Back-to-School Shots

MamacitaWe’re rerunning this post with revisions.  It was originally on our blog summer of 2012, and then rerun August 2013.


One month left of summer vacation, of waking whenever and doing whatever.  One month to fill backpacks with supplies before the school bells ring.  And for some, there’s one month left to get back-to-school vaccinations before ushering in a new school year.

Wait. What?


No, I’m not saying you need to go get those vaccinations.  I’m just pointing out that a lot of people are going to make a date with their doctor to complete yearly school physicals very soon.  Part of that appointment might include getting, or “catching up” with, vaccines.  Some folks will be scrambling right up to the first day of school wondering how to fit in all those “back-to-school boosters” not realizing something:  they don’t have to get them.

More on that fact in a bit.  First, some information on those “school shots” and what can be done about them.

Because of what I know about vaccinations and children and small spaces (their classrooms), the rest of us have one month to get, keep or maintain our health before we too are bombarded with what comes with mass vaccination.  It’s called vaccine shedding.  This occurs when the live virus from a vaccine is transmitted or spread to someone else.  The shedding of the live virus can spread to an unvaccinated person which can cause some serious issues for them.

As shedding occurs, the virus has the capability to be spread to even more people.  It will run its course like any other virus which is actually quite the opposite of what the vaccine program set out to do.  Instead of reducing communicable diseases, they actually proliferate them.  Live vaccines can spread diseases instead of eradicating them through viral shedding.

Viral shedding might have less of an impact if more facts about vaccines were properly presented and then adhered to.  Not only do the package inserts state this, but common sense dictates that if you’ve been injected with a live virus, you should avoid immune-compromised individuals for the duration of incubation.  This means avoid contact with the elderly, the very sick and children for 3-6 weeks time post vaccination.  Have you ever heard of someone receiving the flu shot or other live-virus vaccine and then avoiding human contact so that the live virus can do its thing to offer some sort of immunity?  I bet not.

It would be helpful to know which vaccines are live virus vaccines.

Some live-viruses vaccines are:

Influenza (Trivalent; Quadrivalent; Types A and B) 



Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) 

Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) 



Varicella (chicken pox) 

Other vaccines with the live virus but not usually included on the childhood “recommended” list are:  Adenoid virus (Type 4 and Type 7), Smallpox, Typhoid and Zoster (shingles)

rotateq insert

From the RotaTeq vaccine package insert. The highlighted area shows that those injected with the vaccine were transmitting the virus and very soon after.  Did your provider caution you about this?  Did you quarantine your baby for the duration of the virus’s incubation period?  How much do we really know about vaccines unless we go read the fine print ourselves?


From the ProQuad (M-M-R-Varicella) live-virus vaccine package insert page—clearly states to avoid contact for up to SIX weeks following vaccination.

So, what are the rest of us supposed to do to not be shed upon?  Unfortunately, living in a bubble is out of the question and so is camping out on a deserted island for the next few weeks.


Here are some ideas to boost your own health as the vaccine shedding bombards you.

When large masses of people opt to get their vaccines, some of the Thinking Moms use vitamins and supplements like vitamin D, vitamin C to boost the immune system.  Others add omegas, vitamin A, garlic and coconut oil.  Washing hands with soap and water, getting extra sleep and exercise can help too.  This may be hard, but do your best to avoid contact with anyone you know who has gotten a live-virus vaccine.  So that they don’t endanger anyone else, you could gently remind them the implications of their actions.  You may lose the friend depending on how they respond, but it would be interesting to find out first if they were aware of the repercussions, and second, if they were told by their provider that the package insert states to stay away from certain populations during the shedding period.

Why share this important information?  The two times when viral shedding is most important are mass vaccinations and back-to-school shots.  You are most likely to be affected as the new school year starts and millions of school-aged children prepare to head back to their classrooms and when people line up when the flu shot campaign kicks off.


Now, onto vaccine exemptions and why those back-to-school shots don’t have to be injected.

Some parents are already in the know about vaccine exemptions, but many others are not.   Thankfully, quite a few are learning that they have more of a say than they’ve been told when it comes to how full they want their child’s vaccination record to be.  A great site to visit about school shots is responded to schools’ “recommended” vaccinations with a massive effort.  They successfully launched a billboard campaign in several cities across the United States promoting parents’ vaccination rights.  While many schools across the nation still try to spout the “NO Vaccines?  NO school!” speech, did something better, bigger and bolder.


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Started by, their mission is to educate people on vaccination laws INCLUDING all information within the law like how to obtain exemptions.”

And, please note that the reason I am typing “recommended” vaccinations is because it’s just that; vaccines, for the majority, are recommended, not required.  Only two states in the United States (West Virginia and Mississippi) mandate vaccines while the other 48 states grant religious, philosophical and/or medical vaccine exemptions.

If you are being told that you must get vaccines or else, check out this informative page from National Vaccine Information Council ( with state-by-state exemptions, laws, forms and more:

When you look at this great visual of birth to age five “recommended” childhood vaccines, also from NVIC know that you have the right to say “thanks, but no thanks” to any or all of those listed, starting long before those “back-to-school shot” requests that are being made.

As always, read up on what your health rights are.  The more informed you are, the better able you are to make decisions for yourself and your children.   Plus, it can empower you when you respond to the person pushing the paperwork if their information is incomplete or even inaccurate.  I know firsthand that this information can be useful for all parents because I used to think I had to put my children on the receiving end of the needle.  I learned the hard way that vaccines didn’t work well for my children.  Then I learned that my children didn’t have to have them for the reasons I was being told.

NO shots?  YES, school.  Counting down until the first day.


T-minus one month…



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8 Responses to Back-to-School Shots

  1. Renee says:

    I think this is a great post and brings light to something that many (myself included) didn’t know. However, I must say that I take offensive to what the commenter above (Augustina) says. My brothers and I were all vaccinated on schedule and are completely healthy and rarely get sick. Same with my 2 boys. Now I do a delayed/notified schedule because I think they give too much too fast. Give yourself some credit momma, good genetics and parenting (ie. not using hand sanitizer every 2 seconds and letting your kid be exposed naturally to build up a healthy immune system) goes a long way with being healthy.

  2. c says:

    Try getting an exemption in ny especially in nyc. You’re up against a mountain.
    The parents are like sheep who do nothing to protest and if they are lucky to get their exemption they do jack to help the next family.

  3. Taximom5 says:

    Great post, as always!

    possible edits, if you’re interested:

    1) I have been told that Ne Jersey and Connecticut are mandating the flu shot for school entry this year.

    2) There is mains, scientific evidence that flu shots result in significantly MORE incidences of flu-like illness:
    Increased risk of non-influenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine

    Abstract : “We randomized 115 children to trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) or placebo. Over the following 9 months, TIV recipients had increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections (relative risk: 4.40; 95% confidence interval: 1.31-14.8). Being protected against influenza, TIV recipients may lack temporary non-specific immunity that protected against other respiratory viruses.”

  4. Mamacita says:

    Vera, maybe your friend missed this meme making the rounds awhile back:


  5. nhokkanen says:

    Every fall, second week of school — my son is home sick. This helps explain why. The traditional “cold and flu season” used to start in November, when Vitamin D levels diminished.

    By the way, school districts in states with vaccine exemptions may have laws requiring that shot notifications be accompanied by reminders that those exemptions are available. Some districts conveniently forget to include any mention of vaccine exemptions.

  6. Robyn, RN says:

    Thanks for always sharing the truth! We are so excited to have Thinking Mom, Angele at our upcoming vaccine workshop with Andrew Wakefield! If anyone is in the Frankfort, IL area come learn more!

  7. Vera says:

    Thank you for this blog! You provided excellent information as well as resources for parents who want to do the right thing for their child! I have chosen not to vaccinate my child and have had to make sacrifices for that decision. Just this year actually I lost a friend through it. She found out that my daughter was not vaccinated and refused to have any more playdates with her daughter. She said that she didn’t want them sharing toys. I was devastated. I was so sad that my little girl lost a playmate…and more so because it just didn’t make sense! The way you describe virus shedding makes me realize that I should be the one concerned to allow my child to play with vaccinated children. Not the other way around!

    • Augustina says:

      Awesome article! So glad you are spreading the word….
      Vera, your comment is something I can relate to also. The last 2 sentences are SO TRUE! My motto is “Just say NO to vaccines! And say YES to a healthier life! Our two kiddos are super duper duper healthy and not vaxed. Oldest is 5 1/2 and youngest is 15 mths. No earaches ever, no high fever ever, no allergies, no asthma, no neurological problems, no attention disorders, no nothing….. which I know would not be the case if they were vaccinated. Having healthy children is a blessing. Saying no to vaccines was what I had to do. They make no sense anyway. You don’t inject part of a rotten apple into a healthy apple and expect the healthy apple to stay healthy. You just made the healthy apple rotten. That’s what vaccines do. The ingredients speak for themselves. Uck, Uck, and more Uck….glad more people are waking up. We don’t even understand the complexity of our bodies so why people believe these manufacturers, who are making billions of dollars, over the parents screaming out about how their kid had an adverse reaction to a vaccine, is beyond me. Stop being sheeple and stop making Big Pharma richer at the expense mother nature’s children.
      I tell parents when they try to say outbreaks publicized in the media are caused from non-vaxed kids….I point out how each of those articles always conveniently leave out which of the kid’s that got the disease were vaccinated? But they never fail to remind you to get vaccinated. Vaccines perpetuate disease and cause cancer and a host of other problems. Just look around you. You don’t need to wait for some peer-reviewed article to learn if vaccines are safe. Just look at all the sick kids that have one thing in common, they’ve all been vaccinated. How many non-vaxed kids do you see with all of the current neurological disorders like autism, ADD, allergies, asthma, infertility, etc. And how many special ed kid’s have not been vaccinated compared to those that have. Most special ed kid’s these days have been vaccinated. Talk to other parents. Learn from them. Don’t trust the lies from the CDC and others profiting off of the vaccines. And it’s not a joke there is a real intent to depopulate the human race through mass vaccination, part of Bill Gates and other so called elitists agenda. Bill Gates has openly admitted this more than once. What a sicko!
      Since I started researching vaccines non-stop for the past 6 year’s, I’ve spread the word…..sad my best friend almost loosing her son after getting his MMR vaccine was one of the reason’s I started questioning more. So glad he pulled through and I’m here with 2 beautiful and healthy children….Learn from your peers…..Vaccines Suck! And they’ve never been proven to be effective and clearly aren’t safe…….
      My heart goes out to all of the injured people and animals after getting vaccinated. Time to stop believing the lies from those that stand to profit from vaccines. Including pediatricians……

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