How the Vaccine Schedule in the U.S. Has Evolved Since the 1950s (Part II)

By On April 2, 2017

In Part One of this report, we took a look back at the vaccine schedule changes over the course of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. (Read it now by clicking here.) In Part Two, we will examine the dramatic changes during the 90s and 2000s that have led to the current vaccine program which is mandated in many states.

Vaccines in the 1990s: The CDC Childhood Vaccination Schedule Begins

The 1990s saw a lot of changes in U.S. vaccine policy. If you have children that were raised in this decade or you grew up in the 1990s yourself, you were affected by the following:

– The creation of an “official childhood vaccination schedule” for the United States, now updated annually. This schedule is promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, as well as vaccine manufacturers and is approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on a yearly basis.

– The increased introduction of “smaller dose” vaccine strains, which are supposedly safer for the public, but also contain less bacterium so they require even more booster shots.

– The addition of Hepatitis B, Varicella Zoster (a form of herpes), and influenza shots to the childhood immunization schedule as well as an increasing emphasis on getting shots done at an earlier age (i.e. immediately after birth through 18 months).

– The introduction of the Thimerosal preservative in many “inactivated” vaccine vials began in the 1990s as well. The justification of adding this ethyl mercury-containing substance to vaccines was so it would prevent bacterial overgrowth in stored vaccines.

The debate continues to this day regarding the link between Thimerosal use and the exponential growth of childhood autism. The official word from the CDC regarding Thimerosal is the following:

“Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of medicines and vaccines. There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site. However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure.”

At this point Thimerosal still exists in many vaccines, including various strains of influenza. Even vaccines that are considered “thimerosal free” can actually contain “trace amounts” of thimerosal. For a quick glance of the toxic load in many of common vaccines as of January 2017, including aluminum and MSG, visit the CDC chart HERE.

In 1996, your child’s (or your own) vaccination schedule may have looked something like this:

– Hepatitis B. Four shots total, three starting at birth and going through 18 months and an additional booster recommended at 12 years.

– DTP (or DTaP). A series of four shots total, three between 2 months and 18 months of age and one booster at around 12 years of age;

– Influenza (Haemophilus Influenza Type B). Four rounds total, three between 2 and 6 months and one between 12 and 18 months.

– Polio Virus. Four shots, two at 2 to 4 months, one at 6 to 18 months and one at 4 to 6 years.

– Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Two shots total, one recommended between 12 and 18 months and another around 5 years old or 12 years old.

– Varicella Zoster virus (a form of herpes). Two shots total, one between 12 and 18 months and another around 12 years of age.

The typical number of total vaccinations for children in the mid-1990s was twenty, more than double the number of shots given just 30 years prior.

Present Day Vaccine Scheduling

If you follow the current (2017) CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule, your children will receive over 36 vaccines by the time they are 6 years of age. In fact, the schedule is so lengthy for children and adolescents that it would be impossible to copy it all into this article. For a detailed description of the 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule, please visit this CDC link.

From the 2000s onwards, the United States not only saw a dramatic rise in mandated and recommended vaccinations, but also a change in age. Most states now require 100% compliance with CDC vaccines schedules for MMR, TDP (i.e. DTaP), Hep B, and others in order for a child to enter into public school as a kindergartener.

Other states require up-to-date vaccinations for entering into higher education or certain sectors of the workforce such as healthcare. The CDC now prints a yearly Adult Vaccination Schedule that includes MMR, DTaP, Hep A and B, HPV, and Influenza, among others. To view the 2017 Adult Vaccine Schedule, please click HERE.

The new century also saw a change in policy regarding the power and breadth that private pharmaceutical companies have in creating vaccines with less accountability for any resulting vaccine injuries. On February 22, 2011, in the final decision of Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with drug companies by shielding them from any liability and closed the loophole. According to the 6-2 report: “…the court affirmed laws that vaccine manufacturers are not liable for vaccine-induced injury or death if they are ‘accompanied by proper directions and warnings.’ ”

As Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), stated in a recent article, “From now on, drug companies selling vaccines in America will not be held accountable by a jury of our peers in a court of law if those vaccines brain damage us but could have been made less toxic.”

It goes without saying that the vaccine environment in which our children now live in is much different than the one in which you may have lived in during the 60s, 70s, 80s, or even 1990s. Americans are now “required by law to use more vaccines than any other nation in the world.”

In case you missed it, Part I on the History of Vaccines can be read by clicking here.