Disturbing Vaccine Info


Before I even start this post, I should say that I am in favor of vaccines.  There are a lot of diseases that people still die from all over the world that are virtually eradicated here because of vaccines.  We are getting Wyatt vaccinated (though we are also following an alternate vaccine schedule).  This post is for those who have decided to vaccinate their children – if you are not getting your kids vaccinated, this information doesn’t really apply for you.

Last week my blog friend Katy directed me toward some information about certain vaccines that I was not aware of, and I feel like I need to pass it on.

First, a little bit about vaccines (I’m sure you all know this already, but stick with me).  Vaccines contain a deadened form of pathogens that cause certain illnesses.  When your body is exposed to these pathogen, it will create antibodies against the pathogen.  Because the pathogen is already weakened or dead, it won’t cause you to contract the disease through the vaccine, but if you are ever exposed to the real thing, your body will already have everything it needs to fight it off.

Now, for diseases caused by bacteria, they can just obtain the bacteria by culturing them directly, but for diseases caused by viruses it’s a little more complicated.  Viruses do not reproduce on their own – they need to grow inside living cells in order to reproduce.  So in order to produce a vaccine for viral diseases, they need living cells to be able to grow the virus and produce the vaccine.  Typically they use animal cells, like cells from chick embryos or monkey kidneys.

But what I wasn’t aware of is that they also sometimes use cells from cell lines that originally came from aborted human babies.

Please read this article for a more detailed explanation and for a list of vaccine brands that use fetal cells, as well as a list of alternative vaccine brands that do not use fetal cells: Vaccines, Abortion, and Fetal Tissue, Right To Life Michigan.

I am pro-life.  I believe life begins from the moment that the sperm and egg meet, and it is sacred in whatever stage of development.  It is horrifying to me that the medical community would take advantage of the victims of something as awful as abortion for research purposes.  Even worse are the companies that use aborted children to test food products on, which you can read about here and here.

To say I was disturbed would be an understatement.  I did some of my own research into the subject, and the more I researched the more I realized how wide-spread this kind of experimentation is.  It’s enough to make me just wish I didn’t know.   I feel like the life issue is my issue, something I can get passionate about.  And maybe I was naïve before, but I never realized how much this kind of thing goes on.  It’s so hard to care so much sometimes.

Thankfully I called my doctor’s office to find out what brands of vaccines they use, and they do use the non-fetal-cell alternatives where possible.  Unfortunately there are a few vaccines that do not have an FDA-approved alternative, and therefore there is no non-fetal-cell alternative for them in the US (the Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hep A vaccines do not have ethical alternatives in the US). 

I’m going to be honest and say that I’m still undecided on what to do about the MMR vaccine since there is no other alternative in the United States, but Derek and I will seek out non-fetal-cell alternatives wherever possible.  I’ve just been spending the past week praying about what to do on this issue.

I have nothing more to say about this right now (to be honest even thinking about it stresses me out), but I wanted to give you all the information so that you can find the non-fetal-cell vaccines for your kids where possible, and so that you can make up your own mind about the vaccines that do not have non-fetal alternatives.  I hesitate to post this, because I know how much this information has tormented me, but I felt you all had a right to know.

To sign a petition for manufacturers to produce ethical vaccines, click here.

Senator Ralph Shortey introduced a bill in an attempt to ban fetal-cell research in developing food products earlier this year, and he received a lot of grief over it.  To send him a note of support you can click here, especially if you live in Oklahoma.

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Bridget said...

Wow! I am taking Abbie to her 1 year appointment today. Printing out the list and taking it with me. I had no idea! Thank you so much for the information. I've never been the one who has been against vaccines, but I am very much so pro life and that is really troubling that to my knowledge, hardly anyone knows this!

HIS daughter said...

Wow...even just reading this helped clarify it in my mind! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!


Jenna said...

Thanks for posting this Callie! We've had Jax on an alternate vaccine schedule too, but I didn't know about the fetal cells. I will definitely look into it more for Lexi's vaccines. Thanks again!

Natalie said...

Oh my gosh. That is horrifying. Callyn JUST got vaccines yesterday. I am going to have to look into this more, thanks for the info.

Veronica and Daniel said...

Thanks for the info and the great links! We dont have any little ones yet, but will be reading up on the topic for future decisions.

Felicia said...

I've been hearing a lot about the Pepsico incident, and now to find that it's in vaccines... Isn't it just terrifying what else they could be researching on human stem cells?

LeAnna said...

Excellent information, I'm glad you're sharing this. Senator Shortey did indeed receive a lot of flak over his bill, unfortunately. We choose not to vaccinate for many personal reasons, but this very issue was of major consideration behind our decision. I would not have known about it had I not read books from both sides of the vaccination debate.

CourtneyKeb said...

I had NO idea.

Elyse said...

Thank you so much for this information! It is very eye opening!

OlyviaNoel said...

Wow! Completely eye opening... we already use an alternate vax schedule, but now I'll be asking about their specific vaccine names next time I take Matthew. Thanks for this post - I'm going to keep researching!

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