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Why Are So Many Questioning Vaccines?

Doctors, school systems and the media have told parents for decades that following the CDC’s childhood vaccine schedule is the best way to keep their kids healthy. If vaccines are safe and effective, why is there such growing controversy surrounding them? Why are some parents opting to skip vaccines altogether or allowing them on a limited schedule that doesn’t align with the CDC’s recommendations?

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Why Are Our Kids So Sick?

With all the advances in medicine in recent history, why are our nation’s children getting sicker? In 1986, 12.8% of children in the U.S. had a chronic health condition compared to 54% in 2007 — curiously, the last year this data was made publicly available. The parallel between rising disease rates and the increasing number of childhood vaccines is hard to ignore.

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Are the Unvaccinated Kids the Sickest?

You might be surprised to learn what the existing science reveals.

Countless peer-reviewed observational studies show unvaccinated populations consistently have fewer chronic health conditions than vaccinated peers.

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While not conclusive on its own, the existing science provides an undeniable, alarming signal indicating further investigation into the safety profile of vaccines and their possible mechanisms of damage is paramount.


Vaccines that are injected into our children should undergo rigorous testing to prove safety and efficacy before going on the market. Unfortunately, industry-funded vaccine studies are inherently flawed and poorly designed.

Almost none use inert placebo controls (and even some of the so-called “placebos” contain problematic adjuvants like aluminum), and there are no long-term double-blind studies.

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The entire schedule has never been properly tested despite what we hear from vaccine makers and our federal health agencies, who claim it would be “unethical” to withhold life-saving vaccines from children. How can they know vaccines are “life-saving” or that benefits exceed risks while they’re still in the testing stage?

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How would you go about testing the cumulative safety of all of the vaccines in the childhood schedule?

If vaccines were treated like most other pharmaceutical products, you'd do a double-blind placebo-controlled study: divide the research subjects into two groups, each selected at random, and give one group all of the interventions and give the other group none. Then, the impact of the entire vaccine schedule would be clear. But in the case of vaccines, this type of experiment is deemed “unethical” and is prohibited by institutional review boards.

Instead, vaccine studies are typically limited to testing a single vaccine at a time. And even those tests rarely use inert placebos for the control group, instead substituting another vaccine or using the adjuvants without the inactivated virus.

For example, the clinical trials for the current MMR vaccine used the previously used MMR instead of an inert placebo in the control group. Of 16 HPV vaccine randomized trials, only two used an inert placebo. Ten of the 16 compared the HPV vaccine against a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant, and four trials used an already-approved aluminum-containing vaccine as the comparison. These tactics muddy the waters around outcomes between the treatment and control groups.

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What’s In a Vaccine?

No one wants to expose their children to questionable substances – especially those already widely known to be toxic. However, vaccines contain numerous concerning ingredients including aluminum, mercury, aborted fetal cell lines, antibiotics, monkey kidney cells, formaldehyde and more.

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This toxic list is especially troubling when we consider that expectant mothers are cautioned repeatedly to limit their exposure to anything that might harm the growing fetus. Vaccine ingredients don’t become any less toxic once the baby is born, yet parents are expected to comply completely with the vaccine schedule, no questions asked. Even on the day of birth, newborns are exposed to 250 micrograms of aluminum via the Hepatitis B vaccine well above the recommended limit, even for adults.

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The 1986 Act,
A Boon for Big Pharma

When children are harmed by unsafe products such as faulty car seats, contaminated baby food, or over-the-counter drugs, the manufacturers are liable to compensate for their injuries. Why would the standard be any different for vaccines?

In 1986, Congress passed the “National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act” in response to mounting pressure from vaccine makers who claimed they could not afford to continue compensating for the excessive amount of injuries and deaths caused by their products. The law granted pharmaceutical companies complete immunity from liability for any vaccine recommended on the CDC’s childhood schedule.

Pharma ramped up development once there was no longer a threat of being sued for adverse outcomes, and a vaccine gold rush ensued, with revenues skyrocketing from $750 million in 1986 to $89 billion in 2021.

Instead of suing vaccine manufacturers directly, those harmed by vaccines apply to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). Unlike a court of law, the NVICP has no judge or jury, the burden of proof falls on petitioners, and the most basic rules of law do not apply. Petitioners may only receive a maximum of $250,000 for a vaccine-related injury or death, yet the program has still paid out over $5 billion in damages.

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The Exploding Vaccine Schedule

What incentive does Pharma have to ensure their vaccines are safe if they are not liable for the damages they cause? In the mid-1980s, seven vaccines were routinely given to children by the age of two (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella and polio).

Today, in addition to the earlier vaccines, the CDC’s recommended schedule for children up to two years old includes shots for hepatitis B, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal disease, influenza, varicella, hepatitis A, RSV and COVID. Today, children will receive up to 80 vaccines by age 18 (including boosters) compared to 24 in 1983.


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Vaccine Injury: Real Not Rare

The public health establishment claims vaccine injuries are extremely rare, and the benefits of vaccination far exceed the risks. However, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) tells another story.

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VAERS, relies on people taking the time to report their injuries, and healthcare providers often don’t follow through. A 2011 Harvard study found that fewer than 1% of vaccine injuries are ever reported. Still, there are over 2,579,111 reports…

These are some of the countless stories of parents whose children suffered from injury or death after vaccination.

Countless Parents’ Stories

Tens of thousands of parents around the world insist that vaccines caused their children’s illnesses. Their insistence doesn’t come lightly–after all, who wants to claim that they played a part in the decline of their own children’s health? These parents are gaslit and marginalized when they challenge the pharmaceutical industry and speak out about vaccine injury.

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But My Doctor Says…

No doctor enters the medical profession with the intent of harming children. But medical school doesn’t include much coursework on the science behind vaccines.

Most doctors simply recommend that their patients follow the CDC’s guidelines without examining the vaccines on the schedule or weighing the risks and benefits of each shot (including any potential interactions), as they would for other medical interventions and pharmaceutical products. It doesn’t help that insurance companies have incentive programs that provide significant financial rewards for physicians with high vaccination rates in their practices.

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Don’t Take Our Word for It; Come to Learn for Yourself.

We all want the best for our children, and sometimes that means asking hard questions and challenging powerful industries. If you’re among the growing ranks who have begun to question the safety of vaccines, Children’s Health Defense is here to help you.

Check out our resources for education and advocacy; learn about our legal efforts; dig deeper into the science; and help us establish a safer vaccination program.

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