Vaccinations for children are back in the news. Do you know all the facts?

August 18, 2009

With millions of American children now heading back to school, the media are focusing on three flu shots and nasal vaccines. This year, two H1N1/swine-flu shots and one seasonal-flu shot are being recommended for all children.

Although the office of Homeland Security has proclaimed that vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of influenza, science appears to disagree. Dr. John Jacob Cannell has published a revealing article linking vitamin-D deficiency to the incidence of flu, and according to a recent online edition of the journal Pediatrics, seven out of 10 children don’t get enough vitamin D. The National Pandemic Flu Service in the United Kingdom recommends that hand washing is the key to preventing the spread of flu.
Medical literature is filled with references to the relationship between low protein-intake and impaired immune function. Indeed, our immune systems are powered solely by proteins (IgA, IgG, IgE, IgM, etc.). But the American diet is typically deficient in protein, laden instead with processed foods, carbohydrates, heated fats and calorie-dense foods.
The British Health Protection Agency reports that 248 students were given Tamiflu as a precaution after a classmate fell ill with the swine/H1N1 flu. But a new study argues that children exposed to seasonal flu or suffering just mild symptoms should not be given antivirals drugs, such as Tamiflu, because the harmful side effects outweigh the relatively meager benefits.
In all the news trumpeting three candidate vaccines to relieve the pain of kids’ ear infections, it’s seldom acknowledged that no vaccine is 100 percent safe or 100 percent effective. There is no mention of work linking food allergies to childhood ear infections, no mention that garlic oil is as effective as the14 most commonly prescribed antibiotics for childhood ear infection, no mention that 95 percent of American children will have had an ear infection treated with an antibiotic by the time they reach the age of 5 (according to an article published in the journal Pediatrics), and no mention that 80 percent of most uncomplicated ear infections resolve within four to seven days without treatment.
We are entitled to complete information on which to base our healthcare decisions for our children — unbiased information, not Elmo pushing Zithromax on Sesame Street. See the AAHF position paper on mandatory vaccination.

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