Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Are the children in America being over immunized??

Are our children in America being over immunized?
By: HollyAnne Petrie

Ok, let me begin with the statement that I am not a doctor, I am not a licensed anything; I am not an expert in the field of human health- I am a graduate from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Criminal Justice. I am just a person and a concerned mother. With that being said; I have some serious issues with the vaccinations that are being given to our children. As a mother, I only want what is best for my children. In America children are required to be vaccinated if they want to enter into school. There are a few exceptions to this: religious beliefs, moral and philosophical views. What if your child was vaccinated and you followed the entire rules and regulations to get your child into school? The phone rings, it is the school nurse telling you that there was a problem with your child’s immunization records. “What could this be?” you ask. Well, they hate to inform you that unfortunately your child was immunized with the MMR shot 10 DAYS before their 1st Birthday. What do you say when the nurse tells you that your child will be kicked out of school in less than one month if they are not re- vaccinated? So you ask yourself, “What in the world is wrong with this system?” We are not talking about months before this 1st Birthday. We are talking about 10 days. According to the vaccine website at it stated that the, “Illinois school code section 27-8.1 requires all children entering into school to provide proof that your child has been immunized.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not have a problem with immunizations. I have a problem when the state steps in and forces people to have more vaccinations even when they had them previously. According to the CDC website located at, people who have previously had the MMR shots should not have them again. The website advises against this. It states exactly this “People should not get the MMR vaccine who have ever had a life threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or people who have previously had a dose of MMR vaccine”.
My 6 year old son will be kicked out of school in October if I do not comply with the state of Illinois request to re-vaccinate him. What is wrong with this situation? I was absolutely floored when I got the call from the school nurse of the Harlem School District telling me this absurd news. I could understand if he had never had this shot before. Anyone who has children knows the controversy behind shots- but specifically the MMR vaccine. It has been said, but not proven that it can cause children to become autistic as well as develop ADHD. At the proven side effects to the MMR vaccination are as follows: Atypical measles, arthritis, encephalitis, death, aseptic, meningitis, nerve deafness, as well as ear infections (
Now, what it does not state is that your child can have a fever, as well as have all of the symptoms of having the flu (as my son did). Is that a risk that parents are willing to take; if giving your child one shot can cause that many side effects? What would the second set of shots do to a child who has already received this shot? According to the Green Health Watch website- the children who had the MMR vaccines were 45% more likely to have developed autism compared to the children who had not had the MMR vaccine. I am sorry, as a parent who loves her children more than anything in the world- would I be such a great parent if I allowed the state to come in and re-vaccinate him? He had the shot- I complied with the state’s request- why is a 10 day period before the first birthday being brought into light as such a big deal. If I re-vaccinate him, and he gets sick from it again, runs a fever, and throws up, I am going to feel, as a parent, that I have failed him. I am his mom; I am supposed to be able to protect my children. What do you do when you have no choice and people look at you like you are a bad parent for not re-vaccinating him with something that could potentially be dangerous? The CDC warns against having this shot administered once the person has already received it. There is a reason for this, why can I not get anywhere with the state of Illinois? Why should my son have to be kicked out of the 1st grade over a mistake that the doctor made? Should his pediatrician have caught this? If they are administering the shots- should they not know the regulations of the state? Was this even a regulation when my son was vaccinated? My son would not have to worry about leaving the 1st grade had his doctor adhered to the regulations of the state. How, as his mother, am I going to fight the state of Illinois, who is withholding my child’s education because of a perceived 10 day mistake?
If I never had him vaccinated, would he be penalized for having his immunization too late? I think not!! As long as his body has produced the necessary antibodies from receiving this vaccination, why should it matter when it was administered? So the first step for me was to call the doctor’s office and request that he draw blood from my son to see if he had the antibodies built up against these diseases. That request was denied. Step two, is to contact the public, this would be you the reader. Requesting that any parent in the state of Illinois who is having or has had this problem please contact me, at a special email set up for this reason. At this time I am working on building a website with friends to allow links for information and research on the MMR vaccinations. Please be patient.
Once we have a group of parents, proving that the State cannot and will not be able to isolate us to force us to comply with something that may hurt our children. We can then work together to make this a safer place for our children. We are AMERICANS, we are supposed to be free, we are supposed to work together with one another to make this a safe and free place for our children to grow. United we may be able to make the difference it will take to do this. I ask that you join me in the fight to protect our children and not let some official in the State of Illinois School board tell us that it does not matter what our doctor says, they know best for our children.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I cant believe it is finally happening, I beat the statistics!

Wow, I cant believe it is finally happening. I beat the statistics! I am graduated from college with a associates degree in criminal justice. Wow, I am so beyond proud of myself! A little history for everyone. I found out that I was pregnant when I was 15 years old. I figured that my life was pretty much over with. The day that I found out, I was with my mother, who then sat me down and explained to me that I had one of two choices, give my baby up for adoption and go on living a semi normal life...Or have the baby and keep him. It was a very difficult decision because I was only 15. I decided when I was 4 months pregnant that I was absolutly going to keep my baby, and I knew what that meant for the rest of my life. There would be no more cheerleading, no more volley ball, no more hanging out with my friends...That meant no home coming dances, no spirit nights, no prom, no graduation in a normal college.That meant growing up to an adult status even before he was to be born. So much weight was dummped into my lap, because of the decisions that I made for myself. When my son was born, it was amazing. My mother helped me as much as she could..but with her working a full time job, helping me take care of a new born was the last thing that she wanted to do. The father of my son, he and I did not live in the same place, so the help was not there from him at that time. I was faced with a coliky baby who cried all of the time, no matter what I did to comfort him. I was so exhausted...My mother later down the line when my son was about 4 months talked me into going back to an alternative high school to graduate a year later than my class. I did go back, and I was taking classes while my son was in the day care at the high school. A month after starting school again, I got into a car accident that required me to have surgery on my back, which was a long recovery process...Heck, I am still trying to recover all of the way from that....I then was declaired disabled by the government because of my back. ...I moved out of my moms house at the beginning of 2005, and got my own apartment with my son and his father. It was a learning experience, let me tell you. There no longer was my mom to turn to for the help with asking questions...I was still young and trying to figure out the type of mom I was suppose to be. He was 2 going on 3 at that time...I found out that I was pregnant again andb.My daughter was born in october of 2006. I just turned 20- 5 days after she was born..So I knew what to expect..The problem was that my daughter was born 8 weeks prematurly. She only weighed 5lbs. When she was born, I could not see her. The nicu team was in my room and rushed her away, the minute she was born. I was in labor and having contractions for 5 days before I actually had her. The hospital staff was trying to stop the labor..The 5th day my daughter did not want to wait any longer and after active labor for 8 hrs..she was here in the world. I finally got to see her 2 hours after she was born, and it was one of the scariest and happiest days of my life. Being wheeled into the nicu not knowing which baby is yours had me in tears right away, I just wanted my baby in my arms. I finally got to hold her. She was so beautiful and so very tiny..Campared to my son who weighed 8 almost 9 pounds when he was born. ..After 3 days in the hospital I got to leave and my daughter had to stay for an extra day. It was very hard leaving the hospital with a ton of ballons, and gifts and no baby. In 2007, I was encouraged by the love of my life and the father of my children to get back into school once again and graduate this time. For mothers day, I was presented with a gift of enough money, to get back into school. I graduated with my High school diploma that June. That October I enrolled into an online college, The university of Phoenix...If you ould have asked me at the beginning of all of this did I think I would ever be a high school graduate, I would have looked at you and cried and said no. If you would have asked me did I think I would ever be a college graduate, I would have cried and walked away from you. I beat the statistics...I have been through hell...The point of this story is that If you think that you have it hard, someone has it 10 times harder than you do. Someone faced with the same circumstance may never graduate college and stay a statistic because they choose not to work hard enough, to get to where they are going. Just because I had a messed up start to life- I am right where God wants me to be now. It was a scary, out of this world ride to where I am now, but I made it and any one faced with some of the same things can make it too!! I pulled me and my children out of the ghetto- and put us in the most amazing neighborhood, and school district. I am going to give my kids a chance in life, a chance that I took too soon in life.