Remarkable controversy exists on the safety and efficacy of vaccinations in the United States. Research supporting vaccine safety is scant yet crucial to the well being of every American citizen. Every day, parents are coerced, cajoled, and even bullied at gunpoint into vaccinating their children. Parents who make conscious choices not to vaccinate after weighing the risk benefit ratio of vaccinations are sometimes turned over to Child Protective Services for so-called child endangerment. But who is really endangering the children?
Here is a glance at just a tiny portion of the many 2008 vaccination statistics:
January 4: A 45-day-old child in Hanoi died after being vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine.
January 25: A 2-month-old in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue died after getting hepatitis B vaccine and diphteria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine.
January 31: French authorities opened an investigation for manslaughter against a vaccination campaign in the 1990s that resulted in 30 plaintiffs who have launched a civil action for vaccine damages, including the families of five people who died after vaccination.
February 19: A 4-month-old child died after vaccination with diphteria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine and drinking two drops of anti-polio medicine named Poliovax.
February 25: Damage suits were filed in Japan by hundreds of people who contracted hepatitis B through mandatory childhood vaccinations
February 28: A study found that 9 out of every 10,000 children vaccinated with ProQuad, a combination measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox vaccine, have seizures and convulsions.
March 2: A 2-month-old child in Ca Mau died after being injected with hepatitis B, pertussis and tetanus vaccines.
April 23, 2008: 4 infants died after receiving measles vaccinations,
April 30: A 3 month old baby died after being vaccinated for whooping cough, diphtheria and jaundice.
May 13: A 17-year-old boy died after measles inoculation.
May 15: 60 people in eastern Ukraine were hospitalized after measles vaccination.
May 16: 32 additional people in eastern Ukraine were hospitalized after measles vaccination.
Most vaccine related deaths, particularly in the US, are classed as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) instead of vaccine induced. SIDS is the single most common cause of death in the post neonatal period. Between the years1983 and 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that SIDS was listed as the cause of death for 61,882 infants.
Since 1980 the amount of vaccinations required for children began to rise quite dramatically. These vaccines contain various toxicants including thimerosal, a mercury (Hg) containing neurotoxicant, which may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders including SIDS, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), which are all on the rise (Hertz-Piccioto et al, 2006; Losiniecki & Prahlow, 2006; Braun et al, 2006; Meggs et al, 1996; Szpir, 2006).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders may affect as many as 1 in 6 children in the U.S. totaling over 12 million citizens (Ball, 2001).
Many of these conditions developed or expanded around the time of increased vaccinations. Comparison of data on the increase of neurodevelopment disorders and the growth of synthetic chemical production show the data began to merge around 1970 (Colborn,v 2004) much the same time the number of vaccines given to children began to increase. Vaccines warrant further investigation as possible causation of neurodevelopment disorders.
The pharmaceutical industry and government do a great job quelling the fears of Americans when it comes to vaccinations. This is accomplished in numerous ways, largely through the media, by creating fear of disease, publicizing statistically insignificant measles cases to create fear of pandemics, employing catchy vaccine campaigns, and working to create guilt for choosing not to vaccinate.
Guilt is created by campaigns which claim that good parents vaccinate and if a parent loves their child, they should vaccinate. Critical thinking tells us that the statement “good parents vaccinate” is faulty reasoning or logical fallacy, known as an appeal to popularity.
Another logical fallacy that government and medical providers engage in is the appeal to authority. An appeal to authority is something that is claimed to be true, in this case vaccinations are good for health, on the basis of an assertion by an authority figure who is not an expert, such as a politician. Yet politicians regularly enact laws requiring children to be vaccinated before entering school.
New Jersey parents were recently told they would be jailed if they did not show up at court on a Saturday morning to prove their children were vaccinated or be led to vaccination by gunpoint at the courthouse. The individual health of the children was not taken into account and the judges and politicians involved did not have medical degrees to make determinations as to the appropriateness of vaccination for a given child.
In some cases vaccinations have contraindications for certain populations. Yet parents were coerced by the logical fallacy, appeal to authority, that these authority figures had their children’s best interests at heart.
What is really crucial to know is do vaccines and work? And more important, are they safe? What are the risks? Finally, does the child or individual have any contraindications to the vaccine in question? With that information, a risk/benefit analysis for the child can be completed. This is what the pharmaceutical industry and government don’t want… thinking parents. There is money to be made in vaccinations by drug companies, some of which is then passed on to politicians in the form of campaign contributions. Amongst all of this, parents must make decisions that could change their child’s life, cause seizures, inflict their death, impair them with autism, or save them from disease.
Government would like parents to believe that vaccines are perfectly safe, that there is no connection to any neurological disease, and deaths which occur immediately post-vaccination have nothing to do with the vaccination. Researchers with conflicts of interest are often employed or paid sums of money to produce studies finding that there is no connection to any death or illness from vaccines, especially autism. Yet, truly independent studies are finding just the opposite. There is indeed a correlation between increasing vaccination and simultaneously increasing childhood illness, and even death.
The first research project to examine effects of the total vaccine load received by children has found autism-like signs and symptoms in infant monkeys receiving the same vaccinations. Wakefield and colleagues found functional brainstem anomalies in vaccinated animals that may be relevant to some aspects of autism, an acquired neurodevelopmental disorder.
Hewitson examined behavioral, functional, and neuromorphometric consequences of the childhood vaccine regimen and also found it mimics certain neurological abnormalities of autism.
Walker and colleagues (2008) found many significant differences in the GI tissue gene expression profiles between vaccinated and unvaccinated animals.
There are many more studies with similar findings, including many which have been denied publication by medical journals, which are largely owned by pharmaceutical companies with vested interest in selling their vaccines.
Which is worse… the risk of disease or an injurious inoculation? Only you can decide and each of us should have the right to decide what is best for our bodies and the bodies of our loved ones.
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Japan facing vaccination lawsuits. United Press International. February 25, 2008. Retrieved from:http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2008/02/25/japan_facing_vaccination_lawsuits/6883/
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Over 90 hospitalized after measles vaccination in east Ukraine. Russian News and Information Agency. May 18, 2008. Retrieved from:http://en.rian.ru/world/20080518/107670116.html
Parents worry about post-vaccination deaths. VietNamNet Bridge. March 6, 2008. Retrieved from:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2008/03/772057/
Protocol broken in lethal vaccination case. The Times of India. April 27, 2008. Retrieved from: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/Protocol_broken_in_lethal_vaccination_case/articleshow/2986732.cms
Stobbe, M. Kids vaccine linked to fever, seizures. Associated Press. February 28, 2008. Retrieved from: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/health/5576512.html
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