By the ANH Team
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Family Physicians have issued the 2010 US Childhood Vaccination Schedules.
Amongst the recommendations are:
See below the full recommendations for children up to and older than 6 years old:
Vaccine manufacturers and health authorities stipulate that multiple dosages are required. Recommended numbers of doses for the various vaccines aimed at children up to the age of 6 are given:
Hepatitis B: 4
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis: 4
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib): 3-4
Inactivated Poliovirus: 4
Measles, Mumps, Rubella: 2
Hepatitis A: 2
Meningococcal (only high risk): 2
TOTAL (maximum): 35
Those who support vaccination maintain this view because they believe, at least for a given vaccine, that the benefits outweigh the risks. Lack of information on either efficacy or risk prevents individuals or parents from being able to give 'informed consent'. Making life more complicated, both the risks and the benefits vary greatly between different vaccinations and many risks are not well understood particularly when vaccines are combined.
While limited trials are conducted on individual vaccines, there are no controlled trials evaluating the effects of the full immunisation schedules being pushed by government authorities. In light of such concerns, many people are simply not happy for their children to be used as guinea pigs.
It seems one of the key drivers in the ever increasing push for childhood vaccination, in the face of limited or sometimes no good evidence of efficacy—and often at least some evidence of risk—is profit. Blog sites are awash with purported evidence of corrupt tie-ups between vaccine manufacturers and governments and only the foolhardy, or those with particular vested interests, would be inclined to dismiss all these reports.
It is obvious, for example, that with the decision to select boys for inclusion in the HPV vaccination schedule, the potential market for the vaccine among children doubled overnight! But just how evidence-based is this decision?
It also seems somewhat spurious that the H1N1 vaccine is on the schedule for all US children just at the time when, in North America, influenza-like illness has returned to the seasonal baseline, and ‘indicators of severity’, which include paediatric mortality have 'declined substantially'. Additionally, those children who tested positive for H1N1 illness have not been exempted from the vaccination! Have the US health authorities lost faith in the remarkable prowess of the human immune system?
Could it be that our children are being lined up as a new profit centre for the drug and vaccine companies? And could it be that the US Government health departments are complicit in exploiting children for drug company profits? Providing definitive, substantiated answers to these questions is not likely to be easy, but there are ample suggestions that such exploitation of children might in fact be deliberate.
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To read more about the risks or benefits of the HPV, H1N1 and MMR vaccines, please refer to our Vaccine Choice campaign page.
Updated: 6 Jan 2010
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