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Graham's Story


Graham's reactions to one or more of the vaccines he received:

We never questioned the subject of vaccines. In fact, if we'd ever heard of anyone NOT vaccinating, we would have thought they were some kind of wacko-types. I mean, vaccines are perfectly safe, right? "They" couldn't give them unless they were, correct?

Our story:

We were in the doctor's office, and he had just completed a well-baby check-up at 7 months of age. The doctor gave us the thumbs-up to his being in perfect health (thank goodness for breastfeeding!), and went to see another patient while his nurse did the vacs.

The nurse proceeded to give Graham his vaccinations of OPV, Hib, HepB, and the DTP. I picked him up to hold and comfort him (I HATE those tears!!!).

As I was holding him up to my shoulder (burping position) and within 30 seconds of the last injection (which were given boom, boom, boom, 1-2-3 right after each other), his cry changed pitch, dropping to nothing. He lost consciousness and went totally limp. His colour turned from pink to white to blue-grey. His breathing lessened.

The nurse yelled "We've got a reaction in here!!" and the doctor came running. I put Graham down on the exam table so they could help him. They started oxygen on him and gave him a shot of something as his blood pressure was dropping fast to a very dangerous level. Another shot of something, and he began to move a little, but still unconscious.

To make a long story (and a loooooooooong visit, over 3 hours) short, he finally rallied and regained consciousness. He nursed, but fitfully, and his colour returned, though he was pale the rest of the day. They decided it was "safe" for us to leave the office, but warned, or rather, "suggested" we stay in town for several more hours before returning home (90 miles away). They told us to go straight to the ER if ANYTHING seemed odd in Graham's behavior, and to keep a close eye on him for the next few days (duh, what do they think I'm going to do, ignore him after that happened?).

I am happy to report that Graham made a complete recovery, with no lasting effects (that we know of). He is healthy, and has not been sick once (an amazing feat in itself!!). Having researched this subject, I am heartbroken at the stories of those affected by vaccines that do NOT have the happy ending we have to tell about.

We decided to hold off on anymore vaccinations until we learned a little bit about them. A "little bit" turned into a LOT of research!!

This kind of reaction was probably due to the Pertussis component in the DTP, from what we've been able to find in our exhaustive research.

We were amazed to learn, as well, that reactions CAN and DO occur after the same vaccines have been received previously with no problems. The body has learned that the vaccine is a foreign and dangerous invader from previous injections, and now will fight it, causing anaphylactic shock (which is what happened to Graham). Each subsequent encounter with the allergin will result in worse reactions (in Graham's case, this would probably result in death).

When I requested copies of Graham's medical records for us to keep at home, we were shocked to see (or rather, NOT see) no mention of his reaction and treatment listed anywhere in his records for that visit or anywhere else. His vaccination record was missing lot numbers and manufacturer's names for several vaccines administered previously. I was never asked to sign any informed consent papers (which is illegal), nor was I told of any of the dangers of vaccines.

Our physician had violated the law, which shocked the hell out of us. We had no idea.

He NEVER gave us VIS (Vaccine Information Sheets). This is a federally-mandated law, and he broke it.

He NEVER asked us to sign an informed consent form. The law.

He neglected to list several vaccine lot numbers and manufacturer's names. Again, there's those pesky laws.

He made NO mention of our son's life-threatening vaccine reaction in our son's medical records. When I brought this "oversight" to his attention, he actually asked me what I wanted him to say!! When I told him, he wrote it down, and sent me a copy of the altered medical record (you can see that it was altered with a post-it not attached over the original record). Fortunately, I have a copy of the "before" record, to see how he changed it.

After our son's reaction, he still pushed other vaccines on us (which, of course, we refused).

He lied to us when we asked him about mercury in vaccines (said his practice did not use them, but when I later contacted the manufacturer with the lot numbers, they confirmed those DID contain it).

Obviously, we no longer use this physician.

While "shopping" for a new physician (contacting 7 different practices), I was turned down by all that I contacted when the subject of vaccinations came up. I explained we don't vaccinate, and the MEDICAL reasons why. Three practices DID agree to take him on as a patient, but ONLY if we agreed to vaccinate, and that they would be prepared for a reaction!! Yeah, right...

So, our son is currently without a physician. Happily, he has never been ill with anything more serious than a 24-hour tummy upset.

You may think, "Gee, how naive and stupid of this woman, NOT to sign anything or learning about these things!" and you'd be partially correct. We SHOULD have asked, but, at the same time, the doctor SHOULD have told us about all of these things.

A couple of pieces of advice:

If you choose to vaccinate. just do ONE vaccine at a time! There is absolutely no MEDICAL reason for multiple vaccinations per visit. It is simply done for convenience sake. IF your child does have a reaction (hopefully, a very minor one), you'll know which one caused it, and to be on your guard the next time. Vaccines CAN be split (M, M, R instead of MMR), don't just go along with any doctor that says otherwise.

GET COPIES OF EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD'S MEDICAL RECORDS!!!!!!!!! AND, NEVER BE PRESSURED INTO VACCINATING! It can always wait until you are comfortable with whatever decision you make.

Leslie

 

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