There are 1290 reports of adverse reactions and 57 infant deaths after the HIB vaccine in 2008.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the 5 cases of haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB) infection in Minnesota. Here are a couple of the disturbing headlines I’ve come across:
“Resurgence of rare disease leads to warning: Vaccinate”
“Hib Outbreak Kills Unvaccinated Child”
It seems like every time there are a few cases of something on the childhood vaccination schedule, scare mongering headlines soon follow in order to get parents flocking like sheep to get the vaccine. It is tragic that a child died from HIB meningitis but that is only one child and we do not know the details, only what the media writes. Compare that to the verified statistics on the VAERS
government reporting web site showing vaccines disable and kill hundreds of children each year but the death is listed as SIDS over nad over in order to possibly place blame elsewhere, yet you never read articles like “Another Vaccine Killed Young Infant”.
These headlines have prompted me to do some research on haemophilus influenzae type b and the vaccine. First, it is not a rare disease in children under 5 years of age. However, it is rare in children over 5 years old, which is why the vaccine is only given in infancy and very early childhood.
Second, HIB is a bacteria and it is impossible to develop a 100% effective vaccine for a bacterial infection since it can be caught more than once. This is why there are outbreaks of whooping cough in fully vaccinated children. You can catch a bacteria more than once which is why it is important once you begin the series, to continue until finished or fully vaccinated.
Parents have a false sense of security when getting their child this vaccine and I fear doctors aren’t telling them the truth about effectiveness. It is possible to contract HIB for 5 days after getting the vaccination because it lowers the immune system response to this infection directly after the vaccine. Parents need to be aware that keeping their child away from potential HIB infections is imperative and their child should not attend any groups or daycare where they could be subjected to the HIB virus after each HIB vaccine. HIB is found in secretions in the nose and throat and can be spread by coughing and sneezing. It is very important to teach your children proper hand washing and to cover their mouth with a tissue or something similar when sneezing and throw it away after each use. Children can be carriers of the HIB bacteria and not even know it, spreading it to others.
Before the HIB vaccine, more than 20,000 children were infected with the bacteria and hundreds died from complications, including meningitis. This shows that the vaccine has been at least partly responsible for the decline. However, it well documented after the introduction of the Polio and Pertussis vaccines, the diagnosis criteria was changed to exclude certain individuals in order to make the vaccines look more effective. Is this the case with HIB? Has the diagnostic criteria been changed after the introduction of the vaccine? After all, it only protects against the type B bacteria and there are other strains that can cause meningitis and the way to diagnose meningitis from HIB is through a spinal tap. Although I can’t find anything right now on the diagnostic criteria for HIB, it would not surprise me if this were the case.
Another point I’d like to bring up about the HIB vaccine is that the combination of the HIB vaccine, and DTP along with Hep B can render the Hep B vaccine inactive. The HIB vaccine should be split up and given on it’s own a few days apart from these other vaccines. You should also be aware that it is contradictory to give the HIB vaccine if the DTP vaccine can not be given since it is reconstituted from DTP according to the package inserts. NO VACCINE SHOULD EVER BE GIVEN TO A CHILD WITH A FEVER OR VIRAL/BACTERIAL INFECTION, no matter what your doctor may tell you is safe. It not only increases the risk of serious reaction but can make the vaccine completely ineffective. You should increase your child’s vitamin C intake (150mg for infants and 300mg for toddlers) a couple days before getting the vaccine. It is also recommended to give vitamin A and make sure the child is well rested. Insist on reading the package insert for the vaccine given since HIBtiter is the safest and lowest in aluminum. It also only uses diptheria and not tetanus toxoid. You can special order this vaccine. Report any and all reactions to the VAERS
web site since even a fever is considered a reaction. It is the law for your health care providor to report adverse reactions but most do not. It is estimated only 10% of adverse vaccine reactions are even reported. You need to file the complaint if your physician does not. Also, watch for high pitched screaming since it can indicate brain swelling. You should also avoid multiple vaccines and only give one at a time to be able to determine which one caused the reaction.
Please also be aware if you choose not to vaccinate for HIB, it’s a good idea to limit your child’s exposure to other children up until at least the age of 3 years old. Your child will eventually outgrow the need for this vaccine.
You have the right to informed consent so please go out and gather even more information than contained in this article before making your decision but please, if you choose not to vaccinate, be responsible and use homeopathic alternatives, under a medical professional’s advise, to boost your child’s immune system. Extended breastfeeding is strongly recomended.