Vaccinating Newborns Is No Longer EnoughFebruary 5, 2013
Now they want to vaccinate pregnant women with potentially dangerous vaccines. Where will this lunacy end?
The old DTP vaccine caused brain damage in infants. The new DTaP vaccine has uncertain risks—and also may not work. The government solution is to start vaccinating even before birth.
This is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommended vaccine schedule—which includes notable changes. The CDC is recommending that pregnant women receive the DTaP vaccine during the later stages of their pregnancy, to protect the mother from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), and then pass that immunity on to the fetus through the placenta. The justification is that most babies become ill or die from these diseases before they are old enough to be vaccinated, so this will give them immunity before they’re even born.
The problem is that one of the elements of the vaccine, for whooping cough (pertussis), can be very dangerous. The whole-cell pertussis vaccine was created in 1912 and contains B. pertussis bacteria. Its toxins (both exotoxins and endotoxins) are some of most lethal in nature, causing tremendous inflammation throughout the body.
When a vaccine of this sort is created, the bacteria’s exotoxins are inactivated or suppressed in the lab while other properties, typically immunogenicity, are maintained so that the body will create antibodies. With the pertussis vaccine, its exotoxins can cross the blood–brain barrier under certain conditions, which can trigger brain inflammation (encephalitis) and cause permanent brain damage. This is the version that was in the old DTwP vaccine (the w stands for whole-cell pertussis).
About twenty years ago the pertussis vaccine was reformulated into a less reactive version with fewer side effects called the DTaP vaccine; the a stands for acellular. The DTaP vaccine still contains the pertussis toxin, albeit at a lower dose and in a purer form, so the danger of brain inflammation still exists.
B. pertussis also produces endotoxins, and the immune system’s reaction is similarly inflammatory, releasing so much histamine that it can sometimes cause high fever, swelling, diarrhea, collapse, shock, and death. The newer DTaP vaccine also contains these endotoxins. Then there are the preservatives such as aluminum. Are we really crazy enough to want to expose unborns to this?
DTaP recommendations have also been expanded to include routine vaccination of adults aged 65 and older despite the aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Ironically, even mainstream medicine is beginning to question whether the pertussis vaccine is all that effective in first place. There’s a worldwide epidemic of whooping cough going on, and the vaccine doesn’t seem to be doing much to prevent the disease. Immunity seems to be weak and to wear off rather quickly—in as little as three years. Is it even worth the risk? As our colleagues at ANH-Europe point out:
Much of the effectiveness of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine is a statistical mirage; it’s hardly surprising that the current US outbreak is occurring against a background of record vaccination rates. Washington, for example, one of the states worst affected by the current outbreak, recorded that 92.9% of children aged 18–36 months received 3 or more doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine in 2010–11.
The CDC’s new vaccine schedule also removes previous precautions about pregnant women being given the hepatitis A vaccine—despite the fact that its safety for pregnant women has not been determined. Moreover, hepatitis A has a mortality rate of less than 1%, and almost everyone who gets it recovers without treatment. So why is a vaccine necessary? Some hepatitis A vaccines contain aluminum as an adjuvant. Why recommend pregnant women expose themselves to the vaccine’s risks with so little benefit?
Several states have introduced vaccine legislation that we’re keeping an eye on. Because the number of bills is large, we won’t include all the alerts here. Instead we’ll shortly send out individual alerts to readers in each affected state.