Preserving Vermonter’s Health Choices.

June, 2015

Thank you for visiting. We believe that vaccine choice is a human right, and that parents should be provided with fair and accurate information about the medical products that their children are prescribed – most especially, vaccines.

>Vaccine Choice FAQs.

>Look up Vaccine Ingredients here.

Did you know?

> In 2007, there was a bill introduced to mandate HPV vaccination in Vermont.

> Until 2012, Vermont respected differing preventative health philosophies when it came to vaccines. The form was relatively easy to fill out. In 2012 there was a failed attempt to remove Vermont’s Philosophical Vaccine Exemption but the form was changed and heavy tracking of those refusing any state-mandated vaccine, was placed upon schools. (link to VTDigger/Vermontbiz)

>In 2015, several bills were introduced to remove exemption rights and to enhance tracking of those refusing any state-mandated vaccine. A last-minute amendment was jammed onto another bill a month before end of session, and in just 29 days, with only very limited testimony taken, Vermont’s philosophical exemption was repealed.  Many parents protested and continue to work to reverse this decision. Please get involved today.

May 27, 2015

  • A closed book on a debate that should open minds: Despite all that vaccinations have done for us, how can we take Big Pharma at its word? (CommonsNews.org)
  • Anti-Mandatory Protesters Urge Shumlin to Veto Mandatory Vaccine Bill (VTDigger)

May 26, 2015

Thank you to all the 50+ brave warriors who came out  – on a work day no less – to call on Governor Peter Shumlin to do the right thing (read more).

Open Letter Petitioning Governor Peter Shumlin to Veto H98.

Several Vermont citizens have written an open letter to Governor Peter Shumlin on why he should veto H98.  Join them in signing this open letter: Preserve our right as parents to make informed medical decisions for our children.

VETO H.98

Dear Governor Shumlin,

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381 signatures

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May 18, 2015

  • Watch Vermont House Public Hearing here.
  • Watch Vermont House Floor Debate here: (Part 1 and Part 2).
  • Voices for Vaccine Choice, 2015 … (read more…).

May 14, 2015

cooltext115385657640614 “…We affirm the right for all individuals, including parents and guardians on behalf of children or incapacitated adults , to prior, free and informed consent to vaccination, which is a preventive medical procedure. We oppose any law or policy that would coerce people to vaccinate against their religious, philosophical, medical or personal beliefs…” Click here to view full statement.

Despite vaccination rates up and exemption rates down, VT Health Commissioner aims at repeal of non-medical exemptions, wants 100% of Vermonters vaccinated.

 

May 13, 2015

Thank you so much to the 300+ individuals who showed up last night to stand up for our rights. Sadly, the Vermont House of Representatives voted today to repeal our philosophical exemption (H98).

The amendment that we had agreed to support was valiantly drafted and explained by Rep. Donahue. It was also supported by many Reps. on the floor, but lost by a hairline margin of 73-71.

After the amendment failed, Representatives Till, Dakin, Poirier, Pearson, Bankroft and Briglin ponied in a 85-57 vote to repeal Vermont’s philosophical vaccine exemption. All in all, our House Representatives were worn out, tired, and eager to go home. Many questioned why so much time was spent on this topic so late in the session, and wondered if we should delay consideration until January, 2016.

The exact language of what passed the house, and the official roll call are not yet publicly available. The House version that passed today slightly expanded the medical exemption, delayed implementation of repeal until July 2016, and included a study group to explore how to implement mandatory vaccination of school staff. It will head to the Senate (probably Thursday) for a vote of concurrence.

WHAT YOU CAN DO.

  1. The Governor may wish to hear from you about how this decision will impact your family and your children, your schools and your communities. Telephone him Weds-Fri,8-5 pm, at (802) 828 3333– [email protected].
  2. Find your Senator(s) hereand call them Weds-Fri, 8-5 pm at (802) 828 2228, to ask for support in preserving your right to say no to big pharma. http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/QuickSearch/2016?SearchBy=Name&SearchBills=&SearchLegislators=&SearchCommittees=
  3. Touch base with your representative(s) to discuss how they voted and why. Thank your representatives is they voted to preserve the exemption. The many Reps. who voted “anti-choice” are glad that “this Thing” is finally just going to go away. Do you think that they are correct in this assessment? Be polite and kind…

May 6, 2015: More Testimony submitted to House Healthcare

May 5, 2015:

Testimony of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – (press release)-(media coverage)- READ MORE

*Watch Trace Amounts: a film that the public MUST SEE – NOW

New!

Why is the doctor lobby saying the science is settled?

Immunization Data – Where is it?

Analysis of JAMA Study April 21

Senate Recap – What Happened?

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If you support choice, and oppose mandatory vaccination,

CALL your Representatives at home Sat+Sun

  • Find your representative contact information HERE.
  • Come to the State House on Monday for the public hearing.

 

Support health choice when it comes to drugs for your children – Preserve the right to “exemption” from mandatory vaccination. Call your representatives NOW.

We are not advocating for “no vaccinations” – we are advocating for the program to remain voluntary, with philosophical exemptions.

The debate about compulsory vaccination is fundamentally one of individual control over one’s own body versus perceptions of public safety.  “When personal liberty is restricted to protect public health, the measures applied must be effective, the least restrictive (i.e. least liberty-infringing), proportional to the risk, equitable and non-discriminatory, minimally burdensome and in line with due process. Those whose liberty is violated should, when appropriate, be compensated, particularly if they experience vaccine-associated side-effects. In addition, individual rights should be restricted only with utmost respect for the dignity of persons.” http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/91/4/12-113480/en/

This issue demands an examination from multiple perspectives: human rights, corporate influence, constitutional law, education policy as well as public health. Each of these issues deserves a thorough examination by our Legislature, not a repeat of what occurred in the Senate. The families who will be most effected by this decision deserve a public hearing and the ability to testify in committee. Health, Education and Judiciary Committees should all hear of the impact of such draconian legislation.

Please urge your House representative to vote no on H98.

These are some of the open questions:

  • What vaccines are next to be mandated? (Vermont purchased $2.5 million of HPV vaccines, plus many others not “required” this year. For list of the required vaccines – click here. For list of the purchased vaccines – click here.
  • Why are vaccine reactions routinely ignored and why do they go unreported?
  • Why are public record requests to the Vermont Department of Health to release immunization rates for the current school year (2014-2015) still pending?
  • Why does the vaccination rate target continue to rise every few years? There was no “golden age” from which we are falling (click here to see more). Immunization rate goals are now near 100%, but pharma should never be forced just to meet changing “goals”.
  • We all want healthy and safe children. Recently vaccinated people can pose a risk due to viral shedding – why are they not kept away from school during the shedding period? Waning vaccine-induced immunity has been shown to be the major culprit in whooping cough and maybe even measles outbreaks, why do we not perform titer testing to see who is immune as an alternative?
  • Why not support the right of parent to make choice, especially when there is no liability for these vaccine products?
  • The Senate has not addressed issues of fundamental fairness. For example, a vaccinated child who is already infected with Hepatitis-B would be allowed in school, while a healthy child not vaccinated for Hepatitis-B would be excluded. A child presumably too sick to attend school will be allowed to attend, while a healthy, partially vaccinated or untreated child will be excluded from any child care or even private school school if the bill passes? Immune-compromised children already have special accommodation in the case they cannot attend school; are they really safe going into large crowds?

The education of present and future school children hangs in the balance.

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Spring, 2015

“You don’t have to be anti-vaccination to be anti-medical mandate. If there is a risk, there must be a choice. Please support our rights as Americans and our rights as parents to decide on the best medical care for our children” – from Tahoe, California

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  • National Vaccine Information Center – comments on draft national program for adult vaccination NVIC-comment-NVAC-NAIP-2015
  • Vaccine Errors Reported from USA (Part I), December 4, 2014 (link).
  • Recommendations For Practitioners To Prevent Vaccine Errors (link).

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Why must we ask for permission to say “no, thanks” to mandatory medicine?

cooltext115385657640614 “…We affirm the right for all individuals, including parents and guardians on behalf of children or incapacitated adults , to prior, free and informed consent to vaccination, which is a preventive medical procedure. We oppose any law or policy that would coerce people to vaccinate against their religious, philosophical, medical or personal beliefs…”

Click here to view full statement.

cooltext115414055688534… for Trace Amounts, April 21st @ the Roxy in Burlington, Vermont, 7 pm.

From the Mad Hatter Syndrome in the late 1800’s, to Pink Disease in the first half of the 20th to the Iraqi Grain Incident in the early 1970’s, humans have learned time and again of the debilitating neurological and physical damage that mercury can cause. Then why and how did it end up in our childhood vaccines? Trace Amounts explores the origin of the use of mercury in the vaccines and exposes the continued greed based decision to keep mercury in the vaccines through several decades. Could a tragedy, which brought one of the greatest nations to its knees and stole a generation of children, have been avoided? Watch Trace Amounts and you decide. Advance Ticket Sales Only will guarantee a seat. Visit: http://gathr.us/screening/10860.

Welcome. 

It’s ok to “support immunizations” and still support the Right to Choose by keeping the program VOLUNTARY – with philosophical and religious exemptions from mandatory medicine.

This website is a place to start exploring the science that the industry refuses to acknowledge, the science they do not want parents to consider when making these important decisions for their children. Thanks for visiting!

  • Do Vaccines Promote Health? 
Posted in Vaccine Issues by RR. Comments Off on Spring, 2015

Choice or Responsibility?

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4/2/2015 UPDATE: the following was written by an attendee who wishes to remain anonymous: (link)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – UVM – Med Ed 200 @noon – Event Info

What sort of debate is a non-debate?

Two very pro-mandatory vaccine supporters in one room lecturing med students… where is the debate going to happen? On the picket line in the parking lot?

Bob Macauley: “I believe that parents should be free to decide” (but) “objecting parents” should “not be able to imperil other children” by  “sending their unimmunized children to school.”

Rebecca Bell: “The good news is that vaccines have been widely studied and we have lots of data showing they are safe and effective. The bad news is that there is a lot of scary and inaccurate information about vaccines on the internet. With this kind of misinformation out there, how do parents find answers to their questions?”

Are medical ethics changing in Vermont?

Moral coercion should not be used to gain compliance in what should be a voluntary medical procedure. Vaccines should be a personal choice. Vermont law,  thankfully guarantees that personal choice. Respect for autonomy is the basis for informed consent. By judging morals, you intrude upon the patient autonomy and the private medical decisions of individuals and parents on what happens to their bodies or their children.

Proponents assert that children who are unvaccinated “not only put themselves at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases but they increase the risk to others.”

…however, if you believe vaccination will prevent disease, and you have your child vaccinated, then according to your belief your child has nothing to worry about. And the immunocompromised should be aware that vaccinated people can carry and transmit whooping cough, live influenza vaccine virus, live measles virus, live mumps virus, live rubella virus, live oral polio vaccine, live oral rotavirus vaccine…; unvaccinated people who did not intentionally infect themselves are far less a health risk to those with immune systems that are not functioning.

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March, 2015

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Why must we ask for permission to say “no, thanks” to mandatory medicine?

cooltext115385657640614 “…We affirm the right for all individuals, including parents and guardians on behalf of children or incapacitated adults , to prior, free and informed consent to vaccination, which is a preventive medical procedure. We oppose any law or policy that would coerce people to vaccinate against their religious, philosophical, medical or personal beliefs…”

Click here to view full statement.

cooltext115414055688534… for Trace Amounts, April 21st @ the Roxy in Burlington, Vermont, 7 pm.

From the Mad Hatter Syndrome in the late 1800’s, to Pink Disease in the first half of the 20th to the Iraqi Grain Incident in the early 1970’s, humans have learned time and again of the debilitating neurological and physical damage that mercury can cause. Then why and how did it end up in our childhood vaccines? Trace Amounts explores the origin of the use of mercury in the vaccines and exposes the continued greed based decision to keep mercury in the vaccines through several decades. Could a tragedy, which brought one of the greatest nations to its knees and stole a generation of children, have been avoided? Watch Trace Amounts and you decide. Advance Ticket Sales Only will guarantee a seat. Visit: http://gathr.us/screening/10860.

Welcome. 

It’s ok to “support immunizations” and still support the Right to Choose by keeping the program VOLUNTARY – with philosophical and religious exemptions from mandatory medicine.

This website is a place to start exploring the science that the industry refuses to acknowledge, the science they do not want parents to consider when making these important decisions for their children. Thanks for visiting!

  • Do Vaccines Promote Health? 
  • Dr. Suzanne Humphries in Burlington, Vermont, October, 2014
  • Full Video (2 h) – watch now.
    • Part 1 (15 mins) – watch now.
    • Part 2
    • Part 3
    • Part 4
    • Part 5
    • Part 6

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February, 2015

NEW! Toolkit – use this information to advocate for your rights.

Legislative Update:

  • February Update, WGDR radio. (~ 2/16/2015~)
  • The science is not settled.  (~ read more ~)
  • Pandemic Preparedness – is it about health? (ACLU, 2008 ~)

***ACTION NEEDED NOW***

Action Needed:

– Oppose H98/S53 “Reportable Disease Registries and Data“(…more)

– Amend S9, – crime of “failure to protect” (…more)

– Oppose H.212, Repeal of philosophical & religious exemptions (…more)

Read Bill Text:

  • Which is Greater Threat, Measles or Measles Vaccine? by Jeffrey Dach, M.D. (…more)
  • Is Discussing the Safety of Vaccines the Third Rail of Pediatrics?
    by Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D. (…more)
  • What is the Philosophical Exemption? (…more)
  • Freedom of Conscience. (more)

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“Vaccine choice” is not about political affiliation, or economic status.

It is an issue of civil rights and of parental rights.

Will you protect the human right to informed consent in medical risk taking…?

 (click HERE for information on how to have your concerns be heard by lawmakers…)

2/8/2015: March of Dimes, AAP, VAHHS, Building Bright Futures Representative call for repeal of philosophical vaccine exemptions in Vermont…click here for more.

2/7/2015 – Greg Dobbs: In defense of parents who don’t vaccinate (Denver Post)

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01479&video=226287

Studies Show that Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease (Weston A. Price Foundation).

Protecting the Immunocompromised: (see page 113 – Johns Hopkins Medicine recommends avoiding the recently vaccinated).

Spotlight on measles 2010: Excretion of vaccine strain measles virus in urine and pharyngeal secretions of a child with vaccine associated febrile rash illness, Croatia, March 2010

“We describe excretion of measles vaccine strain Schwarz in a child who developed a febrile rash illness eight days after primary immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella. Throat swabs and urine specimens were collected on the fifth and sixth day of illness, respectively. Genotyping demonstrated measles vaccine strain Schwarz (genotype A). If measles and rubella were not under enhanced surveillance in Croatia, the case would have been either misreported as rubella or not recognised at all.”

<>Do Vaccines Promote Health?<> –  (our questions start at 17:22 – link to VPR). 

 

January, 2015

When a measles vaccine fails to protect, who should be blamed? (read more…)

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Protect your right to informed medical decision making.

Central to the right of informed consent is the right to decline consent. In practicality with current vaccination laws, this translates into the right to exercise vaccine exemptions when state laws call for mandatory vaccines. Vermont law grants parents the right to exercise both religious and philosophical objections.

We are the individual human Voices for Vaccine Choice in Vermont. We are active community members and a vital part of the Vermont economy – the young families and future of vermont.

We are not “anti-vaxxers.”

There is no “Anti-Vaccination Movement” (read more). However, despite S199/Act 157 (2012), vaccine risk information offered to Vermont parents continues to be truncated and downplayed. When parents have questions and concerns about the health effects of vaccines, they are uniformly told: “the benefits far outweigh the risks”.  However, vaccines can and do cause unexpected side effects.

Do Vaccines Promote Health?

Public health officials aggressively market “routine” baby vaccines and insist they are safe and effective. However, an alarming “new normal” of chronic illness has more and more parents choosing to opt out of some – or all – of the many vaccines purchased and mandated for their children by the state. Bearing witness to the staggering rise in cases of children with allergies, asthma, eczema, ADHD, autism and other chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders, parents are asking: Do vaccines really promote long-term health?

We seek to protect informed consent by providing educational forums and by sharing published, peer-reviewed scientific information and news about the health effects and health outcomes of vaccination. Today’s doctors are not trained to recognize vaccine reactions; children and families suffer as a result.

1/22/2015: India – “There are several cases of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) like this, but they don’t get reported.” – AhmedabadMirror/ download .pdf

1/18/2015: Flu vaccine paradox adds to public health debate: “Canadian problem” an example of odd effects of prior vaccinationCBC News

1/8/2015: INFLUENZA VACCINE / RECENT SCIENCE

1/7/2015: Opening Day in the VT Legislature (read more…)

1/7/2015: “She was healthy. She had a flu shot,” said Amber McCarthy, Ayzlee’s mother. “The whole thing is so unreal.” ‘Healthy’ Iowa 3-year-old dies from flu (Des Moines Register)

– This year, Vermont taxpayers will buy $13,411,296 worth of vaccines from the CDC through KidsVax, paying $352,290 in fees (report). Insurance companies will be billed for these costs, which will in turn be put into the health insurance rates in the form of an assessment.

– Record Number Of Whooping Cough Cases In San Diego County Despite Immunization… Over 80% of victims were up to date on their DTaP / TDaP shots (KBPS.)… in Vermont, 90% of victims had been vaccinated (VTDigger.)

– Government Accountability Office Issues Report on Vaccine Injury Compensation: “Most Claims Took Years…” (read the full report).

– Green Mountain Care Board to vote on Data privacy. Meeting is Thurs., 1-8-2015 at 11 am (read more).

Maine, 1-2-2015: “Which vaccines a parent gives to their child and when those vaccines are given is their prerogative as a parent. We can’t assume a parent is ignorant simply because they choose to vaccinate their children on a different schedule than the template laid out by the CDC. – Maine Rep. Deborah Sanderson.

New Hampshire, 1-4-2015: Advocates call for opt-out. Years in the making, N.H. immunization registry hits snag during rulemaking (Concord Monitor).

Last in health, Mississippi strives to add conscious belief vaccine exemption (HB 130).

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Flu Shot or Not?

Are you considering whether you should get a flu shot or not? Have you recently been made to feel guilty about not “taking the protection”?

CONS:

(Note: this is not medical advice, but a compilation of information and opinion written by citizens for health choice.)

http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/could-the-ineffective-flu-shot-be-causing-more-severe-flu-outbreaks-including-deaths/

There are multiple types of flu shots and methods of administration, and ingredients differ.

A table with some of the ingredients is below, to get you started on your research.
https://mttmblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/flusum2014.pdf
Source: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094045.htm

When viral proteins are injected into the body, the immune system learns to recognize them (sensitization) and then on subsequent exposure to the proteins it begins to attack them (elicitation). Unfortunately, any other proteins injected with the vaccine are treated the same way. Once sensitized to the injected protein, future exposure to the protein elicits an attack known as an allergic reaction. References are below:

Smith-Norowitz TA, Wong D, Kusonruksa M, Norowitz KB, Joks R, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long Term Persistence of IgE Anti-Influenza Virus Antibodies in Pediatric and Adult Serum Post Vaccination with Influenza Virus Vaccine. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(3):239-244. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.239. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v08p0239.htm
https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/allergolint/46/4/46_4_249/_pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/830756

More details and references are here: http://foodallergycauses.wordpress.com/category/food-allergy-causes/

Intranasal vaccines apply spray close to your olfactory nerve that is millimeters away from your brain. There have been previous cases of adventitious agents in a vaccine and given that we can only test for what we know there may remains a risk of unintentional contamination of the vaccine by viruses/bacteria/amoeba/prion/etc.

Intradermal: skin cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine.
If your body develops an allergy to these skin proteins, you can develop immune system related skin disorders such as eczema.

Intramuscular: skin and muscle cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine. If your body develops an allergy to these muscle proteins (one of which is tropomyosin), you can develop immune system disorders as the immune system attacks any tissue containing tropomyosin. Tropomyosin is present in the brain and the intestines. So disorders can include autism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
and of course seafood allergy.
http://www.scienceforums.net/topic/85502-vaccines-allergies-autism-and-autoimmune-disorders/

Polysorbate 80 contains vegetable oils. Depending on the type of vegetable oil used, it can cause the development of allergies to various food items – food allergies.
http://www.scienceforums.net/topic/83698-polysorbate-80-vaccines-and-federal-allergen-regulation/

Ovalbumin in vaccines can cause the development of allergy to egg.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen but your body creates a small amount of it too.

Mercury is a well known toxin for which there is no safe amount.

Triton X-100 can damage cells.

HA is the viral protein. The “active ingredient” of a flu vaccine.

Insect proteins when injected into the body can cause the development of allergy to those insect proteins.
Flublok uses cells from the Fall Armyworm, a type of moth larvae. If you develop an allergy to such an insect protein, it may be very difficult to avoid exposure. Avoiding exposure to egg for a patient with egg allergies is difficult enough. How would one avoid exposure to a moth/larvae protein?

Flucelvax contains dog kidney cell proteins. If you develop an allergy to dog kidney cell protein, your immune system might start attacking your own similar kidney cells. An autoimmune kidney disorder will result.

Also the dog kidney cells used to make the vaccine are highly tumorigenic. The cells are supposed to be all killed. But even the tumorigenic DNA residue in the vaccine is considered dangerous and is therefore limited by the FDA to 10 nanogram. Is that low enough?
http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/05/slides/5-4188S1-1draft.PPT

Trivalent vaccines contain three viral strains and quadrivalent contain four viral strains.

If you want to perform some probability calculations, flu vaccines work 60% of the time per the CDC.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/effectivenessqa-2013-14.htm

Recent science tells us that the flu may become a lot more deadly to those who have been repeatedly vaccinated.

In the old days before vaccines, you had no choice but to suffer the flu if you caught it.
Modern medicine gives you the choice as to whether you wish to intentionally expose your body, despite the fact that the long-term consequences of repeated influenza vaccination are unknown.

PRO’s – AS WRITTEN BY ONE PERSON WHO PROMOTES FLU VACCINATION:

1) Standard Trivalent vaccine protects against three strains of the flu virus ( two type A’s and one Type B) and comes in two forms. Multidose vial which uses thimerisol as a preservative and single dose vial which does not. There is no real difference here since thimerisol has been conclusively shown not to cause autism as some tried to claim. Doctors often prefer the mutidose vial because its less expensive and since vaccines are a major cost to most practices ( and one we often lose money on).

2) Quadravalent vaccine protects again 4 strains of the flu ( Two A and Two B) and there for may offer more protection in some seasons. It is more expensive and may not be available everywhere so if its not available its best to get the Trivalent since the difference is not critical.

3) Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine – Unlike other flu vaccines this is a live attenuated virus vaccine so there is a small but not zero chance that immune compromised individuals could catch the flu if they got this vaccine. This is the preferred vaccine for children age 2-8 yrs old but is not approved for anyone under 2 yrs old or over 50 yrs old. It may offer slightly better protection than the standard trivalent vaccine

4) FluBlok – This is another trivalent vaccine approved for patients 18-49 yrs old. This vaccine is manufatured using a new technique which does not require the use of eggs so it is a good alternative for patients who are allergic to eggs.

5) High Dose Vaccine – This vaccine uses a higher dose fo the antigens to produce greater immunity It is useful in older patients since they do not respond as well to vaccines. It seems to increase protection by about 25%

 

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Wakefield et al, and Scientific Rigor

December 15, 2014 by Shawn Siegel

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, praised and still soundly supported by the parents of the Lancet kids, is characterized as a fraud in the mainstream, virtually solely on the basis of the case series published in, and subsequently retracted from, the Lancet, but the science of the paper – the validity of the data collected and conclusions drawn – was never in question. Indeed, it was praised by Richard Horton, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, both in interviews and in his testimony at the General Medical Council hearing.

This is from the online Huffington Post article linked below, authored by journalist Sally Beck:

“[Horton made comments] in an interview with me for The Observer newspaper, and in a written email to an epidemiologist seeking clarification on whether the science in the Wakefield study held up. [He] was quick to confirm that the science in the paper, which looked at whether 12 autistic children also suffered bowel disease, was good.

“He reiterated his statement in his evidence to the GMC, ‘There was no question in my mind that subject to external peer review and editor debate, we should publish this work,’ he said. ‘The description of what seemed to be a new syndrome and its relations to possible environmental triggers was original and would certainly have interested our readers.'”

And the following is an excerpt from a document I received from Martin Walker, who edited the books, Silenced Witnesses, numbers 1 and 2, which are the stories of the parents of the Lancet kids. Martin attended the full GMC hearing – this is his description of Horton’s testimony, corroborating and expanding on the comments in the Huffington Post article:

“According to Horton, his enquiry into Deer’s allegations left him sure that at least one of the most serious was completely fictitious. From that point onwards, in real life and in the hearing, Horton gave impeccable evidence for the defence. In fact he rose to a level of praise for Dr Wakefield the like of which I have only previously heard from parents.

“When Horton moved to talking about the paper published in the Lancet, it became clear that he had the highest regard for the method which the ‘case series’ used and the way in which it was presented. If the prosecution was expecting him to say that the paper was full of poor science, they must have been surprised when he said the absolute opposite.

“Horton said that the Lancet paper was an excellent example of a ‘case series’. That this was a standard and entirely reputable way of reporting on a possible new syndrome. He said unequivocally that the science reported in the 1998 Lancet paper ‘still stands’ and that he ‘wished, wished, wished’ that the clock could be turned back and the paper be considered in the light it was first presented, without everything that followed.”

The headlines blasted around the world vilifying Dr. Wakefield should instead have been trumpeting the success enjoyed by the team of doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London, the families of the kids who participated, and certainly the children themselves, when the treatments for their inflamed bowels resulted in amelioration of their symptoms of autism; when kids who hadn’t been able to sleep through the night for months began getting a full night’s sleep; when kids who hadn’t spoken for months – or longer – again began speaking, and speaking with language usage commensurate with their age at the time, not at the age at which they’d stopped speaking!, demonstrating continued mental growth despite the outward appearance of absence; and when kids who’d lost emotional connection with their families once again began recognizing and bonding with their parents and siblings.

Priorities, folks – priorities.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-beck/richard-horton-waffles-on_b_460550.html

 

 

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December, 2014

“Since fiscal year 1999, HHS has added six vaccines to the vaccine injury table, but it has not added covered injuries associated with these vaccines to the table. This means that while individuals may file VICP claims for these vaccines, each petitioner must demonstrate that the vaccine that was administered caused the alleged injury. HHS is considering adding covered injuries associated with these vaccines; but as of September 2014, it had not published any final rules to do so.

The balance of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund, managed by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) increased from $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2009 to nearly $3.3 billion at the end of fiscal year 2013 as the trust fund’s income (from net revenues from vaccine excise taxes and interest on investments) outpaced its disbursements to HHS, USCFC, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which represents HHS in VICP proceedings. VICP compensation, funded by the trust fund, increased from less than $126 million in each of fiscal years 1999 to 2009 to over $254 million in fiscal year 2013.”

  • US DHHS Decree: Immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to the manufacturing, testing, development, distribution and administration of three experimental Ebola vaccines (Yahoo Finance)
  • CDC announces to doctors that the current flu vaccine may not protect against today’s predominately circulating H3N2 influenza virus (CBS This Morning)
  • Dec 4, 2014: European agency clears Novartis vaccine in Italy scare (France 24)
  • Novartis flu vaccine on hold in Italy after suspicious deaths (CIDRAP)
  • Study: Epidemic of complicated mumps in previously vaccinated young adults in the South-West of France (Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, December 2014)
  • Study, Tdap vaccination during pregnancy: small but statistically significant increased risk of chorioamnionitis (1-Medscape, 2-Dr. Halvorsen)
  • Petitions Received for Vaccine Injury Compensation Program  (Federal Register)
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Latest News

  • 11/28/2014: Novartis flu vaccine suspended in Italy after deaths: Swiss drugmaker stresses that “no causal link” has been discovered between vaccine and deaths (Telegraph, UK)
  • Pathogen evolution and the immunological niche (Annuals of the NY Academy of Science, 2014)
  • Lawsuits claiming Merck lied about mumps vaccine efficacy headed to trial (read more…)
  • 11/16/2014: AP IMPACT: ‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting
  • Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/1/e01040-13.full (this is an animal study on the flu vaccine which is now recommended to all babies and children.)
  • 11/18/2014: New study strongly suggests hepatitis B vaccination in ‪‎France‬ sparked a wave of new cases of MS <!–more–>
  • Why is vaccine choice so important? Download our brochure, here.

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  • What Kind of Life is a Lifetime of Vaccines? (Read more).
  • Post-MMR “Febrile seizures represent a serious adverse event…” (Nature Genetics, 2014)
  • Example of major differences in opinion between those who support choice based on the science, and those who support mandatory vaccination for MMR, DTaP, IPV, HIB, PCV, HepB, ChickenPox, and anything new the Vermont CDC plans to add (meningitis, HPV): Vermont parents are required to read the Dept. of Health’s vaccine education document before “opting out” of any one of the 30 vaccines they will be asked to get to attend preschool (see VT schedule up to 18 months). Here is one coalition parent’s annotated version of the education document.
  • Costly chronic disease in children is exploding. Pre-Order your video of Explore the Facts Lecture.
  • Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) – San Diego Protest on 11-01-2014 
  • Concerned Vermonter Responds to Brattleboro Reformer
  • CDC wants VT children to have 49 vaccines before kindergarten.
  • Read the Vermont-reported injuries/hospitalizations from last 5 years here.
  • Vaccine Ingredients and Manufacturer Information via www.procon.org
  • Anaphylaxis to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines among children with cow’s milk allergy (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).
  • Drug Makers Seek Indemnity for Ebola Vaccines (London South East).
  • “The public and the media need to be more skeptical of industry claims and be wary of hype that over promises.” – (from: Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System” by Doctors Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice).
  • Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease (British Medical Journal).
  • Is Enterovirus D68 Behind The Mysterious Paralysis In Children? (www.NCPR.org).
  • At the end of 2013, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the US government, including 140 deaths (www.Medalerts.org).
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