Swine Flu Vaccinations and our Children

Are you going to be given a choice about vaccinating your child for Swine Flu?

AP INTERVIEW: Kids may get swine flu shots first

Schoolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into shot clinics.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead with mass vaccinations.

“If you think about vaccinating kids, schools are the logical place,” Sebelius told The Associated Press.

Contrarily to all the media hype sometimes the vaccinations are worse and more damaging than the disease.

Just so you know, I do not have an axe to grind and refuse all vaccinations. My college and work background were in the medical fields (albeit animal). I had a special interest in parasitology and microbiology (even took extra human medicine classes on them).

Our children have received most of their vaccinations but not all of them, most specifically the Varicella (chickenpox). Our decisions are made on the risk of injecting a foreign substance verses the actual disease itself.

I’m also knowledgeable with the testing of vaccinations and medicines. Animal trials for medicine safety and side effects are cut very short and are essentially useless, now. No medicine stays in research long enough to determine potential side effects especially long term effects.

What happened during the last flu crisis when people were encouraged to get vaccinated due to the threat of an epidemic?

1976: Fear of a great plague

On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike.

Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide.

Two weeks after the recruit’s death, health officials disclosed to America that something called “swine flu” had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County….

1976 swine flu outbreak

Alarmed public-health officials decided that action must be taken to head off another major pandemic, and they urged President Gerald Ford that every person in the U.S. be vaccinated for the disease. The vaccination program was plagued by delays and public relations problems, but about 24% of the population had been vaccinated by the time the program was canceled. Only one person, the Fort Dix army recruit, died from the flu.

There were reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a paralyzing neuromuscular disorder, affecting some people who had received swine flu immunizations. …

Overall, about 500 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), resulting in death from severe pulmonary complications for 25 people, were probably caused by an immunopathological reaction to the 1976 vaccine.

So be sure to make an educated decision before letting your children become human guinea pigs in the Swine Flu Vaccinations planned for public school children.

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