I’ve for the most part been a good patient. My births we’re unmedicated and followed normal birth, no heparin locks, pit after, maybe 20min of monitoring, but I did have exams and pushed supine. If shots were recommended for my kids I followed the recommended guidelines. Why question the doctor who only has your best interest at heart? Shots weren’t recommended for pregnant women or at least me from 1997-2008. Maybe they just felt I was the crunchy, granola mom and why ask, or my best interest was at heart.
Since living in Virginia, being a California girl, I started running into all these moms not vaccinating, talking about some Dr Sears vaccine book, all kinds of crazy talk. If you hang around with enough of them, you begin to listen, you begin to take note, and they may start to make sense. It has recently come to my attention what is being put into flu shots.
Thimerosal, which is another name for mercury; I would not have known that reading the label and not researching. Formaldehyde, we all know that’s for embalming dead people and “Formaldehyde - (Embalming Fluid) Formaldehyde has been classified as a human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Research studies of workers exposed to formaldehyde have suggested an association between formaldehyde exposure and cancers of the nasal sinuses, nasopharynx, and brain, and possibly leukemia.” Triton X-100, which its old name Octoxynol-9, AKA spermicide, which lost its FDA approval after not submitting paperwork regarding new studies. I found it curious that the FDA stated in their docket that the product could not be renamed or repackaged for other uses and yet here we are. Triton X-100 is also labeled “Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe eye irritation. May be harmful if inhaled or in contact with skin. [I wonder what that looks like under the skin] Toxicology not fully investigated. The product may contain traces of ethylene oxide or dioxane, which are probable human
carcinogens.” “USAGE: For Research Use Only! Not For Use in Humans” Those getting the flu shot are also consenting to being a research, test subject; specially our healthcare workers and military. I will note that places like Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. that use big vials have the Thimerosal and private practices tend not to since they are individually packaged to be used ASAP, but that doctors may put the pressure on the patient to get the flu shot so they aren’t wasting their income on preservative-free vaccines, which cost more. Preservative-free still contains formaldehyde and Triton X-100. I questioned how a flu shot with Triton X-100 would look like with fertility. I found the FDA 2012 had this to say about Fluzone or FLUVIRIN® a preservative-free flu shot:
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Fluzone or FLUVIRIN®. [So let’s experiment on society] It is also not known whether Fluzone or
FLUVIRIN® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Fluzone, or FLUVIRIN® should be given to a pregnant woman only if
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether Fluzone or FLUVIRIN® is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Fluzone or FLUVIRIN® is administered to a nursing woman.
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Fluzone or FLUVIRIN® has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.”
Most of the flu vaccines said it’s not indicated for children less than 6 months, 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.
VAXIGRIP is a vaccine used to help prevent influenza (‘flu’) Their package insert says:
“3. Pregnant women
Influenza vaccination is recommended for any pregnant women who are beyond the first trimester of pregnancy i.e. those who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season. Influenza vaccination is funded by the government for those pregnant women with a medical condition listed above. (Heart disease, Lung disease - asthma that require regular preventative therapy; other chronic lung disease with impaired lung function, Diabetes, Kidney disorder, Cancer, Other conditions – diseases that require treatment with medicines that reduce natural immunity, HIV, children on long-term aspirin
VAXIGRIP have been prepared on eggs and are made from inactivated parts of thefollowing Influenza virus strains:
A/California/7/2009 NYMC X-179A (A/California/7/2009 [H1N1] – like),
A/Victoria/210/2009 NYMC X-187 (A/Perth/16/2009 [H3N2] – like),
B/Brisbane/60/2008 (B/Brisbane/60/2008 – like)
[Flu vaccines are being made from viruses from 3 and 4 years ago from states and countries you may not even be a part of. VAXIGRIP isn’t the only one doing this either]
Buffered saline solution composed of:
- Sodium chloride
- Potassium chloride
- Sodium phosphate
– dibasic dihydrate
- Potassium phosphate
- Water for injection
VAXIGRIP may also contain traces of egg proteins, formaldehyde, octoxinol-9 and Neomycin [multi-dose vials contain Thimerosal]
VAXIGRIP do not contain lactose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.”
Triton X-100 is said to be a mild to heavy duty cleaning solvent, via wikipedia, which I know some of you frown on Wiki’s use, so go to the bottom links of wiki and do some more research on that. My mind questions how this would look with fertility. Later in the week I was given an answer on what the flu shot looks like on gestation, but not an answer to Triton X-100 use or purpose in the flu shot. “National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW) states that between 2009 and 2010 the mercury-laden combined flu vaccinations have increased Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Systems (VAERS) fetal death reports by 4,250 percent in pregnant women. Eileen Dannemann, NCOW’s director, made abundantly clear that despite these figures being known to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the multiple-strain, inactivated flu vaccine containing mercury (Thimerosal) has once again been recommended to pregnant women as a safe vaccination this season.”I have many words, but none appropriate to this outrage. My mind travels through many conspiracy theories about our government’s hands in this. It’s just plain heartbreaking. I wrote with a woman today whose Dr told her it didn’t matter where she got her flu shot, “It’s all the same.” I’m not trying to dictate your family’s choices. You should definitely do what is best for your health and your family’s. PLEASE BE A GOOD CONSUMER AND RESEARCH BEFORE YOU USE PRODUCTS. The FDA is constantly saying, "Oops!" recalling and not even regulating recalls, eg cytotec, which is contraindicated for labor and a known cause for maternal and fetal death is still permitted to be used, though the FDA says, "No." but no one is regulating, fining, imprisoning, etc.
I will leave you with knowledge and a thought that AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians took a vote, 14-0, that every pregnant woman, for every pregnancy, no matter her inoculation history, be given Tdap in her second or third trimester. I will look forward to hearing your info gathering on that recommendation.
Fastapo blog has an interesting take on the flu vaccine. It’s the last link I’m giving you, today.
(Updated arch 2, 2017)
Mothers are told to get vaccinated while pregnant for influenza and pertussis, which is Tdap, 3-shots-in-one. If a mother truly feels she needs these vaccines, perhaps after she births may be best; not exposing the unborn baby to harsh preservatives. According to the CDC she should also have MMR and Varicella, aka chicken pox, if she hasn't had it already. Varicella is a highly contagious vaccine. It's advised to avoid infants, elderly, and immune compromised. Did you know the CDC doesn't give the MMR until after a year because the baby receives a natural immunity through the Mother's Milk? Did you know Pertussis antibodies also are passed in Mother's Milk? If you get the shot it can take two weeks to develop antibodies. If your baby was exposed to a virus or disease and you breastfeed it only takes your body until the next feeding to protect your baby. If the CDC even says immunity is passed in breastfeeding, why aren't providers working harder to support an immune the system process that does work?
"A woman who has not received the new vaccine for the prevention of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) should be vaccinated right after delivery. Vaccinating a new mother against pertussis (whooping cough) reduces the risk to her infant too. Also, a woman who is not immune to measles, mumps and rubella and/or varicella (chicken pox) should be vaccinated before leaving the hospital. If inactivated influenza vaccine was not given during pregnancy, a woman should receive it now because it will protect her infant. LAIV may be an option" http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/downloads/f_preg.pdf
"Why is MMR vaccine given after the first birthday? Most infants born in the United States will receive passive protection against measles, mumps, and rubella in the form of antibodies from their mothers. These antibodies can destroy the vaccine virus if they are present when the vaccine is given and, thus, can cause the vaccine to be ineffective. By 12 months of age, almost all infants have lost this passive protection" (it's because most infants are weaned by this age. The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP, and World Health Organization, WHO, say to breastfeed until the age of 2 or longer as both parties desire)
"By breastfeeding, you may pass some antibodies you have made in response to the vaccine to your baby. When you get a whooping cough vaccine during your pregnancy, you will have antibodies in your breast milk that you can share with your baby as soon as your milk comes in. However, your baby will not get protective antibodies immediately if you wait to get the whooping cough vaccine until after delivering your baby. This is because it takes about 2 weeks for your body to create antibodies"
"Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective against many illnesses, including painful ear infections, upper and lower respiratory ailments, allergies, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, staph, strep and e coli infections, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, many childhood cancers, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, salmonella, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) as well as lifetime protection from Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, some lymphomas, insulin dependent diabetes, and for girls, breast and ovarian cancer."..."Through your breast milk, you give your baby immunities to illnesses to which you are immune and also those to which you have been exposed. Nursing also allows your baby to give germs to you so that your immune system can respond and can synthesize antibodies! This means that if your baby has come in contact with something which you have not, (s)he will pass these germs to you at the next nursing; during that feeding, your body will start to manufacture antibodies for that particular germ. By the time the next feeding arrives, your entire immune system will be working to provide immunities for you and your baby"