Friday, November 6, 2009

Antibiotics in Vaccinations

A brief description of the antibiotics used in vaccinations followed by information on the harm of antibiotics to the pediatric population.


Interferes with Vitamin B6 absorption. An error in the uptake of B6 can cause a rare form of epilepsy and mental retardation.


An adverse effect of this medicine is ototoxicity. It can result in permanent hearing loss.

Polymyxin B

A mixture of polymyxins B1 and B2, obtained from Bacillus polymyxa strains. They are basic polypeptides of about eight amino acids and have cationic detergent action on cell membranes. Polymyxin B is used for infections with gram-negative organisms, but may be neurotoxic and nephrotoxic.

Chemical Descriptions:United States National Library of Medicine:

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Gentamicin Sulfate

Gentamicin (also gentamycin) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. Gentamicin can cause deafness or a loss of equilibrioception. Gentamicin can also be highly nephrotoxic, particularly if multiple doses accumulate over a course of treatment. –


Unfortunately, antibiotics are excessively prescribed, especially to children. The Center for Disease Control estimates that of the 235 million doses of antibiotics given each year, between 20 and 50 percent are unnecessary. Tragically, this overuse of antibiotics can cause devastating health consequences to children.

Antibiotics Don't Discriminate

Antibiotics do not just go after the pathogenic or "bad" bacteria. They also indiscriminately destroy the beneficial bacteria necessary and vital to good health. Among the more important beneficial bacteria are lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus. They help protect the body against infection. Depleting these organisms can disrupt the balance of the body, suppress immunity, and lead to increased susceptibility to infections by fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Additionally, when antibiotics are used excessively, depleting the beneficial bacteria, there may be an overgrowth of yeast in the body. A yeast infection can suppress immunity, which may lead to recurrent infections.

What's more, antibiotics adversely affect many nutrients, particularly the ones needed by the immune system to fight infection, such as vitamins A and C. One of the most common side effects of antibiotics is diarrhea. This causes a loss of nutrients, especially magnesium and zinc. Some children are on antibiotics for months or even years. Nutritional loss over such a long period of time is debilitating for the body and sets up an environment for more infections.

Serious Infectious Diseases Resistant to Antibiotics

A very frightening consequence of indiscriminate use of antibiotics is the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria have "learned" to outsmart the drugs and have reproduced a generation of stronger, more resistant bugs. Consequently, there are some serious infectious diseases that are no longer responding to antibiotics. If an infection does respond, it often requires five to ten times the amount of the drug that used to be effective.

When your child is continually treated with antibiotics, the bacteria in his or her body may eventually be able to survive the drugs, making it much harder to cure an infection. In the event of a serious bacterial infection, such as meningitis, a much higher dosage of antibiotic may be required or a doctor may have to try different drugs before finding one that will work. The time this takes can potentially be a matter of life or death, since meningitis can be fatal and needs to be treated immediately. Unfortunately, with each try at a different treatment, the bacteria are given another chance to build up their resistance against even more powerful drugs.

Antibiotic resistance can affect the whole family and everyone around the child with a history of frequent antibiotic use. If the child develops resistant bacteria, he or she can pass them along to others through coughing, sneezing, and kissing.

Between one-third and a half of all hospital patients receive antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral medications but up to half of these prescriptions are unnecessary, researchers estimate, fuelling an already serious bacterial drug resistance problem.

To address the problem, Hopkins and other hospitals, have put more than 30 antimicrobial drugs on a "restricted" list, requiring approval by an infectious disease specialist before the pharmacy can dispense them to a patient.

(the over use of antibiotics is so serious the CDC even concedes to how dangerous it is, how it leads to more virulent organisms like MRSA, and major pro vax hospitals like Hopkins up there have restricted lists for antibiotics, yet these are never questioned as components in childhood vaccinations?)

Bacterial Resistance

When bacteria becomes resistant to an antibiotic, that antibiotic can no longer kill that type of bacteria. Excessive use of antibiotics is the number one cause of resistant strains of bacteria, and research shows that 50% of prescriptions for antibiotics are inappropriate (mainly when they are given for coughs and colds). This makes future treatment of bacterial infections more difficult. Many bacteria are now resistant to antibiotics that used to control them. When we turn to newer and more expensive antibiotics, bacteria develop resistance to them as well. In the battle between antibiotics and bacteria, the bacteria seem to be winning.

But the effectiveness of these so-called miracle drugs has waned in recent years as some of the very bacteria they are meant to control have been mutating into new forms that don’t respond to treatment. Many medical experts blame this phenomenon on both the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in recent years in both human medicine and in agriculture.

Antibiotic Resistance a Pressing Health IssueDoctors first noticed antibiotic resistance more than a decade ago when children with middle ear infections stopped responding to them. Penicillin as a treatment for strep has also become increasingly less effective. And a recently discovered strain of staph bacteria does not respond to antibiotic treatments at all, leading medical analysts to worry that certain "super bugs" could emerge that are resistant to even the most potent drugs, rendering some infections incurable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance one of its "top concerns" and "one of the world’s most pressing health problems."

Antibiotic Use In Infants Linked To Asthma

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New research indicates that children who receive antibiotics before their first birthday are significantly more likely to develop asthma by age 7. The study, published in the June issue of CHEST ["Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma From Antibiotic Use in Early Life" ~ Chest 2007 (Jun); 131 (6): 1753–1759 ~ FULL TEXT], the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), reports that children receiving antibiotics in the first year of life were at greater risk for developing asthma by age 7 than those not receiving antibiotics. The risk for asthma doubled in children receiving antibiotics for nonrespiratory infections, as well as in children who received multiple antibiotic courses and who did not live with a dog during the first year.

Really good and really long article on the problematics of antibiotic resistance as a result of over exposure.

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