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.
- 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,  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. 
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.
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.
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