Outstanding Questions About Vaccines & Chronic Illness

Due to a lack of enough methodologically sound studies conducted and published in the medical literature, the 2013 IOM Committee was unable to determine if the early childhood vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC and medical trade associations is or is not associated with the development of the following chronic brain and immune disorders and disabilities in children: 39

  • asthma;
  • atopy;
  • allergy;
  • autoimmunity;
  • autism;
  • learning disorders;
  • communication disorders;
  • developmental disorders;
  • intellectual disability;
  • attention deficit disorder;
  • disruptive behavior disorder;
  • tics and Tourette’s syndrome;
  • seizures;
  • febrile seizures and
  • epilepsy.

Identifying Symptoms of Vaccine Reactions

Not every serious health problem that occurs after vaccination is caused by a vaccine or combination of vaccinations recently received. Different vaccines are associated with different vaccine reaction signs and symptoms that occur within different time periods following vaccination.

It is important to know how to identify a vaccine reaction. 40 Serious complications of vaccination can lead to permanent injury or death. If a recently vaccinated child or adult exhibits a dramatic change in physical, mental or emotional behavior or unusual symptoms that may indicate a serious vaccine reaction is in process, that person should be immediately taken to a hospital emergency room.

It is very important to contact a doctor if symptoms listed below occur in the hours, days or weeks following vaccination:

  • pronounced swelling redness, heat or hardness at injection site that continues for days or weeks;
  • body rash or hives;
  • shock/collapse;
  • unresponsiveness, prolonged deep sleep;
  • high pitched screaming (may include arching of back);
  • hours of persistent, inconsolable crying;
  • high fever (over 103 F)
  • respiratory distress (difficulty breathing);
  • twitching or jerking of the body, arm, leg or head;
  • rolling or crossing of eyes;
  • severe head or neck pain;
  • joint pain or muscle weakness;
  • disabling fatigue;
  • loss of memory and mental skills;
  • paralysis of any part of body;
  • changes in sleep/wake pattern and dramatic personality changes;
  • lack of eye contact or social withdrawal
  • loss of ability to roll over, sit up or stand up
  • head banging or unusual flapping, rubbing, rocking, spinning;
  • onset of chronic ear or respiratory problems (including asthma);
  • severe/persistent diarrhea or chronic constipation;
  • excessive bruising, bleeding or anemia
  • other serious loss of physical, mental or emotional wellness

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