Wired magazine’s online news service published an AP article a few days ago about the federal government’s appointment of a new working group that will investigate the safety of childhood vaccinations. Critics of immunizations (this fish being one of those critics) have long wondered how safe mandatory vaccines are and have noticed permanent health issues in young children following compulsory vaccination. Some believe that the rise in autism cases is linked to vaccines and the article discusses a theory that will be investigated through the working group. Perhaps the most important aspect of the immunization working group is that it is supposed to gather public input about vaccinations that can be incorporated into research priorities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It remains to be seen whether the public’s input will be taken seriously, although it has been the public outcry concerning potential immunization damage that has prompted the government to start the working group.

I, for one, would very much like to see a saner method for delivering vaccinations, which, according to the article, isn’t up for discussion. Who decided it would be a wise idea to deliberately introduce 25 pathogenic substances into infants from age zero to eighteen months – a time when a human being’s immune system is still being formed? This doesn’t make any sense to me, especially in light of the fact that most babies aren’t likely to come down with all of the diseases they are being immunized for within that time frame. While the CDC and health professionals prefer the blanket approach, perhaps it’s time we take a look at creating individualized immunization plans for people, wait until infants are older before vaccinating, and not give multiple shots at one time. Yeah, yeah, it won’t be easy, but then living with a vaccination injury for life isn’t easy, either.

You can find full schedules of immunizations by age at this CDC website.

With a tender fin,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

Correction: It’s not 25 separate pathogenic substances, but 25 instances of immunization between zero and eighteen months. Some of those immunization events include multiple doses of the same vaccine.