Monday, February 23, 2015

10 Things to Know About Vaccines

* The topic of vaccines has been in the news quite a bit.  Vaccines are a medical procedure that are often referred to as safe and effective even though the Supreme Court ruled that they were unavoidably unsafe.  

* Before a vaccine is administered, the Vaccine Information Sheet is required to be given to vaccine consumers.  It is a sparse 2 pages.  Vaccine package inserts, when printed, can exceed 20 pages.  The inserts cover topics such as contraindications, warnings, precautions, and reported adverse reactions.  

* Vaccine ingredients include, but are not limited to, formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosal, live viruses, human diploid cell cultures, and DNA from animals.  

* A $0.75 tax is collected on each vaccine dose.  That money goes into the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program fund.  

* The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program fund has paid out over $3 billion to individuals who have been harmed by vaccines and to families whose loved ones have died from vaccines. 
* Vaccines come with side effects.  Side effects can be mild to moderate to severe to include death. 

* When a vaccine causes an adverse reaction it should be reported to a medical provider. The provider should then document the reactions in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.  

* Vaccine consumers cannot sue pharmaceutical companies when a reaction happens.  The government allows those companies to operate liability free.  

* In some states, those who cannot be vaccinated, and those who wish to not be vaccinated, can opt out of vaccines.   

* As of this writing, about a dozen states are proposing taking away vaccine choice from the public and removing available exemptions.  Depending on which state you live, three kinds of vaccine exemptions exist:  religious, philosophical, and medical.  

This list included only ten things to know about vaccines.  If vaccines are in your future I’d encourage you to read more about them.  Discuss them with your provider.  Understand the process.  And remember that vaccines, like other pharmaceutical products, can come with risks. 

xo, Cat

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