Oh yes, I am going to go there: Delayed Vaccinations

Is vaxing safe for babies? Ok, I’m going to preface this entire blog with the fact that I am not a doctor. I’m doing this in fairness to you, not out of legal obligation. Though, I probably could get in trouble if I didn’t mention this since we’re talking about vaccines. But, I’m not about to give you medical advice on vaccinations not because I’m not a doctor, but rather because I don’t quite understand everything there is to understand about the different forms of immunities, how our bodies respond to them, or even the very complicated way that viruses work within our bodies. In fairness to me though, I don’t think anybody quite understands, because every month, I find a “new breakthrough discovery” in the medical journals by some brilliant scientist who has just discovered a new way that a virus interacts with our DNA, DNA used in vaccines, or our immune systems.

There, that’s my disclaimer. I barely even know what I’m talking about. Phew… now that that’s out of the way, I hope you’re still interested in what I have to say, because I’m about to offer you compelling evidence as to why I believe in delayed vaccinations. Can I offer you a virtual cup of coffee? Have a seat, because this one’s a long one.

Let’s talk about what I do know about vaccines.

Just the facts Ma’am

I know that:

  • By the time our children are one year old, the CDC recommends 26 vaccine doses be administered to them.
  • This vaccination schedule means that babies in the United States get more vaccine doses than any other babies in the entire world.[1]
  • Babies in the United States also have an infant mortality rate that ranks 34th. Meaning, 33 other industrialized nations have lower rates of infant mortality than we do.

Just to make this perfectly clear: 33 countries around the globe have a lower rate of infant mortality than we do.

Our babies have a better chance of dying during their infancy than babies in 33 other countries.

Despite the United States spending more per capita on health care than any other country on the planet, [2] 33 nations have better infant mortality rates than we do.

Our babies get the most vaccines, and also, our babies are among the most likely to die during their infancy.

Now, there’s a lot that goes into Infant Mortality Rates, right? Economic factors. Environmental factors. Diet and nutrition… So, there’s no real reason to believe that it’s directly proportional to vaccination rates in infants with those statistics alone. Except that, and here’s the crucial information that has made me support delayed vaccination: When those same countries lessened their infant vaccination schedules and requirements, they saw their infant mortality rates change rapidly and directly. For example:

  • In 1975, Japan eliminated all vaccines for children under two and that when that happened; their infant mortality rate plummeted so that it was the lowest in the world.
  • In 1995, Japan started allowing infant vaccines, though on a very limited scale. Japan, with their very non-aggressive early vaccination schedule fell behind from the lowest mortality rate in the world to a still impressive 3rd place for awesomeness in the babies-living department.

All that sounds pretty bad, but it was fairly hard for me to fully comprehend just how bad we are doing until I saw the list of countries that are doing better than we are. Take a look at this chart I made in Excel just for you:

 

Seriously? Malta?! I don’t even know where that’s at. Liechtenstein? I’ve never even heard of this country. I had to go back and forth between windows on my monitor four times just to spell it right for you on this blog. And frankly, I’m not even 100% certain that I did. Where is that? Who are these people and why do they have a lower rate of infant mortality than we do? If this doesn’t make me feel like, as an American, I’m blindly meandering down some global “walk of shame” I really don’t know what would.

SIDS and the Introduction of Recommended Infant Vaccines

In the United States in the 1960s, campaigns urging national vaccination programs to be implemented for our infants were initiated. For the first time in history, most US infants were required to receive several doses of the vaccinations DPT, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. While “crib death” has always existed, it was always so infrequent; it wasn’t even listed on infant mortality rates because it was that rare. In 1969, however, just a few years after the implementation of wide spread vaccinations of our nation’s newborns, medical certifiers presented a new medical term—sudden infant death syndrome. [3]

The CDC promises you that vaccines are not attributed to cases of SIDS. They “know” this because the back to sleep campaign has significantly reduced the numbers of SIDS cases. Well… sort of. See, from 1992 to 2001, the SIDS rate did drop by an average annual rate of 8.6% during the implementation of the “Back to Sleep” campaign. However, other causes of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) increased. Oh yes, you see, re-categorizing infant causes of deaths will show different results. For example, during this same period, the postneonatal mortality rate from suffocation in bed from 1992 to 2001 actually increased at an average annual rate of 11.2%. In addition, postneonatal mortality rate in the categories of suffocation other, unknown and unspecified causes and due to intent unknown all increased during this period. So, in essence, even with the “Back to Sleep” campaign, our babies’ rates of dying from inconclusive causes did not lessen as they would like us to believe.[4]

What Now?

Now, I’m not telling you what to do. I’m certainly not telling you not to vaccinate your children. I don’t know nearly enough about immunity, aluminum toxicity, DNA mutation, or viruses to be able to suggest with confidence that your child should never get vaccinated. Also, I don’t want my children or your children getting polio or measles. I don’t want my kids or your kids getting lock jaw or diphtheria. These are very real diseases. I don’t want them to come back. I don’t know if vaccines are the answer or not. It seems to me though, if so many other countries on the planet can wait a couple years before vaccinating their children and meanwhile get to enjoy lower infant mortality rates, then we can too.

I know the CDC says that we have to vaccinate as infants because infants are more susceptible to horrible diseases. However, when taking into account the Infant Mortality Rates among different countries, deaths due to all of these diseases still counted as an infant mortality. The Infant Mortality Rates are just what they are, the rates of death, not the causes of death. And the very simple fact is that we have alarmingly unacceptable Infant Mortality Rates compared to other industrialized, modern nations.

I really can’t tell you what to do. I didn’t write this to tell you what to do. I wrote this so that if you feel as I do (That you should delay vaccinations based on these very clear cut statistics) you have a leg to stand on. I know the way most pediatricians are. I know the canned arguments they will use to convince you to vaccinate. And, believe me, I do not for one second believe that our babies doctors are intentionally misleading us. I can see in their eyes that they genuinely care. I do wonder though, if someone is intentionally misleading them. When they tell us their facts and figures, they so intensely believe what they are saying that we often buckle under pressure (and amidst our lack of evidence) only to spend the next two weeks scared for our babies’ health… and apparently, rightfully so.

If, knowing these things, you want to delay vaccinating your children, I hope this information has given you the evidence you so wished you had had to back up that sinking feeling in your gut when you think about vaccinating your tiny little baby and you tried to talk to the pediatrician about it.

However, I know that under pressure, it’s hard to come up with the facts in order to have a healthy discussion with your child’s doctor. I know how badly you want something to print off. I also know that this particular blog is kind of lavished with smarmy sarcasm and comments that you’d rather not have to put before your child’s pediatrician. So, in order to fully help you in every way that I can think of, directly below this blog if you are on the homepage, (on the most recent blog post) you will see a blog that I wrote to be used as a guide at the pediatrician’s office. It is devoid of any angsty comments and contains only the facts that you will need.

So, go ahead and print that version of this blog out and take it with you to your next well-baby visit. If your child’s doctor still gives you crap about wanting to hold off a couple of years on vaxing, you can just tell him where to shove it…

…Which of course, is in your child’s medical file beside the vaccination exemption form that you had filled out at home before heading to your appointment with the pediatrician.


[1] CIA. Country comparison: infant mortality rate (2009). The World Factbook. www.cia.gov (accessed 13 April 2010)

[2] Anderson GF, Hussay PS, Frogner BK, and Waters HR. Health spending in the United States and the rest of the industrialized world. Health Affairs 2005; 24: 903–91

[3] MacDorman MF and Rosenberg HM. Trends in infant mortality by cause of death and other characteristics, 1960-88 (vital and health statistics), Volume 20. Hyattsville, MD, USA: National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Government Printing, 1993

[4] Malloy MH and MacDorman M. Changes in the classification of sudden unexpected infant deaths: United States, 1992-2001. Pediatrics 2005; 115: 1247–1253

 

36 Comments

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  2. destiney

    ok i’m with you here but in my state (wyoming) i refused to give my kids the flu or chicken pox shot because every time my son got it when he was 4 and again at 5 he actually got the flu right after when normally we never do this included the swine flu which i got on my wedding day and was nasty. but my point is i got completely threatened by a nurse claiming that i could be arrested for medical negligence which carries a child neglect sentence that can get you 4 years in prison because we moved from one state to another and took us a good 4 mos to get some form of insurance after my husband was laid off and in that time by 6 month old never got her shots. which to this nurse was apparently akin to me leaving her unattended in a pool. she went so far as to file a legal complaint which was dropped but still! when did we louse the choice to decide what is healthy for our kids and when did some random doc who cant even remember my kids name when i come see her get to decide what happens to my kid!

  3. Wow. I think that kind of thing is why we need to have the evidence on hand and have the proper forms to file in with whatever forms they want to have on hand. I tell my children that sometimes weird things happen at the hands of angels and we’ll never quite know. Perhaps your lapse in insurance at such a critical age was because your daughter would have had a reaction at that age if she had gotten her shots on time. 😉 I wish I could give you a hug for all you went through.

  4. Jennifer Sanford

    Thank you for posting this. While i have already gone through these struggles with my four young children, (2 not vaccinated, 2 partial – but no more) I plan on sharing this with all of the young mothers I know!! My husband and I had some minor growing problems with my last baby and the pediatrician guilt tripped me into immunizing her at 2 months and 4 months. She was born at a birthing center and had no immunizations at birth. She said she my baby was at risk because her immune system was jeapordized. I cried and cried after leaving the dr’s office both times, scared that my baby would get sick or even die from the immunizations. Friends that knew I was upset thought I was crying over the pain inflected by the shot, not the poisons in the shot. They are SO misinformed. If I would have had this with me, I would have had the confidence to say “no, no thank you and this is why”.

    It just breaks my heart when people are misled simply for not having the resources they need to be fully informed. Most importantly though, to make their own educated decisions for the MORTALITY of their babies.

    I pray America can find a healthy balance, but I’m afraid our government will not support this approach now if not ever. I hope so though….

      • Jennifer

        Oh yes Dawn, I do have a lot of hope in our country =) I should also state (as I didn’t make clear above) that I am choosing delayed vaccination schedules as well. Two of my four children had vaccines in their first year of life and two did not. After reading one of these posts, I am intrigued about following the Sweden one too.

        However, even with the most (what we think are obvious) proven statistics, my greatest fear comes out of heavy influence of $$$$$. A lot of manipulations are going on simply because of how much money is made not only with vaccinations and pharmaceuticle companies but even with something as simple as our kids over-processed foods in their cafeterias. It drives me crazy when the powers at be choose to make a dollar over choosing to help us and our children be healthy and safe. I certainly hope we see improvements soon though!

    • Jennifer,

      My wife and I totally know what you mean about having people guilt trip you, especially pediatricians. Our first pediatrician tried to convince us to give our 2 week old the Hep vaccine (I know most mainstreamers get this as the first vaccination). As this is a sexually transmitted disease we saw no reason for getting it for our daughter. The woman actually said to us, “Parents always say to me that their children aren’t going to be sexually active until they’re 17 or 18…But you never know when your child could be sexually abused.”

      WHAT??!! That’s a great thing to say to brand new parents, with their precious new daughter. This woman actually tried to come off like she was open minded and holistic. She offered us to read books on both sides of the issue, only to tear apart The Vaccine Book, which, as far as I can tell, is fairly objective in talking about what’s in certain vaccines.

      Anyway, we ditched that pediatrician so quickly. It has been so worth having to make a 30-40 minute drive to our absolutely fantastic family practitioner, who firmly believes no vaccines should be given before age 2. At that point, we can start the discussion.

      WHat is with this guilting people into sticking their children with virus-laden needles, before they even have a fully developed immune system?!

  5. Tara West

    I know nothing about vaccines either and believe that parents ultimately should just research and make the best decision for them on a personal basis.

    However, I just wanted to point out some other facts that were not included in the article that contribute to the decision that my family made to vaccinate our children.

    1) Singapore has the lowest infant mortality on the chart and they have a vaccination rate above 93% for the infants in that country.
    “The routine vaccinations currently recommended to children here in Singapore include BCG, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP), Poliomyelitis (Oral Polio Vaccine), Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). The coverage of these vaccines in Singapore is above 93 per cent.”
    2)Sweden who is number two on the list also has an incredibly high vaccination rate “The DTAP/IPV/Hib coverage is 98% or above and the MMR coverage has been roundabout 94-95%, with a temporary drop during the autism debate” -The Swedish Institute of Infectious Disease Control
    3)There are a number of things that affect infant mortality. In the United States premature birth increased 20% from 1990-2006. Premature birth leads to higher rates of infant mortality (This has a lot to do with so many medical intervention during birth- epidurals, inductions, c-sections–but that is another topic altogether. I am a strongly anti c-section unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary)

    **There are so many factors that come into play when looking at infant mortality. The biggest thing here to me is be informed on which vaccines are needed! Infant mortality is highest in countries with incredibly low vaccination percentages. So if one looked solely at the countries with highest infant mortality they would say “Wow, immunizations really save some lives”, but then if you look at just the countries with the lowest infant mortality you will see a direct correlation with the infant mortality rate and number of vaccines. This leads me to believe there is a happy median. I personally am following the schedule from Sweden. They all take 12 vaccines during infancy as opposed to the 26 we typically take in the U.S. So I would strongly urge everyone to do their research and decide what is best for them. No vaccination has high risk as does full U.S. recommended vaccination schedules. So find your happy median 😀

    • These statistics were taken into consideration in the studies that were cited and when I was drawing my own personal conclusion.

      I think what you’re missing about Singapore is that, while 93% if the infants are vaccinated, the number of doses are much lower than ours, and they are on the low side of all of the countries that vaccinate. The idea is that as the number of scheduled doses goes up, almost always, there is a higher rate of TOTAL infant mortality. Does that make sense? So, even if 100% of the US kids got vaxed, it wouldn’t be as much of an issue if we only got 17 doses as opposed to 26. Sweden also gets FAR less doses. So, while the number of kids getting vaccinated may be very high, the number of vaccines given is very, very low in these countries.

      In regards to your number three point, that was also discussed in this summary as well. Just to highlight what I wrote:

      “Now, there’s a lot that goes into Infant Mortality Rates, right? Economic factors. Environmental factors. Diet and nutrition… So, there’s no real reason to believe that it’s directly proportional to vaccination rates in infants with those statistics alone. Except that, and here’s the crucial information that has made me support delayed vaccination: When those same countries lessened their infant vaccination schedules and requirements, they saw their infant mortality rates change rapidly and directly. For example:
      In 1975, Japan eliminated all vaccines for children under two and that when that happened; their infant mortality rate plummeted so that it was the lowest in the world.
      In 1995, Japan started allowing infant vaccines, though on a very limited scale. Japan, with their very non-aggressive early vaccination schedule fell behind from the lowest mortality rate in the world to a still impressive 3rd place for awesomeness in the babies-living department.”

      So, that’s why I feel that the statistics cited are actually not misleading, but are actually the least misleading stats I’ve ever seen.

      Thanks for your thoughtful response though.

      I do feel that these points had already been addressed, but I understand your difficulty. The reason I did address them is because upon reading these stats originally, that’s exactly what I thought of as well. So, I shared your exact same reservations until I read the works that I cited completely until I understood them.

      • Tara West

        I think we came up with the exact same conclusion- Vaccinate less but still vaccinate. My only concern upon reading this (because not everyone has read all the background) is that people would read this and choose to not vaccinate all together.

        When looking at the statistics as a whole. Those countries with HIGHEST infant mortality do not vaccinate. So there is a point when the vaccinations numbers drop off significantly. From what I have read and seen on the information 12-17 vaccinations seems to be the PRIME. Anything above that has negative affects and anything below that has negative affects. I think we both came to the exact same conclusion I just came at it from the opposite side (apparently were you began).

        It was a really good article though and one that all parents should read. Most of us just take what our doctors say at face value without questioning.

        • Maybe they would decide not to vaccinate all together, but even if they do, like I said, I don’t know enough to say if vaccinating is even good on the whole. I don’t believe anyone does. How can we when not even viral specialists understand how viruses work completely? There’s a lot to prove both ways. I don’t know enough to say. I don’t want to hide the facts of infant vaccinations just to protect something that I don’t even know if I believe in anyway.

          The countries with the absolute highest infant mortality rate are not developed, most of them starving, many of them dying of AIDS. I believe that we can only compare ourselves to other modern, industrialized nations. I can say without a doubt there are a couple of vaccines that I don’t know I would ever be willing to sacrifice for their entire childhood, because it appears that the benefits for older children with certain vaccines do outweigh the risks. I don’t know for sure; it just seems that way.

          I do wish that we could work on making safer vaccines without animal and fetus DNA and without heavy metals. It appears that live vaccines don’t need to have the heavy metals from what I’ve been reading, but I could be super wrong about that and if you know otherwise, please let me know, because I just don’t.

          • Tara West

            I am not sure on most of that either. I do know on some vaccines you can request the mercury free version for your kids. Sometimes you have to go to special pharmacies to get them though.

          • From my understanding the biggest concern now is aluminum added as an adjuvant to the vaccine to increase the body’s immune response, because Thimerosal (the mercury based preservative which is 50% mercury by weight) was removed from almost all of them given public outcry. The CDC still claims mercury in vaccines is safe, but MOSTLY pulled it in ’99 when the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested they be reduced/eliminated.

            Thimerosal is in some flu shots (and a couple of others) and is added as an antiseptic of sorts to keep the vaccines safe enough so that the infections don’t take hold of us if they are in multiuse containers. It seems that silver would be a safer antiseptic. Apparently, from my understanding the multiuse containers risk being invade by bacteria if the handler doesn’t withdraw the vaccines exactly right.

            I looked up at the CDC and found that vaccines that do contain Thimerosal contain approximately approximately 25 micrograms of mercury per 0.5 mL dose.

            A list of vaccines that contain thimerosal can be found here:
            http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t1
            and here:
            http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t3

            Other preservatives used according to the FDA are:
            Phenol
            Benzethonium chloride (Phemerol)
            2-phenoxyethanol

  6. Linda Hawes

    Thanks for this post. It was extremely informative and I love the facts/statistics you used. My husband and I are expecting our first baby, due in 3 days!! 🙂 And we also have decided to delay vaccinations.

  7. Robin L

    I would love to see your chart compared to the information from the World Health Organization about scheduled vaccines. Just as an example, I looked up the US and it is scheduled that babies from birth to one year receive 19 vaccination and from one to two years receive seven vaccinations. In Singapore, babies from birth to one receive 12 and from one to two they receive four. In Sweden, babies from birth to one receive NINE and from one to two only THREE!!! And Japan is only FIVE vaccinations from birth to one, and four from one to two. To keep going, Iceland, four from birth-one, and two from one-two. France: eight from birth-one, and six from one-two. And to take a few from the top of the infant mortality list, Italy gives 22 from birth-one and Greece gives 19! A comparison between the two, infant mortality rates and vaccinations, would be the chart for me! Here is the WHO information for those interested: http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/en/globalsummary/scheduleselect.cfm

  8. Number of vaccinations is different from number of doses. You’re comparing apples to oranges. The primary study that was cited at the end, in an attempt at promising consistency, counted only doses, not individual shots. So, combo shots of three different vaccines count at three doses.

    There, thankfully IS a chart that compares both ON THE STUDY. I cited my references on purpose so that you can look them up with a simple google search and look for yourself. There is not deceptive presentation going on. This is a breakthrough study that DOES combine them and uses the means to formulate a linear graph of means. I didn’t have five additional hours to put into this blog post to create an entirely new chart of that and I do not have reproduction rights to just photo shop their image, because I had already spent WAAAAY too much time on this one blog post. Hahaaa! That’s why I added a works cited section.

    Keep reading the Everything Birth Blog though, I plan to revisit all of your questions in future posts.

    The primary studies this info is based on are different from previous studies and are quite groundbreaking. Whereas previous studies had too many variables to give adequate representation of the truth, the givens in this study are factors that are simple and indisputable. From THAT information, they assembled a simple linear graph of means which produced very different results.

    When I mention that previous studies had too many variables, one variable to be noted is that it is often viewed as safer to have multiple vaccinations be given at the same time. This is basing a Given on a Theory. That is irresponsible science. The theory is that perhaps vaccination safety is related to toxicology issues such as the preservatives used. The study I have cited does not enter any Givens that are Theories. The only Givens entered are simple, unquestionable facts. It does not attempt to answer what the main cause of vaccine side effects could possibly be. It breaks them down, because for all we know, multiple vaccines could be the issue. We do not fully understand viral workings as our body creates immunities. When presenting studies only actual statistics and facts should be considered Givens. This way of looking at this topic is ground breaking and relatively new, and offers a different perspective that is based on only the simplest most fundamental stats. It also takes these facts and looks at them on a micro and macro level. For example, it looks at all IMR and then it looks at the changing IMR compared to changes in vaccination schedules within that country. It builds Proofs based on factual Givens and then combines those Proofs into a larger Proof so all he evidence is quite sound. This study is actual science for once.

  9. MediMom

    What they fail to mention is there are 257 countries in the world. They also aren’t telling you accidental deaths and murders are included in their numbers. They shouldn’t be. Not vaccinating is equal playing with a loaded gun.

    • “Not vaccinating is equal playing with a loaded gun,” is a fairly lame analogy. A loaded gun produces a quick, fatal and obvious result. I am certainly no expert. But if you follow the statistics, only 1 or 2 in 1000 may die of measles, for example. I’m pretty sure that a loaded gun would cause more fatalities than that.

      The flipside is, what are the latent long-term effects of vaccines on the nervous system, immune system, etc.?

      Keep in mind, Dawn is not speaking out against vaccines altogether, but rather posing the harm that they potentially cause infants, or children younger than age 2.

      • Thanks! And yes, I don’t feel like I’m qualified to speak out on vaccinations in general. I’d need to know so much more about viruses and toxicology than I do right now. Frankly, I don’t know that anyone is qualified though until the moment arises when we completely understand viruses and how they function within our bodies. I have theories, but nobody cares about a blogger’s theories, and even if they did, it’d be an irresponsible use of my position. So, I can only present the facts and those are simply that delayed vaccinations are safer statistically by a very large margin, even more so, if the mother delaying vaccinations also breastfeeds. 🙂

  10. Dawn Papple

    The issue remains MediMom, that the stats are looked at from both angles. Besides just looking at the overall IMR compared to other countries, they also look at the IMR in individual countries corresponding to changes in vax programs. When vaccinations are delayed until later, the IMR immedietly goes WAY down. The IMR includes everything, you are right, but I counter that the IMR ALSO includes death from serious diseases. Even those infants that are not getting vaxed the first year of life (that they would have us believe are SOOOO at risk from these diseases) are included in the stats as are children with cancer and transplants. So, actually, vaxing prior to one year old is the real loaded gun.

    It should also be noted that the information analyzed was done from the 2009 stats, and as of the last two year, more infants than ever are also getting the H1N1 and flu vaxes as the big propaganda push incited it to happen. Also, the current IMR puts us at 46 now… which is far worse.

    In addition, you state that there are 257 countries in the world, and yes, that is true; however, we spend the most dollars on health care than any other country. Of those 257 countries in the world, most of them are not modernized or industrialized as we are, and many fight starvation as an entire country, not mere pockets daily. So, that is also a weak argument.

    Given though that I’ve already written these things that easily counter the points you have made, I find it difficult to believe that you read my blog post with an open mind. Perhaps you even just skimmed through it, already knowing what you were going to say.

    For us to ever move forward, we need to not pick a side, but rather analyze all information with an open mind. The stats given in this were not based on theories, they also did not allow for re-categorizing stats to suit their needs. The stats used were just that, and the stats were analyzed from different perspectives, so the error is much less than it has ever been with other studies.

    Also, I’m well aware that there have been studies used on the safety of aluminum and mercury in these shots. What has not been adequately studies is our babies’ ability to handle having the immune system stress of exposure to the stimulation from multiple vaccines at once.

    Lastly, not vaccinating is not the topic I brought up with this blog, the topic is delayed vaccinations. Why is it that if someone mentions anything that goes against the exact recommendations, it’s viewed as opposing vaccinations? I clearly explained that this had nothing to do with not vaccinating, but was only broaching the topic of vaccinating infants.

  11. Angie

    Dawn, excellent post. I applaud your approach to a topic many parents are easily irritated by – you effectively covered pros and cons, and cited facts; many posts I’ve read have been very slanted one way or another.

    I’m with other commenters in the belief that vaccines are horrible and shouldn’t be forced on anyone – least of all, unconsenting infants, in the name of modern medicine.

    The odds a newborn will contract hep b within the first two months are nil; however, the odds that he will have a bad reaction to the vaccine are far higher.

    High-pitched screams, fever and swelling at injection sites are considered “normal” after vaccinations… But they’re not really “normal” things to happen in an infant’s tiny body. 🙁 So many problems with vaccines, but so few American parents are truly informed.

    Again, awesome post. I also want to point out that being anti-vax isn’t a “hippie” or “crunchy” thing – it’s an informed parent thing that doesn’t need any kind of label. 🙂

    • A lot of things that seem “hippie” are just being informed. 😉 By the time I finished up this blog post and read a few more research reports, I actually made a call to the family doctor… You’ll be happy to know.

      I also completely agree with you. Fully body rash and fever for a day are not normal for an infant, but Ayla got it. Then, when I called, they just said, “Oh that’s fine.” The next visit, they hadn’t even marked it on the chart. I said, “Well, if you don’t know which vax it was, then we’re not doing any for awhile.” We haven’t had any since.

      That makes me wonder though, if the ped didn’t mark it on the chart and I even called to report it, how many other reactions go unreported? How much worse is the problem than the CDC/FDA have record of? How many people more don’t even bother calling? I feel the actual reports are just the tip of the iceberg.

  12. Interesting that the mainstream in this country is so pro-vaccine, and so hung up about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is probably the best immune defense an infant can have.

    Unfortunately, formula is lauded, and in the meantime, kids are thrown into daycare environments at such an early age. It’s sad really, and no wonder we need to rely on vaccines to “protect” these beautiful little beings.

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  14. Lala

    Hi Dawn,
    I am curious to know why you decided to delay vaccination until 2, rather than start later than recommended by the US and follow a schedule from Sweden, or something like that. I live in NZ and haven’t vaccinated my newly-two son… yet. I am thinking of starting now, and as I have another on the way, am wondering what to do with this next one.
    Also, seeing as you posted this a year and a half ago, has all gone to plan thus far?
    Thanks for your wisdom,
    Lala

    • Dawn

      In the text of this, it explained that two was the age that Japan was delaying until when they enjoyed the lowest IMR. A lot has happened since I wrote this post though in regards to my daughter’s adverse reactions to the vaccinations I had already given her before learning the information in this post. Given her reactions, she will no longer receive any.

    • Thomas

      Lala, I am using an pseudo due to some of the research I have done since my parents have died within 3 months of each other during 2010 from Cancer. Since 2009 I have done a lot of research and morw questions were raised than answers found. This leads to other avenues of research to try and find the answers. One has to go into this with an open mind and one has to think out side of the square. Some of the things you find will be disturbing and unbeliavable.Lets take a look at the Flouride used in water since 1946? It calcifies the Pinal gland (Human brains third eye) the research in China stated that children that drink water with flouride have lower I Q’s than those that do not?
      The infants body does not fully develop the immune system til the age of 12. At 2 they are more capable of handling Vaccination side effects.
      Please read my other comment here and follow it up.
      The conspiracy theories become very frightening realities when facts are introduced to back them up with.
      Facts? Government and United Nations written agreements and legal statutes or laws. Secret Societies and powerful people that had agendas for world population Control or rather depopulation (even Mr Bill Gates stated that “Vaccinations could be a greatr wa to control the worlds population and reduce the carbon foot print of the world”)

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