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Seven children died after a vaccination campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Four children in Charsadda and three in Peshiwar lost their lives after they were immunized with measles vaccine.
See the full story here: http://www.newspakistan.pk/2014/06/02/7-children-died-measles-vaccination-pakistan/
Dr. Gregory Poland, a top pro-vaccine scientist says that MMR simply isn't working and it has caused the re-emergence of measles in developed countries. Despite being a patent holder for various vaccines and on the committees of pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Poland says a large number of people affected in epidemics had already been vaccinated and that many had had two doses. In Canada, over 50% of the individuals with measles had had both the recommended doses.
See full article here: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/01/lawrence-solomon-vaccines-cant-prevent-measles-outbreaks/
A real discussion of vaccines on American mainstream television:
500 children vaccinated with new meningitis vaccine in Chad, Africa. 40 paralysed in hospital. Media blackout, only one French newspaper report. Bad google translate copy. Sorry, if anyone is French and wants to translate, please email us.
The past week Chadian sites have relayed post-vaccination in the population of Guro in Western Ennedi accident. That grows to minister to Nahor and his team Ngaourang export at the place of via Faya . They are being explored this situation.
It should be recalled children were evacuated That 30 Faya to have on presented headache, Insomnia , seizures , hallucinations of fever etc ... After administration of anti- meningo vaccine against meningitis A Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A due to .
These symptoms are known in medical literature and from experience of vaccination. In a vaccination campaign against meningitis reported the pair Oberserver a London newspaper , in 2000 , 13,600 cases of negative reactions were observed in Vaccines em . There was even meningitis caused by these vaccines in subjects free from contact while the disease.
Moreover vaccinators and supervisors meet Chadian no precautions vaccines and the conservation of the prohibitions of mixed vaccines That em in the administration, in combination or in an even two different vaccine syringe or administering vaccines in two in a same website .
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The responsible of the program of vaccination Chad neglect astray or all campaigns in remote areas as you Kanem , I BET or eastern Chad . Either they do not reach the target they either put gold means gold will go properly vaccinate these remote populations . The lack dedication .
In many vaccinators from Kanem is camping in the bush and fill plugs , bury vaccines and with returning capiale invent the 110% figures and more , without having any kid vaccinated .
Generally the BET account the scattering of towns and villages , the state of bumpy roads, to impart very short time , They have supervisors and vaccinators semblance do is share vaccinated and other related emoluments per diems and countryside in which billions each year are Investis .
The incident of Guro calls em authorities of the country for a prize of conscience and responsibility for the clean up the DVR or termite swarm of limits , cockroaches and vultures on which you enrich graves fellow em we decimated by diseases avoidable well and vaccinations conscieusrment pipes.
Expert in tropical diseases
Researcher in vaccinology mass
N'Djamena - Chad .
A male overrepresentation was observed regarding the total number of reports. The most frequently reported group of drugs were vaccines (42.15%). Skin rash and fever were the commonest symptoms reported in the total pediatric dataset. The proportion of children that suffered from a serious ADR was 2.16% and that for drug related deaths was 0.34%. And we found that the multiple drug exposure experienced a high proportion of serious ADRs compared with the single drug use (χ2=15.99, P<0.0001). Sixty-five percent of ADRs were for children less than 6 years of age. And more than half of reports were from doctors.
Based on an animal model, the study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and published November 25, 2013, in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that acellular pertussis vaccines licensed by the FDA are effective in preventing the disease among those vaccinated, but suggests that they may not prevent infection from the bacteria that causes whooping cough in those vaccinated or its spread to other people, including those who may not be vaccinated.
Full announcement here: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm376937.htm
Ten percent of pediatricians say they have seriously considered no longer providing vaccines due to concerns about their cost, according to results from a 2011 survey.
If a pediatrician does decide to stop offering vaccines, parents will have to take their children elsewhere to get shots. Lindley stressed that the survey did not address whether doctors had actually discontinued the vaccines, only if they had considered it.
As of 2012, complete vaccinations through age 18 for one child cost about $2,500, the authors write. Vaccines are given during up to 35 separate appointments.
Private pediatric practices purchase these vaccines and are reimbursed in two ways, once for the vaccine itself and once for administration, by either private insurance or public insurance like Medicaid. The amount doctors pay to buy vaccines and the amount they are reimbursed can vary a great deal, the authors note.
On average, Medicaid pays doctors $9.45 for vaccine administration, compared to $16.62 for private insurance companies. With private insurers, doctors can negotiate higher reimbursements.
Doctors who were most dissatisfied with insurance payments were often the same ones who had considered ending their vaccine programs.
Source: Reuters, 26 February 2014 - http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/26/us-some-pediatricians-idUSBREA1P1XL20140226
Despite doctors diagnosing hundreds of people with measles and journalists pronouncing there's a 'deadly' measles epidemic (caused by Andrew Wakefield, of course), only a handful of cases have actually been confirmed by a lab as being the measles virus.
See this NHS Wales document on confirmed cases of measles (scroll down to page 18):
This is markedly different from the hundreds of measles cases reported (scroll down to page 4):
This means that most reported cases of measles are not actually measles. They have been mis-diagnosed by the doctors, possibly by some in a bid to encourage higher uptake of MMR.
The medical profession are blaming the parents of teenagers who did not have their MMR jabs when Andrew Wakefield's 1998 case series on MMR, autism and bowel disease was published.
However, another document from the NHS shows that the highest number of reported cases (not confirmed) was largest in the 1-4 year old group, the age at which most children are having their MMR jabs.
The coverage rate for the first dose of MMR in Wales is 94.3% and for the second dose it is 89.9%
An MMR programme for 16 year olds also had an uptake rate of 91%, so the few confirmed cases of measles wouldn't appear to have anything to do with apathy about vaccination or about the MMR/autism controversy (indeed, rates have increased since 1998).
It is a shame that parents will never know the vaccine status of those who were confirmed to have measles, but I suspect some of them may have already been vaccinated.
Commentary by Joanna, Founder VAN UK.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health instructed health centers across the country to suspend the use of Quinvaxem vaccine until the World Health Organization reports its final investigation conclusions, local media reported on Thursday.
The ministry released the instruction after local media reported that since November 2012, nine children died after receiving Quinvaxem vaccinations.
The vaccine, administered to children, is a preventative inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) , hepatitis B and H. and influenza Type B.
Quinvaxem is manufactured by the Berna Biotech Korea Corporation and was licensed for use in Vietnam's national expanded immunization program sponsored by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
According to the ministry, since June 2010, Vietnam has imported 16.2 million doses of Quinvaxem, 15.2 million doses of which have already been distributed, state-run Voice of Vietnam reported on its website.
The World Health Organization has sent experts to Vietnam to investigate the alleged serious side-effects of Quinvaxem, a 5-in- 1 vaccine for children, following some suspected deaths in the country, according to the report.
Batches of Quinvaxem have also been sent to the United Kingdom for further testing.
Polio vaccinators murdered by men on motorbikes.
Citizens of India and Africa are sometimes forced at gunpoint to be vaccinated, leading some to resort to desperate measures. Governments blame it all on religion, which is an excellent way to detract from the issues.
For full story see Joanna's article:
'CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices routinely recommend that annual influenza vaccination efforts continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating (1). Persons aged ≥6 months who have not yet been vaccinated this season should be vaccinated. However, these early VE estimates underscore that some vaccinated persons will become infected with influenza; therefore, antiviral medications should be used as recommended for treatment in patients, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, these results highlight the importance of continued efforts to develop more effective vaccines.'
Source: CDC MMWR January 18, 2013 / 62(02);32-35.
The US vaccine court has determined that multiple vaccines including MMR caused encephalitis, asthma and autism in Ryan Mojabi:
'Petitioners alleged that as a result of “all the vaccinations administered to [Ryan] from March 25, 2003, through February 22, 2005, and more specifically, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations administered to him on December 19, 2003 and May 10, 2004,” Ryan suffered “a severe and debilitating injury to his brain, described as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).” Petition at 1. Petitioners specifically asserted that Ryan “suffered a Vaccine Table Injury, namely, an encephalopathy” as a result of his receipt of the MMR vaccination on December 19, 2003. Id. In the alternative, petitioners asserted that “as a cumulative result of his receipt of each and every vaccination between March 25, 2003 and February 22, 2005, Ryan has suffered . . . neuroimmunologically mediated dysfunctions in the form of asthma and ASD.
On June 9, 2011, respondent filed a supplemental report pursuant to Vaccine Rule 4(c) stating it was respondent’s view that Ryan suffered a Table injury under the Vaccine Act – namely, an encephalitis within five to fifteen days following receipt of the December 19, 2003 MMR vaccine....
Based on the record as a whole, the undersigned finds that the Proffer is reasonable and appropriate and that petitioners are entitled to an award as stated in the Proffer.'
The full court paper can be found here: http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/CAMPBELL-SMITH.MOJABI-PROFFER.12.13.2012.pdf
See this court document for details of her compensation payout:
See this link for the full congress meeting on autism, mercury and vaccines:
Abstract: Autism is a condition characterized by impaired cognitive and social skills, associated with compromised immune function. The incidence is alarmingly on the rise, and environmental factors are increasingly suspected to play a role. This paper investigates word frequency patterns in the U.S. CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database. Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autism and the aluminum in vaccines. A literature review showing toxicity of aluminum in human physiology offers further support. Mentions of autism in VAERS increased steadily at the end of the last century, during a period when mercury was being phased out, while aluminum adjuvant burden was being increased. Using standard log-likelihood ratio techniques, we identify several signs and symptoms that are significantly more prevalent in vaccine reports after 2000, including cellulitis, seizure, depression, fatigue, pain and death, which are also significantly associated with aluminum-containing vaccines. We propose that children with the autism diagnosis are especially vulnerable to toxic metals such as aluminum and mercury due to insufficient serum sulfate and glutathione. A strong correlation between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is also observed, which may be partially explained via an increased sensitivity to acetaminophen administered to control fever.
Mercury (Hg) exposure is ubiquitous in modern society via vaccines, fish/crustacea, dental amalgam, food, water, and the atmosphere. This article examines Hg exposure in the context of primary exposure to pregnant women and secondary exposure experienced by their unborn babies. Babies in utero are particularly at risk of higher Hg exposure than adults (on a dose/weight basis through maternal Hg transfer via the placenta), and are more susceptible to adverse effects from mercury and its biologically active compounds. It is, therefore, critical that regulatory advisories around maximum safe Hg exposures account for pregnant women and secondary exposure that children in utero experience. This study focused on standardized embryonic and fetal Hg exposures via primary exposure to the pregnant mother of two common Hg sources (dietary fish and parenteral vaccines). Data demonstrated that Hg exposures, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy, at well-established dose/weight ratios produced severe damage to humans including death. In light of research suggestive of a mercuric risk factor for childhood conditions such as tic disorders, cerebral palsy, and autism, it is essential that Hg advisories account for secondary prenatal human exposures.
Source: Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Volume 94, issue 8, 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02772248.2012.724574
To listen to the show, go here: http://www.spreaker.com/user/thebenfellowsradioshow/vaccine_awareness_what_you_must_know
Nurses who have been vaccinated for influenza should not be branded with a sticker to prove it, says the B.C. Nurses' Union says.
The union is challenging controversial regulations announced last week.
Union members met with the Health Employers Association of B.C. on Monday to discuss the new rules, which require frontline health-care staff to be vaccinated against the flu or wear a mask when treating patients.
Both the employers and the union agree that a higher rate of vaccinated workers would improve patient health and reduce influenza deaths, but the BCNU opposes the use of stickers to differentiate between those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
"We'd prefer that health-care workers don't have to wear information about their personal health history on their chest when at work," said Margaret Dhillon, BCNU executive councillor.
MORE than 220 children and teenagers must undergo a new set of childhood vaccinations after it emerged the original jabs they received were not properly administered.
The error, which involved a number of vaccines and dates back to the late 1990s, may have left them without full protection against potentially serious diseases such as meningitis.
The 220 families, who were patients of the GP practice in Newcastle in west Dublin, were notified of the error by the Health Service Executive (HSE).
A HSE spokeswoman said: "The vaccines have not been prepared correctly and they may not have been effective."
She stressed that there are "no known safety issues" with the original vaccines.
The vaccines were given at one GP's surgery and the situation only came to light after a query by one of the children's parents. The HSE did not name the doctor involved or the location of his practice.
However, it is understood the doctor named in the letter received by parents is Dr Derek Graham, a GP in Newcastle. When contacted by the Irish Independent yesterday evening, a family member said Dr Graham would not be commenting.
Children receive a range of vaccines at different stages to protect against meningitis, mumps, whooping cough, pneumococcal disease, polio, German measles and tetanus.
The drug companies which make the vaccines have set out a series of stages which must be followed to ensure their effectiveness. They said they can only stand over vaccines which have been administered within the terms of the licence.
Examples of vaccine antibodies waning are here:
Whooping cough vaccine only 'lasts' 3 years: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/study-whooping-cough-vaccination-fades-in-years/article_a6689308-e30d-11e0-910c-001cc4c002e0.html
MMR only lasts 5 to 6 years: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8578850
Meningitis C vaccine only lasts 2 years and is not effective in children under 2 years old: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=193450
Background: Despite widespread vaccination against Bordetella pertussis, disease remains prevalent. Acellular Pertussis vaccine may be less effective or durable than previously believed. Its clinical efficacy has yet to be evaluated in North America. At the epicenter of the largest outbreak in decades, we examined pertussis incidence and vaccine efficacy in a well-defined, vaccinated community. Methods: We reviewed 171 patients with a positive PCR for B. pertussis from March 1 to October 31, 2010 for demographics and vaccination status. Results: We found 132 cases of clinical pertussis in patients age <19, with peak incidence in ages 8-14. Testing rate peaked in infants, but remained nearly constant in other ages. The case rate markedly increased after age 7, peaking at age 12 and appeared to correlate to an increased interval since vaccination. Unvaccinated children accounted for very few cases. Conclusions: The 2010 pertussis outbreak was an excellent natural experiment to assess the American acellular pertussis vaccine. In a well-defined population with excellent ascertainment, minimized selection bias and known vaccination status, acellular boosters appear to be ineffective after 3 years. The sustaining population of the outbreak was fully immunized by national guidelines but more than 2.5 years since their last booster. Acellular pertussis boosters are effective but less durable than previously thought. Vaccine guidelines and pertussis control measures need to be reconsidered.
Source: M. A. Witt - Res. Assistant, P. H. Katz, MD, MPH - Senior Pediatrician, D. J. Witt, MD - Chief, Infectious Diseases;
Kaiser Permanente Med. Ctr., San Rafael, CA. - http://www.abstractsonline.com/Plan/ViewAbstract.aspx?mID=2789&cKey=223c57e0-0217-4327-aa94-9677ed5ea4c4&sKey=4451459e-9f2b-4cb4-af74-27104aa3d756
For infectious diseases where immunization can offer lifelong protection, a variety of simple models can be used to explain the utility of vaccination as a control method. However, for many diseases, immunity wanes over time and is subsequently enhanced (boosted) by asymptomatic encounters with the infection. The study of this type of epidemiological process requires a model formulation that can capture both the within-host dynamics of the pathogen and immune system as well as the associated population-level transmission dynamics. Here, we parametrize such a model for measles and show how vaccination can have a range of unexpected consequences as it reduces the natural boosting of immunity as well as reducing the number of naive susceptibles. In particular, we show that moderate waning times (40-80 years) and high levels of vaccination (greater than 70%) can induce large-scale oscillations with substantial numbers of symptomatic cases being generated at the peak. In addition, we predict that, after a long disease-free period, the introduction of infection will lead to far larger epidemics than that predicted by standard models. These results have clear implications for the long-term success of any vaccination campaign and highlight the need for a sound understanding of the immunological mechanisms of immunity and vaccination.
Source: Proc Biol Sci. 2009 Jun 7;276(1664):2071-80. Epub 2009 Mar 4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19324753
3 year old Chace Topperwein has sadly lost his fight for life.
He was wrongly injected with Gardasil vaccine as a 6 week old baby, instead of the meningitis vaccine. He later developed leukaemia that his parents believe was connected to the Gardasil vaccine.
He died last month, June 2012.
RIP, chace. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.
Providence Hospital officials say one of their own workers may have exposed hundreds of people to whooping cough, and now they're notifying employees and patients to get help immediately.
Providence Regional Medical Center has been ground zero for the treatment of pertussis, or whooping cough. But this week it became ground zero for a new potential outbreak.
Doctor Ahmet Tural is the head of infectious disease at the hospital. He said a hospital employee went to the staff clinic last week complaining of a nasty cough. He was sent home as a precaution, and on Monday his test results came back positive for whooping cough.
"He probably had it for about two weeks or slightly more, perhaps," Tural said.
That means the employee had two weeks of direct contact with patients and fellow employees at the hospital. Officials believe at least 53 employees have been exposed to the illness, but that number could end up being more than 300 after factoring in patients and visitors.
The hospital has been proactive.
"If they had direct exposure, then we automatically require them to be put on antibiotics," said Providence official Teresa Wenta.
The worker in question thought he had been proactive, too. He was vaccinated against pertussis, but it wasn't effective.
Tural said sometimes the vaccination just doesn't work.
"In 20, 25, 30 percent of the cases it may not be fully protective," he said.
Source: Komo News, 4th July 2012. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/161381365.html
Since mid-2011, a substantial rise in pertussis cases has been reported in the state of Washington. In response to this increase, the Washington State Secretary of Health declared a pertussis epidemic on April 3, 2012. By June 16, the reported number of cases in Washington in 2012 had reached 2,520 (37.5 cases per 100,000 residents), a 1,300% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and the highest number of cases reported in any year since 1942. To assess clinical, epidemiologic, and laboratory factors associated with this increase, all pertussis cases reported during January 1–June 16, 2012, were reviewed. Consistent with national trends, high rates of pertussis were observed among infants aged <1 year and children aged 10 years. However, the incidence in adolescents aged 13–14 years also was increased, despite high rates of vaccination with tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, suggesting early waning of immunity. The focus of prevention and control efforts is the protection of infants and others at greatest risk for severe disease and improving vaccination coverage in adolescents and adults, especially those who are pregnant. Pertussis vaccination remains the single most effective strategy for prevention of infection.
The vaccination status of patients was determined by review of medical records and by patient or parent report. Vaccination was considered up-to-date if the minimum number of doses by age had been received, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (2). Patients with invalid dose dates (e.g., date of dose preceding date of birth) were excluded from the vaccination status analysis. Individual doses were excluded if administered <14 days before symptom onset.
Valid vaccination history was available for 1,829 of 2,006 (91.2%) patients aged 3 months–19 years. Overall, 758 of 1,000 (75.8%) patients aged 3 months–10 years were up-to-date with the childhood diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) doses. Receipt of Tdap was documented in 97 of 225 (43.1%) patients aged 11–12 years and in 466 of 604 (77.2%) patients aged 13–19 years. Estimated DTaP coverage in Washington among children aged 19–35 months was 93.2% for ≥3 doses and 81.9% for ≥4 doses in 2010; Tdap coverage in adolescents aged 13–17 years was estimated at 70.6% (3).
Source: MMWR, July 20, 2012 / 61(28);517-522. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6128a1.htm
This article is translated poorly by google translate:
For 24 years a child, who has now become a woman of 29, residing
in the valley of Susa, in Turin, is in a coma for the failure of a
physician who does not administer a drug after a compulsory
vaccination. Her mother, Antonella Scarpanti, who is now 46 years
old, could no longer work and was abandoned by her husband. Intent 'a
civil suit against the health authority, but after years on the court
of first instance ruled against. In recent days, however, the Court
of Appeal ordered the Piedmont Region, the successor to the dissolved
healthcare company, to compensate it with 1.8 million plus interest
and legal fees. "It's compensation records, never granted for reasons
like this - explain the legal pool that has assisted the woman during
these years - and a sentence that states the company's liability for
error of health practitioners, who in this case is deceased in the
The pediatrician - a second expert witness - not
administer 'of cortisone in the five days following vaccination and
after the onset of shock. The drug would prevent the entry into a
vegetative state after a diphtheria-tetanus which had been submitted
in the local health clinics in 1988, when she was five.
The girl's family lived in Bussoleno (Turin). Immediately after the
vaccination that had been made of the dissolved local health clinics
in 36, the girl had experienced high fever, leg pain, headache and
diarrhea. The doctor refused to administer drugs and the clinical
picture worsened until she entered the small vegetative state in which
she remains today. After the judgment, the mother is "on cloud nine,
but exhausted after 24 years of this life," says Antonella Scarpanti.
"I can not gloat after all I had to endure and suffer because they
dragged on for years, a situation that should be terminated
immediately. My child was very healthy and instead I had to live with
a brain-damaged. Now - ends - the compensation makes me more calm for the fact that if something happens to me, someone will be able to look after her. " This judgment - the lawyers say Renato Ambrosio, Stefano Bertone Marco Bona and the law firm and Commodus Ambrosio, who witnessed her mother - has restored dignity to the mother after years of suffering and economic problems. That process was a very difficult time for her and for us, but winning on appeal repay us for all their suffering. " The judgment makes the lawyers' quite satisfied in terms of the law, because, for the second time in Italy, recognized the principle that the healthcare organization meets the
error of the practitioner.
Economic standpoint we met only partially, because for example
established a compensation of only 5,000 per year for non-work
potential of a little girl when she grew up. " To pay the sum will be
subject to appeal to the Supreme Court, the Piedmont Region, "because - lawyers argue - after the disappearance of local health and training of local health services, the region is taking over 'all debts of the USL, including accumulated after their breakup. We hope
- concluded - that there is an action that would slip compensation
for other years: Our client is poor and has already made many
sacrifices over a long period in which was the sole support for her daughter. "
Source: La Stampa.it, 13th July 2012. http://www3.lastampa.it/torino/sezioni/cronaca/articolo/lstp/462317/
A court in the Chinese capital has upheld the sentencing of the father of a child sickened by a tainted tuberculosis vaccine to five months in labour camp after he repeatedly campaigned for public acknowledgement of the problem.
The Beijing Intermediate People's Court upheld the sentence of five months' "re-education through labour" handed to parent activist Yang Yukui on Tuesday, during a brief closed-doors session with no trial, his wife said.
The couple's five-year-old son Yang Xinhao has been in and out of hospital ever since being given a bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination shortly after birth, they say.
"There was no trial, just a sentence," said Yang's wife, Zhou Suying, who attended the sentencing. "The original sentence of five months was upheld [on appeal]."
Yang's detention came during one of several trips to the Beijing Children's Hospital to try to persuade staff to address his son's problem after the child developed strange swellings across his body following a BCG vaccination for tuberculosis.
Yang Xinhao experienced widespread swelling of his lymph nodes following the jab, according to his parents.
The problem appears to be commonly reported in China.
Source: Healthcare Today, 2nd September 2011. Full article here:http://www.healthcare-today.co.uk/news/labour-camp-for-vaccine-dad/19604/
At nine months old, Valentino Bocca was as bright as a button. In a favourite family photo, taken by his father, the baby boy wriggles in his mother’s arms and laughs for the camera.
His parents look at the precious picture often these days. It is a reminder of their only son before they took him on a sunny morning to the local public health clinic for a routine childhood vaccination.
Valentino was never the same child after the jab in his arm. He developed autism and, in a landmark judgment, a judge has ruled that his devastating disability was provoked by the inoculation against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
My name is Sean Niemi and until April 2nd, 2012 I was a Combat Medic with the United States Army. I served Honorably and Proudly for almost 7 years through 27 months worth of 2 Combat deployments. Iraq in 2006-2007 and Afghanistan in 2009.
The end of my Military career came almost a year and a half earlier than I expected. I was preparing for an upcoming Combat Deployment (would have been my 3rd such deployment) when I decided that I was going to exercise my right to choose to not be vaccinated in accordance with current Army regulations. I had been wrestling with the decision for years at that point and decided that it was time to speak up and submit my Religious Exemption request.
Almost immediately, I was told that no such exemption existed and that I was in violation of Army regulations regarding deployment readiness. I was told to take some time to research my options and come back with a decision as to what I wanted to do after the Christmas Holiday block leave time. I took that time to locate the exact Army Regulation that dealt with such exemption requests. AR 40-562 entitled “Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis” stated that I did, indeed have the right to request exemption from immunizations, vaccines and any other medical treatment that ran counter to my religious beliefs.
When I presented this evidence to my Chain of Command, I was told that it didn’t apply due to the upcoming deployment.
From that point on, I was regularly ridiculed, spoken down to, passed over for promotions and awards and, on at least one occasion, threatened with violence to myself and another fellow medic. The threat took the form of my superior saying that he wished he could take myself and the other medic, lock us in a wall-locker and throw in a live grenade with the pin pulled. I understand frustration and that he has stated after the fact that he was just “blowing off steam” and it was “just a joke”, but, fratricide is nothing to be taken lightly or joked about. It was this type of toxic leadership that I believe permeated the Unit and was the driving influence in his decision to reject my exemption request and subsequently order me to get all necessary vaccines and immunizations required for deployment (which, incidentally, consisted of an influenza mist inhaler and a yearly Anthrax booster shot). When I respectfully refused that order due to the fact that I firmly believed it to be an unlawful and immoral order that undermined my Constitutionally protected religious rights I was informed that I would be facing UCMJ punishment effective immediately (which could consist of as much as 1 year in Military Prison, Dishonorable Discharge and a Felony Conviction on my record).
I have endured distrust, name-calling, ridicule, career assassination, the threat of a possible felony conviction with 1 year of Military prison time, unimaginable stress put upon my family and on at least one occasion… death threats.
I decided that I would not give up my fight for my personal rights. After more than 1 year of Court Martial proceedings, multiple depositions, and countless motions submitted by the Military Prosecutors and my Defense team I was finally Honorably discharged with most of my Veteran’s benefits intact on the grounds that the US Army could not accommodate my religious practices and as such I did not meet the needs of the Army.
To see the full story and send a message of support to Sean, please see his blog: http://vaccinebattles.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/my-battle-against-vaccines-so-far/comment-page-1/#comment-12
FDA plans warning label for drugs produced with albumin
The FDA is proposing a warning to cover the “extremely remote risk” of viral disease spreading from drugs manufactured using albumin.
Administrators at the Austin Community College (ACC) admit that some 10,000 students have refused to enroll at ACC because of their vaccination requirements. Meanwhile, a Washington State rock band named The Refusers is storming Youtube with their latest hit "First do no harm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9y4Pq7lXAw
Vaccine refusal is a basic human right that has been often challenged by the pro-vaccine "authorities" from the local well-meaning pediatrician to the government officials all the way down to the school administrators. Even though no school or other agency can force anyone to take a vaccination, policies are written to give the distinct impression that the inoculations are compulsory. Any school administrator who says a student will be refused enrollment without a vaccine is lying.
Enrollment at ACC has declined 15 percent since January, cancelling some 500 classes. When asked why, a huge number of the students are citing the institution's aggressive vaccination policy as their reason to drop out. A similar pattern of this anti vaccine revolt is being seen across the country.
In a better world, vaccine mandates wouldnt be necessary. Parents would educate themselves about the diseases that vaccines prevent and learn that measles causes pneumonia and brain damage, mumps causes deafness and sterility, rubella causes severe birth defects, pertussis causes suffocation, and human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical, oropharyngeal, and anal cancers. They would learn about the remarkable safety and effectiveness of vaccines. And they would learn that although vaccines are not free of risk, their benefits clearly outweigh their risks. Mostly, they would learn that vaccines stand on a mountain of scientific evidence. Well informed: the choice to vaccinate their children would be an easy one.
Unfortunately, we dont live in that world. In our world, science based information is often obscured by false and misleading claims readily available in newspaper and magazine articles, on radio and television
Source: BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2434 (Published 15 May 2012)
Basic google translation from Italian:
This judgment No. 2010/148, part No. 2010/0474, journal.n ° 2012/886, gave the appeal lodged by parents against the Department of Health, who demanded the payment of compensation for irreversible complications caused by a vaccine.
Le vaccin en question est le ROR . The vaccine is MMR. Selon les parents, en fait, les symptômes de l'autisme de leur fils sont vraiment apparus à la suite de l'inoculation. According to parents, in fact, symptoms of autism in their son did appear after inoculation.
Et vraiment le jour même, comme lu dans le jugement . And really the same day, as read in the judgment . Au retour du dispensaire de Riccione, le 26 mars 2004, l'enfant a commencé à manifester des symptômes préoccupants (diarrhée et nervosité) puis entre 2004 et 2005 sont survenus des signes de grave détresse psycho-physique jusqu'à la reconnaissance, le 7 août 2007, de l'invalidité totale et permanente à 100%. Return to the clinic in Riccione, March 26, 2004, the child began to show troubling symptoms (diarrhea and nervousness) and then between 2004 and 2005 occurred signs of severe psychological distress to physical recognition, 7 August 2007, the total and permanent disability to 100%.
That it was told the vaccination, the specialist Niglio had already stated in June 2008 and the confirmation came a year later by the specialist Montanari. Le lien, selon le jugement est donc « établi ». Jusqu'à condamner le ministère de la Santé à payer une indemnité . The link, in the judgment is "established." Up condemn the Ministry of Health to pay compensation.
Le jugement a provoqué une « grande confusion » entre les experts du Conseil Scientifique du Calendrier Vaccinal pour la Vie, qui rassemble des personnalités de hauts rangs de l'Hygiène et de la Santé Publique, de la Médecine Générale, de la Pédiatrie régionale-hospitalière et universitaire chapeautant la Société Italienne de l'Hygiène, de la Médecine Préventive et de la Santé Publique (SItI), la Fédération Italienne des Médecins de Médecine Générale (Fimmg), la Fédération Italienne des Médecins Pédiatres (Fimp) et la Société Italienne de Pédiatrie (Sip). The judgment has caused "great confusion" between the experts of the Scientific Council of the immunization schedule for Life, which brings together people with high ranks of Hygiene and Public Health, General Practice, the Regional Pediatric Hospital- university umbrella and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (ITIS), the Italian Federation of General Practice Doctors (Fimmg), the Italian Federation of Paediatricians Doctors (FIMP) and the Italian Society of Pediatrics (Sip)..........
Finally, to prevent this negative judgment set a precedent on professional dynamics, the Council hopes that the Ministry of Health, as an advocate in the case which led to the controversial judgment of first instance, will appeal to the Court of Bologna. A cette fin, les membres du Conseil se rendent « disponibles à aider le bureau du Procureur Général à fournir conseils et littératures scientifiques valables pour souligner en particulier l'incapacité de cette vaccination spécifique à créer des antécédents provocant l'autisme». To this end, Council members will make "available to assist the Attorney General's office to provide advice and valid scientific literature to highlight in particular the failure of this specific vaccination to create provocative history of autism."
VAN UK is beginning a campaign to take vaccination out of schools. We are aware that children are being bullied into accepting vaccination against their wishes or that of their parents and are in the process of writing several letters on the subject that parents and children can adapt to their own circumstances and send to their school district to help put vaccination back into the doctor's surgery where it belongs. See here for the first example letter you can use to send to your school, local council, MP or congress person.
A new study turns the well established theory that antibodies are required for antiviral immunity upside down and reveals that an unexpected partnership between the specific and non-specific divisions of the immune system is critical for fighting some types of viral infections. The research, published online in the journal Immunity by Cell Press, may lead to a new understanding of the best way to help protect those exposed to potentially lethal viruses, such as the rabies virus.
Source: Medical News Today, 3rd March 2012. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242403.php
How safe are vaccines? Health officials caution that no vaccine is 100% safe, but they sponsor studies that conclude the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. Yet conflicts of interest (COls) cloud the study of adverse effects of
vaccines, and public skepticism about vaccine safety information is widespread(ASTHO, 2010). Investigation into the possible link between childhood vaccines and autism provides an illustration of the competing interests that sponsors of vaccine safety research face that could affect their objectivity in choosing
which studies to support. Much research is sponsored by vaccine manufacturers
and public health bodies, who have financial and bureaucratic interests that could impede the objective study of vaccine safety.
Source: Accountability in Research. 19:65-88. 2012.
Full Article here:
A group of small children lined up in a colourful room of a private school on Wednesday morning and waited for a burqa-clad woman to force red polio drops down their throats. This was part of the three-day anti-polio campaign, which ended on a bitter note as the administrative staff of private schools around the city complained about being harassed and subjected to aggressive behaviour.
Private schools were asked to cooperate with the government teams administering polio vaccinations to students under the age of five years or go to jail. We were harassed by the polio teams and were forced to let them administer drops to our students, said the principal of AMI Schools nursery branch, Nasira Faiz. We are not the parents of these students. We cannot give permission to these teams to administer polio drops.
Our schools are located in safe areas. How can people barge in with guns? There was no condition in the notice that if we dont attend, we would be arrested, said Rabea Minai, a teacher. We are against this aggressive attitude.
According to the deputy commissioner, under section 186 of the Pakistan Penal Code, they have the right to take the action and arrest those who disobeyed government orders.
Private schools say that they cant let the children get vaccinated without the parents consent, he said. We dont need the permission. It is the basic human right of every child under the age of five to get vaccinated.
Source: The Express Tribune, 2nd February 2012. http://tribune.com.pk/story/330598/as-govt-teams-come-knocking-schools-face-dilemma-of-permitting-polio-vaccinations/
The General Medical Council has admitted at the High Court that its reasons for finding the paediatric gastroenterologisto John Walker-Smith guilty of serious professional misconduct over a Lancet paper that sparked a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine may have been inadequate.
But the GMCs counsel, Joanna Glynn QC, told Mr Justice Mitting on the fourth day of a five day hearing: In spite of inadequate reasons, it is quite clear on overwhelming evidence that the charges are made out.
Source: BMJ 2012;344:e1244. http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1244
A cluster of suspected whooping cough cases in Colorado was actually most likely a "pseudo-outbreak," according to an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The cases, reported in the summer of 2009, seem to have been mistakenly diagnosed when patients' test samples became contaminated at one medical clinic. However, the CDC says, a cluster of whooping cough cases from the winter before likely was a true outbreak.
In the U.S., most children are immunized against whooping cough with the DTaP vaccine, which is given as a series of shots starting at the age of 2 months.
But cases still occur. According to the CDC, 27,550 cases were reported nationwide in 2010, with many more probably going unreported. There were also 27 deaths, nearly all in infants younger than one year.
Many of the suspected infections were also in people who'd been vaccinated.
People diagnosed in the summer were more likely to have only small amounts of pertussis DNA in their test samples -- which suggested the samples may have been contaminated.
Indeed, the CDC found pertussis DNA on surfaces at the clinic where most of the cases were seen. Of the sites the team swabbed -- from nurses' laptops to sinks to glove containers -- 61 percent had detectable pertussis DNA.
The researchers suspect that pertussis DNA from vaccines contaminated clinic surfaces, and then contaminated samples taken from patients to be sent to out for testing.
Source: Reuters Health, 18th January 2012. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-whooping-cough-idUSTRE80H1KO20120118
The New York Times has what sounds like a bombshell story on autism: The American Psychiatric Association is poised to narrow the definition of the disorder so far fewer people would be considered autistic. The kicker quote from the Yale author of an analysis on the subject: "The proposed changes would put an end to the autism epidemic. We would nip it in the budthink of it that way. (Another expert quoted thinks he's overstating the case.) If the changes go through, however, they could make it harder for people who fall short of the new qualifications to get treatment.
Source: http://www.newser.com/story/137877/no-more-epidemic-autism-definition-may-change.html and The New York Times, 19th January 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/health/research/new-autism-definition-would-exclude-many-study-suggests.html?_r=1&hp
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n seeking the neurologic substrate of the autistic syndrome of childhood, previous studies have implicated the medial temporal lobe or the ring of mesolimbic cortex located in the mesial frontal and temporal lobes. During an acute encephalopathic illness, a clinical picture developed in three children that was consistent with infantile autism. This development was reversible. It was differentiated from acquired epileptic aphasia, and the language disorder was differentiated from aphasia. One child had rises in serum herpes simplex titers, and a computerized tomographic (CT) scan revealed an extensive lesion of the temporal lobes, predominantly on the left. The other two, with similar clinical syndromes, had normal CT scans, and no etiologic agent was defined. These cases are examples of ah acquired and reversible autistic syndrome in childhood, emphasizing the clinical similarities to bilateral medial temporal lobe disease as described in man, including the Klüver-Bucy syndrome seen in postencephalitic as well as postsurgical states.
Source: Arch Neurol. 1981;38(3):191-194
Pink disease (infantile acrodynia) was especially prevalent in the first half of the 20th century. Primarily attributed to exposure to mercury (Hg) commonly found in teething powders, the condition was developed by approximately 1 in 500 exposed children. The differential risk factor was identified as an idiosyncratic sensitivity to Hg. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have also been postulated to be produced by Hg. Analogous to the pink disease experience, Hg exposure is widespread yet only a fraction of exposed children develop an ASD, suggesting sensitivity to Hg may also be present in children with an ASD. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that individuals with a known hypersensitivity to Hg (pink disease survivors) may be more likely to have descendants with an ASD. Five hundred and twenty-two participants who had previously been diagnosed with pink disease completed a survey on the health outcomes of their descendants. The prevalence rates of ASD and a variety of other clinical conditions diagnosed in childhood (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome) were compared to well-established general population prevalence rates. The results showed the prevalence rate of ASD among the grandchildren of pink disease survivors (1 in 25) to be significantly higher than the comparable general population prevalence rate (1 in 160). The results support the hypothesis that Hg sensitivity may be a heritable/genetic risk factor for ASD.
Source: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A
Volume 74, Issue 18, 2011
"In addition to the multidose vaccines containing thimerosal discussed above, some companies offer a 0.5 mg/L single dose, pre-filled syringe vaccine. Some of these products are labeled preservative- or thimerosal-free. Preservative-free products may contain trace amounts (less than or equal to 1 microgram/0.5 mL dose) because thimerosal was used during the manufacturing process. The term preservative- or thimerosal-free can be utilized if the manufacturer further purified the product, leaving only trace amounts (less than or equal to 1 microgram/0.5 mL) per dose. Even at this level, calculations indicate mercury would exceed the TCLP standard; therefore these vaccines, if deemed unusable, should be managed as hazardous waste as well."
Millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care and going into hospital is far riskier than flying, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
"If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country... your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300," Liam Donaldson, the WHO's newly appointed envoy for patient safety, told a news briefing.
This compared with a risk of dying in an air crash of about 1 in 10 million passengers, according to Donaldson, formerly England's chief medical officer.
131 children who fled during a measles vaccine campaign have been vaccinated by force and at gunpoint when they and their parents returned to the country:
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 yearthe most in the worldyet 33 nations have lower IMRs. Using linear regression, the immunization schedules of these 34 nations were examined and a correlation coefficient of r = 0.70 (p < 0.0001) was found between IMRs and the number of vaccine doses routinely given to infants. Nations were also grouped into five different vaccine dose ranges: 1214, 1517, 1820, 2123, and 2426. The mean IMRs of all nations within each group were then calculated. Linear regression analysis of unweighted mean IMRs showed a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates, with r = 0.992 (p = 0.0009). Using the Tukey-Kramer test, statistically significant differences in mean IMRs were found between nations giving 1214 vaccine doses and those giving 2123, and 2426 doses. A closer inspection of correlations between vaccine doses, biochemical or synergistic toxicity, and IMRs is essential.
Source: Hum Exp Toxicol May 4, 2011.
Parents whose children got flu shots at a clinic in Fort Collins are being told their children should be tested for blood borne illnesses after an employee at the clinic mistakenly re-used syringes of medicine.
Its serious enough that a physician at Med Peds Clinic says the medical assistant who was giving the flu vaccines was immediately fired after someone else in the office noticed that vaccine from the same plastic syringes was being given to two different children.
A letter to parents says the risk of a disease like hepatitis or HIV being transmitted is very low.
Elena Gjini is 11 months old and looks healthy as can be. But now her father, Orges Gjini, is worried sick after receiving the letter and a phone call from the Med Peds Clinic recommending that some of their youngest patients, including Elena, be tested.
At 11 months, being put at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, thats something no parent should have to hear, Orges said.
In the letter Med Peds says a medical assistant using prefilled syringes mistakenly gave children half a dose.
She then removed the needle (using sterile procedure), replaced it with a new, unused, sterile needle and placed the syringes into a box labeled second doses, the letter states.
The half-filled syringes were then used on some patients returning for their second flu vaccine. The clinic consulted state health officials and told parents we have been assured that the risk of your child acquiring any infectious disease is very low.
It says its a very low risk, but any risk is too much, Orges said.
We are extremely dismayed by these events and are very sorry for any trouble or distress this may cause you, the letter states.
There is no way of calming down a parent by just saying that the risk is really low, Orges said. Theyve placed a child at a grave risk to where she may have contracted HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, but the risk is very low so dont worry too much about it. It just doesnt work that way.
Now after getting her blood tested, Elenas father is waiting for the results.
Source: CBS Denver, 13th April 2011.
SafeMinds demands long-overdue independent review of vaccine/autism research for data manipulation and conflicts of interest. Vaccine safety remains questionable.
Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and increased rates of autism.
SafeMinds first voiced concerns in 2003 regarding a series of epidemiology studies out of Denmark and under the jurisdiction of Thorsen that provided the basis for the Institute of Medicine's claim that there was no association between thimerosal and autism. That claim has been responsible for the continued unsafe use of mercury in influenza vaccines in the United States and infant vaccines around the world.
For the full statement please see: www.safeminds.org
Source: CNBC, 14th April 2011.
The BMJ should have declared competing interests in relation to this editorial by Fiona Godlee and colleagues (BMJ 2011;342:c7452, doi:10.1136/bmj.c7452). The BMJ Group receives advertising and sponsorship revenue from vaccine manufacturers, and specifically from Merck and GSK, which both manufacture MMR vaccines. For further information see the rapid response from Godlee (www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d1335.full/reply#bmj_el_251470). The same omission also affected two related Editors Choice articles (BMJ 2011;342:d22 and BMJ 2011;342:d378).
Dr. Andrew Wakefield issued the following statement today on the recent British Medical Journal articles:
"The British Medical Journal and reporter Brian Deer recently alleged that my 1998 research paper was 'a hoax' and 'an elaborate fraud' and that my motivation was profit.
"I want to make one thing crystal clear for the record my research and the serious medical problems found in those children were not a hoax and there was no fraud whatsoever. Nor did I seek to profit from our findings.
"I stand by the Lancet paper's methodology and the results which call for more research into whether environmental triggers cause gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in children. In fact, despite media reports to the contrary, the results of my research have been duplicated in five other countries (to see citations to studies, visit http://tinyurl.com/4hrdt5y.)
"It is not unexpected to see poor reporting and misinformation coming from Brian Deer, the lead reporter of the recent BMJ coverage. But to see coverage in other media that cites Deer's shoddy journalism in the BMJ as a final justification to claim there is no link between vaccines and autism is ludicrous. The MMR is only one vaccine of the eleven vaccinations on the pediatric schedule that has been studied for causing developmental problems such as autism. That is fact, not opinion. Any medical professional, government official or journalist who states that the case is closed on whether vaccines cause autism is jumping to conclusions without the research to back it up.
"I continue to fully support more independent research to determine if environmental triggers, including vaccines, are causing autism and other developmental problems. The current rate of autism is 1 in 110 children in the United States and 1 in 64 children in the U.K. My goal has always been and will remain the health and safety of children. Since the Lancet paper, I have lost my job, my career and my country. To claim that my motivation was profit is patently untrue. I will not be deterred - this issue is far too important."
Source: PR Newswire, January 13th 2011.
It is most unfortunate to read the Andrew Wakefield episode, the physician being demonised for linking MMR vaccines with autism. In my opinion, he has erred on the side of caution, despite lack of appropriate scientific rigor, or accusations of fraud. A quick PubMed search shows that at least 500 articles relate vaccines with autism, with some suggesting that "U.S. male neonates vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine prior to 1999 (from vaccination record) had a threefold higher risk for parental report of autism diagnosis compared to boys not vaccinated as neonates during that same time period (Gallagher CM, Goodman MS.J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2010 Jan;73(24):1665-77). Other hypotheses suggest that the "combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism by damaging the intestinal lining, which allows the entrance of encephalopathic proteins; (2) thimerosal, an ethylmercury-containing preservative in some vaccines, is toxic to the central nervous system; and (3) the simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines overwhelms or weakens the immune system" (Gerber JS, Offit PA..Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Feb 15;48(4):456-61.Vaccines and autism: a tale of shifting hypotheses)In Canada, researchers estimated the prevalence of pervasive developmental disorder with respect to MMR vaccination in 27,749 children from 55 schools in Quebec (Fombonne E, Zakarian R, Bennett A, Meng L, McLean- Heywood D. Pervasive developmental disorders in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: prevalence and links with immunizations. Pediatrics. 2006;118:e139-50).
Although 20 epidemiologic studies have shown that neither thimerosal nor MMR vaccine causes autism, it is not clear if the vaccine is entirely safe if used in the wrong way (any controlled studies?). And Dr.Wakefield's publications might have only highlighted the pitfalls associated with abuse of MMR vaccines in particular and vaccines in general. He has erred but only on the side of caution given the myriad biotech and pharmaceutical products out there, not one of which is entirely safe and efficacious. After all, it is a question of risk-benefit analysis, and if in some cases the risk is overhyped or exaggerated, it should not be a cause for concern. It is something to be appreciated, instead, despite all the missed childhood vaccinations!
Competing interests: None declared
Source: BMJ Rapid Response, Medical Journalist Sridhar Nadamuni.
I have documented the epidemic of autism from 1992/1993 using the US Department of Education figures. Also I have found through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Social Security Administration that nationwide in the US, the numbers of adults/children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) collecting Social Security (SSI) benefits has skyrocketed from around 42,000+ in 2002 to 111,000+ in 2008.
In New Jersey, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities estimates nearly a quarter of 40,000 people it serves have autism as at least one of their diagnoses. Nationally, more than 250,000 students with autism were in schools in 2006-07, more than a 600 percent increase over a decade, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2007 National Survey of Child Health estimated that more than 680,000 children aged 2 to 17 have some form of autism -- a rate of 1 out of every 91 children.
In deed, I would think it would be more important to find out how the medical community could stop this epidemic by prevention and treat the children and adults that have regressive autism like our son. If it isn't done, all the denials about vaccines and autism will not stop this epidemic and it will be costly not only in economic terms but human terms.
Competing interests: Son who was born normal but regressed into autism after receiving the MMR vaccine based on home videotapes; and blood tests indicating elevated measles titer antibodies ten times above normal and testing positive for myelin basic protein antibodies.
Source: BMJ Rapid Response, by Raymond Gallup, parent of autistic child.
It can reasonably be assumed that some vaccines do cause damage to children or we would not have the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979.  The list of diseases to which this act applies includes measles and rubella as well as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
There does not appear to have been a consolidated paper that attempts to show how vaccines might cause brain damage by a review of the scientific literature except for the one that I have published on various web sites including scribd.  It has been published for open access. This paper looks at the causative factors mainly from the effects of the whooping cough vaccine (pertussis).
However, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program, promulgates that the risks from MMR vaccine can be permanent brain damage. 
Epidemiologists will probably say, and quite rightly, that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the occasional damage that is caused by some of them. The number of payments for vaccine damage in the UK is in excess of 1,000 and compared with the number of children who have benefitted, that number is miniscule bit not unimportant.
Over a thousand children will be living diminished lives as a result and their parents will be anguished that they were, in part, responsible for their child's disability.
For this lifetime of inequality and the loss of; normal education, a job and a life that contains the expectancies that most of us have envisaged and possibly achieved, the maximum award is, If you are severely disabled as a result of a vaccination, a one-off, tax-free payment of GBP120,000.
It is this shameful situation that ought to cause concern rather than a continuing denouncement of Wakefield. He may have got his understanding of the relationship between MMR and Autism wrong but that does not prove that there isn't one.
Source: BMJ Rapid Response, Alan Challoner, Retired, parent of vaccine damaged child.
I am a physician board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology who has specialized in autism for the last 13 years. I have trained hundreds of other physicians in the biomedical treatment of autism, and regularly mentor actively practicing physicians. I and other physicians with whom I work have had many children in our practices with history of Hep B vaccine at birth followed by regression into autism after the live triple MMR vaccine. Almost every patient with autism has some degree of gut disorder, and those with high rubeola antibody titers often have had the most intractable gut inflammation conditions in my practice.
I have never questioned Dr. Wakefield's association between MMR, autism and what is aptly named autistic enterocolitis and personally do not believe he has acted fraudulently. Along with hundreds of other physicians with waiting lists trying to help these suffering children I believe this uproar could be easily settled by a good study comparing autistic children who received Hep B at birth and then MMR with neurotypical children who have never been vaccinated (who are plentiful). Maybe a physician who has made millions off of vaccines and is a highly vocal vaccine proponent would propose/conduct such a study; it is obvious why vaccine makers would not like to do so.
Jaquelyn McCandless MD (author, "Children With Starving Brains, A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder."
Source: BMJ Rapid Response.
Until and unless we compare the vaccinated to the never vaccinated, we will never know if vaccines, whether in general or specifically, result in better health outcomes for those who are administered them.
And forget the argument that people who don't vaccinate might be different and that might affect the results: If the never-vaccinated are healthier than the vaccinated, wouldn't we want to know it? We could then go about trying to understand why.
The failure to do such studies speaks volumes.
As far as using the excuse that there are limitations and difficulties with conducting such studies, fine. Don't do them. But stop pretending you know that the benefits of vaccines (far) outweigh the risks.
Finally, the hue and cry over the Wakefield paper is so out of proportion to the alleged wrongdoings, one has to wonder who's behind it and why it is happening.
If those who are claiming such egregious flaws really cared whether or not the Wakefield paper was fatally in err, they would do a properly designed and conducted retrospective study comparing those who have only gotten the MMR to those who have never been vaccinated at all. Only then might we get closer to the truth.
But that isn't going to happen, because there is no official interest in really knowing it.
So instead we get a smoke-screen designed to quell further debate and put the fear of God (or something) in anyone contemplating challenging the status quo.
Competing interests: I am President of the only website on the Internet that goes to great effort to publish all sides of the vaccination controversy.
Source: BMJ Rapid Response, Sandy Gottstein
In a genuine medical trial, the medicinal product is supposed to be tested against a completely harmless substance, such as water or a sugar pill, however, in most trials a harmful placebo is given so that both sides have side-effects and it looks as if the medicine is safe. For instance, the placebo in Gardasil trials was aluminium and this has many side-effects.
Now a review of medical studies has found that most of them are scientifically invalid:
No regulations govern placebo composition. The composition of placebos can influence trial outcomes and merits reporting.
Most studies did not disclose the composition of the study placebo. Disclosure was less common for pills than for injections and other treatments (8.2% vs. 26.7%; P = 0.002).
Limitation: Journals with high impact factors may not be representative.
Conclusion: Placebos were seldom described in randomized, controlled trials of pills or capsules. Because the nature of the placebo can influence trial outcomes, placebo formulation should be disclosed in reports of placebo-controlled trials.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine -
The Department of Health has revealed it is to scrap plans for healthy children under five to continue to be vaccinated against swine flu, just three months after urging GPs to vaccinate more than three million youngsters against the outbreak.
In a major U-Turn, the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, revealed the programme of vaccinating healthy children would wrap up at the end of next month, although GPs have been told to continue to try to vaccinate children until then.
Extending the vaccination campaign to children has proved a disappointment, with just 17% of children in England having had the vaccine according to the latest uptake figures.
GP leaders blamed protracted negotiations with the Government, which refused to provide concessions on GP workload via a national deal, for the lack of uptake in a campaign which ended up being launched as a hugely patchwork and bitter set of local arrangements between PCTs and GPs.
The move to scrap child vaccination against swine flu will also be seen as vindication by many GPs, with the majority of respondents to a Pulse poll in December claiming that it was a waste of NHS resources.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: The programme was extended to young healthy children because more people in this age group were hospitalised.
We want to ensure that the NHS has the opportunity to complete this programme of work so that all children in this age group can have the vaccine if their parents and carers wish.
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Following advice from JCVI, and given the low levels of swine flu virus circulating, the risk from the virus is lower for young children than the clinical risk groups so we will not be extending that part of the programme beyond the end of March.
It means GPs have an impossible task of vaccinating more than 2.5 million children in just over a month, with only 518,000 doses having been given to healthy children to date.
Dr Dean Marshall, a GPC negotiator on swine flu, said: I believe the take up of the vaccine among children would have been much greater had we not wasted several weeks in negotiations with the Government which meant the campaign did not get under way until after Christmas, by which time fears over the illness had lessened.'
The Government also revealed that just 32% of all target groups had been vaccinated in England, which confirms Pulse's predictions that the vast majority of GPs will fail to receive reduced thresholds in this year's patient survey, after the GPC's national deal based on vaccination of at risk groups aged between 5-65.
Sir Liam revealed overall figures for vaccination take up were far worse in England than other parts of the UK and elsewhere in Europe, adding: We continue to receive anecdotal accounts of people not being aware of their need and entitlement for vaccination or believing that vaccination clinics are unavailable.
It would be really helpful if you [GPs] were able to check whether awareness and access to the vaccine is high in your practice. That way we can ensure that this important protection is widely in place.
Source: Pulse GP's magazine, by Ian Quinn, 22 February 2010.
* Mary - Dunstable | 19 Feb 10
It does make one wonder! Either the threat from swine flu to the under 5s is real - in which case the campaign to immunise them needs to be continued despite current low uptake **OR** the threat is not real, in which case it should stop now! Not in the surgery and not sure whether the LES (terms imposed by DH) was a target or IOS fee - but should a clinically necessary immunisation campaign depend on uptake? If so, why did we continue with MMR when the uptake was reduced by the autism scare?
* Stephen - Bury | 22 Feb 10
Why continue to vaccinate the under fives for another 5 weeks if it is no longer thought to be necessary based on risk vs benefit and how do we explain this to confused parents?
* chris | 22 Feb 10
So is there a risk or isn't there? If not, just stop now, if there is continue! The whole thing seems very wooly and lacking in evidence based arguments. The uptake in our area is low as letters from PCT have only gone out in the last month to invite children in. There does seem to be a lot of factors impeding the roll out of the vaccine when if we had had the go ahead we were all prepared to work hard and get it done for everyone before Xmas!
* anglea | 22 Feb 10
So why have some practices today recieved letters from DOH telling them to continue vaccinating all at risks and under 5's through spring and summer? Left hand/right hand or wrong information?
* david | 22 Feb 10
Does nothing at all for public confidence in GP advice we give to patients based on the official line(how many of us believed in it anyway?). Also now advised to give to travellers to Southern hemisphere - from a 10 dose vial- ??? Do we throw the rest away?Speechless!
* John | 22 Feb 10
I am shocked by the spin of Sir Liam. Not long ago he dissed the pulse survey as being 'non-scientific' and pointed to another survey as being more scientific that suggested over 70% of parents would go for the vaccine. Of course the Pulse survey was very accurate and the other survey favoured by Sir Liam turned out to be complete rubbish. How can such an obvious spin doctor who ignores the observation of reality in favour of propaganda that the Third Reich would be proud of hope to continue? No wonder he has resigned. He can't go soon enough for me. Tip for his replacement - more hard science to back up your claims regarding the safety and efficacy of said vaccine and far less political spin and propaganda.
* neil | 22 Feb 10
The biggest problem that we have had on the front line is that swine flu has only been a mild illness. It never lived upto the apocolyptic chaos originally portrayed - 65,000 deaths, food and infrastrucure shortages... Unfortunately the DoH had commited itself to 60 million doses of vaccine and a stockpile of Tamiflu due to expire in 2010. Lessons learnt:- 1.Pandemic doesn't = serious. Perhaps the old epidemiology definition needs to be restored. 2. If you can't convince and engage the healthcare teams of the value of vaccination then your stockpiles are going nowhere
* margaret | 26 Feb 10
The decision by the Department of Health to simply abandon the under fives swine flu vaccination programme begs more questions than it answers. For a start why are we supposed to continue to vaccinate children tikl the end of March - if the DH has carried out a careful cost-risk benefit analysis and decided it is no longer thought to be necessary. And how do we explain this to confused parents? I know the decision to stockpile the vaccine had to made quickly and at a time when it was far from clear how serious the pandemic was going to be. But what's changed since the decision was made to vaccinate children to now? Very little it seems. This decision seems to be based on financial expediencey rather than clinical judgment. Is 'well if noone wants it let's not bother anymore' a reasonable way to run a vaccination campaign? However - maybe it's a rather fitting way to end a rather ignominius chapter in the DH's history
Source: Pulse GP magazine website:
The GMC recently announced that Dr. Andrew Wakefield was dishonest, his study was false and he had a callous disregard for children.
VAN UK would like to point out that the case paper involving 12 children was NOT a study but a case paper and Dr. Wakefield asked that a study be undertaken to establish if there was a link between MMR, autism and bowel disease. He also said that such a link at the time had not been 'proven', so the DOH's reaction has been a massive over-reaction and in our opinion, somewhat guilty. A guilty party always goes on the defensive.
If the DOH were truly concerned about children dying from measles (and incidently, 96% of deaths are in the third world), then they would have continued to allow parents access to the single measles vaccine on the NHS. The fact that they withdrew it, leaving a lot of pro-vaccine parents unwilling to vaccinate, would seem to us rather counter productive. If you believe in vaccines as they do then any vaccine is better than none.
Ever since the publication of the 1998 case paper, the DOH have presented studies supposedly to 'prove' that MMR doesn't cause autism, instead of doing what they were supposed to, determining what DOES cause it and investigating the bowel symptoms of the children, most of whom are in serious pain. One of the mother's of a child in the paper told me she cannot even take her child to the GP because they say to treat him would be 'too political' and when he has had serious medical events happen to him, the A+E staff have told her they will 'only treat the emergency, not the condition'.
These children have been dumped like hot potatoes and no one from the medical profession except Dr. Wakefield and his team have cared to help them. Since when did politics come before pain and suffering?
The children - some of them now young adults - were not allowed to state their views on their treatment at the GMC hearing and for those who were too disabled to do so, their parents were denied the opportunity to speak for them. Not one parent of the 12 children involved complained about Andrew Wakefield, in fact, some said he had been helping their children and relieving their pain.
It seems to us that it is the DOH who has a callous disregard for the wellbeing of children.
To retract a paper is not going to make the issue go away. There have now been studies done in the US and court hearings showing a link between autism and vaccines and there has been a very recent paper (listed on the autism, mercury and vaccines page of this site) that replicated Andrew Wakefield's findings of bowel disease in autistic children.
If a doctor cannot even question something because it is against popular theory, that is not science and we feel that the Lancet has lost some of its credibility as a result.
Dear Health Protection Scotland
I would like to directly challenge you after you asserted in a newspaper article in the Scotsman, by Richard Bath, that my organisation was 'persuing a reckless cause' that would lead to the deaths of babies and mothers from swine flu, due to my organisation heading protests against the untested vaccine.
There is NO PROOF for your assertion that my organisation would do any such thing and ample proof that you, Health Protection Scotland, are being reckless with the lives of thousands of unborn infants and their mothers.
According to this NHS training pack for immunisers, here:
both vaccines, Pandemrix and Celvapan HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED for side-effects or contraindications so it is basically a big experiment and you have no idea if the patient you are injecting is contraindicated or what type of side-effects they might experience. It has also NOT been tested on pregnant women so to recommend it for pregnant women is irresponsible, particularly when the Pandemrix version contains mercury which has been detected in evalated levels in autistic children (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 8 Number 3 Fall 2003) and Merck, a vaccine manufacturer, say thimerosal can cause 'considerable damage to health and may even be lethal' -
My question would be why you are injecting a potentially lethal substance into a pregnant woman?
Another study found that even tiny injections of thimerosal can cause autism - 'As a result of the present findings, in combination with the brain pathology observed in patients diagnosed with autism, the present study helps to support the possible biological plausibility for how low-dose exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines may be associated with autism' - (Induction of metallothionein in mouse cerebellum and cerebrum with low-dose thimerosal injection, Cell Biology and Toxicology, 0742-2091 (Print) 1573-6822 (Online), 9 April 2009).
The Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases also said that governments should bring in laws that prevent the use of thimerosal in vaccines - (Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Volume 4, Number 3 / 2009) and in many other countries in the world, H1N1 vaccine is NOT recommended for pregnant women. In fact, a data sheet for Afluria H1N1 vaccine shows that the vaccine SHOULD NOT BE USED IN PREGNANT OR NURSING MOTHERS and has not been tested in such groups:
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or AFLURIA. It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
Neither Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine nor AFLURIA has been evaluated in nursing mothers. It is not known whether Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or AFLURIA is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to a nursing woman.'
Although this brand is not being used in the UK, they are all very similar H1N1 vaccines.
According to a 10 November government document, plans are in place to mandate H1N1 vaccine and exclude unvaccinated children from school -
This is a violation of human rights and since the drug is clearly experimental, admitted in the NHS document, it is against the nuremburg code. The first directive of the nuremburg code states that:
'The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonable to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.' - (http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/guidelines/nuremberg.html).
So even suggesting that vaccines could be coerced is illegal.
The JCVI meeting minutes for 18 February 2009 said that they would only introduce influenza vaccines for pregnant women if it was cost effective and reduced respiratory disease in neonates:
'the vaccination of pregnant women was only likely to be cost-effective if there was evidence to suggest that vaccination in the late stages of pregnancy reduced influenza in neonates.' - http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@ab/documents/digitalasset/dh_097411.pdf
So in actual fact, they introduced a vaccine that had NO EVIDENCE of reducing disease in newborns and were only interested in introducing it if it made enough money. It seems money is more important to this government than the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.
A report in Le Parisen newspaper in France told of a mother who lost her baby at term after being vaccinated and the baby had H1N1 in his tissues (Le Parisien, 14 December 2009) and another report in a Swedish paper told of a previously healthy mother who had a brain haemorrhage after vaccination and her baby had to be delivered two months early - http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article6283276.ab
There are dozens of women in the UK writing to the newspapers with similar stories, so you, Health Protection Scotland, are endangering the lives of many, and all for an illness that is as mild as normal flu. If you look at NHS choices flu and swine flu pages, you will see the symptoms are exactly the same:
Doctors are NOT taking swabs for this so they have no idea if the person actually has H1N1 or not and the person gets diagnosed over the phone without even being seen just to boost up swine flu notifications to encourage sales of your untested vaccine and misdiagnoses over the phone line have actually led to children dying of meningitis.
This for an illness that has killed far less than regular flu. One in three people get cancer, yet you don't scream from the roof tops about how everyone is going to die in the same way you have done with swine flu.
You are highly irresponsible and put money, profit and government agenda ahead of the health of mothers and their babies.
You should be ashamed of yourself,
Vaccine Awareness Network UK.
THIS LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO HEALTH PROTECTION SCOTLAND, THE SCOTTISH HEALTH MINISTER AND THE SCOTSMAN NEWSPAPER. NEITHER THE MINISTER NOR HEALTH PROTECTION SCOTLAND HAVE REPLIED AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE NEWSPAPER HAS NOT PRINTED MY REBUTTAL - 23/12/09.
Powers to impose compulsory vaccination
Most legal powers needed to manage a pandemic are provided under the Public Health Acts covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which empower local authorities to require examination, hospitalisation, or isolation of infected persons, create a criminal offence relating to exposing others to risk of infection, and allow some controls over school attendance and playgrounds.
In other words, although local authorities cannot force people to be vaccinated under those powers, they can for example refuse to admit children to school unless they have been vaccinated.
However, the Government has extremely broad powers for tackling an emergency, in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This includes a special procedure for making regulations in an emergency, if existing legislation could not relied upon without the risk of serious delay, and various other conditions are met.
22 Scope of emergency regulations
(1) Emergency regulations may make any provision which the person making the regulations is satisfied is appropriate for the purpose of preventing, controlling or mitigating an aspect or effect of the emergency in respect of which the regulations are made.
(2) In particular, emergency regulations may make any provision which the person making the regulations is satisfied is appropriate for the purpose of
(a) protecting human life, health or safety,
(b) treating human illness or injury,
Thus, if the situation became serious enough for compulsory vaccination to be considered necessary, regulations could be introduced under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and these could include penalties for non-compliance.
This is what we're up against! If you value your right to choose, if you want to retain your right to say what is put into your body, even if you are pro vaccinations but think people have a right to accept or reject medical intervention, please get involved with our protests and write lobbying letters to your government official!
Demonstrators marched through Scotland's capital to protest against swine flu vaccination.
The group believe H1N1 is not as serious as it is claimed, and have concerns about the safety and usefulness of the vaccine.
Around 80 people took part in Saturday's march along Edinburgh's Royal Mile from St Giles' Cathedral to the Scottish Parliament.
Source: The Press Association, 13 December 2009
Swine flu may be sickening millions of people, but it's adding a healthy hue to the financial performance of the vaccine industry. The Boston Globe reports that the pandemic is delivering a $7 billion windfall to manufacturers.
They're using some of that avalanche of cash to invest in new technologies, while benefiting from what they've learned about fast-track vaccine development. That new knowledge and technology will be put to good use as the vaccine industry is projected to double in size in seven years. Scientia Advisors estimates that total vaccine revenue will jump from $16 billion in 2007 to $35 billion in 2014.
"With a pandemic like this, the upside for us is clearly significant,'' Andrin Oswald, chief executive of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, tells the Globe. "The quicker we can ramp up our volume, the better it will be for people in the United States and around the world.''
Source: Fierce Vaccines, 22 October 2009.
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