The U.S. childhood immunization schedule is set by the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, a federal agency that bases the schedule on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Current Vaccine Schedule

The current CDC vaccination schedule advises the following:

  • 26 doses of 9 vaccines by age 1 (including 1 at birth)1
  • 50 doses of 14 vaccines by age 62
  • 70 doses of 16 vaccines by age 183

1-3 There is a discrepancy between the dosages listed on the CDC vaccine schedule and the NVIC poster. The CDC’s vaccine schedule lists FOUR doses of the Hib vaccine while the NVIC poster indicates THREE Hib doses. This is because the number of doses depends on the brand of vaccine given.


Photo copyright: Sanofi Pasteur Photographer: Vincen Moncorge

The Controversy is Growing

Enter the world of educating yourself about vaccines and you can easily become overwhelmed. Some doctors follow the current immunization schedule “no questions asked” while others take the opposite approach and advocate “just say no.”

Listening to news reports or trying to understand research studies can turn into a tangled maze of statistics taken out of context and opinions tied to questionable sources. For example, take the news about a link between autism and the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella).

On August 27th, 2014, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. William Thompson released this statement, “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”  Press Release from Morgan Verkamp, LLC.

As disturbing as this sounds, mainstream media largely ignored the story. CNN was the only media outlet to respond with health correspondent Elizabeth Cohen stating on-air: “Some people don’t hear this well: vaccines do not cause autism.” Note: CNN has removed this video but an excerpt appears on the Autism Media Channel.

In response, parents of vaccine-injured children posted their stories on a YouTube channel entitled, “Hear This Well: Breaking the Silence on Vaccine Violence.” These are parents who believed vaccines were safe. Yet, something went horribly wrong.

As the controversy wages on, autism rates continue to skyrocket. The latest figures  from a 2011-2012 study by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate that 1 in 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This represents a 72% increase in the diagnosis since 2007 when a similar report claimed a rate of 1 in 88 children.  Another study in 2010 by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network found that 1 in 68 eight year old children living in one of the 11 CDC surveillance areas had been diagnosed with ASD. And, both studies found that boys were approximately 4.5 times as likely as girls to have ASD. Note: Because the 11 surveillance sites do not provide a representative sample of the entire U.S., the combined prevalence of 1 in 68 cannot be generalized to all children aged 8 in the U.S. population. For example, in 2010, the autism rate reported for boys in New Jersey was 1 in 28.

Then and Now…

Statistics compiled by the NVIC make it clear that things were not always this way.

NVIC comparative statistics

If you have decided not to vaccinate, you will need to familiarize yourself with your state’s vaccination exemptions.

Congress Created a Compensation Program Funded By Those Who Get Vaccinated

In 1986, Congress passed National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. It created a federal “no-fault” Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to compensate victims of vaccine-related injuries or death. It is funded by a .75 cent tax built into the price of every childhood vaccine and the flu shot.

As of 2019, this program (referred to as ‘The Vaccine Court’), has paid out $4 Billion to 6,430 petitioners, i.e. families of those who have died or been irreparably-damaged by vaccines including devolving into autism. Since 1988, over 20,428 petitions have been filed, 17,718 petitions have been adjudicated, 6,430 were determined to be compensable and 11,288 were dismissed.

The existence of a program that compensates vaccine-related injury and death does not mean it works. In this analysis, lawyers Holland and Krakow explain:

There is a long list of things that are wrong with the VICP. First and foremost, while it is referred to as a court, it simply is not a court. There is no judge, no jury, no right to require the adversary to provide information, and no formal rules of evidence and civil procedure. It is an administrative tribunal meant to handle simple injury cases based on certain presumptions …

The VICP has been a dismal failure. Almost four out of five claimants lose in what was meant to be a petitioner-friendly administrative forum. The tenor of VICP proceedings is exceptionally hostile and adversarial—the exact opposite of what Congress intended. Petitioners must litigate almost every case—almost no injuries are “on-table” administrative claims anymore. Though Congress intended cases to resolve within a year, cases now take many years to litigate.

For an in-depth understanding of the VICP, read The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Vaccine Reactions Are Considered Normal and Are Vastly Under Reported

Vaccine injury is vastly under reported. “Perhaps 98% of all adverse reactions to vaccines are not included in the VAERS database, and up to 25 million U.S. citizens could have been adversely affected by vaccines in the past 25 years.” ‘Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit is Not Safe‘ (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Summer 2016). (VAERS is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.)

Additionally, many doctors consider certain reactions to be normal and just part of receiving a vaccine, e.g. an extremely high fever and seizures. When reactions like these are considered acceptable by doctors, they often do not get reported by parents.

There are many types of reactions to vaccines. In this video a group of mothers that vaccinated their children share some of the reactions their children had.

If you have decided not to vaccinate, you will need to familiarize yourself with your state’s vaccination exemptions.

photo: Creative Commons/Claudia Deza

photo: Creative Commons/Claudia Deza

Before You Vaccinate

If you are considering vaccination, the National Vaccine Information Center suggests asking 8 critical questions prior to making the appointment to vaccinate:

  1.  Am I or my child sick right now?
  2.  Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
  3.  Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
  4.  Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
  5.  Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
  6.  Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
  7.  Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
  8.  Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?

Remember, you are the only advocate your child has.  To avoid feeling pressured in a doctor’s office, we recommend the following:

Be Responsible.  Before you make the appointment to vaccinate, know what you are injecting into your child and its possible side effects.  For each vaccine:

  • Read the package insert.  Read all the fine print.  It is available online.
  • Read the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS). This is also available online. Federal law requires that healthcare staff provide a VIS to a patient, parent or legal representative before each dose of certain vaccines.
  • Know the side effects and the time period in which each side effect must take place in order to show that the vaccine caused the reaction. See here for the Vaccine Injury Table by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Be Informed. Take time to get fully informed and know the risks of each vaccine. Every child is unique and some children seem to be more susceptible to adverse reactions (such as children with a family history of autoimmune disease or allergies or children born prematurely) according to the NVIC Vaccine Safety Science Gap Key Points report. You cannot undo a vaccine. You will have to live with the consequences of whatever choice you make.


The Must-Hear Podcast: “Vaccines”

A concise description by neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock of what vaccines do to the brain, especially the developing brain. Topics include why vaccinating a mother during pregnancy increases the chances of her child eventually developing schizophrenia and autism, the consequences of the number of vaccines given and why spacing vaccines even one month apart is damaging. Dr. Blaylock is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author and lecturer.

Additional Resources:

Clearinghouses for Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Pro Status Quo)
The national public health institute of the United States.

National Vaccine Information Center (Questions Status Quo)
The NVIC is a non-profit founded in 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the informed consent ethic in medicine.

Children’s Health Defense
“Our mission is to end the epidemic of children’s chronic health conditions by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so this never happens again.””

ICAN (Informed Consent Action Network
“Our goal is to put the power of scientifically researched health information in your hands and to be bold and transparent in doing so, thereby enabling your medical decisions to come from tangible understanding, not medical coercion.”

White Paper “Introduction to Vaccine Safety and Policy in the United States”

The Two Sides of Vaccination
The following articles will orient you to how the media often writes about vaccines and the response from a pediatrician with a different perspective.

LA Times article (Pro Status Quo)
Dr. Jay Gordon’s response (Questions Status Quo)

Parent Who Vaccinated and His Perspective on the Autism Epidemic

JB Handley, Former Managing Director of a Private Equity Firm, Husband and Father to Three Children wrote “How to End the Autism Epidemic“.

Doctors Questioning the Status Quo

Dr. Toni Bark
A succinct review of information and statistics not often heard about measles from a medical doctor who trained in pediatrics and ran a pediatric emergency room in Illinois. For example, she states:

  • there have been 2 deaths in the US from measles in 2003
  • there have been approximately 400 children who have died from the measles vaccine
  • the majority of measles cases around the country are in the vaccinated

Dr. Suzanne Humphries
Dr. Suzanne Humphries is a private medical consultant with current American Board of Internal Medicine certifications in internal medicine and nephrologyand practices in Maine and Virginia. She is co-author of Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, and author of Rising From The Dead. Humphries has lectured throughout Scandinavia, the USA and New Zealand on vaccines, holistic health, infant immunity, and vitamin C. Epigenetics, infectious diseases, and the human microbiome are other areas of interest. All of Dr. Humphries online videos and lectures are highly recommended.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Nationally recognized osteopathic doctor, author and lecturer. Dr. Tenpenny has invested more than 18,000 hours documenting the problems associated with vaccines. Her research can be found on her website and explained in her two hour lecture, “Vaccination: What CDC documents and Science reveal.” Her book, “Saying No to Vaccines, A Resource Guide for All Ages” is another source of information.

Dr. Chris Exley
Dr Exley is a professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in the UK and known as one of the world’s leading experts on aluminium toxicity. He has spent over 30 years researching the exotoxicity of aluminium. A breakthrough study in 2017 found high levels of aluminum in the brain tissue of individuals who had died with a diagnosis of autism.

Dr. Jay Gordon
Nationally recognized pediatrician and author of numerous books, articles and the DVD  “Vaccinations? Assessing the Risks and Benefits.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola
Nationally recognized doctor of osteopathy, author, lecturer and creator of one of the top health websites in the U.S.  His website provides valuable vaccine news and information.

Lists of Doctors Open to Alternate Vaccine Schedules
List compiled by Dr. Robert Sears at ask Dr. Sears
State by state list compiled by a parent at and support group.

Alternate Vaccine Schedules
Many parents choose to work with their pediatrician to figure out an alternative vaccination schedule. These two doctors offer some choices. Note: Alternative schedules vary greatly among practitioners.

Dr. Robert Sears’ “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child
Dr. Donald Miller: An Alternative Schedule

Other Resources Mentioned in this Article
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny: “Saying No to Vaccines, A Resource Guide for All Ages
Dr. Jay Gordon: “Vaccinations? Assessing the Risks and Benefits

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