Did you know that many pediatricians do not provide the ingredients list of a particular vaccine before or after they administer it? You can go to the grocery store right now and find the ingredients list for your favorite cookies, but it’s significantly more difficult to find the ingredients for vaccines that are given to your child in infancy. If you did see the list of toxic and biological ingredients and the potential reactions to those ingredients that are stated by the drug manufacturer, you might be less willing to let your child be exposed to all of those vaccines over the course of a very short time.
Claire Dwoskin, an advocate for children’s health and the founder of Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMSRI), recently wrote a blog post for CMSRI about the importance of keeping quality immunization records, including the date and site of injections, the vaccine manufacturer and lot number, and the administrator of the vaccines.
Good recordkeeping is the best way to identify the root cause of a reaction if one were to occur and provide you with the best chance of a successful outcome in Vaccine Court should you need to file. In the blog, she also included a download link for CMSRI’s Immunization Journal, which includes information on ingredients in vaccines, situations where vaccines are not advised, exemption information and facts about the flu vaccine.
One of the most important features of the journal is a place to record your child’s reaction to each vaccine. Was their redness at the injection site, or a hard lump called an induration? If so, you would want to know which vaccine was given at that site, because an induration is a sign that the child may be hypersensitive to one or more ingredients in that vaccine, and the risk of future doses should be considered. Some parents whose children regressed into autism after vaccination recalled induration as an early warning sign from prior vaccinations. Are you noticing a pattern of colds, ear infections or seizures after each vaccine visit? Keeping a record of how your child is feeling in the hours, days or weeks after vaccination will help you notice if there are patterns of reactivity that should be investigated and discussed with your doctor. Ultimately, the best protection for any child is a fully educated parent, and the CMSRI Immunization Journal includes information not usually included in other immunization tracking journals or apps.
Since more vaccines are being administered to our children than ever before, it is up to the parents to be mindful of potential risks and make the best decisions for their children regarding immunization. There is still too much we don’t know about the short-term and long-term effects of vaccines, making it more important than ever for parents to be engaged. Be sure to visit CMSRI’s website for the latest news and studies regarding immunization and childhood development.