has been weakened or inactivated. Since there are variations, known as “strains,” in the flu virus from year to year, and place to place, vaccines protect against the three or four strains that research shows will be most common during the upcoming season. The vaccine is redeveloped each year to contain specific strains of inactivated (killed) flu virus that are recommended by public health officials for that year.

In India its recommended for people with repeated pharyngitis, a condition characterized by runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, body ache and headaches which strikes during the winter season.

The generic Influenza Virus Vaccine combination is manufactured by 6 companies by the name influvac, fiuarix, agripal, influgen, nasovac, vaxigrip.

HPV vaccination story:

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes cervical cancer in women and genital warts in men and women. The HPV vaccine effectively prevents infection with the HPV types responsible for most cervical cancers and can also prevent

There are currently three HPV vaccines that are approved by the FDA: Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix

There are currently three HPV vaccines that are approved by the FDA: Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. Each of these drugs prevents both HPV-16 and HPV-18 infections, two high-risk types of HPV which cause about 70% of cervical cancers.

My daughter Laura has just turned 17 and is without doubt another girl whose life is ruined as a result of the HPV vaccine Gardasil

The nervous system disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome has been noted in people who have had HPV vaccines. In patients with this disorder, the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves, causing weakness and instability, difficulty breathing, changes in blood pressure, and other troublesome symptoms.

The autoimmune disease POTS may be triggered by HPV vaccines. POTS — which is present in 170 in 100,000 persons — is marked by an abnormally large heart rate increase that occurs when a person assumes an upright position.

One study showed that POTS manifested three to five times more frequently in HPV vaccine.

Hundreds of Americans have sued over Gardasil.  Gardasil lawsuits are not limited to the U.S. On July 27, 2016 in Japan, 63 plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against the Japanese government and drug makers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, Case exist even in Indian court.

Just a brush up on Vaccine

What is a Vaccine ?

The word “vaccine” originates from the Latin Variolae vaccinae (cowpox), which Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 could prevent smallpox in humans. The term “vaccine” was coined by Louis Pasteur to commemorate first successful immunization against small pox by Edward Jenner. Today the term ‘vaccine’ applies to all biological preparations, produced from living organisms, that enhance immunity against disease and either prevent (prophylactic vaccines) or, in some cases, treat disease (therapeutic vaccines). Vaccines are composed of either the entire disease-causing microorganism or some of its components.

Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Some infectious diseases, such as polio and smallpox, have been eliminated.

In addition to disease strain component, what all it contains ?

Vaccines are formulated (mixed) with other fluids (such as water or saline), additives or preservatives, and sometimes adjuvants. Collectively, these ingredients are known as the excipients. Vaccines are always formulated so as to be both safe and immunogenic when injected into humans. Vaccines are usually formulated as liquids, but may be freeze-dried too.

How Vaccine work ?

How Vaccine work

When inactivated or weakened disease-causing microorganisms enter the body, they initiate an immune response. This response mimics the body’s natural response to infection. But unlike disease-causing organisms, vaccines are made of components that have limited ability, or are completely unable, to cause disease.

I am not here to say vaccine is good or bad, but want to just remind you that do your due diligence properly before you go to get yours or your babies next shot.

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