Vaccine Choice is a Human Right.
Parents have the duty and legal right to make medical decisions for their children.
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The Science Is Not Settled, by Sandy Reider MD ( Feb. 2014 )
As a practicing primary care physician for the last 43 years, and as a parent since 1981, I have followed the evolution of vaccination policy and science with interest, and not a little dismay.
The number of vaccines given to children has increased significantly over the last 70 years, from four antigens in about five or six injections in 1949, to as many as 71 vaccine antigens in 53 injections by age 18 today (the number varies slightly from state to state). This includes four vaccines given in two shots to pregnant women (and thus the developing fetus), and 48 vaccine antigens given in 34 injections from birth to age six.
Each vaccine preparation, in addition to the antigen or live virus, contains many other substances, including preservatives (mercury, formaldehyde), adjuvants to hyperstimulate the immune response (aluminum), gelatin, aborted fetal DNA, viral DNA, genetically modified DNA, antibiotics, and so on. We know that the young child’s nervous and immune systems are actively developing and uniquely vulnerable, but I wonder how many thinking adults would themselves voluntarily submit to such an invasive drug regimen?
In 1986 the National Vaccine Injury Act was passed, prohibiting individuals who feel they have been harmed by a vaccine from taking vaccine manufacturers, health agencies, or health care workers to court. At the time, vaccine producers were threatening to curtail or discontinue production because of the mounting number of lawsuits claiming injury to children, particularly related to the whole cell component of the vaccine. Once relieved of all liability, pharmaceutical corporations began rapidly increasing the number of vaccinations brought to market.
Pharmaceutical companies are now actively targeting both adolescents and adults for cradle-to-grave vaccination to combat shingles, pneumonia, human papilloma virus, influenza, whooping cough, and meningitis, with many more in the pipeline. Who wouldn’t love a business model with a captive market, no liability concerns, free advertising and promotion by government agencies, and a free enforcement mechanism from local schools? It is, truly, a drug company’s dream come true.
Judging from what one reads and hears in the popular media, it is easy to conclude that the science is settled, that the benefits of each vaccine clearly outweigh the risks, and that vaccinations have played the critical role in the decline of deaths due to infectious diseases such as measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, all of which claimed many lives in the past.
However even a cursory look at the available data quickly reveals that the mortality from almost all infectious disease was in steep decline well before the introduction of vaccination or antibiotics. Diphtheria mortality had fallen 60 percent by the time vaccination was introduced in the 1920s, deaths from pertussis/whooping cough had declined by 98 percent before vaccination was introduced in the late 1940s; measles mortality had dropped 98 percent from its peak in the U.S. by the time measles inoculation was introduced in 1963—and by an impressive 99.96 percent in England when measles vaccination was introduced in 1968. In 1960 in the there were 380 deaths from measles among a U.S. population of 180,671,000, a rate of 0.24 deaths per 100,000.
The takeaway here is that vaccination played a very minor role in the steep decline in mortaliyy from infectious disease during the late 19th century and early-mid 20th century. Improved living standards, better nutrition, sanitary sewage disposal and clean water, and less crowded living conditions all played crucial roles.
Current immunization policy relies on the oft-repeated assertion that vaccines are safe and effective. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and even the American Academy of Pediatrics have acknowledged that serious reactions, including seizures, progressive encephalopathy, and death, can and do occur. The federal vaccine injury court, which was established at the same time that vaccine manufacturers were exempted from liability, has to date paid $2.6 billion dollars in compensation for vaccine injuries. And there is ample reason to believe that the incidence of vaccine injury is strongly underreported.
Bailey has made the colorful assertion that an individual choosing not to vaccinate themself or their child is akin to a person walking down the street swinging their fists/microbes at others. Rather than indulging in broad generalizations about immunization, a close examination of data regarding the recent pertussis outbreaks may help illustrate the complexity inherent in immune function, individual susceptibility, and the spread of infectious illness.
In 2011, there were numerous outbreaks of pertussis around the United States, notably in California, Washington, and Vermont. The majority of whooping cough infections in each state were reported among well-vaccinated adolescents and young teens. There was also a slight increase in cases among infants younger than 1 year old.
In Vermont, 74 percent of individuals diagnosed with whooping cough had been “fully and appropriately vaccinated” against pertussis. Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Health Tracy Dolan stated: “We do not have any official explanation for the outbreak and have not linked it to the philosophical exemption.” In a July 2012 interview, Ann Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease stated that: “We know there are places around the country where large numbers of people are not vaccinated [against pertussis]. However, we do not think those exemptors are driving this current wave. We think it is a bad thing that people aren’t getting vaccinated or exempting, but we cannot blame this wave on that phenomenon.”
It’s clear that the pertussis vaccine is not very protective against a disease that already has a very low mortality, likely because the pertussis bacterium has developed resistance, much like bacteria become resistant to antibiotics over time. In a September 2012 article, The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that “protection against pertussis waned during the 5 years after the 5th dose of DTaP.”
Recent studies suggest that immunized persons, once exposed to wild Bordetella pertussis bacteria, take longer to clear the pertussis bacterium from their respiratory tract than individuals who have had natural pertussis and thus gain natural immunity. These vaccinated individuals MAY then become asymptomatic carriers of the bacteria and vectors for transmission. So those who choose to opt in can also, as Bailey puts it, “swing their microbes.”
Vaccine-induced immunity is not the same as naturally acquired immunity, and the much touted “herd immunity” resulting from mass vaccination is a far cry from natural herd immunity, the latter being much more protective, long-lasting, and transferrable to nursing infants who are then protected during their most vulnerable stage of development.
Understanding vaccine effects is complicated. The “fence” or “firewall” as Bailey puts it, is in fact a two-way street. Persons who receive vaccines containing live viruses (influenza, chickenpox, measles, etc.)may shed these and expose close contacts ( the live trivalent virus Salk polio vaccine has been discontinued in the US for just this reason ). Much has been said about all the “junk science” cited by anyone questioning vaccines (Jenny McCarthy anyone?), but even a cursory peek over that fence will reveal some very good information and science—Mary Holland’s Vaccine Epidemic and Suzanne Humphries’ Dissolving Illusions, for example.
Lumping skeptical parents with the crazies is a way to avoid legitimate questions. Such as: Should tetanus vaccination be required for entrance to school, given that tetanus is not a communicable disease? Why should hepatitis B immunization be required for school entrance, when the disease is found primarily among adult drug users and sex workers? Do we need to keep immunizing against diseases, such as chickenpox, that are almost always mild?
There is a considerable difference between giving a seriously ill child a proven life-saving medicine versus subjecting a completely healthy child to a drug that is known to cause severe, or even potentially fatal, adverse effects, however small the chance. This is an ethical issue that goes to the heart of our basic human right to informed consent to any drug treatment or medical intervention.
Given the sheer volume of vaccine promotion and propaganda, coupled with the cozy relationship between government, industry, and media, there are sufficient grounds for a healthy skepticism. Individual parents have become the last line of defense, (not offense, not a swinging fist), and their choices should be respected and preserved.
Sandy Reider MD maintains a primary care practice in Lyndonville, Vermont.
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“The philosophical exemption to vaccination was saved because enough citizens in Vermont woke up to the very real threat posed by multi-national corporations, which have no restrictions on the aggressive marketing of liability-free vaccine products they want every American to be legally required to buy and use. Once Vermonters saw the threat, they did not sit back and let their informed consent rights be taken from them. Because they fought for their health liberty, they became an inspiration to all Americans, who want to be free to make informed, voluntary health choices.”
October 31, 2013
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October 27, 2013
“The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.”
- read more legal history, HERE.
Vaccination Choice is a Human Right.
Your body, your family, your health choice.
October 24, 2013: Vaccine Court Facts
- Should there be a vaccine injury that is recognized by parent and/or doctor then documented, diagnosed, reported on a death cert or otherwise proved – parents can file in the US Court of Federal Claims/Vaccine Program, Office of the Special Masters for vaccine injury (this is what we refer to as “Vaccine Court.”
- US “Vaccine Court” has paid $255 million in 2013 alone.
- In “Vaccine Court” cases, the US DHHS is the defendant, and the US DOJ defends the DHHS in the case, and we the taxpayers fund it.
October 23, 2013
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October 17, 2013:
October 8, 2013: Contrary to official government stance on autism, VICP has ruled in favor of vaccine-induced autism many times. http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/vol28/iss2/6/
October 7, 2013: Parents have the right to be fully informed about vaccine ingredients – and the right to decide whether they agree to cope with possible vaccine side effects – without having to lose the child’s education.
October 6, 2013: Vaccine Choice FAQ’s.
October 5, 2013: Vaccine-Refusing Parents Falsely Blamed for Whooping Cough Epidemic by Heather Calligan
September 30, 2013
September 26, 2013
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Some risk, how much risk?
Pharma liability shield prevents vaccine “discovery” – so that answer remains truly hidden.
Measles Outbreaks: What Is Going on?
Measles outbreaks have been reported in Texas and in Massachusetts. They are in turn driving intense media stories and accusations that families choosing not to be vaccinated are to blame. What is going on?
One topic that is not being discussed is the fact that measles vaccination “can have a range of unexpected consequences as it reduces the natural boosting of immunity” and that, “the interaction between vaccination and waning immunity can lead to pronounced epidemic cycles in which the peak levels of infection can be of the orders of magnitude greater than the mean.”
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September 2, 2013:
“Let it be clear that mandatory vaccination policies force parental compliance for the sake of a long-term goal of eradication of microorganisms, not necessarily for the sake of achieving or ensuring true level of health in their children. If we are to prioritize the health of our children over the advancements in eradication of microorganisms, we must do everything we can to preserve the freedom of informed vaccination choice.” - Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D. (Immunology), Author of Vaccine Illusion.
“There is a saying that goes, ‘Ignore your rights long enough and they’ll go away.’ As a parent, I consider my ability to act in what I believe to be the best interest of my children one of my most sacred responsibilities. Though I confess that I would be tempted to do so even if it was not in the interest of the greater good, I don’t believe that refusing vaccines in any way creates this kind of conflict of interest.” – Mommypotamus
Did you Know? There is a public database going back more than 100 years filled with free text medical and scientific articles.
Search here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
Don’t get stuck with “candid ambivalence” – do the full research. Your decision must be one you can live with.
We all care for those around us – but medicine is very much about individual health choice.
It’s not a left-thing, it’s not a right thing, not a religious thing – it’s an American thing. Vaccine Choice.
On August 9, 2013 we learned that Gray Media Group (clients: Pfizer, phRMA) emailed a ”seed story” to several Vermont News Outlets signed by a representative for Gray Media. A full list of Gray Media’s Clients can be found here.
Gray Media worked recently with Pfizer to launch a campaign which, according to their own promotion, was to, “encourage productive conversation and actions around aging and living better.” Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer is quoted in their PR saying that, “the good news is that there is a lot we can do to protect and enhance our quality of life as we age, simply by committing today to healthy behaviors that help prevent or delay chronic disease.” A closer look demonstrates that the site relentlessly promotes vaccinations . Vaccines are not FDA approved to prevent or delay chronic diseases; in fact, evidence is building that implicates vaccines as a trigger for chronic disease.
Update: The Vermont Health Department was active in 2012 alongside Pfizer and Pediatricians in running a bill that attempted to remove our parental rights to decline vaccines for our children on moral or religious grounds. Because of this, we asked the Health Department if they had any knowledge or connection with Gray Media company. In a statement dated September 5th, 2013, Tracy Dolan (Deputy Commissioner of Health) responded as follows:
“I will talk to folks here and get you a complete response to the issues you raise in your letter. I can tell you briefly that I checked with our programs and business office and can confirm that we do not have a contract or any agreement Gray Media Group. We do have some media vendors for various public health messages and materials but this group is not among them, in fact, our communications office hadn’t heard of them before.”
The following media outlets took the bait, with only VTDigger calling us for comment.
- Death from chicken pox actually from a hospital acquired infection (link)
- VT doctors claim (incorrectly) that mercury has been removed from vaccines (link)
In the WCAX article, Note the focus that Ms. Finley makes on the “90%” rates that have been met in our young children. And what shall the government do if more Vermonters start to reject the policy? Let us not forget that bills were introduced last year that would grant power to the health commissioner to remove our right to decline should the vaccination rate drop below 90%.