An Alternative Vaccination Schedule From Dr. Donald Miller

February 17, 2011 | 31 Comments

Vaccine safety became a concern for me again recently when a friend of mine’s 1 year old son received his first vaccine and later that day (after being a perfectly healthy boy) had his first, of many to follow,  seizure.  My friend fully believes it was related to the vaccine he had received earlier that day.  This is so scary.  What is a parent to do?  To vaccinate or not?  As another one of my friends says, “These are really important and tough decisions in the parenting route.”

We are sharing an article, with permissions and updates from Dr. Donald Miller, that we know is of interest to all parents who are concerned with vaccination safety.  The article is very informative, and is a must read all the way through.

We asked Dr. Donald Miller, “In your opinion, is the vaccine-autism link an absolute lie?” And his reply, “And with regard to autism, vaccines cause autism.”  The numbers below are mind-blowing, the mentioned censorship sad, and the alternative approaches respected.

For any parent facing the decision regarding “to vaccinate or not?” THIS article has all the information you need to know, and additionally links to even more sources.  Please share, thank you.

A User-Friendly Vaccination Schedule

by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

Vaccination is a controversial subject, and many parents worry about subjecting their children to them. Readers of my article “Mercury on the Mind,” about vaccines and dental amalgams, have asked what vaccines I would recommend their children receive. This article addresses that question.

In the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule put out by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 12 vaccines are given to children before they reach the age of two. Providers inject them against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), polio, pneumococcal infections, Hemophilus influenzae type b infections, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), chickenpox, and influenza (the flu).

Infectious disease was the leading cause of death in children 100 years ago, with diphtheria, measles, scarlet fever, and pertussis accounting for most them. Today the leading causes of death in children less than five years of age are accidents, genetic abnormalities, developmental disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, and cancer. A basic tenet of modern medicine is that vaccines are the reason. There is growing evidence that this is so, but perhaps not quite in the way conventional medical wisdom would have it.

A 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the CDC decides which vaccines should be on the Childhood Immunization Schedule. It calls for one vaccine, against hepatitis B, to be given on the day of birth; 7 vaccines at two months; 6 more (including booster shots) at four months; and as many as 8 vaccines on the six month well-baby visit. Before a child reaches the age of two he or she will have received 32 vaccinations on this schedule, including four doses each of vaccines for Hemophilus influenzae type b infections, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis — all of them given during the first 12 months of life. Seven vaccines injected into a 13 lb. two-month old infant are equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 lb. adult.

The schedule states, “Your child can safely receive all vaccines recommended for a particular age during one visit.” Public health officials, however, have not proven that it is indeed safe to inject this many vaccines into infants. What’s more, they cannot explain why, concurrent with an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been an explosion of neurologic and immune system disorders in our nation’s children.

Fifty years ago, when the immunization schedule contained only four vaccines (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown. First discovered in 1943, this most devastating malady in what is now a spectrum of pervasive developmental disorders afflicted less than 1 in 10,000 children. Today, one in every 68 American families has an autistic child. Other, less severe developmental disorders, rarely seen before the vaccine era, have also reached epidemic proportions. Four million American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. One in six American children are now classified as “Learning Disabled.”

Our children are also experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune disorders — Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and bowel disorders. There has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis afflicts 300,000 American children. Twenty-five years ago this disease was so rare that public health officials did not keep any statistics on it. There has been a 4-fold increase in asthma, and bowel disorders in children are much more common now than they were 50 years ago.

Health officials consider a vaccine to be safe if no bad reactions — like seizures, intestinal obstruction, or anaphylaxis — occur acutely. The CDC has not done any studies to assess the long-term effects of its immunization schedule. To do that one must conduct a randomized controlled trial, the lynchpin of evidenced-based medicine, where one group of children is vaccinated on the CDC’s schedule and a control group is not vaccinated. Investigators then follow the two groups for a number of years (not just three to four weeks, as has been done in vaccine safety studies). Concerns that vaccinations in infants cause chronic neurologic and immune system disorders would be put to rest, and their safety certified, if the number of children who develop these diseases is the same in both groups. No such studies have been done, so vaccine proponents cannot say that vaccines are indeed as safe as they think they are. (One proponent, interviewed by Dan Rather on 60 Minutes, who has financial ties to the vaccine industry that he did not disclose, claims that vaccines “have a better safety record than vitamins.” He neglected to mention that the U.S. government has paid out more than $1.5 billion in its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to families of children who have been injured or killed by vaccines.)

There is a growing body of evidence that implicates vaccines as a causative factor in the deteriorating health of children. The hypothesis that vaccines cause neurologic and immune system disorders is a legitimate one — vaccines given in multiple doses, close together, to very young children following the CDC’s Immunization Schedule. This hypothesis should be tested by a large-scale, long-term randomized controlled trial.

Rather than obediently following the government’s schedule, there is now sufficient evidence, grounded in good science, to justify adopting a more user-friendly vaccination schedule, one which is in the best interests of the individual as opposed to what planners judge best for society as a whole.

New knowledge in neuroimmunology (the study of how the brain’s immune system works) raises serious questions about the wisdom of injecting vaccines in children less than two years of age.

The brain has its own specialized immune system, separate from that of the rest of the body. When a person is vaccinated, its specialized immune cells, the microglia, become activated (the blood-brain barrier notwithstanding). Multiple vaccinations spaced close together over-stimulate the microglia, causing them to release a variety of toxic elements — cytokines, chemokines, excitotoxins, proteases, complement, free radicals — that damage brain cells and their synaptic connections. Researchers call the damage caused by these toxic substances “bystander injury.” (Pediatricians and other professional colleagues who question this should read these two reviews by the neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock: “Interaction of Cytokines, Excitotoxins, Reactive Nitrogen and Oxygen Species in Autism Spectrum Disorders,” in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association [JANA 2003;6(4):21—35], with 167 references. And “Chronic Microglial Activation and Excitotoxicity Secondary to Excessive Immune Stimulation: Possible Factors in Gulf War Syndrome and Autism,” in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons [JAPS 2004;9(2):46—52], posted online, with 54 references.)

In humans, the most rapid period of brain development begins in the third trimester and continues over the first two years of extra uterine life. (By then brain development is 80 percent complete.) Until randomized controlled trials demonstrate the safety of giving vaccines during this time of life, it would be prudent not to give any vaccinations to children until they are two years old. From a risk-benefit perspective, there is growing evidence that the risk of neurologic and autoimmune diseases from vaccinations outweigh the benefits of avoiding the childhood infections that they prevent. An exception is hepatitis B vaccine for infants whose mothers test positive for this disease.

Avoid Flu Vaccines

A user-friendly vaccination schedule prohibits any vaccines that contain thimerosal, which is 50 percent mercury. Flu vaccines contain thimerosal, which is reason enough to avoid them. (See my article “Mercury on the Mind” for more on this subject.)

Avoid Vaccines that contain Live Viruses

One should also avoid vaccines that contain live viruses. This includes the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, and the live-virus polio (Sabin) vaccine. This stricture would not apply to the smallpox vaccine (also a live-virus one), if a terrorist-instigated outbreak of smallpox should occur.

User-friendly Vaccination Schedule

Finally, a user-friendly vaccination schedule requires that vaccinations, after the age of two, be given no more than once every six months, one at a time, in order to allow the immune system sufficient time to recover and stabilize between shots.

Which 3 Newer Vaccines to Avoid

A good case can be made (for example, see Gary Null’s Vaccines: A Second Opinion) for avoiding the three other newer vaccines on the CDC’s schedule — the hepatitis B, pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7), and Hemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccines.

Your pediatrician will not like this schedule. They are taught in medical school and residency training that childhood immunizations are essential to public health. As one pediatrician puts it, “Achieving adequate and timely vaccination of young children is the single most valuable thing a doctor can do for a patient.” They do not question what their professors teach them, nor are they inclined to critically examine studies in Pediatrics and the New England Journal of Medicine that tell them vaccines are safe.

Only 56 cases of Measles in a Population of 290 Million

There were 482,000 cases of measles in the U.S in 1962, the year before a vaccine for this disease became available. Now, with all fifty states requiring that children be vaccinated against measles in order to attend school, there were only 56 cases of measles in a population of 290 million people in 2003.

These facts are well known and proudly cited by vaccine proponents. What is less known, and doctors are not taught, is that the death rate for measles declined 97.7 percent during the first 60 years of the 20th century. The mortality rate was 133 deaths per million people in the U.S. in 1900, and had dropped to 0.3 deaths per million by 1960. Measles caused less than 100 deaths a year in the U.S. before there was a vaccine for this disease (in 1963).

“The best vaccine against common infectious diseases is an adequate diet”-WHO (World Heath Organization)

The same thing happened with diphtheria and pertussis. Mortality rates dropped more than 90 percent in the early 20th century before vaccines for these diseases were introduced. This was due to better nutrition (with rapid delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables to cities and refrigeration), cleaner water, and improved sanitation (removing trash from the streets and better sewage systems), not to vaccines. The World Health Organization promotes mass vaccination, but knowing these facts states, “The best vaccine against common infectious diseases is an adequate diet” — fortified, one might add, with vitamin A.

Since the measles vaccine came into widespread use in this country this disease has virtually disappeared, and it has prevented 100 deaths a year. But now, instead, several thousand normally developing children become autistic after receiving their MMR shot. Termed “regressive autism,” it accounts for about 30 percent of the 10,000 to 20,000 children who are diagnosed with autism in this country each year.

To put to rest concerns that MMR vaccination might cause autism (in a small percentage of children), the New England Journal of Medicine, in 2002, published a population-based study from Denmark, where its authors concluded, “This study provides strong evidence against the hypothesis that MMR vaccination causes autism.” The NEJM did not disclose that the “Statens Serum Institut,” where three of the authors work, is a for-profit vaccine manufacturer, Denmark’s largest, or that four other authors have financial ties to this company. Only one of the eight authors is not associated with this institute, and the CDC employs him. The study compares the prevalence of autism in 440,000 MMR vaccinated and 97,000 unvaccinated children in Denmark born in the 1990s. A statistical slight-of-hand in age adjustment makes the study show no causal effect; but when unmasked and reformatted, the data actually shows a statistically significant association between MMR vaccine and autism (as Carol Stott and her coauthors make clear in “MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story,” in the Fall 2004 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, posted online).

Pediatrics and the Journal of the American Medical Association also have published studies like this supporting U.S. vaccine policy, written by authors with similar, undisclosed conflicts of interest. Looking elsewhere, however, one comes across a number of disquieting facts about vaccines. Investigators have found, for example, live measles virus in the cerebral spinal fluid in children who become autistic after MMR vaccination. Antibodies to measles virus are elevated in children with autism but not in normal kids, suggesting that virus-induced autoimmunity may play a causal role. A study published in Neurology this year implicates hepatitis B vaccine as a causative factor in multiple sclerosis.

“These officials recognize that these vaccines will harm a small percentage of (genetically susceptible) individuals, but it is for the common good.” -Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

A communitarian ethic increasingly governs health care in the U.S. It places a greater value on the health of the community, on society as a whole, than on the health of particular individuals. Public health officials have put together a vaccination schedule designed to eliminate infectious diseases to which the population is prey. These officials recognize that these vaccines will harm a small percentage of (genetically susceptible) individuals, but it is for the common good. The communitarian code posits that it is morally acceptable, if necessary, to sacrifice a few for the good of the many. Or as one observer more bluntly puts it, “Individual sheep can be sheared and slaughtered if it is for the welfare of their flock.”

In this framework, health care providers become agents of the state charged with injecting vaccines into people that the central planners deem necessary. Physicians who remain true to their Hippocratic Oath and place the interests of their patient above that of the herd are considered to be out of step with the times, if not an anachronism.

Like central planners everywhere, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) promulgates a self-serving, one-size-fits-all vaccine policy. Members of this committee have ties to vaccine makers, such that the CDC must grant them waivers from statutory conflict of interest rules. Even so, and with little evidence to show that it is safe to subject young children to the ACIP’s crowded immunization schedule, states nevertheless dutifully make its vaccine recommendations compulsory.

Vaccine Exemptions

All 50 states require children to be immunized against measles, diphtheria, Hemophilus influenzae type b, polio, and rubella in order to enroll in day care and/or public school. Forty-nine states also require vaccination against tetanus; 47, against hepatitis B and mumps; and 43 states now require vaccination against chickenpox. In order to shield themselves from any liability for making vaccinations compulsory, all states provide a medical exemption and 47, a religious exemption. Nineteen states allow a philosophical exemption. Some require only a letter from a parent and others, from a physician or church leader. (To see the exemptions allowed in your state, their wording and requirements, click here.) Parents, of course, can refuse vaccination; but if they want to enroll their child in public school they will need to obtain one of these exemptions.

Doctors who conclude that the risks of the government’s immunization schedule outweigh its benefits are placed in a difficult position. If they counsel parents not to have their children follow it, health care plans, which track vaccine compliance as a measure of “quality,” will find them wanting. And if their patient should contract and develop complications from the disease the vaccine would have prevented they may find themselves confronting a lawsuit. If a child becomes autistic following a vaccination, however, the doctor is protected from any liability because the government requires it and the child’s parents, if they had chosen to do so, could have obtained an exemption. (Anti-vaccine advocates call developing autism, asthma, and Type I diabetes after vaccinations “vaccination roulette.”)

Parents should have the freedom to select whatever vaccination schedule they want their children to follow, especially since health care providers and the government (except via its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) cannot be held accountable for any adverse outcomes that might occur. But if parents elect to not follow the CDC’s immunization schedule, delaying some vaccinations, refusing others, or avoiding them altogether, then they must accept the risk that their child might contract the disease that the vaccine against it most likely would have prevented.

Does removing natural infection from human experience have any adverse consequences?

One consideration, which vaccine proponents do not address, is this: Could contracting childhood diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox play a constructive role in the maturation of a person’s immune system? Or, to put it another way, does removing natural infection from human experience have any adverse consequences?

Our species’ immune system — a one-trillion-cell army that patrols our (100-trillion-cell) body — serves two main purposes. It destroys foreign invaders — viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. And it destroys aberrant cells in the body that run amuck and cause cancer. Behind the barricades of skin and mucosa, our innate immune system (composed of phagocytes, natural killer cells, and the 20-protein complement system), which all animals have, is the body’s first line of defense. It reacts to invaders lightening fast and indiscriminately, but it is not very good at eliminating viruses and cancerous cells. Vertebrates have evolved a second line of defense — the adaptive immune system. It targets specific viruses and bacteria and has better artillery for eliminating cancerous cells. This system matures during childhood, and it has a cellular (Th1) and humoral (Th2) component (Th = helper T cell).
The viruses that cause measles, mumps, and chickenpox have infected countless generations of humans, akin to a rite of passage for each member of our species. Contracting these diseases strengthens both parts of the adaptive immune system (Th1 and Th2 ). Mothers who have had measles, mumps, and chickenpox transfer antibodies against them to their babies in utero, which protect them during the first year of life from contracting these infections.

“Could the fact that cancer has become a leading cause of death in children be a result of vaccinations? Only a randomized controlled trial can conclusively answer this question.” -Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

Vaccinations do not have the same effect on the immune system as naturally acquired diseases do. They stimulate predominantly the Th2 part of this system and not Th1. (Over-stimulation of Th2 causes autoimmune diseases.) The cellular Th1 side thwarts cancer, and if it does not become fully developed in childhood a person can be more prone to have cancer as an adult. Women who had mumps during childhood, for example, are found to be less likely to have ovarian cancer than women who did not have this infection. Could the fact that cancer has become a leading cause of death in children be a result of vaccinations? Only a randomized controlled trial can conclusively answer this question.

With rare exception, a well-nourished child who contracts measles will recover smoothly from the infection. Fifty years ago almost all children in the U.S. had measles. And after contracting this disease, one has life-long immunity to it. The protection provided by vaccination is temporary. Adults who contract measles (when the protective effects of the vaccine wears off) are much more likely to have neurological, testicular, and ovarian complications. Likewise, rubella is a benign disease in children, but if a woman acquires it during pregnancy fetal malformations may develop. One can argue, heretical as such an argument may be, that it would be better to let children have measles, at an age when the infection helps the adaptive immune system mature in a balanced Th1/Th2 fashion and complications from this disease are minimal, rather than vaccinate them against this disease (especially considering the risks of vaccination).

Pertussis and Diphtheria are a different matter. These diseases are more virulent. Children who contract whooping cough (pertussis) can be incapacitated for more than a month. Polio can be devastating in susceptible individuals. And no one wants to get tetanus (lockjaw). A user-friendly vaccination schedule would include vaccines against these diseases.

Whatever vaccination schedule one chooses, mothers should breast-feed their child for as long as possible — a year or more. Failing that, add Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA (docosahexanoic acid), to the child’s formula.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule

In summary, this is a vaccination schedule that I would recommend:

  1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old.

  2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).

  3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).

Top 4 Recommended Vaccines

These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every six months, beginning at age 2:

a.    Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)

b.    Diphtheria

c.    Tetanus

d.    Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)

The top four would be the pertussis (acelluar — aP — not whole cell), diphtheria (D), and tetanus (T) vaccines — given separately (not together, as is usually the case); and the Salk polio vaccine, with an inactivated (dead) virus, one that is cultured in human cells, not monkey kidney cells. Perhaps it should only contain these four vaccines.

Please note Dr. Donald Miller’s updates to these recommendations below.

An Update on Dr. Donald Miller’s Vaccination Schedule

In the newsletter New Developments: New Angles on Developmental Delays¹ , the following entry is in its News and Comments section (p 3), titled “Friendly Vaccine Schedule Encounters a Glitch.” It says,

“Dr. Donald Miller, author of the ‘User Friendly vaccine Schedule’ published in the last newsletter², has discovered that the D and T of the DPT are no longer available separately, without thimerosal.  Unless the vaccine manufacturers can be pressured to make separate thimerosal-free D, T, and P vaccines, it will be impossible, unfortunately, to follow the ‘user friendly’ vaccination schedule as written.  Miller believes that the risk of the combined DPT vaccine, even after age two, outweighs its benefits, so it is better to do without these shots.”

In my research on this subject, I was persuaded that Dr. Russell Blaylock is correct in recommending that vaccinations only be given after the age of two, one at a time, and no closer than six months apart–and that a “user friendly” schedule should include only D, T, P and polio, the four “traditional” vaccines.  I did not think before writing the article to ascertain (assuming it to be the case) that one could indeed obtain separate D, T, and P vaccines without thimerosal.

On further investigation I have found that T and D can be obtained separately, but they contain thimerosal/mercury.  GlaxoSmithKline made a separate pertussis vaccine for the APERT trial, but apparently no longer does so.  A Japanese company is said to make one without thimerosal, but I cannot determine who it is.  If your pediatrician can obtain single-dose vials of D and T then those would have only an inconsequential trace of thimerosal, but they are apparently hard to find as well.  That leaves only the polio vaccine.

For a good discussion of why one should avoid most vaccines on the CDC’s schedule I recommend Dr. Sherry Tenpenny’s (3-hour) DVD titled “Vaccines: the Risks, the Benefits, the Choice“.

¹Spring 2005, Vol. 10, No.3
²Copywrite 200LewRockwell.com in 2004

American children are the most highly vaccinated kids in the world. This schedule is an alternative to the one that rules our “vaccine nation” (as the Village Voice terms it). In contrast to the CDC’s immunization schedule, it is user-friendly.

December 10, 2004

More recent comments on the subject

I also offer these more recent comments on the subject:

Unfortunately, most orthodox (allopathic) pediatricians suffer from what is called “negative cognitive dissonance.”  This is the “inability or disinterest in processing new, unexpected or unwanted information,” as the medical journalist Michael Culbert squarely puts it.  In medical school, students are indoctrinated on the value of vaccines, and by the time pediatricians (along with other physicians and surgeons) have finished their training they have become prisoners of the vaccine paradigm.  Very few conventional doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s) have been able to break out of this ideological prison.

I am increasingly coming to think, as Dr. Tenpenny shows so well, that the risks of vaccines outweigh their benefits and that it is best to avoid all vaccines (except smallpox vaccine in the event of a terrorist attack with that virus).  Dr. Tenpenny has written a new book (published last year), “Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages, which I highly recommend.

This view is reinforced by the scientific journalist Neil Miller in his book Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection (2008).  It has more than 3,000 references, along with a foreword by Russell Blaylock, M.D.  This is the definitive work to date on the risks and benefits of vaccines.

It is very hard to find a M.D. pediatrician anywhere who has an enlightened view of vaccines.  A substantial part of their office income is giving vaccinations on their well baby visits.  Without the CDC’s vaccination schedule, why take a healthy baby to see a doctor?

Be sure to get the new book: Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, just published.

On A Personal Note

What do you think about these recommendations? Are you concerned about vaccines?  We mamas from SAFbaby would love to hear your comments!

About Dr. Donald Miller

Donald Miller is a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and writes articles on a variety of subjects for LewRockwell.com, including bioterrorism. His web site is www.donaldmiller.com.

Copyright © 2004 LewRockwell.com with permissions to repost on SAFbaby.com from Dr. Miller.

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  • Stephanie Albert

    Hi,
    I am truly confused about this issue. Here are some more recent articles of interest, which refute the vaccine-autism link.

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20110214/autism-study-discredited-110214/

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=370

    Wikipedia reviews:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccination-autism_controversy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiomersal_controversy

  • Stephanie Albert
  • Natasha

    Excellent article – thank you. Other great vaccine resources are Dr. Stephanie Cave and of course Dr. Sears.
    My friend’s children were given the MMR +chickenpox in one shot and became very ill.

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  • mitch abrahams

    This is a fantastic article. I do agree that taking the 4 vaccines the way you say will greatly reduce risk. Heres my Vacccine Schedule:
    -Breast Feed Long as possible
    -MOm takes loads of EFA’s, Vitamin D, pro biotics,Sea Minerals and Vitamin C
    -Baby takes 500 MG Fat Soluble C every Day Inter Buccal (yes this exists)
    -Vitamin D 400 IU – 1000 IU
    -Sea Minerals (Quinton Marine Plasma)
    -Pro Biotics added to breast milk when from bottle

    If sick, Increase all of the above.. Without question Vitamin C and Sea Minerals can Kick ass on Pertussis or Diptheria… FLu is not problem….

  • megan wood

    I have yet to give my children any vaccines. reading that article was amazing. i have planned on giving my children some when they got older. i was wondering if you had a schedule like the CDC that i could follow. i dont plan on starting til they are atleast 5 years old. thanks :)

  • Cindy

    @ Stephanie
    Let’s not forget that most of CNN’s advertisers are pharma companies. I would love to see a study if simply breastfeeding babies up to 2 years (that’s what WHO recommends) will protect babies better than vaccines (without the side effects).

  • Dawnne Skinner

    Great article. I have yet to vaccinate my 4 year old and 8 month old, however, I have been considering it at around age 5 for both of my children. I plan on printing this article and bringing it to my pediatrician. It will be interesting to see his response.

  • Gail Payne

    Thank you. My children are young adults now. The older one had a very bad immediate reaction to the MMR vaccine, and has had bad allergies (still has) and severe shyness(somewhat better). My son was mainly not vaccinated. I am now debating the “very sure of his position” (and angry at people who question vaccines) father of my son’s girlfriend (likely future mother of my grandchild) The father is a science writer (so feels he knows more than me..someone with a great interest in health who has followed this issue for 22 years), and as he admits has a good friend that wrote a pro-vaccination book called The Panic Virus. I will keep this article for future to give to my son if the relationship progresses as it seems to be.

  • Cathy

    I get so stressed out every time my daughter gets a vaccine. The only vaccines we didn’t do were Rotovirus, Chicken pox (not sure if we will later though), and flu. Oh, we initially gave HepB at 2 mos, but decided not to complete it. I feel so guilty that I wasn’t more educated then.

    My struggle as with many other parents is the fear factor. My husband and I always think, “But what if?” Obviously that didn’t make us get the vaccines we withheld…but, part of that was our logic. 1. Rotovirus is way too new. 2. Chicken pox is something almost everyone gets as a kid and we lived through it. 3. I don’t remember if I’ve ever had the flu and have only had 3 (4 if you count a separate H1N1) flu shots in my lifetime and my husband has gotten the flu a few times and has only had 1 (2 if you count the separate H1N1) flu shot in his lifetime. Oh, and I’m kinda regretting the H1N1 shot, as I was nursing at the time.

    Anyway…I do believe some vaccines are good. We have “delayed” some and changed up the schedule a bit. ie: we gave the MMR vaccine alone and when she was 15 mos.

    In regards to autism. I personally don’t think vaccines literally cause them, BUT, I do believe it CAN if you have a predisposition to autism. Kind of like it “triggers” it. I personally believe chemicals and things like Phthalates, lead and arsenic is the reason for autism and other behavioral/neurological problems/conditions, in addition to the crap that’s in our food today. Pesticides and GMO foods have to have an impact on the increase of cancer and behavioral/neurological problems/conditions. Maybe I haven’t “googled” the correct words, but I have yet to read an article linking Phthalates, pesticides, etc. to autism/behavoiral/neurological problems/conditions…I think it’s coming. Food today isn’t like it was 30 years ago and it just kills me on how ignorant people want to stay. I try to educate, but people won’t listen…including my parents!

    Thanks for the article!

  • Tori

    So I don’t exactly agree with most of this information. I was given vaccines as a child and am in perfect health. Frankly it scares me that parents would even consider not vaccinating their children. Maybe waiting until the child is about two years old isn’t bad, but I would be a worried mother knowing that some children playing with my young son or daughter won’t be vaccinated. And as for autism being caused by vaccines, I don’t believe it. Autism is genetic, and the only reason there are more diagnoses now is because we recognize what the signs are and recognize them earlier. I plan on vaccinating my children and have absolutely no qualms about it. Just remember, where would we be today if vaccines didn’t exist – having 10+ kids to make sure a few survived and being lucky if adults lived to the age of 40.

  • Sascha

    Brilliant article thanks. My oldest is 4 and a half and youngest nearly 2. When I started reading into not vaccinating I decided to ‘put it off’ until the oldest was at least 2. As the years go by and I read more and more information from leading doctors all over the World, the more I know I have made the right choice. I would never judge others as to their personal decision, but do find it difficult that so many of our family friends don’t want to even talk about this subject, and are happy to put their faith in what the health “professionals” tell them. I wish people would listen more, read more, and talk more. It would be great if people could be open to discussion more on this.

  • Tonda

    Tori: If vaccinations work the way you believe them to and your children have had their vaccinations, then there should be no worry over whether other children who come in contact w your child have been vaccinated. If it does concern you, then maybe you need to re-evaluate what you expect the vaccinations are doing for you! A world where there were no risks and no sicknesses would be great!! Walking around in a state of false security, for peace of mind just isn’t working!

  • Bayareamom

    Tori,

    I feel for you. You sound so much like I did when I was a brand new Mother. But ask yourself this question, “IF vaccines are so EFFECTIVE, then why should an unvaccinated child pose any threat whatsoever to your vaccinated children? We vaccinated our son according to the CDC’s and our then pediatrician’s recommendations. We saw our son’s rapid disintegration in health appear within 12 hours of his whole cell DPT vaccine at the age of four months. Our pediatric staff totally acknowledged our son’s vaccine reaction (high-pitched screaming, somnolence) and medically exempted him from any further vaccine containing pertussis. However, at the age of six months, our son STILL reacted to his DT vaccine (minus the pertussis component). It was after this reaction to his DT vaccine (complete somnolence for two days), that we commenced our research into vaccine data for safety and efficacy.

    My husband is an attorney; I am a former legal researcher. We perform research for a living. Unfortunately, what we found in either medical libraries and/or our public library, revealed this fact: There are no true valid research data to support the oft repeated statements by your pediatrician that vaccines are completely safe and effective. In fact, we found quite the opposite. We research PubMed and peer reviewed medical journals to find our data. Our own pediatrician admitted we knew more about vaccines, their components and research data, than he did.

    Tori, your post reads like a new Mom who knows very little about vaccines other than what perhaps her pediatrician has shared with her. I would URGE you to research this issue more thoroughly. Neil Z. Miller’s book is a great start; Dr. Mendelsohn’s book, “How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite Of Your Doctor,” is a great book as well. He is now deceased, but Dr. Robert Mendelsohn was a Pioneer when it came to acknowledging issues with vaccine safety (he was a Board Certified Pediatrician/Chicago, IL).

    Barbara Loe Fisher’s book, “DPT: A Shot In The Dark,” is also a great book to read. Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny’s articles and DVD’s also offer another look at the ‘other side’ to the vaccine safety/efficacy issue.

    Please do not just take the word of your pediatrician on this subject, Tori. Pediatricians read, for the most part, ONLY the research on vaccines in the material they receive from the CDC and the Academy of Pediatrics. “Neurotoxicology” and other scientific journals, journals of which DO PUBLISH vaccine research materials which point to negative issues during vaccine safety trials, are oft times, not read by your average pediatrician.

    Vaccines DO contain ingredients which can be extremely detrimental to your child’s immune system. And unfortunately, as many pediatricians and nurses have admitted to me, medical/nursing schools do not teach our medical/nursing students, the ingredients in vaccines and how they can harm the human immune system (let alone a newborn infant’s).

  • http://www.babygiftstation.com Kayla Simon

    Thank you so much for this post! I am having such a battle with my daughter’s pre-school. They were forcing all parents about 2 weeks ago to give our children a flu shot which contained 4 live viruses in order to continue going to school. Needless to say, I had no intention of doing so and was told we had to write a letter of exemption or keep her home until the end of March.
    I was appalled! They accepted the letter of religious exemption. I just do not understand how the state can mandate whether or not you give your 3 1/2 year old a FLu shot!!! It’s practically unconstitutional! Has anyone else had this issue in your school?

  • Susannah Goodman

    I am trying to find friendly doctors and other parents in the DC area to toalk with about this issue. Any help would be appreciated. I am more and more convinced that I don’t want to give my daughter any vaccinatons.

    -Susannah

  • Nancy Salva

    My oldest daughter sent this page to me, to further educate me. I thank my lucky stars for her. She is aware, tenacious and loving. She and her husband opted not to vaccinate their son. They educated themselves. They worried about making the ‘right’ decision’ for him. I didn’t have these kinds of decisions when I raised my children. Parents today must be aware, not only about vaccines, but about foods and beverages. Their childrens little bodies are simply not equipped to filter a chemical attack, and that is what we are asking when we feed them foods laden with pesticides. The jury is still out as to what GMO foods will do to our children! So, you cannot trust ‘them’ ‘they’are about profits not the safety of our children. Nanna

  • Eva Wilhelm

    My son was born 23 years ago, in India. He was born prematurely, and 4 months later, we moved back to Germany. He was never immunized however, I was rather strict about his sugar intake (no soft drinks until he was 8!No refined sugar, no junk food). We travelled (3 -6)quite a lot (Thailand, Malaysia, Australia). He got through Whooping cough (2 years old)and chicken pox without any sort of medication, had Scarlett Fever with 3 and my GP helped with Homeopathy. He went through a few strong fever attacks (no diagnosis). He is the healthiest,young man you could imagine, although he doesn’t live such a healthy life style (smoking pot & tobacco, hard work). He attributes his resiliance to his natural immunity. I always offered him to get immunized, if he wanted, also my Dr always said, should I get worried it was ok. He never wanted to and is proud not to. I had great med. support in Europe not in Australia but I got through it. I never treated it as dogma but aimed to make well informed decisions, even when he had to go to hospital for surgery (fractures, etc). It hasn’t been that easy but I kept studying and understood that I needed to make good decisions to treat my son when ill. Lots of love and a cool head was necessary,when I was the nurse. My sisters (one of them a med. doctor) and many friends in Germany did the same and also children aren’t usually vaccinated until 3. I made the right choice. What I believe though, that it is not just about not vaccinating, it is how do you treat your child when it does get sick? What do you do? What is your life style in general? How worried are you? How informed are you about child rearing/illnesses? I believe it is paramount to take responsibility for our own body/family and take back what they have taught our parents, mainly that we don’t know anything and are to leave knowldege to the medical profession. I guess it takes a sort of courage. I never saw it like this, to me, my son’s health and happiness was all I ever wanted and I was willing to do whatever it took to ensure this and NOT leave this to others. I trusted in my instincts, never stopped learning and knew the universe was with us. I wish everyone here well!

  • Eva Wilhelm

    Oh, so sorry, just something else. In Australia, they started to threaten parents with excemptions, etc if not vaccinated. I don’t feel proud to say this, but I was willing to lie, or do whatever to do the right thing by my son.
    I found out very quickly that it is absolutely futile to talk to people about anti vaccination decisions. I actually scared people! They are not informed (including Doctors!)After 23 years, I KNOW, I have done the right thing and I just say that they don’t know what they are doing but fear rules them and they want the same for their children as I did. I usually explained on the forms that we’d do whatever necessary with our own GP and this was enough. All the best to you!

  • safbaby

    Thank you all for sharing your stories, experiences and thoughts with us and our readers!

  • Heidi Seligman

    I am so on the fence about this one!!! Yikes..it is scary both ways to me! NOw my pediatrician just told me the importance of vaccinating my 12 year old with the meningitis vaccine for middle school!! I told him I had to think about it…

  • Audrey

    I have been back and forth on this issue since my youngest son (now 3 years old) was born. I now have 2 sons, the youngest is 21 months old. I wish I had never consented to any vaccinations after reading this article. My instinct has always been not to vaccinate, but I have given in to the fear mongering. I am grateful that my sons have mostly only received 1 shot at a time, up until the most recent visit when they received 2 at a time. My youngest didn’t get any shots until he was 6 months old. I wish I had not consented to the newer PCV and HIB vaccines (they have both gotten all these shots at this point), but these seemed the most likely diseases to cause a problem. I am grateful for this article because my husband is now convinced that there is cause to be concerned about vaccines and he will now be with me on the decision not to vaccinate any further. I just wish we had read this article 3 years ago.

  • Ajm

    Especially to Tori, (I know it’s been some time since she posted)
    Consider too that “herd immunity” does not exist. Unless every adult has been RECENTLY vaccinated against every disease the kids have- which we have not- then MOST of this country is considered “unvaccinated” and any adult is just as likely to pass on any disease as any child- vaxed or otherwise. In fact, I suspect newly-vaxed children are most likely the ones passing on disease since they have “vaccine shedding” for a few weeks after the shot.

    The term “herd immunity” was invented for a community that had acquired natural life-long immunity by GETTING the disease, not getting the vaccines.

  • Chiara

    I have a qestion. I was unfortunately pushed by my doctor to give my son a shot of DTap when he was onlymtwo months. Luckily he had no reaction to it but I have since decided to wait till he is two to give him the remaining shots and the rest. I was wondering if that one shot he has received an be counted when in two years I will give him the rest of the series or the time gap is too big?

  • http://anamaria_75@yahoo.com Ana

    Hi Chiara,

    We also gave our (now 19 months) son the DTaP vaccination beginning at 4 and again at 6 months. We lived in California at the time and were convinced into the Pertussis scare. I wish I had waited. My son had a reaction to his 6 month vaccination. His leg swelled and he stopped babbling for about three weeks. His pediatrician said it was because he had started to crawl and was working on this milestone. I have no way of knowing if this is fact. He is a super healthy and smart toddler. He’s had a runny nose (clear) twice and that’s it. To answer your question, my current pediatrician said that I only need one more shot of DTaP if I start again after age two. We would like to find a Tetanus only shot that does not contain mercury but have yet to. If anyone can point us in the direction of single dose tetanus without thimerosal, we would be very grateful. :) Happy parenting!

  • safbaby

    Dear Chiara

    Thanks for sharing your story. Regarding A Tetanus only shot, I don’t think there is currently one on the market that is Thimerosal free. Daptacel (DTap) by Sanofi Pasteur is Thimerosal free.

    Best,
    Sandra, SAFbaby mama

  • http://www.drpalevsky.com/ Regina

    Great Article!!! My simple explanation:

    When a baby is in Utero they are in a sterile environment. Once we are born we enter the world where billions of bacteria and viruses live in us and on us at all times. In the US we vaccinate against 47 total bacteria and virus throughout our lifetime, YET, billions live in us and on us at all times. What does that tell you about vaccines…?

    Eat organically, surround yourself with healthy products and materials, drink water, be happy and you’ll be better off. If you’re on this site you’re probably off to a good start! ;o) If you live in the NY, Long Island area the link I included is an amazing holistic pediatrician or just visit it for great advice.

    In wellness,
    Regina

  • Stephanie

    Hello Everyone,

    My Husband and I have chosen to greatly delay my daughter’s vaccinations. She is a VERY healthy 3 1/2 and we are now ready to selectively vaccinate her. I am trying to find a place that my doctor can order the polio virus that has not been cultured in monkey kidneys, but rather human cells. I am having a hard time finding this and I would like to go to my doctor with a specific list/place to order these vaccines. Most pharmacies and companies only carry the monkey kidney vaccine. I’d like some insight if possible.

    Thank You!!
    Stephanie

  • Kara

    I just today took my youngest who just turned 1 for his 1 year visit. I went in prepared to only give him 1 vaccine (I always space them out) and was pressured to give him 2. I felt sick to my stomach and still do. He recieved the MMR & Chickenpox. After coming home and just feeling like I did something terrible, I started reading more on the topics. I went in there thinking I’n not giving him the MMR (was going to wait till 15 months)and she made me feel like I’m a horrible mother for not protecting him against the MMR. So what is done is done my question is what should I do now? I feel like I can’t ask the doctors, because I’m wrong in their eyes. I’m supposed to go back in a month and give him the remaining 12 month shots. Then at 15 months he’ll get 2 more I think. Should I just wait till he turns two and then only give hime the 4 Dr. Miller suggests. I’m so confused as to what to do now that he has already had so many shots, do I continue? Please any advice is needed and appreciated!!

    Kara

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