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Educate Before You Vaccinate
Generation Rescue is a community of parents and families who have vaccinated their children and now believe in informed consent.
When determining how or when to vaccinate a child, we encourage you to take into account your family’s medical history, the environments with which you and your children live, your children’s risks, and what you need to protect against.
Here is the current CDC 2014 recommended immunization schedule compared to the 1983 Schedule:
Common vaccination side effects that might express themselves immediately after vaccination or several months later include fever, skin rashes, convulsions and behavior changes. Please take note if your child expresses one or more of these side effects, and consult a trusted pediatrician about the next steps for your child.
What You Need To Know Before and After Vaccination
If You Vaccinate, Ask 8! What You Need to Know Before & After Vaccination
Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, nearly $3 billion has been awarded to children and adults for whom the risks of vaccine injury were 100%. Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks, which can be greater for some than others. NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines and speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision.
- Am I or my child sick right now?
- Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
- Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
- Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
- Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
- Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
- Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
- Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?
If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3, or no to questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and do not understand the significance of your answer, you may want to explore information on NVIC’s website to better understand the importance of your answer. These questions are designed to educate consumers about the importance of making fully informed vaccine decisions. Click here to learn more about the role of informed consent in vaccination.
If you choose to vaccinate, always keep a written record of exactly which shots/vaccines you or your child have received, including the manufacturer’s name and vaccine lot number. Write down and describe in detail any serious health problems that develop after vaccination and keep vaccination records in a file you can access easily.
Recognizing Vaccine Reaction Symptoms
If you or your child experiences any of the symptoms listed below in the hours, days or weeks following vaccination, it should be reported to VAERS. Some vaccine reaction symptoms include:
There are other symptoms, which may indicate that you or your child has suffered a vaccine reaction. Not all symptoms that occur following vaccination are caused by the vaccine(s) recently received, but it cannot be automatically concluded that symptoms which do occur are NOT related to the vaccine. Therefore, it is important for your doctor to write down all serious health problems that occur after vaccination in the permanent medical record and to report ALL serious symptoms or dramatic change in physical, mental or emotional behavior that does occur following vaccination to VAERS. It is also important that re-vaccination does not continue until it has been determined that the serious health problem which developed after vaccination was not causally related to the vaccination(s). Continued vaccination in the presence of serious health deterioration could lead to vaccine injury or death.
Reporting Vaccine Reactions
Although it has been the law since 1986 for doctors and other vaccine providers to report hospitalizations, injuries, deaths and serious health problems following vaccination to VAERS, it is estimated that less than 10 percent, perhaps less than one percent of all vaccine-related health problems are ever reported. If your doctor will not report a serious health problem that you or child experienced after vaccination to VAERS, you have the right to make the vaccine adverse event report to VAERS yourself.
Since its’ founding in 1982, the National Vaccine Information Center has operated a Vaccine Reaction Registry which has served as a watchdog on the VAERS system. It is important to be able to recognize an adverse reaction and seek appropriate medical attention, as well as reporting a vaccine adverse event with federal health officials at the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), who monitor vaccines after they have been licensed. Information provided to VAERS, may also help identify high risk factors that make some individuals more vulnerable to suffering vaccine reactions.
We encourage you to also report any suspected vaccine reaction you or your child has experienced to NVIC’s Vaccine Reaction Registry. By filing a report with NVIC we are able to provide resource referral and counseling so that you can get the answers to any questions you may have about vaccines.
Vaccine Ingredients & Side Effects
Vaccines are created with a long list of ingredients. These ingredients can often have potent side effects, both alone and in combination.
by multiple manufacturers
partial list in one or more vaccines
including a partial list of reactions, events & reports*
|DTaP (Daptacel)||Aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol||Vomiting, redness or swelling, fever, tiredness or poor appetite, seizures, serious allergic reaction, brain damage (very rare).|
|DTaP (Infanrix)||Aluminum hydroxide, bovine extract, formaldehyde, sodium chloride, glutaraldhyde, polysorbate 80||Fever, vomiting, redness or swelling, tiredness or poor appetite, seizures, serious allergic reaction, pain, shock.|
|DTaP (Tripedia)||Aluminum potassium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, bovine extract, formaldehyde, gelatin, peptone, polysorbate 80, sodium phosphate, thimerosal||Redness or swelling, tiredness or poor appetite, vomiting, fever, seizures, allergic reaction, erythema, persistent crying.|
|DTaP-HepB-IPV (Pediarix)||Aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, calf serum, lactalbumin hydrolysate, formaldehyde, glutaraldhyde, neomycin sulfate, sodium chloride, polymyxin B, polysorbate 80, yeast protein||Drowsiness, fainting, irritability, fever, swelling, joint pain, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, upper respiratory tract infection, shock, brachial neuritis.|
|Hib vaccine (ACTHib)||Ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, sucrose, thimerosal||Fever, diarrhea, erythema, tenderness, swelling, irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, seizures, vomiting.|
|Hib (PedvaxHib)||Aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, sodium chloride||Fever, diarrhea, erythema, tenderness, swelling, irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, seizures, vomiting.|
|Hib/Hep B (Comvax)||Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, amino acids, dextrose, formaldehyde, hemin chloride, mineral salts, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, potassium aluminum sulfate, sodium borate, soy peptone, yeast protein||Extreme drowsiness, fainting, irritability, fever, swelling, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mild vomiting, joint pain, body aches, seizures, ear infections, upper respiratory infection, yeast infection, anaphylaxis.|
|Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix)||Aluminum hydroxide, amino acid supplement, formalin, MRC-5 cellular protein, neomycin sulfate, phosphate buffers, polsorbate 20||Fever, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, allergic reaction (very rare).|
|Hepatitis A vaccine (Vaqta)||Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, bovine albumin or serum, formaldehyde, MRC-5 cellular protein, sodium borate, sodium chloride||Fever, erythema, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, allergic reaction (very rare).|
|Hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix-B)||Aluminum hydroxide, phosphate buffers, yeast protein, sodium chloride, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate||Fever, insomnia, hypotension, abdominal pain, stiffness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability.|
|Hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax)||Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, amino acids, dextrose, formaldehyde, mineral salts, potassium aluminum sulfate, soy peptone, yeast protein||Soreness, mild fever, diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, loss of appetite, respiratory illness, insomnia.|
|Human papillomavirus (HPV) (Cervarix)||Aluminum hydroxide, amino acids, lipids, mineral salts, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dehydrate, sodium chloride, type 16 viral protein L1, type 18 viral protein L1, vitamins||Pain, redness, and swelling, fatigue, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, urticaria.|
|Human papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil)||Amino acids, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, carbohydrates, L-histidine, mineral salts, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium borate, vitamins, yeast protein||Headache, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, fever, chills, body aches, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, erythema, pruritus.|
|Influenza vaccine (Afluria)||Beta-propiolactone, calcium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, egg protein, sodium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, potassium chloride, sodium taurodeoxychoalate, thimerosal (multi-dose vials only)||Tenderness, pain, redness, and swelling. headache, malaise, muscle aches, irritability, rhinitis, fever, cough, loss of appetite, vomiting/diarrhea, headache, muscle aches , sore throat, seizures.|
|Influenza vaccine (Fluarix)||Formaldehyde, gentamicin sulfate, hydrocortisone, octoxynol-10, a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin||Pain, swelling, redness, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, irritability, loss of appetite, and drowsiness, fever, shivering, arthralgia.|
|Influenza vaccine (Flulaval)||Formaldehyde, a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, thimerosal, ovalbumin||Pain, redness, swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle aches/arthralgia, irritability, drowsiness, loss of appetite, malaise, sore throat, cough, chills, chest tightness.|
|Influenza vaccine (Fluvirin)||Beta-propiolactone, egg protein, neomycin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, thimerosal (multi-dose containers), thimerosal (single-dose syringes)||Pain, Inflammation, Ecchymosis, Edema, Hemorrhage, Headache, Fatigue, Malaise, Myalgia, Fever, Arthralgia, Sweating, Erythema, Swelling, Induration, Pruritus, Shivering.|
|Influenza vaccine (Fluzone)||Egg protein, formaldehyde, gelatin (standard formulation only), octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100),sodium phosphate, thimerosal (multi-dose containers only)||Tenderness, erythema, swelling, induration, ecchymosis, fever, vomiting, abnormal crying, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, pain, pruritus, headache, malaise, myalgia.|
|Influenza vaccine (FluMist)||Arginine, dibasic potassium phosphate, egg protein, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, gentamicin sulfate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monobasic potassium phosphate monosodium glutamate, sucrose, ovalbumin||Runny nose or nasal congestion, fever, sore throat, wheezing, decreased appetite, irritability, lethargy, headache, muscle aches, chills, cough.|
|Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra)||Formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, phosphate buffers||Tenderness, erythema, swelling, irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, appetite loss, vomiting, fever, induration, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, malaise, and arthralgia, rash, seizures.|
|Meningococcal vaccine (Menomune)||Lactose, sodium chloride, thimerosal (multi-dose vial only)||Pain, tenderness, erythema, induration, headaches, malaise, chills, fever.|
|Meningococcal vaccine (Menveo)||Amino acids, formaldehyde, yeast extract||Headache, tenderness, erythema, irritability, sleepiness, persistent crying, change in eating habits, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, induration, malaise, myalgia, nausea.|
|MMR vaccine (MMR-II)||Amino acids, fetal bovine serum, glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, neomycin, sodium chloride, recombinant human serum albumin, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, sucrose, vitamins||Fever, headache, dizziness, malaise, irritability, diarrhea, vomiting, parotitis, nausea, arthralgia, myalgia, edema, thrombocytopenia, arthritis, panniculitis, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, seizures, ataxia, polyneuritis, paresthesia.|
|MMRV vaccine (ProQuad)||Bovine calf serum, dibasic potassium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, human albumin, human serum albumin, hydrolyzed gelatin, dibasic potassium phosphate, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium chloride, MRC-5 cellular protein, neomycin, sodium bicarbonate, sorbitol, sucrose, potassium chloride||Pain, tenderness, soreness, swelling, irritability, fever, measles-like rash, seizures, erythema, ecchymosis, upper respiratory infection, viral exanthema, diarrhea, rhinorrhea.|
|Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax)||Bovine protein, phenol||Pain, soreness, tenderness, swelling, induration, headache, erythema, asthenia, fatigue, myalgia, chills, upper respiratory infection, chest pain, depression, tremors, stiffness, sweating.|
|Pneumococcal vaccine (Prevnar)||Aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, casamino acid, polysorbate 80, succinate buffer, yeast||Irritability, tenderness, decreased appetite, decreased sleep, increased sleep, fever, redness, pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, limitation of arm movement, chills, rash, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia.|
|Polio vaccine (IPV – Ipol)||Calf serum protein, formaldehyde, neomycin, 2-phenoxyethanol, polymyxin B, streptomycin||Erythema, induration, pain, fever, irritability, sleepiness, fussiness, persistent crying, swelling, loss of appetite, vomiting, tenderness.|
|Rotavirus vaccine (RotaTeq)||fetal bovine serum, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, sodium hydroxide, sucrose, polysorbate 80||Diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, otitis media, nasopharyngitis, bronchospasm, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, fever, urinary tract infection, allergic reactions, and a serious problem called intussusception, which may be indicated by: vomiting, bad diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and blood in the stool.|
|Rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix)||Amino acids, dextran, sorbitol, sucrose sodiumchloride, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, ferric (III) nitrate, sodium phosphate, sodium pyruvate, D-glucose, concentrated vitamin solution, L-cystine, L-tyrosine, L-glutamine, calcium chloride, sodium hydrogenocarbonate, phenol red, PCV-1, calcium carbonate, sterile water, xanthan.||Fussiness, irritability, cough, runny nose, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Kawasaki disease, and intussusception, which may be indicated by: vomiting, bad diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and blood in the stool.|
|Tdap vaccine (Adacel)||Aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol, casamino acids, dimethyl beta-cyclodextrin, ammonium sulfate, phenoxyethanol||Pain, swelling, erythema, headache, body aches, muscle weakness, tiredness, fever, chills, sore joints, nausea, lymph node swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, edema, hypotension, muscle spasms, Guillain Barré syndrome, brachial neuritis.|
|Tdap vaccine (Boostrix)||Aluminum hydroxide, bovine extract, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, polysorbate 80||Pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, chills, body aches, sore joints, rash, gastrointestinal symptoms, allergic reaction (rare).|
|Varicella vaccine (Varivax)||Dibasic sodium phosphate, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid sodium (EDTA), fetal bovine serum, gelatin, glutamate, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein, neomycin, sodium chloride, phosphate, potassium chloride, sucrose||Headache, Varicella-like rash, fatigue, cough, myalgia, disturbed sleep, nausea, diarrhea, chills, eye complaints, loss of appetite, itching, vomiting, constipation, rashes, respiratory illness, cold/canker sore, seizures, secondary bacterial infections.|
|Zoster (Shingles) vaccine (Zostavax)||Bovine calf serum, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein, monobasic potassium phosphate, neomycin, potassium chloride, sucrose||Redness, soreness, swelling or itching at the site of the injection, headache, rash, erythema, pruritis, warmth, hematoma, induration.|
* This is a partial ingredient list with information from “Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2, Excipients included in U.S. Vaccines, by Vaccine.” The information was accessed in November 2008 from: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf
** This list contains a combination of many adverse post-vaccination occurrences, and possible occurrences, that have been published in the manufacturer’s own documents. Any use of [brackets] is information added by Generation Rescue. This list may not contain all adverse occurrences; it may contain typographical errors, and it does not take the place of reading the manufacturers’ most current documents in their entirety.
Alternate Vaccination Physicians
The world-recognized Sears Pediatric Group presents a list of health care professionals who provide vaccine advice and alternative schedules.
To view the list compiled by Dr. Bob Sears, and to find a health care professional to partner with in your area, please visit: AskDrSears.com.
Exemption Laws By State
Vaccination requirements are most relevant to children and their families when it comes to daycare, public education and private education. Each state has established its own vaccination requirements and allowances.
The map below is provided courtesy of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and details each state’s exemptions—the reasons allowed for forgoing the state’s typical vaccination requirements. Please click on the state of interest to learn more about that state’s exemption laws.
Exemptions fall into three categories: Medical, Philosophical and Religious. NVIC maintains detailed information on exemptions, and also addresses other related exemption questions in the Frequently Asked Questions section of their website.
For more information on exemption legislation underway in your state, please visit NVIC’s Alert Center.