Bah, it’s not fun to feel the need for seriousness. Writing is my fun thing you see, it’s my happy thing along with sewing which I rarely have time for anymore. But today I read about the Hepatitis B vaccine and it just makes me angry to know there is still such a push for children to receive it. I understand the flu vaccine and most others, but Finnegan is going on 18 months old and he has not receive his Hepatitis B vaccine. If it were up to me he would never get it unless he decided it is necessary after he goes off on his own.
Hepatitis B vaccination has been recommended by federal health officials since 1991 for all infants and children.
There are now hepatitis B vaccine mandates for children to attend daycare or school in 47 states, despite strong evidence that the health risks of doing this outweighs the benefit for your child.
But hepatitis B is a primarily blood-transmitted disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as unprotected sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use involving sharing needles. So if my child is not born at risk then why in the world does he need the vaccine if it can pose him harm?
According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), operated jointly by the CDC and FDA, there were 36,788 officially reported adverse reactions to hepatitis B vaccines between 1992 and 2005. Of these, 14,800 were serious enough to cause hospitalization, life-threatening health events or permanent disabilities.
And 781 people were reported to have DIED following hepatitis B vaccination.
Maybe I’m crazy. Ha, I’m sure most people who know me would agree on many levels I’m pretty out there. I just really don’t think it’s a necessary vaccine, certainly not in a newborn who has no risk of contracting hepatitis B and I’m happy my little boys doctor has not pushed me to get it. Yet.