How to Talk to Parents About Back-to-School Shots

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We’re four weeks out on most schools opening their doors for the fall semester and the news is teeming with stories about “required” or “mandated” vaccines.

Is your stomach turning? Mine is. Rarely will the news mention that every state except California, Mississippi and West Virginia offers religious or philosophical exemptions to vaccination.

For children who were vaccinated according schedule, parents are expecting to add on these shots:

Kindergarten– A 5th pertussis vaccine (whooping cough as the DTaP), a 4th polio, a 2nd MMR, and a 2nd chicken pox.

6th grade– The 1st meningitis vaccine, a 6th pertussis vaccine (as a Tdap), and the 2-dose HPV series.

11th grade– The 2nd meningitis vaccine

I know you care about your kids’ friends. You want everyone to be as healthy as possible with the fewest neurological issues. If you have an unvaccinated teenager you know that a lot of teens are plagued with anxiety now, and your own kid might be feeling really lonely because of it.

So how do you bring up vaccines with the parents of your kid’s friends in a rational way and without scaring them off? Your “I’m a totally sane person” approach will depend on which vaccine you’re talking about.


1. For the DTaP and Tdap you’ll want to mention that a 5th and 6th dose of the same vaccine seems a wee bit excessive, considering how much aluminum is in each shot. We’re talking between 330 micrograms and 1,500 micrograms depending on the brand.

While your parent friends are chewing on that, casually say that the newest research out of the UK not only raises the red flag that the human body doesn’t excrete aluminum like we thought it did, but that aluminum in the brain is being linked with autism and Alzheimer’s symptoms.


While their heads are spinning about aluminum, top that sundae off with the fact that that the CDC recently admitted on their own “herd immunity” FAQ that whooping cough vaccines might not be stopping pertussis bacteria from growing in the body. Translation: their kid could come down with an infection even if they’ve been vaccinated in recent years. So what’s the point in risking all of that aluminum for a vaccine that doesn’t work?

Pertussis can usually be treated at home with vitamin C, but you’re always welcome to get antibiotics if they make you feel like you’re accomplishing something. The best treatment against a pertussis infection, especially in babies, is a suction machine.


The T part of the DTaP and Tdap vaccines is to cover tetanus, which causes such high antibodies that a booster would only be needed every 30 years, so you can see how easy it is to over-vaccinate for it.

Actually, a booster isn’t needed at all if the wound bleeds because the Clostridium tetani bacteria don’t multiply in the presence of oxygen. And if the wound is so deep that it doesn’t bleed, the proper ER treatment, if you want it, is the tetanus immune globulin, not the Tdap or Td vaccine. Although ER doctors will hang their hats on the idea that previously vaccinated people will get a huge tetanus toxin antibody immune boost from the vaccine if it’s given right away.

Tetanus bacteria is found in the feces of horses, sheep, cattle, dogs, cats, rats, guinea pigs, and chickens, so nobody’s kid needs a tetanus immune globulin shot because they cut themselves with a kitchen knife– unless it’s a knife they found in an animal barn or a dog park. Tetanus bacteria has nothing to do with metal and everything to do with poop.

It’s not easy to come by when you’re in an emergency, but receiving IV vitamin C is associated with a 100% reduction in tetanus death. When my own kid ended up in the ER with a severe skin injury I had the doctor clean it out and I treated it at home with liposomal vitamin C.


And lastly, the D part of the DTaP and Tdap vaccines covers diphtheria, a sore throat disease which hasn’t had a presence in the US since 1960. At some point we should stop subjecting our kids to vaccines for diseases we haven’t seen in 60 years.


2. For the polio vaccine you have a strong argument in suggesting…


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