The safety and necessity of infant and childhood vaccinations is one of the most hotly debated topics among parents and doctors.
There is an obvious advantage and medical reason for vaccination, but it’s still up to parents to decide whether or not, and even when, you decide to go ahead with them.
We as parents need to make informed choices about what actions we take or decide not to take. Many of our decisions, however are based on assumption rather than information.
I have discovered this about many of my own ideas as I research for my articles, and I’m often surprised by what I learn. My purpose in writing this article is simply to provide information and jump-start your own research and investigation.
According to the standard immunization list for 1983, eight vaccinations were given, starting at 2 months of age, and with the last around 18 months of age. (1) A more recent list published by the CDC as of 2012 shows 24 vaccinations administered during the same time period. (2)
Some parents argue that this is too many vaccines and question whether they’re all necessary and whether it’s a good idea to overwhelm a baby’s body.
Vaccines and an Infant’s Immune System
Up until a baby is born, he/she receives antibodies from the placenta and the antibodies that the mother has developed. Once a baby is born, he/she still carries those antibodies, particularly if the baby is breastfed.
By 2 to 3 months of age, the antibodies that the baby carried from birth start to decrease, and the baby’s body starts making its own antibodies. However, the baby’s immune system won’t make as many antibodies as an adult’s until about 6 months of age. (3)
This leaves the baby susceptible to many things. This is why the first inoculation is carried out at 2 months of age.
Realistically speaking, the moment a baby is born, he/she is bombarded with trillions of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, and becomes a carrier. A baby’s body immediately starts producing antibodies to keep these bacteria, viruses, etc., from getting into the bloodstream.