Pox Vaccine (VARIVAX)
What Parents Should Consider.
1) VARIVAX is recommended by Merck for children 12 months and older.
2) Chicken pox has a better than 99.99% compete recovery rate followed
by life-time immunity.
3) The FDA VAERS' (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) first year
surveillance of VARIVAX included over
1,500 reports. 76 were serious adverse reactions that included 2 deaths.
While a VAERS report does not prove a
causal relationship between the vaccine and the death or disability
that follows, the vaccine is highly suspect
in all such reports.
4) The FDA has stated that fewer than 10% of serious adverse reactions
and deaths following vaccines are
reported; independent researchers cite lower rates. The federal govermnent
has paid families of vaccine killed
and disabled children nearly $100 million in tax-payer dollars each
year since 1986 through the National Vaccine
Injury Compensation Program (NVCIP).
5) Studies show that up to 3% of VARIVAX recipients contract chicken
pox from the vaccine, and that some chicken
pox cases may be contracted from recently vaccinated children. Vaccine
recipients may therefore pose a health
risk to pregnant mothers or family members with chronic health problems
or compromised immune systems.
6) VARIVAX has an estimated effectiveness of 6 - 10 years. Vaccinated
children may thus be unprotected as
adults, when hospitalization and deaths from chickenpox occur at rates
10 and 20 times higher than in childhood,
respectively. (Half of the measles cases in the late 1980's outbreaks
occurred in adolescents and adults--most of
whom were vaccinated as children.)
7) California's Pacificare Health Systems HMO chose not to recommend
VARIVAX; medical director Dr. William
Osheroff said, "The real issue is all of the unanswered questions about
Varivax...This is a very benign disease
in children, but the vaccine may create a false sense of security as
these kids get older and find themselves
non-immune. Chickenpox as an adult is a serious disease."
8) A 1995 edition of Health Magazine stated, "As with any new vaccine,
researchers won't have complete
information on its effectiveness until it's been in use for at least
9) Some parents reported a correlation between VARIVAX and seizures.
(The FDA Vaccine Data Safety Link has
recently reported that seizures following DPT are "common," although
the DPT vaccine has been in use for decades.)
10) VARIVAX was developed with the use of aborted fetuses. This may
pose religious and/or ethical considerations
for some people.
11) Infants today may be protected from chicken pox by maternal antibodies
from their mothers. However, due to
VARIVAX's temporary immunity, vaccinated girls may not have maternal
antibodies as adults. Their future children
may be susceptible to chicken pox as infants, when they are too young
for the vaccine. (The percentage of measles
cases in infants has increased significantly in the years following
the widespread use of the measles vaccine).
12) Shingles, a sometimes debilitating condition, is caused by the chicken
pox virus. It usually occurs after
age 50 in a tiny percentage of persons who had chicken pox as children.
The relationship between VARIVAX (a live
virus vaccine) and shingles is unknown. In 10 years of use, nearly
1 out of 1000 vaccine recipients have
developed shingles. There is no way to know how many of the remaining
999 out of each 1000 will also develop
shingles in later years.
13) According to the National Vaccine Information Center, many healthcare
professionals are very concerned that
the live vaccine virus may "reactivate later in life in the form of
herpes zoster (shingles) or other immune
14) Dr. A. Lavin of the Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke's Medical
Center in Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposed
licensing VARIVAX, "Until we actually know...the risks involved in
injecting mutated DNA [the vaccine] into the
host genome [children]."
15) Some studies suggest that chicken pox in a vaccinated child may
be milder than in an unvaccinated child.
However, some experts believe that this may be due to the vaccine suppressing
the illness, which could actually
signal a more serious underlying chronic condition. For example, "Atypical
measles" is a disease that occurs only
in people previously vaccinated for measles, and it is far more serious
than regular measles. It is not yet known
if "atypical chicken pox" cases will appear as a result of the use
16) VARIVAX contains MSG (monosodium glutamate) in 2 forms, according
to Jack Samuels, an expert on MSG.
According to the FDA, MSG is not advised for infants, children, or
pregnant women or children of childbearing
age, and people with affective (mental/emotional) disorders.
17) According to VARIVAX product literature, the vaccine contains gelatin
and trace amounts of neomycin, and
should not be given to people allergic to them; it should not be given
to anyone with an immune disorder, or
anyone receiving drugs which affect the immune system such as chemotherapy
or steroids; it should not be given to
people with untreated tuberculosis or certain other infections.
18) Those who may suffer from any chronic condition or who are taking
medicine on a regular basis (or whose
family members do) should also consider avoiding this vaccine.
This article is provided courtesy of
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