A raging controversy exists these days about the effectiveness of vaccines and the dangers which far outweigh the benefits. The DPT vaccine, for example, is administered between the ages of two months and five years in five doses.
The child is vaccinated for immunity to Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus. While the vaccination provides lifelong immunity to the former two diseases, it does not from tetanus.
Pertussis (whooping cough) and diphtheria are known to be responsible for a high death rate and complications in children. The DPT vaccine causes mild after effects in most infants and children by way of fever and crankiness for a few days after the shot and soreness at the point of administration. 1 percent of recipients have more severe reactions like crying for 3 hours or so and a temperature of up to 40ºC. Very severe reactions are rare and take place in 1 in 140,000 children. In extreme cases this reaction could result in seizures, unconsciousness and death.
These instances however are rarely reported to the parent by the pediatrician or doctor. This is because the dangers from not taking the vaccination far outweigh that of the vaccine itself.
The danger arises not from the concept of the vaccine shot but from its method of manufacture. It is proven that the vaccine varies from batch to batch, some of which have had a higher incidence of post-vaccination complications.
To counteract the dangers the government is stepping in with more stringent measures to regulate manufacture.
The same situation obtains with several other vaccines. But this does not detract from the fact there are more inherent dangers in not taking them.
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