1. THE U.S. VACCINE SCHEDULE HAS GONE UP 15-FOLD SINCE THE EARLY 1960S
The numbers can be very confusing, but this chart accurately shows the difference between the vaccine schedule in 1962, 1983 and the vaccine schedule in 2016 recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Please note on the chart that it looks at “doses” rather than “vaccines” so that a single DTaP shot given for three separate illnesses (Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) is always counted as 3 doses. With that apples-to-apples comparison, we can see that the vaccine schedule in the United States called for 5 total doses in 1962 versus 72 total doses today (that’s not a typo).
2. EVEN TODAY, OTHER FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES OFTEN GIVE FAR FEWER VACCINES TO CHILDREN THAN THE U.S., AND AVOID MANY ALTOGETHER
The most recent study I could find on this topic was done several years ago, but I think it’s very eye opening. Of 30 first-world countries looked at, no other first world country besides the U.S. recommends Hepatitis A vaccine. Only one other country (of 30) recommends the flu shot, only 2 other countries recommend Rotavirus, and only 3 other countries recommend the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. Why doesn’t England vaccinate for chicken pox? Why doesn’t Sweden give babies Hepatitis B? It goes on and on, I hope you take a close look.Why should you care how other first world countries vaccinate their children? I think it will empower you to look at EACH vaccine and weigh that vaccine on its merits. If no one but the U.S. gives the Hepatitis A vaccine, perhaps that will cause you to take a closer look as to WHY that is true, and further to consider IF it’s a vaccine that is truly necessary for your child. What’s true? The U.S. is #1 in the world for total vaccines given.
3. VACCINES INJURE CHILDREN, AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS AN ENTIRE DIVISION SET UP TO COMPENSATE FAMILIES FOR THAT INJURY
Most people struggle to believe a vaccine can injure a child. The narrative generally used is that vaccines are “safe and effective.” Yet, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is very much alive and well and run by the U.S. government. As the program itself explains:
“In very rare cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction. In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine.”
4. In most states, you have a choice on whether or when you give your child vaccines
The CDC recommends vaccines. But, you the parent, with consultation from a healthcare provider, are the one who decides what vaccines are injected into your child. Here’s a great chart which shows exactly what types of exemptions from vaccines are available in each state. (Note: You always have a choice as to whether or not to give a child a vaccine, in some states they may preclude them from being able to attend school.)
5. There will be a permanent supply of disease “outbreaks” because the vaccines for measles, mumps, and pertussis have serious efficacy issues.
Have you ever noticed that “outbreaks” of pertussis (whooping cough) mumps, and measles seem to happen every year? There’s a pretty simple explanation for this, and it’s not necessarily what you think. Put simply: the vaccines don’t work that well.
6. A public health technique, spearheaded by the CDC, is to create “Concern, Anxiety, and Worry” like we saw during the Disneyland measles scare.
I wrote a post called, “Concern, Anxiety, and Worry: Getting played by the CDC (and others)” where I explained that generating fear and anxiety is part of the CDC’s strategy for getting parents to vaccinate their babies and children.
7. Doctors are not required to give you the actual package insert for vaccines that spells out the known adverse events
This photograph is just a small section of the actual package insert for the flu vaccine. As a consumer, you will never see this unless you ask for it. The doctor is only required to give you a “Vaccine Information Statement” prepared by the CDC, and it is dramatically more benign and less explicit, as you can see for DTaP, Hepatitis B, and MMR.
In Oklahoma, the legislature recently tried to compel doctors to be required to give parents full disclosure about vaccines and passed a bill to do just that, until it was vetoed by the Governor!
8. Vaccines have been proven to cause auto-immunity, something now epidemic amongst U.S. children
Autoimmunity n. (au’to·im·mu’ni·ty): A misdirected immune response that occurs when the immune system goes awry and attacks the body itself. Autoimmunity can cause a broad range of human illnesses, known collectively as autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when there is progression from benign autoimmunity to pathogenic autoimmunity. This progression is determined by genetic influences as well as environmental triggers.
Wondering where all these food allergies in children have come from, many with potentially deadly outcomes? (Food allergies are an autoimmune condition.)
9. The debate about whether or not vaccines cause Autism is far from over.
10. The impact of vaccines on infectious disease since the 1900s has been overstated
There are some who argue that most of the diseases vaccines prevent against dropped dramatically before vaccines were introduced. They argue that clean water, sanitation, and refrigerators handled perhaps 98% of the problem, and vaccines took care of the final 2%. Like this: