When I have conversations with folks about vaccines, I often hear comments like,
“I was vaccinated. There is nothing wrong with me.”Baby Boomer Guy
“My generation was vaccinated and we didn’t have these chronic health problems.”Gen X-erAnd, most often,
“The studies show that vaccines are perfectly safe.”Mom next doorAs the discussion continues, I realize these individuals do not know what the vaccine schedule looks like for a child born in 2013. They are shocked when they see the current schedule. This is not how we, and our parents and grandparents were vaccinated.
To prove my point, I dug up my own vaccine record and am comparing it to the current schedule in a similar chart.
Here is how I was vaccinated as a child born in June of 1975:
Here is how I would be vaccinated if I was born today, in 2013. Ages in red represent new vaccinations added to the schedule since I was vaccinated.
*There are small variations in ages and doses depending on which brand of the vaccine the child receives.
You can view the CDC’s recommended schedule here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html
I received the DTP vaccine. This whole cell vaccine was replaced with the DTaP vaccine in 1996 because of concerns that the pertussis portion of the DTP shot caused high fever, febrile seizures, irritability, encephalitis, and SIDS in some children. I received DTP at 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 5 years, with a booster at 17 years old, which is slightly different than today’s schedule but with the same amount of doses. The big difference is that my mother did not receive the DTaP vaccine in her third trimester of pregnancy (a time of great neuronal development for a developing fetus), like the recommendation that was put in place for pregnant women in 2013.
I received my initial vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella as three separate vaccines.
One for measles: approx. 13 months of age
One for Rubella: approx. 2 years of age
And, one for the Mumps: approx. 32 months of age
This is interesting because Merck stopped making separate vaccines for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella in 2009. Now, parents only have the choice of giving all three antigens at the same time.
Does this increase in the schedule represent a judicious use of a pharmaceutical intervention or an attempt to replace an immune system with pharmaceuticals?
While many may view this expanded vaccine schedule as a hopeful modernization and breakthrough for public health, I cannot help but notice that the public, and especially our children are not that healthy.
In 1975, it is estimated the autism rate was about 1 in 10,000. In 2013, the CDC released a new study stating that 1 in 50 school aged children have autism. Talk to any parents of young children and you quickly realize there has been a devastating change in childhood health with increases in Type 1 Diabetes, Juvenille Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Autism, Food Allergies, Eczema, Asthma, Developmental Delays, and other sensory and autoimmune conditions. Why does a country with such an aggressive vaccine schedule have such high rates of infant and child mortality, autism, and childhood chronic disease? It begs the question:
As the schedule grows, are we creating healthier children?
In 1986, Congress removed all liability from vaccine manufacturers with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. It was after this law was passed that the schedule began to dramatically increase. At around the same time, in the mid-1990s, genetically modified foods hit the store shelves. And, we are living at a time with the highest use of unstudied toxic chemicals pulsing through our environment.
There has never been a single study of the current vaccine schedule. They have never studied the effects of giving multiple vaccinations in one appointment. And, they have certainly never studied the effects of giving these vaccines in children on a steady diet of genetically modified food and constant exposure to toxic chemicals.
Is it “anti-vaccine” to question an unstudied schedule? Why does it evoke such hostility to question toxic ingredients that exist in today’s vaccination like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, and possible allergenic ingredients like Bovine protein? Do you consider someone “anti-food” that questions genetic modification, pesticide application, artificial dyes, or artificial ingredients?
Questioning the vaccine schedule and ingredients helps to ensure a safer vaccination experience for American children. If you are “pro-vaccine” you should be “pro-study”, “pro-safety”, “pro-safe and natural ingredients”… and thus, “pro-questioning”.