Monday, February 18, 2008

will it eventually kill me?

something on my mind. vaccinations.
every year we or our children line up like cattle to get poked with an unknown substance because we are told that this is keeping us safe. this is something that has always scared me. what exactly are they putting into my arm? what is that? i mean, what is REALLY in there? this is information that will ever be released to us, but on a twice yearly basis, i stand in line for my poisonous injection. weather it's the flu shot, tetanus, or a Hepatitis B vaccine, which i HAVE to get because i am a health care worker...there in the line, i stand. i will be standing in that damn line again in may. i was shocked the DAY that i started my current job that i had to make a visit to the "needle lady", whom i have grown to love. not for her needle ability, but just because she is really sweet. what now concerns me more is my child. i will admit, she is behind in her shots. not super far behind, but enough that is she were to start K, she would be forced to get her current shots. i cannot bring myself to rush her to the Dr. to get her special cocktail. lanna was a few months early and we appreciated the shots that she had to take on a weekly basis to keep her lungs strong, her heart healthy, and for her to surpass any flu that could be deadly at a all too early age. as i read more and more, i oblige, but i am more and more skeptical. do believe that there are vaccinations that are absolutely necessary and will save lives, (human and pets) i just think that somewhere along the line it will take a few as well. i will admit that i will be in the line for the new HPV shot, because if i can take a shot that will keep me from cervical cancer, i am all over it. this is where i feel contradictory and well, it is what it is. this is my point. i am told that it will save me and i say "GREAT, MIX ME ONE OF THOSE!."

i think to myself, 50 years ago cancer and autism is not what it is today. what has changed? medicine. medicine has gotten far more advanced and vaccinations are readily more available. will my child get polio? probably not, but MAYBE. this is a shot that is required to enter school, or daycare for that matter. lanna had to get six different shots to enter daycare and 6 more one year later. yes, she is about 6 behind because THREE of those are now the "chicken pox" shot.

taken from text:
California's autism rate has mushroomed 1000% over the past 20 years, with dramatic increases following the introduction of the MMR vaccine in the early 80's. England had dramatic autism increases beginning in the 90's, following the introduction of the MMR vaccine there.

Some infants receive 100 times the EPA's maximum allowable amount of mercury through vaccines. In January 2000, the Journal of Adverse Drug Reactions reported that the MMR vaccine was not adequately tested and should not have been licensed.

so, to close...yes,i will stand in that line in may to be shot up with potential poison and all i can say is wish me the best!
i would never go as far to suggest that anyone not immunize, as i do, and my child does, but simply put, thing that we do to protect us, scares the crap out of me.