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30th-Apr-2007 10:20 pm - So...do you vaccinate?
So, are you vaccinated?
Are your kids vaccinated?
If you or your kids are vaccinated--are you/they on schedule, delayed, selectively vaccinated?
Tell me your interest in vaccines!
3rd-Jan-2007 10:54 pm - Gardasil
Have you read the vaccine package insert?
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/g/gardasil/gardasil_pi.pdf

Gardasil contains only four strains of HPV: Types 6, 11, 16, 18 (note that there are over 120 strains of HPV)

"HPV also causes approximately 35-50% of vulvar and vaginal cancers.... HPV also causes genital warts (condyloma acuminata) which are growths of the cervicovaginal, vulvar, and the external genitalia that rarely progress to cancer. HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18 are common HPV types.
HPV 16 and 18 cause approximately:
• 70% of cervical cancer, AIS, CIN 3, VIN 2/3, and VaIN 2/3 cases; and
• 50% of CIN 2 cases.
HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18 cause approximately:
• 35 to 50% of all CIN 1, VIN 1, and VaIN 1 cases; and
• 90% of genital wart cases."

So, of the 35-50% (leaving 65-50% of the cervical cancers being caused by other things) of cervical cancers that are diagnosed as being caused by HPV, HPV 16 and 18 cause approximately 70% of the 35-50% of cervical cancers caused by HPV.

Say 100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer:
--50-65 of them will have gotten cervical cancer from a different cause
--35-50 of them will have gotten cervical cancer from HPV
--of the 35-50 who have cervical cancer from HPV, only ~70% of them would have been protected from HPV causing cancer (strain 16 and 18 are the cancer causing strains in gardasil)--24.5-35 of the women (in a 100) "could" have been protected against cervical cancer--that's if the vaccine were effective in them--or if the vaccine didn't wear off...or that they could receive the vaccine at all (because most people have adverse events following vaccination due to allergies or an over-response from the immune system).

Vaccine package insert: "As for any vaccine, vaccination with GARDASIL may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients."

"This vaccine is not intended to be used for treatment of active genital warts; cervical cancer; CIN, VIN, or VaIN.
This vaccine will not protect against diseases that are not caused by HPV.
GARDASIL has not been shown to protect against diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types.
As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment should always be readily available in case of rare anaphylactic reactions following the administration of the vaccine. The decision to administer or delay vaccination because of a current or recent febrile illness depends
largely on the severity of the symptoms and their etiology. Low-grade fever itself and mild upper respiratory infection are not generally contraindications to vaccination.
Individuals with impaired immune responsiveness, whether due to the use of immunosuppressive therapy, a genetic defect, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, or other causes, may have reduced antibody response to active immunization (see PRECAUTIONS, Drug Interactions).
As with other intramuscular injections, GARDASIL should not be given to individuals with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, or to persons on anticoagulant therapy unless the potential benefits clearly outweigh the risk of administration. If the decision is made to administer
GARDASIL to such persons, it should be given with steps to avoid the risk of hematoma following the injection."

"GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women."

"GARDASIL has not been evaluated for the potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity."

"Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when GARDASIL is administered to a nursing woman."

"The safety and efficacy of GARDASIL have not been evaluated in children younger than 9 years....The safety and efficacy of GARDASIL have not been evaluated in adults above the age of 26 years."

See pages 11-13 in vaccine package insert for adverse events table.

Keep in mind HPV is a sexually transmitted disease--a preventable disease (without vaccination). Practice safe sex people...

This is one, of many, vaccine I would NEVER recommend.
Flu Drug Tamiflu May Cause Odd Behavior in Children

Flu Drug Tamiflu May Cause Odd Behavior in Children
Meanwhile, CDC calls flu vaccine plentiful, despite some delays in shipments
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
Meanwhile, CDC calls flu vaccine plentiful, despite some delays in shipments.
More on this in Health & Fitness


MONDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Responding to reports from overseas, U.S. heath officials are urging doctors and parents to watch for signs of bizarre behavior in children taking the flu drug Tamiflu.

Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration don't know if the more than 100 new cases of strange behavior, including three deaths from falls, are tied to the drug, to the flu itself, or a combination of both, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA is mulling changes to the Tamiflu label that may recommend that all patients, especially children, be closely monitored while on the drug.

The agency acknowledged that stopping Tamiflu treatment might harm flu patients if the virus is the underlying cause of delirium, hallucinations and other abnormal behavior that make up the symptoms observed in children abroad. Many of the pediatric problems have been reported in Japan, where the number of Tamiflu prescriptions is about 10 times greater than in the United States, the AP said.

Although severe cases of flu have been known to produce such side effects, the number and type of cases, plus comments from doctors who believe the abnormal behavior is associated with the drug, are keeping the FDA from ruling out Tamiflu as the cause.

The FDA's pediatric advisory committee is to discuss the label recommendation on Thursday, the AP said. The FDA typically follows the advice of its advisory panels.

Also on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Control and Prevention said that, despite delays in the distribution of seasonal flu vaccine this year, the agency is confident that enough doses of vaccine will be available over the next few weeks to meet any demand.

In October, the CDC said that while there was no shortage of vaccine this year, there were going to be delays in getting all the doses manufactured and distributed. The problem particularly affects children's doses.

Since these are delays, not shortages, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said she's encouraging people to get vaccinated even as late as early January.

"It's the beginning of the flu season," Gerberding said during a teleconference. "As always, flu is unpredictable, so we are not going to be able to say how fast it's going to evolve, where it will hit next, or how bad it will be."

Cases of flu have already been reported in Arizona and California. Usually, the flu season peaks in late January or February.

Gerberding noted that this year's supply of vaccine is the largest ever produced in the United States. "We are still projecting between 110 million and 115 million doses," she said. So far, about 77 million doses have been distributed.

In all, 210 million Americans are eligible for flu shots, Gerberding said, including children between 6 months and 5 years of age.

Although the total number of vaccine doses is the largest ever, there are areas of the country experiencing shortages. "There are certain providers and health agencies that are having trouble getting their doses," Gerberding said. "There are still mismatches between the need and the supply."

Gerberding noted that these delays are out of the CDC's hands. "These are private-sector problems," she said.

The CDC is participating in a national influenza vaccine drive to encourage people to get vaccinated whenever vaccine is available. "It is never too late to get your flu shot," Gerberding said. Moreover, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, she added.

At the teleconference, Dr. John Agwunobi, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said people could get vaccinated as late as early January.

Dr. L.J. Tan, a spokesman for the American Medical Association, said, "We know that there are substantial medical benefits to receiving the vaccine after Thanksgiving and beyond. It is often mistakenly believed that the only time to get the vaccine is before Thanksgiving."

Gerberding acknowledged that many parents are concerned about the addition of thimerosal to the flu vaccine. Thimerosal, a mercury compound used as a preservative, is suspected by some be at least partly responsible for the growing number of autism cases among children.

"Children can have very serious disease from influenza," Gerberding said. "The flu shot is the best way to protect them, there's no doubt about that. Concerns about thimerosal are on the minds of many parents. We have not been able to identify any data that indicates a flu shot poses any risk associated with thimerosal."

The CDC chief believes the benefits of vaccination are too important to ignore. "If you are balancing the benefit of immunization with what is an unknown or no-risk situation from thimerosal, it seems clear to me what needs to be done," Gerberding said. "That's why we in the public-health community are encouraging parents to get their kids vaccinated. The risk of flu far outweighs any theoretical complications from the vaccine."

In related news, a study in the Nov. 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that the flu vaccine slightly increases the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome, which occurs when the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system, resulting in tingling or weakness and possible paralysis.

"This study has findings that are consistent with findings that were published a few years ago," Gerberding said. "These findings indicate that there is an increased risk of about one in a million of Guillain-Barre syndrome cases among those who are vaccinated, compared to those who are not vaccinated. But when we compare the risks associated with influenza infection with the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome, we see that the risk of not being vaccinated far outweighs the risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome," she said.

One expert thinks the flu vaccine is safe and effective, and that thimerosal is not really a problem, compared with the potential consequences of flu.

"We have environmental concerns, but to put it all on thimerosal based on an unproven association is really the wrong way to go," said Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and author of Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Pandemic. "I am satisfied that there has never been an association shown between thimerosal and autism."

Each year in the United States, as much as 20 percent of the population can get the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from the disease, according to the CDC.

More information

For more on the flu and flu vaccines, visit the CDC.
Flu Vaccines Linked to Higher Nerve-Disorder Risk, Study Says

By John Lauerman

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Vaccines against influenza that the U.S. government is pushing to cut annual deaths and prepare for a possible pandemic may be linked to slightly higher rates of a paralyzing nerve disorder, a study found.

Patients with the disorder, called Guillain-Barre syndrome, were more likely to have been diagnosed in the seven weeks after vaccination than in a comparison period four to six months later, Canadian researchers said in today's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The results of the study are consistent with earlier research on flu vaccine, and won't change federal recommendations, said Jeanne Santoli, a vaccination expert with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a teleconference today. Federal officials are encouraging the production and use of flu shots to cut an estimated 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year from influenza.

``The risk is real. You don't want to have this blindside you,'' said Canadian researcher David Juurlink, who led the study, in a telephone interview, ``But the benefits of vaccination are really substantial.''

Sanofi-Aventis SA, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Novartis AG and MedImmune Inc. make flu vaccine for the U.S. market, based on strains that public-health officials identify each year as the most common currently circulating. The CDC has expanded its guidelines for flu vaccine in recent years, and the agency now recommends immunization for almost two-thirds of Americans.

While the risk of Guillain-Barre is so small that rates of the disease didn't increase when a vaccination program began in Ontario, patients should be informed, Juurlink said.

Ontario Program

Increasing flu vaccine use will also help the U.S. prepare for mass immunizations in the event of a worldwide outbreak of lethal flu, which government health officials have said is inevitable.

Ontario began a universal flu vaccination program in 2000 after a severe outbreak the previous year overloaded hospitals with patients. The program also presented flu experts with a way to examine suspected complications of the vaccine, such as Guillain-Barre.

Concerns about the mysterious, paralyzing disorder, which is usually temporary, arose in 1976 during an outbreak of the so- called swine flu that U.S. health officials warned might cause a pandemic. While the pandemic never materialized, the link raised long-standing fears about the safety of flu vaccine.

A 1998 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that flu vaccination raised the risk of Guillain-Barre 70 percent. However, a 2003 review of other studies by the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the agency that creates volunteer expert panels to advise the government on health issues, found no association between Guillian-Barre and seasonal flu vaccination.

Timing

Juurlink, a researcher at Canada's Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, and his team found 269 patients diagnosed from April 1992 through March 2004 who developed the nerve disease within a six-month period after vaccination. Patients were 45 percent more likely to develop the disease in the first two months after vaccination than in the fifth and sixth months, the researchers said.

Ontario also had begun a large immunization program against pneumococcal disease, a bacterial infection, that may have been responsible for some complications, said David Fedson, a former vaccine developer and University of Virginia professor of medicine, in an e-mailed response to questions.

``The association is there,'' with flu vaccine, Fedson said, ``but the increase in risk is very small.''

Benefits, Risks

Young children and people who are at least 65 years old are at highest risk of complications from flu vaccination. More studies in these age groups, along with teens and young adults, are needed to show the benefits of vaccination against potential risks, he said.

``Only in this way can people balance the benefit and risks of vaccination,'' he said.

Juurlink said he would continue to recommend vaccination for his patients and family.

``It's a no-brainer,'' he said. ``Literally tens of thousands of Americans don't get hospitalized or die each year because they've had flu vaccine, and to me it's worth the trade- off.''

To contact the reporter on this story: John Lauerman in Boston at jlauerman@bloomberg.net ;
Last Updated: November 13, 2006 16:04 EST
11th-Nov-2006 06:22 pm - Flu
Six Ways to Avoid the Winter Flu--and a Flu Shot Isn’t One of Them
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege


Six Ways to Avoid the Winter Flu--and a Flu Shot Isn’t One of Them


By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege

Do you come down with a case of the flu like clockwork every year as soon as the leaves start to change color or the snow starts to fall? Do you feel helpless against the flu? If you said yes, and if you feel that avoiding the flu is beyond your ability, then read on. These are surefire ways to greatly reduce your chances of getting the flu this year.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness, including the flu. It is especially imperative to avoid sugar if you feel you are coming down with something, but keeping sugar out of your diet for the long haul will do wonders for your health and make your body stronger, which will make it harder for the flu to bother you.

Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect like ketchup and fruit juice. For all the steps to building your immune system to its peak levels, which is by far the most effective way to avoid the flu (and chronic disease), consider my new book, "Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program", which presents my entire dietary and health program that took twenty years to develop and has helped tens of thousands of patients at my clinic overcome illness and disease.

Get Enough Rest

Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Regular rest will keep you strong and ensure that your body has the strength to fight off any potential invaders. Be sure to check out my recent article on sleep and cancer prevention for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

Eat Garlic Regularly

Garlic is a triple-whammy: it’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Garlic is one food that you should be eating every day.

It is important to note that the garlic must be fresh to give you optimal health benefits. The active ingredient is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic, so garlic pills are virtually worthless and should not be used. When you use the garlic, compress it with a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through your juicer to add to your vegetable juice. If you swallow the clove intact you will not convert the active ingredient, allicin, to its active form.

One problem with garlic, of course, is the smell, but generally a few cloves a day are tolerated by most people. If you develop a socially offensive odor then all you need to do is slightly decrease the amount of garlic you’re consuming until there is no odor present. Garlic is an herb, however, so if you do not like it or it makes you feel sick, this is your body's way of telling you that you should avoid it.

Don’t Let Stress Become Overwhelming

We all face some stress everyday, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. It has been estimated that up to 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a type of psychological acupressure. EFT is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma. You can check out my free, 25-page EFT manual for some guidelines on how to perform EFT. Beyond that you can try my EFT Series on DVD or VHS, which provides in-depth instruction on EFT.

Exercise

When you exercise you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it has a chance to spread. In a sense, exercising helps your immune system to be more efficient in weeding out and acting upon viruses and diseases. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips to get started.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. If your immune system is strong, it should be able to fight off the virus if it does enter your body, but washing your hands provides a bit of extra protection.

Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this--antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. You can read my recent article on hygiene mistakes for more information.

Instead of antibacterial soap, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to. Local health food stores typically carry a variety of natural soaps.

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention getting a flu shot. This is because the flu shot, and the newly released FluMist nasal vaccine, are not the answer to avoiding the flu.

The "experts" will use fear to motivate people to get a flu vaccine, but this is yet another health care illusion. Let's be clear, flu can definitely be a killer disease and is not something that should be easily dismissed. But, remember that flu shots don't prevent illness--never have, never will.

The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the illness. And the side effects of FluMist, cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, irritability, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fever, sound just like the symptoms of the flu. If you decide to get the nasal flu vaccine, you will get not only a live flu virus in each dose but also table sugar and MSG, which are fraught with their own problems.

Plus, research has shown an increased risk of Bell palsy following intranasal flu vaccination, according to the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). The makers of the nasal flu vaccine in the study decided not to market it the following season due to the risk. According to GACVS, the greater risk of Bell palsy following immunization with this vaccine may have been due to specific vaccine components, or simply to use of the intranasal administration route. It is therefore possible that such complications of vaccine administration may also apply to other nasal vaccines.

The flu vaccine, whether in the shot or nasal form, is worthless at best and should be avoided. Not only are they loaded with toxic chemicals including mercury and aluminum, but many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. This is because it actually weakens the immune system, making the person more predisposed to the illness. I have never received a flu shot and haven?t missed a day of work due to illness in over 20 years.

The bottom line is to lead a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right, exercising, getting adequate sleep, and addressing stressors, year round. Again, consider reading my new book and implementing my diet and health program into your life (the book is guaranteed for life or your money back!) If you do, chances are you'll never have to worry about coming down with the flu.
10th-Nov-2006 04:36 pm - Hepatitis B
What do you know about hepatitis b?
Where would you look for this information?
The following websites are a good place to start:
http://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthtopics.html
http://www.webmd.com/

What do you know about the hepatitis b vaccines that are available?
Where would you look for this information?
The following links are to the vaccine package inserts for all vaccines related to Hepatitis B that I am aware of:
http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_engerixb.pdf (ENGRIX vaccine package insert: by GSK)
http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_pediarix.pdf (PEDIARIZ vaccine package insert: by GSK)
http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_twinrix.pdf (TWINRIX vaccine package insert: by GSK)
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/c/comvax/comvax_pi.pdf (COMVAX vaccine package insert: by Merck)
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/r/recombivax_hb/recombivax_pi.pdf (RECOMBIVAX HB vaccine package insert: by Merck)
http://www.nabi.com/images/prescribinginfo/June_2003_Prescribing_Information_Nabi_HB.pdf (Nabi HB vaccine package insert: by Nabi)
http://www.bayerbiologicalsusa.bayerhealthcare.com/prod_hype_bhep.asp (BayHep vaccine package insert: by Bayer)

How many cases of hepatitis b happen each year?
How many deaths are caused by hepatitis b each year?
Where would I find those statistics?
MMWR: Weekly Reports
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_wk.html (Go down to: “Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information”—and what is displayed is how many cases have been reported so far this year…and how it compares to last year—continue down and there’s more detail as to location)

You can also look at your local health departments' websites.

How many reactions are reported to VAERS each year in relation to the hepatitis b vaccines?
Search VAERS:
http://www.medalerts.org/


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What did you come up with???
What did you decide to do--vaccinate or not vaccinate?
Why?
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