A User-Friendly Vaccination Schedule

By Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D.

Vaccination is a controversial subject. Earlier this year after I wrote "Mercury on the Mind," about mercury in vaccines and dental amalgams, many parents asked me what vaccines I would recommend for their children. This article addresses that question.

Vaccines and Disease

One hundred years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in children, with diphtheria, measles, scarlet fever, and pertussis accounting for most. Conventional medical wisdom credits vaccines for wiping out these killers. Today the top reasons for the deaths of children younger than five are accidents, genetic abnormalities, developmental disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, and cancer.

Fifty years ago, when the vaccine schedule contained only four vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown. Today, one in every 68 families has a child with autism. Vaccine proponents do not address an important consideration. Could contracting childhood diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox play a constructive role in the maturation of a person’s immune system? Or, conversely, does removing them have any adverse consequences?

The CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule

A 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decides which vaccines should be on the Childhood Immunization Schedule. It calls for one vaccine, against hepatitis B, to be given on the day of birth; seven vaccines at two months; six more (including booster shots) at four months; and as many as eight vaccines on the six month well-baby visit. Seven vaccines injected into a 13 pound, two-month old infant are equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 pound adult.

Four doses each of vaccines for Hemophilus influenzae type b infections, diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw) and pertussis (whooping cough) are recommended during the first 12 months of life. Before a child reaches the age of two he or she will have received 32 vaccinations on this schedule, including injections against polio, pneumococcal infections, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), chickenpox, and influenza (the flu).

What Constitutes Safety?

Health officials consider a vaccine to be safe if no bad reactions – like seizures, intestinal obstruction, or anaphylaxis – occur acutely. No randomized controlled trials have been done on the long-term effects of the immunization schedule. In such a study, one group of children would be vaccinated according to the CDC’s schedule, while a control group is unvaccinated. Investigators then follow the two groups for years, not just a few weeks.

What about administering 32 vaccines during the period in which 80 percent of a person’s brain development takes place? Human brains are known to form from the third trimester of pregnancy through the first two years of extra-uterine life. Given this fact alone, perhaps it would be prudent to withhold any vaccinations until children are at least two years old.

What Neuroimmunology Says

The new field of neuroimmunology offers sufficient evidence to justify adopting a different vaccination schedule. Scientists know that the brain has its own specialized immune system, separate from that of the rest of the body. When a person is vaccinated, its specialized immune cells, the microglia, become activated. Multiple vaccinations, spaced close together over-stimulate the microglia, causing them to release a variety of toxic elements that damage brain cells and their synaptic connections. Researchers call the damage caused by these toxic substances "bystander injury." For more on this subject read the work of neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock, MD online.

A User-Friendly Vaccination Schedule

To read more about vaccines, see the DDR topic list and click on "Vaccines."

Donald Miller is a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. His web site is www.donaldmiller.com

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 10, Number 2 - Winter, 2004-2005]

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