Vaccines for Newborn Infants—Are They Safe?

In the US, shortly after babies are born in the hospital, they are taken from their mothers and subjected to a number of interventions in the newborn nursery, including antibiotic ointment in the eyes, an injection of synthetic vitamin K to prevent internal bleeding, and often an injection of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Three hepatitis B shots are part of the standard government-recommended childhood vaccination schedule, with the first dose given to newborns before discharge in most US hospitals. Even premature infants are given the hepatitis B vaccine while in neonatal intensive care nurseries.

What do these injections do to your infant’s immature, developing brain and immune system?

What are the benefits of giving hepatitis B vaccines to newborns?

Do the benefits justify the risks?

As with any medical intervention, we need to fully inform ourselves about the short and long-term risks involved. We can no longer blindly accept the predictable responses given by nurses, doctors and the media that “vaccines are safe,” especially when those same people dispensing advice have not done their research about the vaccines that they are referring to, and many haven’t even read the package insert.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B (HBV) is a viral infection that affects the liver. Transmission of the virus requires direct contact with infected blood or other body fluids.

The symptoms are similar to the flu—weakness, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, low grade fever, diarrhea, and in some cases, a swollen liver and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).

Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease since it is transmitted through infected body fluids, most frequently infected blood. The disease is prevalent in high-risk populations such as needle-using drug addicts and sexually promiscuous adults.

Most infected people don’t require hospital care and recover without complications. Those people are left with natural, lifelong immunity.

If the infection becomes chronic, however, it can be very serious. Twenty percent of chronic cases eventually progress to liver damage, and potentially even cancer, resulting in about 4,500 deaths annually in the United States.

Hepatitis B is not common in childhood in the U.S. and is not highly contagious in the same way that common childhood diseases like pertussis and chicken pox are contagious.

Is Your Baby Really at Risk for Hepatitis B? 

A newborn baby will not likely contract hepatitis B from engaging in promiscuous sexual activity with an infected partner in the next crib or from using contaminated needles while shooting up with IV drugs.

There are only two circumstances—both rare—in which a baby would be at significant risk for contracting hepatitis B in the US:

  1. If the mother is a carrier for hepatitis B virus, then the baby could be at risk for getting infected during childbirth.
  1. If the baby needed a blood transfusion, there is a very slight risk of getting hepatitis B from infected blood. In the US, all blood products are screened for hepatitis B and other pathogens prior to use.

Obviously, the only real threat of contracting hepatitis B is from an infected mother. If public policy mandated that all pregnant women got a simple screening test for hepatitis B, then only those babies born to infected mothers would warrant getting vaccinated.

Before we began giving hepatitis B shots to newborns, the U.S. already had one of the lowest hepatitis B infection rates in the world. Less than one half of one percent of all mothers giving birth were hepatitis B positive.

Who sets the vaccine guidelines? 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determines what vaccines will be given to you and your children during your check-ups and wellness visits. The committee consists of heads of pharmaceutical companies, such as Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur.

Pharmaceutical CEOs who head committees and sit on the board at the CDC—and who are also major donors—appear to be the people who are setting the policies and practices related to drugs and vaccines.

The CDC and the FDA’s growing enmeshment with the pharmaceutical industry has created huge conflicts of interest, such that these once highly respected institutions have lost much of their credibility—especially regarding drugs and vaccines.

In the arena of vaccines, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the CDC is making recommendations that benefit industry profits at the expense of our health.

The hepatitis B vaccine has become a huge moneymaker for vaccine manufacturers. They are assured of a stable, predictable market.

New vaccines with dubious justification continue to be introduced into the marketplace and relentlessly promoted, using fear-mongering tactics to convince the public that there is an urgent need to comply with the latest recommendations. The benefits of the vaccines are exaggerated while risks are minimized, ensuring an endless stream of profit for the vaccine manufacturers—especially now that many states are mandating full vaccination compliance in the schools and workplace.

With “experts” with a vested interest telling doctors what to do with their patients, the CDC has become more like the proverbial fox guarding the chicken coop.

What is the CDC’s rationale for giving the hepatitis B vaccine to a newborn baby? 

Why must infants be vaccinated at birth if they rarely acquire hepatitis B, and if it’s known that the mother does not have hepatitis B?

The CDC has stated that, if you’re pregnant and have tested negative for hepatitis B, it’s advised that you vaccinate your baby anyway because, according to them, “you’re more likely to adhere to their dictated schedule if you start early, just hours after birth.”

The rationale for this national hepatitis B vaccine policy is fundamentally flawed and dubious. The policy was, in part, based on the fact that adults who are at high-risk for becoming infected with hepatitis B due to IV drug use or unprotected sex with multiple partners or prostitutes, are difficult to reach and do not tend to get vaccinated. Infants and children are a much easier population to control.

A policy that attempts to prevent an infectious disease in adolescents and adults by vaccinating infants and young children assumes that the vaccines provide long lasting protection.

Science has proven that this is simply not true. Vaccines in general only confer temporary, partial immunity. Studies have revealed that antibody levels decline much more rapidly than vaccine developers and policymakers expected.

Five to fifteen years after vaccination, 15%–50% of the vaccinated children have low or undetectable concentrations of the anti-hepatitis B antibodies, as reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, July 2016, Volume 214.

So, if protection against hepatitis begins to decline in less than five years after vaccination, then antibodies will have disappeared long before children are old enough to make lifestyle choices that could potentially place them at higher risk for getting a hepatitis B infection.

If children could simply get their first hepatitis B vaccine when they reach adolescence, it does not make sense to needlessly subject babies, whose brains are still developing, to the serious risks of vaccination.

Universal hepatitis B vaccination might be a good idea IF the vaccines gave lifelong immunity and IF they were very safe—but they are not.

The pre-licensure “safety studies” for hepatitis B vaccine were woefully inadequate, consisting of only a few thousand babies, born to infected women, who were given the vaccine and monitored for less than a week.

The “long-term” vaccine studies in America boil down to a national, uncontrolled experiment being conducted on innocent babies, who are getting bombarded with one vaccine after another throughout childhood, starting with a hepatitis B shot at birth.

Tragically, newborns and young children are being subjected to all of the risks of the hepatitis B vaccine with none of the promised benefits.

What are the ingredients in the vaccine? 

Most people who vaccinate their children assume that the vaccines are safe. They are not aware of the additives in the vaccines other than the active ingredient—the weakened or inactivated viruses or bacteria. Some of these additives have the potential to cause significant and long lasting harm to babies and young children. 

The CDC website lists the categories of the additives found in vaccines: 

Preservatives, like thimerosal, prevent contamination (Thimerosal contains mercury)

Adjuvants, like aluminum salts, stimulate a strong immune response

Stabilizers, like sugar and gelatin, maintain vaccine potency

Cell culture media, like egg protein, support the growth of the vaccine antigens (the viruses and bacteria).

Inactivating ingredients, like formaldehyde, kill the viruses

Antibiotics, like neomycin, prevent contamination. 

To help parents understand what the healthcare providers are injecting into the bodies of their newborn babies, the actual ingredients in the four different recombinant hepatitis B vaccine options are listed below: 

Hep B (Engerix B): Aluminum hydroxide, yeast protein, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate dehydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dehydrate. 

Hep B (Recombivax): Soy peptone, dextrose, amino acids, mineral salts, phosphate buffer, formaldehyde, potassium aluminum sulfate, amorphous aluminum.

Twinrix (combined with hepatitis A) MRC-5 human diploid cells, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxide, amino acids, sodium chloride, phosphate buffer, polysorbate 20, neomycin sulfate, yeast protein

DTap-Hep B IPV (Pediatrix): Fenton medium containing a bovine extract, modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein, formaldehyde, modified Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells, calf serum and lactalbumin hydrolysate, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, aluminum salts, sodium chloride, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), neomycin sulfate, polymixin B, yeast protein. 

What are the potential health effects of the additives in vaccines? 

Recombinant (GMO) yeast. Recombinant vaccines are produced through genetic engineering of DNA. A segment of the DNA of the active ingredient (the virus or bacteria) is inserted into a yeast cell—or other cells—to make them produce large quantities of the active ingredient for the vaccine.

We don’t know what portion of the genetically modified DNA is incorporated into our own genome and then inherited by our children. And we don’t know if exposures to the genetically engineered DNA can cause diseases of the immune system.

Soy Peptones. One of the hepatitis B vaccines contains soy protein. There are no studies showing that protein injected directly into the bloodstream is safe.

The question that few people are asking is why life-threatening food allergies and anaphylaxis have become so alarmingly pervasive. Below is a link to an article published in the Journal of Developing Drugs by researcher Vinu Arumugham, entitled “Evidence that Food Proteins in Vaccines Causse the Development of Food Allergies and Its Implications in Vaccine Policy.”  

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde in vaccines is used to kill the viruses. According to the National Research Council: “Ten percent of the general population may be susceptible to formaldehyde allergies and may react acutely at any exposure level.” The NRC goes on to say that formaldehyde is oxidized in the blood to formic acid that can cause acidosis—an abnormally high level of acidity in the blood that can lead to damage to the nervous system, liver and kidneys.

Monkey Kidney Cells. In order to develop the weakened viral strain in the vaccine, there must be a medium, or “cell culture,” in which the virus can grow. The virus invades the cell culture and then multiplies. The cell culture is a single type of cell that multiplies itself and can be sustained in the laboratory for decades. These long-lasting cell cultures are called “cell lines.” The original cells that start these cell lines have been taken from a wide variety of sources, including monkey embryos and monkey kidney cells.

Calf Serum. Animal cell lines are used to culture the viruses that are used in vaccines. In addition to calf serum (blood), the animal parts that are used in the cell cultures include monkey kidneys, cow hearts, chicken embryos and eggs, duck eggs, pig blood, sheep blood, dog kidneys, horse blood, rabbit brains, guinea pigs—and even aborted human fetuses. (See MRC-5 below)

When animal protein is eaten, the digestive tract breaks down the proteins into amino acids that are then absorbed into the blood stream. However, when the animal proteins are injected directly into the body, the immune system sometimes reacts to the foreign proteins by creating auto-antibodies.

Polysorbate is a surfactant used to increase the solubility of liquids that would normally be unable to dissolve together (e.g., oil and water). This compound is used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industry.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on polysorbate does not address the effects of this compound through injection. Nevertheless, in the same toxicology section under special remarks on chronic and toxic effects on humans, it states the following about Polysorbate 80:

 May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal test data. No human data found. May cause cancer based on animal test data. No human data found. May affect genetic material (DNA mutations) in animals. 

The fact that Polysorbate 80 “may cause cancer based on animal test data” and may be mutagenic should be concerning enough to require vaccine manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration to provide credible scientific evidence that it is safe to include Polysorbate 80 in vaccines given to humans.

MRC-5 is derived from human lung tissue of a 14 week-old aborted male fetus. MRC-5 is named after the Medical Research Council in England where the cell line was isolated in 1966. Fetal cell lines have been heavily used in vaccine development.

The long-term risks to human health of injecting infants, children and adults with human protein/DNA have never been studied.

The use of tissue from aborted infants has caused heated debate because it is ethically questionable.  Pro-life groups, which include many churches and parents whose morals condemn profiting from aborted infants, continue to fight to require the pharmaceutical companies to produce vaccines that do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Vaccines can indeed be made from other sources.

Aluminum.The most potentially harmful additive in hepatitis B vaccines is aluminum. Like other adjuvants, aluminum is added to vaccines in order to boost the immune response to the antigen. The antigen—the altered viruses or bacteria—is what your immune system responds to by making specific antibodies against that antigen. By boosting your body’s immune response, the vaccine manufacturer can use a smaller amount of antigen, which makes production less expensive.

Aluminum is present in food, air, water, and soil. When aluminum is swallowed, only about 1% of the ingested aluminum gets absorbed into the body from the intestinal tract.

Injecting aluminum is vastly different from ingesting aluminum. This difference needs to be taken into account when doing a risk analysis.

There are no credible studies showing that injected aluminum is safe. On the contrary, aluminum is a powerful neurotoxin. The FDA and the CDC are aware that injected aluminum is toxic.

From FDA documents we learn that if premature babies receive more than 10 mcg per day of aluminum in parenteral nutrition, the aluminum can accumulate in their bones and brain and have a toxic effect. (Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document 02N-0496, “Aluminum in Parenteral Nutrition.”)

“Parenteral nutrition” for premature babies refers to food that is given intravenously—not by mouth. “Parenteral” also refers to substances injected into a muscle or under the skin.

The FDA requires a warning label on parenteral nutritional products, advising that the product “contains aluminum that may be toxic at levels exceeding 25 mcg. (Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document NDA 19-626/S-019, Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for Dextrose Injections.)

Yet, without any clear justification, the FDA does not require a warning label for vaccines.

Vaccine manufacturers are not required to adhere to the maximum aluminum dosage of 25 mcg. In fact, the hepatitis vaccine contains between 200-400 mcg of aluminum, an amount that is 10-20 times the amount deemed toxic by the FDA for parenteral nutrition.

The FDA’s suggested limit of aluminum exposure in the nutritional IVs is no more than 5 micrograms (mcg) per kilogram (kg) of weight. Extrapolating from those FDA guidelines, a 5-pound baby (2.2 kg) should get no more than 11 mcg of aluminum per injection.

With simple math, we can determine the maximum levels of acceptable aluminum per injection that correspond to the weight of the patient—per the FDA guidelines for intravenous nutrition products:

8 pound baby (3.36 kg x 5) = 18.1 mcg of aluminum

15 pound baby (6.8 kg x 5) = 34 mcg of aluminum

30 pound toddler (13.64 kg x 5) = 68.1 mcg of aluminum

50 pound child (27.7 kg x 5) = 113.6 mcg of aluminum

150 pound adult (68 kg x 5) = 340.9 mcg of aluminum

350 pound adult (159 kg x 5) = 795 mcg of aluminum

All vaccines exceed the maximum allowable aluminum per day for babies, toddlers and children. The amount of aluminum in the hepatitis B vaccine alone is almost fourteen times greater than the amount of aluminum that is FDA-approved for an eight-pound baby getting intravenous nutrition.

Substances given intravenously can be compared to substances given intramuscularly. The contents of the vaccine are injected into the child’s muscle and then eventually absorbed by the body into the bloodstream where they travel throughout the body. Once the aluminum gets into the blood stream, it has a high affinity for the brain.

A study in which mice that were injected with 200 mcg/kg of aluminum showed abnormal behavior, consistent with neurotoxicity. The mice in the control group showed no change in behavior. The injection of the aluminum caused a 50-fold increase in average brain aluminum content and persisted when rechecked 180 days after injection.

If a child receives multiple vaccines at one time—a common occurrence—the dose of aluminum will rise much higher. Children today are receiving 17 shots that contain aluminum, compared to four in the 1970s and early 1980s.

At well-baby check-ups, it’s common for two-month, four-month, and six-month appointments to include up to eight vaccinations, which add up to more than 1,000 mcg of aluminum! This amount isn’t even safe for a three-hundred-fifty-pound adult. By eighteen months, fully vaccinated babies have received almost 5000 mcg (5 milligrams) of highly neurotoxic aluminum.

The CDC and FDA have allowed this known brain toxin to be injected into our children without proper safety and toxicity testing.

Risk versus Benefit Analysis

Historically, hepatitis B very rarely has infected children in America. In the U.S., less than 1 percent of all reported hepatitis B cases are in children under age 15.

Adverse reactions to the hepatitis B vaccines far outnumber hepatitis B infections.

According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), operated jointly by the CDC and FDA, there were 36,788 officially reported adverse reactions to hepatitis B vaccines between 1992 and 2005. Of these, 14,800 were serious enough to cause hospitalization, life-threatening health events or permanent disabilities.

And 781 people were reported to have DIED following hepatitis B vaccination.

Vaccine adverse events are substantially underreported—some estimate by as much as 90 percent—even though the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 mandated that all doctors and other vaccine providers report serious health problems, including hospitalizations, injuries and deaths that follow vaccination. The 1986 Act did not include sanctions for failing to report to VAERS, and so most vaccine providers do not file a report. Many vaccine reactions are not even recognized by medical personnel as vaccine-related.

Using the MedAlerts search engine, one will find that, as of September 1, 2015, there had been 11,052 serious adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in connection with Hepatitis B vaccines since 1990. Of these Hepatitis B vaccine-related adverse events reports to VAERS, 1,086 were deaths, with 75% of the deaths occurring in children under three years of age.

As Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) so eloquently testified to Congress:

“With hepatitis B vaccine, the case for mandatory immunization with few exemptions is far less persuasive than with smallpox or polio vaccines, which protected against highly lethal or disabling, relatively common, and easily transmissible diseases….For most children, the risk of a serious vaccine reaction may be 100 times greater than the risk of hepatitis B.”

There are more reports of serious adverse reactions in children than there are cases of childhood hepatitis B reported in America and, despite what you may hear in the media, reactions can be serious.

The China Daily, a newspaper published in the People’s Republic of China, reported 44 children became sick and two were taken to the hospital after receiving injections from a “bad batch” of hepatitis B vaccine. After examining the side effects of this vaccine, you might wonder if every batch is a “bad batch.”

In 2008, French authorities launched a criminal investigation of two vaccine company managers (from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur) for failing to disclose dangerous side effects of their hepatitis B vaccines.

When babies die after hepatitis B vaccinations, most of the time their deaths are automatically attributed to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) without investigation into whether the vaccine caused the baby’s sudden death. Rarely does anyone ask about the deceased infant’s vaccination history to find out whether there were symptoms of vaccine reactions before death. If the SIDS events that were determined to be vaccine-related, then the total death toll statistics would be significantly higher.

Some of the symptoms that have been attributed to vaccine reactions in infants include:

  1. High-pitched screaming or prolonged crying for many hours or days
  2. Collapse/shock (pale skin, blue lips, unresponsiveness)
  3. Excessive sleepiness (failure to feed, baby cannot be easily awakened)
  4. Fever, diarrhea, or vomiting
  5. Hives, rashes, or swelling of the body
  6. Convulsions (jerking of fingers, hands, arms, legs)
  7. Other serious change in mental, emotional, or physical behavior

From looking at the data, it appears that public health policies directing parents to give their babies three doses of hepatitis B vaccine creates more health problems than they are preventing.

Potential Damage to Infants’ Developing Brains and Immune Systems 

A 2004 study looked at the immune reaction in newborns up to the age of one year who had received the hepatitis B vaccine to see if their immune reaction differed from adults getting the same vaccine. What they found was that infants, even after age one year, did react differently. Their antibody levels were 3-fold higher than adults, and it remained higher throughout the study.

In essence, they found that babies responded to the vaccine by having an intense, persistent and completely abnormal immune response which means that the hepatitis B vaccination could ultimately result in the child developing permanent brain and immune system dysfunction.

Russell L. Blaylock, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon and vaccine expert, has written an extensive article about the dangers of excessive vaccination during brain development in babies and young children.

He explains that your baby’s immune system is very complex, and at birth is incompletely formed. Studies in both humans and animals have shown that immune reactions to vaccinations, including the hepatitis B vaccine, differ depending on age—so, a baby will have a very different reaction to a vaccine than an adult will.

Blaylock states:

“The human being has an unusual brain development in that there is a prolonged period of maturation and neuroanatomical pathway development occurring years after birth.

The most rapid brain development occurs during the last trimester of intrauterine life and two years after birth – what is referred to as the brain growth spurt. It is the areas regulating higher brain functions, such as emotions, emotional control, thinking, complex memory and language function that is last to develop.

What this means is, during the first two years of life, your child’s brain is undergoing rapid and very critical development, and the more advanced cognitive portions of the brain continue their development even later – much later.”

Add to this the potentially neurologically damaging effects of hepatitis B vaccine ingredients, including aluminum adjuvant, yeast protein, formaldehyde, and other chemicals, and you have a noxious cocktail that could have permanent negative effects on your child’s health and development.

A Long List of Medical Conditions Linked with Hepatitis B Vaccines 

Common reactions include the following symptoms: fatigue, muscle weakness, fever, headache, irritability, and joint pain. Usually these symptoms are transient. But there have also been reports of disabling neurological and immunological disorders that have developed following hepatitis B vaccinations.

The array of serious health problems people have reported experiencing after hepatitis B vaccinations is quite shocking:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia purpura (low platelet count)
  • Convulsions, and brain disorders such as encephalitis with brain swelling
  • Immune dysfunction—either hyper-reactive, as in allergies and autoimmune disease, or under active causing frequent infections.
  • Visual and hearing impairments, including optic neuritis
  • Pancreatitis

According to a study in the United Kingdom, hepatitis B vaccines may increase risks for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) by a factor of three. Researchers discovered that people showed a three-fold increase in the incidence of MS within three years of being vaccinated. They weren’t able to determine if the vaccine triggers the disease in those already susceptible, or if it speeds up the onset.

In addition to MS, studies also reveal a link between hepatitis B vaccines and the development of type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent). In New Zealand, the incidence of type 1 diabetes rose 60 percent among children following a mass hepatitis B immunization campaign.

Barthelow Classen, MD, a researcher investigating vaccination and diabtes, estimates that the U.S. has 10,000 new cases of diabetes each year, costing $1 million in lost productivity and medical expenses, as a direct result of hepatitis B vaccination.

According to Burton A. Waisbren, MD, a cell biologist and infectious disease specialist, “Some babies who have little or no chance of getting hepatitis B will suffer unnecessary damage to their nervous system” after getting hepatitis B shots.

A study published September 2009 in Annals of Epidemiology found that giving hepatitis B vaccine to infant boys more than tripled their risk for an autism spectrum disorder. This was doubly concerning because an earlier study by the same researcher group, using a different database, found the same results.

Yet another study, this one published in the journal Neurology in 2009, revealed that children who received a particular hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix B) were more likely to develop “central nervous system inflammatory demyelination” than children who did not receive the vaccine.

Equally shocking is the fact that the U.S. now has the highest first day infant death rate of all industrialized countries and ranks number 31 among nations in infant mortality. Preterm birth rates have increased 36% since the early 1980s and 6 out of every 1,000 babies born alive in America die before their first birthday.

Birth defects, chromosomal damage, premature birth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome are the leading causes of death for about 23,000 newborn infants every year, with half of those deaths occurring on the first day of life. A baby born in America is twice as likely to die within the first 24 hours as babies born in the European Union.

In spite of strong evidence that the health risks of vaccinating babies with hepatitis B vaccine far outweigh the benefits, there are now hepatitis B vaccine mandates for children to attend daycare or school in 47 states. 

What can concerned parents do about this situation? 

Although hepatitis B vaccines may be “mandated” for your child to attend school, each state offers different legal exemptions (medical, religious, and philosophical). Research your state’s specific vaccine requirements and find out what kind of exemption to vaccination you are allowed to exercise in your state. 

You have every right to not only ask questions about vaccine safety, but also to decide which vaccinations you would like to receive or decline for yourself and your children. In the case of the hepatitis B vaccine, if you’re giving birth in a hospital, you can let your nurses, obstetrician and pediatrician know whether or not you consent to having your baby vaccinated. It’s your choice.

However, there are reports that some newborns are being vaccinated in the newborn nursery against the parents’ wishes. So if you decide to opt out of the vaccine, it is a good idea to keep your newborn with you at all times, or have a family member stay with the baby, while in the hospital.

I urge parents to get informed about every medical procedure being given to their baby, and vaccinations are no exception. Be sure that you clearly understand the vaccine’s possible side effects. Especially keep in mind the increased risk of having a bad vaccine reaction if there is a family member with neurological disorders, severe allergies, or immune system problems.

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) provides information for consumers about vaccines and vaccine-related illnesses, and works to protect vaccine choices.

Here is what this organization recommends if you are a concerned parent:

  • Report vaccine reactions to the federal government (VAERS) and to the NVIC Vaccine Reaction Registry by visiting the NVIC website. This reporting is EXTREMELY important and necessary if we are to accelerate change.
  • If you are pregnant, get tested for hepatitis B disease. If you are infected, your baby is a candidate for vaccination, and you should explore all sides of the issue with your physician.
  • Stand up for your informed consent rights. If you are opposed to the hepatitis B vaccine for your baby at birth, you can amend the “consent for medical treatment” forms you sign upon entering the hospital before giving birth by writing on the form that you do not give consent for your baby’s hepatitis B vaccination in the newborn nursery.


Of all the vaccines that are mandated, the ones that have the least justification in a risk benefit analysis are the vaccines given during pregnancy and the hepatitis B vaccine given to newborns

Regarding newborns, there is strong evidence to conclude that the risks of serious long-term damage to our babies and young children from the hepatitis B vaccines far outweigh the risks of the disease that the vaccine is supposed to prevent.

Current U.S. policy mandating that infants and children receive hepatitis B vaccine is based on an exaggerated perception of the prevalence of hepatitis B both before and after the vaccine was recommended for all children in 1991.

So what’s the bottom line when it comes to hepatitis B vaccination?

Your newborn infant is being deliberately exposed to potentially life-threatening health risks from a vaccine to theoretically prevent infection with a virus that he or she has close to ZERO percent chance of being exposed to in childhood!

This is bad policy based on bad science, and it’s time to make some changes before damage to the health of future generations is beyond repair. Our children are facing a medical disaster in this country, which is already well on its way with the dramatic rise in severe allergies, asthma, and autism.

Don’t expect any vaccine analysis designed or funded by the CDC to be credible, a topic that will be discussed in the following post. We now possess sufficient information from a great number of independent studies to warrant halting this disastrous vaccine policy regarding pregnant women and newborn babies.

Before you vaccinate your newborn, educate yourself about the vaccine, including reading the vaccine manufacturer’s product inserts for vaccines that your doctor is recommending, and review vaccine information on websites like

Thankfully, my son Barrett was born before 1991 when the hepatitis vaccine began to be recommended for newborns. In those days, I was a conventional doctor. I had not done due diligence regarding vaccination. I might have agreed to this potentially damaging vaccine out of shear ignorance and trust in the CDC.

At my son’s birth in 1989, I was surrounded by special people. Tom Dwyer on the right is Barrett’s father. On the left is Jackie Kerr, my dear friend from my days in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. Next to Jackie is the very kind and caring nurse who took care of us.









Vaccines for Newborn Infants—Are They Safe? — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you, dear Erica, for making the well-researched and critical information public….
    I’m forwarding it to our daughters and many more.
    Great gratitude for your commitment to all of our health and wellbeing!

    • I’m so glad that your found the post useful and will spread the word. It is very painful to see what’s happening to the health of our children.

  2. Thank you, dear Erica, for this courageous and well-documented piece on this question. As a Family Practice MD, you certainly have the background to speak to this. Many have been led to believe that Robert Kennedy is an anti-vaxxer, but here are his own words:

    Robert Kennedy, Jr: “I got three vaccines and I was fully compliant. I’m 63 years old. My children got 69 doses of 16 vaccines to be compliant. And a lot of these vaccines aren’t even for communicable diseases. Like Hepatitis B, which comes from unprotected sex, or using or sharing needles – why do we give that to a child on the first day of their life? And it was loaded with mercury.”

    I am not anti-vaccine. But I am against unnecessary vaccines, especially those that are being given because the government expects that everyone will make lifestyle choices that could expose them to certain viruses. Sorry–I didn’t and do not plan to get Hep B, various flu shots, Hep A, varicella, HPV, meningococceal.

    • Thank you for your supportive comment, Felicia. I’m discovering that it does indeed take courage to speak the truth. I admire Robert Kennedy Jr.’s courage to speak up as an attorney on behalf of some of the families of vaccine-injured children.

  3. Thank you, Rickie, for this critical information. Looking forward to the next “installment”.

    • Thank you, Deane. I loved hearing that your daughters stood up to the pressure to vaccinate their newborns. xxox E/R

  4. Amazing facts, dear Erica. I hope it reaches many mothers with newborns…….
    I am not sure if the same is done in Europe – it will be interesting to find out. Love, Traude

    • Thank you, Traude. Europeans are much more sane in their approach to vaccines. I’ll be talking about that in my next and last post about vaccines. Love, Erica