News Alert: Common Childhood Vaccination Promotes New Superbugs

The use of the vaccine Prevnar, which has successfully curbed pneumonia, meningitis, and deadly bloodstream infections in young children for the past seven years, has now unleashed a superbug that is resistant to all currently available drugs.

Prevnar covers seven of the 90-odd strains of the strep bacteria, and although diseases from the seven covered strains have declined dramatically, one strain called 19A has developed super resistance and is spreading.

Used in a dozen countries, Prevnar had sales of more than $1.5 billion dollars last year alone. In the U.S. Prevnar is given to infants as four shots between the age of 2 months and 15 months.

Nine toddlers in Rochester, NY have had the bug and researchers expect it to turn up elsewhere as well, spreading through day care centers and schools.

The nine children were all unsuccessfully treated with two or more antibiotics, including high-dose amoxicillin and multiple shots of another drug. Several of the children had to have ear tubes surgically inserted, and some recovered only after undergoing treatment with newer, more powerful antibiotics approved for adults only.

According to Dr. Cynthia Whitney, chief of respiratory diseases at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Avoiding antibiotics when they are not needed is the best way to ensure they will work when they are.”

Yahoo News September 17, 2007   

MSNBC September 17, 2007        

New England Journal of Medicine April 6, 2006; 354:1522-1524             

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Yes, avoiding antibiotics at all costs is important. But what Dr. Whitney failed to address is the overuse of childhood vaccines as well.

Is There a Vaccine Against Fear?

Fear – in the case of Prevnar, fear that your baby might contract pneumonia, meningitis, or a deadly bloodstream infection and die -- is typically the driving force used to sell vaccines and other medications, as you can see by these examples.

One of the best ways to ensure optimal health for your baby is quite simple: breast-feeding, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Breastfed infants get automatic added protection against numerous diseases and infections, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Immune system cancers such as lymphoma
  • Bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma, allergies, and respiratory infections

I've posted many articles on this site about the perils of vaccines -- specifically the presence of thimerosal -- including extensive features by contributing editors and a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock.

More than six years ago, the EPA mandated the removal of thimerosal, which contains almost 50 percent ethyl mercury by weight, but due to mislabeling and other problems its presence is still being felt. So much so that even package inserts, which are required to detail exactly what is in a vaccine, may not even be accurate.

For this reason, before making a decision on vaccinating your children, I strongly urge you review the many side effects and risks involved in being subjected to this potentially life-threatening preservative. Making the effort could mean the difference between life and death for your children. 

  • Remember: Vaccines can cause illnesses including autoimmune diseases, allergies, ear infections, and more
  • There’s a very real link between vaccines and developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children
  • Vaccines have never been proven safe
  • The ingredients and contaminants in vaccines are detrimental to your health

If you are a parent, a medical practitioner, or otherwise interested in how to exercise your freedom of choice to bypass vaccines, please also consider this insightful 90-minute teleconference interview, The Dangers of Vaccines, and How You Can Legally Avoid Them.

Reducing the Risk of Developing New Superbugs

Overuse of certain vaccines (such as Prevnar), antibiotics, and antibacterial household products like hand soap and cleaners, all contribute to the upsurge of drug-resistant superbugs.

There is actually no need to ever use antibacterial hand soap, as there’s plenty of evidence showing that nothing works better to cut germs than simply washing your hands with plain soap and water!

Limiting your use of ALL of these drugs and common household products can help curb these new diseases, and there ARE other, natural options available, even within the medical setting.

For example, last month I reported that Manuka honey has, for the first time in the U.S., been approved for use as a medical device, and honey-based wound and burn dressings are being manufactured by a New Jersey company.
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