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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