After 32 Vaccine Shots Boy Diagnosed with Autism*
By Augustina Ursino
Like millions of parents before her, Natalie Steffen was faced with her children receiving pediatric vaccines starting after birth and during subsequent well child visits. This story is one mother’s journey to exempt her children from further vaccinations.
Natalie gave birth to her firstborn daughter Skylar in October 2004. Skylar received all the shots on the schedule, starting with the hepatitis B vaccine, given within the first 12 hours of life. Skylar reacted to the vaccines, but her parents didn’t know their daughter was suffering side effects and adverse reactions to them.
This is How the Nightmare Began
After her first hep B shot, Skylar immediately began to suffer from colic. Up until age one, she would cry every night at the same time for about an hour and a half before she went to sleep. She had horrible night terrors from age 2-4 years before these finally ceased.
When Natalie had Skylar, she had no idea vaccine injuries were prevalent and never thought to question this link. Skylar’s pediatrician said this behavior was normal and led her to believe this is what normal babies go through.
Natalie gave birth to her second child, Landen, in 2009, four years later. He was also given the hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of life and started receiving the vaccines on schedule. Landen was born perfectly healthy. Once he started receiving the vaccinations on schedule, he suffered from the toxins. His reactions were much more severe. He was reaching the typical milestones until he was given the MMR, Varicella and flu shots at his 14 month pediatric visit, and by 18 months old, he lost everything and was later diagnosed with autism.
In Natalie’s words, this is what happened to her son after he received those shots at 14 months old:
- “Landen lost all his speech (he can parrot now here and there)
- He stems by running back-and-forth
- He flaps, raising his arms and screaming
- He chews on everything including wood and walls
- He is still not potty trained and is now 5 years old
- He went through a stage where he would smear his feces all over himself and the walls
- He is relearning to eat with utensils
- He is constantly plugging his ears
- He had horrific tantrums for 2 years, but now instead of tantrum meltdowns, when his surroundings are too loud, he goes into a laughing state in which he drops onto the ground and laughs uncontrollably
- He hums when he is eating
- He has an extremely high level of pain tolerance
- 50 percent of the time, he walks on his tippy toes
- He is constantly jumping or moving very quickly
- He can walk through the house repeatedly without looking while touching the same objects
- He breaks and eats his toys instead of playing with them
- He flips all his toys and furniture upside down (we had to move all the furniture out of his bedroom except his bed)
- He always wants to eat and can eat as much as my husband
- He has no sense of fear or what is dangerous
- He will take off running without looking at any moment”
All of these symptoms hit Landen at 18 months of age after receiving the MMR, Varicella, and flu shots. He had received a total of 32 shots before he was diagnosed with autism by age three, and that was when Natalie finally figured out that the vaccines were the source of her children’s ill health.