RANTS AND RAVES

I am An Anti Anti-Vaccer

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lately, I've been encountering a lot of stuff in my social media accounts regarding the issue of anti-vaccination. Apparently, the debate on whether or not vaccinations are best for children has already been an ongoing controversy for the past couple of years. Although it isn't as big of a deal locally, it's still a raging concern amongst the parenting community internationally - and this, I don't get. My initial reaction is, "If there was any way you could give your kids an opportunity to be better equipped with the ability to fight off sickness & disease, why wouldn't you?"






If you've also only recently heard of this, those who oppose vaccinations do so because of their claim that some studies proved that vaccines in children increase the risk of autism, ADHD & multiple sclerosis. According to a minority group in the U.S., MMR (mumps-measles-rubella), as well as mercury toxicity from the mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, can directly cause autism. While it is true that a particular study published in the late 90's (by Andrew Wakefield) claimed a causal relationship between MMR vaccine & autism, this study has already been disproved on several accounts thereafter - including findings that show that autism occurrences did not go down despite a significant decrease in vaccinations reported in the British Medical Journal, which is also the same case in Japan when the MMR vaccine was removed. Moreover, court findings even showed that Wakefield's et. al. study had contaminated samples & did not represent the correct strain of MMR being vaccinated against. As a result, there has been an increase in these illnesses & other supposedly preventable diseases, such as whooping cough.

Like I said, it isn't as much of an issue here in the Philippines, though I have heard some Filipino moms considering skipping vaccines altogether & letting their kids' immunity systems naturally eradicate any illness. Admittedly, my husband & I also don't easily medicate for very simple symptoms like colds or very slight fever, also for this same reason. But a serious disease that can cause incapacitation, brain & motor damage or even death, is obviously a whole other thing! I'm all for doing what you think is best for your children (they are after all, YOUR children), so there's not much I can do if you have your mind set already - but if you're still on the fence about this, I hope you can seriously consider going for vaccines instead. Don't fall for the hysteria caused by this issue. Just think, how many people do you know (including yourself) have received vaccines as a kid but did not get ADHD, musltiple sclerosis, or autism? Know the facts and don't ever fall for misinformation spread by "trending"news.

The first 2 years seem to have been a busy year for us in terms if pedia appointments because of vaccination schedules, which we have religiously followed. If you're an upcoming parent or have a newborn with you & would like to have an idea of what vaccines to prep for, here is a list based on our pedia's schedule (note: our son's pedia is Dr. Arlene Guce from St. Luke's Medical Center Q.C.):



Most of these vaccines are available in your nearby health center for much lower prices, and sometimes even for free. Take advantage of their availability.



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