By J.B. Handley
I grew up a "Military Brat" and always figured I must have been one of the most vaccinated kids of the 1970s. Born in May of 1969, I lived in Singapore (where I was born), Laos, Mexico, and Korea before I was ten and also traveled to Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines during this same time period.
If you took a travel itinerary like that to your pediatrician today, he'd back up the vaccine truck and start pumping you and your child full of every vaccine he had in inventory and probably special order some unique ones, too.
I often heard my own son's pediatrician talk about "deadly foreign diseases" being "only a plane ride away" as he sought to allay our concerns over the volume of vaccines being given to our own kids in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
David Kirby's Huffington Post article (HERE) about vaccines in the military and the incredibly high rate of adverse events spurred me to write about something I recently unearthed: my own shot records.
As a reminder, the CDC recommends that today's children, by the age of 6, receive 36 vaccines. You can see a chart HERE that also compares today's 36 to the 10 children received in the early 1980s.
But what about the 1970s? I've never been able to find a vaccine schedule before 1983, but you'd sure think my own experience would be at the extreme upper end of vaccines given to a child. Not only did I live in multiple foreign countries, but I was also part of the tight military healthcare system where mandatory doctor visits are part of any overseas travel protocol. They could never miss me!
So, here's my schedule.
To keep it simple, I am only listing my vaccines from birth to age 6 so I can compare it to today's schedule:
March 1970: Oral Polio
July 1970: Measles (Rubeola)
Sep. 1970: DPT
April 1974: Oral Polio
April 1974: Typhoid
That's it. I got 5 vaccines. Today's kids get 36 in the same time period. And, these are typical American kids who may never leave this country. I had lived in or visited nine countries, a number of them third world!
Notable that my first vaccine was given when I was 10 months old. Once, I got 2 vaccines in the same visit. Otherwise, they were a minimum of 4 months apart, and in some cases YEARS apart.
What can we learn from one kid's vaccine schedule?
We can learn that the US Military is learning the same things we parents are: the insane US vaccine schedule is something very, very new.
We are witnessing a medical experiment being done on our kids and servicemen and women every day without precedent, without proper testing, and without acknowledgment for the extreme consequences of the insane number of vaccines we are giving our citizens.
This insanity is the product of a CDC that is corrupt and has let vaccine manufacturers make most of the rules. The question now is how this all will end. Who will step in and have the courage to reform a vaccine schedule that has clearly gotten out of control?
If a child of the 1970s can survive nine foreign countries with 5 vaccines, surely we can reduce the number of vaccines being given without putting our children and military at risk.
JB Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue and Editor at Large for Age of Autism.