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Christina R Quinlan DPT- Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks Vaccines have been miracle potions for most Americans sparing children and adults alike from deadly diseases Today however certain vaccines are worrying some pediatricians parents scientists and federal researchers as an increasingly troublesome treat instead of preventative medicine Society has been taught to believe in the wisdom of vaccinations But how much do parents or even scientists and doctors really know about the crippling side effects Particularly in the case of the pertussis vaccine which has been the most controversial of the childhood immunizations Do the benefits outweigh the risks Vaccines have been a part of childhood Schools require them parents trust them A theory of vaccinations states that by giving a person a mild form of the disease through immunizing agents specific antibodies are produced that will protect us when the real thing comes along This sounds simple enough but nobody seems to inform us that these vaccinations may also create new deadly diseases along with other adverse reactions The vaccine against diphtheria tetanus and pertussis whooping cough are usually administered in a one shot called DPT The P part in the vaccine protects against whooping cough and has been linked to permanent brain damage Excessive Screaming Disorder extreme high fever and crib death James 11 Quinlan 2 Neustaedter described During the recent polio epidemic in Oman the problem of paralytic polio infections onset soon after the DPT vaccination occurred again In this epidemic seventy children aging five to twenty four months contracted polio during 1988-1989 When compared to a control group of children without polio it was found that a significantly higher percentage of these children received a DPT shot within thirty days of the onset of polio 4142 In a Shot in the Dark by Harris L Coulter and Barbara Fisher parents tell their horrid experiences with the DPT vaccination that devastated their families One
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