"Children have an enormous capacity to respond safely to challenges to the immune system from vaccines," says Dr. Offit. "A baby's body is bombarded with immunologic challenges - from bacteria in food to the dust they breathe. Compared to what they typically encounter and manage during the day, vaccines are literally a drop in the ocean." In fact, Dr. Offit's studies show that in theory, healthy infants could safely get up to 100,000 vaccines at once.
From a feature in Babytalk Magazine reproduced in a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pamphlet (2005).
"Of course, most vaccines contain far fewer than 100 antigens (for example, the hepatitis B, diphtheria, and tetanus vaccines each contain 1 antigen), so the estimated number of vaccines to which a child could respond is conservative. But using this estimate, we would predict that if 11 vaccines were given to infants at one time, then about 0.1% of the immune system would be “used up.”
“I think conservatively, one could say that, based on their caveats, that one could probably respond to about 100,000 different vaccines at one time."... "I would say you probably could get 100,000 vaccines every day.”
Paul Offit, Lecture: Are vaccines safe? (2008).
Here is an interesting question. As regular readers will be aware I have been berated on the Every Child By Two (ECBT) and Shot of Prevention websites by resident expert Dr Joel Harrison for being naïve in my understanding of Paul Offit’s claim (Prof Offit is on the Executive Board and Scientific Board of ECBT , a charitable foundation started by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumper ). Well, I am not sure who is being naïve (though I note that Dr Harrison’s article was warmly received by vaccine industry advocate Dorit Reiss ), or that I was giving anything else but a straight reading of what was being said. Meanwhile, Offit continues to hide behind pawns and surrogates who deny the obvious truth: his ideas were pseudo-scientific fantasy, although enthusiastically taken up by health officials in the United Kingdom, particularly. It is apparently not something he, or anyone else directly connected with him, wants to own up to now. If he wants to stand up as things are and say he did not mean it like that, there is quite a lot evidence that he meant it pretty much like that.
However, the folly – which is not mine – points to a fundamental void in the science. What wass being proposed was a justification for the safety of multiple vaccines and an indefinitely expanding schedule. But it does not work. Not only that, there is really nothing to replace it with. There is no core science that anyone can point to which says that it is safe to go down the route of an ever expanding schedule. All we have is the bare reality of an ever increasing number products any one of which can have nasty or devastating effects (nothing like the normal effects of eating food or breathing dust) and which are administered multiply and coercively to the tiniest infants. But there is no grand theory – it has gone.
John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.