Vaccines can provide immunity to specific diseases, but does this mean that vaccinations lead to better overall health? This question has been posed to the CDC, but, despite numerous requests from various health organizations, the CDC has never published a study on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people to determine if vaccines actually confer better lifetime health.
A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that, "Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of chronic conditions in children and adolescents has increased, particularly for asthma, obesity, and behavior/learning problems (eg, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)." While there are undoubtedly multiple contributing factors, it is a fact that the number of vaccines has increased dramatically over this same time period. (See Vaccine Dose History)
There are a numerous scientific studies which show increased rates of specific health problems as a result of vaccination. These health problems include allergies, asthma, auto-immune diseases and learning disorders. Some of these studies were even conducted by the CDC, who chose not to publish them. A summary of these studies can be seen by clicking here.
A risk versus reward analysis is critical when deciding which vaccines to give your child. Some diseases are more severe while others are mild, with only a week or so of discomfort leading to true life-long immunity. In the same way, vaccine side effects can be mild or very serious, leading to life-long disability. Parents have the right to become informed and choose for their child.
Peanut allergies can be life-threatening and many schools now prohibit peanut butter sandwiches in their cafeterias because so many students have this serious condition. But peanut allergies were virtually unheard of 50 years ago--what changed?