Sarah Carrasco never thought twice about vaccines. She and her husband, who married while still in college, were delighted with their brown-haired brown-eyed baby. At the one-year check-up David already knew most of the alphabet and could say five words: “Mom,” “Dad,” “Brober,” (the happy couple was talking about having another baby), “Hi,” and “Bye.”
Sarah remembers the pediatrician predicting her son would be a genius.
But after David had the one-year round of shots, he spiked a 103 fever, arched his back as if in pain, passed mucous-filled green diarrhea, and could not stop crying.
Baby David was so sick that Sarah brought him back to the pediatrician two days later and several times after that. As documented in his voluminous medical file, her son was having eight to ten bouts of diarrhea a day and lost his ability to speak.
A week after the vaccine visit, he also stopped making eye contact.
The doctor reassured Sarah there was nothing to worry about.