Much of the debate about vaccines safety is over the use of harmful chemicals and the questionable link between autism. Yet you rarely hear any discussion about the risks of getting vaccinated when you have a pre-existing condition. Your health at the time of vaccination determines the effectiveness of the vaccine and your chances of having a bad reaction.

    Did you know that there is a manufacturer warning about this risk in every package insert of every vaccine on the market today? These package inserts serve as instructions and guidance for medical professionals on how to properly administer vaccines. Government websites like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) also has dedicated sections to help you determine if you should hold off on getting a vaccine.

    Unfortunately, doctors are under pressure to see as many patients as possible and often don’t take the time to properly assess a patient’s risk. Nowadays, it’s actually the nurse who gives shots or sometimes it’s a random pharmacist at your local drugstore. They may not know your history or even ask about recent illnesses. We assume they know and we never think to question medical authority. That’s because as consumers, we don’t demand information or education from our doctors. We just trust.

    There will be times when you or your child should not get vaccinated. And you can’t always rely on your doctor to know when you’re at risk which means you must be more proactive when it comes to your health and safety.


    What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

    A pre-existing condition includes any condition, illness, or use of medication that is/has weakened your body’s immune system. For example, if your child has the flu, or is taking a steroidal medication, or you are pregnant: these conditions suppress the immune system. If you or your child get vaccinated in this weakened state, it can overwhelm your immune system and result in an adverse reaction in the form of nausea, fever, headache, vomiting, or seizures.

    Here’s the problem: we don’t always know when our immune system is compromised. Some children are born with a genetic pre-disposition to an immune disorder or have an under-developed immune system. A pediatrician might be unaware there’s even a problem because there are no outward signs or symptoms. This is why some children may have an adverse reaction while others don’t. Unfortunately, some doctors miss the red flags or don’t ask the right questions making it easy for an oversight to occur.


    How to Play It Safe

    Doctors and scientists can’t predict risk. When a medical professional gives a vaccine injection, they typically have no idea of your unique risk factors. They don’t know your predisposition, tolerance for chemicals, or your current level of toxicity. That’s where you step in as the expert. Before any vaccination, take the time to assess your recent health. Note any chronic symptoms, illnesses, rashes, or allergies and report this to your doctor. This is especially important when it comes to vaccinations for young children with developing immune systems. If you think your immune system has been compromised, ask to postpone the vaccination. Any good medical professional will support your request.

    You no longer have to depend on your doctor or the government to keep you informed. Don’t waste your time waiting to be educated—instead be accountable for your own health and education and speak your voice.

    If you’d like more eye-opening information on vaccine safety for you and your family, download a Parent’s Guide to Vaccines.

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