Should Infants be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? How Much Aluminum is Safe for Infants?
How about the American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons? Read the AAPS’s official statement regarding Hepatitis B vaccines in infants.
In her book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Children’s Vaccinations, Dr. Stephanie Cave talks about the exponential increase in ear infections and upper respiratory illness in infants, which began almost immediately after the Hepatitis B vaccine was introduced into the schedule in the late 1980s. At that time, Hep B contained thimerosal. The current Hep B vaccination does not, which may lead you to believe it is safe or at least safer. This is a false sense of security. If you are pregnant or considering getting pregnant, or care about someone who is, PLEASE read this and pass it along.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for ALL children on the FIRST day of life.
Does your child REALLY NEED to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B as an infant?
If you (mother or father) are positive for Hepatitis B, then the answer is “Maybe.” There is a lot of debate about whether vaccination against hepatitis B makes any sense in infants who have been exposed to it in utero for 36-40 weeks already. I haven’t fully researched mother-child transmission mechanisms, so I’m not sure if it makes sense to vaccinate at birth or not when the mother is positive. I tend to think not. If anyone can provide links to research that answers this question, please post them in the comments. If someone in your immediate family, or someone who will be caring for your child on a consistent basis and from whom your child might be exposed to infected blood, then the answer is “possibly – your child is at increased risk of infection.” Otherwise, the answer is “No.”
INFANTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT AT RISK FOR HEPATITIS B!
In 1991, there were 18,003 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. out of a total U.S. population of 248 million. According to the October 31, 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC, in 1996 there were 10,637 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. with 279 cases reported in children under the age of 14 and the CDC stated that “Hepatitis B continues to decline in most states, primarily because of a decrease in the number of cases among injecting drug users and, to a lesser extent, among both homosexuals and heterosexuals of both sexes.”
But the CDC and vaccines’ biggest proponent, Dr. Paul Offit wants ALL babies vaccinated for Hepatitis B, not once but three times. I wonder if that’s because if they are going in for their Hep. B shots, they are also more likely to receive the Rotavirus Vaccine, for which Dr. Offit developed the patent, which sold for 182 MILLION dollars. Imagine how much money would be lost on rotavirus vaccination if parents started questioning and as a result, did not follow the currently mandated schedule.
If you think babies should be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease at birth, with a vaccine that contains up to 125 times the “safe” limit of aluminum (according to the EPA regulations), watch this video from ABC News 20-20, Part 1 of Who’s Calling The Shots?
Wow! That’s some scary stuff. It must be the media exaggerating things, right? Yes. And No.
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel talks about how there is nothing in medicine that can be utilized universally without some percent of the population having problems from the procedure. This is an example of what he was talking about. Aluminum is a neurotoxin and it damages the immune system, putting it into hyperdrive, which is associated with a lot of the asthma, allergies and autoimmunity we are seeing (in addition to increased rates of autism and ADHD).
So just how much aluminum is in vaccines that are “recommended” for ALL infants living in the United States? And what is the “safe level” of aluminum?
According to the FDA, the “safe level” of aluminum for full-term babies with healthy kidneys is 5 micrograms per kilogram per day. As Dr. Robert Sears points out in this article, Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal? using this “safe level” determined by the FDA, a 12 pound, 2 month-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 30 mcg. of aluminum in one day. A 22 pound, one year-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 50 mcg. of aluminum in one day. As Dr. Robert Sears states, the FDA “safe level” was determined from studies of premature infants with immature kidneys, so full-term infants with healthy kidneys should theoretically be able to handle more than the “safe level.” However, we don’t know because there haven’t been any studies done – at least none Dr. Sears (or I) could find.
Okay, so how much aluminum is really in the childhood vaccines?
DTaP (for Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis only): 170-625 mcg, depending on manufacturer
Hepatitis A: 225 mcg
Hepatitis B: 250 mcg
HIB (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg
HPV (ages 9 and above): 225-500 mcg
Pediarix (DTaP/Hepatitis B/Polio combination): 850 mcg
Pneumococcus: 125 mcg
The above information is from NVIC’s Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.
So what does this mean for your child, living in the United States and complying with the “recommended” childhood vaccine schedule?
Dr. Robert Sears does the math:
Newborn gets Hepatitis B injection on day one of life would get 250 micrograms of aluminum.
Repeated at one month of age with the next Hep B shot.
When a baby gets the first big round of shots at 2 months, the total dose of aluminum can vary from 295 micrograms (if a non-aluminum HIB and the lowest aluminum brand of DTaP is used) to a whopping 1225 micrograms if the highest aluminum brands are used and Hep B vaccine is also given.
These doses are repeated at 4 and 6 months.
A child would continue to get some aluminum throughout the first 2 years with most rounds of shots.
At this point, you may want to ask yourself, “Is the Hepatitis B vaccine really something my child needs, if I do not have Hepatitis B?”
Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B? And is the risk worth the consequences of injecting aluminum (a neurotoxin and immunotoxin) into your child at levels that are exponentially higher than the “safe level” determined by the FDA?
Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B?
- Is not common in childhood and is not highly contagious.
- Is primarily an adult disease transmitted through infected body fluids, most frequently infected blood.
- Is prevalent in high risk populations such as:
- needle using drug addicts;
- sexually promiscuous heterosexual and homosexual adults;
- residents and staff of custodial institutions such as prisons;
- health care workers exposed to blood;
- persons who require repeated blood transfusions;
- babies born to infected mothers
According to the CDC Guide to Action publication on Hepatitis B (1997): “the sources of [hepatitis B] infection for most cases include intravenous drug use (28%), heterosexual contact with infected persons or multiple partners (22%) and homosexual activity (9%).”
Although CDC officials have made statements that hepatitis B is easy to catch through sharing toothbrushes or razors, Eric Mast, M.D., Chief of the Surveillance Section, Hepatitis Branch of the CDC, stated in a 1997 public hearing that: “although [the hepatitis B virus] is present in moderate concentrations in saliva, it’s not transmitted commonly by casual contact.” (National Vaccine Information Center)
Once again, you as a parent are faced with a difficult question: “Who am I supposed to believe?”
“Just how serious is Hepatitis B?” You need to ask this question in order to make an informed decision about whether the risks associated with vaccination outweigh the risks of actually contracting the disease. The following information comes from the National Vaccine Information Center.
Hepatitis B is not a killer disease for most people.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B infection include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low grade fever, pain and swelling in joints, headache and cough that may occur one to two weeks before the onset of jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and enlargement and tenderness of the liver, which can last for three to four weeks.
Fatigue can last up to a year.
Translation: You will feel REALLY YUCKY for 6-8 weeks, and it may take you a year to recover your energy level to pre-illness status.
According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (1994): in cases of acute hepatitis B most patients do not require hospital care; 95 percent of patients have a favorable course and recover completely; case-fatality ratio is “very low (approximately 0.1 percent).” (1/10th of 1% or 1 out of 1,000); and Those (95%) who recover completely from hepatitis B infection acquire life-long immunity (this is a good thing).
According to Robbins Pathological Basis of Disease (a medical textbook published in 1994), of those who do not recover completely, fewer than 5 percent become chronic carriers of the virus with just one quarter of these in danger of developing life threatening liver disease later in life.
Translation: Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.
What does this mean? It depends on which statistics you look at. Let’s take the worst-case scenario and go with the “200,000 new cases yearly” cited in the 1999 video from ABC’s 20/20 show.
200,000 x .95 = 190,000 will recover completely (95% will recover completely)
Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.
10,000 will not recover completely
10,000 x .05 = 500 will become chronic carriers
500 x .25 = 125 will die in later life due to liver disease
Are we over-reacting and over-vaccinating as a result?
Remember, it’s not just the Hepatitis B we have to worry about, it’s the aluminum.
We, as parents, have to weigh the actual threat of disease against the cost of “protection.” Given the amount of Aluminum contained in Hepatitis B vaccinations, AND the very low risk of young children becoming infected (especially if Mom is not infected), this particular vaccine does not seem worth the risk.
If Hepatitis B is not worth the risks associated with injecting aluminum directly into the bloodstream, AND if those who adamantly state that by delaying the Hepatitis B vaccines we, as parents are putting our children’s health at risk, maybe we should start questioning further the advise we are getting from those who rigidly follow the party-line put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Just why do the AAP, the CDC, and organizations like Every Child By Two continue to recommend the Hepatitis B vaccine for ALL infants? As Sharyl Attkisson says, Follow The Money.
Despite the declarations of the AAP and the CDC that the huge amount of money they recieve from the vaccine manufacturers does not influence the advice they give to parents, delving further into the facts about Hepatitis B (one vaccine out of MANY the AAP and CDC have declared as “safe”) leads me to believe that these sources may not be completely vested in the best interest of my child – or yours.
PLEASE – do not follow blindly everything you are told by your pediatrician or family physician. Ask first if he or she has actually looked at the science, or if your trusted health advisor is simply following the party-line. And remember – ultimately you, as the parents, are the ones who are responsible (and who will live with the consequences) for the decisions you make about your child’s health. The pediatrician may order the shots, but he or she is not the one who will be raising your child for the rest of his or her life.
Educate before you vaccinate.