5 Health Questions You Need to Ask Now!

The Most Commonly Asked Vaccine Questions (and Answers).

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.


I have been an advocate for women (and men) taking control of their health for decades. Yet, sadly our medical freedom is under attack now more than ever with health care providers, insurance companies, governments, and schools dictating how we take care of our health and the health of our families.

One question I get a lot is “Should I get this vaccine?” Or “Should my child get this vaccine?” Whether it be a hepatitis B vaccine for a newborn, a measles vaccine for a school-age child, the flu shot for a pregnant woman, or the shingles vaccine for an elderly relative, making the right decision for you (or your family member) can seem daunting.

Now, I can’t tell each and every person who asks which vaccines they should or shouldn’t get. But I have been teaching women for decades how to tune into their own body’s intuition, where to find the facts, and what hard questions to ask your health care provider.

With all of the state vaccine initiatives in play today, I want to share five questions (and answers) to consider when trying to keep yourself and your family safe from communicable diseases:

QUESTION 1: Is it true an unvaccinated child is a health risk—especially to an immunocompromised child?

ANSWER: No. The vaccination status of other children does not pose a significant risk to your children, even those who are immunocompromised. No study has ever shown that an unvaccinated child puts another child at risk. On the contrary, a 2014 NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) report documents how a vaccinated child can shed a live virus for up to 7 weeks after injection, depending upon the vaccine given, and therefore poses more of a threat of spreading the disease.  

Physicians for Informed Consent has a great fact sheet about vaccines on their website. In addition, you may want to read an article written by Jean Ghantous, the mother of a child with leukemia, at Thinking Mom’s Revolution. What she has to say about this subject is right on.

QUESTION 2: Vaccines are perfectly safe, aren’t they?  Haven’t they been thoroughly tested?  

ANSWER: No. In fact, all you need to do to find the answer to this question is to read the package insert for any vaccine. These inserts plainly state that the great majority of, if not all, vaccines contain ingredients known to be extremely toxic, including mercury, aluminum, sorbitol, and others. In animal studies, these ingredients have been shown to cause developmental delays; adverse neurologic events and disorders, such as motor weakness and slowing; and a host of other ill effects. You can find package insert information for many commonly given vaccines at VaccineSafety.org.

QUESTION 3: Aren’t vaccines one of the most important advances in modern health care? They have saved millions of lives, haven’t they?

ANSWER: No. In fact, according to historical records, 90 percent of the decline in disease mortality occurred before the introduction of vaccines. The most important factors contributing to the steep decline of diseases such as polio, measles, diphtheria, and typhoid in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were better nutrition, less crowding, better sanitation, and cleaner water. To learn the history and facts related to the decline of these diseases and their mortality rates, check out LearnTheRisk.org.

QUESTION 4: But vaccines are 100% effective, correct? 

ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. It has been well documented in countless cases that diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough (pertussis) occur in fully vaccinated populations. Vaccinations by no means guarantee a child will not contract the virus or bacteria the vaccine is supposed to protect against. 

There are many examples of this:

  1. Measles outbreaks occur regularly in fully vaccinated populations. The reasons for this are: (a) Vaccine-conferred immunity wanes over time. And contrary to what you have been told, a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine has not been shown to increase immunity.  (b) Some people don’t respond to the vaccine at all despite multiple shots. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 50% of schoolchildren and most adults vaccinated with two doses of the MMR vaccine can still be infected with the measles virus and spread it to others, even with mild or no symptoms of their own.
  2. China is a perfect example of this. For the last decade, China has had a countrywide vaccination coverage above 95% (the threshold for measles elimination). Yet, measles continues to cause large epidemics. One study shows that despite a measles vaccination rate of more than 97 percent, more than one-quarter of vaccinated children in Tianjin, China, became infected with measles. School systems also see similar outbreaks. Two school systems in Texas—one in Houston and one in Corpus Christi—are prime examples of outbreaks among the fully vaccinated.

    In addition, we are now seeing generations of children born to vaccinated mothers. These children lack transplacental immunity—in other words, disease immunity is not passed from the mother to the child, unlike with previous generations, because the vaccinated mother does not have the natural immunity. So, rather than eradicating diseases such as measles and creating healthier children who could fight off a measles infection if they were to acquire it, vaccines are creating generations of children who become sicker from these infections than in the past due to an altered host immune response, and we are likely to see higher death rates as well. 

    In fact, the side effects of the MMR vaccine are worse than getting the measles. For example, data shows that seizures are 5 times more likely to occur in children who have received the MMR vaccine than in children who contract the measles. Conversely, naturally acquired measles infections are associated with a reduced risk of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, as well as a reduced risk of atopic diseases such as hay fever, eczema, and asthma. In addition, measles infections are associated with a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease in adulthood. 

  3. In 2016, an outbreak of mumps swept through the student body at Harvard. These students were all fully vaccinated. In 2019, a US Navy warship carrying marines was quarantined for nearly 4 months due to a mumps outbreak. All of the service people on board had been fully vaccinated against it. This is not the first incident of an outbreak of mumps on a military ship.  
  4. The current outbreaks of pertussis in this country are taking hold in fully vaccinated children. This is because the current pertussis vaccine doesn’t confer much protection at all, and what protection it does provide wanes within 2 years. As is common in the world of viruses and bacteria, the pertussis germ has mutated, making the DPT vaccine ineffective.  In December 2019, a Houston school closed due to a pertussis outbreak among vaccinated children and staff.

QUESTION 5: Vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children, aren’t they?

ANSWER: Sadly, no. A staggering 50% of children today—more than ever before—have a chronic illness including asthma, allergies, ADHD, depression, anxiety, developmental delays, and autoimmune diseases. Controlled clinical trials comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated populations in the United States have never been carried out. And there aren’t any studies on the safety of injecting infants, toddlers, and adolescents with up to 6 vaccines in a single visit—a common practice today.

There are now 69 to 72 vaccines recommended by the CDC for all children through age 18. The vaccine industry has become a huge business with no liability. On the contrary, it is the US taxpayers who have thus far paid out $4.1 billion in vaccine-related damages since the companies themselves have been granted immunity. Merck’s—just one of several vaccine manufacturers—2019 fourth-quarter financial highlights speak volumes as to what is really happening. And while many pediatricians have not dared to speak out on the subject, some who have been in practice 20 years and longer, including Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, are now coming out and saying it is their unvaccinated patients who are healthier than their vaccinated ones. In fact, some studies show that the non-specific effects of vaccines can increase morbidity and mortality.

Here are a few more points to consider:

In 1986, Congress gave vaccine manufacturers complete immunity from all liability resulting from vaccine injury, shifting the financial burden to US taxpayers, who, according to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), have paid out $4 billion to vaccine-injured families since that date. That is a lot, considering that fewer than 1% of all vaccine injuries are reported.

The average period of safety testing for a vaccine is only 10 days. If you or your child develops seizures 2 weeks following a vaccine, almost no doctor will attribute the cause to the vaccine. Yet, pregnant women are being given flu and DPT vaccines containing aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins even though the practice is known to cause an increased risk in autism spectrum disorder.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled for the past decade that aluminum in infant parenteral (feeding) solutions should not exceed 5 micrograms/kg/day. Yet, aluminum in infant IV parenteral solutions, commonly given to infants in standard neonatal intensive care IV feeding solutions, contains 45 micrograms/kg/day. These solutions are given for 14 days or longer and have been shown to impair neurological development. One influential study estimated that infants lost around one mental development index point for each day on the standard aluminum solution.

The CDC continues to ignore this data and requires that all newborns born in the United States receive the hepatitis B vaccine at birth (or shortly after). The hepatitis B injection contains 250 micrograms of aluminum—more than 10 times (1,000%) the maximum FDA allowable.

Since vaccine manufacturers won their immunity from prosecution, the CDC schedule for recommended vaccines has tripled. Two hundred more vaccines are in the pipeline. The CDC itself is involved in conflict of interest practices with vaccine companies;  and the former CDC director, who fast-tracked Gardasil despite many concerns, became the head of Merck’s vaccine division. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) includes many individuals who have received financial gains from vaccine manufacturers.

Remember, the first step toward maintaining your health freedom is staying informed.

I would love to know your stance on vaccines? What vaccines do you think have helped you or hurt you? Please leave your comments below.

Additional Resources:

The HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know Today

Does Your Daughter Need the HPV Vaccine?

Help for Gardasil Side Effects

Should You Get the Shingles Vaccine? (Video)

Do You Need to Detox?

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Trinity A Roberts
    3 months ago

    How can I be insulin resistant and hypoglycemic? My fasting glucose is always about 80. Glucose levels have never gone above 150. I have lows often that I correct with peanut butter and milk. I’m not in a position to be able to cook or eat more balanced meals.

  2. Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Dr. Northrup, I heard your interview on Joe Piscopo Show this morning, where you discussed risks of vaccines, especially relating to this virus, and the wiser path of prevention and treatment with natural foods/supplements. I am so glad you are spreading the truth regarding health during this pandemic. Thank you so much for having taken the time to share this information with that radio show host and his listeners. Best regards,

  3. Marion Mitas
    5 months ago

    I am tired of all doctors and pharmacy’s pushing the flu vaccine. I have never had the flu or the vaccine. I have had pneumonia many times as a child and young adult until I was given the pneumonia vaccine. That’s the only vaccine I’ve agreed to as an adult.

  4. Shirley
    10 months ago

    I have now added Dr. Northrup to my list of heroes. I was raised to appreciate the body and to treat it like the priceless machine it is. My father lived to the age of 90 without ever seeing a doctor or having a vaccine. As far as I know, we children were never vaccinated. Even when the measles epidemic broke out (about 1948) we were given cod liver oil and sent to school (where nurses examined you before entering). When I had my first child there were only two of us in the maternity ward who were breast feeding. My children, now adult, often mention how they have “natural immunity”–they don’t get sick. I did not have my children vaccinated with exception of smallpox which was mandatory for them to go to school. Yearly, people where I worked would get the flu shot. Without exception, I would be the only healthy person in the workgroup for the next few weeks. I am now 78 and, as far as health, have had my ups and downs but, except for antibiotics on 3 occasions, haven’t taken a medication or had a vaccination. With Covid-19 I worry more about mandatory vaccination than I do about getting the disease.

    1. AnneMarieGiberson
      6 months ago

      I like your history! It shows we are resilient and…. covid vaccinations put us in jeopardy AND peril

  5. Sunni
    10 months ago

    Hi Dr Northrup,
    I appreciate your post! Very informative.
    I do have a question: When you’re talking about children lacking transplacental immunity (due to their mothers being vaccinated against the measles and not having natural immunity), you’re saying these are the children that “become sicker from these infections than in the past due to an altered host immune response .. and we are likely to see higher death rates as well”?
    I ask this question because I had the MMR vaccination when I was younger, but am contemplating not getting my son MMR vacc (among others) — so in the event he were to get measles, it would make him more sick than a typical case?

    Thank you!

  6. Marion
    10 months ago

    I have been opposed to vaccines for years. My children got one or maybe two and I wouldn’t allow anymore.

    Even as a child I had this innate aversion to being vaccinated at school. I remember falling out of line as I got closer and went to the back of the line hoping to escape the wrath. Toward the end of the queue I dismissed myself as I needed to go to the bathroom. When I came back it was all over and they never realized I missed it.

    Throughout my years I was always finding ways to duck and dive this ritual. Consequently, the only vaccines I ever got were the ones you got back then as a baby, and back then in the 50’s there were very few.

    Today I am a holistic practitioner. See, I was born “knowing” I tell people. Lol

    Thank you for your work, I’ve followed you since 1996. ‍♀️

  7. Janis
    10 months ago

    Have you heard of the legislature 6666? It’s confusing what to believe on the internet. Some Dr. did a YouTube video on it and he said it will be mandatory if it goes through. How can we find out the truth?

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      10 months ago

      Hi Janis,

      I am the editor for DrNorthrup.com. The legislation can be found here:



      1. Paula
        7 months ago

        This bill appears to be about grants for CoVid testing and contact tracing, NOT about vaccines. Please let me know if I’m missing something!

        1. Coulson Duerksen
          7 months ago

          That is correct. Someone asked about the Congressional bill numbered 6666 because she heard about it from someone else. I provided the link to that legislation.

  8. Matisun
    10 months ago

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. I’ve appreciated your work and wisdom for years.
    I would highly recommend The Truth About Vaccines by Ty and Charlene Bollinger. It’s very well done and extremely informative. I would also recommend the movie Vaxxed by Andrew Wakefield. It’s honestly criminal what they are doing to our children. Also I used to be able to get homeopathic vaccines for my dog and now Veterenarians are not allowed to give them they can only give an antidote. This is a shame because they’ve taken away our right to choose. Bless you Dr. Northrup for the wonderful work you’re doing.

  9. Pauline Hammerstrom
    10 months ago

    As a child born in 1961, I luckily only received a few vaccines..but even those were questionable in terms of safety and effectiveness! According to the accurate records my mother kept in my baby book, the small pox vaccine I received at age 6 months, sent me to the hospital for a week with a ‘toxic reaction’!! I don’t know what that meant, but it sounds bad! The measles vaccine I received in 1966 was followed a few months later by a ‘severe, full blown case of measles! Now, after reading the work of Dr. Mikovits, I know the polio vaccine I received in 1962 probably had SV40 in it, making me prone to some cancers! If only three vaccines caused all these things to me, think of the poor babies today, who receive 72 shots!

  10. Peter Mohler
    11 months ago

    Thank you so much Dr Northrup!
    I had all this information but the Doctors I met always pretended the contrary.
    Now I have a list of arguments with references,
    truly precious !
    Thanks for sharing
    Peter Mohler

  11. Elena Michaelson
    11 months ago

    Thank you for the clear and concise information.
    How can we avoid the Covid vaccine that is being created now? I am aware of anti vaccine groups, but are there enough of us to stand up to this bullying?
    I have been required to take a flu shot every year, as a teacher, but I’ve read that it can make me even more susceptible to Covid if I get the shot. That means I can’t go back to my teaching job even when they open the schools back up.
    Dr. Mercola says that low vitamin D levels are correlated with Covid cases. What do you recommend?

  12. Vicki
    11 months ago

    I teach a parenting class for Waldorf parents. One parent told me that her doctor during pregnancy harangued her to have a flu shot. Her child was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old.
    Another mom was with me for a few years with a sibling and she had a very healthy boy after a very healthy pregnancy. He was such a healthy, developmentally advanced toddler. At 2.5 years he received an MMR. Within hours his face was so swollen that you couldn’t see his eyes, he couldn’t breathe well and he was screaming in pain. In the next year he was diagnosed with a challenging case of autism. Even though the child was taken to the doctor who administered the vaccination, she would not report the case as an adverse reaction, even though the mother requested that.

  13. Sharon Gerardi
    11 months ago

    I would love to know as a 62 y.o. female, if I need to get the tetanus vaccine? It seems to be the one vaccine that i’m being recommended to do. I would love your feed back on it necessity. I had one over 10 years ago.

    Thanks in advance for your help,


  14. Vera Egbert
    11 months ago

    Great article. I am one of the many who are extremely concerned about potential “mandatory” vaccinations. I am 100% against it! I don’t take any of them (I’m 60 now and will not get the Flu, Pneumonia, etc vaccinations).
    Thanks for all the great information you share with us.

  15. Jo
    11 months ago

    Dr. Northrup,

    Are your grandchildren vaccinated?



  16. Janet Riben
    11 months ago

    This is such an important bit of information. Most of us in the health industry know that there are many aspects of vaccines to question but we have needed a doctors response – some facts. So many thanks for this!!

  17. Jane Anderson Gitter
    11 months ago

    I never got a flu vaccine but one time and that year I was so sick with the flu that I never ever considered getting another shot!
    However, when I was able to get the Shingles vaccine at age 62 I think that’s the age I was when my private insurance would pay for it$(200), I went ahead and got it because I had a history of Shingles cropping up ever since I was in my 30’s, and I wanted desperately to believe this vaccine would insure me from enduring the pain of another bout of shingles. Well less than a year after I got the shingles vaccination, I got shingles much worse than ever before. Clearly, I learned my lesson that vaccines are not the answer.
    Thanks to listening to your radio program weekly for years on Hayhouse Radio, following Anthony Williams protocol for his Liver Rescue Liver Cleanse, and following the BrightLine Eating way of eating no flour or sugar and adopting a WFPB diet( lost and kept off 75 pounds now for three years!) I am healthy and free of shingles outbreaks, and all sorts of other things that were troubling me, and all the doctors wanted to do was have me take prescriptions. Thank god I finally woke up!!
    By the way I celebrated my 70th Birthday this year right before the Covid-19 quarantine, by taking a ceremonial sacred trip to the Mayan Jungles of the Yucatán with my 80 year old equally healthy sister, with a bunch of younger women from all over the globe. We climbed up and down two pyramids, biked, and swam in the oceans and Cenotes. I will definitely not be taking this vaccine that they are rushing madly to produce!! No way, thank you very much!!

  18. Gloria
    11 months ago

    I am one if your warriors of Light and want to thank you !!! I started following you in 1992 when my Mom who was an identical twin died of ovarian Cancer and her sister who lived in the same towns ect lived another 8 years with no trace of cancer.your Amata products helped me through a natural menopause and I am grateful for all of your wisdom and look forward to your words each day.

  19. Tracy McCallum
    11 months ago

    Thank you for such a clear resource for me to send to people. Those people who are on the fence with this issue would appreciate the tone of the article, I would think. For myself, I appreciate how distilled the info is, centered around key questions,. Thank you!

    I went to your FB page and didn’t see it there – will it be so I can forward it?

  20. jen
    11 months ago

    Thank you SO much for this incredible article. I chose not to vaccinate my children more than 20 years ago and I was totally up to speed on the information out there then. I have never regretted my decision and I have 4 robust and superbly healthy boys who are rarely ill be it with mumps, chicken pox or the common cold. Roll on to 2020 and threats of forced vaccinations has me on high alert. I really needed this to recap and reaffirm my choice I made all those years ago. I stand firm – no to vaccinations for me and my children. We are all allowed to choose our own paths and must have the freedom to do so.

    love and light
    warrior of the radical light

  21. Rebecca Lee
    11 months ago

    Thank you for being thoughtful enough to hold this position and brave enough to speak out!

  22. Marty
    11 months ago

    Wow. This really hit home. First, my son had a neurological reaction (seizure, developmental regression) to his first DPT shot in 1987. It was a nightmare; he got only DT after (and all other vaccines and has struggled with autoimmune problems as an adult.) I was so traumatized by that DPT experience that I chose to not have another child. I could not face having to decide whether to vaccinate.
    But interestingly, as I was reading this I realized that at age 67 I had my first flu shot after resisting for years. I have since developed hypothyroid (after Tests showed healthy thyroid just prior) and persistent severe body pain that I have never had before. I now wonder if it is connected. I suspect it is. What are your thoughts on the omnipresent flu vaccine?
    Thank you.

    1. Rebecca Lee
      11 months ago

      What you and your son are experiencing is mercury toxicity. The vaccines probably had enough in them to tip you over the edge. Please research the work of Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD for how to get better.

    2. Joan Kelly
      11 months ago

      My child had the same experience to the DPT and second DT. He is in his late thirties and has autoimmune disease.

    3. Christiane
      10 months ago

      I am not a fan of the flu vaccine– in any given year it is only 10-40% effective. But it contains toxic material such a aluminum which can accumulate in the brain. I prefer fortifying myself with vitamin C, D, and zinc. God given immunity is a wonderful thing when you support it. I am SO sorry about your son. There are thousands like him. And this fact is ignored by mainstream medicine at the moment.

      1. Paula
        10 months ago

        I feel the same way as you do because my thoughts are….they always find there are like 5 strains of the flu. Initially, they make the flu vaccine for 1-2 strains and with my luck I’d get the vaccine, but then catch the 3rd, 4th or 5th strain….and then I stop and think: “What was the point of me getting the flu shot?” I also know someone who was super debilitated from getting the flu shot. So, we opt out of the flu VAX. The other concern is HPV and guardasil or whatever other drugs that are supposed to battle HPV…..why is it that this VAX is only given to young girls (or boys) through the age of about 30? After 30 you aren’t able to catch HPV?! What about a 50 year old who is perhaps back on the dating scene after a divorce? This person isn’t allowed the VAX for HPV, are they now immune because they are beyond 30?! It doesn’t make sense. I also have read too many stories of young girls getting the HPV shot and getting sick or dying from it. Out of fear, my family has opted out of that VAX too. I’m concerned because to be forced to take a VAX seems very unamerican. People should have the right to hear all the facts regarding a shot and then determine what is right for his/her family. Also as a side note, I have been thinking a lot about allergies because my oldest has seasonal and treenut allergies. When I was a kid, I played in the dirt a lot making mud pies. I was rarely sick as a young kid. I got allergies when I was older around age 19. I think that if we make our environment too clean and we are not exposed to the “bugs” around us that are “normal”, then this does cause us to get sick. Now, in retrospect, I wish we had gotten a dog when my daughter was born and had her play in the mud because may be now she wouldn’t have allergies. Just my 2 cents.

  23. Robin
    11 months ago

    Thank you for this information. I am not a fan of vaccines. I cannot remember ever having a flu shot as an adult. However, in September 2019, my husband and I (both 65) did get the flu shot. At the same time we received the first of two Shingles shots. A few days after the shingles shot, I developed a grapefruit-sized welt, just below the injection site that was warm to the touch. My doctor said to watch that it did not get worse. I also had a few random spots on body that I also attributed to the shot. I was fine after a couple weeks. My husband had no unusual reaction. In the middle of February 2020, we both received the second shingles shot to complete the vaccine protocol. I had a terrible reaction to this second dose of shingles. Ten hours after receiving the shot, I woke feeling so sick. It felt like I was in a daze, brain fog and lacking concentration. My whole body felt heavy, like I was wearing a suit of armor. I could barley lift my legs to walk. It was the scariest feeling. I do not think I had a temperature. I was exhausted and felt like i got hit by a Mack truck… malaise of the worst kind. Although this lasted only ten more hours, I was not myself for two weeks or more. Only after, did I read online of similar reactions from people who had the shingles shot. I wish I had read this information before taking the shot because I never would have taken the second shingles shot. I am a sensitive body type and should have listened to my instincts and stay clear of this vaccine. My husband did have a similar reaction but it was not quite as severe. I would not recommend this shot.

  24. Claudia E. Darbie
    1 year ago

    Thank you, Dr. Northrup. I am not surprised about the manipulation present in the CDC and companies like, Merck. I worked for many years for an Antitrust attorney, who did White Collar crime, and some of their biggest wrongdoers were pharmaceutical companies. And it has only gotten worse with time.

    With this new virus, they seem to be at the stage of learning and revealing how in effects fetus’s. I have found your information extremely educational to that end, as well as many others.

    A social habit the Western world needs to be reminded of is “mindfulness”. Moving too quickly, without being able to acquire proper knowledge before choosing, causes errors not only in the medical profession and in medical decisions, but in all areas.

    1. Christiane
      10 months ago

      Those who know what’s going on are very often silenced by the mainstream media. And that censorship is growing by the way. But we are at a turning point. And it is my sincere hope that more people wake up. Thank you.

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