Vaccinations- Why They Are Important to Me


Growing up in the 1960’s we lined up in grade school to get some of the first polio vaccines. I didn’t like getting shots, but we had to have them. During my youth I managed to acquire a number of infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, measles, and whopping cough.

Alaska Native Orphans

Orphans of infectious disease – Alaska Natives

But vaccines mean a bit more to me, than to most.  The reason is that my father is an orphan. He was an orphan raised in an orphanage in Seward, Alaska called the Jesse Lee Home.  He wrote a book about his, “Jesse Lee Home: My Home.”   You may recall that home from my father’s book, but more likely you will remember Balto – popularized by Walt Disney.

Unalaska, Alaska

Unalaska, Alaska

The reason there were over 100 Native American (Alaska Natives, including Eskimo, Athabascan, Aleuts, and Tlingit) children in the orphanage was because of the  outbreaks of infectious diseases that killed their parents. Alaska Natives, much like their cousins in the lower 48 (American Indians) have a higher death rate from infectious diseases of Europeans than descendants of Europeans.

Balto, as you may recall, led the sled dogs on the Iditarod trail to Nome, bringing with him vaccines against diphtheria. They arrived in time, and many were saved. While most recall the heroic dog and his master, few will recall that the reason was to bring vaccines to a population that would have been decimated.

Dining hall of Jesse Lee Home, an orphanage in Alaska

Balto – guarding Central Park in New York City

In 1900 1/3 of the population of Unalaska was wiped out from measles, and again in 1919 over half were victims of influenza. The village of Knik, which was, at the time, the largest city in South Central Alaska, with an estimated population of over 20,000 was reduced to three villagers after the influenza epidemic.

These epidemics resulted in a number of orphans, all Alaska Natives, in a time when American Indians were not even granted the right of citizenship in the United States.

Alaska Native Children of the Jesse Lee Home- my dad on the left

We then come to the modern era where vaccines are widely used, and on a schedule, by pediatricians throughout the United States. Vaccinations offer a high level of protection against the disease, and are the most effective mechanism we have to protect people from the virus, some bacteria, and even against other diseases — potentially now with some forms of cancer.

Science, not politics, not celebrity, should determine how medicine should work. Jenny McCarthy has a son who, she claimed for a while, had autism. She relates this to vaccination.

The anti-vaccination crowd states that autism has a striking similarity to mercury poisoning – and will show you charts of patients who have mercury poisoning, and compare them with people who suffer from autism. They relate how the preservative used in the vaccines, thermasol, contains an ethyl mercury — and contend that it is this mercury that causes the damage to the children.

The difficulty with their argument are multiple but here are a few simple ones:

The FDA mandated removal of thermasol from all vaccines in 2002. The rates of autism have not decreased.

When careful examination of children who have autism the signs of it are found as early as 9 months of age, but at one year. Typically it is the second year of a child when vaccinations are administered. Parents see the correlation — a child gets vaccinated and the child begins more overt signs of autism, and seeks to make that correlation.

There have been many studies done and none have found a correlation between autism and vaccination. None. Yet, people without a background in science, or those who don’t get the scientific method continue to pound their anecdotal evidence that there is a connection.  There is not.

It is now clear that autism is genetic, coming from a range of mutations – not one in particular. So the anti-vaccination crowd focus on how vaccines are an environmental toxin – that can alter DNA.  Again, this is not supported by science. The DNA is set in an individual when they are born- there is no evidence a vaccine can alter DNA – although live virus can.  Once again, the group who supports not vaccinating does not believe science, or the studies – they believe in anecdotes – stories, things they see. This is very sad.

The new worry is that the agents used to preserve the vaccine- aluminum or formaldehyde are toxic and we should not be injecting them into our children. This in spite of over sixty years of vaccines, and minimal side effects.  In large doses aluminum can be toxic, but we still use aluminum in many deodorants as well as in antacids.  Aluminum is the third most abundant element on planet Earth – it is not a “heavy metal” as some allege- in fact, it is one of the lightest. There are levels of aluminum in our drinking water, in our blood, and in our bones.  Too much is a problem- much like too much vitamin B6 is a problem.

Formaldehyde is a natural byproduct of biochemical reactions that happen in our body every day.  Everyone has a level of formaldehyde in them – and while high doses are bad – the body makes formaldehyde as a byproduct of metabolism.

So while I feel sorry for all who have autism, lets look at what having the measles vaccine alone has done for the population of the United States. It has saved 52 million people from getting the disease that I suffered as a child. It has prevented 17,400 of them from being mentally retarded, and prevented 5200 deaths. Worldwide the estimate of lives saved is over 1.4 million. Yet measles is making a comeback. A disease that could have been eliminated is coming back.

July 20, 2010 my son was born. In the hospital he received his first vaccine, and has received every one, on schedule, since then. I won’t risk my son’s life or the lives of other children, by not vaccinating him. Since he is 1/8th Native American (Athabascan) – it is difficult to say if the 7/8th European genes would protect him against the western diseases – but I won’t take that chance.

My son, born July 20,2010 – vaccinated

There is a concept of “herd” vaccination — that if you vaccinate enough people (typically around 85%) of the population, the other 15% will be so much less likely to get the disease that one can effectively call the disease as extinct. Don’t tell that to residents of Tucson, Arizona. Last year an outbreak was associated with a patient from Europe, and over 500 people were exposed to measles. Some 15 cases were confirmed. In the first few months of 2008 there were 64 cases in the United States, 63 of those were not vaccinated against measles. The problem with the herd concept is when a disease is highly contagious, it can quickly spread through a population and that 15% number become irrelevant.  Sadly, this has become evident, as the numbers of measles cases has increased in the last few years – a disease we  should have eradicated is making a comeback – now over 152 cases mid way through 2011.

To be able to eliminate a disease that almost wiped out a people, as it did in Alaska in the last century, is an amazing leap in science. To let such a disease run wild is genocide. Letting infectious diseases, like measles, out of Pandora’s box when it could be eliminated, is beyond foolish – it is homicidal. To be a celebrity and advocate against vaccination  represents the worst of celebrity over science and is de facto a celebrity advocating for genocide against Native Americans.

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. F. Andy Seidl says:

    The fact that Oprah is now raising this misguided antivax activist to Dr. Phil levels of visibility with her own TV show, a channel on, etc., is really troubling.

    What Was Oprah (Really) Thinking?

    But, now Oprah is actually asking for our input:

    What should Jenny Do?

    I think we should tell her.

  2. Lynn says:

    There is a new book out now by an author named Brita Belli, called The Autism Puzzle. It is about the link between environmental toxins and autism. It also talks about prematurity and autism as well as labor induction or augmentation and autism. The problem that I have with any of those theories is that I have a 4 yr old autistic grandson who attends a special school in Ramat Beit Shemesh, about an hour from Jerusalem. When he was born, and until this school year, they lived in Eli, which was a small village in the West Bank. Other than being born between 36 and 37 weeks gestation, there seemed no other causative factor and no reason to suspect toxic exposure. There are no factories or farms and there are few cars in Eli and the only store is a small grocery. There are, however, a number of handicapped kids in Eli and a special bus takes them to nearby towns such as Shiloh and Ariel for schooling.
    This book, The Autism Puzzle, also lays to rest any claims that vaccines cause the disorder but could it be auto-immune? Could some virus activate the immune system to attack the brain? If the answer to this is yes, then could the virus, however inactivated , from a vaccine cause that auto-immune response? The book also talks about exposure to common chemicals such as BPA although no one is sure that BPA or chemical additives to cosmetic products cause any disease at all.

  3. thedoc says:

    Autism is not from vaccines- or any ingredients in them.
    I have a theory – that parents who let their kids cry themselves to sleep end up with kids who easier disassociate from love and support. Although there is clearly some genetic factors involved

  4. Lynn says:

    That didn’t happen either. This daughter-in-law nurses her babies constantly until they can verbalize a desire for it. This child has the worst form of autism; childhood dis-integrative disorder. He appeared to be a normal child until something attacked his brain. Vaccines contain inactivated viruses that in most cases do not cause health problems. Sometimes, however, there are bad reactions. One of my sons can no longer be vaccinated as a reason and several doctors all refused to vaccinate him, despite the type of vaccine that he requested. That son is not this baby’s father, it is his uncle. The son who is the child’s father is a bit eccentric but not autistic. This child cannot function normally and was recently the subject of a 4 hour manhunt when he slipped away during synagogue services. (He was found in a forest). There was never a lack of love and support; my son holds his baby’s constantly when he is home and is a very involved dad. His wife never yells or screams and is very loving. Something attacked the brain of our grandson.

  5. Lynn says:

    I would like to add that I thought that the theory that autism is a by-product of cold parenting was discredited decades ago. Lots of loving parents whose children tragically regressed before their eyes were hurt by that theory and luckily it is no longer given credence. One thing that seems to exonerate vaccines is that non-vaccinated children also develop autism. I am wondering though, if any viral agent, whether or not it comes from a vaccine, triggers something in the immune system of autistic children who have a genetic mutation, and this causes an auto-immune response. We see at the other end of the age spectrum the disease of dementia. Is that caused by a life-time of toxic build-up? Is that anything related to the phenomenon of the increase in autism which, BTW, is worse in Arizona than it is in most other states? Usually children who suddenly stop developing and then lose all speech, toilet training, and social behaviors, are evaluated for a variety of causes such as toxic, metabolic, or G-d forbid, neoplasms. Most ashkenazic Jewish couples who are Orthodox are tested before marriage for a variety of genetic inborn era of metabolism and other genetic mutations that are common to European Jews so those disorders are usually ruled out early in the evaluation of Israeli children. Israeli treatment of autism is the same or better than what is available in most American communities.

  6. The Doc says:

    Autism has a genetic spectrum and is not linked to a virus. You can find the early autism before children were even vaccinated – that is, from film taken of those children. There is no auto-immune component to autism, otherwise we could stop it or reverse part of it with steroids, etc.

  7. The Doc says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the child. Don’t know why a physician would refuse to vaccinate, after all vaccines have different issues. It is not a lack of support or cold parents, nor is it viral- it is indeed something that we will learn more about as time goes on. Nor is it an inborn error of metabolism. There are some outstanding places that do great things with these children, but not all can have that done. Must break your heart- I’m so sorry

  8. Lynn says:

    If it is genetic, and currently 1000 genes that possibly carry the trait are identified, could it be a mutation that has occurred due to environmental toxins? Children who have regressive autism appear normal and develop normally until age two. With autism, although there are families in which several siblings or cousins have the disorder, the parents generation does not seem to exhibit the trait. For example, I was born in ’55 and remember few age mates with autism. It has become so prevalent though, that a neighbor across the street and one around the block have children with autism. Could autism have a metabolic component?
    Your theory is that the disorder is caused by faulty parenting but I have also seen theories that it is from too much or not enough maternal folic acid or that the mother has had her babies too closely spaced. This does not explain those situations where a woman’s first or only child exhibits the disorder. There is another theory that these diagnoses are faulty and that autism is a catchall term for any type of attentions span disorder or odd social behavior and that true autism is not a whole lot more prevalent than it was in previous generations. I have heard that in some states the statistic is higher because the parents are more educated and are actively seeking these diagnoses when their children are showing signs of emotional disorders. We do know that some of the toxic substances that humans come in contact with are found in cord blood and breast milk but there again, if a woman has 3 children and one is autistic, what has affected that child?

  9. Lynn says:

    The son who can’t be vaccinated had epilepsy that was under control at the time of vaccination, due to a brain bleed from being born at 27 weeks. A doctor had mistakenly given a second flu shot (that was only necessary the first time that the child was immunized for flu) and a series of seizures occurred that started several hours after the additional shot was given. Eventually the epilepsy was (thank G-d) outgrown but doctors were worried about trying to vaccinate again, even with other vaccines. Several doctors came to the same conclusion. My son had discussed this with several doctors. He relies on herd immunity and luck since he has traveled a lot.

  10. thedoc says:

    People talk toxins- but to date there is no evidence of this- just a lot of chatter on the internet. Yes- a lot of genes, and we don’t have the answer yet for it.

    Children are seen with the traits of autism before age two- if they are examined by trained individuals. Parents are not trained. When children who, by their parents descriptions, had autism manifested by two, but had video before, trained individuals saw the traits before.

  11. Lynn says:

    Children with regressive autism initially have an upward pattern of development, even if it somewhat lags behind that of other children. While a trained observer may pick up on some odd behaviors or developmental delays, the baby initially starts to develop. Our grandson had a 30 word vocabulary and was out of diapers when he began to regress. By age 3 he would sing but not speak and had become untrained for the potty. Now, at nearly 4, he neither speaks or sings and rarely makes eye contact. He laughs and smiles at the wind but not at his family. He does not play with siblings but eats non-foods. We realized early on that he was slower than his older brother but we figured that as long as he was developing, all was well. His teacher has worked all year, using the ABA method, just to get him to eat with utensils.
    I don’t know why toxins are not getting more attention. Years ago, we discovered that we could not store wine in lead crystal decanters or use asbestos for insulation. One the minor inconveniences of aging is the 50% cancer rate in older people and one of the major ones is Alzheimer dementia. Are toxins not responsible for some of it? What about the fact that there is now a rise not only in type 2 pediatric diabetes but type 1 as well? Type 2 is a lifestyle issue but why type 1? This is addition to the pediatric malignancies (G-d forbid) that possibly could come from toxins.

  12. thedoc says:

    No one is denying toxins are an issue- they always are. But it is a dose related curve – there are acceptable levels of most toxins in water supplies. The amount of “toxins” in vaccines is well below what is in water, or what your body makes (as in the case of formaldehyde).
    In terms of increasing cancer rates- well, deaths from cancer have been decreasing – and aging is more responsible for increasing cancer rates than anything- if we live long enough we will get cancer (prostate for men, breast for women). The rise in type 2 diabetes is directly related to obesity. Type 1 diabetes- well, we think it is rising, but we also don’t really know, we just think it is better diagnosed now and better records kept. Pediatric malignancies are better diagnosed and treated than before

  13. Lynn says:

    While breast cancer now has only a 15% mortality rate, breast tissue is a sponge for toxins and carcinogens. And why are our bodies producing an excess supply of estrogen? Why are daughters menstruating earlier than their mothers did?
    The reason that I termed cancer as a “minor” inconvenience though, is that there is,, of course a price to pay for long life in a toxic world but Alzheimer’s is more troubling. Like autism, it was once a rare disease and now it looks like it is rising and becoming very prevalent.
    Some people favor filtering water and keeping the home free of chemical cleaning products and cosmetics. Most doctors, however are not on board with that and figure that whatever the FDA declares safe, must be safe. We do have to remember though, that some “safe” chemicals like TRIS and cyclomates, as well as previously thought safe weight loss drugs are now banned and off the market. I am not sure that I would view vaccines in terms of toxins but more in terms of being open minded to the possibility that immune systems are affected by toxins and that might affect how some people metabolize vaccines.
    We also see that medical theories change from time to time. For example, you have a young child and I will bet that as an infant he slept on his back. My children were put to sleep on their stomachs and for a generation, while researchers debated on the possible causes of SIDS, babies died of suffocation. SIDS was not a cardiac conduction disorder, not a rapidly advancing infection, not an asthma attack, not a undiagnosed metabolic disorder, and not an allergy. It was pure and simple suffocation. Doctors had to be open-minded to all possibilities though, before the truth could come to light.

  14. thedoc says:

    There is no evidence breast tissue is a sponge for toxins. There is no science that shows that, no study that shows increased toxins in breast or fat.
    Medicine changes- not because of anecdote, but because of evidence.
    Not sure what you mean by vaccines –

  15. Lynn says:

    What I have read is that the adipose tissue in breasts stores various toxins that have found their way into the body. I am not sure why that adipose and not other adipose would do that except for the fact that possibly the breasts have estrogen receptor cells that other adipose does not have. Apparently obese women have a greater risk of breast cancer than thin ones, probably because of more estrogen in the adipose tissue. The breasts of 40 women in England who had breast cancer were tested and parabens from cosmetics were found in the tumors and in the tissue. I am also not sure why low serum vitamin D would raise the risk of breast cancer but there are those who claim that it does. Those who are concerned about the toxins in breast milk claim that the toxins are in the breast tissue. If breast milk is truly contaminated, say from a nuclear disaster such as what happened years ago in Chernobyl, where in the body would the toxic radiation be stored?
    All vaccines are given to stimulate the immune system to develop an immunity to the disease. Our immune systems are always protecting us from various threats and I would imagine that environmental toxins would be among those threats that our immune systems develop a response to. One example might be the overuse of antibiotics or antibacterial products. Is there a fear that it will weaken our immune responses or do germs simply mutate and our immune systems are inadequate to handle it. In any event, the antibacterial product would represent a toxin. Let’s suppose that a certain percentage of vaccinated people don’t develop an immunity to the disease. Could that be due to a weakened immune system that has been weakened by toxins? Could the immune system also over-respond, even years later, to a vaccine, causing auto-immune disease?
    I am not saying that these questions are reasons to avoid vaccines but if chain reactions are occurring between toxins, vaccines, excess hormones, etc, shouldn’t research try to uncover it?

  16. Lynn says:

    As far as evidence based medicine, I remember when every year another researcher had another reason for SIDS. Parents basically breathed a sigh of relief when their kids got to old to die in their sleep. If a baby was vaccinated and died of SIDS that night, research was done on that as well. For a long time it was assumed that there were undiagnosed illnesses or defects in those babies, due to faulty research. When researchers studied babies who slept on their backs in cribs, they found few cases of SIDS.
    The public gets conflicting info on medical topics of all kinds every year, due to new research. Alzheimers patients were given drugs that dissolved the tangles in the brain until it was discovered that the tangles protected the brain and the drugs were accelerating the condition. Now the latest confusion is regarding aspirin. Men apparently gain more value from it than women do but it may protect against cancer. If a person gets a stomach bleed though, it doesn’t bode well for their overall health. If a person who hasn’t seen a doctor for awhile goes for a check-up, they will find that whatever they were doing that they thought was healthy is now just the opposite.
    Remember that when people my age were born, terms such as placental barrier, blood-brain barrier, and healthy tan, existed.

  17. The Doc says:

    Our immune system does not handle “toxins” it is immunity against proteins, not toxins.
    There is no evidence for toxins in breast tissue or breast milk.
    Obesity is an increased risk for cancer- but the reasons are speculative.
    On November 14, 2003, the CIR began the process to reopen the safety assessments of methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben in order to offer interested parties an opportunity to submit new data for consideration. In September 2005, the CIR decided to re-open the safety assessment for parabens to request exposure estimates and a risk assessment for cosmetic uses. In December 2005, after considering the margins of safety for exposure to women and infants, the Panel determined that there was no need to change its original conclusion that parabens are safe as used in cosmetics. (The CIR is an industry-sponsored organization that reviews cosmetic ingredient safety and publishes its results in open, peer-reviewed literature. FDA participates in the CIR in a non-voting capacity.)

    A study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors. The study also discussed this information in the context of the weak estrogen-like properties of parabens and the influence of estrogen on breast cancer. However, the study left several questions unanswered. For example, the study did not show that parabens cause cancer, or that they are harmful in any way, and the study did not look at possible paraben levels in normal tissue.

    FDA is aware that estrogenic activity in the body is associated with certain forms of breast cancer. Although parabens can act similarly to estrogen, they have been shown to have much less estrogenic activity than the body’s naturally occurring estrogen. For example, a 1998 study (Routledge et al., in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology) found that the most potent paraben tested in the study, butylparaben, showed from 10,000- to 100,000-fold less activity than naturally occurring estradiol (a form of estrogen). Further, parabens are used at very low levels in cosmetics. In a review of the estrogenic activity of parabens, (Golden et al., in Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 2005) the author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, it was implausible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.

    FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens. However, the agency will continue to evaluate new data in this area. If FDA determines that a health hazard exists, the agency will advise the industry and the public, and will consider its legal options under the authority of the FD&C Act in protecting the health and welfare of consumers.

    Radiation is not stored in tissues – radiation is energy, it is not mass.
    There is no evidence vaccines cause auto-immune disease. Children develop immunity naturally to thousands of foreign proteins yearly.
    There is research out there- it has been checked.

  18. Lynn says:

    I would also say this; sometimes the answer to puzzling medical questions is a very simple answer. Take for example hand washing to prevent disease, or folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects, putting babies to sleep on their backs, or chewing an aspirin with the onset of a heart attack. The question in most people minds is that is the prevention of autism possibly something as simple as that?

  19. Lynn says:

    Sorry to bother you again Doc but there was a report that came out about 6 months ago and was reported in medical journals that a study on PFCs and vaccine effectiveness was done on some kids in a Norwegian island where fish consumption is high. Unfortunately the fish are contaminated with PFCs which is the stuff put in stain repellants, food wrappers, some beauty products, and can be released from non-stick pans if the heat is high enough. Apparently it was even decided that if the mother was exposed to this chemical while PG, the fetus would retain this chemical and the effectiveness of the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines would be reduced. Being that children in industrialized parts of the US also get lots of PFCs in their bodies, they could be at risk for these diseases, even if they are vaccinated.
    My point here is:
    a)toxins are playing a role in the ability of our immune systems to assimilate vaccines and
    b)a fetus is capable of storing toxins
    Thanks for putting up with these posts but realize that sites like yours are put up for the public to get reliable health info and the media gives us lots of fodder for anxiety.
    There was also a magazine for mothers of newborns that stated that vaccinated babies have a lower risk of SIDs. I don’t know how that could be because there is no vaccine for SIDs. Vaccines save lives but is it right to sell people on vaccines by claiming something that they can’t do?

  20. thedoc says:

    Ok- here are the facts of what you are quoting:

    PFC (perflourinated compounds) were studied in the Faroe Islands (between Scotland and Ireland) and found that the kids who were exposed had less of a reaction to vaccines than they would have expected. The theory is that their immune system was not developing- however, the article, in JAMA, was very clear that this does not PROVE that these cause a problem with the immune system.

    Lets go through your points
    (a) You said “toxins are playing a role in the ability of our immune systems to assimilate vaccines..” – the immune system does not assimilate vaccines, the immune system responds to vaccines by exposure of a foreign protein so the person can develop immunity to the disease naturally, but without getting the disease. These toxins- if they do have an effect- have an effect on the immune system.
    (b) “a fetus is capable of storing toxins” – there was nothing in the study about a fetus, and again, a fetus does not store toxins.

    Regarding a claim of vaccines and SIDS – you will not find any marketing of vaccines selling this anywhere.

  21. Lynn says:

    It looks now that all of us adults that haven’t been vaccinated in awhile need a pertussis booster since it looks like an epidemic is coming our way. Sen Schumer is trying to get the government to vaccinate everyone for free. It is probable that this vaccination needs to be repeated at intervals throughout life and uninsured people are the least likely to get regular check-ups where the topic comes up. I hope that free vaccines are an incentive because in Israel, these things are free and every winter, the hospitals are filled with elderly flu victims that don’t attend free vaccine clinics in the fall. If the government is serious about this, they should park some RVs staffed with health care workers, where people find it more convenient.
    I recently found out that the shingles vaccine is given at 50 rather than 60 but there is a little clause there that says that a newly vaccinated person cannot hold a baby and it does not say for how long that the newly vaccinated person must avoid babies. I called the company that makes the vaccine and they did not know and said to speak to a doctor or pharmacist. Honestly, do they know? Unless the child has been vaccinated against chicken pox, a newly vaccinated adult can be dangerous to them. I would imagine though, that if chicken pox has a 7 to 21 day incubation period, the vaccinated adult would probably have to avoid the baby for about 3 weeks. I think that most babies are not given the chicken pox vaccine for at least 6 months. It doesn’t seem right though, for the info given with the vaccine package insert not to say how long that the adult is a carrier of chicken-pox. I would image also that some newly vaccinated adults could be dangerous to the elderly as well, unless this danger is over-stated.

  22. Steve Courmanopoulos says:

    The anti-vaxxers will certainly get a big boost this week from the latest research just published in JAMA, showing a larger role for environmental factors than previously thought. While the vaccine/autism link has certainly been shown to be undetectable, other factors remain mysterious. Autism may well be epigenetic or part of a disease diathesis model. But hold on to your hat, the nutbars will certainly milk this new large-scale collaborative study from two very prestigious research centres (Kings College and the Karolinska Institute) for everyhting it’s worth.

  23. Nishi Hundan says:

    Jenny McCarthy and former New Kids on the Block Donnie Wahlberg plan to get married on Retard Island.

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