"Expert" Believes Infants Can Tolerate 10,000 Vaccines
By Sherri Tenpenny, DO
Addressing Parents' Concerns' Do Multiple Vaccines Overwhelm or Weaken the
Infant's Immune System
by Dr. Paul Offit, et. al.
Pediatrics, Vol. 109 No. 1, Jan. 2002
Summary of the Recent Pediatrics article:
One hundred years ago, children received 1 vaccine (the smallpox vaccine).
Forty years ago, children received 5 vaccines routinely (diphtheria,
pertussis, tetanus, polio, and smallpox vaccines) and as many as 8 shots by
2 years of age. Today, children receive 11 vaccines routinely and as many as
20 shots by 2 years of age.
Recent national surveys show that about 25% of the parents are waking up and
questioning if all these shots are necessary of if the vaccines might
actually weaken the immune system.
Dr. Offit attempts to explain the effect of vaccines on the infant's immune
system and the capacity of the immune system to respond safely to multiple
Passively Acquired Immunity
The neonate is, in part, protected against disease by maternal
immunoglobulins (Ig). Maternal IgG is transported across the placenta before
birth and maternal secretory IgA is present in breast milk and colostrum.
These passively acquired antibodies provide protection against pathogens to
which the mother was immune.
Dr. Offit states that maternal antibodies offer limited and short-term
immunologic protection when compared with protection afforded by an infant's
active immune response.
Dr. Offit then goes on to explain that a young infant is fully capable of
generating protective humoral and cellular immune responses to multiple
vaccines simultaneously. He then uses some physiological immune facts to
come to the outrageous conclusion that an infant would have the theoretical
capacity to respond to about 10, 000 vaccines at any one time, and then goes
on to say that this is a conservative estimate!
Dr. Tenpenny's Response to Above Article:
It always amazes me when highly respected journals such as Pediatrics are
willing to publish articles such as this. And what is even more amazing is
that the people who write this information call themselves "physicians" and
Passive protection conveyed by the mother is dismissed as less effective
than a vaccine.
However, much research clearly documents that more protection is conferred
through breast milk than through artificially-induced antibodies. Breast
milk contains large quantities of secretory IgA, lysozyme-secreting
macrophages, and both T- and B-lymphocytes. The lymphocytes release of gamma
interferon, migration inhibition factors and monocyte chemotatic factors,
all of which strengthen the intrinsic immune response of the infant. 
In addition, the protection provided by breast milk is not short-lived.
There is evidence that the enhanced protection it provides lasts for
years. In addition, concentrations of antibodies found at six weeks of
lactation are the same levels as those at six months, so any amount of
breast-feeding contributes to immune enhancement. 
Children less than 2 years of age are considered to be more susceptible to
infections by H. influenza type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium,
both major causes of otitis media and invasive bacterial diseases. Although
the infant's immune system may be less capable of "mounting a response" to
the polysaccharide cell walls of the bacteria than an adult's immune system,
infection can again be offset by breast milk.
Components within the milk have been found to inhibit both colonization and
tissue adherence. [4,5] The premise that conjugate vaccines are essential
for the protection of an infant omits this important fact.
Vaccine-specific antibody protection is considered to be the cornerstone of
vaccination success. In all studies published on vaccines, "efficacy" is
considered to be the development antibodies. When vaccines are given
together, the combination is considered "effective" if both antigens
generate an antibody response at least equal to the response seen if a
single antigen vaccine is given alone.
However, is this an antibody response a valid presumption of disease
Even experts in the field admit that they don't know. During a discussion
regarding the approval of yet another acellular pertussis vaccine, a panel
".A basic question is: Is antibody correlated with protection? In the year
2000, we don't really know which antibodies protect, let alone exactly what
level of an antibody protects." Another panelist went on to say, "The
protective mechanisms [of the immune system] are not understood. Is it
antibody or is it cell mediated or some assessment of memory that can occur
in response to infection?" 
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) discloses this
regarding the pertussis vaccine, "The findings of efficacy studies have not
demonstrated a direct correlation between antibody response and protection
against pertussis disease."
Antibody studies are only useful to compare immune responses elicited
between similar vaccines. Efficacy studies to measure clinical protection
conferred by each pertussis vaccine have not been done. 
Therefore, antibodies apparently mean nothing.
The H. flu vaccine has been found to have high avidity in vitro. This means
that there is a high affinity of attachment between the antigen and the
antibody. However, "the contribution [of this] to clinical protection is
Again, "efficacy" as defined by the development of antibodies apparently
means nothing in relation to disease protection. Therefore, using the
antigen binding capacity of the immune system and its ability to create an
antibody response as a measure of safety, also means nothing.
The concept that 10,000 antigens could theoretically be deposited
uneventfully into the blood stream of either an infant or an adult defies
logic and is a blatant disregard for mechanisms of human physiology.
By injecting a vaccine into the body, the first four lines of normal immune
defense are by-passed:
Gut lymphoid tissue and
This abnormal introduction of pathogens and adjuvants into the blood stream
does not "trick" the immune system: it contaminates it.
And contaminate it we do. Children now receive 52 vaccines, in the form of
15 shots, buy the time they are 6 months of age if they receive all the
recommend shots, including the Prevnar® (the pediatric pneumonia shot.) That
is because each viral or bacterial particle contained in the vaccine elicits
an immune response.
So, the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are three separate vaccines. The
injectable polio vaccine (IPV) contains three strains of polio, thus it is
three vaccines. And this overwhelming amount of biological material does not
include the adjuvants, which can included MSG, aluminum, formaldehyde,
sucrose and phenoxyethanol, which is antifreeze, among many others.
The potential for disaster looms as multiple live and attenuated viruses are
combined during multiple vaccinations on the same day. In a study reported
in Science Magazine, two avirulent herpes viruses were simultaneously
injected in the footpads of mice. Many (62%) of the mice that had received
equal doses of each virus died while none died that had received up to 100
times the diluted dose of just one virus.
Eleven recombinant viruses were isolated from the dead mice. Three of these
isolates were lethal when injected into the next set of mice. This study
demonstrates that in vivo, two avirulent viruses can recombine with deadly
results.  If two vaccine antigens can cause a serious outcome when given
simultaneously, then what about "only 123-126"? Or 10,000?
Once again, a "ground breaking" medical study has drawn media attention by
posting conclusions that are not supported by facts. Stating that an infant
has a large capacity to respond to antigens, i.e. create an antibody
response, does nothing to allay reasonable fears and doubts by investigative
Any "thinking doctor" should recognize this "study" for what it is: another
opportunity to spread the mantra of "safe and effective" vaccines. Perhaps
in this way we won't question the more than 200 vaccines that are currently
in development or resist the more than 20 that are anticipated to become
part of the childhood vaccination schedule by 2010.
A "thinking parent" might conclude that, "if the immune system is that
strong, why do we need to vaccinate at all?
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