Cynthia A. Janak
June 6, 2008
Are we over vaccinating our children -- Yes
By Cynthia A. Janak

On November 10th of 2007 I wrote "The great vaccine cover-up a shocking report" in which I showed the vaccine schedule for the United States child. In this report I expressed my shock at the amount of vaccines that our children were receiving at such an early age — birth). I also found that our children receive approximately 40+ vaccines by the time they are two years old. Here are my findings.

Vaccination schedule taken from Dr. Greene's site.

• Hepatitis B #1 — Birth (may be delayed for up to 2 months if mother is HBsAg(-)

• Hepatitis B #2–1 to 4 months

• Hepatitis B #3–6 to 18 months

• Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (DTaP) #1–2 months

• DTaP #2–4 months

• DTaP #3–6 months

• DTaP #4–15 to 18 months

• DTaP #5–4 to 6 years

• Tetanus Booster — 11 to 12 years

• H. influenzae type b (Hib) #1–2 months

• Hib #2–4 months

• Hib #3–6 months

• Hib #4–12 to 15 months

• Inactivated Polio #1–2 months

• Inactivated Polio #2–4 months

• Inactivated Polio #3–6 to 18 months

• Inactivated Polio #4–4 to 6 years

• Measles , mumps, and rubella (MMR) #1–12 to 15 months

• MMR #2–4 to 6 years

• Varicella Zoster Virus Vaccine (chickenpox) — 12 to 18 months

• Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine #1–2 months

• Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine #2–4 months

• Pneumoccocal conjugate vaccine #3–6 months

• Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine #4–12-15 months

• Hepatitis A #1–2 years or older (in selected areas/situations)

• Hepatitis A #2–6-12 months after Hepatitis A #1 (in selected areas/situations)

• Influenza — Annually for children older than 6 months with certain risk factors. May also be given to all others wishing immunity. Children under 9 receiving influenza immunization for the first time require 2 doses, 4 weeks apart.

• Meningococcal vaccine — 2 years or older in high risk groups including college students living in dormitories and military recruits.

• Other vaccines may be prescribed by your pediatrician based on risk factors.

• If you will be traveling outside the country, contact your physician regarding special vaccines that are recommended for the area in which you will be traveling.

Any dose not given at the recommended age should be given as a "catch-up" immunization at any subsequent visit when indicated and feasible.

Because of my last article on Gardasil, I became curious as to the vaccination schedules for different countries in Europe. What I found was astounding. Their children are not human pincushions.

Let me show you the immunization schedule for a few of the countries. I want you to take note here that all vaccinations may not be given. Some vaccinations are given only if certain conditions are present. Please reference the numbers included on the charts. So my estimates are going to reflect all potential vaccinations.

I have grayed out the part of the chart that reflects ages over two years old because that is not pertinent to this article.

Let me start with our buddy the United Kingdom (England). As you can see the children in the UK only receive approximately 25 vaccinations by the time they are two years old. Interesting.

The United Kingdom Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 10 January 2007

1 DTaP, IPV and Hib are given as a combined vaccine.

2 Hib and MenC are given as a combined vaccine.

3 DTaP (or dTaP) and IPV are given as a combined vaccine.

4 Td and IPV are given as a combined vaccine.

5 In addition to the recommendations for targeted and high risk group infants to receive BCG (see below 6) the BCG vaccination policy extends to:

• Previously unvaccinated new immigrants from high prevalence countries for TB.

• Children who after screening for TB risk factors and tested and result negative using the Mantoux test.

6 BCG is recommended to all:

• Infants living in areas where the incidence of TB is 40/100,000 or greater.

• Infants whose parents or grandparents were born in a country with a TB incidence of 40/100,000 or higher.


Additional comments

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for all 12- to 13-year-old girls is planned to start in 2008, with a catch-up campaign for girls up to 18 years old. [1]

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for babies born to mothers who are chronic carriers of hepatitis B virus or to mothers who have had acute hepatitis B during pregnancy plus their close family members. It is also recommended for those likely to be in close contact with carriers.

Historic changes

1999: Introduction of MenC into childhood vaccination schedule.

2005: BCG vaccination programme — As from July 2005 an improved targeted neonatal and other at risk based programme replaced the current schools' programme for older children.

2006: Pneumococcal vaccine added to the childhood vaccination schedule.

2006: Hib-MenC booster to be given at around 12 months added to the childhood vaccination schedule.

This summary chart is adapted from the national immunisation schedule for the UK based upon advice from the UK Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures for all the vaccine preventable infectious diseases that may occur in the UK is available at this website or PDF document.

Now on to Austria. These children receive approximately 30 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The Austrian Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 14 January 2008

1 Vaccines given in combined form: DTaP-Hib-IPV-HepB.

2 Given against payment; however, free of charge for children belonging to high risk groups.

3 Booster or catch-up recommended if not yet immunised.

4 Two doses of MMR are recommended in the second year of life. The first dose is given not earlier than 12 months, the second dose is given at least 28 days after the first dose. A second dose is recommended to all children preferably before reaching 15 years of age.

5 Varicella vaccination is given in two doses from the age of 9 years onwards. Recommended only to those with no history of varicella or have negative serology results for varicella. Given against payment.

6 Human papilloma virus vaccination is given in three doses from the age of 9 years onwards and is particularly recommended to females. The vaccination regimen is according to specifications of the type of vaccine used. Given against payment.

7 Rotavirus vaccine is given in two or three doses depending on specifications of the type of vaccine used between the ages of 7 weeks and 6 months.


This summary chart is adapted from the national vaccination schedule for Austria. More information on the childhood vaccination schedule in Austria may be obtained from the Bundesministerium fόr Gesundheit, Familie und Jugend website (in German). Direct link to pdf document titled "Impfplan 2008 Φsterreich".

In Denmark the children only receive approximately 21 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The Danish Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 1 April 2008

1 DTaP and IPV are given with Hib in one injection.

2 During the introduction period, PCV7 will be offered to children born after 30 April 2006 who, by October 2007 would be 4-17 month of age.

3 MMR vaccination as a pre-travel vaccine: MMR vaccination can be performed down to the age of 9 months in cases of children visiting measles-endemic countries and areas where measles outbreaks are known to occur. The two dose vaccination schedule at 15 months and 4 years should however, be repeated in cases of children under 12 months of age. Those aged between 12 months and 15 months need only a second MMR dose at 4 years.

4 dTaP and IPV are given in one injection.

5 For those born between 1st April 1996 and 1st April 2004 the second MMR dose is recommended at 12 years of age in a catch-up programme that will last until 2016.


Additional comments

A vaccine against rubella is also recommended to previously unvaccinated females of childbearing age from 18 years onwards.

Historic changes

1987: Two doses of MMR vaccination at 15 months and 12 years of age were introduced in the national childhood vaccination programme to children younger than 13 years of age1

1989: The two dose MMR vaccination schedule was extended to all those under 18 years2

2007: Introduction of PCV7 into national childhood vaccination programme as from 1st October 2007.

2008: From 1st April 2008 the second MMR dose is recommended to all children aged 4 years.3 This replaced vaccination with the second MMR dose at 12 years of age. However, the second MMR dose will still be recommended to children aged 12 years in a catch-up programme that will last until 2016.


1 Danish Indenrigsministeriet, 4.s.k.t. 5320-24/1986. 11 February 1986

2 Danish Sundhedsministeriet, 5.k.t. 630-5/1989. 15 December 1989

3 MMR 2 vaccination advanced to 4 years. S. Glismann, A. H. Christiansen. EPI-NEWS 2008; 9. Also accessible on-line at Statens Serum Institut website: in English and in Danish.

This summary chart is adapted from the national vaccination schedule for Denmark, recommended by the Danish National Board of Health. More information on the childhood vaccination schedule in Denmark may be accessed through the Statens Serum Institut website: in English and in Danish.

In Germany these children receive approximately 33 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The German Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 12 November 2007

1 Given at least 4 weeks apart with a required minimum of six months between final (11-14 months dose) and penultimate dose.

2 Given only if administered as a combination vaccine containing a pertussis component (aP), otherwise the second dose is recommended at the age of 4 months.

3 Recommended for newborns of HbsAg positive mothers or to mothers with unknown HbsAg status.

4 Primary HepB vaccination for previously unvaccinated persons and completion of the course is recommended in those incompletely vaccinated.

5 One dose in the 2nd year of life; should not be administered simultaneously with MMR + monovalent Varicella vaccine or MMRV vaccine.

6 Minimum interval of 4 weeks required between doses.

7 The number of doses of varicella vaccine is in accordance with the manufacture's product information. A second dose is recommended if the first dose was administered as a combined MMRV-vaccine, 4-6 weeks apart.

8 Recommended for those not previously vaccinated against varicella.

9 Recommended for females and given as a three dose regime at a 0-2-6 month schedule.


Additional comments

Use of combined vaccines is generally recommended. All physician contacts should be used to verify vaccination status and administer any outstanding vaccines irrespective of the vaccination dates listed in the table.

dT vaccination is recommended every 10 years after the age of 18 years.

Pn7v vaccination every 6 years for people over the age of 60 years.

Historic changes

2007: Introduction of human papilloma vaccine in German childhood vaccination schedule in March 2007.

2006: Introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine and the meningococcal serogroup C vaccine in the German childhood vaccination schedule in July 2006.

This summary chart is adapted from the national vaccination schedule for Germany , recommended by the German Standing Committee on Vaccination. More information on the child-hood vaccination schedule in Germany is available through the website of the Robert Koch — Institute.

In the Netherlands the children receive approximately 33 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The Dutch Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 16 December 2006

1 DTaP, IPV and Hib are given in a combined vaccine.

2 DTaP and IPV are given in a combined vaccine.

3 IPV and dT are given in a combined vaccine.

4 Only for children born to HBsAg positive mothers.

5 Only children of whom at least one parent was born in a country where hepatitis B is moderately or highly endemic and children of HBsAg positive mothers.

Historic changes

2002 (September): MenC was introduced, with a catch-up campaign for all 14 months-18 years.

2003 (March): Hib was added to DTwP and IPV in a combined vaccine at 2, 3, 4 and 11 months.

2003 (March): HepB was introduced for children of parents from a hepatitis B endemic area.

2005 (January): Acellular pertussis replaced whole-cell pertussis at 2, 3, 4 and 11 months.

2006 (January): A birth dose of Hep B was introduced for children born to HBsAg positive mothers.

2006 (June): Pneumococcal vaccination introduced at 2,3,4 and 11 months .

This summary chart is adapted from the national Vaccination schedule for the Netherlands, recommended by the Dutch Health Council. More information on the childhood vaccination schedule in the Netherlands may be accessed through the Ministry of Health website (in Dutch) and the RIVM website (in Dutch).

In Norway the children receive approximately 21 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The Norwegian Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 27 September 2006

1 Children of immigrants from countries outside low endemic countries are vaccinated.

2 HepB is recommended for risk groups only.

3 For children born before 1998.

4 For children born in 1998 or later. Effective from January 2006.


Historic changes

2006: DTaP at 7-8 years added to the vaccination programme from January 2006.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine included in the childhood vaccination programme from July 2006

This summary chart is adopted from the national vaccination schedule for Norway issued by the Ministry of Health. More information on the childhood vaccination schedule in Norway may be accessed on the Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt website (in Norwegian).

I am going to include Belgium because I found something of interest with their vaccination schedule. They state that IPV is the only mandatory vaccination. What this could mean is that these children could receive from 4 to 32 vaccinations by the time they are two years old.

The Belgian Childhood Vaccination Schedule as on 26 July 2007

1 IPV is the only mandatory vaccination. If IPV is given separately, only two doses are administered during the first year of life, with an interval of at least 8 weeks apart. A third dose is administered between 13-18 months of age.

2 The MenC vaccine is recommended simultaneously with the booster dose of the DTaP-HBV-IPV- Hib hexavalent vaccine at 13-18 months of age (preferably at 15 months of age).

3 Vaccination with three doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine with seven components (PCV7) is recommended in Belgium since January 2007. The third dose is administered simultaneously with the MMR vaccine.

4 Rotavirus vaccine is recommended by the Superior Health Council, but it is not integrated in the routine vaccination calendar. Two or three doses are recommended, depending on which vaccine is used.

5 Recommended as the combined DTaP-HBV-IPV- Hib hexavalent vaccine.

6 Recommended as the combined DTaP-IPV quadrivalent vaccine.

7 Vaccination status of MMR is checked at school (first dose at 5-7 years and second dose at 15-16 years). If necessary one dose of MMR is given.

8 A primary course of three doses of HepB is given at 10-13 years of age if no routine vaccination was received in infancy.

9 dT vaccine is recommended. If vaccination against pertussis was incomplete in childhood (i.e. did not receive at least 3 doses of whole cell or acellular vaccine from which the last one is given after one year of age), a booster dose of the trivalent vaccine dTap is recommended.

Historic changes

Measles, mumps and rubella:

1973: Rubella vaccine was recommended for girls aged 14-15 years.

1975: Measles vaccines became available on the Belgian market.

1981: Age for rubella vaccination lowered to 11-12 years.

1985: Introduction of the combined measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) to the national vaccination schedule. Vaccination recommended at the age of 15 months.

1994: Second dose of MMR at the age of 10-12 years was introduced into the national vaccination schedule and supersedes previous recommendation for rubella only vaccination.

2002: Recommended age for first dose of MMR vaccination lowered to 12 months. Catch-up vaccination for MMR1 recommended at the age of 5-6 years.

2005: Catch-up vaccination for MMR2 recommended at the age of 14-16 years.

This summary chart is adapted from the national vaccination schedule for Belgium in accordance with recommendations made by the Belgian Health Council.

* Given as part of DTaP, DTwP, DT, dT, dTaP or dtap.

NOTE: BCG is a vaccine for those at risk of Tuberculosis.

(Just click on the link Abbreviations)

After I did this research, I just had to find out what the comparison was with all the countries that are mentioned on this web site. Here is the chart that I made. Then ask yourself this question. Why is the United States number of vaccines so high?

Vaccinations by the age of 2 years old

When I did this comparison I was astounded. By the looks of this, it seems that we are over vaccinating our children. Why? Why would we vaccinate our babies with 40+ vaccines when Finland and Sweden only vaccinate their babies with 11 and 12 vaccines?

Could this be why we have an increase in autism from 1-10,000 in 1983 (10 shots given) to 1-150 in 2007 (36 shots given)? Please check out this video of Jenny McCarthy on Larry King live.

I was going to end this article here but, as always, on the way to looking up other things I found this to be of interest. This is what is said about the Chicken Pox vaccine being used in the United States by EUVAC.NET.

Work Package 8

Final Report

Sentinel Systems for the

Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Europe

February 2008

Sentinel system data can also provide data for assessing the impact of immunization once a vaccination programme is implemented. In the USA, where varicella vaccines have been introduced in the routine immunization schedule and where varicella is not included as a notifiable disease, the evaluation of vaccine effectiveness has been largely based on active surveillance in sentinel sites (10).

In particular, sentinel systems can contribute to monitoring changes in the age distribution of varicella cases, and in the incidence of herpes zoster (11). In fact, results of mathematical models have shown that introducing universal vaccination without reaching high vaccination coverage rates could cause a shift in the age of infection, with an increased number of individuals who will acquire varicella in adolescence or adulthood, when the rate of complications is higher (12). As far as herpes zoster is concerned, it has been suggested that vaccination programs could lead to an increase in herpes zoster cases, due to the reduction of re-exposure to the natural virus, which has been shown to be significantly associated to a lower risk of developing zoster (13). Data from USA also show that as varicella vaccine coverage in children increased, the incidence of varicella decreased and the occurrence of herpes zoster increased


10. Seward JF, Watson BM, Peterson CL, Mascola L, Pelosi JW, Zhang JX, et al. Varicella disease after introduction of varicella vaccine in the United States, 1995-2000. JAMA


11. Edmunds J. Improving surveillance of varicella in Europe in response to increasing availability of varicella vaccine. Eurosurveillance Weekly 2002 Aug 8;8(32) Available online:

12. Edmunds WJ, Brisson M. The effect of vaccination on the epidemiology of varicella zoster virus. J Infect 2002; 44:211-9. Available online:

13. Thomas SL, Wheeler JG, Hall AJ. Contacts with varicella or with children and protection against herpes zoster in adults: a case-control study. Lancet 2002;360(9334):678-82

14. Yih WK, Brooks DR, Lett SM, Jumaan AO, Zhang Z, Clements KM, Seward JF. The incidence of varicella and herpes zoster in Massachusetts as measured by the Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) during a period of increasing varicella vaccine coverage, 1998–2003. BMC Public Health 2005, 5:68 Available online:

With this, all I am doing is informing parents and people of interest in what is going on in this country in regards to vaccines. Follow the money trail and do your own research. Being informed is power.

I highlighted the word recommended in green because on June 4th there was a rally in Washington D.C. called "Green Our Vaccines." This rally was lead by Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy. The only station that covered this rally was CNN.

Carrey/McCarthy lead march

Fighting Autism

What happened to FOX and all the other major news stations that purport that they feature unbiased news reporting? Why does it have to take a person like myself to do their job for them?

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