(Note from Erin: As always, I’m not a doctor and I can’t make medical recommendations. However, what I can do is encourage you to research the safety and efficacy of vaccines and then make the choice you think is best for your family.)

In the U.S., within 24 hours of being born, all babies are vaccinated against Hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease (you can also get it by sharing drug needles). Now, while these are two activities that no newborn baby is capable of doing, hospitals have your permission (by virtue of you having your baby there) to inject your child after they are born- even if you don’t have Hep B yourself.1

And doctors don’t tell you what’s in that vaccine: 250 micro-grams (mcg) of aluminum.2

But thankfully there are some pediatricians who are more interested in happy, healthy babies than following the status quo (and being paid for it). Board certified pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas, a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, was concerned about the dangerous levels of aluminum in the vaccine (an adult daily maximum is 50 micro-grams) and decided to speak out.


“There is between 225 and 850 mcg of aluminum in Hep B pediatric dose vaccinations: from the lowest of 225 mcg in COMVAX, to the largest amount of 850 mcg in PEDIARIX.

This amount is 5-17 times bigger than the adult recommended limit, and it is given to infants who are much smaller in weight.

The 2012 published study showed that this amount of aluminum will reduce the child’s developmental scores. Giving 4-5 mcg of aluminum per kilogram of body weight a day, made a baby lose one point on the Bailey Developmental Score according to the study.”3

Is the Hep B Vaccine really necessary for newborns?

Currently, it’s estimated that 1 in 20 people in the U.S. have some form of Hep B virus in their bodies. But remember, even if you don’t have Hep B, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the American Academy of Family Physicians will still recommend the vaccine for your child because they argue the baby needs the vaccine because of their undeveloped immune systems. 4 But, is the risk worth it? Especially considering the long-term effects?


Overall, Dr. Thomas doesn’t think so. While Dr. Thomas doesn’t recommend totally ditching vaccines, he does believe that the “one size fits all” standard of medicine doesn’t work and believes there is a better way to raise healthy children. To check out his advice, pick up his new book, “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years.”5

Watch his full interview about aluminum in the Hep B vaccine:

Sources and References

  1. Youtube, High Intensity Health, Jan 2016.
  2. FDA.gov, 2015.
  3. ALTHEALTHWORKS, April 2017.