Do Kids Really Get 72 Doses of Vaccines?

Most parents vaccinate their kids according to the recommended immunization schedule.

They know that’s the best way to keep them protected.

Do Kids Really Get 72 Doses of Vaccines?

Saying kids get 72 doses of vaccines is a propaganda too to scare parents.
Saying kids get 72 doses of vaccines is a propaganda tool to scare parents.

While kids do get more vaccines than their parents did, that’s only because we have more vaccines available to protect them from more now vaccine-preventable diseases.

Do they get their kids 72 doses of vaccines?

That sounds like a lot…

It sounds like a lot because it is an inflated number that is meant to scare parents.

Kids today do routinely get:

  • 13 vaccines, including 5 doses of DTaP, 4 doses of IPV (polio), 3 or 4 doses of hepatitis B, 3 or 4 doses of Hib (the number of doses depends on the vaccine brand used), 4 doses of Prevnar, 2 or 3 doses of rotavirus (the number of doses depends on the vaccine brand used), 2 doses of MMR, 2 doses of Varivax (chicken pox), 2 doses of hepatitis A, 1 doses of Tdap, 2 or 3 doses of HPV (the number of doses depends on the age you start the vaccine series), 2 doses of MCV4 (meningococcal vaccine), and yearly influenza vaccines
  • protection against 16 vaccine-preventable diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chicken pox, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal disease, HPV, rotavirus, Hib, and flu
  • about 28 doses of those vaccines by age two years (with yearly flu shots)
  • about 35 doses of those vaccines by age five years (with yearly flu shots)
  • as few as 23 individual shots by age five years if your child is getting combination vaccines, like Pediarix or Pentacel and Kinrix or Quadracel and Proquad
  • about 54 doses of those vaccines by age 18 years, with a third of that coming from yearly flu vaccines

How do you get a number like 72?

You can boost your count to make it look scarier by counting the DTaP, MMR, and Tdap vaccines as three separate vaccines each, even though they aren’t available as individual vaccines anymore.

To boost the Vaccine Doses for Children a bit more, they add pregnancy doses too.
To boost the Vaccine Doses for Children a bit more, they add pregnancy doses too.

This trick of anti-vaccine math quickly turns these 8 shots into “24 doses.”

It’s not a coincidence.

Anti-vaccine folks want to scare you into thinking that vaccines are full of toxins, that kids get too many vaccines, that we give many more vaccines than other countries, and that this is causing our kids to get sick.

Can an unvaccinated child really get tetanus after a toe nail injury?
Can an unvaccinated child really get tetanus after a toe nail injury? Photo by Petrus Rudolf de Jong (CC BY 3.0)

None of it is true.

At age four years, when your preschooler routinely gets their DTaP, IPV, MMR, and chicken pox shots before starting kindergarten, how many vaccines or doses do you think they got? Two, because they got Kinrix or Quadracel (DTaP/IPV combo) and Proquad (MMR/chickenpox combo)? Four, because they got separate shots? Or Eight, because you think you should count each component of each vaccine separately?

Know that even if you do want to count them separately, it really just means that with those two or four shots, your child got protection against eight different vaccine-preventable diseases – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox.

Vaccine-preventable diseases that have not disappeared, something that the “72 doses” sites don’t ever warn you about.

What to Know About Anti-Vaccine Math

Many websites use anti-vaccine math to inflate vaccine dose numbers and scare parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.

More on Anti-Vaccine Math

2 thoughts on “Do Kids Really Get 72 Doses of Vaccines?

  1. So by your theory …. as long as they cram all 72 viruses into one injection …. we can just call that “one vax”, huh.
    Typical liberal thinking.

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  2. So your telling me there is no toxins in vaccines? Really??? Because a simple look at the ingredients from the CDC will tell you otherwise. Obviously you have not done your reaserch. Alluminum is a neurotoxin (meaning it kills your freaking neurons in your brain) and has been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders and your telling me that’s not a toxin??? And polysorbate-20 which has been known to cuase reproductive issues and developmental issues in other animals!? Still no toxins ? Last year vaccine court approved an compisated its first SIDS case, (not meaning first SIDS case to have gone through vaccine court , but the first to be approved) so the government even admits VACCINCES CAN CAUSE SIDS and your telling me that shouldn’t be a concern for parents? Or the fact that vaccine court has paid over $3.9 billion to vaccine injured families. Or the all concerning fact that vaccine manufactures have no consequence’s what so ever if they make a vaccine that kills tons children because Hey you cant sue them! “Anti-vaxxers” are not bad people nor do they’re children walk around like a loaded gun filled with illness ready to strike at any second, in fact tons of anti vaxxers are parents who believed in vaccines and indeed follow through as told by their doctors and ended up with very sick or even dead children after “following docs orders” . Vaccines are not safe and should never be given to anyone , we are simply trading off one sickness for the possibilities of many more life long debilitating chronic illnesses. And anyone who tells you that a doctor who sees a child a few times out of the year knows a child better then their own father or mother is full of, well you get my drift. Every parent should do their own reaserch before letting someone who gets paid from sickness inject them or their child with anything! If you worry about the food you and your child eat, then why wouldnt you at least look into something your injecting then with, especially when even the FDA labels vaccines as “Unavoidable unsafe” . Please parents do your reaserch!!!

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