Coughs, sniffles and ‘orrible snotty noses (and my thoughts on the Immunisation schedule!)

That’s the name of the game in our house this week…my two little ones have come down with  really AWFUL colds!  So once again it is no sleep for mummy – don’t you love it!  I foolishly said to Johan last week that I was getting really tired and starting to feel seriously sleep deprived.  Well that gave the Universe the go ahead to just make it worse…hence the sick children!

I usually don’t worry too much when the kids are sick and try to get by with LOTS of sleep, LOTS of fluids and Panadol or Nurofen combined with sponge baths for high temperatures (as a last resort) as I really don’t like putting extra drugs/chemicals into their little bodies.  You hear of all these wonderful treatments in the media only to be told six months later that the particular chemical combination is cancer causing.

However this morning we noticed that Conor (2 tomorrow) had a a rash of small red dots on his stomach, so we dutifully rang the local doctor’s surgery, only to be told that they had no appointments as there were only two doctors on duty…in flu season!!  After some discussion I was put through to the nurse, who started out by asking after his immunisations (we only did to 6 months and now that we know more have not immunised our daughter – 4mths) and then given a stern lecture about the dangers of not immunizing which brings me to my rant…our immunisation schedule.

In Australia we have a daunting array of immunisations that we are expected to give to our children before they turn two.  These include

BirthHepatitus B

2 months – Rotavirus (a live virus!!! so contagious they tell you to be really careful when changing your child’s dirty nappies after they’ve had it!), Tetanus,Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), Polio, Diptheria, Hepatitus B again, Whooping cough and Pneumococchal disease.

4 months – as above

6 months and again

12 monthsMeasles, Rubella, Pneumococchal disease, Mumps, Hib, and Meningococchal disease

18 months – chicken pox

Our children are given all these while they are at  their smallest and most vulnerable, most of them given by 6 months of age!  I question whether my children need ALL of these.  Especially since many are given in combination which has been shown to cause adverse effects and in some cases linked to autism.

And then there is mercury…

“A new study found that primates that received just ONE vaccination containing thimerosal, the mercury-preservative found in many vaccines including the new swine flu shot, had significant neurological impairment when compared with those who received a saline solution injection or no injection at all” from an article by Dr Mercola

Thimerosal is used in many Hepatitis B, DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis-whooping cough), diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (DT and Td), tetanus toxoid (TT), influenza, and other vaccines.  Mercury is the second most toxic metal besides plutonium.

Another concern is the use of Formaldehyde in vaccines to kill live viruses. Formaldehyde is a known cancer causing agent.  It is also used in embalming fluid…and yet we inject it into ourselves and our children.

The hard thing for me as a mother is that I want the best for my children. I don’t want them to contract fatal diseases, but neither do I want to poison them unnecessarily.  There is a lot of information around and it can be hard to make decisions, especially when government payments are linked to immunisation and there are comprehensive media campaigns on its benefits (funded by the pharmaceutical companies, who also offer kick backs to our legislators, which is a concern).

I think the only thing we can do as parents is find out information for ourselves before we blindly do something because the hospital, doctor,  government etc recommends it.  But the choice is ultimately a personal one.

In our family, my husband and I were both immunised as children, as were our older two children….BUT the schedule was different.  There was no Measles, Mumps, Rubella, rotovirus, Hepatitus B or chickenpox.  Flu vaccines were not part of the prescribed schedule.  We have decided to immunise our younger two children from two years, and then only one vaccine per six months, no combination vaccines.

We believe that catching childhood diseases such as measles and chicken pox rounds out your immune system and I personally had measles, mumps, Rubella (also known as German measles) and chicken pox as a child.  My children are also breastfed which I believe boosts their immunity.

This has not been an easy choice for us. In fact it has been downright scary…we have worried that our children may die because of our choice…but then the other arguments are also compelling.

Please add your comments and let me know what choices you have made for your children.Immunisation Baby : Vaccination: doctor injecting baby Stock Photo



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1 Comment

  1. Wilma

    Hi Larissa, wasn’t aware that you were expected to immunise children against so many things. I think Trystan has only had the ones your family and ours had as children. I don’t believe in flu injections except for the aged and those with serious breathing conditions. Ray and i have never had a flu needle and don’t plan on one until we’ve had several nasty bouts…. so far, none. Mixing with their peers should give most children all they need. Hang in there but watch the nasties like diphtheria, polio and whooping cough. xx

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