Immunizations: Not All They Are Cracked Up To Be

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  Immunizations have saved millions of lives over the last hundred years. Currently vaccination rates are at their highest in the United States. Most vaccinations are given during infancy through adolescents. Infants especially are more susceptible to infectious diseases; this being the reason it is so important to guard via immunization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunizations help prevent disease from spreading and protect infants and toddlers against threatening difficulties of diseases such as polio and measles.(2004) Data compiled by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) states that children today now receive as many as 49 doses of 14 vaccines before they reach age six, this is about 12 times higher than the number of vaccines administered to children back in 1940. (Huff, 2013) Immunizations were developed to eradicate diseases such as polio and measles. There is no longer polio and measles in the United States, so why are our children still being immunized against them? Are all these immunizations still necessary? Although there is understanding in why certain immunizations are essential there are many vaccines that can cause harm to us, especially infants and children. Vaccines have been shown to cause autoimmune diseases and other serious reactions, suppress the immune system and contain toxic ingredients bringing about neurodevelopment diseases.
Vaccines can trigger auto immune disorders such as arthritis, M.S, lupus and GBS (Tishler & Schoenfeld, 2004). While also causing rare yet serious reactions including anaphylactic shock, paralysis and sudden death. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2013). This reactions are usually allergic reactions that are impossible to avoid, as there is no way of knowing if the newborn is allergic. This risk is not worth taking, especially against diseases that no longer exist in the United States or for diseases that are not life threatening. The first reported autoimmune disease following vaccination was documented in 1977 when GBS was reported after a swine flu vaccination (Tishler & Schoenfeld, 2004). Vaccines can trigger auto immune disorders such as arthritis, m.s, lupus, GBS and other disorders (Tishler and Shoenfeld, 2004). The concept of putting a child at risk for such severe consequences that could lead to death, does not seem like a solution to catching the flu or protecting them against a no longer threatening disease.
It is known that vaccines cause immune system suppression and can forever impair the natural immune system. Children’s immune systems are built and strengthened by catching colds and infections and fighting them off, thus developing a natural immunity (Moskowitz). For example, most adults from the eighties or earlier were infected with chicken pox. They suffered through a week of misery and developed an immunity to it from there on out. Since vaccines weaken the immune system this makes children more exposed to...

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