Vaccinating Premature Infants Heightens Their Risk of Neurological Disorders
Could the results from their previous study be what prompted Mawson and his team to carry out a further study, titled Preterm birth, vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-sectional study of 6- to 12-year-old vaccinated and unvaccinated children?
It is possible, because, for many years, parents have been questioning whether or not it is safe to vaccinate premature infants. This is because vaccinations are administered to a child based on the age of the child from the day that they are born. Due to the advances in medicine, babies are being saved at earlier stages in their development. This means that if a baby was born at 24 weeks’ gestation and vaccinated at age eight weeks, as per the schedule, they would effectively be minus eight weeks, as opposed to plus eight weeks, at time of vaccination.
From the onset, the team stated that:
“Preterm birth (defined as birth occurring before 37 completed weeks of gestation) is known as a major risk factor for neurodevelopmental deficits, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, cognitive and speech delays, motor deficits, and visual impairment associated with retinopathy of prematurity. In particular, preterm birth is the leading cause of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and disability, including the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) [1-3], but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood.”
Thus, the researchers made perfectly clear that they fully understood the complexities of preterm birth. This being said, the team was interested to discover whether or not vaccinating a premature infant with the same doses of the recommended vaccines, on the same schedule as full term infants, could in fact be detrimental to their health rather than beneficial.