Killing Children in the NICU

by Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM

Across the country, physicians are giving vaccines without any apparent understanding of pediatric immunology. In fact, it appears that the need to give vaccines to premature infants – even extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants – according to the vaccine schedule for full term babies is more important than considering the impact those solutions will have on the tiny tot’s immediate and long term health.

ELBW is defined as a birth weight of less than 1000 g (2 lb, 3 oz) and usually born at 27 weeks’ gestational age or younger. Infants born with a birth weight less than 1500 g (3.3 lb.) are defined as very low birth weight (VLBW) infants.

Recently, Michelle Rowton RN, a founding board member of  Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines, reported the cavalier attitude of physicians who are administering vaccines to these tiny tots. Her interview went viral, one month before a new study published in JAMA spelled out the damage caused by vaccines given to ELBW babies.

The JAMA study Michelle references in this InfoWars interview confirmed that vaccinations given to ELBW infants can cause serious adverse events, including fever, which necessitates painful, invasive and expensive procedures, including blood and urine cultures. Infants are then exposed to empirical antibiotic therapy for several days until the results of the cultures are known. The disruption to the gut-microbiome of a newborn can have a life-long impact of bad health and autoimmune disease. Current research provides evidence that the gut microbiome interacts with many physiological systems and metabolic processes in the developing infant. Disruptions as such a tender age can have an adverse impact on growth, development, and general health of the infant.

JAMA investigators concluded that within the first three days after being vaccinated, infants were indeed subjected to a higher incidence of sepsis workups. Vaccinated infants also had an increased need for respiratory support which often included intubation and being placed on a ventilator.

The information, while startling, isn’t new.

The current study is not the first to describe the devastating effects vaccines can have on low birth weight, premature infants. In 2007, a study in Pediatrics  included 239 preterm infants who were (on average) 71 days old when they were enrolled in the study. Each infant received either a single vaccination of DTaP, Hib, IPV [polio], hepatitis B vaccine, or Prevnar 7,  OR the infant was given all five vaccines at the same time, on one day. C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and cardiorespiratory reactions were monitored for 3 days after the shots. The findings included:

  • 39 infants had cardiorespiratory events. Of those:
    • 24 children who were asymptomatic before the shots had episodes of apnea (stopped breathing), bradycardia (slowed breathing), or oxygen desaturation (lowered oxygen levels) after the injections.
    • 15 infants who had episodes of apnea, bradycardia, or low oxygen saturation prior to immunization had an increased number of those episodes after the shots.
    • 26 of the 39 infants needed to be given oxygen after the vaccines.
    • 13 needed to be placed on a ventilator.
    • 95% of the adverse events occurred within 48 hours of the vaccinations.
  • 46 infants had intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) bleeding in the brain; stroke)
    • Infants given multiple vaccines at the same time were almost 4 times more likely to have cardiorespiratory events and 16 times more likely to have an abnormally elevated CRP.
    • 103 infants had a CRP greater than 1.6mg/dL, considered to be abnormally high; abnormal CRP values and multiple vaccines were more likely to cause a grade 3 or 4 IVH.
      • Grades 1 and 2 bleeds involve a small amount of bleeding with few long term problems.
      • Grades 3 and 4 involve more severe bleeding, with blood clots and leakage into the brain tissue, leading to disabilities and hydrocephalus (increased fluid in the brain).

An elevated CRP in infancy may lead to health problems later in life. For example, children with an elevated CRP level are more likely to develop insulin-dependent, type 1 diabetes. The antibodies from vaccines may stimulate the production of pancreas autoantibodies, which attack and destroy the pancreas. Or, it is possible that the vaccine antibodies themselves may attack the pancreas through a process known as molecular mimicry. 

Pro-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is elevated by CRP production. Prolonged high levels of IL-6 can weaken the immune system, increase the susceptibility of liver injury and raise the risk for cardiovascular disease. Some studies have even found a link between elevated IL-6 and an increased risk for cancer. It has been published that CRP goes up in response to the hepatitis B vaccine, given at birth, to full term infants also.

Nurses Stand in the Gap

When this link about the nurse whistle-blower on my Facebook page, within less than 24 hours, more than 345,000 had been reached, with more than 3,300 shares. Here are a few of the hundreds of comments:

“The medical community has put themselves in a position of needing to deny, as much as possible, the harmful effects of vaccines, regardless of the blatantly obvious health complications they cause. The liability, at this point, is tremendous (given all the harm they cause), so it’s in the industry’s best interest to deny, deny, deny.”

“This is truly disgusting. I recently left a job in medical records at a facility with a large, very busy NICU. I just could not believe that nearly every infant who went into the NICU, was still vaccinated before they left the hospital, even if they were premies. It’s so sad that parents just go along and don’t ask questions. How the hell is it safe to give a baby, who almost didn’t survive, vaccines so early!? Infuriating! And then when things don’t go so well, blame them problems on something else.”

“This cohort study found an increase in adverse events after immunization of extremely low-birth-weight infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. The study found a problem, but it doesn’t stop them from injecting crap into these extra tiny beings…..May be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.”

Why are physicians so under-educated and apparently oblivious to these risks? Why do they bully parents, with threats of dismissal from the practice or reporting them to CPS, for wanting to protect their children from this chemical onslaught? Why are legislators practicing medicine without a license, demanding that children be vaccinated when clearly the procedure causes harm?

It’s difficult to believe that physicians don’t care – but it is not hard to believe that they cover each other’s back for the sake of the status quo. Sadly, physicians are more interested in maintaining a protocol than protecting the little lives they hold in their hands from what is coming through that needle.

Photo by MikeBlyth



  1. My son who was born at 25weeks 5 days had his apnea come back after his vaccinations in the NICU and ended up coming home on a moniter. He also had uncontrollable screaming after his next set.

    The docs downplayed it.One neonatologist told me after they were both neurological reactions and real. I did my own research. We no longer VAX. But hospital still won’t put it in his file.
    Nor do they see my point of view for why I won’t continue vaxing my other kids. Do your research parents!

  2. My son was born at 34wks (6 weeks early) in 2010. Not only did they want to give him Hep B vaccine, i was given pamphlets and asked several times if I wanted to give my 4lb preemie a NEW rotavirus vaccine, which insurance would cover in the NICU but the second part of the jab would NOT be covered under insurance once baby was released from NICU – which would be approx $1000.00!!!
    I signed the form to NOT vaccinate my son in the NICU and I assured the NICU doctors that I would have him vaccinated by a pediatrician but, as i repeated to several doctors and nurses, “right now he was just too small”. To which, they agreed! However, I knew in my heart of hearts that the LAST THING I WOULD EVER DO IS VACCINATE MY TINY 4LB BABY!!! But, doctors put up less of a stink when you just smile and nod in agreement with whatever they’re dictating to you. I just wanted to get my baby the hell out of the nicu safely.

    • well the good thing is he’s getting better, and that’s most important. your baby still needs you and has probably missed you immensely while he’s been in the NICU. soon he’ll be able to come home with you and you will be able to spend all the time you could ever want with him. and the nurses aren’t more important than his mommy; he’s known you for the last 9 months, and they’re just strangers to him. it’s sad that you haven’t had much time with him in the last few days, but you’ll get to make up for that as soon as he comes home. good luck! i know it’s rough but be strong for your little guy. he’ll be home soon and everything will be just fine.

  3. Sadly, vaccine makers have no incentive to change their ways. They make huge profits but are totally protected from lawsuits because Congress granted them immunity in 1986. Families are paying for the damages vaccines are causing. If you want to change this, please sign this petition

    Protect kids, not drug makers!The law is corrupt and immoral.

    Kindly pass this on to everyone you know. Together, hopefully, we can make a difference!

  4. Why in the name of God would parents allow their ELBW baby to be vaccinated by these criminals. Unbelievable. Parents please educate yourselves and save your babies from pain and suffering. Isn’t this the land of the free and home of the.brave?

    • I had just the opposite problem with my daughter. She was born normal and healthy, but I was the one in ICU for 3 weeks after she was born. I thought she wouldn’t even know me, and that she wouldn’t like me. I had all the same feelings you do. But your child will know you the minute you are able to take him home. He’s heard your voice for 9 months, he knows you and he knows who you are. He’ll bond with you as soon as he’s able. Jaundice is OK. Most babies will get this. They can fix it, so don’t worry. Also, your motherly hormones are kicking in, you want to be with him, and you can’t. You worry more about this than he does, I promise. I held my daughter maybe 3 times in her first 3 weeks of life. Once I got home from the hospital, she took right to me. She knew me, and your son knows you, too. He just has to get better first, then you can hold him all you want!!

    • K.Miller: The average Joe, that has no medical experience or knowledge rely on doctors and nurses to give them the best advice. To many it’s very complicated. We, medical people, abbreviate almost everything. So, unless you’ve learned this new language it would be like trying to read Spanish though you never learned. A few thing you might get but the over all will uncomprehendable. Doctors are taught BY the drug companies. They own the Medical Schools. The majority of their time is learning pharmacy, not nutrition or herbs. They aren’t even taught how to ‘cure’ disease, just to mask symptoms. Why? M-O-N-E-Y!!! Nurses need to step out of the box and educate themselves! We are the ones who ‘stand in the gap’! We are responsible for protecting patients from doctors! Unglorified job- but our job none-the-less! If EVERY nurse stood up against vaccines…they wouldn’t stand a chance! There are more nurses than doctors, and we are the most trusted profession!! So, nurses stand up! Get the facts…the real ones! Not propaganda put out by big pharm!

      I can attest that I was not asked about my premature 36wk new born receiving the Hep B vac in the hospital. I had an emergency C-section, lost a lot of blood and had 3 blood transfusions. I was very weak. But I had already decided and discussed with my husband not to give it to her! (I was furious when I found out she had it. I discovered it while working at health Dept and could view her record. I found out she had many that I didn’t agree to. Obviously given combo-vac, though I specifically said no and asked for single dose. Nothing I can do at this point! I signed for the vac, they just go back after fill in combo. No way to prove/disprove!) Also, she was severely jaundice. She looked like an orange, literally! The dr comes in and tells us that the machine to measure the blood levels was down, therefore they couldn’t put her on the billy-light! REALLY!!?? I couldn’t believe this woman was this stupid!! I said you can look at her and can see how orange she is…not yellow, orange!! Obviously, it’s high! Why would you not put her on the lights when it’s obvious she needs it!!? You can get blood work whenever!! Geeeez! I’m just an RN but I can see the obviousness! And I’m not a pediatric nurse!
      See, nurses must stand in the gap! Just because the doc has a god complex, doesn’t mean he is one! We are responsible for educating our patients and their families!

  5. this, but I could look at these images OVER and over again. They are just amzinag, Heidi! I missed out on my hospital vacation with Kaden I was only there for 6 hours before I got booted and had to head to the other’ hospital with the NICU. No massages and good food for me!

  6. Dr Tenpenny,

    Would you please address sometime, Big Pharma s influence in end of life care??? It horrible to sit through advance directive seminars….and hear ” This is not euthansia…., healthcare workers are inmune from criminal charges…..This is not assisted suicide, etc” Its horrible what our parents have to choose….and where it may be Lessing for the next generation.

  7. Dr ,
    My newborn son got his hep b and immediately had an oxygen Desat. He weighed 8 pounds was full term after 2 days labor and c section. He ended up being fine and ahead of milestones but after MMR went into autism. We stopped shots and he is doing great nearly recovered mainstreamed after much therapy and money and prayers and luck. Have you heard of oxygen Desat for a full term and what therapy should we do. He was in NICU for 4 days they did a spinal Etc gave him antibiotics never found a cause and didn’t tell us to connect it to the hep b shot of course.

  8. If you would post any anecdotes about how vaccinations have changed individuals permanently or cause medical harm that would be great! Facts and statistics are compelling in it of themselves but I would love to read about an individual who experienced the symptoms first hand or in a family member. I think it would also help individuals better understand the severity of the topic.

  9. The second to last sentence is the jist of the whole psuedohealth care predicament. Status Quo, period.
    “I have a 3yo & a wife going back for her masters” is the backbone of any resistance to refusal to maintain.
    Rock the boat, lose your comforts.
    Not judging, it’s a lifelong process to get the point where you realize life is pointless without principles. True bedrock principles are hard to live out.
    But no progress is made in any life arena till Semmelweiss goes to the madhouse.

  10. Dear Dr. TenPenny,
    I am struggling to get my daughters to hear me on vaccines, I am not even sure they look at the info I post on FB. I have 16 grands (Almost, one on the way) and one great, And every time it gets closer to them having doctor appointments, I am all but in tears. This just scares the living crap out of me. How do get them to hear? A praying grand mother.

    • You give them the opportunity to hear through repetition, Rebecca. There’s a jpeg at the link below that delineates several dozen severe vaccine injuries – several dozen out of thousands that have been compensated – and the included list of associated vaccines contains pretty much every shot on the CDC’s schedule. Message each of them individually, sending them the picture. Every one of those injuries, including death, was unpredictable. Your kids have got to realize that choosing to vaccinate is literally the same thing asking their kids to pick a cupcake out of a pile of 10,000 cupcakes, knowing as a certainty that one of them contains enough poison to kill them. They’d never do it. They need to realize how real is the threat before they’ll have the motivation to research all the associated illnesses, which are in essence universally benign.

  11. My 2nd son was born at 27 weeks, 2 lbs 15 oz. He was in the NICU for 11 weeks struggling to grow and develop into a full size newborn.

    I flatly refused all vaccines against the very strong advice of the neonatologists (and of course most of the nurses encouraging me to do what was right to protect my kid from disease).

    8 years before having my first baby, I was doing graduate thesis work at SUNY Upstate’s medical library (I was a grad student at Syracuse University but preferred the medical library, maybe because I am an RN?). I literally stumbled upon research articles on vaccines (not at all what I was doing thesis work on). I was totally fascinated at how the “abstract” at the top of the research article made the research sound perfectly positive in regards to the vaccines and yet when I dove into the entire research article, the information was all but favorable towards the safety or efficacy of vaccines. I remember sitting there wondering why no one else was actually reading the results of the research but relying on the short abstract to get the gist of the supposed research results.

    Needless to say I looked up many, many more research articles on vaccines over the next year and 1/2 at SU. I was appalled about what was not being exposed in regards to damage, side effects, and lack of efficacy of routine vaccines.

    This is how I started collecting books written about vaccines, how the immune system really works, and ways to naturally stimulate the immune system.

    Thanks for your continued work on this subject of vaccines Dr. Tenpenny.

  12. My husband had come across a university study online somewhere that showed a higher correlation among those with dairy intolerance and the increase in dangerous reactions to vaccines. It was bingo moment for me. I suddenly realized it was a very risky idea to vaccinate all children as infants when we may not even have picked up on such vulnerabilities in thier physiology yet. And especially true for our own child.

    • Vaccines cause vulnerabilities. Food proteins – milk, egg and others – are contained in vaccines. When such proteins are injected, they enter the bloodstream without first having been acted on by digestive juices, causing sensitivity, or allergy – or vulnerability. Eating the respective food, or receiving a subsequent shot of the same vaccine, can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic, or allergic, reaction.

  13. I did a nurse residency in one of the largest NICUs in the country. their policy was that all babies had to remain in the NICU and on a cardiac and oxygen saturation monitor for a minimum of 24 hours after they received vaccines. Why?….according to several RNs that had worked there 20+ years….the incidence of SIDSin those babies was elevated after vaccination.

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