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Is the Childhood Vaccine Schedule Safe?

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published October 01, 2017 in Government

Is the childhood vaccine schedule safe? 1

In 1953, health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control told doctors to give children 16 doses of four vaccines by age six. 2

In 1983, it was 23 doses of 7 vaccines by age six. 3

In 2013, it was 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18, with 50 doses given by age six. 4

With infants and children in America getting four times as many vaccinations as their grandparents got, how healthy are they?

Today, 1 child in 6 is learning disabled. 5 In 1976, it was 1 child in 30. 6

Today, 1 child in 9 has asthma. 7 In 1980, it was 1 child in 27.8 9

Today, 1 child in 50 develops autism. 10 In the 1990s, it was 1 child in 555. 11 12

Today, 1 child in 400 has diabetes. 13 In 2001, it was 1 child in 500 has diabetes. 14   

On top of that, millions of children suffer with seizures, inflammatory bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, life-threatening allergies, anxiety, depression and behavior disorders. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

In 2013, a physician committee at the Institute of Medicine reported that there were fewer than 40 studies examining the safety of the government’s vaccine schedule for children under age six. 25

Only 40 studies.

Vaccine safety science has so many knowledge gaps 26 27 28 that the Institute of Medicine could not determine whether the timing and numbers of vaccinations given to babies and young children is or is not responsible for the development of learning disabilities – asthma – autoimmunity – autism – developmental and behavior disorders – seizures – and other kinds of brain and immune system problems. 29

An unprecedented number of children are born healthy, get vaccinated and are never healthy again. It is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored.

Before you take a risk, find out what it is.

Read and view references for this message from the National Vaccine Information Center by expanding the link to view refernces below.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.


1 CDC. Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years, United States, 2017.

2 College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Have I Been Vaccinated? Apr. 12, 2017.

3 CDC. Recommended schedule for active immunization of normal infants and children 1983.

4 CDC. ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 years – United States 2013; MMWR 2013; 62(01): 2-8.

5 Boyle CA, Boulet S et al. Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children 1997-2000. Pediatrics May 23, 2011.

6 U.S. Dept. of Education. Digest of Educational Statistics 2002. Children 3 to 21 years old served in federal supported programs for the disabled, by type of disability, 1976-77:Table 66 (p. 66). National Center for Education Statistics 2003.

7 CDC. Asthma in the U.S. May 2011.

8 CDC. Surveillance for Asthma – United States, 1960-1995. MMWR. Apr. 24, 1998; 47(SS-1): 1-28 (Table 1) and Estimates of the Population of the United States, by Age, Sex and Race: Issue 1000. U.S. Depart. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Jan. 1, 1987.

9 Moorman JE, Rudd RA et al. National Surveillance for Asthma – United States, 1980-2004. MMWR Oct. 19, 2007; 58(SS08): 1-14; 18-54.

10 Blumberg SJ, Bramlette MD, Kogan MD et al. Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011-2013. Results. National Health Statistics Reports 2013; 65: 1-11

11 CDC, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders --- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, Six Sites, United States, 2000. MMWR. Feb. 9, 2007; 56 (SS-1).

12 Nevison CD. A comparison of temporal trends in United States autism prevalence to trends in suspected environmental factors. Environmental Health 2014; 13(73).

13 Liese AD et al. The Burden of Diabetes Mellitus Among US Youth: Prevalence. Estimates from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Pediatrics 2006; 118: 1510.

14 Pettitt DJ, Talton J et al. Prevalence of Diabetes in US Youth in 2009: The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Diabetes Care 2014; 37: 402-408.

15 Citizens United in Research for Epilepsy. Epilepsy Facts.

16 Malaty JM. Rise in incidence of inflammatory bowel disease among children. J Pediatr Nutr 2010; 50(1): 27-31.

17 Moorthy LN, Peterson MGE et al. Burden of childhood onset arthritis. Pediatric Rheumatology 2010; 8(20).

18 Scudder L, Bauer A. Don’t Miss Thyroid Disease in Children. Medscape Dec. 5, 2016.

19 Smith C. Pediatric MS Cases Rise in the Northwest. Investigate West Nov. 26, 2012.

20 Orenstein BW. Childhood Allergies on the Rise and More Severe. Everyday Health Apr. 15, 2014.

21 Food Allergy Research & Education. Facts and Statistics: How Many People Have Food Allergies?

22 Samuels C. Number of U.S. Students in Special Education Ticks Upward. The Education Weekly, April 19, 2016.

23 Parens E, Johnston J. Mental Health in Children and

Adolescents. (p.101-106). The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns 2008.

24 Feldman B, Martin EM, Simms T. An Invisible Epidemic – When your body attacks itself – Autoimmune Disorders. Tincture Jan. 29, 2016.

25 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Summary: Health Outcomes (p. 5-6) and Conclusions About Scientific Findings (p. 11) and Review of Scientific Findings (p. 75-98). The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies; Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 2013.

26 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Afterword on Research Needs. (p. 206). Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines;

Washington, DC. The National Academies Press. 1991.

27 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Need for Research and Surveillance. (p. 305 & 307). Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality; Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 1994.

28 Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Evaluating Biological Mechanisms of Adverse Events: Increased Susceptibility. Chapter 3 (p. 82). Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality; Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2012.

29 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Summary: Health Outcomes (p. 5-6) and Conclusions About Scientific Findings (p. 11) and Review of Scientific Findings (p. 75-98). The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies; Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 2013.

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17 Responses to "Is the Childhood Vaccine Schedule Safe?"
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Lana May
Posted: 10/2/2017 12:50:11 PM
Vaccination is big business for the pharmaceutical companies. This has nothing to do with health, only profit. We survived and prospered since 1953 with 16 vaccinations by age 6, children do not need an additional 53 vaccinations!
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Genece Kom
Posted: 10/2/2017 1:03:16 PM
Vaccine schedule is not safe!! Vaccines need to have safer ingredients and not so many!! Rethink alternative healthcare!
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Maria White
Posted: 10/2/2017 1:13:57 PM
The increasing numbers of childhood illnesses would be even more impactful if each disease was compared to the same year of 1953 when people only got 16 doses.
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Paul Arthur
Posted: 10/2/2017 2:25:34 PM
Editors Note: Thank you to the above readers and others for catching our typo on the childhood Diabetes numbers shown. The video states it correctly but our transcription should read: Today, 1 child in 400 has diabetes. (14) In 2001, it was 1 child in 500. (13)
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Karen Lyke
Posted: 10/2/2017 2:40:37 PM
I tried printing this, to send to my various representatives, but it didn't come out clear. Would a downloadable printable version be available. I've sent emails to various reps urging them to vote against House Resolution 327 promoting vaccines with all the lies - except they've been hoodwinked into believing it's 'good'. Public outcry is absolutely necessary on this. Editors Note... Suggest you just reference this URL so that they have all of the references available also: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/October-2017/is-the-childhood-vaccine-schedule-safe.aspx
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Janee Campbell
Posted: 10/2/2017 3:54:06 PM
While I find these stat's interesting (I was vaccine injured and I have chosen not to vaccinate my son), they would be more meaningful if we could see the differences in these problems between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Without those numbers your stat's are meaningless. Any number of other factors could be causing the epidemic of childhood disorders.I am a scientist by training and believe its critical that the right kind of stats are used. You cannot just compare illness with today and years ago. You have to see if there is a difference in the increase of these problems between the two groups of children...vaccinated vs. unvaccinated...or your numbers are just as dishonest as the ones used by the pharmaceutical companies. Editors Note: The National Vaccine Information Center supports the funding of a large, prospective study conducted in accordance with IRB approval processes,informed consent and voluntary participation and NVIC has consistently called for independent oversight See: Barbara Loe Fisher Co-founder & President National Vaccine Information Center Statement – Public Perspective Institute of Medicine Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule February 9, 2012 Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C. http://www.nvic.org/PDFs/IOM/NVIC-BLF-IOM-Stmt-2-2012.aspx
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Judy Schriebman
Posted: 10/2/2017 5:04:38 PM
I don't believe this schedule is healthy and is one of the many factors, including GMO food and pesticides etc in the environment, that is creating unhealthy children. The ingredients in vaccines responsible for brain and nervous system, such as Mercury and Aluminum, are alarming.
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Joel Chudnow
Posted: 10/2/2017 6:56:58 PM
All vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe". Ingredients are neurotoxic and carcinogenic! Under no circumstance is this acceptable for any human or animal on this planet!!
Commenter Name
Ken Conrad
Posted: 10/3/2017 7:30:35 AM
The way in which vaccines are manufactured and administered makes them inherently unsafe. There can be no acceptable vaccine schedule…
Commenter Name
Posted: 10/9/2017 1:41:31 PM
Vaccines have toxic ingredients and not good for the body. They do cause damage.
Commenter Name
Posted: 10/11/2017 9:23:56 AM
I have tried to get the attention of local and state officials and speak out consistently on the damage done to our children thanks to government being in bed with Big Pharma with all these vaccines pumped into our children. NOW, a new one is in the wind - It will contain 24-48 vaccines with only one injection and supposedly these poisons will be time released (sleeping poisons that will awaken when needed). The marketing strategy is already in place: "One shot does it ALL - no need to upset children more than once"! One jab does it all!! It breaks my heart to look at my grand-children ages 5-27 and see the damage they have suffered, how they struggle with ADD/ADHD and all the meds that they take just to function - sick and depressed all the time. And the 5 year old bright, smart (we were able to space out the multiples required for infants with much argument from the Doctor and staff) is facing boosters etc to be able to continue in school! This is disgraceful and tragic - there must be a way to STOP this....I need help ! Editors Note: You are not alone Sharon. Parents and grandparents across America are facing similar challenges. I do not know which state your family resides in but we call on all concerned individuals to register with our Stae Advocacy Portal to defend and protect our right to informed consent and vaccine choice. Join us at www.NVICADVOCACY.ORG today. No Forced Vaccination. Not in America!
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Posted: 12/30/2017 5:37:51 PM
My son just completed three years of chemotherapy for leukemia (A.L.L.). I am told that he is going to have to revaccinate because chemotherapy can erase or diminish the protection given by previous vaccines. I am very nervous to have my child, who has just received so many chemicals in his body, redo his vaccination schedule from earlier in his childhood. I am very thankful that you are providing such detailed research and information. I appreciate your work to help parents like me decide what is best for our children.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/22/2018 9:50:12 PM
There definitely needs to be more independent studies done on vaccines. Not only do we need to scrutinize the mechanism in which vaccines are supposed to work, but also in how they are manufactured. The use of adjuvants in vaccines are detrimental to those whose immune systems are prone to being overwhelmed and/ or overreactive. The burden of proof for the safety and efficacy of vaccines should not lie with the those that manufacture them. There definitely needs to be a transparent independent study to determine the safety with the vaccines given to otherwise healthy children. Any time you have to sign a waiver for something deemed safe stating you agree to give up the right to sue for malpractice before the dose is administered should be a red flag. The fact that China is now using cells from aborted fetuses in the development of vaccines should raise many more concerns as vaccines are to my knowledge manufactured by using animals as incubators. Diseases have been shown to cross the species barrier such as the sb40 virus which has been linked to cancer.
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Stephanie Campbell
Posted: 1/26/2018 2:36:07 PM
Is it possible to get the updated list of the vaccine schedule for 2018? There is a popular image going around comparing 1983 to 2013, its very powerful. Has that changed in the past 5 years? I can't seem to find the full schedule in a basic list format. Editors Note: I'm not aware of a 2018 list of vaccines. The CDC has their 2017 schedule which is the most current recommendations, however, it is not in list form - https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf We have our 50 doses poster that is current to 10/2016. It is in list form - http://www.nvic.org/CMSTemplates/NVIC/pdf/49-Doses-PosterB.pdf Your health. Your family. Your choice.
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Dr Michael Breneman
Posted: 1/31/2018 2:34:25 PM
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Eileen OH
Posted: 3/8/2018 12:09:18 AM
I was born in 1957 and had the vaccines recommended at that time, with booster shots for the basics. My age group is much more healthy and alert than many younger people. I don't believe infants and small children should be inundated with all of those chemicals. I don't do the flu vaccine either but DO get the flu every few years. Usually NOT the strain in the flu shots. So I stay home and use homeopathic remedies. After you have the confirmed flu THEN the doctor tells you to drink alot of electrolytes and stay in bed. The main reason people get hospitalized and die is dehydration. I heard NOTHING about telling people to drink alot of electrolytes to stay hydrated. Would that affect the $$$ that doctors, pharmacies, Big Pharma make? One 67 year old friend ran out and got the flu shot and GOT the flu. Two other friends, 60 and 75, did NOT get the flu shot but DID get the flu and drank the electrolytes and did vitamin C and they are fine now. This is proof than you are not going to die just because you get the flu and you are over 50. The media causes constant hysteria.
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Posted: 9/10/2018 5:27:47 PM
What is the NVIC's opinion on the newest research published in JAMA March 6, 2018: "Between Estimated Cumulative Vaccine Antigen Exposure Through the First 23 Months of Life and Non–Vaccine-Targeted Infections From 24 Through 47 Months of Age"?
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