Why Hepatitis B Vaccine Is Given to Newborns? Is it Really Necessary?
Is Hepatitis B Vaccine Really Necessary for Newborns? Hepatitis B can be transmitted either sexually or through drug needles. These two activities are certainly not characteristic for newborn babies. But, within 24 hours of being born, they receive a Hep B vaccination — whether the mother is infected or not.
When parents sign in to have a baby at certain hospital, they are in fact signing up for their baby to receive the Hep B vaccination.
What they don’t realize is that they are signing the baby up to be given 250 micro-grams (mcg) of aluminum that this vaccine contains.
Dr. Paul Thomas, Board Certified Pediatrician and a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, explains how this amount of aluminum is dangerous and how potentially can be. They daily maximum for and adult is 50 micro-grams.
This safety limit comes from one 2012 study and research that compared premature babies who were administered a solution contaminated with aluminum to those who had a solution without this toxic metal.
The Aluminum that they receive is Far Greater Than Recommended Limits
This amount is 5-17 times bigger than the recommended limit for adults. We give it to infants who are much smaller in weight.
The 2012 published study showed that this amount of aluminum will reduce the child’s developmental scores. According to the study, giving 4-5 mcg of aluminum per kilogram of body weight a day, made a baby lose one point on the Bailey Developmental Score.
“Every day that you’re getting aluminum, you’re getting brain damage because you’re losing developmental scores.” Dr. Thomas said.
Aluminum is unfortunately in our air, food and even in toys. And now we can find it in a large amount, in a vaccine that we give to a child in their first 24 hours of their life.
It wasn’t like this way in the past. Hep B was a vaccine that teenagers were receiving, but in 2002 they moved it up earlier in the schedule. The decision was that the newborns should receive it. Thimerosal (or mercury) the same year was removed from the majority of childhood vaccinations. So basically there was a replacement of one toxin by another one.
Why this happened? The official statement was, according to Dr. Thomas, that Hepatitis B vaccine was going to be completely removed. In reality, only 26% of 20-year-olds still had the immunity. Yet the risk of poisoning infants with this heavy metal is now higher than most people realize, he says.
“We are unnecessarily poisoning all these babies! They’re not at risk for Hep B. I’m sorry for using the word poisoning. But when we inject a toxin, you’re poisoning. We’re also reducing their ability to have good immunity when they do need it,” Dr. Thomas said.
Is Hepatitis B Vaccine Really Necessary for Most Newborns?
Currently there is an estimation that 1 in 20 people in the USA have some form of Hep B virus in their bodies.
Major medical groups such as the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians are among those who recommend that all babies are vaccinated for the disease at birth, even if their mothers or family members don’t have Hep B, despite the relatively long odds of actually contracting the disease. They argue that the baby needs the vaccine because of their undeveloped immune systems.
But is the risk really worth it considering the harm that may be inflicted, at short and long-term?
Dr. Thomas said he went to his group practice several years ago and told them he could “no longer ethically give” the Hepatitis B vaccine to newborns considering his position that a large amount of them that are unnecessarily being placed at risk.
He does however recommend that parents who have Hep B (or kids with family members who have it, see full info here) give the vaccine to their kids at birth because of the high risk factor of the child contracting the disease. Still, he believes that most newborns do not need it after all.
Here is his full interview about aluminum in the Hep B vaccine:
We are grateful to The Autism Intensive – Expert Interview Series for providing this and over 30 additional interviews featuring functional medicine experts: http://theautismintensive.com. And be sure to check out Dr. Thomas' newly released book including his science-based, recommended alternative vaccination schedule and many more tips for keeping your family healthy and protected. https://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Friendly-Plan-Effective-Health-Pregnancy/dp/1101884231
Posted by Partnering with Parents on Sunday, November 13, 2016