tdap and pregnancy – finding your voice to say no

One of my best friends sent me a text message today from her doctors office..she was waiting for the doctor to come in and was freaking out because the nurse told her she would be getting a Tdap vaccine. She asked me if she should get the Tdap vaccine or not (she is pregnant with twins).  I told her, “NO!” She told her doctor no for now and that she would research it and come back in if she wanted it. Her doctor flipped out..she even brought the vaccine, ready to go, into the room as a last attempt to push my friend into getting the shot. I told my friend that I would email her some things that I had on the Tdap and pregnancy.

I like to share these kinds of things because we all probably know someone that we could share this stuff with.. so many frightened mothers are searching for the reasons that will back up the answer that their instincts are telling them to give – no.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge is the power that will give you confidence in your decisions. Why would a mother not want to be confident in one of the most important decisions that she will ever make?

this is what I emailed my friend:

on page 14 of the Adacel Tdap vaccine package insert:

“Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Adacel vaccine. It is also not known whether Adacel vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Adacel vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed”

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM142764.pdf

adacel tdap vaccine package insert

on page 13 of the Boostrix Tdap vaccine package insert:

 “There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, BOOSTRIX should be given  to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.”

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/UCM152842.pdf

boostrix tdap vaccine package insert

From a clinical trial that is currently in the recruitment stage and is NOT SET TO BE COMPLETED  until DECEMBER 2013: (and how long have they been recommending Tdap during pregnancy?)

Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination in Pregnancy
This study is currently recruiting participants.
The main aim of the present study is to measure the influence of an adult pertussis booster in pregnant women, on the titer and duration of maternal antibodies in their infants.

Primary Outcome Measures:

Does vaccination of pregnant women with a combined vaccine Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap), induce sufficiently high maternal antibody concentration in the newborns infants to possibly protect them until their own vaccination starts [ Time Frame: 16 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:

Vaccine associated (Severe) Adverse Events in pregnant women and children during the study time [ Time Frame: 16 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50 [ personal note: 50 HEALTHY WOMEN! THAT’S IT! If you read this whole trial scroll down and read all the criteria that women must meet to be able to participate..yet the vaccine is given to all]

Study Start Date:February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date:December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date:December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Link to clinical trial information: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01698346?term=DAPTACEL+pregnancy&rank=1

Right from the CDC’s own “MMRV” report on Tdap vaccination during pregnancy they say:

Safety of Tdap in Pregnant Women

In prelicensure evaluations, the safety of administering a booster dose of Tdap to pregnant women was NOT studied. Because information on use of Tdap in pregnant women was lacking, both manufacturers of Tdap established pregnancy registries to collect information and pregnancy outcomes from pregnant women vaccinated with Tdap..

Transplacental Maternal Antibodies

For infants, transplacentally transferred maternal antibodies MIGHT provide protection against pertussis in early life and before beginning the primary DTaP series.

 Link to this on the cdc website: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6041a4.htm?s_cid=mm6041a4_e%0d%0a

The Tdap contains:

Boostrix Tdap: formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), Latham medium derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium containing a bovine extract, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium

Adacel Tpad: aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol, ammonium sulfate, Mueller’s growth medium, Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion)

Cdc table of vaccine ingredients: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf

A few things I’ve found all with peer reviewed scientific references:

This is from a blog that I wrote on here a while back that was about 2 phenoxyethanol.  In the studies below, they call it  , ethylene glycol monophenyl ether, but if you look that chemical up..you will find that its another name for 2 phenoxyethanol..which is in the tdap (adacel). My past blog post goes into more detail about this..you can read that here.

“A continuous breeding reproduction study design was utilized to examine the reproductive toxicity of ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) and ethylene glycol monophenyl ether (EGPE)(EGPE = vaccine ingredient). continuous breeding reproduction study design was utilized to examine the reproductive toxicity of ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) and ethylene glycol monophenyl ether (EGPE).. With respect to EGPE, there was no change in the ability to produce five litters during the continuous breeding period. There was, however, a significant but small (10-15%) decrease in the number of pups/litter and in pup weight in the high-dose group. A crossover mating trial suggested a female component of the reproductive toxicity of EGPE. While fertility was only minimally compromised, severe neonatal toxicity was observed. By Day 21 there were only 8 out of 40 litters in the mid- and high-dose groups which had at least one male and female/litter. Second generation reproductive performance of the mid-dose group (1.25%) was unaffected except for a small decrease in live pup weight. In summary the reproductive toxicity of EGBE and EGPE was only evident in the female and occurred at doses which elicited general toxicity. EGBE was particularly toxic to adult female mice while EGPE was particularly toxic to immature mice of both sexes.” (10)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2086313

** I had to read this about ten times just to make sure that I was reading it right. Did that really just say what I thought it did? Does anyone else notice how the authors try their hardest to play down the results in the group that received EGPE? But if you read it a few times..you will quickly realize that the results for the group that received 2-phenoxyethanol are not good.

•there was a slow decline in fertility that caused a drop in the weight and health of the next generation.

• severe neonatal (infants) toxicity was observed.

•the abstract never gave the information needed to know how many in the EGPE group died.. Since it never gave the orginal number of pups/liter there is no way to know how many died.

• the other ether in the study caused deaths and toxic events to happen to the adult female mice. The glysol ether that is in several pediatric vaccines, 2-phenoxyethanol, was particularly toxic and caused death in the baby and children mice of both sexes.

•and these results were what happened after the mice ate 2-phenoxyethanol..infants and children are injected with this substance.

another peer reviewed article that discusses ethylene glycol monophenyl ether, or 2 phenoxyethanol, an ingredient in the Tdap:

In summary, ethylene glycol monophenyl ether produced significant reproductive and developmental toxicity..Ethylene glycol monophenyl  ether caused significant toxicity in growing animals, as evidenced by the reduced body weight in neonates in Tasks 2, 3, and 4, and the large increase in postnatal lethality as the animals grew to the age of mating.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470243/pdf/envhper00326-0221.pdf

another ingredient in almost every vaccine and the Tdap(there is a lot more out there about formaldehyde as well..) :

Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Research studies of workers exposed to formaldehyde have suggested an association between formaldehyde exposure and several cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde

some peer reviewed literature about aluminum (both Tdap and most other vaccines contain aluminum)

Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure   

“Autism is a condition characterized by impaired cognitive and social skills, associated with compromised immune function. The incidence is alarmingly on the rise, and environmental factors are increasingly suspected to play a role. This paper investigates word frequency patterns in the U.S. CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database. Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autism and the aluminum in vaccines. A literature review showing toxicity of aluminum in human physiology offers further support. Mentions of autism in VAERS increased steadily at the end of the last century, during a period when mercury was being phased out, while aluminum adjuvant burden was being increased. Using standard log-likelihood ratio techniques, we identify several signs and symptoms that are significantly more prevalent in vaccine reports after 2000, including cellulitis, seizure, depression, fatigue, pain and death, which are also significantly associated with aluminum-containing vaccines. We propose that children with the autism diagnosis are especially vulnerable to toxic metals such as aluminum and mercury due to insufficient serum sulfate and glutathione. A strong correlation between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is also observed, which may be partially explained via an increased sensitivity to acetaminophen administered to control fever.”

http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/14/11/2227

full text: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/sls/publications/2012/entropy-14-02227.pdf

“Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration.”

“Possible causes of GWS include several of the adjuvants in the anthrax vaccine and others. The most likely culprit appears to be aluminum hydroxide. In an initial series of experiments, we examined the potential toxicity of aluminum hydroxide in male, outbred CD-1 mice injected subcutaneously in two equivalent-to-human doses. After sacrifice, spinal cord and motor cortex samples were examined by immunohistochemistry. Aluminum-treated mice showed significantly increased apoptosis of motor neurons and increases in reactive astrocytes and microglial proliferation within the spinal cord and cortex. Morin stain detected the presence of aluminum in the cytoplasm of motor neurons with some neurons also testing positive for the presence of hyper-phosphorylated tau protein, a pathological hallmark of various neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. A second series of experiments was conducted on mice injected with six doses of aluminum hydroxide. Behavioural analyses in these mice revealed significant impairments in a number of motor functions as well as diminished spatial memory capacity. The demonstrated neurotoxicity of aluminum hydroxide and its relative ubiquity as an adjuvant suggest that greater scrutiny by the scientific community is warranted.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19740540

Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence of autism?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are serious multisystem developmental disorders and an urgent global public health concern. Dysfunctional immunity and impaired brain function are core deficits in ASD. Aluminum (Al), the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, is a demonstrated neurotoxin and a strong immune stimulator. Hence, adjuvant Al has the potential to induce neuroimmune disorders. When assessing adjuvant toxicity in children, two key points ought to be considered: (i) children should not be viewed as “small adults” as their unique physiology makes them much more vulnerable to toxic insults; and (ii) if exposure to Al from only few vaccines can lead to cognitive impairment and autoimmunity in adults, is it unreasonable to question whether the current pediatric schedules, often containing 18 Al adjuvanted vaccines, are safe for children? By applying Hill’s criteria for establishing causality between exposure and outcome we investigated whether exposure to Al from vaccines could be contributing to the rise in ASD prevalence in the Western world. Our results show that: (i) children from countries with the highest ASD prevalence appear to have the highest exposure to Al from vaccines; (ii) the increase in exposure to Al adjuvants significantly correlates with the increase in ASD prevalence in the United States observed over the last two decades (Pearson r=0.92, p<0.0001); and (iii) a significant correlation exists between the amounts of Al administered to preschool children and the current prevalence of ASD in seven Western countries, particularly at 3-4 months of age (Pearson r=0.89-0.94, p=0.0018-0.0248). The application of the Hill’s criteria to these data indicates that the correlation between Al in vaccines and ASD may be causal. Because children represent a fraction of the population most at risk for complications following exposure to Al, a more rigorous evaluation of Al adjuvant safety seems warranted.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22099159

Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are they Safe?

 Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community. We hope that the present paper will provide a framework for a much needed and long overdue assessment of this highly  contentious medical issue.

http://www.meerwetenoverfreek.nl/images/stories/Tomljenovic_Shaw-CMC-published.pdf

What is regressive autism and why does it occur? Is it the consequence of multi-systemic dysfunction affecting the elimination of heavy metals and the ability to regulate neural temperature?

Aluminum also shares common mechanisms with mercury e.g. it interferes with cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system. Children given the recommended vaccinations are injected with nearly 5 mg of aluminum by the time they are just 1.5 years old, almost 6 times the safe level. Furthermore the nature of the Aluminium affects the prevailing blood levels and is also increasingly implicated, through their use as vaccine adjuvants, in autism.

Where is the proof that vaccines are safe? The argument has never been that they are completely safe but that the consequences are less than having the disease. Now it is illustrated that the consequences of intensive vaccination schedules pose a greater risk than could ever have been imagined. This leads to the evolution of new viral strains, an unsurprising development when the environment to which it is exposed is being altered by new proteins, structural variants and ALTERED DNA.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3364648/

“Aluminum overload increases oxidative stress in four functional brain areas of neonatal rats”

Aluminum overload increases oxidative stress (H2O2) in the hippocampus, diencephalon, cerebellum, and brain stem in neonatal rats. (In humans, oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, heart failure, myocardial infarction, fragile X syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease,lichen planus, vitiligo, autism, and chronic fatigue syndrome) .

The main route of Al excretion is the urine; therefore, subjects with kidney malfunction or immature kidney, such as nephropathy patients or neonates, might experience toxic accumulation of Al in the body [12]. Infants display rapid growth and their brain-blood-barrier, detoxification system (liver), and excretory system (kidney) are not well-developed [13,14]. Aluminum can cross the blood-brain barrier and accumulate in glial and neural cells [15]. Thus, high intake of Al-containing formula [ but they don’t mention the vaccines that are injected.. ] might cause accumulation of Al in the neonatal brain, interfering with appropriate development.

In previous studies, exposure to excess dietary Al during gestation and lactation periods had no toxic effects on the mother, but resulted in persistent neurobehavioral deficits in the pups, such as defects in the sensory motor reflexes, locomotor activity, learning capability, and cognitive behavior [16,17]. These behavioral studies, therefore, suggested that Al exposure might cause developmental changes in neonatal brain. Until recently, a marker with which to effectively detect neonatal brain development was lacking. The group’s previous study with Al treatment in neonatal rat hippocampal neurons at concentrations of 37 μM and 74 μM for 14 days significantly reduced NMDAR (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor) expression which was used as a marker of brain development. This suggested that Al exposure might influence the development of hippocampal neurons in neonatal rats [12].

http://www.jbiomedsci.com/content/19/1/51

Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations

Immune challenges during early development, including those vaccine-induced, can lead to permanent detrimental alterations of the brain and immune function. Experimental evidence also shows that simultaneous administration of as little as two to three immune adjuvants can overcome genetic resistance to autoimmunity. In some developed countries, by the time children are 4 to 6 years old, they will have received a total of 126 antigenic compounds along with high amounts of aluminum (Al) adjuvants through routine vaccinations. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, safety assessments for vaccines have often not included appropriate toxicity studies because vaccines have not been viewed as inherently toxic.

Taken together, these observations raise plausible concerns about the overall safety of current childhood vaccination programs…infants and children should not be viewed as ‘‘small adults’’ with regard to toxicological risk as their unique physiology makes them much more vulnerable to toxic insults; (ii) in adult humans Al vaccine adjuvants have been linked to a variety of serious autoimmune and inflammatory conditions (i.e., ‘‘ASIA’’), yet children are regularly exposed to much higher amounts of Al from vaccines than adults; (iii) it is often assumed that peripheral immune responses do not affect brain function. However, it is now clearly established that there is a bidirectional neuro-immune cross-talk that plays crucial roles in immunoregulation as well as brain function. In turn, perturbations of the neuro-immune axis have been demonstrated in many autoimmune diseases encompassed in ‘‘ASIA’’ and are thought to be driven by a hyperactive immune response; and (iv) the same components of the neuroimmune axis that play key roles in brain development and immune function are heavily targeted by Al adjuvants.

http://vaccinesafetycouncilminnesota.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Mechanisms-of-aluminum-adjuvant-toxicity-and-autoimmunity-in-pediatric-populations.pdf

**These articles talk about how deep the pharma ties run in the medical and scientific world. you should read both of them in their entirety..once you learn these things – everything that ive typed above will mean a lot more to you.

This first article was written by the former editor and chief executive of the British Medical Journal.. He should know better than anyone the corruption.

Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies

about the author:   RS was an editor for the BMJ [british medical journal] for 25 years. For the last 13 of those years, he was the editor and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group, responsible for the profits of not only the BMJ but of the whole group, which published some 25 other journals. He stepped down in July 2004. He is now a member of the board of the Public Library of Science, a position for which he is not paid.

Journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry”, wrote Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, in March 2004 [1]. In the same year, Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, lambasted the industry for becoming “primarily a marketing machine” and co-opting “every institution that might stand in its way” [2]. Medical journals were conspicuously absent from her list of co-opted institutions, but she and Horton are not the only editors who have become increasingly queasy about the power and influence of the industry. Jerry Kassirer, another former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the industry has deflected the moral compasses of many physicians [3], and the editors of PLoS Medicine have declared that they will not become “part of the cycle of dependency…between journals and the pharmaceutical industry” [4]. Something is clearly up.

The most conspicuous example of medical journals’ dependence on the pharmaceutical industry is the substantial income from advertising, but this is, I suggest, the least corrupting form of dependence. The advertisements may often be misleading [5,6] and the profits worth millions, but the advertisements are there for all to see and criticise. Doctors may not be as uninfluenced by the advertisements as they would like to believe, but in every sphere, the public is used to discounting the claims of advertisers. [personal note: this only scratches the surface..he goes into so much detail in the full publication.]

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020138

conflicts of interests in vaccine safety research

COls  [conflicts of interests]can influence the objectivity of vaccine safety researchers. Using the vaccine-autism debate as an illustration, this article describes the COls faced by various research sponsors. Vaccine manufacturers have financial motives and public health officials have bureaucratic reasons that might lead them to sponsor research that concludes vaccines are safe. Advocacy groups have members with legal and financial reasons to support studies that find adverse effects in vaccines. These conflicts do not mean the research is incorrect, but the research could be selective and biased. Currently, most vaccine safety researchers face conflicts, which contribute to consumer confusion as well as more studies concerned with vaccine safety. Reported injuries from vaccines are not investigated and both the public as well as some health workers question vaccine safety research. Ameliorating the COIs–through bureaucratic restructuring and enforced transparency-could lead to less bias, more investigation into reported injuries and increased trust in vaccine safety research. [personal note: another must read..]

http://www.theoneclickgroup.co.uk/documents/vaccines/Conflicts%20of%20Interest%20in%20Vaccine%20Safety%20Research,%20Gayle%20DeLong.pdf

and lastly — watch this awesome video

Everything this video shows comes straight from the vaccine manufactures who make the vaccines and from the CDC and the NIH..you can easily find these things yourself. Watch it till the very end so that you can see the doctor quote. make sure to click the 1080p button next to the fullscreen button at the bottom so you can see the text better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3EEuMGhCwA

**you may feel stressed out to the core about all this. but you shouldn’t be. If you would have been pregnant a few years ago.. a doctor would’ve never offered you a Tdap vaccine. Why now? Where are the studies? Why does their own literature state that this vaccine should only be given when clearly needed because its use in pregnant women has never been studied? Please tell me how the benefit of this outweighs the risks for my unborn baby! Why wont they offer a single pertussis vaccine? Offering a single vaccine would at least decrease the burden placed upon my baby. Why give an unnecessary triple shot when they could offer something safer? What is really important here?

The answer to all of this is simple – stand firm and just say no. They cannot force you to have this vaccine. You are not powerless. Stand your ground for the sake of your baby. remember that – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

“hey, don’t you realize that there’s a baby in here, doctor? “

waiting on vaccine

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