Monday, May 11, 2009

New Vaccines on the Market Today

If you think like the majority of people, you believe that vaccines are safe and thoroughly tested. What if I told you that just the opposite is true? What if I told you that you and your loved ones are human guinea pigs? Crazy or true? Let me open your eyes up a little.....

As I mentioned earlier, my son was given a DTaP vaccine (Infanrix) manufactured by GlaxoSmith Kline. I would later learn that it contained an ingredient called "phenoxyethanol" which the FDA would later rule is toxic for infants because it may cause depression of the central nervous system (permanent injury or death). Bear in mind that it is the FDA that approves all vaccines too. After seeing this FDA issued statement on a product called Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream (see link below), I called Glaxo-Smith Kline directly and learned that my son must have received the last of the batch on the market. It has since been "phased out" and replaced with a newer version of the DTaP vaccine. This means that the product that is on the market today is not the same one that my son received in 2007. If you click on the other link below you will see the package insert for Infanrix has been revised as of March 2009. This is proof that it is a new product.

UPDATE: Health and Human Services has taken down their site that lists all of the U.S. licensed vaccines and their revision date. Another site that features vaccine package inserts may be found here.

Last I checked, this ingredient is still in a polio vaccine called IPOL which is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. Again, click on the package insert link above to see for yourself. You will also notice that the majority of vaccines on that site have revision dates of 2007-2009. They are all fairly new vaccines and all of which have been poorly studied by the drug manufacturers.

For example, Gardasil was studied on fewer than 1,200 girls before being approved by the FDA! It too, was replaced with a newer version. See below. The package insert on that product was revised as of September 2008.

The clinical studies performed on the Hep B vaccine lasted all of 4-5 days!

So, what happens once the FDA stamps its approval and the product is then released to the public? You, the parent, are expected to report any side effects! Did your doctor tell you about all of the possible side effects associated with each vaccine? Did you know that some may cause ear infections (too many can cause a learning disability called an Auditory Processing Disorder), eye nerve damage (does your child have difficulty with fine motor/gross motor or reading/writing?), ear nerve damage (partial hearing loss), paralysis, kidney failure, death (SIDS) and possibly much more? I was simply told that there "may be" a slight fever or inflammation at the injection site!! That's it! Every vaccine comes with its own list of side effects which are more commonly known as "adverse reactions". This is simply what "could" happen in the month following administration of a vaccine. Anything beyond that 30 day window is unknown because vaccines are not studied long-term. Again, to view the "Adverse Reactions" associated with each vaccine, please refer to the package insert link that I have provided above.

Are you still convinced that they are safe and thoroughly tested?

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Dawn, it's really sad to know that this happens to your son. Now I know that even if we already know that the vaccine is FDA approved, we still have to check if its safe and will not give us any side effects at all. This is important especially when it comes to our children. Thanks for your helpful post! God bless!