Study in Monkeys Suggests Dangers of Hepatitis B Vaccine For Newborns

You may not have heard about a study published in September in the Journal of Neurotoxicology about what happens to newborn rhesus macaques after they are given a single dose of a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine.

Nine scientists co-authored the study.

In the introduction, they explain that in 1991 Hepatitis B was recommended for all newborns, regardless of gestational age or birth weight, within twelve hours of life, even if their mothers test negative for Hepatitis B.

“We were unable to identify pre-clinical or prospective neurotoxicity studies that assessed the safety of this policy,” the authors write.

Translation: the vaccine was recommended for newborns without anyone in the government, the medical, or the scientific community establishing in advance or afterwards that the vaccine was safe.

It’s absurd.

It was a “routine” Hepatitis B vaccine that made me first question the CDC vaccine schedule.

When a nurse in the hospital bustles in and tells you to give your baby a vaccine against a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE you know you don’t have and your husband does not have, it gives you pause. When that same nurse becomes angry because you decline to inject your little frog-legged creature with a combination of possibly toxic chemicals that may well be completely unnecessary, you start to get suspicious.

Why would anyone in the medical establishment get upset at the parents of a healthy baby who simply ask for a few days to consider a suggestion and read up on it?

Perhaps because the nurse had already prepared the vaccine and my refusal meant the hospital could no longer charge me for it?

Perhaps because the nurse thought it is appropriate to scare parents, bully parents, vilify parents who want to be sure what a hospital is recommending is safe?

The truth is there is a lot about vaccinations that we do not know.

The truth is vaccinations are pharmaceutical products made by a multi-billion dollar industry that are injected intramuscularly into a baby’s body.

The truth may well be that 90 percent of the vaccines we are giving our children are unnecessary.

The truth may well be that the exponential number of vaccines we are now giving children (four times as many as when I was growing up in the 1970s) may well be harmful to our children’s long-term health.

Back to the study.

The scientists found that infant monkeys given the vaccine had delayed sucking, rooting, and snouting reflexes:

Infants were raised identically and tested daily for acquisition of 9 survival, motor, and sensorimotor reflexes by a blinded observer. In exposed animals there was a significant delay in the acquisition of three survival reflexes: root, snout and suck, compared with unexposed animals.

They conclude that more study is necessary:

In summary, this study provides preliminary evidence of abnormal early neurodevelopmental responses in male infant rhesus macaques receiving a single dose of Th-containing HB vaccine at birth and indicates that further investigation is merited.

Fair enough. Very scientific and politic. Let’s continue studying whether this vaccine is harmful in monkeys. But since my job as a parent is to keep my baby safe and free from harm, I am not in the mood to be politic. Here’s the bottom line (CDC are you listening?): it’s time to STOP giving the Hepatitis B vaccine to human infants who are at no risk for Hepatitis B.

Vaccine advocates will tell you there is no longer thimerosal in the vaccine. That’s certainly an improvement. But it’s not enough to guarantee the vaccine is safe. And, since the vaccine is totally unnecessary in the first place, the thimerosal question is actually irrelevant.

If you’re pregnant and planning to have a baby in the hospital, you will be pressured into accepting this vaccine.

But if you do not have Hepatitis B and your baby does not need a blood transfusion, there is absolutely no reason for your baby to get the vaccine.

Just say no.

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6 thoughts on “Study in Monkeys Suggests Dangers of Hepatitis B Vaccine For Newborns”

  1. My first child was born in Washington State in a hospital where we had to either consent to or decline the HepB vac. We declined, in writing, the HepB vac for our newborn. That night, the nurse came in and said she was going to take our babe for some reason I can’t remember. I was so tired that I said OK. When it was time to leave the hospital, I was given my daughter’s vaccine history pamphlet stating that she had received the first dose of HepB! The nurse had given her the shot when she took her away! My advice for hospital birthers, do not let your child out of you sight. My second child was born at home, where there was no one to accidentally give her a vaccine.

  2. Myralou! What a scary story! We did get the vaccination and baby was fine, but honestly, I don’t remember being asked! I guess I must have been informed, but isn’t it crazy to inform a worn out mother who just gave birth and can barely focus???
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  3. That’s a horrifying story, Myralou. Thank you for sharing it here. I wonder if it would be possible to press charges against that hospital. They went against your written wishes. How sickening. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the medical establishment who think it is okay to force parents into vaccinating. At the end of the Private Practice episode that shows an unvaccinated child causing a measles outbreak (and then dying from the measles), the doctor forcibly vaccinates the mom’s youngest son. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually helped write that television episode.

    Our oldest was born in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. They took her away and I sent James to go with her. He came back to check on me. “Where’s the baby?” I asked, frantic, and told him to go back to where the nurses had the baby. They were washing her roughly with antibiotic soap and she was crying, screaming actually, when he went back. There is no medical reason to even wash a baby. The callous way the nurses were handling our newborn was inexcusable. This was not nearly as bad as what you experienced but it’s a good reminder, as you said, to never let your infant out of sight in the hospital. Not for one single second.

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  4. You know, our carefully written birth plan was never even consulted in the hospital. And when we tried not to let the placenta out of the room

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