We’ve shared in the past that we don’t vaccinate our kids, and all the reasons why we don’t. But we (and most others who don’t vaccinate) have been accused of doing poor research. Plus, there are a lot of families out there who feel really uneasy about vaccines but just don’t know where to begin. So, I’m going to set out several questions and unbiased sources here that you can use to start your research, if you are so inclined.
This post is the first in a series called “Do Your Research!” The series is intended to show you questions to ask and sources to check to start your research. We won’t post any conclusions in these posts, because the idea is for you to look for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Sometimes there will be a post later in the week explaining our conclusions, but not always. Feel free to discuss the research and your ideas in the comments, though. 🙂
Do Your Research!: Vaccines
Questions to ask about vaccines:
1) What is the recommended vaccine schedule?
2) What safety studies have been done on each vaccine? By whom were they conducted? Is there any conflicting data?
3) What diseases are the vaccines meant to prevent?
4) For each disease, what are the symptoms? Severity? Likelihood of contracting? Likelihood of having complications? What are those potential complications?
5) What are each vaccine‘s side effects? What are the likelihood of severe side effects for each vaccine?
6) What are the ingredients in each vaccine?
7) What studies have been done on vaccine efficacy?
8) How were the illnesses treated and why were/are they deadly without vaccines?
9) What issues surrounding vaccines are controversial? Why is this so? What research has been done on these issues, and by whom?
10) When is each vaccine supposed to be administered? When is it supposed to protect? Why is it administered when it is? How long is protection supposed to last?
11) When looking at studies, who did the studies? Is the original, full version available? Were there any financial conflicts of interest? Do several studies by different groups show the same results? What are the person’s credentials (especially if it is “non mainstream” or ghost-written)?
12) Is there any worrying anecdotal evidence? Do any studies support this concern?
13) Did vaccines eradicate disease, or are/were there other factors? Which were most effective and most important?
14) What is herd immunity and what does it have to do with vaccines?
15) Do my children have any specific recommendations or contraindications to receiving certain/all vaccines (weak immune system, allergies, genetic disorders, etc.)?
Sources to look for information:
- WHO Position Papers on Vaccines and Diseases
- WHO Vaccine Information
- CDC Vaccine Site
- AAP Vaccine Schedule
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- CDC Vaccine Side Effects
- Vaccine Ingredients (CDC)
- Dr. Sears’ The Vaccine Book
- The Problem with Alternative Schedules, by Dr. Paul Offit
- National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
- Fourteen Studies
- Dr. Andrew Wakefield
- Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
- Dr. Mercola on Vaccines
- Generation Rescue on Vaccines
- Dr. Donald Miller on Vaccines
- Dr. Blaylock on Vaccines
**Please note that I do NOT agree with nor recommend all of these sources. But I have included sources from both sides of the debate so that you may accurately research for yourselves.**
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