Responsible Choices

Vaccinating, and not vaccinating, come with responsibility to oneself, one’s children, and the community. Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated are capable of spreading infection and of being infected. It’s important to know for each choice the risks, benefits, and limitations of those choices, and it’s important to have a “game plan” in case of disease antigen (wild or vaccine-strain) exposure.

Responsibilities when choosing vaccination

  • know the vaccination risks to yourself/child
  • know the risks of wild/vaccine derived exposure to yourself/your child
  • know what conditions or exposures increase risk of adverse reaction
  • know how to spot an acute or slowly-evolving reaction
  • know how to respond to vaccine reactions
  • know what other infection risks are increased by each vaccine*
  • know how to recognize or suspect infection in your vaccinated child
  • know in advance how you will address any infection that occurs
  • know the effectiveness of each vaccine
  • know the limitations of each vaccine and act accordingly to avoid spreading infection**
  • stay home and use proper precautions when sick
  • avoid spreading infection: wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs, etc.
  • maintain optimal immune health

Responsibilities when choosing not to vaccinate

  • know the risks of wild/vaccine derived exposure to yourself/your child**
  • know to recognize or suspect infection in your child
  • know in advance how you will address any infection that occurs
  • stay home and use proper precautions when sick
  • avoid spreading infection: wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs, etc.
  • maintain optimal immune health

*Vaccines that increase risk of other infections

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**Vaccines capable of creating atypical carriers (no or few symptoms of illness yet able to colonize and spread) or typical carriers (due to non-responders and waning immunity)

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  1. Pertussis. The pertussis vaccine has been found to increase colonization in those exposed to pertussis, and this has created a very dangerous situation and outbreaks in fully vaccinated populations as well as unwitting spreading of infection to vulnerable population groups, such as infants. The pertussis vaccine is for limited personal protection only, wanes quickly, and becomes less effective with each dose. It cannot prevent the colonization or spreading of infection. Please see our Pertussis Page.
  2. Diphtheria. The diphtheria toxoid vaccine is directed against the diphtheria toxin, not against the diphtheria infection, which means it is for personal protection only and does not prevent the spread of infection.
  3. Polio. IPV, the inactivated polio vaccine, is for personal protection only since it, too, does not prevent transmission of the poliovirus.
  4. Measles. Measles outbreaks have occurred in nonvaccinated and vaccinated communities. As a live vaccine, there is potential for recipient infection as well as shedding following vaccination.
  5. Mumps. Mumps is spreading among fully vaccinated communities. As a live vaccine, there is potential for recipient infection as well as shedding following vaccination.
  6. Rubella. Rubella is a live vaccine, there is potential for recipient infection as well as shedding following vaccination.
  7. Varicella. Varicella is a live vaccine, there is potential for recipient infection as well as shedding following vaccination, and due to the nature of the virus, vaccine programs have led to an increase in shingles. The shingles vaccine is an ultra-potent varicella vaccine, and it too can cause chickenpox or shingles.

    Evidence of Vaccine failure

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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page and on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or medical advice. Both the law and medicine are subject to frequent changes. Please see your medical provider and/or legal advisor.