How to research the decision to vax?

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How to research the decision to vax?
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Fri, 08-15-2008 - 3:52pm

For those who wish, I thought we could post how we went about researching our decision to vaccinate or to not vaccinate.

What was the process?
What are the steps?
What sources did/do you use (provide links)?

We can then bump this thread when people post asking how to make the decision.






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Fri, 08-15-2008 - 4:05pm

I'd like to preface this by take the TIME to research, you can always delay until you become COMFORTABLE with your decision to vaccinate, or not.

This is the process we used and are still using. We researched by vaccine for disease like this:

1) Read the CDC Pink Book Chapter on the disease (what the likelihood of getting the disease, what happens if I get it, what are my chances of "serious" complications): http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/pink-chapters.htm and the CDC page on the disease: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/default.htm

UK: http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/
Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/index-eng.php and http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/index-eng.php

2) Read the product insert for the vaccine:
http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm or http://vaers.hhs.gov/pdf/PackageInserts.pdf or here http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/licvacc.htm

Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/p04-eng.php

UK: http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Vaccines

Vaccine Ingredients:
http://www.novaccine.com/specific-vaccines/
http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/

3) Read the clinical studies on the vaccine:
This is a global site - http://www.clinicalstudyresults.org/ and http://www.fda.gov/oashi/clinicaltrials/default.htm

4) Looks up the stats on the MMWR:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/

Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ccdrw-rmtch/index-eng.php

5) Look up adverse event reporting in VAERS:
http://www.fda.gov/Cber/vaers/vaers.htm

Canada: Can report events, no database online of them to view but does offer this comparison of side effects from vaccine versus complications of disease: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/cedv-cemv-tab-eng.php

6) Use pubmed to find studies that have been done on the vaccine/disease:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

You also want to do some reading on (providing wikipedia links which link to other resources):

- how a clinical study is conducted
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinical_trial

- what vaccinology, epidemiology, immunology, etc. are,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunology

- understand how the immune system works,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunity_(medical))

- understand how a vaccine does and does not work,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibodies (the presence of antibody titers (which confirm 'disease exposure' is NOT the same as 'immunity', noting also that vaccines bypass the regular routes of disease exposure such as nose, throat, etc)

- make sure you note learning about things like memory cells, types of immunity (eg, passive, natural), vaccine failure (primary and secondary), myelination, blood brain barrier, etc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_cells
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunity_(medical)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine_failure
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelination
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood-brain_barrier

A couple of web sites I am fond of because they quote, CDC, JAMA, studies on pub med, the CDC pink book, etc - as in they source and provide links to CREDIBLE sources for research include:

http://unherdof.wordpress.com
http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/

After all of this reading and research - ask yourself what the benefits/risks are for getting the vaccination versus getting the disease.

Contrary to popular belief, people that are pro-choice on vaccines do not conduct all their research on whale.to !!!




Edited 2/21/2009 5:56 pm ET by cl-tashlb
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Sun, 08-31-2008 - 8:54pm

Bump...


And I wonder if the evil twin on this board has something to say about trusting someone with a PhD behind their name ;)






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Thu, 11-20-2008 - 5:24pm
Bumping :)
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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 2:17pm
Bumping

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
~Albert Einstein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." ~Albert Einstein
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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 2:27pm
I had to bookmark this one I send people here so often.

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Sat, 10-24-2009 - 12:07pm
I did it for selfish reasons!

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
~Albert Einstein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." ~Albert Einstein