Tdap Immunizations for Every Pregnancy?
Dr. David Brownstein
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for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedule was
updated in January, 2013 to recommend that a dose of Tdap vaccine
be administered to all pregnant women during each pregnancy whether
or not they have received the vaccine previously. This is a new
What is the
reason for this change? The CDC changed its recommendations due
to the pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic that affected more than
41,000 people in the U.S. last year. Whooping cough occurs as a
result of an infection from the bacterium Bordatella pertussis.
Signs of pertussis include paroxysmal cough, inspiratory whoop,
and vomiting after coughing. It is fatal in 1.6% of hospitalized
infants less than one year of age. In the U.S., approximately 5-30
children die per year due to pertussis. Pertussis is rarely fatal
for older children and adults. Pertussis can be treated with antibiotics.
However, in most cases it is a self-limited illness lasting a few
weeks to six months.
a serious illness in an infant. We definitely want to minimize pertussis
infections in very young children. However, is giving the Tdap immunizaition
during every pregnancy the right thing to do?
The Tdap vaccine
is a combination vaccine that is supposed to protect against tetanus,
diphtheria and pertussis. Does the Tdap vaccine protect against
pertussis? The answer is probably yes. What do I mean by probably?
There have not been definitive studies on the efficacy and safety
of this vaccine. There is no question that the incidence of pertussis
has declined over the last 70 years. However, the CDCs data
shows that the pertussis illness was declining well before the onset
of the vaccine.
is in the vaccine? The Tdap vaccine contains aluminum phosphate,
formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 and may contain traces of thimerosal.
Polysorbate 80 (also known as Tween 80) has been shown to cause
infertility in animals. Parenteral injection of aluminum has been
shown to cause neurotoxicity. Thimerosal contains 50% mercury by
weight. Mercury is a known neurotoxin and carcinogen. Formaldehyde
is a human carcinogen and highly toxic to all animals. If you add
in all the recommended childhood vaccines, the total amount of polysorbate
80, mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum can reach toxic levels.
I will write more about that in a future blog.
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Brownstein, M.D. is a Board-Certified family physician and is one
of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical
Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield,
MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and
others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional
therapies in his practice.
© 2013 Dr. David Brownstein