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Studies Showing Vaccines Are Not Safe for Children

By    |   Monday, 23 March 2015 02:20 AM

Close to 95 percent of the children in kindergarten in the 2013-14 school year were vaccinated, but the Centers for Disease Control found vaccines weren’t given at even rates across the country.

For instance, in Colorado, just 82 percent of kindergarteners had their vaccinations while in Mississippi, 99.7 percent were vaccinated. 

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But although the vast majority of parents choose to vaccinate their children, many parents have become concerned about the possible health consequences of doing so.

Here are five studies that raise concerns about health affects related to vaccinations:

A 2009 study done in Shanghai, China, looked at adverse drug reactions reported in children ages birth to 17 years. The most commonly reported drugs connected to reactions were related to vaccine use (1622 reports, 42.15%). Of reports more serious than skin reactions, 13.74 percent were related to vaccine use. “The ADR rate causes by vaccine is much higher than other drugs, and this may be related to the types and number of vaccination being used in China, as the types of routine immunization vaccines in China reach up to 15 kinds, which is much higher than 7 kinds in India and Vietnam, 9 kinds in Thailand and 11 kinds in America, and most of the vaccines in China are attenuated live vaccines, which may bring greater potential safety hazard,” the study said.  

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A study done at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found a “a high percentage of autistic children that they have tested with chronic bowel disease show evidence of measles virus in their intestines,” the medical center reported. The study suggested the possibility that the measles vaccine may have caused the children’s autism, possibly supporting research done by Andrew Wakefield that was subsequently discredited. 

A Center for Disease Control look at the HPV vaccine found six percent of the group studied had serious adverse drug reactions after the vaccine was administered, including 32 deaths. “In cases where there was an autopsy, death certificate, or medical records, the cause of death could be explained by factors other than the vaccine. Some causes of death determined to date include diabetes, viral illness, illicit drug use, and heart failure,” the CDC said. “There were two reports of unusual neurological illness (per autopsy, probable variants of Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) often referred to as “Lou Gehrig's Disease”) that resulted in the death of two young females.” 

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Several studies have found that strains of the whooping cough virus, Bordetella pertussis, have adapted to the vaccine, making it ineffective, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “Many countries switched from the whole-cell pertussis vaccine to the acellular version in the late 1990s because of a fairly high rate of minor side effects in the whole-cell vaccine,” the site said. “However, in the face of rising pertussis levels, surveillance studies in the United States and other countries are finding a gap in protection in children who received doses of acellular vaccine. The CDC has said that pertussis cases are at their highest point since 1955.” 

One study found that people who had the annual flu vaccination were at higher risk of getting swine flu, ABC News reported. Infectious disease expert Professor Peter Collignon told ABC that in 2008, people in Canada and Hong Kong who were vaccinated with the seasonal flu vaccine “seemed to have twice the risk of getting swine flu compared to the people who hadn’t received that vaccine.”

"It is particularly relevant for children because it is a condition they call original antigenic sin, which basically means if you get infected with a natural virus, that gives you not only protection against that virus but similar viruses or even in fact quite different flu viruses in the next year,” he said. "We may be perversely setting ourselves up that if something really new and nasty comes along, that people who have been vaccinated may in fact be more susceptible compared to getting this natural infection."

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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