Are vaccines safe for kids?

After reading articles on the flu vaccine and the Texas “mystery illness”, I began wondering about the suggestion to vaccinate babies, as I didn’t remember that being recommended before. Indeed, it hasn’t always been the case. According to a 2008 article on Ask Dr. Sears,

For the past few years the flu vaccine had only been recommended for all kids 6 months to 5 years. Prior to that, the flu vaccine was only used for select children with certain chronic medical conditions that would make the flu more dangerous to them.

The article further states:

The flu shot has always been controversial because the disease has a very low fatality or complication rate for healthy children and young adults and the shot has a high rate of flu-like side effects. People wonder if they even need it. Each year there are about 100 fatalities in infants, children, and teens combined, and a few thousand fatalities in the elderly. So getting the flu shot certainly can help minimize these tragic deaths. The problem is, the flu shot doesn’t always work. Each year officials have to predict which strains to put into the vaccine for the next year. If they guess wrong and different flu strains circulate (as in 2007/2008), the flu shot doesn’t help much.

One of the side effects caused in kids is febrile seizures. According to a HHS report:

During the 2010-11 influenza season, FDA and CDC detected an increase in the number of reports to VAERS of febrile seizures following trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) vaccination (flu shot) in children younger than 2 years of age. A further study confirmed that children aged 6-59 months had an increased for risk for febrile seizures on the day of vaccination and the next day. This study also found that the increased risk for febrile seizures peaked at age 16 months when TIV was given together with the pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) vaccine. The risk was less than 1 per 1,000 children vaccinated.

VAERS is the Vaccine Adverse Event Report System. Their recommendation is that all children should get the flu and pneumonia vaccines because “nearly all children who have a febrile seizure recover quickly and have no long-term effects.”

Did you know there’s a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program? They’ve made payouts over autism, which the government claims isn’t caused by vaccines. However, as this question on the website for the Office of Medical and Scientific Justice asks:

The government says childhood vaccines are safe. So why are they quietly making payouts to so many kids with autism?

The program has also made payouts for injuries due to the Gardasil vaccine. Judicial Watch received the official documents:HPV claims

Mike at Natural News cites an article, “Does Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Increase the Risk of Illness with the 2009 A/H1N1 Pandemic Virus?” He states:

The short answer is yes, seasonal flu vaccines do cause increased susceptibility to the H1N1 pandemic virus.

And, as asked in my previous post, why does Bill Gates include vaccines in his plan for worldwide population reduction?

My purpose for this post is not to suggest that people stop taking vaccines, but to suggest that we need to make informed decisions – about all our healthcare. The pros and cons must be weighed. Is the vaccine/pill/surgery worth the potential side effects? We shouldn’t be leaving those decisions to others. We need to ask questions, do research, and then decide. How about all those knee surgeries everyone suffered through? It’s their profit but it’s your life, or the life of your child, that’s at stake.

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