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Immunization Awareness, Initiative and Action

Awareness

While immunization awareness is important all throughout the year, August is typically designated as National Immunization Awareness Month.  This is the time of year when parents prepare for their children’s return to school, students are heading off to college, and healthcare workers turn their attention to the upcoming flu season.  Therefore, it’s a critical time to ensure we are up-to-date with our recommended immunizations.

Initiative

While we often discuss immunization recommendations here on Shot of Prevention, we will also be commemorating National Immunization Awareness Month by highlighting several new initiatives:

Parent Perspective:  Those who comment here on Shot of Prevention, and on our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page, often explain that their immunization decisions have been based on their own personal experiences.  By highlighting different parent perspectives this month, we hope that people will feel comfortable in addressing their immunization concerns and take the time to learn from the experiences and insight of others.

Professional Profiles:  It has been my experience that some people are still unfamiliar with the complexities of immunization research, development, policy and safety.  By profiling various organizations and professionals this month, we hope our readers will appreciate the passion that drives vaccines advocates to make a positive impact on children and public health.

Injection of Fun:  In my opinion having a sense of humor is essential to maintaining good health. This month we will share several immunization videos that not only
communicate a message regarding the importance of immunizations, but do so in a fun and entertaining way.  We hope you will enjoy these creative efforts and share them with others.

Action:

This month we want to encourage our supporters to speak out as vaccines advocates.  Here are a few simple ways you can take action:

(1)   If you have a professional or parent perspective that you would be willing to share on Shot of Prevention, please contact us at shotofprevention@gmail.com
for consideration.

(2)    Encourage others to “like” our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page and join over 27,000 others who use the page to stay up to date with vaccine related news and share in immunization conversations.

(3)   Be more proactive about sharing articles posted on, or recommended by, Shot of Prevention and follow “ShotofPrev” on Twitter. Our readership continues to grow  and we appreciate all the referrals that continue to bring new viewers.

(4)   Suggest your friends visit the Vaccinate Your Baby website to learn more about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

(5)   Talk with your doctor about vaccines and/or boosters you should be getting to protect yourself, your family and your community.

If you should know of any other events to mark National Immunization Awareness Month, feel free to share them below.  We look forward to your participation in the
month ahead.

  1. Chelsea
    August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Keep up the good work, Christine and all at VYB/SoP/ECBT! Thanks to the VYB Facebook page and the community there, I’m considering going back to school to study public health.

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  2. August 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Not so funny is October is Vaccine Injury Awareness Month. Black Ribbons. Educated before you Vaccinate

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  3. Chris
    August 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Interesting. It was in November last year. Here is a list of blog posts during that week. That should be a good start to that education. Enjoy!

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  4. August 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    http://www.naturalnews.com/030025_vaccines_October.html

    Thanks will also enjoy my natural life long immunity

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  5. Chris
    August 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Lifelong immunity from what?

    There is no lifelong immunity from most bacterial infections like pertussis and tetanus. You can get re-infected with strep throat over and over, and even if you had pertussis and survived tetanus you can get re-infected after after a while (five to twenty years, which is not a lifetime).

    And what kind of immunity is being permanently disabled or dead? The chance of permanent disability or death from measles is one out of a thousand. How exactly is the MMR vaccine more dangerous?

    Please show us the evidence from real science, not from someone whose blog says “Disclaimer: Health Information on this blog is for educational and discussion purposes only. NOTHING posted on Health Maven should be construed as medical advice.” Just post the PMID. Thank you.

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  6. August 2, 2011 at 1:42 am

    You are correct; bacterial infections can happen again and again. So why the vaccine? Why the toxic ingredients when the vaccine cannot even induce prolonged immunity? There is no vaccine for strep. You need to understand how the immune system works in order to understand immunity.

    http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/06/10/basics-of-the-human-immune-system-prior-to-introduction-of-vaccines-are-vaccines-turning-our-children%E2%80%99s-immune-systems-inside-out/

    How about the chance of permanent injury or death caused by vaccines?
    BTW those possible side effects are listed on the manufacturer’s inserts. Did you know that you can read them before your kid is vaccinated?

    Can you prove herd immunity?
    Can you prove single immunity by vaccination?
    Why the outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities?

    ‎”polio vaccination protects people against naturally occurring polioviruses and vaccine-derived polioviruses.” – CDC

    They actually had to put ‘vaccine’&’derived’ next to each other in the same sentence.

    Do you even know how they are made?
    Vaccine Ingredients – Formaldehyde,Aspartame,Mercury, Etc
    http://www.rense.com/general59/vvac.htm

    Like I said Educate before you Vaccinate

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  7. Chris
    August 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Yes, education requires knowing the actual science.

    So if the bacterial infection do not provide immunity, why would you expect vaccines to provide them better? That is the Nirvana fallacy.

    Please explain what toxins in the DTaP are worse than the toxins produced by the bacteria that cause diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Please provide actual scientific citations, not websites. Just post the PubMed Identification Number, PMID.

    Herd immunity has been proven many times. Here are some PMIDs to free text papers:
    PMID: 21264063
    PMID: 20856798 (you’ll love this one!)
    PMID: 20697671
    PMID: 20587671
    PMID: 20534609
    PMID: 20457288

    And those were only on the first page! There are many more.

    The last outbreaks of measles have been in persons who were not vaccinated. Though even the 80% effectiveness for pertussis protection from the DTaP is better than 0%.

    Will you please answer my question on how the MMR vaccine is more dangerous than measles? Give me real science, not links to questionable and outdated websites (there have been thimerosal-free versions of pediatric vaccines for almost a decade, plus your own cells make formaldehyde as part of normal metabolism).

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  8. Nathan
    August 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Jessie,

    You are correct; bacterial infections can happen again and again. So why the vaccine?”

    Because getting the bacterial infection over and over again, or even once, is a lot more dangerous than getting a series of vaccines and boosters.

    Why the toxic ingredients when the vaccine cannot even induce prolonged immunity?

    See above. And the ingredients are not anywhere close to toxic in the amounts contained in vaccines.

    We could dig into all the weaknesses in your link from “Vaccination Council” (previously called Medical Voices) but that would be a whole other post. But if you want to educate us on the immune system, it would be helpful to post something by an expert on the immune system, not an antivaccine crank who believes that cases of shaken baby syndrome are really vaccine damage. Perhaps an immunologist like this guy:

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/medical-voices-always-in-error-never-in-doubt/

    How about the chance of permanent injury or death caused by vaccines?

    It is extremely rare, and though nothing can truly compensate for the loss of a child, such cases are compensated. But, permanent injury and death are much more common from the diseases they prevent.

    BTW those possible side effects are listed on the manufacturer’s inserts. Did you know that you can read them before your kid is vaccinated?

    Yes, they are available online as well. They too indicate that serious reactions to a vaccine are rare.

    Can you prove herd immunity?

    Sure. Virtually every single man, woman, and child used to get measles as a kid. Now, virtually no one does, even the unvaccinated. That is herd immunity. If there was not herd immunity, all unvaccinated children would continue to get measles.

    Can you prove single immunity by vaccination?

    Tricky. There is always a chance that a person is not immune after vaccination, even with elevated titers. However, I can prove that your chance of being immune is massively higher than that of an unvaccinated person.

    Why the outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities?

    Depends. Sometimes it is because the few unvaccinated people tend to congregate and lead to an outbreak. Sometimes it is simply by random chance, that because vaccines are not 100% effective you will every once in a while get enough vaccinated, non-immune people together to spread the disease. But if you look at overall figures for vaccine preventable diseases, you always find find that the percentage of unvaccinated people getting the disease is much higher than the percentage of vaccinated people getting the disease.

    ‎”polio vaccination protects people against naturally occurring polioviruses and vaccine-derived polioviruses.” – CDC
    They actually had to put ‘vaccine’&’derived’ next to each other in the same sentence.

    Yes, and? It’s true. Vaccine derived paralytic polio (VAPP) is an extremely rare (around 1 per 750,000 recipients) outcome from the live, oral polio vaccine only. That vaccine is not used the the U.S. and many other first world countries. It is still used in third world countries because it is better at preventing polio transmission, and in some situations that outweighs the risk of VAPP. But yes, the polio vaccine prevents the transmission of VAPP as well.

    Do you even know how they are made?

    Yes, I do, but I don’t think either you nor Rense.com do. Formaldehyde, BTW is a natural product of our bodies that we already are making at levels far higher than that which is contained in a vaccine. Mercury has been removed from all routine childhood vaccines since 2001. And aspertame is not in vaccines at all, even in the Typhoid fever one that Rense claims. Not sure where they got that one.

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  9. Chris
    August 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Buttram has an interesting history. It is outlined quite well in Arthur Allen’s book Vaccine, including his involvement with Alan Yurko. I have a copy of the book, but using Amazon’s Reader and putting in the word “Buttram” in the search box it can be found.

    I am not too fond of those who blame vaccines for children’s deaths instead of the people who shake babies.

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