The Risks of Routine Vaccination: Why I Don’t Vaccinate My Son

Should you vaccinate your baby?

It’s a question no one can answer for you.

You are responsible for your child.  The decision is yours.

Let me say that again.

It is your choice.

Your child does not  need to be vaccinated, even to attend school.  Every state in the U.S. has personal belief, religious, and/or medical exemption.  There are many routes to medical exemption, including genetic markers and family history.

Don’t let doctors and nurses bully you into vaccinating.  Virtually no doctors offer true informed consent.  The average pediatrician’s knowledge of vaccines is… limited, to say the least.

Like most Americans, I was fully vaccinated (in the 90s, no less, which is when the schedule really went crazy).  As a child, I swallowed our culture’s myths about vaccination.

It’s for your own good.
Vaccines eradicated disease.
They’ll keep you healthy.
Vaccines are safe and effective.
The science is settled.

That last refrain is the most ridiculous.  The science is settled.  What is science but a process of inquiry?  There’s always more to learn.

The science is never settled.

Any decision carries a risk.  When we decline a particular vaccine, we’re accepting the fact that our child may contract that disease.  The decision to vaccinate carries its own risk — and children may still contract the diseases they were vaccinated against!

When you choose to vaccinate your baby (and this includes allowing yourself to be vaccinated during pregnancy), you risk your child’s life.  You risk their mental health, their well being, and their future.

You owe it to your child to make an informed  decision.

If you do decide to vaccinate, space them out.  Research each disease, each shot.  If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve provided a list of resources at the end.

I can’t tell you whether or not to vaccinate your children.

But I’ll tell you why I won’t vaccinate mine.

Vaccines are dangerous.

Vaccines are unavoidably unsafe.

Just a few of the adverse events listed on the MMR package insert: seizures, atypical measles (worse than the natural disease), paralysis, anaphylaxis, and death.

70% of SIDS deaths occur within three weeks of vaccination.

And for what?  To provide dubious protection against mild illness?

The diseases don’t scare me.

As I researched, I discovered that the diseases are less likely to harm my son than the vaccines themselves.  Adverse reactions and chronic illnesses are far more common than serious complications from the diseases we vaccinate against.

There is nearly zero risk of an American child catching diphtheria or polio.

Despite all of the fear-mongering around polio, it’s generally asymptomatic.  When symptoms do appear, they are usually flu like.  Fewer than one percent of people who contract polio experience paralysis.

Whooping cough can be treated with Vitamin C.

Measles is a very mild disease so long as the child isn’t malnourished.

Mumps is generally harmless, and natural infection confers permanent immunity.

Rubella is only dangerous to pregnant women, who would be better protected by a natural infection in childhood than by vaccination.  This is also true of chickenpox.

No “vaccine-preventable” disease poses a serious risk to a healthy child in a developed nation.  Normal childhood diseases may even protect us against cancer, allergies, and other illnesses.

Vaccines, on the other hand…

Vaccines are toxic.

You pay attention to what your child eats… so why not what’s being injected into their bodies?

Vaccines contain foreign DNA due to the animal and fetal tissue used to manufacture them.  This includes monkey kidney, chick embryo, guinea pig, and human embryonic lung cell cultures.  The mutagenic and carcinogenic properties of these substances have not been adequately studied.

Other ingredients include egg protein, soy peptone, bovine casein, formaldehyde, MSG, mercury, and aluminum.  All of these can be harmful when injected, but let’s take a quick look at aluminum in particular.

It’s the most abundant neurotoxic metal on earth.  Nearly all of the aluminum we ingest is filtered through the kidneys and excreted, while the aluminum injected into infants (far more than the FDA says is safe) remains in the body and wreaks havoc.

Aluminum inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions.  It crosses the blood-brain barrier, damages cell membranes, and inhibits gene expression.  The cascade effect of the cell damage caused by aluminum causes chronic inflammation, which is responsible for nearly every modern illness, including autism spectrum disorders, depression, and cancer.

These dangers are multiplied when babies as young as two months receive eight vaccines at a time.

The current schedule is out of control.

Thirty years ago, children received 10 vaccines by age 5.  That number has since jumped to 34.

The current schedule has never been proven safe.  There has never been an experiment comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

Vaccines are poorly tested (often against other vaccines rather than true placebos) for immediate reactions and rushed to market.

It’s absurd to vaccinate newborns against a sexually transmitted disease, but that’s where the CDC schedule begins.  The current recommendations include “removal of permissive language for delaying the birth dose until after hospital discharge.”  The same page notes that over 20,000 adverse events, including 402 deaths, were reported between 2005 and 2015.

In other words, don’t let parents think that they have the right to refuse this useless and potentially deadly injection.

While responsible pediatricians like Dr. Paul Thomas advise against the Hepatitis B vaccine, most doctors are less scrupulous.

So why do pediatricians vaccinate newborn babies against an STD?

There is no liability.

Why has the vaccination schedule grown so quickly in recent years?

Big business, unquestioning compliance, and lack of accountability.

The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act established a “no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system.”  It created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate the families of people injured or killed by vaccines.  Special Masters — yes, that’s what they’re actually called — decide if a case merits compensation.

Despite compensating only a small fraction of vaccine injuries, the program has paid out over 3.8 billion dollars in the past thirty years.  This money comes directly from taxpayers, not the companies profiting from vaccines.

Families have even been compensated for vaccine-induced autism… if and only if they avoided the word ‘autism’ in favor of vaccine-induced brain injury.

Artificial immunity is inferior.

Mass vaccination has had the opposite of its intended effect.

Natural immunity protects infants through placental transfer and antibodies in breastmilk.  This protects them until they’re old enough to handle the illness on her own.

Artificial immunity (temporary immunity created through vaccination) does not transfer from mothers to their babies.  It wanes over time (sometimes rapidly) and some people never respond to begin with.

If children are allowed to contract and recover from these illnesses naturally, they acquire decades- or lifelong immunity.  If they are vaccinated, they are much more likely to catch these diseases as adults, when they may be more dangerous.

Rubella is a mild (often asymptomatic) illness, but dangerous to pregnant women.  Girls who contract rubella naturally are better protected in their childbearing years than girls who were vaccinated, as artificial immunity is unreliable.

Vaccination is never 100% effective.  Which means…

Mass vaccination does not ensure herd immunity.

The herd immunity theory is based on a faulty assumption that vaccination elicits a state equivalent to bona fide immunity (life-long resistance to viral re-infection).  As with any garbage in-garbage out type of theory, the expectations of the herd immunity theory are bound to fail in the real world.
Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych

The theory of herd immunity was originally based on natural immunity.  As I explained above, artificial immunity is inferior and unreliable.

Many vaccines also have the potential to shed, meaning that recently vaccinated patients can transmit the virus, infecting those around them.  Outbreaks of measles, mumps, and other illnesses occur even in fully vaccinated populations.

Vaccinated individuals are more likely to be asymtomatic carriers.  Vaccinated patients can spread whooping cough without ever developing a cough themselves.  And people are 5-8 times more likely to become asymptomatic carriers of the measles after vaccination than after natural infection.

Vaccines make us more susceptible to other illnesses.

Flu shots are miserably ineffective against the flu and actually make us more likely to fall ill with something else.  One 2012 study showed that children who received the flu vaccine were 440% more likely to get upper respiratory infections than the placebo group.

And the most important reason of all?

Unvaccinated children are healthier.

While there has never been a placebo-controlled experiment comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children, there have been population studies.  They show that vaccinated children are significantly more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses.

According to this recent study, vaccinated children are:

4 times more likely to have allergies.

4 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

4 times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder.

3 times more likely to have eczema.

6 times more likely to have had pneumonia.

Even in 1992 (when the schedule was less intense) a similar study found that vaccinated children were much more likely to suffer from asthma, eczema, ear infections, tonsillitis, and other chronic conditions.

A 2004 survey of over 600 children in the Netherlands showed the same thing.  They also found that vaccinated children were more likely to display aggressive behavior, have difficulty sleeping, and cry often as babies.

The first study shows that vaccinated children are five times more likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability.  The second indicates a correlation between vaccination and delayed development of motor skills.  I suspect that a study of milestones would yield similar results.

Unvaccinated children are often “ahead” of their peers.  In my opinion, the majority of American children are behind on milestones because their little bodies are coping with a massive toxic load.  Vaccines are the main contributor, though dietary and environmental toxins play a significant roll as well.

Dr. Paul Thomas is a Portland pediatrician with over eleven thousand children in his practice.  He’s found that only children vaccinated according to the CDC schedule regress into autism.  Patients who follow his more cautious schedule do not.

And the unvaccinated kids?  They’re his healthiest patients.


This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s an excellent place to start.  Amazon affiliate links follow.

Recommended Reading

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide covers the history of vaccination, childhood illnesses, vaccine risks, and natural approaches to health and immunity.

Dr. Paul’s Vaccine-Friendly Plan offers a safer alternative to the CDC vaccine schedule.

Dissolving Illusions by Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk tackles the myth that vaccines are responsible for eradicating disease.


The Truth About Vaccines includes interviews with dozens of experts.  They cover everything from the history of vaccines through modern ingredients and alternatives.

Vaxxed covers the story of CDC senior scientist and whistleblower Dr. William Thomson.  It also includes a number of families whose children developed regressive autism following the MMR vaccine.

3 thoughts on “The Risks of Routine Vaccination: Why I Don’t Vaccinate My Son

  1. Every medical intervention carries risks, and it’s up to us parents to weigh the pros and cons. Nothing else in this world has a one-size-fits-all solution, and the same is true of vaccines. Making truly informed decisions is so very important. My sister and I both had adverse reactions to our vaccinations as children, so I know my daughter is at higher risk for an adverse reaction, too. My sister had rubella as a young adult and it it took her three weeks to get over it. My daughter had it before the MMR was even scheduled and she bounced through it in 3 days. It was more mild than a cold, and now she has life-long immunity.

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