In a recent abstract that was published in the September, 2009 issue of the respected journal Annals of Epidemiology, Carolyn Gallagher and Melody Goodman of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University Medical Center, NY, wrote that, “Boys who received the hepatitis B vaccine during the first month of life had 2.94 greater odds for ASD compared to later- or unvaccinated boys.” The authors used U.S. probability samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 1997–2002 datasets.
The conclusion states that: “Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of ASD; risk was greatest for non-white boys.”
Dr. Aaron's Comments
- Hepatitis B is usually spread by contaminated blood or blood parts.. Typically through sex or shared IV drug use.
- Hepatitis B is a three shot vaccine. The shot is given at birth, 2 months and 6 months.
- According to the Merck manual children have no known immune function in their first 21 days of life. They depend completely on their mother's from when they were in the womb. The child would have no personal reaction to the Hepatitis B shot when given at birth.
- It is given to children in third world countries at birth due to not knowing if the mother has Hep. B. Greater than 10% of women in some third world countries have Hep. B.
- In the U.S., women are tested for Hep. B. The Hep. B status of the women is known. The numbers of women in the U.S. having Hep. B is less than 0.05%.
- According to the CDC 30-50% of children lose their antibodies to the disease in 7 years and 60% lose all immunity by 12 years.
- In a group of studies, 1636 doses of Recombivax HB (Hep. B) were administered to 653 healthy infants and children(5-10 years of age) who were monitored for 5 days after each dose.” Merck package insert. 5 days is a pretty short safety study.
It is always up to the parent to decide on whether their child is vaccinated. After hearing this information, does it make sense to vaccinate your child with Hep. B. If you were to do it at all, would it not make more sense to do it later in life.