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(no subject) [Dec. 2nd, 2007|07:50 pm]
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Hello, I'm new here and a bit ashamed. Please be gentle with me as I make this confession:
I have been one of those parents who blindly vaccinated asking no questions, not blinking an eye. I have a 7 month old and a 4 year old.
I'm not ashamed of myself for vaccinating as I am for my ignorance in doing so. I put blind faith in the medical community at large and didn't think for a moment there could be any other side to things or options available.
Then I saw that Jenny McCarthy episode of Oprah about Autism....

I'm not professing that I think autism is related to vaccines. Maybe it is, I haven't formed an opinion. But I'll tell you what, seeing that sure did spark in interest in reading up on the topic of vaccinations- their histories, their ingredients, the specifics of the diseases they supposedly protect us from- and there is so much more to it than I ever thought.
Since then I have been reading literature and trying to educate myself so I can start making informed choices for my children. Whether I choose to vaccinate, not to vaccinate, or vaccinate on a delayed schedule the important thing is that I'm not going about it ignorantly. My children deserve as much.

So, without saying, my children have been loaded with shots, and I'm hoping it's not too late to adopt a new approach, with my 7-month-old in mind in particular. I am interested in the Donald Miller schedule at this point, but again, I confess my education in this area is VERY limited thus I'm very open to other suggestions. Here is the Miller schedule for reference:

1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old.
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
4. These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:
1. Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
2. Diphtheria
3. Tetanus
4. Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)

This is problematic for me because my baby has already had so many of these boosters. Here is where I have a million questions. And I am sure all the answers are but a click away thanks to Google, and forgive again my ignorance, I am so overwhelmed and hope you don't mind me just asking here. :)
If I adopt this schedule after already having many of the boosters, can I ask that my daughter not finish the boosters as scheduled? How will that effect shots for the future? Will she have to be revaccinated in full? Or can the boosters wait a few years?

So far, my pediatrician is supportive in me delaying things and breaking things up between visits, but we haven't discussed it in great length yet. I want to have a workable plan in writing, sources to share, and be able to communicate effectively.
I am reading Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives by Aviva Jill Romm and would love any other recommendations as well.

Thank you for your patience and support :)
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Exemptions for selective vaccinations [Nov. 15th, 2007|09:58 am]
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As we are looking at preschools for my 2.5-year-old, the fact that she is not fully vaccinated has come up a few times. I know that I can choose to fill out an exemption in Ohio for philosophical reasons, but I do have a few questions:

*Does the philosophical waiver still work even if you have selectively vaxed? Or does it only apply if you refuse all vaccinations?

*Does anyone have experience sending these things out? We are (probably) going to be applying for a private preschool/elementary school, so does the exemption go to them? The state of Ohio? The public school board in the area?

*I have legal and residential custody of my child, but her dad has regular visitation. Do you know if he still needs to sign the exemption form? (He's considerably more pro-vax than I am and I know that he will make it very difficult for me if he has to sign off on it as well, so I kind of want to know what battle I am about to wage before I start)

Thanks in advance for your assistance! (cross-posted)
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dumped [Nov. 14th, 2007|12:03 am]
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[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

We just got dumped by our second pediatrician for Jaxen because we refused shots. Does anyone know of a practice in the Albany NY area that will accept him as a patient? Or perhaps a database for us to search?
thank you

x posted
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2007|10:02 pm]
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My mate thinks it's crucial that we have our unvaxed 9 month old daughter get a flu shot this winter. I'm not so sure, but I don't want to snuff out his suggestion without considering it first.

Any thoughts/ideas/good links? I am still BFing - would it be a good idea for me to get a shot to pass immunities to her?

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Thimerosal Linked To Autism: New Clinical Findings [May. 9th, 2007|09:27 pm]
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I just got this via email from a fellow Health food store owner.  I thought I would share it.  If the link doesn't work I copied and pasted it under the LJ cut.


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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2007|08:28 pm]
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where do i go about getting a religious excemption form?
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(no subject) [May. 6th, 2007|11:47 am]
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im so upset right now. my  sons father is all for getting shots ever since he heard the word <b>NEED</b> from the doctors. he went behind my back and made an app on tuesday to get these shots. of course im going to call and cancel. ive given him info on the vax and he still insists on getting them bcuz if we wait "he'll end up dead from polio" *rolls eyes* i just dont know what to do. i feel so out of control. i need help lol
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It's been a while [Mar. 12th, 2007|11:54 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

It's been a while since I researched vaccines. Are they different from the standard vaccines they gave out 25 years ago? Do kids over 2 have fewer problems if they first get vaccines after they are 2? What are standard vaccines, and why are they bad? (I've heard of the autism link, but I read that it is more likely to be a problem if you have a family history of reactions to vaccines or autism.) Basically, I am going to blame this on time and partly on pregnancy, but I've forgotten a lot of the info I found about vax. I do remember being completely ambivalent after-wards about whether or not to vax future kids. The last thought I had about it was that I could vaccinate as long as I do it one disease per time. Right? So that is not the combo vaccine.
Aren't there things you are required to have vaccines for? School or something? I don't remember.
I know this is a bit rambly and incoherent, and I'm sorry for that.
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2007|07:37 pm]
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At 22, I'm not a mother, nor do I have plans to be one, but the vax issue has come up for me.

My mother never allowed me to be vaccinated for anything. However, when I moved out on my own 5 years ago, I just sorta nodded to whatever vaxes my health centre told me to get. Every physical I get (every year), I am told I don't have the MMR vaccine and that I need it. I show them my records and it clearly states I have it, but my blood doesn't show it. So for the last 4 years, I agreed to get the vaccine, over and over. It makes me sicker than anything else in my life (chemo hasn't made me that sick!) and I live in a fuzz for weeks afterwards, unable to even spell simple words at times. I've decided no more, enough is enough!

But I've run into a hitch. I'm immigrating to the US, and I need to have a whole slew of vaccines to be medically allowed in. Including the chicken pox vax, hep B, Td, and that damned MMR vaccine. I don't want to risk my chances at getting into the US, but I'm really really dreading the vaccinations.

Does anyone have any tips, hints, advice, etc, to make this as safe and painless as possible?
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(no subject) [Jan. 3rd, 2007|10:55 pm]
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Have you read the vaccine package insert?

Gardasil contains only four strains of HPV: Types 6, 11, 16, 18 (note that there are over 120 strains of HPV)

"HPV also causes approximately 35-50% of vulvar and vaginal cancers.... HPV also causes genital warts (condyloma acuminata) which are growths of the cervicovaginal, vulvar, and the external genitalia that rarely progress to cancer. HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18 are common HPV types.
HPV 16 and 18 cause approximately:
• 70% of cervical cancer, AIS, CIN 3, VIN 2/3, and VaIN 2/3 cases; and
• 50% of CIN 2 cases.
HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18 cause approximately:
• 35 to 50% of all CIN 1, VIN 1, and VaIN 1 cases; and
• 90% of genital wart cases."

So, of the 35-50% (leaving 65-50% of the cervical cancers being caused by other things) of cervical cancers that are diagnosed as being caused by HPV, HPV 16 and 18 cause approximately 70% of the 35-50% of cervical cancers caused by HPV.

Say 100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer:
--50-65 of them will have gotten cervical cancer from a different cause
--35-50 of them will have gotten cervical cancer from HPV
--of the 35-50 who have cervical cancer from HPV, only ~70% of them would have been protected from HPV causing cancer (strain 16 and 18 are the cancer causing strains in gardasil)--24.5-35 of the women (in a 100) "could" have been protected against cervical cancer--that's if the vaccine were effective in them--or if the vaccine didn't wear off...or that they could receive the vaccine at all (because most people have adverse events following vaccination due to allergies or an over-response from the immune system).

Vaccine package insert: "As for any vaccine, vaccination with GARDASIL may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients."

"This vaccine is not intended to be used for treatment of active genital warts; cervical cancer; CIN, VIN, or VaIN.
This vaccine will not protect against diseases that are not caused by HPV.
GARDASIL has not been shown to protect against diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types.
As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment should always be readily available in case of rare anaphylactic reactions following the administration of the vaccine. The decision to administer or delay vaccination because of a current or recent febrile illness depends
largely on the severity of the symptoms and their etiology. Low-grade fever itself and mild upper respiratory infection are not generally contraindications to vaccination.
Individuals with impaired immune responsiveness, whether due to the use of immunosuppressive therapy, a genetic defect, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, or other causes, may have reduced antibody response to active immunization (see PRECAUTIONS, Drug Interactions).
As with other intramuscular injections, GARDASIL should not be given to individuals with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, or to persons on anticoagulant therapy unless the potential benefits clearly outweigh the risk of administration. If the decision is made to administer
GARDASIL to such persons, it should be given with steps to avoid the risk of hematoma following the injection."

"GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women."

"GARDASIL has not been evaluated for the potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity."

"Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when GARDASIL is administered to a nursing woman."

"The safety and efficacy of GARDASIL have not been evaluated in children younger than 9 years....The safety and efficacy of GARDASIL have not been evaluated in adults above the age of 26 years."

See pages 11-13 in vaccine package insert for adverse events table.

Keep in mind HPV is a sexually transmitted disease--a preventable disease (without vaccination). Practice safe sex people...

This is one, of many, vaccine I would NEVER recommend.
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