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Vaccinations and Homeschooled Kids

This was posted on Facebook earlier today “Lack of Immunization Data for Homeschooled Children“. I was reading it and I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter.

For one thing, it should be noted that the article is talking about “high immunization rates” and NOT “low disease rates”. That’s a VERY important distinction that must be made. It’s not disease prevention that is the problem here; it’s that homeschooled children are potentially not being vaccinated and there’s no system in place to track them. That is the chief complaint in the article and yet many parents will read the article and come away with the sense that the authorities are actually concerned about preventing disease.

However, in the interests of discussion, we’ll pretend that the article is talking about disease prevention, and that their position is that not vaccinating your children places them at ‘great risk’ for serious illness and death and poses a general health risk for the community at large. {eye roll}… Sorry. I threw up just a little bit in my mouth when I was typing that…

Moving on…

First of all, if the non-immunized students were that big of a risk, then you’d have heard about it by now. There would have been several major outbreaks of VPD’s (vaccine preventable disease) among unvaccinated populations that spread into the vaccinated population – news would have been all over that story and every big pharma president and CDC vaccine advocate would be crowing, “See?!? We TOLD you!!” on every major news show. You wouldn’t be able to step outside your door without hearing how right they were and how wrong all these non-vaxers have been.

But you don’t.

In fact, in the last 10 years that I’ve been paying attention, the only outbreaks I’ve heard about have been among vaccinated populations. Sure they’ll throw in a little blurb about the original exposure being an unvaccinated child, but in many cases it’s a child too young to have been vaccinated in the first place. In other words, it’s not my healthy 6 or 8-year-old that are breeding grounds for disease. It’s your kids who live in a household with weakened immune systems who are holding.

There is a lot of hype about “vaccine preventable disease”. Chicken pox comes readily to mind. In Oregon in 2001, a CP outbreak was noted among a highly vaccinated population of kids. It made national news because of the fact that nearly all the kids were vax’ed. That’s what led to the varicella booster that they now want you to pump your kids full of. Now they’re saying that even the booster isn’t effective at preventing chicken pox so they want to increase the dosage? o_O

Let’s clarify here: what that means is that chicken pox is NOT a “vaccine preventable disease”. It’s maybe a “vaccine lessens the severity of” disease, but realistically chicken pox is not deadly in a healthy child to begin with. There’s less risk of dying from chicken pox than say… driving in your car. You’re more likely to get into a traffic accident than you are to die from chicken pox, so is it worth injecting your child with all the poisonous material that’s in the vaccine on the chance that maybe it might be ‘less severe’? Not only that, but the first dose (that they assured us would work) wasn’t enough, so now you must have a booster (that again, may not be enough) – when will it end? Exactly how much of this junk are you going to “have to” inject in order to become deemed safe from the dreaded chicken pox?

I’m sorry, but I remember chicken pox. I was in 3rd grade and it was a slightly itchy, calamine-lotion covered, cartoon filled 2-week holiday from school vacay. I’ve had several severe poison ivy infections than were much worse than any chicken pox blister! And I had a “good case” of chicken pox.

Lets’ put this into perspective with some math:

  • Population of USA: 308758000 (2009)
  • Number of people each year who contract chicken pox each year: 4,000,000
  • Risk of contracting chicken pox: 1.2955129%
  • Number of people who are hospitalized from chicken pox-related issues: 4, 000-9, 000 (let’s go with 9,000)
  • Risk of having a serious complication from chicken pox: 0.0029149%
  • Percentage of people who DIE from chicken pox each year: 0.00003238782476891287

Compare that to the number of adverse reactions to chicken pox vaccine per year: weeeeeeeeell, that’s not so easy to figure out. Of 48 million doses, adverse reactions are reported at a rate of 2.2% per 100,000 doses.

  • 2.2% of 100,000 is 2,200
  • 2200 x 480 is 1,506,000  (because there are 480 100,000’s in 48 mil)
  • 1,506,000 is 2.1999999999999997% of 48 million

So (if I am calculating that correctly, then) you have more of a chance of an adverse reaction from the vaccine than you do of even contracting chicken pox in the first place. Based on the math alone, clearly a parent would want to go with what is less risky for their child. And that’s only for varicella vax – that one’s only been around for the last 10 years or so, when record-keeping has been slightly more “important”. There are numerous articles (Google search it!) that discuss the possibility (likelihood? certainty?) that things like improved nutrition, clearer understanding of hygiene and how it affects overall health, and better sanitation practices are the primary cause of disease decline.

We’re taught to believe that vaccines are the best medical invention since clean water, but are they? I think that’s a myth; a modern-day fairy tale based on greed and perpetuated with lies that plays on the fears of parents to get them to comply.

Back to the article, “The lack of immunization in some children not only increases the risk for disease in these children but also in all other children in the community.” Umm, excuse me? HOW? If vaccines work the way that the vaccine manufacturers claim (by tricking your body into thinking you’ve been exposed to a disease and creating antibodies to it; i.e.: immunity) then there is absolutely ZERO RISK to any vaccinated person from contact with an unvaccinated one, because you’re immune. That means you can’t get the disease.

The logical conclusion that must be drawn from the insistence by the authorities that unvaccinated people pose a danger to the vaccinated population is that vaccines are supposed to be effective at preventing disease and they don‘t work the way they’re supposed to.

They’re also supposed to be safe (they’re not), but that’s another post.

Greed is a powerful thing, and the authorities have their hand in the till just as much as big pharma.  As lawmakers, our politicians are entrusted with the responsibility of enacting laws that protect us from harm, but (former? soon-to-be former?) Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent laws concerning Gardasil and his connection with Merck shows that he’s more interested in lining his pockets than he is concerned with the welfare of his state. That brings to mind the old adage about the phrase ‘honest politician’ being an oxymoron…

It’s infuriating to me that my obligation and right as a parent to determine the best course of action for my family and my children is being questioned and circumvented by the authorities. Not vaccinating is not a crime, yet I had to fill out forms and get “permission” (for lack of a better term) for my children to attend school in their unvaccinated (i.e.: natural) state. I get notices and letters “reminding” me to get my kids vaxed. I’ve been lied to and hassled by state insurance people who don’t know the laws but think they do (or do and are just arsed off that someone knows their rights).

Worse are the people who just accept the party line propaganda and assume that my decision not to contaminate my children’s immune system is a direct attack on their health and safety. I’ve done my research and chosen the best course of action for MY family. I’m not out there campaigning to abolish the practice of vaccination (but only because I lack the time to devote to such a prodigious undertaking), nor am I picketing pediatrician’s offices and attacking unsuspecting new moms as they enter the building, precious newborns in arms, and warning them of the dangers of vaccination. I’m not belittling the real risks that choosing not to vaccinate can carry; I’m well aware that my children may indeed contract chicken pox or measles or something “worse” and that death is a possibility.

What I AM saying is that there are real, documented, tragic risks to vaccination, too. And they get pooh-poohed or swept under the rug as ‘unlikely’ or denied altogether. Parents are told they’re overreacting when they report a reaction. We’re treated like we’re stupid, incapable of having access to and understanding all of the information and making a good choice for our families… The doctor will tell you what’s best for your kid, “Oh hang on a sec; I need to interrupt your appointment go talk to this drug rep really quickly”… (Yeah, that happened to me.)  and here, sign this with the Merk pen, on the Ross Labs clipboard, and take this school excuse on a pre-printed note pad published by Phizer.

Yep. There’s NO financial motivation for doctors to push vaccines. None whatsoever. (Read under the heading “Vaccine Delivery and Promotion, paragraph 5) (Center for Telemedicine, page 4 – there are more, but you can look that up for yourself). {sigh}

… to your health, salut!

Warmly,

~h

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4 responses

  1. LOVE it! Love you! Had a great day yesterday, btw, my friend. I’ve missed you! ❤

    March 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  2. Pingback: Instead of Vaccinations « Everyday Adventures with a Homeschooling Mom

  3. Rachel

    Really interesting and easy to understand. I’ve always been curious about the “to vax or not to vax” debate. Thanks for sharing.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

  4. Hi Rachel! Thanks for commenting.
    The vax debate is multi-faceted and can be overwhelming. This is just my opinion, and I am by no means an expert.

    It took us a long time to finally make the decision not to have any more vaccines for our kids, and many hours of research and debate. Even after we made our decision, there is always new info that comes out that must be weighed and our decision reevaluated.

    I’m glad that you’re looking into the issue. What’s right for my family may not be right for yours, but either way, with information and education, your decision will be the best choice for your family’s needs 🙂
    Warmly,
    ~h

    January 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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