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Flu Vaccine: The Latest Risky Fad to Hit Your Child's Pediatrician's Office

Flu Vaccine: The Latest Risky Fad to Hit Your Child's Pediatrician's Office

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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has given the green light for pediatricians to offer vaccinations to children’s parents and close family members. Known as “cocooning,” this controversial practice is intended to protect babies from disease by vaccinating their parents and other caregivers
  • No studies have been conducted to determine whether vaccinating family members with the flu vaccine reduces rates of flu in their children
  • Research shows that at least 1 million parents would need to be vaccinated with the TDaP vaccine, which is intended to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) in order to prevent one infant death from pertussis
  • Pediatricians do not have access to adults’ medical records in order to evaluate contraindications … but if a serious reaction does occur, pediatricians are shielded from virtually any liability, as are vaccine manufacturers
  • Natural lifestyle strategies, including optimizing your vitamin D levels, exercising and eating right, are very effective at boosting your immune system health, which is the cornerstone of any disease prevention program

By Dr. Mercola

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now giving their seal of approval for physicians, particularly pediatricians, to offer vaccinations to parents and close family members of babies who are too young to receive the immunizations themselves.


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