When I was 4 years old, I caught the Red Measles, and I was very very ill with a very very high fever. This made my immune system strong for the rest of my life – very very strong.
Later when I was a kid in elementary school in the 1960s, I got two “vaccines” – one for the mumps and one for polio in the form of a sugar cube, and the vaccines were voluntary.
I am grateful that I caught the measles, and I didn’t need the measles vaccine. Back then, they gave the shots separately and only for those who needed them.
In the early 1980s, my sons got three vaccines in three separate doses to prevent seven illnesses — two combination vaccines (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella) in two separate doses, and a polio vaccine. For those who took all the recommended doses, it totaled 24 doses by age 18.
I stopped my kids’ vaccines after their 6th birthdays. I knew back then that they didn’t need more – their immune systems were already set-up.
Are vaccines going to be a required part of life forever? If so, ask yourself why?
In the 1990s following the decade in the 1980s (beginning soon after the NCVIA’s implementation), the CDC packed multiple doses of several more vaccines into the childhood schedule, including those for Haemophilus influenzae Type B (Hib), Hepatitis B (on the day of birth) and Varicella (chickenpox).
They had also introduced a Rotavirus vaccine at this time, but due to adverse reactions, they withdrew it a year after its introduction.
In the first decade of the 2000s, the CDC recommended an even larger batch of new vaccines, and now they were going after children, adolescents and adults.
They now required Hepatitis A, HPV, Meningococcal conjugate, Pneumococcal conjugate, Rotavirus (again) and Zoster (shingles), plus an adult Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis booster (Tdap), and a massive expansion of influenza vaccines for all ages.
The childhood vaccine schedule went from two dozen doses by age 18 in the 1980s to prevent seven illnesses to six dozen doses through age 18 for sixteen diseases.
It’s important to ask why do we have this slow-creep of vaccinations over time? Ask yourself why and what has changed?
I am confident that our body’s involuntary ability to produce its own immunity is still strong within us, and it’s critically important that we never forget that.
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