In an article called “60 things that can go terribly wrong with Hepatitis B Vaccination”, Dr. Mercola blew off some steam about how the hepatitis B vaccine gets him so upset. To summarize a little of the nonsense he wrote, he mentions that the vaccine is given many times to newborn babies without any parental consent. Of course, he gave no proof of this happening so I guess we just have to go with his word. Dr. Mercola also states, that it’s the least justifiable drug to give because, “a child can ONLY get the disease from IV drug abuse, sexual activity with an infected partner, a blood transfusion using contaminated blood OR from the mother.” If those aren’t good enough reasons to give a child a preventative vaccine I don’t know what is. What happens if that child grows up to become an IV drug abuser, or has unsafe sex (which is soo common) with someone who is infected?
To make this article even “better” Dr. Mercola mentions that babies are given the vaccine even if the mother tests negative because the test can be wrong. So why would you risk your child’s life because you’re just not sure if you have Hepatitis B or not? He goes on to say that infants are vaccinated against Hepatitis B because they “could be at risk for hepatitis B infection by receiving a blood transfusion using hepatitis B infected blood.” Also, he mentioned, “there is no way to achieve 100 percent safety with blood transfusions.” Basically, he just said you should take the vaccine to be on the safe side since, even in the unlikelihood you may need a blood transfusion, you can get blood that isn’t completely safe.
His entire paper was ultimately a contradiction and I could not take him seriously. He originally started by saying how the vaccine can lead to autism, serious autoimmune disorders, Bell’s palsy, etc. He included links to some scientific papers in the national center for biotechnology information, which sounds good right? It makes it even sound credible. However, if you read the conclusion in the article he referenced called “A case-series of adverse events, positive re-challenge of symptoms, and events in identical twins following hepatitis B vaccination: analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database and literature review,” the conclusion goes against his argument. The conclusion made was, “in immunizing adults, the patient, with the help of their physician, should make an informed consent decision as to whether to be immunized or not, weighing the small risks of the adverse effects of HBV with the risk of exposure to deadly hepatitis B virus.” So what I can interpret is that, essentially people are at risk for this potentially fatal virus so, why would you not take the vaccine and protect yourself? It’s just silly. I wonder if Dr. Mercola would put the lives of his children at risk or even his own life at risk of contracting Hepatitis B. I don’t think so.
Posted by Ana Carolina Nepomuceno