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Rosemont HS Newsblast: Yearbooks, Free Vaccines, More

A look at Rosemont High School's latest newsletter.

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, there aren't many big events listed on this week's Newsblast. There is still information that may be of use to parents and students–like two upcoming Tdap vaccination clinics at area high schools.

See the above PDF for more information.

Brian May 24, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Students don't have to get the Tdap vaccine (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) if one of their parents signs the Personal Beliefs Exemption form. http://eziz.org/PDF/IMM-1038_PBEforminstructions.pdf Read the package inserts to learn about the risks of the vaccine. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM142764.pdf http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/UCM152842.pdf
Cody Kitaura (Editor) May 24, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Hi Brian, I took a look at both of those FDA links. What specific risks are you concerned about?
Kim Kovalchik-Ii May 25, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Cody, Our soon-to-be 18 year old son suffered horrendous vaccine reactions to his whole cell DPT vaccine in 1993. He initially reacted, immediately upon receipt of his vaccine, with complete somnolence. Somnolence is excessive sleepiness; we could not awaken him to either feed him and/or change him. Immediately upon awakening from his somnoletic state, he erupted into a high pitched scream which lasted for approximately 3 hours. Nothing we did could console him. Later, and not quite remembering the exact time-frame here, he suffered with petit mal seizures. His reactions were recorded in his medical file; he was medically exempted from any further pertussis component containing vaccine. Unfortunately, during our research afer our son's reactions, we discovered, thru painstaking research into peer reviewed medical journal articles, that these side effects were known as early as the 1940's, when the whole cell, more crude, DPT vaccine first came on the market. Unfortunately, the much touted 'safer' acellular aversion, the Tdap, is still quite reactive. Even though our son's reactions were noted in his medical file (thank goodness), I still had to report his reaction myself, to the VAERS reporting system (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System). VAERS is a passive reporting system; it is estimated that just ten percent of all vaccine reactions, are reported to VAERS.

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