Managing Editor's Note: I received this email from the mom of a child with Cystic Fibrosis. I'm running it with her permission, although I've removed her name for privacy reasons. I'm hearing from parents in all walks of life that they are afraid of the ramifications of over-vaccinating their children. Paul Offit may have gone after us -- the autism community -- for lifting the wool that had been firmly tugged over health consumers' eyes - he's going to have to write several more books to cover all of the parents who now have very real questions about our national vaccination policy as it relates to each individual child. At least his agent will be happy.
My son is not a child with autism. He is however a child with cystic fibrosis, sensory integration dysfunction, horrible allergies and a former preemie. People with cystic fibrosis have their own gut issues, similar but not quite the same as people with autism. In searching for help with his sensory issues I discovered the autism community.
I have to say that I have learned so much about healing the gut from you all, though I wish no child had to go through any of this stuff. Anyway, long story short, I follow the autism community closely now. We found an allergist who is also a DAN doctor and have been following a protocol very similar to what I see you all doing and we are seeing improvement!
We've also got the lab work that shows high levels of metal in the blood and hair. Of course, he is fully vaccinated as most all preemies and/or kids with cystic fibrosis are. Each year of course the flu shot is pretty close to a "requirement" for kids with cystic fibrosis. Each year we struggle with the decision on whether or not to get the flu shot and each year become more angry that in the United States of America we have to be concerned about the safety of the shot or fear how many kids will use the flu mist and be shedding the virus in the classroom!
Imagine the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I found the information printed below in the newsletter that our PTA sends us via email. To my knowledge our school is not doing this but I would suspect that there are schools out there that will as this is a national PTA newsletter.
Best of luck to you and the group at Age of Autism. You all do a wonderful job.
Parents: Let's Fight Flu Together
Let's Fight Flu Together is an influenza awareness and vaccination campaign designed to urge children, families and members of the community about the risks of and recommendations regarding influenza; and to give them opportunity to get vaccinated against influenza.
PTA is working with Flu Busters, a leading provider of on-site vaccinations, and Novartis Vaccines, to provide convenient access to influenza vaccinations in local communities. Local PTAs are invited to host vaccination clinics on-site at local schools.
With the influenza season fast approaching, receiving an annual vaccination is the best defense in preventing this serious disease. This fall, PTA is asking you to Educate, Motivate, and Vaccinate in order to help protect children and their families from contracting influenza—ultimately keeping the whole family in school, at work and healthy!
Beginning the week of August 18th, local units will be receiving an Influenza Education & Vaccination Outreach Kit that provides turn-key materials for you to schedule and host an influenza vaccination clinic at your PTA school. There will be a series of template
documents and guides for you to customize and use to build awareness among students,
parents, school officials, and local media.
The cost for each shot is $30.00, of which $4.00 will be donated to the local PTA hosting the clinic and $1.00 to the state PTA. Free vaccinations are available to those that meet the qualifications of the federal Vaccine for Children (VFC) program.
To register your school for an on-site influenza clinic for your students and community, please visit pta.org/flushotclinics or call 1-866-782-3014. Clinics are available from October through December. It's very important to sign-up early to ensure the best date for your school's calendar.