Usefulness of vaccination section of Murphy’s repertory

Dr Anusuya M Akareddy

Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from a disease. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that vaccines are safe and effective way to fight infectious diseases. But limitations to their effectiveness and side effects do exist. Homoeopathic medical repertory consists of a separate chapter on vaccinations which is helpful in daily practice.

Key words: vaccination, homoeopathic medical repertory

Introduction :
A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to particular infectious disease. Vaccines are a way of artificially activating the immune system to protect against infectious disease. The activation occurs through priming the immune system with an immunogen. Stimulating immune responses with an infectious agent is known as immunization.

Limitations to their effectiveness , nevertheless exist. Sometimes, protection fails because of vaccine attenuation, vaccination regimes or administration or host – related failure due to host’s immune system simply does not respond adequately or at all.

Adverse effects:
The rate of side effects depends on the vaccine in question. Host related determinants that render a person susceptible to infection, such as genetics, health status, age, immune competence can be primary or secondary factors affecting the severity of infection and response to a vaccine.

Mild side effects

  • Mild fever
  • Redness, soreness, swelling at the injection site
  • Fatigue, poor appetite
  • Vomiting

Moderate side effects

  • Seizure
  • High fever

Severe side effects

  • Serious allergic reaction
  • other problems such as long term seizure, coma, brain damage

Some homoeopathic medicines have indications for the after effects of vaccinations. Homoeopathic medical repertory by Robin Murphy was published in the year 1993. It consists of a separate chapter “Vaccinations”. Rubrics from the chapter “Vaccinations” can be clubbed under the following headings.

  1. Reactions after vaccination in general
  2. Hypersensitivity reactions
  3. Related to mentals
  4. Related to physical generals
  5. Ailments from particular vaccines
  6. Related to particular
  7. Reactions after vaccination in general
  • Vaccinations, reactions, ailments from
  • Acute reactions
  • Aggravation, in , general, after
  • Chronic reactions
  1. Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Allergic reactions- hives and swelling with rhinitis
  • Allergy, shots, ailments from
  • Hypersensitive , after
  1. Related to mentals
  • Anxiety , vaccination after
  • Imbecility , after
  • Speech , loss of, from vaccination
  1. Related to physical generals
  • Autism, children after vaccination
  • Development, arrested
  • Growth, disorders
  • Hyperactive, children, from
  • Insomnia, sleeplessness after
  • Sleeplessness
  1. Ailments from particular vaccines
  • Cowpox, vaccinia
  • Diphtheria , vaccination ailments from
  • Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (D.P.T), vaccinations, ailments from
  • Measles , mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination, ailments from
  • Mumps , vaccination, ailments from
  • Pertussis, vaccination, ailments from
  • Polio, vaccination , ailments from
  • Rabies, vaccination , ailments from
  • Rubella , vaccination
  • Small pox, vaccination, ailments from
  • Tetanus, vaccination, ailments from
  • Vaccinia
  • Whooping cough
  1. Related to particulars
  • Arms, vaccination, effects
  • Atrophy of right arm, after re-vaccination
  • Axilla , glands, agg, after vaccination
  • Backache, since vaccination
  • Coughing, vaccination, after
  • Eczema, after
  • Emaciation, arms after
  • Eyes, inflammation, after
  • Fever, after
  • Legs, ailments after
  • Paralysis, lower limbs , after vaccination
  • Rash, after vaccination
  • Stomach pain, after vaccination
  • Suppuration, fingernails after vaccination
  • Swelling, over whole arm, red and inflamed
  • Trembling, limbs, vaccination, after second
  1. Related to particular clinical conditions
  • Asthma after vaccination
  • Bacterial infections, vaccination
  • Brain , inflammation , from suppressed eruptions
  • Catatonia
  • Chickenpox, infection
  • Coma, fever from
  • Condylomata, consists of a number of points, roundish, ulcerating edge
  • Conjunctivitis, vaccinations after
  • Convulsions, vaccination , after
  • Erysipelas , after
  • Felon, paronychia after
  • Furuncles, after
  • Infections, after
  • Influenza, vaccination, after
  • Keratitits, eyes
  • Phlyctenules, vaccination after
  • Tuberculosis , incipient
  • Tumors,after vaccination
  • Ulcers

Conclusion :
Various repertories contain rubrics related to vaccinations, but homoeopathic medical repertory contains a separate chapter ‘vaccinations’ which includes all rubrics exclusively related to vaccinations which makes it useful in clinical practice.


  2. Murphy R. Homoeopathic medical Repertory.3rd Noida:B.JAIN PUBLISHERS (P) LTD; 2016.2257-2259P.

Dr Anusuya M Akareddy MD(HOM)
Associate Professor
Department of Repertory, Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru 560079

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