So why are we vaccinating against pertussis anyway, if it is treatable with abx?????!!
I wonder which vaccines are really "life saving for fatal diseases".
My very pro pediatrician recently admitted to me that Polio was to be taken out of the vaccine schedule prior to 9/11 and they kept it on only due to the threat of bioterrorism....
Pertussis is highly contagious and can be fatal to babies...so it is really more of a "herd health" thing. If all the non-PANDAS kids in the class are vaccinated (assuming the vaccine works!) then the unvaccinated PANDAS child is unlikely to be exposed in the first place.
And yes, it is treatable with antibiotics. I think the schools/health officials want to prevent big outbreaks.
So I am vaccinating my child, to prevent other kids from getting sick?
This doesn't sit well with me....especially when I think that Pandas is probably a vaccine induced problem.
Yes, pertussis is fatal in very young babies, probably before their first vaccination. I have had several people I know whose child had pertussis and the child was then dutifully vaccinated when the time came. Beats me
Well yes, you are vaccinating to prevent others from becoming sick. But the flip side of the coin is, others are getting vaccinated to prevent YOUR CHILD from getting sick. Well, and you are also getting vaccinated to prevent (hopefully) yourself from getting sick.
I agree, it sounds like the pertusis vaccine isn't 100% effective anyway. I don't know if it's one of those vaccines that if vaccinated, and you do get sick, you get a milder course of the disease?
Re the babies, well, I think the theory is that if every AROUND the babies are vaccinated, they are less likely to be exposed in the first place. But, we're not around any babies, so I'm not really worried about dd killing off babies with her pertusis germs (not to mention that dd is on Azith!).
But I do have my qualms about many of the vaccines. My non-pandas dd got shingles (she had 1 chicken pox vax). My friend's kids got "chicken pox" years after being vaccinated. My friend said, it was funny, they didn't get it from each other (had it months apart) and it was only on 1 side of their body. I said, "Oh, they got Shingles."
Is it better to do the chicken pox vax, and then get shingles at a young age (does this mean you won't get it as an adult?). Don't know.
I am totally confused about vaccines in general at this point. Interesting that this came up here, while at the same time someone in our community is running a hotline with lectures about vaccines by doctors, and help with exemptions etc.
I do not vaccinate myself!! I would not do it in any way. I don't think my child should be exposed to the vaccine toxins and risks with her fragile immune system, TO BENEFIT OTHERS. I am not afraid of chicken pox, 2 of my kids had it (its really nothing and grants you lifelong immunity vs the vax which doesn't) Right now, I am a point where I feel that the ONLY vaccines I would give is Rubella for a girl prior to marriage, and Mumps for a boy before maturity. Thats it.
Many of the diseases with which the medical community are scaring us, really are not that bad and the risks of death are small eg measles, pertussis. Uncomfortable yes, but a vaccine injury is lifelong, and the disease is not.
Great book for futher references "Saying no to Vaccines" by Dr. Sherry Tenpenny.