Many a parents have asked me about my views on vaccines. They are concerned about the safety of the child and the contaminants in vaccines.
Let me first assure you: Vaccines that your child will get in our office are VERY safe.
Vaccines contain live viruses, killed viruses, purified viral proteins, inactivated bacterial toxins, or bacterial polysaccharides. In addition to these immunogens, vaccines often contain other substances. For example, vaccines may contain preservatives that prevent bacterial or fungal contamination (eg, thimerosal); adjuvants that enhance antigen-specific immune responses (eg, aluminum salts); or additives that stabilize live, attenuated viruses (eg, gelatin, human serum albumin).
Having said that, I will reassure – They are VERY Safe. I am so sure of their efficacy that both my kids (who are teens now) are fully vaccinated.
Why do I believe it?
a) They have been tested in 2-3 Billion children worldwide. They have been tested in manufacturer-independent labs. I have reviewed independent literature.
b) The additional substances in vaccines are in micrograms (one-millionth of a gram). To put this in perspective, the food that we feed our children DAILY has 1000 to million-times more dangerous substances, than in vaccines. Especially the meat and hamburgers that our kids eat is laced with pesticides, preservatives, colors and additives that are 1000 times more in concentration, than what are in the one-time vaccines.
If you want to discuss more, join us. I will explain the risk-and-benefits of each vaccine.
If you are scientifically bent, read https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/112/6/1394.full.pdf