A vaccine is usually specific to one disease but not to another (hepatitis B vaccine and tetanus vaccine). Vaccination consists of introducing a substance (germ, bacterium, virus) into the body with the aim of causing the production of antibodies to protect against the disease. The active substance of a vaccine is an antigen intended to stimulate the body’s natural defenses (the immune system). The immune reaction allows the antigen to be stored so that the immunity can be activated more quickly during a next contamination.
Antibodies are produced by B lymphocytes differentiating into plasma cells. However, some vaccines do not cause the formation of antibodies but cause a cellular reaction (BCG → tuberculosis vaccine). Vaccines should only be given to healthy people.
The different types of vaccines:
There are different types of vaccines:
- Bacterial vaccines:
- Attenuated living
- Killed (rabies vaccine)
- Toxoids (toxins made by bacteria)
- Polysaccharides (part of the germ)
- Viral vaccines:
- Live attenuated (polio vaccine)
- Totally inactivated (hepatitis A vaccine or Sars-Cov-2)
- Inactivated antigenic fraction (hepatitis B vaccine)
What are the risks of side effects from a vaccine?
The undesirable effects depend on the infectious agent combated, the type of vaccine (attenuated, inactivated, etc.), the mode of administration, the nature of the solvent, the presence of adjuvants and antibacterial chemical preservatives.
As with all medicines, vaccines can cause unwanted effects (or side effects). The most common side effects are mild fever and pain or redness at the injection site. Serious side effects are very rare and are carefully monitored and researched when they occur.
The reporting of possible side effects, whether serious or not, by healthcare professionals and patients, helps to continuously improve vaccine safety.
Contraindications for vaccination:
Vaccines are contraindicated in cases of immune deficiency, especially cellular, constitutional or acquired (neoplasia, treatment with immunosuppressants or corticosteroids, HIV).
Some people cannot be vaccinated for reasons related to their condition. These contraindications (illness, pregnancy for certain vaccines, allergy, etc.) are well known and relate to each vaccine: before prescribing and then before carrying out a vaccination, the doctor checks whether or not the patient can be vaccinated at the scheduled time.
To limit the risk of side effects from a vaccine, some common sense advice should be followed:
- Make the compulsory vaccinations:
Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, plus viral hepatitis for healthcare workers.
- In addition, do only the essential vaccinations given the person’s age, community life, activity (professional and leisure), travel:
For example, tetanus is strongly recommended for people who are gardening.
- Prefer unitary vaccines to injections containing several incorporated vaccines:
The reactions will be less severe with single vaccines than with multiple vaccines in the same injection. Unfortunately, Unitarians are getting harder and harder to find.
- Space vaccinations as far as possible from each other:
In the event of recalls, you just have to make sure you stay within the maximum time limit required. This gives the body the opportunity to recover in between.
Avoid vaccines with adjuvants:
Look at the labels. Because according to the brands, the compositions of the vaccines are different.
- Only give the vaccine to physically fit people:
It makes good sense, but it is too often forgotten! Likewise, avoid getting too tired in the days following a vaccination.
- Avoid vaccines (except the flu vaccine or Sars-coV2, for those who want it) in the fall and winter, during which many viruses such as influenza and other infections are rampant.
- Also avoid periods of high heat for vaccinations.
- Always respect the contraindications of vaccines.
- Homeopathy is of great help in limiting the long-term side effects of vaccines:
These remedies can be taken preventively or to treat a side effect that has already occurred. They will not alter the action of the vaccine on the target disease, but they will reduce the possible negative reactions: recurrent infections, allergy, fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barré syndrome, etc.
Example of a homeopathic protocol to limit the adverse effects of vaccines:
- The day before or the morning of the vaccination: Thuja 9 CH, 1 dose
- The first Sunday after vaccination: Thuja 9 CH, 1 dose
- The second Sunday: VAB 15 CH, 1 dose
- The third Sunday: Silicea 15 CH, 1 dose
- On the fourth Sunday, depending on the vaccination performed, 1 dose of:
Regarding the Covid-19 vaccine:
- The day before the vaccination: Silicea 15 CH, 1 dose
- On the day of vaccination: Apis mellifica 30 CH, 1 dose
- After vaccination: Ledum palustre 5 CH, 1 dose after injection and Gelsemium 15 CH, 5 granules 3 times a day for 4 days
These very useful remedies do not, however, prevent serious risks, such as multiple sclerosis or other degenerative diseases which seem to be linked to the reactivation by the vaccine of genes in a latent state in the person.