Vaccines — vaccination programmes have been evolving over many decades and yet still attract controversy.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “Vaccines are crucial to maintaining public health. They are a safe, cost-effective, and efficient way to prevent sickness and death from infectious diseases. Vaccines have led to some of the greatest public health triumphs ever, including the eradication of naturally occurring smallpox from the globe and the near eradication of polio.”

From a historical perspective, Edward Jenner’s work is regarded as the foundation of immunology, which led ultimately to the eradication of smallpox. Smallpox is believed to have appeared around 10,000 B.C. in North Eastern Africa, although the disease was introduced to Europe much later, sometime between the fifth and seventh centuries. So devastating were the effects of smallpox that the Commander of the British forces in North America during the French-Indian War (1754-1767) suggested the deliberate use of smallpox to destroy the enemy – the first example of biological warfare! More of this later.

In Europe during the 18th century, 400,000 people died of smallpox annually, and amongst infants who caught smallpox, fatality rates were as high as 98% in Berlin. However, it was also known that anyone who survived the illness became immune and it had been discovered that inoculation (the introduction of pus from and infected smallpox spot into the skin) resulted in immunity to the disease.

As a teenager, Jenner was apprenticed to a country surgeon and apothecary in Chipping Sodbury, where it is reported that he heard a dairymaid say, ‘I shall never have smallpox for I have had cowpox. I shall never have an ugly pockmarked face’. It was commonly believed that dairymaids were in some way protected from smallpox. Jenner hypothesised that by introducing cowpox to patients, they would acquire an immunity to smallpox. He was able to prove his hypothesis, and termed this method of inducing immunity ‘vaccination’, a term derived from the Latin word for cowpox 'vaccinia'.

And so this is the origin of today’s vaccination programmes. One cannot deny that many of the infectious disease epidemics in history have been curtailed as a result.

Current childhood vaccination programmes include immunisations which are given as early as two months. It has been postulated that at two months of age the immune system is too immature to respond appropriately to the immunisation, and that some of the adjuvants (added to the vaccine to stimulate the immune system) are toxic. Certainly there has been much controversy about the role of vaccines in the subsequent development of autism. Since an immature immune system may not respond to a single antigen (any substance which causes the immune system to produce antibodies), the continued debate about the potential damage caused by the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) single vaccine continues to disconcert some parents.

How can Field Control Therapy address these issues?

FCT does not oppose the use of orthodox vaccines per se. It is very clear that  seroius diseases can be prevented and that vaccination progrrammes have greatly reduced morbidity. But, the timely administration of such vaccines, under the supervision of an FCT practitioner aims to reduce the risk of any untoward effects.

The health of a child can be strengthened via homeopathic treatment to enable a child to lower his or her chances of adverse effects to vaccines, and in cases of such adverse effects, homeopathic treatment can help to mitigate these.


Academic references

Swine 'flu vaccine and narcolepsy

CNS demyelination and quadrivalent HPV vaccination.

Neurodevelopmental disorders following thimerosal-containing childhood immunizations: a follow-up analysis.

Effect of thiomerosal, methylmercury, and mercuric chloride in Jurkat T cell Line

Aluminum and Vaccine Ingredients: What Do We Know? What Don’t We Know?