AAP Pushes the Tdap for All Pregnancies (NOT A GOOD IDEA)

pregnant-heartAAP (Academy of Pediatrics) News release Feb 1, 2014:  Dr Sarah Long MF FAAP, member of the AAP committee on infectious diseases, (read here…. ) outlines the position of the AAP.  She points out that “recommendations for Dtap use have not changed in more than a decade and include routine administration of the infant series at 2, 4 and 6 months of age, and reinforcing doses at 12 to 18 months and 4 to 6 years.” 

This article is stressing the new changes effective in 2014; “The most recent change, which was included in the 2014 Immunization Schedule, is the recommendation for Tdap administration during each pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation and regardless of time since last Tdap or Td.”

What concerns me and should concern anyone who is thinking clearly about this recommendation is that there have been no studies on the effects of injecting this vaccine during pregnancy. NO STUDIES!   This article mentions: “Why are repeated doses of Tdap not recommended routinely for the general population other than pregnant women? Data do not support a substantial impact of a broader recommendation on pertussis control, and lack of data and licensure are cause for pause.” 

It seems our experts who make vaccine recommendations care about lack of data and licensure when it comes to recommending routine boosters for the general population, but can recommend injecting pregnant women with this vaccine and it’s 330 micrograms of aluminum without any studies or data on the safety of such a recommendation.  Any researcher who wanted to study this would need an IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval to inject half the pregnant women with the Tdap and half with saline then look for 5-10 years at the outcomes (how many cases of brain injury from the toxic aluminum: autism, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning challenges etc.).  I cannot find a single study like this in humans or even primates. 

There are plenty of studies raising concerns about aluminum toxicity.  One recent study (you can read it here… ) showed vaccine concentrations of aluminum after birth, triggering autism like symptoms. There is no doubt that injecting aluminum during pregnancy will result in a much higher risk to the developing fetal brain. 


JUST SAY NO to Tdap during pregnancy!

This issue is about balancing risks and benefits.  Does the risk of poisoning an entire generation (every baby born in America whose mother gets the Tdap)  justify the handful of potential saved lives (those rare infant deaths in the first few months of life before the usual vaccine schedule has time to work)?  I think as physicians we should “First Do No Harm”.  This vaccine recommendation clearly causes harm, we just have to wait 5-10 years to see the explosion of the Autism, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, etc.  Make sure your physician is giving you informed consent (telling you about the aluminum in the vaccine, the absence of safety studies on pregnant women, and the known aluminum toxicity), before you agree to take this vaccine while pregnant.


Dr. Paul




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