Vaccines have been a hot topic over the last few years.

While there are inoculations that save lives and prevent long-term harm such as polio, many are unnecessary and potentially dangerous.

There are many viewpoints when it comes to vaccinating children! One is that you should never vaccinate your children because they cause medical problems. Another one is that vaccines are beneficial and should be given with caution, this is what I have come to believe.

Then there are those who feel that all children should receive all the vaccines that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Most pediatricians support the CDC list of recommended inoculations, there are 49 of them. Before you take a risk you should know if the shot is necessary, or contains harmful ingredients.

These are some vaccinations you may want to avoid.

1. Influenza

Flu vaccinations contain Thimerosal an additive known by doctors, the CDC and health professionals to be harmful to humans and although the manufacturers of flu vaccines have assured us that it is not used in the 2012/2013 season three out of six contained it.

Thimerosal has been linked to autism the flu shot may not be necessary for children complications from the flu mostly affect those with pre-existing conditions since most can recover from and infection with no intervention.

2. Chicken Pox

Chicken pox vaccines are unneeded and do not prevent infection. A study conducted showed that 90% of children vaccinated will sill get chicken pox. also, most children will get chicken pox by the time they are 12 with no long term effects.

3. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

This is another vaccination that is ineffective and unnecessary. In 2006 1000 individuals in New York and New Jersey contracted mumps in one of the largest outbreaks in years. This was linked to a child from the UK who was vaccinated. In fact, 80% of those infected were inoculated according to the CDC. Mumps is a viral disease caused by the mumps virus.

Initial signs and symptoms often include fever, muscle pain, headache, and feeling tired. This is then usually followed by painful swelling of one or both parotid glands. Symptoms typically occur 16 to 18 days after exposure and resolve after seven to ten days. Symptoms in adults are often more severe than in children. About a third of people have mild or no symptoms.

After an infection people are typically immune for life. in  The US  children typically receive their mumps vaccination as part of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The CDC advises children to receive their first dose between 12 and 18 months, and their second between the ages of 4 and 6.

You can still get mumps if you’ve been vaccinated. This leaves a burning question. Does the MMR inoculation even work according to the CDC,  the answer is yes, maybe no. They don’t claim the shot is 100% effective rather that it is 76 to 95% effective. That is why there is a recommended second dose, in case those who receive the vaccine don’t have immunity.

4. DTaP

DTaP is a vaccine used to prevent three diseases in humans Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and Tetanus. In The US the CDC recommends a course of five injections in children. Between two months and fifteen years.

Evidence has shown that the vaccine has caused a new strain of Pertussis to become prevalent meaning that the inoculation does not prevent the disease. As with the MMR shot, being vaccinated does not necessarily mean that you can’t still contract Whooping Cough.

5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is a communicable virus with over 170 types. The HPV infection is most commonly associated with warts although some strains are known to cause cervical cancer in women. Gardasil developed by Merck was licensed to prevent HPV in 2006. The vaccine has a reported efficacy of nine years. After it was recommended to be administered to eleven and Twelve-year-olds some serious complications emerged.

There were thousands of reports of sudden collapse with unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain and weakness, disabling fatigue, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, strokes, heart and other serious health problems, including death, following receipt of Gardasil vaccine.

A look at the risk of contracting cervical cancer in teenage girls makes these side effects seem very disturbing.  It was estimated in 2012 that there were 528,000 cases of cervical cancer worldwide and 266,000 deaths.  It is estimated that there will be 12,900 diagnosed cases of cervical cancer and 4,100 deaths in the U.S. in 2015.   Given a world population of over 8,000,000,000 the risk of contracting cervical cancer is extremely low. Since Gardasil is given to teenagers and The median age for contracting the disease is 34 years old, this makes the vaccine essentially useless.

It appears that in all of the instances above the risk vs reward of these vaccinations may be too high. I strongly recommend that you avoid giving them to your children until further research is conducted regarding their efficacy and safety.

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