Josephine Alls rarely gets sick, even though she hasn’t received any vaccinations for more than a year.
Casey and Bryan Alls grew concerned about the number of immunizations doctors were prescribing for their then-infant daughter. So they did some research and decided that they would no longer get vaccinations for Josephine, who is now 21 months old.
Casey Alls documented her thoughts about vaccinations in her book, “Vaccine Information Resource Guide: A Parent’s Discovery.” She started a blog and founded the Maryland Coalition for Vaccine Choice, which puts her and her group at the center of a heated debate on the value of immunizations.
Her book cites Web sites and organizations that link vaccinations with infections and autism. She has also written to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll introduce a bill that will allow parents to have philosophical exemptions to vaccinations.
Under current state law, children can be admitted to school without a certification of immunization if their parents object on religious grounds.
“My philosophy isn’t going to be everyone else’s philosophy,” said Alls, of Annapolis. “So many people trust their pediatrician and don’t dig deeper because everything they’re doing has been a belief system for so long, so why question it?”
Medical organizations defend immunizations, saying that they are necessary to keep serious diseases from spreading. Earlier this month in Minnesota, an outbreak of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) killed an infant whose parents refused vaccinations for the child.
Last year, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed the importance of immunizations as the number of measles cases rose in the country.
“Turning your back on science is not the responsible thing to do,” said Dr. D. James Kalliongis, chief of pediatrics at Anne Arundel Medical Center. “Mostly, you can choose not to immunize because the rest of the population is immunized, and it does protect you, but that’s changing. There are more people that are not vaccinated; that changes.”
Alls’ concerns about immunizations began when she was pregnant, when a few people in her birthing classes mentioned their worries. Once her daughter was born, she and her husband allowed their doctor to give the baby several shots, despite their reservations. When Josephine reached 6 months, they took her to get a flu shot, but decided against taking her to get any more.
An Internet search led Alls to the work of Neil Z. Miller and his book, “Vaccines, Autism and Childhood Disorders.” She also began to question the ingredients in the immunizations and wondered why today’s children are required to get so many. Alls was born in 1974, and her immunization records show that she got six shots from birth to age 4.
“I started wondering, ‘What do I really know about (vaccinations) anyway? What does my doctor know?’ ” Alls said. “When you’re a new parent, you want to do everything that’s right for your child. … I tell people we’re not anti-vaccine, we’re not pro-vaccine, but we’re about making information available.”
Yet not getting immunizations comes with a downside. The outbreak of Hib meningitis in Minnesota this year killed one infant and sickened four others. Three of the cases – including the infant death – were babies whose parents refused to get them vaccinated, according to WebMD. The Hib bacteria can cause pneumonia and meningitis, and can also leave children deaf or with severe brain damage.
Last year, the CDC stressed the importance of vaccinations after measles cases increased around the country. From January to July 2008, there were 131 measles cases in 15 states, and at least 90 percent involved infected people who hadn’t been vaccinated or whose status was unknown, CDC officials said.
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but still exists in other countries. Symptoms include a rash and high fever, and the disease can also lead to ear infections, pneumonia and death.
Kalliongis is no stranger to the vaccination debate. He has often had to stress the importance of the shots to concerned parents. He disagrees with many of the assertions in Alls’ book, particularly her statement that vaccines contain toxic ingredients like aluminum.
Kalliongis noted that these substances are commonly found in the environment. In fact, a nursing mother’s breast milk contains more aluminum than a single vaccine dose, he said.
He constantly encourages his patients to consider what would happen if their child doesn’t get the shot and becomes seriously ill.
“Our immune system is constantly working with what’s in those vaccines,” Kalliongis said. “Why should you fear the vaccine and not fear the illness? … From vaccinations, you would only have the portion of the challenge to your immune system and not be sick.”
Harwood resident Leslie Petro remains unconvinced. She has two sons and her older son has autism. She believes her son was fine until he had his required shots, which “pulled the trigger,” she said.
Petro often educates her friends on the topic, and tells them that, if they must get a vaccination for their youngster, not to do it when the child is not feeling well. In the meantime, she keeps her family on a nutritious diet and watches out for any changes in her children’s health.
“With both of my kids, I’m just following a homeopathic remedy,” Petro said. “It sounds corny, but it’s completely true. They haven’t been to the doctor (since we stopped the vaccinations). … I tell everyone that my son is the healthiest autistic child anyone has ever seen.”
I am very pleased with this article. I am also very happy Dr. James Kalliongis was able to add to my case. This is evidence to what I and many others have discovered. It exposes the true lack of concern, information, facts regarding mass vaccinations that many doctors claim to be experts on. Dr. Kalliongis has no idea what I have researched along with other parents and medical professionals. We have looked at the science, medical journals and consulted with additional medical providers.
We are not ignoring the science. Unfortunately Dr. Kalliongis is among the many that choose to ignore reality and the facts from their own sources.
I am happy to elaborate and rebut on some of Dr. Kalliongis statements:
A Hib meningitis outbreak has killed one Minnesota infant and sickened four others. An Outbreak? I think not. Are people going to contract illnesses? YES. Are some going to be fatal? YES. It is the same thing with vaccinations.
He thinks aluminum is not in vaccines or it is not toxic? He would be wrong on both accounts.
225 mcg of Aluminum, sodium chloride, ammonium sulfate, formalin (solution of formaldehyde and menthanol), sucrose, pertussis antigen and trace amounts of thimerisol – a mercury derivative.
Only a small percentage of adverse reactions are reported to VAERS and even though by law doctors are suppose to report any reactions, they often do not.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome, early onset on HIB, traverse myelitus, aseptic meningitis, invasive pneumococcal disease, upper respiratory infection, ear infections, allergic skin disease, fever, rash, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, high pitched crying, seizures, convulsions and sudden infant death syndrome.
Measles is a relatively harmless disease. Complications are likely with those that have a compromised immune system. Doctors tend to exaggerate the risks. Vitamin A reduces the death rate. Fever reducers increase the death rate.
Death, brain damage, neurological damage, immune system damage, severe allergic reaction, seizures and convulsions, sensory impairments, blood disorders, atypcial measles and other conditions.
I am also a living witness. I contracted a blood disorder right after my single dose measles vaccine in 1975. It was severe, but I fully recovered. People who receive the measles vaccine are 2 1/2 times likely to develop ulcerative colitis. (LANCET April 29, 1995)
Measles death rate was decreasing on its own before the vaccine was even introduced.
Measles Outbreaks happen from time to time. Interestingly enough most of the cases the people were vaccinated.
1984 – 58% of measles cases were vaccinated
1985 – 99%
1986 – 96%
1988 – 69%
1989 – 89%
1995 – 56%
Source: New England Journal of Medicine 1987, JAMA 1990, CDC MMWR’s
Herd Immunity is another flawed theory.
Vaccine Ingredients can be found on the package inserts, but be aware the vaccine makers are starting to change them.
Read about how the vaccines trick the body and affect the Immune System.
Yes environment and nutrition play a big part in our health. That is why not only do we need to take a closer look at vaccinations, but the food you eat and doing our part in cleaning up the planet.
The belief system of mass vaccinations is flawed. This is why we encourage everyone to take the responsibility of investigating on your own. Is there reasonable doubt that vaccines are safe and effective? You be the judge.
MDCVC is for informed choice. We believe that parents have the right to choose what medical interventions, if any, are best for their family. Yes, you should consult with a doctor; but one that is open minded and has done their own research. We are against mandates. You should never be forced, or intiminadted in to doing anything.
By law, the CDC states,”Parents must be informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that parents should be fully informed about the risks and benefits of vaccination by talking to a trusted health care provider. By law, parents, guardians, or patients must be given information in writing about the risks and benefits of vaccination before a vaccine is administered.”
A single piece of paper is not informed consent.
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