A graphic shared on Facebook in South Africa shows an image of a preteen child with large bunches of hypodermic needles sticking into their arms and stomach.
“This is a visual of the EXACT NUMBER OF VACCINES that a BABY BORN IN 2019 WILL RECEIVE,” the text reads.
“TELL ME IF YOU THINK THIS IS NORMAL??? Our children, grandchildren & great grandchildren are being poisoned. We MUST EXPOSE THIS.”
There are around 100 needles in the graphic. Does it show the “exact number” of vaccines a baby born in 2019 would be given?
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“Many people think diabetes can be controlled with sugar. She wishes it was true,” the poster’s text reads. “The sad truth is that the only way a child can control diabetes is by injecting insulin at least twice a day.”
How many vaccines will a baby get?
But will a baby still get around 100 vaccines, as the Facebook graphic suggests?
According to the South African department of health’s childhood immunisation schedule for 2016, a baby should get 13 vaccines in their first 12 months of life. Nine of these are by injection, and four are given in drops or liquid by mouth.
Children then need three follow-up immunisations – at 18 months, six years and 12 years – all three by injection.
The total is 16 childhood vaccinations, 12 of them by injection. – Taryn Willows and Mary Alexander
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