I know, I know…August is long over already. So I’m a little late and playing catch-up. This information is so interesting and vital, though, that we’re going to Analyze Aluminum in September for one day to finish out the series. (See all the Analyzing Aluminum in August posts here.)
Let me start by saying I’m not anti-vaccine. I am cautious, though, of things that are new, not tested thoroughly, or questioned. I am cautious if there are alternatives to the questionable subject. In the case of vaccines, I will be making 12 different decisions for Lovey Girl, each one based on:
- the severity of the disease we’re trying to avoid
- the prevalence of said disease
- the severity of the possible side effects
- the frequency of the side effects
I look at vaccines this way: I am definitely, 100% certain I’m putting something foreign into my baby’s body when they get a shot. Dangerous reactions or complications are unknown, of course, but I have made a choice to start a potential process. There’s a chance that, vaccine or not, my child will never even be exposed to a given disease. In considering the odds, sometimes I feel that NOT giving them something potentially toxic is better than taking a CHANCE of them contracting a nasty disease. Is that crazy? I’m not comfortable with it, but it’s the best I’ve got right now.
photo source: AJC1
Aluminum, in particular, is in most vaccines as a preservative. There is about 0.85 mg/dose, which is far less than the 7-9mg it’s estimated that an average person ingests in a day. Here’s the catch: some infants, already a small percentage of the mass of an average adult, receive up to 4 vaccines in one day. That brings them up to half an adult “dose” of aluminum. Here’s the really scary part: there has been no research on the safety of that amount of aluminum in an infant’s system.
I can’t find the source right now (was probably The Vaccine Book), but there was some research done on aluminum exposure for IV patients, and the safe limit was less than an infant would receive if s/he got multiple vaccines in one day. That’s why some people prefer an alternative vaccine schedule, and others delay the vaccines until the child is older.
Vaccines are a serious issue, and I’m going to leave you with that to chew on and some great resources:
- I learned about vaccines from The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library). I would highly recommend getting the book from the library (but if you want to buy it, you can use that affiliate link there). It’s written in a very non-judgmental, easy-to-read fashion and gives you straight facts to help you make your 12 different decisions. You can also find information and updates online at AskDrSears.com.
- Generation Rescue is an advocacy and research organization that calls for eliminating toxins in vaccines and delaying shot schedules. They’re not anti-vaccine, either, just anti-dangerous-vaccines. Jennie McCarthy got involved after her son developed autism, possibly as a result of a reaction to a vaccine.
- I’m alarmed to find out recently that some vaccines are made from aborted stem cell lines. If preserving the sanctity of life is important to you, as it is to me, you’ll want to read this article (Is Aborted Fetal DNA in Vaccines Linked to Autism?) at Catholic Exchange.
- Find out which brands of vaccines are ethically produced at COG for life by clicking on “Vaccine Sources”.
- Kelly the Kitchen Kop has a round-up of fascinating vaccine resources called Vaccine Decisions.
- UPDATE Nov. 2009: Kelly’s new post on her vaccine decisions is up, and it’s excellent – 7 Factors in Making the Immunization Decision