Thursday, March 23, 2017

Should you or should you not take the Hepatitis B vaccine?

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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.

Reference: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/07/60-things-that-can-go-terribly-wrong-with-hepatitis-b-vaccination.aspx 
 
Posted by Ana Carolina Nepomuceno

5 comments:

  1. Wow. Dr. Mercola sounds pretty ignorant, especially for a doctor. Now-a-days we have pretty much confirmed the benefits of immunizations outweigh the potential side effects. Also, I am very confused why he proposed a full argument against having infants immunized, then completely contradicted himself at the end. It seems he might have constructed this paper when he was not in the right state of mind.

    Posted by Caitlin Lohr

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    1. I totally agree Caitlin! I couldn't help but laugh reading his entire article because it made no sense. It's also sad that people buy into this and agree to not vaccinate their children. Like you said, the benefits outweigh the side effects that they may potentially have. Also, I highly doubt he didn't have to have his children vaccinated or he,himself be vaccinated against even other diseases and viruses.

      Posted by Ana Carolina Nepomuceno

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  2. It's crazy how some people can contradict themselves without even realizing they're doing it. I'm kind of surprised Dr. Mercola's paper was published and nobody bothered to point out the contradiction to him. I think a lot of research has been done indicating that the benefits of immunization outweighs the potential cons and I think in this case it's better to be safe than sorry.

    Posted by Katie Kossack

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    1. I said the same thing to myself as I read the article. However, of course he'd get published on his own website and there's many more anti-vaccination articles that he publishes. I keep bringing up the point that I wonder if he practices what he preaches because this is some nonsense. We all know that the medical field isn't perfect and that there are side effects to all treatment and drugs but without them how else would we treat or prevent many fatal diseases? I'm sure he'd feel guilty if someone followed his advice and didn't have their children vaccinated against Hepatitis B and then later contracted the disease.

      Posted by Ana Carolina Nepomuceno

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  3. It's amazing to see how even someone even as highly educated like Dr. Mercola can be so close-minded. There should never be a risk in giving the vaccine, especially if it can save the baby's life potentially. I personally believe it's better to be safe than sorry, but it seems that he believes otherwise. It's a very different position when your own child is at risk as well like you brought up, so I wonder what Dr. Mercola would do if his own child potentially had hepatitis B.

    Posted by Andrew Do

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