How to minimize adverse effects of vaccination
By the European Forum on Vaccine Vigilance
Our general principles and recommendations for child vaccines.
- Indiscriminate vaccination should be avoided. The necessity of each vaccine should be discussed in every case. Consider the possible harm that may be caused by the vaccine vs. its benefit. Every case should be considered individually.
- Parents should be able to observe their infant for more than only a few months in order to experience their natural health status.
- For most children we recommend avoiding vaccination during the first year of life. We recommend seeing the child at the age of one year and then deciding upon which vaccines to give. This will depend on the general health of the child, his hereditary state, environmental conditions etc.
- Some vaccines should be delayed until an older age and may even be unnecessary. Every case should be considered individually.
- Vaccination should only be carried out when the child is in a healthy, stable state. The child should be healthy for preferably three months prior to any vaccination.
- Vaccination should not be carried out close to other potentially stressful times eg: the time of weaning, or leaving the home for the first time (nursery or kindergarten), dentition etc.
- We advise breast-feeding as an important protective factor for the health and well being of the child. Apart from other benefits, greater protection from disease is given by way of maternal antibodies.
- The child should not receive several vaccines at a time; they should be given separately wherever possible.
- Indiscriminate boosting of vaccines should be avoided. The number of boosters needed should be considered. Every case should be considered individually.
- The interval between every vaccination should be at least a few months.
- If there is a reason to suspect that a child reacted strongly to a vaccine, repetition of this vaccine should be avoided and the administration of the next scheduled vaccine should be postponed to an older age.
- Especially in children with suspected or diagnosed neurological conditions (hypotonia, hypertonia, slow development, complications from birth etc.), postponing vaccination is important. The possibility of forgoing them completely should also be considered.
- When one child in the family has suffered some vaccine damage, greater care must be taken with the other children. The best approach should be seriously discussed with the therapist.
- If the child seems to be suffering from vaccine damage, professional medical help (including Homeopathy, Naturopathy, or other) should be sought immediately.
- In any case of ill health developing during the first year of life, careful consideration should be given to the possibility that vaccination may have been either a causative or a contributing factor.
- Professional medical help (including Homeopathy, Naturopathy, or other) should be sought if a child gets a disease for which vaccination is available.
- The indiscriminate use of antipyretics, antibiotics and other suppressing drugs, should be avoided in order not to compromise the immune system. Fever should be respected as a natural defense mechanism.
- Advice on fever management and other health problems can be sought from holistic therapists such as homeopaths, naturopaths etc.
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