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Disclaimer: The information in this blog should not be regarded as medical advice. I am not a doctor; I am not trained and do not have the expertise needed to provide medical advice. I am a parent, who is trying to find out as much information as I possibly can about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. This is a journey of discovery, and as such, it is quite possible that bad information might find it’s way in this blog. Please speak to your doctor about any questions you might have, and especially before making any medical decisions.

I decided to set up the Vaccine Central to make it easy for interested individuals, especially parents, to find good information on vaccines.  The category structure, tag use and additional pages are being thought off very carefully, to make it as easy as possible for users to find the information they are looking for.  I opted for the blog format, instead of the web page format, simply because a blog is more flexible. Additions can be done at random, under any category and can be shared with the readers right away. By contrast, a web page must be complete, to some degree, before it is ready to be published. That means that it will take much longer for the information that I have to share to make its way to the reader.

The idea for the Vaccine Central came to me as I was verifying a claim made by a Generation Rescue report. The claim was straightforward, the US mandates 36 vaccines by the age of 5, while the average of another 30 countries was only 18. The claim itself does not sound much, count the doses and compare. Nevertheless, I soon found that a couple of hours of work, finding information from reliable sources, compiling it, verifying the calculations etc., just weren’t enough. If it was that time-consuming to verify a simple claim like that, I wondered, how much more time-consuming is it to verify the other claims?

Google Search did not help much either. The problem with Google University is that there is too much misinformation out there, too much opinion, too little fact, and separating the one from the other can be an arduous task. Also, while I was able to find very good websites with much information, I still felt like there was too much digging to be done, too many clicks, to get to a piece of information I was looking for.  I wished there was an easier way. Maybe there is and I just didn’t find it in my search, who knows!

The purpose of this blog will be to present the best information available (that I can unearth), and trying to stay clear of expressing too many opinions, although I may fail in that regard every now and then. Every entry will be chock full of links to the sources of my information, so the reader can judge for herself if my conclusions are warranted. The idea is to make information available to anyone interested, so we may all make our decisions based on the facts not the hype.

Join me in my journey of discovery. I hope it is a pleasant one for us all!

  1. September 22, 2010 at 3:49 AM | #1

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  2. Erwin Alber
    September 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM | #2

    Thanks for making this information available! While it is true that there is both factual information as well misinformation on the internet, “official” sources are also guilty of misinformation.

    Here is a good example:

    Currently, the flu vaccine which contains Thiomersal (49.6% ethyl mercury) is being recommended for children and pregnant women.

    Thiomersal is pronounced safe by the medical authorities, yet the Material Safety Data Sheet put out by Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Thiomersal, tells a very different story. Here is an excerpt:

    ————-

    Eli Lilly and Company
    Thimerosal Material Safety Data Sheet
    Effective Date: 22-Dec-1999

    Emergency Overview

    Special
    R = Reproductive
    A = Allergen

    Emergency Overview Effective Date: 08-Dec-1999

    Lilly Laboratory Labeling Codes:
    Health 2 Fire 1 Reactivity 0 Special R, A

    Primary Physical and Health Hazards: Skin Permeable. Toxic. Mutagen. Irritant (eyes).
    Allergen. Nervous System and Reproductive Effects.
    Caution Statement: Thimerosal may enter the body through the skin, is toxic, alters genetic material,
    may be irritating to the eyes, and causes allergic reactions. Effects of exposure may include numbness
    of extremities, fetal changes, decreased offspring survival, and lung tissue changes.

    Chronic Exposure
    Thimerosal is a mercuric compound. Toxicity data for thimerosal and mercury are presented.
    Target Organ Effects: Thimerosal – Kidney effects (tubule necrosis), lung effects (tissue changes).
    Mercury – Nervous system effects (insomnia, tremor, anorexia, weakness, headache), liver effects
    (jaundice, digestive effects (hypermotility, diarrhea).
    Other Effects: Thimerosal – Decreased weight gain.
    Reproduction: Thimerosal – Decreased offspring survival.
    Mercury – Changes in sperm production, decreased offspring survival, and offspring nervous system
    effects including mild to severe mental retardation and motor coordination impairment.
    Sensitization: No applicable information found.
    Mutagenicity: Thimerosal – Mutagenic in mammalian cells.

    http://www.vaccine-tlc.org/docs/Thimerosal%20Material%20Safety%20Data%20Sheet.pdf

    ————

    Mutagenic: from ‘mutagen’. A mutagen is a chemical that changes the hereditary genetic material that is a part of each living cell. The mutation may be the first step in the sequence of events that ultimately leads to the development of cancer.

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/seps/chemical_emergencies/090.html

    —————–

    Do parents have reason to distrust government health agencies? I think so!

  1. April 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM | #1
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