Has Marjorie Taylor Greene Falsely Claimed That CDC Doesn’t Recommend 4 Polio Injections?

Rule number one: Before making a claim about what the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said, make sure to check the relevant CDC website first. Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House on March 17, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) claimed that Anthony Fauci, MD, is “recommending a fourth Covid vaccine shot.” Then she said, ‘I don’t know about you, but many of us were vaccinated as children. — we had our polio, our MMR — and I’ve never seen the CDC come out and say, ‘Oh you gotta get your second polio shot, you gotta get your third, you gotta get your fourth.’” adds, “And this can go on like this. I think the question we all need to ask is when will it stop and when will there be enough vaccines,” as you can see in the video accompanying the following tweet:

OK, first off, Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), hasn’t yet recommended a fourth Covid-19 vaccination for everyone. Currently, the CDC guidelines say that “People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a total of 4 doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccine to stay informed.” At this time, it is not clear who else should receive a second booster or a fourth dose of the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine and when. More studies and data are needed to make that decision. Scientists will have to continue to monitor people to see how immunity can wane over time. And unless you have access to the quantum realm or a time machine made from a DeLorean, that will take time. Ultimately, such studies will help the CDC determine how to handle Covid-19 vaccination and boosters in the long term. Of course, scientists and public health officials will want to strike a balance between protecting people as much as possible and establishing a reasonable and feasible vaccination schedule.

Second, if you want to see what the CDC is saying, there’s such a thing as the Internet with things like cat videos and websites. As Seth Trueger MD, MPH, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, noted in response to the above tweet, the CDC actually recommends four doses of the polio vaccine. You see this when you or your employees use a smartphone or a laptop.

Here’s what the CDC specifically says on its website: “The CDC recommends that children receive four doses of polio vaccine. They should receive one dose at each of the following ages: 2 months old, 4 months old, 6 to 18 months old, and 4 to 6 years old.” Now, the CDC website did not specifically say that “you should get your second polio shot.” you must get your third, you must get your fourth.” That may be because Graaf von Graaf from the children’s program on TV Sesame Street probably didn’t write the copy for the CDC website. But recommending four doses and the timing of when you should get them, as the CDC did, is close enough to actually count to four.

In fact, polio vaccination isn’t the only vaccination that is typically given in multiple doses, as you can see in the CDC childhood and adolescent vaccination schedule. For example, the CDC recommends that as a child, you get your diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) shot, you get your second DTaP shot, you get your third DTaP shot, you get your fourth DTaP shot, and you receive your fifth DTaP injection for a total of five doses. The pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) series comes in one, two, three, four, four doses in total. And of course you have to get a new vaccination against the flu every year. So over the course of four years you can get one flu shot, you can get two flu shots… well, you get the picture. Bottom line, or rather arm line, it wouldn’t be unusual for the Covid-19 vaccine to be a multiple-injection situation.

If you’re still wondering if you’re getting multiple doses of a particular vaccine, check your own childhood vaccination records. Assuming Taylor Greene grew up in the US and not on Mars, she’s probably already received multiple doses of different vaccines.

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