Archive for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Parents, don’t forget immunizations for school

July 30, 2008


With just a few weeks until the start of school, local health officials are reminding parents to ensure their children's immunizations are current.

Two new immunizations are required this year. Shots for Hepatitis B and varicella, commonly known as chicken pox, are required for fifth-graders and younger.

Immunizations are the best way to protect against disease, said Barbara Schnitker, director of nurses at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

"It's very important because they protect against severe contagious diseases, and the diseases are transmitted by many other things" such as coughing and sneezing, she said.

Schnitker said parents should schedule appointments for immunizations with their physicians or at the health department. She said the health department does not turn away anyone without insurance.

Lawrence school children are required to have these immunizations:

¢ Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis

¢ Poliomyelitis (polio)

¢ Measles, mumps, rubella

¢ Hepatitis B

¢ Varicella (chicken pox)

The local heath department recommends these immunizations:

¢ Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

¢ Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7)

¢ Hepatitis A

¢ Meningococcal (MCV4)

¢ Human papillomavirus (HPV)

¢ Influenza


secretresistance 9 years, 11 months ago

Parents: Don't forget that vaccinations are your choice to make! Kansas has religious exemptions which means your child can attend school without vaccinations if that is what you'd rather do, whatever your religious views may be. This article is heavy on the word 'required' but it is not factual.Do what you will with this information, of course, but it's important to me that both sides are represented.

gr 9 years, 11 months ago

Brought to you by the witchdoctors. - (pharmakis, "'witch'")"Two new immunizations are required this year. "Why?Why have children, who have done fine without these, suddenly have to have them required?For those who care:Vaccination Myths: Hepatitis B Vaccine Mandate: letter to Missour Legislators: motive?: is it an experiment of virus recombination?: how about looking at the CDC data yourself (choose CDC Wonder for online viewing):

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 11 months ago

Indeed causation and correlation are not the same thing! So instead of worrying about a "what if" scenario for autism why not consider the very real consequences of an adult who develops mumps or measles for example. The implications for health are frightening and well worth the vaccination as an infant.

tinlizzy 9 years, 11 months ago

Look, I don't want to get into the autism debate, but if you choose to vaccinate your children, for goodness sake, do them one at a time. Regardless of whether or not you think the vaccine cocktail triggers autism in susceptible individuals, if your child has an allergic reaction to one of the vaccines, you'd want to know which one they were allergic to.

secretresistance 9 years, 11 months ago

The Vaccine Advers Events Reporting System-'s a great link, although vaccine related injuries are scarily under-reported. Some parents feel more comfortable with opting for vaccines with unknown consequences for the sake of safety and wellness. Some parents choose to risk the well known and relatively rare risks of the so-called vaccine preventable diseases. The dearth of long-term vaccine studies is one of many issues to worry about. A connection to disorders on the autistic spectrum may be the loudest worry at the moment, but it's certainly not the beginning and the end of the issue. My only interest is that parents do the hard research for themselves. Numbers are so easily manipulated, and the CDC doesn't seem to shy away from such things. In the end it's each individual child's health that should be paramount, which will mean different things for different people and their varying immune systems. The current vaccination schedule can in no way be a good fit for each and every growing child in our country. It's also interesting to compare the currently "required" vaccinations to the ones required a mere twenty years ago. We're supposed to be afraid of chicken pox now. I'm more afraid of the ingredient lists on the vaccine package inserts.

monkeyspunk 9 years, 11 months ago

And btw, I do practice what I preach. My son and daughter's pediatrician has been great about working with us and allowing us to spread out the vaccinations.

gr 9 years, 11 months ago

"No such link has been shown."How about a link showing mercury is hazardous to health?By the way, is there a "safe" amount of mercury?"it has prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths and illness."Oh. Some say it hasn't. That sanitation, screens, etc. prevents deaths and illness. Any proof vaccines have?

Sheila Hooper White 9 years, 11 months ago

das - i guess i should say there are people trying to link autism to vax. i've had various parents bring me articles about this issue, saying this is why they don't vaccinate. in my line of work this doesn't help their situation they must have a note stating it has to do with religion. i just please ask parents vaccinate.

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 11 months ago

Chicken pox is not a necessary vaccine, but it sure is cheaper than missing a week of work and if can spare someone the chance of getting shingles as an adult, again why not? Short-term thinking leads to long-term problems.

moo 9 years, 11 months ago

Just vaccinate your kids. It is totally negligent not to.Jay, proof.......?

Sheila Hooper White 9 years, 11 months ago

i agree moo. yes is it a choice and you can opt out. i know there are studies out there about how it has a link to autism,but all of my family (mom,dad,sister,cousin,aunts,uncles,grandparents,etc.) have had their immunizations and there is no sign of autism in our family. i just really have a hard time believing these studies.anyway, i'll get off of my soapbox and just pray that people will immunize their kids.

jaythomp11 9 years, 11 months ago

cancer agents are put into vaccines for population control....look into it

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 11 months ago

Proof of conspiracies? Don't be ridiculous! It's much better to give the government far too much credit to organize themselves into some grand master plan than to face reality.

monkeyspunk 9 years, 11 months ago

BuffyloGal said: "why not consider the very real consequences of an adult who develops mumps or measles for example."Mumps I can understand, but not measles. Before the introduction of the measles vaccine the fatalities caused by the virus were few and very far between, and that was decades ago. The measles vaccine is not necessary and I would wager weakens our collective immune system.Chicken pox vaccine is another unnecessary vaccine. Varicella is not deadly and once our children get through it, their immune systems have been hardened. If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician. Most of them are willing to address your concerns. If you are interested in a more "user-friendly" guide to vaccinations, check out this article.

Julie Jacob 9 years, 11 months ago

Great. Wonder if I will have to go round and round again with daughter's vax record. She's had chicken pox and she isn't getting the vaccine.I do have a child with an autistic disorder, he was vaccinated against everything known to man. Do I think they are related? Possibly.

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

Das, you're off the wall on this one.Can you give an example of a mercury compound which isn't hazardous? Does salt decompose in the body into chlorine? Are mercury compounds necessary for life? Does water decompose into hydrogen? Maybe you can release a paper on a new energy source from harvesting hydrogen from the human body. Will mercury compounds not decompose into mercury? I don't think you are being honest here."An earlier study calculated that children receive 187.5 micrograms of ethylmercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines given over the first 14 weeks of life,""Absorption and initial distribution of total mercury proved to be similar for both thimerosal and methylmercury. "So, even if ethylmercury may clear quicker: "These results suggest that ethylmercury is dealkylated much more extensively than methylmercury, producing higher levels of inorganic mercury in the brain. While dealkylation is thought to be a detoxification mechanism that helps protect the central nervous system, previous work by Burbacher and his group has shown that inorganic mercury can affect certain types of cells in the brain such as the microglia.""The toxicity of ethylmercury is not well studied"And yet you see no problem in continuing to inject it....Make sure to take your saccharine, now."I don't know off hand."You don't know off hand?! Hmmm. Yet, you would be one who would say drinking too much water is hazardous, but it is easy to say what is a safe amount of water.Coal plants? Would you say if it is or could be made into "compounds", then mercury from coal plants wouldn't be an issue? Interesting how those against coal plants say "mercury and mercury compounds".What about mercury in lightbulbs which will only save very little electricity compared to a host of other things - is that a mercury compound?One should carefully consider the mad raving push to put mercury into our bodies and homes - compounds or otherwise. Why this hostile push for it? And for vaccinations. Provide a choice, but to throw your kid out of school, throw you into jail, demean you, it sure sounds like something else is going on here.Vaccination Choice - A Civil Rights issue!

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

"Smallpox has be pretty much eliminated off the face of the earth."autie, according to your logic, it wouldn't surprise me if you believe Y2K caused global warming.Guess you don't have any proof vaccinations have done any good.""why not consider the very real consequences of an adult who develops mumps or measles for example."Buffylo, so allow adults to choose to get vaccinated. Most kids get mumps so it would not be an issue. Consider what will happen when they find out the vaccine given was dead, alive, inactive, or whatever, and now you have thousands of adults vulnerable when they would not have been if they were left alone."Chicken pox is not a necessary vaccine, but it sure is cheaper than missing a week of work"How many children miss a week of work? How many adults get chicken pox? Why mandate money saving and not allow it as a choice?Why should the government worry about someone missing work?If so, what about obesity - should we ban restaurants? Cigarettes? Alcohol? Caffeine? "and if can spare someone the chance of getting shingles as an adult, again why not?"We don't know that. In fact some worry there will be an increased risk of getting shingles."Short-term thinking leads to long-term problems."You said that well!Short term of getting vaccinated so you don't get a harmless childhood disease can lead to a host of unknown problems later in life.

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

Let's just nip this all in the bud.Mercury is mercury is mercury. You can add to it, combine with it, but it is still mercury. It is toxic. It does not break down into non-toxic elements. If you are comparing it to stability in forming salts, pure mercury is not highly reactive as Chlorine is.There is no good reason to use it in vaccines.Just because a toxic substance is "rapidly excreted " is not good justification for injecting it.Comparing "significantly less" amounts accumulating in the brain is not good justification for injecting it.Do you need absolute convincing evidence injecting a highly toxic substance causes problems before agreeing that injecting the highly toxic substance is not a good idea?187.5 micrograms What is "safe"? Is it ".1 mcg/kg. per day"? Not an average of over 1 per day for 14 weeks?What are the vaccinated levels? Here's a link I found showing some: What is your vested interest in promoting a hazardous and poisonous substance to be injected into children's bodies?==========================Folks, what are you going to believe?Are you going to believe someone telling you that it's ok to put toxic elements into your body?Or are you going to recognize such urging as some type of manipulation going on whether for some sort of control or most likely, for money. Think how much money is made by that many vaccines mandated to all the children! Other states are banning vaccines with mercury. Maybe Kansas should, too.Exercise your choice! Protect your children. At least ask for the package insert to verify if it does or does not contain mercury, thimerosal, or any other mercury compound.

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

"No such link has been shown."Das, since no such link as been shown linking human activities to global warming (if global warming could even be determined), would you say we should keep the status quo?

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

Regarding Das' response of "compounds" of mercury not being of concern, I saw something about a free mercury collection program where they would accept things like thermometers, amalgams, etc.Shall we conclude they think mercury compounds are hazardous, or that amalgams are not a safe mercury compound?

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