Be informed when it comes to vaccinations

Concern about mercury in vaccines has been disproved by math (one can of tuna fish contains more mercury than 50 vaccines). Now the anti-vaccination movement has turned toward aluminum to mislead people into putting children and community at risk by failing to vaccinate.

Childhood diseases like measles and mumps, previously eradicated in the U.S., have resurfaced in communities where vaccination rates have fallen below 90 percent. Alpena County is ripe for childhood disease and death, with vaccination rates below 90 percent (except for polio).

Besides death, there are other outcomes of measles and mumps. Measles feared complication is encephalitis, leading to permanent deafness or mental retardation. Anti-vaxers claim encephalitis as a reason for not vaccinating, yet math shows unvaccinated children are seven times more likely to develop encephalitis than are vaccinated children. Mumps causes testicular atrophy and decreased fertility, sometimes permanent sterilization, in 10 percent of infected boys. The vaccine never does this.

Aluminum is the most common naturally-occurring element in soil, averaging 70,000 mg per kilogram in soil. By skinning a knee or playing in the mud, a child gets more aluminum exposure than all childhood vaccines combined. One cupcake contains five times more aluminum than all the recommended childhood vaccines through age 2. If your children attend a birthday party, they’ve already consumed more aluminum than all their recommended vaccines.

Other items exposing you to more aluminum than vaccines: restaurant food, all non-iron cookware, eating utensils, metal-canned food/pop, most cosmetics/lotions, all commercial flours, all infant formulas, nearly all toothpastes, all antacids, all antiperspirants, all filtered cigarettes. In short, you cannot live with any modern society convenience and fail to be exposed to far more aluminum on a daily basis than any vaccine.

Listen to your pediatrician. Science, not fear, will protect your child.

Allan P. Frank, MD MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

MSU College of Human Medicine