When my children were born the internet had not been invented and I knew nothing about vaccination except "everyone did it". But of course everyone did not do it, but I was not a young mum who had learned to think for myself. My children were affected by vaccination and so fortunately I did not compound the damage..... I stopped vaccinating, and this, plus me having post natal depression led me to homeopathy and then to read up on vaccination and how homeopathy and nutrition and just some sensible choices ca help to reduce the side effects which are possible from vaccination.
As a homeopath I am fully supportive of parents choosing to vaccinate or not, because I know we are all trying to do our best and it can be tough to decide to swim against the tide, especially if family and friends disagree with your choice.
You have spent 9 months keeping your unborn baby as healthy as you possibly can and even before your baby is born the medical system is on at you with words of fear and death and destruction! Mothers are at risk of whooping cough-must vaccinate! Baby will die after the birth without vitamin K vaccination! Baby, if he/she survives 8 weeks must be vaccinated as so many killer diseases will attack your baby and he/she will not survive! And then so many boosters! It is a lot of Big Pharma money making hype! But if you feel under too much pressure to withstand it, or for whatever reason you decide to vaccinate, the information below should help you to minimise the risks of vaccination as much as possible.
Here then is some information, firstly about vaccination choices and then how to vaccinate as safely as possible- but no guarantees that your child will not be affected adversely by vaccination, just as there is no guarantee that vaccination will protect your child from certain diseases.
Choices- fortunately in the UK vaccination is a choice. Schools and colleges and Universities and employees cannot insist you vaccinate your children or yourself. With regard to schools, colleges etc and even work- if the requirements/application form, for the place or job does not stipulate that vaccination is mandatory, then you do not have to have a vaccination. Should a school or any other organisation or potential employer off er you and place and then later say you have to be vaccinated just say, its not mandatory, I passed the exam/interview etc, vaccination was not a part of the contract/acceptance etc and so I do not have to be vaccinated. Say nothing more, sign nothing!
choose between to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, or,
choose to only vaccinate if or child is in really good health to lessen chance of reaction
choose to check that your child is not allergic to any of the vaccine ingredients before you vaccinate.
choose to begin vaccination at a later age
choose to space vaccinations further apart
choose to only have one dose given or only certain diseases vaccinated against
choose to only have 1 vaccination given on 1 day
Choices after vaccination
Vaccinate only if your child is well.
A vaccination is an injection of various chemicals directly into your child's blood stream. Clearly this is a shock to the system so only vaccinating when your child is well-no colds, coughs, tiredness, run down, etc, helps to give your child the optimal opportunity to heal with the vaccine. Do not believe a nurse or doctor if they tell you its fine to vaccinate even if your child is unwell with a cold.
Check to see if your child is allergic to any of the chemicals in the vaccine.
Vaccines contain substances including thimersal-yes this mercury compound is till found in some vaccines, formaldehyde, aluminium, phenol red and some are grown on bovine serum- cow's blood. Before giving your child a vaccine you are supposed to make an informed choice so do ask to read the package insert-in fact arrange to read it a few days before the vaccine is due. The GP is not allowed to refuse to show it to you. What you will find is that it says, " do not vaccinate if you or your child is allergic to any of the following ingredients... or words to that effect. For example, phenol red can damage the liver and cause breathing problems; aluminium can cause constipation and so on. Yyou can find the inserts on the website
Vaccinate later than at 8 weeks.
8 weeks is an age decided upon because at that age mums are usually still a bit anxious and want to know that their baby is putting on weight and is well, so tend to still frequent baby clinics, see the health visitor and so on and so are a captive audience. But a baby's immune system takes 15 YEARS to develop so maybe its not ideal to vaccinate so early. Also if a baby is breastfed it is still getting lots of protection from the mother. Childhood diseases usually are only contracted by tiny babies if they already have poor health, so no rush to vaccinate.
Space vaccinations further apart.
Why not give 3 or 4 months between each vaccination? It is only a schedule, it is not set in stone, and vaccinations do not work better just because they are done closer together, in fact more than one dose is given because scientists know that not every vaccine "takes effect" in every child, so it is a fail safe for the drug companies. It would be better if a baby was tested after a vaccine to see if anti bodies have been made. If not... ask yourself, do you really want to put into your baby further doses of formaldehyde, bovine serum, antibiotics, thimersal ( still in some vaccines, it is mercury), aluminium, phenol red and other chemicals, which are toxic to us? But if you do want to give every dose, then do space them further apart to give plenty of time for your baby to adjust. Choose a timeframe which suits your baby not the NHS.
You can just choose one dose and you can get individual vaccines.
You can decide to just give one dose of a vaccine-see Space vaccinations further apart, above.
Tetanus- how would a tiny baby get tetanus? Read here about how un-risky tetanus is and then decide if you wish to vaccinate. Click here.
Go through each disease separatly and look at your fears, worries, concerns, and weigh up the effectiveness of the vaccine against risk of the disease. Good places to look are government data, the NHS vaccine schedule, and Dr Jayne Donegan's website.
Its your baby and you choose. Ideally do not give 2 injections on one day... count up how many diseases you will be putting into your baby if you have more than 1 jab. Its bad enough with the 5 in one- when might you ever come into contact with the 5 diseases this jab is supposed to protect your child from?
Just tell the nurse this is what you want. No matter if they say, " it won't hurt your baby", its your baby and you get to choose. Also take your time, Tell your baby what will happen, press on where the nurse will jab, tell your baby even at 8 weeks that it will hurt but mummy will be there and will feed him/her as soon as its done- believe me it helps. Do not breastfeed your baby while the jab is done to ensure pain is not associated with the safety and comfort of breastfeeding. Up until then baby has fed safely and peacefully with no sudden assault.
Choices after vaccination.
Homeopathy can be used before vaccination to help reduce reaction-but no guarantees! Just as no guarantees that vaccination will protect your child. There are certain remedies, depending on which vaccinations are to be given-do speak to me or another homeopath.
After vaccination you can use a poultice of betonite clay on the site of the jab to help draw out toxins.
Put your child into a warm epsom salt bath for 15 minutes again to help draw out toxins. Use remedies instead of calpol to help fevers, rashes, pain etc. Homeopathy works with the body and these reactions are the body's way of trying to get rid of "stuff", so work with it instead of stopping the reaction and keeping the "stuff" inside.
You can also help prevent reactions and contain them be ensuring weaned children have excellent nutrition and plenty of sunlight, zinc an vitamin C rich foods and they may need these in supplements form to- good brands only should be used; the same goes for omega 3 found in oily fish and flaxseed. Stay away from all processed foods, and bad fats for a long time before vaccines.
The older the child the more you can do as preventative measures before vaccination, but it is harder with babies as their immune system is so undeveloped. Healthy babies and children cope better with illnesses than vaccinated or unhealthy children.
Finally 80-90& of our immune system is our gut-from mouth to anus, so be careful not just what you put into a child's mouth but what you inject or rub on the skin- its all absorbed into the blood stream very quickly.... and is bypassing the first line of defence...the saliva and mucous in the nose are defensive and also tell the brain what is coming; then we have the tonsils and adenoids they too kick into action when bacteria or virus' enter us. We do not catch any of the diseases we vaccinate against apart from tetanus, through a little hole in our arm.