Vaccinations in Pregnancy

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I have had three pregnancies, 24, 22 and 20 years ago and during each of those pregnancies the medical advice was to take absolutely no pharmaceutical drugs unless it was absolutely necessary, as in life threatening, not even paracetamol. This was because the doctors had absolutely no idea how an artificial substance would affect the development of the baby.

Today the healthcare profession is advocating giving vaccinations during pregnancy, specifically the whooping cough (Pertussis) and the flu vaccine. The Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland says the following, “The immunity developed by a mother after vaccination during pregnancy is passed on to her baby in the womb. This immunity helps protect the baby during the first few months of life. Vaccines (are) recommended in pregnancy.”

So what has changed? One would presume that there have been many studies in the last 20 years proving the benefits of injecting artificial substances, which contain many chemicals and foreign DNA, into pregnant women and showing that these do not affect the developing baby. Let us see.

First there are no links on the above HSE website page to any studies showing that these statements have been proven true , so it would appear that people are being asked to accept these statements on faith. Interestingly the leading maternity hospital in Ireland, The Rotunda, carried out a survey of Irish health professionals and found that 40% of them said that they they lacked the confidence to recommend vaccines to pregnant women due to safety concerns.

So it is important for every pregnant woman to do their own research. Start with the vaccine Patient Information Leaflet (PIL), this is supposed to be given to every person being recommended any vaccine.

It is important to realise that the vaccine for whooping cough is the Tdap vaccine which is actually three vaccines in one injection, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. Boostrix is the current (2016) Tdap vaccine being used in Ireland and is one of those currently used in the US, the other one being Adacel. The following is information from their PIL.

Boostrix is made by GlaxoSmithKline and the following is stated on the PIL.

“Animal fertility studies have not been conducted with BOOSTRIX. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, BOOSTRIX should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.” (8.1)

“BOOSTRIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.” (13.1)

Adacel is made by Sanofi Pasteur and the following is stated on the PIL.

“Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Adacel vaccine. It is also not known whether Adacel vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity” (8.1)

“Adacel vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility” (13.1)

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (Split Virion) BP is made by Sanofi Pasteur and is the current Flu vaccine (2016) being used in Ireland. As this is not the flu vaccine of choice for the rest of the world it is harder to find information. The PIL’s for Ireland tend to be much less informative than the ones for the US. So it is always good to try to look at both. It is interesting to note that the PIL for this vaccine makes no reference to fertility, while the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) says the following.

“No fertility data are available”

The following are the strains in this vaccine: “A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09 – like strain; A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like strain; B/Brisbane/60/2008 – like strain.” Of note is that the first strain is H1N1 which is the strain in the GlaxoSmithKline Pandermix flu vaccine that has been associated with causing narcolepsy. Studies have confirmed that Pandermix did indeed increase the risk of narcolepsy but no research was done into why. Was it the strain? The adjuvants in the vaccine? Genetic predisposition in some people to either the strain or the adjuvants? While some people developing this condition in other countries have been compensated, due to 19 countries having vaccine damages compensation schemes, people in Ireland have not as Ireland has no such scheme.

It is of interest to note that all of the other Influenza vaccines in use, Afluria, Afluria Quadrivalent, Fluad, Fluarix, Flublok, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, FluLaval Quadrivalent, FluMist Quadrivalent, Fluvirin, Fluzone High Dose, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent and Fluzone Quadrivalent state the following or something very similar:

There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women”

“Animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response”

“It is also not known whether (vaccine) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity”

“Has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential”

And a lot of them say that they have not been evaluated

“for impairment of fertility”

So it appears that pregnant women are being asked to take vaccines that have never been adequately tested to see if they can cause harm to them, their developing baby or their future chances of getting pregnant. If there are no adequate or well controlled studies how can doctors and governments say that they are “safe”?

No vaccine has ever been tested for its carcinogenic (cancer causing) or mutagenic (DNA altering) potential. So how can anyone know that a vaccine given to a pregnant woman will not alter either the woman’s or her developing baby’s DNA or their chances of developing cancer? They cannot.

It is very important to read the effects listed for every vaccine and to understand them. For instance, “joint pain” can mean such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis; fits/convulsions can mean epilepsy; encephalitis means swelling of the brain which can cause brain damage and so on.

One needs to also look at what the vaccine contains besides the virus or bacteria. The following are just some of the ingredients found in the above vaccines:

Neomycin – is an antibiotic used for reducing bacteria in the intestines

Formaldehyde – is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products and for embalming the dead

Octoxynol- 9 – is a nonionic surfacant (it allows oil and water to mix) and is used in detergents and spermicides and is a known endocrine disruptor.

Potassium chloride – can cause stomach issues, nausea, vomiting, gas, or diarrhea

WI-38, MRC-5 and WALVAK-2 are cells from aborted fetuses and in which some vaccine cultures are grown.

It is important to research vaccines (how they bypass 80% of the immune system, and what they contain) before getting them and the diseases for which they are given. Dr Suzanne Humphries book “Dissolving Illusions” is an excellent book to start your research into diseases and infections and she has many You Tube videos. Dr Robert Mendelsohn’s “How to Raise a Healthy Child” is also excellent for practical everyday advice.

Remember, this is your decision and it needs to be based on research and facts, not on fear and not on what anyone else says. Always check everything out and make your own informed decision.

As always, the above is for information and educational purposes and is not intended to offer or replace medical advice.

 

Resources:

Health Service Executive – Vaccines and Pregnancy

The Irish Times – Pregnant women are not getting vaccine over ‘baseless’ concerns

Vaccine Patient Information Leaflets

Investigation of an increase in the incidence of narcolepsy in children and adolescents in 2009 and 2010 – Final report of the National Narcolepsy Study Steering Committee

International Business Times – Brain-Damaged UK Victims of Swine Flu Vaccine to Get £60 Million Compensation

World Health Organisation – No-fault compensation following adverse events attributed to vaccination: a review of international programmes

Augustus Cullen Law, Solicitors – Staying Awake And Pandemrix – The Swine Flu Scandal

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History – Suzanne Humphries MD (Author), Roman Bystrianyk  Amazon UK,     Amazon US

How to Raise a Helathy Child in Spite of your Doctor – Robert S Mendelsohn MD   Amazon UK,    Amazon US

 

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