By Anne Dachel
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With meningitis outbreaks at several universities that have proved deadly in recent years, including the 2014 death of a San Diego State University student, the answer might seem clear.
But experts said the decision-making is complicated because a child’s chance of suffering this bacterial infection is infinitesimal while the efficacy and safety track record for both approved versions of the vaccine is limited.
A bulletin from the agency said recently approved meningitis B vaccines “may be administered” to young adults ages 16 to 18. But the vaccine has not been added to the nation’s routine vaccination schedule, and parents are urged to consult their physicians when trying to determine whether to inoculate their children for meningitis.
The discussions are taking place following highly publicized meningitis outbreaks that have put parents on edge.
. . . Meanwhile, Sawyer said newer vaccines on the market lack comprehensive evidence on safety and effectiveness, compared with vaccines that have been administered to tens of millions of people over decades.
Some patients, especially those with a family history of immune-system diseases, can be at higher risk of suffering serious side effects that come with all vaccines — including seizures, life-threatening allergic reactions and paralysis.
There was an incredible statement here. People with "immune-system disease can be at higher risk of suffering serious side effects that come with all vaccines..."
When is anyone checked out for immune-system disease before being vaccinated? When are these side effects ever talked about? Instead, the usual spin from the media is that vaccines are harmless and everyone should be vaccinated.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.