How to avoid unnecessary vaccinations:

I have been asked: What’s the alternative to vaccinations?

Before we discuss this, let me draw an analogy.

If you knew your car was unsafe to drive would you drive it?  Would you trust your kids to be driven in it? Would you put your pet dog in it?

“You don’t call someone who advocates for safe automobiles anti-car. Similarly it’s ridiculous to call somebody who advocates for safer vaccines, more effective vaccines and to protect children, to ever call them anti-vaccine.”

I am not an “antivaxer”, but I find it difficult to understand how ANYONE cannot see the lack of scientific evidence for vaccinating any individual with multiple vaccines in any slightly immunocompromised patient, or in placing poisonous material into a biologically underveloped and very small mass.  The downright deception and cover ups by pharmaceutical industry, and the lack of their duty of care is an abomination.

Here is a police officer who stood up to his brainwashed employers (the government) when he would not give false witness about parents causing their baby’s death — after witnessing sudden death syndromes in babies post vaccination, even though the child died of brain inflammation and swelling. The doctors would not sign off on this as vaccination injury, even though the child was fine up until the vaccination and “never right since” and then died of the brain swelling- with innocent parents (in this police officers view and knowledge of the facts) going to jail! The officer was dismissed. Of course this officer is mad and angry.  He has seen some bad things. This is beyond sad. False accusations SIDS, shaken baby syndrome- all post vaccinations.

Very powerful testimony from a former police officer that lost his job for speaking up about the vaccines playing a part in killing children whose case he would help investigate. Sadly, it took his own vaccine injury to realize how harmful these vaccines are. He soon realized that babies were getting vaccinated before dying and decided to educate his peers, this resulted in him losing his job. We appreciate his care to speak the truth! Thank you Chris Savage for your dedication to help expose vaccine damage cover up.

First off let me make this clear: Vaccinations for diseases that are present in a given geographical area that present a risk for all animals (including man) need to be carefully considered.  The discussion below on the following posts/blogs is not “don’t ever vaccinate” but it is about recognising vaccine damage, to prevent kids getting the next series- of vaccines if they are already suffering damage from their first “shot”  or if their siblings have been shown to have damage from a vaccine and–to be aware of some of the risk factors, as it is not “1 size fits all” which is what is happening with vaccine damaged kids/small white fluffies (dogs) etc.

Over vaccination is a problem right now, and all vaccines are not created equal, just as all people are not created equal. There is a lot of science out there regarding individual metabolism, genetic variation, and risk factors- which is why I blogged about it.

As a holistic vet I see vaccine damaged dogs regularly, and many vets are still vaccinating unnecessarily – that is annually. There is NO scientific evidence to back up annual vaccinations in dogs for the standard Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus, they require their primer then an antibody titre test to prove it “took” and they are generally good for 5-7 years, if not for life. The discussion is also about vaccinating for what is present, so if there is no small pox, it wouldn’t make sense to vaccinate against that. Just like we don’t vaccinate for Rabies here. Vaccines are NOT innocent, benign things. That’s all.

  • Antibody titre testing mother and then bub, and AB titre in dogs after their 12-16 wk pup vaccination. Most are protected and don’t need vaccines. Also vaccinate only for what is around and what is necessary. With humans check pyroluria, MTHFR factors first, prior to vaccinating. Breast feed bubs. check toxin levels in mum prior to pregnancy (hint! its high in many!) so detox before getting pregnant, then be aware of industrial pollutants and environmental toxins, so eat clean. Think about each and every vaccination- what is in it (hint not all flu vaccines are protective or safe- many still have thimerosal) Not all vaccines are effective. Intransal flu drops are better than injections in providing immunity.
  •  do the 23 and me genomic testing, and run your results through a third party, find out what your offspring challenges are likely to be.

From a medical officer working in infection control in a hospital.

Essentially with the staff if the are unsure if they have been immunised Hospitals and Medical doctors  can test for measles, mumps, rubella and Hep B. The chicken pox (varicella test is only sensitive enough to pick up if you have had the disease previously not if you have immunity from immunisation). We have to be careful with the Hep B to make sure the staff have had all 3 vaccinations (or 2 if they were a certain age when they had them) because some people can have a temporary rise in their titre levels after one dose but it doesn’t offer them life long immunity. The current thinking on vaccinations is that once you have had your course in child hood you are generally covered for life for measles, mumps and Hep B. We have noticed that Rubella immunity titres can fall and pertussis (whooping cough) still needs to be done for people in at risk groups every 10 years (the timing on pertussis is under debate at work at the moment).

What the CDC won’t tell you-
Doctors who explain clearly why vaccines aren’t safe or effective. Version 2.0.
1. Dr. Nancy Banks –
2. Dr. Russell Blaylock –
3. Dr. Shiv Chopra –
4. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny –
5. Dr. Suzanne Humphries –
6. Dr. Larry Palevsky –
7. Dr. Toni Bark –
8. Dr. Andrew Wakefield –
9. Dr. Meryl Nass –
10. Dr. Raymond Obomsawin –
11. Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot –
12. Dr. Robert Rowen –
13. Dr. David Ayoub –
14. Dr. Boyd Haley PhD –
15. Dr. Rashid Buttar –
16. Dr. Roby Mitchell –
17. Dr. Ken Stoller –
18. Dr. Mayer Eisenstein –
19. Dr. Frank Engley, PhD –
20. Dr. David Davis –
21. Dr Tetyana Obukhanych –
22. Dr. Harold E Buttram –
23. Dr. Kelly Brogan –
24. Dr. RC Tent –
25. Dr. Rebecca Carley –
26. Dr. Andrew Moulden –
27. Dr. Jack Wolfson –
28. Dr. Michael Elice –
29. Dr. Terry Wahls –
30. Dr. Stephanie Seneff –
31. Dr. Paul Thomas –
32. Many doctors talking at once –
33. Dr. Richard Moskowitz –
34. Dr. Jane Orient –
35. Dr. Richard Deth –
36. Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic –
37. Dr Chris Shaw –
38. Dr. Susan McCreadie –
39. Dr. Mary Ann Block –
40. Dr. David Brownstein –
41. Dr. Jayne Donegan –
42. Dr. Troy Ross –
43. Dr. Philip Incao –
44. Dr. Joseph Mercola –
45. Dr. Jeff Bradstreet –
46. Dr. Robert Mendelson –
47. Dr. Garth Nicolson –
48. Dr. Marc Girard –
49. Dr. Charles Richet –
50. Dr. Zac Bush –
51. Dr. Judy Mikovits –
Many more doctors testifying that vaccines aren’t safe or effective, in these documentaries….
1. Vaccination – The Silent Epidemic –
2. The Greater Good –
3. Shots In The Dark –
4. Vaccination The Hidden Truth –
5. Vaccine Nation –
6. Vaccination – The Truth About Vaccines –
7. Lethal Injection –
8. Bought –
9. Deadly Immunity –
10. Autism – Made in the USA –
11. Beyond Treason –
12. Trace Amounts –
13. Why We Don’t Vaccinate –
14. Autism Yesterday –
*Vaccine Related Videos, Documentaries, & Audio Clips (…/Vaccine-Related-Videos-Documentari…)
*Why Do Parents Refuse to Vaccinate Their Children?
Dr. Sam Eggertsen, MD –
*Why Do Doctors Push Vaccines?
Dr. Janet Levatin, MD…/12/24/why-do-doctors-push-vaccines/
*One Nurse’s Story – I have seen the cover up
*Former Sergeant of Police Chris Savage explains how police and doctors who are brainwashed to blame parents for vaccine injury and death
*Scientists Against Vaccines – Hear From Those Who Have Done The Research
*Money Talks – Conflicting Interests Between Healthcare Establishment, Pharmaceutical Corporations, & the Push to Vaccinate
*Links to Resources – Vaccine & Contemporary Eugenics Related FAQ-Memes


Nancy Banks speaks out on the problems with vaccination. See more in-depth…

Defending your right to protect your children

Recently I posted this photo, shared on my Facebook feed. Hoo boy- what an event erupted!  The needles are a representation of the number of vaccines, and not the actual number of needles as some of them are combined in trivalent or bivalent forms, and some are oral vaccines (eg. polio).  The caption of this doll picture is “Here is the current vaccination schedule for babies from birth to six months” .  The recent events of our Australian leader Tony Abbott enacting a “No Jab, No Pay” legislation, essentially removes conscientious, educated parents the choice to decline some of the FULL gamut of vaccines.  If they refuse to vaccinate their kids they are threatened  with the plan that they will lose government financial  child care aid , and possibly will have their kids excluded from day care and schools.  This media alert has raised the vaccination discussions to the forefront again.  Let’s face it: we all want to do the best for our kids and that means “DO NO HARM” and protect them the best way we know.  Let’s examine what this entails. This new legislation mandating all families to have their babies thoroughly vaccinated, following the schedule  listed below, with no exceptions, means the child will receive 34 vaccinations before the age of 2 yrs.  When my children were babies, the number of vaccines recommended (and not mandated) was less than half this number, and when I was a baby almost 60 years ago the number of vaccines given were smaller still–only DPT, polio and smallpox.   Today babies are given 25 vaccines by the time they are only 6 months old.    Many parents have witnessed their friend’s or their first child experiencing an adverse event from one of the vaccines- which makes them think twice about further vaccinations.  People are questioning the need to have that many vaccines – which include toxic adjuvants,  given to a young, less than 10 kg bundle of a new human life.  This has driven some parents to refuse to have their child vaccinated, with the aim of protecting their child from harm.  Perhaps it not surprising to know that many doctors also refuse to vaccinate their own children with all the available vaccines, because they are witnessing  the fall out from vaccine related illness.   On the other hand the media relishes in showing cases of young babies suffering from Whooping cough, a disease that the current vaccines do not adequately protect against, and one which vaccinated individuals carry and shed; hence vaccinated individuals are actually becoming a source of infection when handling infants! The media incorrectly blames this  on all the antivaxers.  The information about vaccine adverse events goes unnoticed or ignored by the majority of the populace.   The uproar from the masses that believe that vaccines can cause no harm, and only lead to beneficial herd health is alarming.  Their animosity and vehemence against pro-choice intelligent parents is frightening and shameful.  Australia’s popular cartoonist, Michael Leunig, released  his statement about the governments action with his cartoon ‘ Mothers’ in the morning Melbourne Herald, and was immediately besieged by haters . The cartoon was posted on MLAP this morning but was removed after Michael, his children and the page admin received death threats. This is unacceptable and also a criminal act.Leunig antivax “Michael Leunig is in support of the right of individuals to conscientiously refuse vaccination for their children. This support does not necessarily indicate his position on vaccination per se, it is primarily a human rights issue that he addresses in his cartoons. He also illuminates questions regarding maternal instinct and concern, and appeals for tolerance to be extended to the possibility that a mother’s personal wisdom and insight concerning her child’s health has been traditionally near-sacred and may be of enormous ongoing value. He contends that such conscientious maternal concern should not be dismissed too lightly or overruled so belligerently. Most of humanity owes much to the natural care of a mother at the beginning, with all the intuition, attunement and skill involved in that individual mothering process. Michael feels the punitive approach by the government to people of conscientious belief regarding this matter is coercive and unjust, and sets an appalling example to society about how those opposed might be universally regarded and treated.” Providing a “one size fits all” policy on vaccinating the population of newborns does not fit well with the diversity of genetics and epigenetic factors. WE need to scientifically and medically examine each individual’s family risk factors, and understand their immunogenetic capabilities, and find out how they can be given supportive nutritional components. Tony Abbot’s plan of throwing a magnitude of vaccines into the crowd of babies and to just cross our fingers hoping that no damage might occur is a bit like the Leunig cartoon- mother’s are justifiably concerned and are running away.  It would be wise to obtain further information for each parent group about  how we can shield our genetically weaker and susceptible individuals. There is some testing that can be done prior to vaccinating willy nilly.  The genomic knowledge of MTHFR and Pyroluria are just 2 of the genetic predisposition genes where epigenetic factors (food, synthetic chemicals, artificial dyes, parabens, BPA, plasticizers, inutero stress- ie mother’s cortisol levels while pregnant) and vaccines all come together to create an immunological soup where the microbiome of the mother and her child are affected. These people have metabolic pathways where their folates, zn and other trace minerals get flushed out so any inflammatory process (eg being vaccinated, stressed etc) creates a myriad of problems, unless they are supplemented and put on excellent diets and provided with a low stress environment/lifestyle.  Here is a good article on the brain/gut function for an MTHFR individual- folinic acid supps and methyl B12 plus Zinc and a diet high in omega 3’s can change the life of some individuals. Vaccinate these guys and they just CRASH without adequate support.…/story-fnizi7vf…

The gut microbiome is centrally important to nerve and hormone function. Vaccines disrupt the system.  This is also why so many autistic (and  those on the ASD scale) kids have constipation and gut problems, and likely why we see megacolon in cats– weakened tissue, inflammatory mediators burning magnesium levels up as cofactors in the body’s antioxidant pathways etc and the gut/brain connection disconnects. It’s all about the toxin load displacing good bugs for bad bugs, and affecting  the individual’s metabolic processes. Healthy, happy immune and endocrine systems make good gut bugs. Plastic food and incipients in vaccines affect cells at the tiniest immunological level. Body’s are a very complex microbiome- in fact no two individuals have the same identical microbiome pattern, we are all more bacteria then human in a ratio of about 10/1. Vaccines are part of the “antimicrobial brigade” and the consequence of changing our immune microbiome definitely is one of the negative variable triggers for some- which is why the meta analysis studies actually fail at identifying problems! Rebalancing patients is an individualised medicine, it is not a “One size fits all” and this is what good holistic integrative healers do.  What really needs to happen is a critical analysis of which vaccines are necessary for each individual. HOW  those vaccines are manufactured and WHAT goes into them is also an important consideration. For instance I  suggest that the injection of BB (Bordetella Bronchiseptica in dogs) is an allergenic trigger as I have seen anaphylaxis from that one- I recommended that Fort dodgem remove that from their line- and only recommend intranasal BB for kc. I don’t know why they need to put red dyes in vaccines (they don’t! need to ..I think they just think it looks good.) which sets a lot of kids up with immunocompromise for the future. Go the the Suzanne Humphries lectures on youtube when you have time. Most vaccine manufacturers are NOT doctors, are NOT integrative specialists, and are JUST BUSINESSES. The politicians that make the recommendations are equally not qualified to make those health decisions, they are taking advice from businesses. There should be an integrative well trained doctor overseeing all manufacturing of FOOD, agriculture and VACCINES! Not all individuals will be at risk for adverse vaccine reactions, and for those in that majority we can support their decision to have the full array of vaccines, but let’s not make the mistake of not recognizing individual differences in immune response and uptake. Let’s review the history of how this number of vaccines have come in to play today.  I think you can see where the money trail comes from. Vaccine manufacturing is big business, and the more you can put into the general population the bigger the profit.  One needs to question why the sudden requirement to vaccinate such young bodies in ever increasing amounts of adjuvant toxic laden jabs arises, as these diseases were also around in the 70’s and 80’s and only a very few vaccines were given then.  Most of these diseases are not life threatening, and with good nutrition, nature and nursing care, including adequate levels of vitamin C and chicken soup, juices and preventing dehydration, shaking off the virus and developing long lasting immunity can be obtained. This is the schedule from 1983,  for American kids, which is very similar to Australia.  Looks like an increasingly profitable business to me- let’s see how many vaccines we can introduce to give to kids, the parents/government will be happy to pay for that!…edule1983s.jpg By 1989, a new vaccine, Hib was added, and it was only one dose at 18 months.…edule1989s.jpg By 1994,…edule1994s.jpg they added more doses of Hib, one more dose of MMR, and a new vax consisting of 3 doses, Heb B. Prior to 1995, the childhood schedule was published periodically, as part of the ACIP’s General Recommendations. By 1996, varicella (chickenpox) was added to the schedule, 1999 brought another new vaccine to the schedule, and this was year I realized I knew nothing about the vaccines I had allowed to be injected into my children beginning in 1984. Rotashield  (Rota virus) vaccine was added this year, but then pulled due to several infants died and far more needed surgery to reconstruct their bowels because of this vaccine that appears to have been approved by people with severe conflicts of interest (one of the panel members held a patent to a rotavirus vaccine that was in production by another company. The approval of this vaccine would pave the way to $$$$$$ for his company’s vax.) 3 doses of this vaccine were added the schedule in 1999. By 2000, we see the rotavirus vax gone but Hep A added in selected areas. No doubt this was only a temporary measure until the drug company could lobby Hep A across the country, making it required for ALL children. By 2001, 4 doses of ANOTHER new vaccine was added to the schedule, Prevnar. For 2001, ACIP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have added pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the schedule (2) and have extended the recommendation for the use of hepatitis A vaccine to include persons through age 18 years in selected geographic areas and in certain high-risk groups (3). Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from the manufacturers’ package inserts, ACIP statements on specific vaccines, and the 2000 Red Book (5). ACIP statements for each recommended childhood vaccine can be viewed, downloaded, and printed from CDC’s National Immunization Program World-Wide Web site, By 2002, they sneak in influenza (flu vax) for hi risk children. Another temp move like the Hep A vax. By 2003, they have widened the recommendations for the flu vax, now being added to the group, all infants 6-23 months. Watch for this recommendation to widen even more as time goes on….…nizationa1.htm By 2005, they got influenza recommended for all…nizationa1.htm So by 2006, as we close out the year, the drug companies were successful in getting Hep A and Influenza vaccines recommended for all.…olor-print.pdf

Birth Hepatitis B
2 months Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis Polio Hib Hepatitis B Pneumococcal Rotavirus
4 months Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis Polio Hib Hepatitis B Pneumococcal Rotavirus
6 months Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis Polio Hib Hepatitis B Pneumococcal Rotavirus
The National Immunisation Program Schedule specifies at what ages your child should receive certain vaccines.
The science is out there fore those kids that do have problems- but many doctors and nurses are not yet educated adequately about the immune system or the epigenetic factors- although recently some doctors are looking into it.  The science is definitely there- go to pubmed there are 3752 articles on MTHFR polymorphism published in the last few years– but it is still not part of  nursing or doctor’s training. I know because I am married to a doctor and have extensive medical training, and only in the last few years have I become aware of the connections. The point is we should not discredit parent’s findings or the new science simply because we have not studied it. Singlenucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)  in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)gene is  associated with the risk of AE (Adverse events in vaccination) 

The Paediatrician Dr Palevsky states that tragically, most doctors are far too arrogant to even consider that there is any possibility that there might be something wrong with vaccines. Most pediatricians are indoctrinated to simply tell parents that anything related to a bad outcome from a vaccine is a mere coincidence. But how come there are so many of these “coincidences”?Says Palevsky           ,

“It is heartbreaking, because I see many of these kids who were developmentally normal, who were doing well, who were speaking, then whose voices and eye contacts were lost, who went into seizures, who developed asthma and allergies, and they had nowhere to go because their doctors told them that they don’t know what they’re talking about. These kids are real. The literature is showing that there are changes in the immune system of children who are vaccinated, especially if we vaccinate them before one year of age or even at one day of age. The literature is there. It’s good scientific literature, and it shows that more and more of these kids who are suffering from chronic illness are suffering from impairments of their immune system. Whether vaccines are causative or contributory, the literature is showing that there is a role that vaccines are playing in creating the groundwork for these children’s immune systems to start to show signs of impairment and destruction. The list of vaccine links to  autism are on the website “Greater good” which explains about methylation genetic problems, gastrointestinal diseases, heavy metal toxicity etc linked to vaccines.

Adjuvants in vaccines were placed because it was thought babies did not respond adequately to vaccines without them.  Dr Suzanne Humphries,  who lectures extensively about vaccines has this to say :A baby’s immune system produces only very small amounts of IL-1B and TNF-alpha. There was a time when experts thought that this was simply a DEFECT in all newborn humans. In 2004, a study by Chelvarajan suggested that if vaccine manufacturers added various immune system kickers into vaccines, this would solve the problem and fix these perfectly normal children’s immune systems, which are so often described in terms of “defective”, or “inadequate”, when they are completely age appropriate, with characteristics shared by all land mammals. – See more at:…/… Even though Australian immunization authorities ‘removed’ mercury (Thiomersal) from “all’ childhood vaccinations in 2000 – it does still exist in a few adult vaccines and it has been found in trace amounts in at least one childhood vaccine – please see the following article the point is made by the researcher that we should not believe blindly everything that we are told. The National Centre for Immunization in Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) still listed Thiomersal as an ingredient in some Australian vaccines in 2013. Many vaccines do contain antibiotics and other adjutant’s, aluminum is particularly interesting – and if anyone has the time, its worth looking up the research on the ‘safe’ levels of aluminium exposure for the infant brain and the cumulative levels for vaccines across the first 18 months of life.  There is never a need to have aluminum in one’s body, it’s just not necessary. There has been some mention of Sudden Infant death Syndrome (SIDS)  linked to vaccination.   The following article addresses this. Mortality Rates Regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?)   Then there is this article which  addresses all age group deaths post vaccination … and it shows mortality in groupings of days post vaccination. (Mortality Rates and Cause of Death Patterns in a Vaccinated Population) Recently a large payout has occurred for vaccine injury in over 800 children from the swine flu vaccine- many now with permanent brain injury.The swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 children across Europe, and the UK government has now agreed to pay $90 million in compensation to those victims as part of a vaccine injury settlement. This is the same swine flu vaccine that the entire mainstream media ridiculously insists never causes any harm whatsoever. From the quack science section of the Washington Post to the big pharma sellout pages of the New York Times, every U.S. mainstream media outlet exists in a state of total vaccine injury denialism, pushing toxic vaccines that provably harm children. “Across Europe, more than 800 children are so far known to have been made ill by the vaccine,” reports the International Business Times.The vaccine caused narcolepsy and cataplexy in hundreds of children. Both are signs of neurological damage caused by vaccine additives which include mercury, aluminum, MSG, antibiotics and even formaldehyde. Learn more: The point is that some vaccine caused harm occurs; which varies from minimal reactions (pain, swelling) to allergic sensitisation to brain/neurological damage and even death. We should not be complacent about this, but should aim to find a way to reduce the risk per every individual.

 Vaccines are BIG business and large profit making industries.  The industry can afford to pay out when a few horrible events cross their path- but they sure don’t want the media to get hold of those tragic cases.  If you are interested in seeing some of the 5.5 BILLION dollar court cases involving vaccine adverse reactions go here:
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is in the news again making headlines after having to settle another major lawsuit bringing the latest total to over $9.1 billion since 2003. This time, it is due to GSK’s product Pandemrix, which was the swine flu vaccine forced upon the public during the pandemic of 2009
There are several studies cited in the journals of science that state- no make that SHOUT- unequivocally that AUTISM IS NOT CAUSED BY VACCINES!  What keeps me scratching my head are the multiple families I have met where the chronological sequence of regression is very much linked to the vaccine, and the interviews from families that are educated and followed through with their lawsuits and WON (after many years of fighting lawyers from the drug manufacturing side) defy these journal articles.  What is very obvious to medically informed and curious skeptics is that the terminology is allowed to be misrepresented in the regular journal articles (guess who funds them!) so in a roundabout way it becomes obvious when you use alternate search words for their data base. For instance substitute the word encephalopathy+vaccine for autism and plug that into the pubmed search engine and BINGO you have it! To couch the seriousness of the events the science writers actually call it “Mild encephalitis” post vaccination! I would never call this event “mild” if it was my child! It is these events that once calmed can be forgotten after the 6-18 month event but may be behind the “slow learner, ADHD, ASD on the spectrum” scale.  The epigenetic factors that may cause autism when vaccines are introduced include certain genetic weaknesses phenotypic heterogeneity of CACNA1A loss-of-function mutations, and “acute anoxic encephalopathy” is frequently identified in lawsuits against the vaccine manufacturers Most commonly implicated vaccines were DTP/DTaP, followed by MMR and IPV/OPV, but almost all of the vaccines currently given to infants/children were alleged to be responsible for the illness/death.  Here is a link to 99 articles associating vaccines to Autism:
Also if you are researching for your family go here to review vaccine safety product inserts click on the vaccine and scroll down to warnings/contraindications/adverse events for each (note all do not recommend vaccinating pregnant women or sick individuals, or individuals with previous allergies) :
 Finally if you need to see a short video summarising problems with vaccines go here :
My friend Maree sums this up nicely in her PS— in my experience there are many people who have already made up their mind about their stance on this, ( I have several FB ‘friends’ like this) who are actually completely closed minded to any new information on the topic and it doesn’t matter how much science or how many research articles you present to them, they will never hear them. It actually shows them up to be terribly ignorant and unwilling to consider the ongoing health of ALL children.. Very sad for those ( many) children who have had their lives altered with disability as a result of a ‘one size fits all’ vaccine schedule. In their minds they are doing the right thing, and perhaps just don’t posess the intellect or logical capacity to make the connections. But someone has to. We once thought the earth was flat and those who said otherwise were ridiculed.

Vaccinations: To Prick or not to prick?

Just had a discussion about vaccinations: There is a lot of information out there about pros and cons of vaccines. Unfortunately much of the information is biased one way or the other. Here are some comments worth considering.  This is an article about puppies and dogs mostly, but some reference to 2 legged individuals is mentioned.

The timing: of the vaccinations are important.  To be protective the puppy/baby/kitten needs to have a vaccine given AFTER the maternal antibody levels have waned, otherwise mum’s antibodies nullify the antigen injection.  “Annual boosters” are NOT necessary and contribute to dis-ease. The dog’s immunity post vaccination lasts for many years, if not life- which is similar to MMR- you only really need one vaccine for life. The Mother’s antibodies (in the bitch and in humans!) come through the colostrum milk and provide immunity to the baby/puppy as long as there is breast feeding continuing, and while the babie’s gut is immature. The gut seals itself and the mother’s antibodies reduce by the 16th week of age. Vaccines are necessary then to give the bub its own immune push, and we recommend ONLY the NECESSARY core vaccines- DH&P (this is dogs! not humans- stick with me…I am a Naturopath and a Vet!).

REACTIONS: We do see vaccination reactions in puppies as well, unfortunately.  Holistic vets have recognised this for over 30 years, and have been integral in pushing the Veterinary group to recognise this!

 The type of vaccinations are also important considerations, (oral, intranasal, injection etc)the injectable bordatella causes major BAD reactions- anaphylaxis and death. Don’t do that one! the intranasal vaccine works and does not have the same negative reactions. DH&P reactions occur, usually after the second or 12-14 week shot. Its not common, but it is commonly missed! The reactions include GME (Ganulomatous Meningo Encephalitides), arthritides, skin reactions, autoimmune diseases- such as hypothyroidism, and possibly “Autism” or “hasn’t been right since” The problem arises more commonly in the very small white fluffy breeds. It’s likely a dose dependent problem and maybe related to the open blood brain barrier when the animal is teething. Vaccines should NOT be given to sick or ill animals.  Here is an article about vaccination reactions in dogs:

 What this means for humans is open to conjecture, but certainly one should vaccinate for ONLY the diseases present and with “good” vaccines which are modified live, that do not have mercury, formalin, artificial dyes (sets up food and insect allergy) and should NOT be given to sick or ill children- if you have Pyroluria or MTHFR genetics you should take supplements/give them to the kid prior. Thuja homeopathic may be useful, and giving 1/2 doses to small breeds and supplementing with vitamin E, vitamin B and spirulina provides methylation detox help. The accumulated evidence indicates that vaccination protocols should no longer be considered as a “one size fits all” program. Giving too much vaccinal antigen to a small breed puppy also can increase the risk of adverse reactions.…/dodds

What are vaccines and what are their purpose?
Vaccines are biological preparations used to stimulate immunity to a disease. They commonly contain a piece of infectious agent (bacteria or virus) that has been changed to make them less dangerous but more stimulating to the immune system. They do this usually by being killed or “live attenuated”. Most these days are live attenuated or modified live. The vaccine also contains “adjuvants”: additives that boost the immune response. These adjuvants are things like aluminium. They also contain preservatives to stop them becoming contaminated.  The commonly used vaccines in dogs contain several organisms together: eg the C3 vaccine contains three viruses; the C5 contains 5 infectious agents (the core 3 viruses and 2 agents of kennel cough).  Vaccines are delivered into the body in different ways. Most commonly they are injected under the skin. In the case of kennel cough vaccines, they can be delivered “locally” into the nose.

Why are vaccinations important?
Vaccinations are important to protect against infectious disease, especially those that can kill. In dogs these are the core vaccines, against distemper, infectious hepatitis and parvo virus. Vaccination programs have successfully reduced the number cases of deadly, infectious viruses and in so doing have made dogs healthier. Distemper, which was common when I was a child, is now almost non-existent. Likewise parvo virus, which swept the world in an epidemic in the 70’s and was rampant in the 80’s, is much less commonly seen. This is largely due to vaccination.

Vaccines also protect against common, but not fatal illnesses like kennel cough. Like a flu vaccine, it is possible to catch the illness, but symptoms are usually less severe. These are called “non-core vaccines”.

How effective are vaccines?

 Vaccines are general speaking very effective at producing immunity if used appropriately. They do however vary in their effectiveness to produce immunity in an individual animal. The effectiveness depends on several factors, including:

1.       The strain of the infectious agent used in the vaccine (some strains produce a strong immune response, such as the newer parvo vaccines).
2.       Completing a proper vaccination schedule (multiple doses are typically needed, at correctly spaced intervals)
3.       The individual genetic predisposition of each dog (some may be overly sensitive to the vaccines and more prone to side effects, whilst other individuals do not develop sufficient immunity despite being properly vaccinated).

Are there any problems or side effects with vaccines?

YES!! It is important that you know this. Vaccines are not benign, harmless substances. They work by affecting the immune system and can have long term, far reaching effects on it. There are three main categories of side effects or problems.  There is much more information here: u. There is much more on Dr Jean Dodds sites.

The first one is the least dramatic and most common: local pain or swelling at the injection site. This usually passes within a day or two. Just be careful handling your dog or puppy in that area.

The second one is quite uncommon and is an acute, sudden anaphylactic (allergic) reaction to the vaccine. The dog may become ill in the hours following vaccination: common signs are aches and pains, fevers and chills, reluctance to move. Rarely your dog or puppy may show other signs of neurological, gastro-intestinal, or respiratory disturbance. Mostly these are mild but occasionally strong and severe reactions are recorded. Veterinary assistance should be sought. DO NOT VACCINATE your dog again if your pet has ever experienced a vaccination reaction, as it is likely to be worse next time.

The third category is a delayed immunological response, up to 45 days afterwards. The signs commonly include milder symptoms like fever, stiffness, sore tummy, sore joints, increased susceptibility to infections, itchy skin and ears. Rarely, stronger signs are seen, including neurological and brain disorders, blood and bleeding disorders, liver and kidney failure and bone marrow suppression. We highly recommend titre testing in lieu of revaccinating atopic or itchy dogs, as we have seen them become increasingly pruritic each year following vaccination. After all, vaccinations are there to prime the immune system and make them more hyperactive.

Why are there such side effects from vaccines?

 We are still trying to understand all that goes on when we vaccinate, and afterwards. It is thought that a number of factors are involved including

1.       Using more effective (stronger) modified live (attenuated) vaccines.
2.       Possible preservatives, adjuvants and contaminants.
3.       “over-vaccinating”: giving a booster every year. Latest research shows that most dogs only need a booster as an adult every 3-5 years minimum.
4.       Mixing too many agents together in one vaccine: this provides too great a challenge at once.
5.       Vaccinating animals when they are stressed or unwell.
6.       Giving the agents by injection, rather than locally into the area affected.

What can we do then to maximize the benefits of vaccinations and reduce the harm and side effects?

1.       Only vaccinate your dog or puppy when they are healthy and not stressed.
2.       Do not give heartworm injections or other treatments at the same time. Wait two weeks at least.
3.       Have your dog receive the minimum number of puppy vaccines and adult boosters.
4.       Replace the annual booster vaccination visit with a full wellness exam, including blood tests.
5.       Ask your vet to use only “core vaccines” by injection : distemper, hepatitis and parvo virus (C3)
6.       Kennel cough vaccine, if needed, is best administered in the nose.
7.       If multiple injections are needed (eg to cover for leptospirosis as well) then wait at least two weeks between them. Use the minimum number of  agents at any one time.
8.       Do not vaccinate your dog against giardia or corona virus. These diseases are rare and the vaccines provide questionable immunity.
9.       Do not vaccinate puppies younger than 8 weeks.
10.    Seek veterinary advice regarding vaccination for geriatric animals and those with chronic health issues.

What vaccination protocol is recommended then?

 Puppies: I recommend two vaccines only, and do not give any before 8 weeks of age. Final vaccines can be given at 11 or 12 weeks, if your vet is using one of the newer products, such as nobivac. This means your puppy can be fully protected and out and about with all important socializing from 13 weeks.

Teenagers: Give a first booster 12 months after the final puppy vaccination. It is not necessary to vaccinate again sooner than this.

Adults: Do a blood test every year (titre test) to check if immunity is low and if a booster vaccination is required. Titre tests are available for the core vaccines but not for kennel cough. If boosters are needed for kennel cough for boarding, agility, showing etc, then the intranasal vaccine is recommended.

If your dog does not need a kennel cough booster for one of these reasons, then I suggest you pass on this and keep to a healthy diet and lifestyle and immune boosting supplements instead.

Train yourself to go to see your vet for an annual wellness exam for your dog: NOT a booster vaccination. The wellness exam should include blood work for titre test, and any other tests you and your vet deem necessary or important.

In Conclusion:
Vaccines are important tools in keeping your dog healthy. However, they need to used carefully to cause no harm. Please discuss vaccination for your pet with your vet. If in doubt, a second opinion never hurts. There is also lots of information available regarding vaccines and vaccination protocols. W Jean Dodds of California, USA is a world authority and research leader in this field. I highly recommend her work to you.