December 1, 2017

Philippines Suspends Dengue Shots After Drug Firm’s Warning

The New York Times Reports:

MANILA — The Philippines suspended its school-based dengue immunization program on Friday after the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi warned that its flagship vaccine, Dengvaxia, had been found to pose health risks in people not previously infected.

The suspension came after health experts expressed worries about Sanofi’s announcement this week.

The company said further clinical studies had revealed that, in those who had previously had dengue, the vaccine could prevent repeat infection. But for those who had not had dengue, and were vaccinated and later became infected, “more cases of severe disease could occur,” Sanofi said in the advisory.

With more than 740,000 elementary school students in the Philippines having already received Dengvaxia vaccinations, the government decided to halt the program for the time being.

The Philippine health secretary, Francisco Duque, said the program would be “on hold while review consultations are on the way.” He added that the government would seek help from medical experts outside the Philippines, including from the World Health Organization.

Dengue is the most widespread mosquito-borne disease in the world, with nearly 400 million people infected every year. There are four dengue viruses, or serotypes, and most people who are infected recover and become immune to the first serotype they had. In some cases, a later infection with a different serotype can lead to a severe hemorrhagic fever. About 25,000 people die every year from hemorrhagic fevers arising from the disease.

Mr. Duque said that, with an average of 200,000 people infected with dengue every year in the Philippines, vaccination was “essential.” He said that the Department of Health would be stepping up its monitoring efforts to ensure public safety and that the department’s legal division was studying what to do with the Sanofi contract and how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of children who may have been put at risk.

Mr. Duque said that government officials had been asked to coordinate with community health experts to identify and monitor the children. He said a post-vaccination surveillance program would last for five years.

“I hope that this development will not in any way affect the expanded program of immunization because there are countless number of lives that have been saved,” Mr. Duque said, adding that 7 billion Philippine pesos, or about $140 million, had been budgeted for all government vaccination programs for the year, up from 340 million pesos in 2006.

He would not say when the program was likely to be restarted or what steps would be necessary to allow resumption.

“We need to go back quite a long way to really put the facts together,” Mr. Duque said. “Until that is available, we can’t answer all your questions with definitive responses.”

He said the vaccines that were now in stock would not be allowed to be sold unless the labels were changed to reflect the latest advisory.


Sanofi, manufacturer of Dengvaxia, said the drug posed a risk to people who had not previously been infected. CreditNoel Celis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 

Sanofi representatives in Manila were not immediately available to comment on Friday.

The Philippines became the first country in Asia to approve the commercial sale of Dengvaxia, in December 2015. Dengvaxia is the first dengue vaccine developed by Sanofi.

Health advocates in the Philippines first raised the alarm over Dengvaxia when the government announced in April last year that it would be used in the school immunization program despite the fact that it was a relatively new drug with possible unknown effects. But the government continued, budgeting about $70 million for the program.

The government has defended its use of the vaccine, saying that the treatment had undergone extensive studies and stressing that it was approved for use by the World Health Organization. The first hint that there could be something wrong was in April last year, when an 11-year-old boy with congenital heart disease died after receiving a Dengvaxia shot, but the government worked to distance the drug from the death.

Nancy Binay, a legislator in the Philippine Senate, said she was alarmed at the drug’s potential impact on public health and urged the health authorities and Sanofi to “launch a nationwide medical advisory and information drive” to contact parents whose children had been given Dengvaxia.

The recently released Sanofi medical report was “deeply shocking and disturbing,” Senator Binay said.

She said it was “sad” that the health department ignored the warnings about the lack of patient safety and research integrity in the Dengvaxia tests. “Safety should always be the paramount concern when it comes to any immunization program,” she said.

Senator Binay called on the pharmaceutical giant to explain what it meant when it warned of “severe disease.”

“We don’t want the warning to the public to come too little, too late,” she said. “Obviously, there were shortfalls and gaps in the vaccine’s safety profile, and I believe Sanofi is morally and ethically obliged to inform the public what severe diseases came out in their clinical tests.”

Dr. Anthony Leachon, an independent director at PhilHealth, a government medical insurance body, said the Philippine medical community had expressed alarm at the government’s use of the vaccine.

He said that as early as last year medical experts had told the government that there was “lingering uncertainty” about the long-term effects of the vaccine, but that their concerns had apparently been ignored.

“Evidence from manufacturer’s trials shows that there may be a paradoxical increase in the incidence of severe dengue beginning a few years after children are vaccinated, and possibly continuing for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Leachon said.

The clinical trials on the dengue vaccine were designed specifically to assess this “and sadly, this danger has been confirmed,” he said.

“Many parents, teachers and health care workers claim they were never fully informed about the benefits and potential side effects of the vaccine,” Dr. Leachon added.

Pro-Safety, Pro-Health. Pro-Vaccine Choice.

One very concerned Vermont Mom writes in response to recent health department claims that, “Vaccines are Unrelated to Autism”. Read more…




Apr. 20, 2017 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Interview by Tucker Carlson

Vaccine Policy – Sharyl Atkisson reports: “Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. briefed members of Congress on Capitol Hill, pushing them to investigate an untouchable subject: the safety of vaccines.” – Full Measure, February 19, 2017 

Actor Robert De Niro Concerned With Dangers Of Mercury In VaccinesCBS Pittsburgh, February 15, 2017

Suit opens in Tokyo court over cervical cancer vaccine side effectsJapan Times, February 13, 2017

Medical response to Trump requires truth seeking and respect for patients – Peter Doshi, associate editor, British Medical Journal, February 7, 2017

Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate (read more at: Sacramento Bee)

Dirty Little $ecrets: Following the Pharma Money Trail in Texas (read more here)

Drugmakers contribute campaign money to Vermont candidates (read more at: Assoc Press)

January 17, 2017: US Dept of Health and Human Services Announces Final Rule Making Changes to Vaccine Injury Table

To gain entitlement to compensation under this program, a petitioner must establish that a vaccine-related injury or death has occurred, either by proving that a vaccine actually caused or significantly aggravated an injury (causation-in-fact) or by demonstrating the occurrence of what is referred to as a ‘‘Table Injury.’’ That is, a petitioner may show that the vaccine recipient suffered an injury of the type enumerated in the regulations at 42 CFR 100.3—the ‘‘Vaccine Injury Table’’— corresponding to the vaccination in question and that the onset of such injury took place within a time period also specified in the Table. If so, the injury is presumed to have been caused by the vaccination and the petitioner is entitled to compensation (assuming that other requirements are satisfied) unless the Respondent affirmatively shows that the injury was caused by some factor other than the vaccination (see 42 U.S.C. 300aa–11(c)(1)(C)(i), 300aa–13(a)(1)(B)), and 300aa–14(a)).“- Federal Register

Johns Hopkins University Press: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Narrative Symposium: To Vaccinate or Not? Parents’ Stories.

January 10: Vaccines Revealed… watch free! Docu-series featuring physicians, university scientists, drug company representatives, government whistleblowers and other experts. Click here to register.




2016 Election: Learn more about Vaccine Freedom Candidates, here.



  • What is an “exemption”?  Vaccination has ALWAYS been a voluntary procedure in the State of Vermont … until now … (read more)
  • About us – the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice.


Official Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe Stream from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

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January, 2014

  • “The live-attenuated measles vaccine is effective, but measles outbreaks still occur in vaccinated populations. ” (Study)
  • Vaccines, the $100Billion Behomoth (Greater Good)
  • Significant increased incidence of autism spectrum disorders in vaccines containing thimerosal – Translational Neurodegeneration, 2013
  • Dr. Bradley Rauch takes the time and the courage to respond to Senator Mullin in the Rutland Herald
  • New England Journal of Medicine study: Rotavirus vaccine increases the risk of intussusception – (read study)
  • Large trial finds 55% efficacy for 4-strain flu vaccine in kids, CIDRAP News
  • Whooping cough outbreaks are spreading due to failure of the vaccines.
  • Why I Choose Not to Vaccinate my Child, by Amy 
  • Growing Up Unvaccinated, by Laura 
  • What Kind of Life is a Lifetime of Vaccines? by Charlotte
  • Evidence based medicine is broken, British Medical Journal 
  • Mother lode – Superhero sugars in breast milk make the newborn gut safe for beneficial bacteria, ScienceNews



December, 2013


~ Pennsylvania nurse, who was pregnant, loses her job after declining flu vaccine (read more)

~ Vermont Health Department prefers education rather than mandatory flu vaccination, acknowledges need for parental choice (watch video)

~ Vaccine Accountability and Injury Compensation: Why Not?  (read more)

~ Meningitis B investigational vaccine being pushed into US college students… (read more)

~ Annual Flu Vaccines Could Leave People Vulnerable to Novel Pandemics: Study – Int’l Business Times


You have the right to be fully informed about the truthful benefit vs. risk for each vaccine under consideration. You have the right to make a voluntary choices (without coercion) as to whether you vaccinate you children before sending them to school.

… print Vermont childcare/daycare/school/university vaccination exemption form here.

Safety Concerns: Aluminum in Vaccines

Updated 6/1/2015

International Journal of ‪Alzheimers‬ Disease 2011: Link between Aluminum and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Integration of the Aluminum and Amyloid Cascade Hypotheses

“Whilst being environmentally abundant, aluminum is not essential for life. On the contrary, aluminum is a widely recognized neurotoxin that inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions and causes various adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans.”

Presentation on March 26, 2014 at International Symposium on Vaccines in Nice, France: A Role for the Pineal Gland in Neurological Damage Following Aluminum-adjuvanted Vaccination (Powerpoint Slides) (PDF Version

Pharmacology & Toxicology, 1992: 

“Aluminium is widely used as an adjuvant in human vaccines, and children can often receive up to 3.75 mg of parenteral aluminium during the first six months of life. We show that intraperitoneal injection of aluminium adsorbed vaccines into mice causes a transient rise in brain tissue aluminium levels peaking around the second and third day after injection. This rise is not seen in the saline control group of animals or with vaccine not containing aluminium. It is likely that aluminium is transported to the brain by the iron-binding protein transferrin and enters the brain via specific transferrin receptors.”

Toxicological Profile for Aluminum – US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (PDF)

Intestinal Absorption of Aluminum – see:

“No known physiologic need exists for aluminum; however, because of its atomic size and electric charge (0.051 nm and 3+, respectively), it is sometimes a competitive inhibitor of several essential elements of similar characteristics, such as magnesium (0.066 nm, 2+), calcium (0.099 nm, 2+), and iron (0.064 nm, 3+). At physiological pH, aluminum forms a barely soluble Al(OH)3 that can be easily dissolved by minor changes in the acidity of the media.[2]

Approximately 95% of an aluminum load becomes bound to transferrin and albumin intravascularly and is then eliminated renally. In healthy subjects, only 0.3% of orally administered aluminum is absorbed via the GI tract and the kidneys effectively eliminate aluminum from the human body. It is only when the GI barrier is bypassed, such as intravenous infusion or in the presence of advanced renal dysfunction, that aluminum has the potential to accumulate. As an example, with intravenously infused aluminum, 40% is retained in adults and up to 75% is retained in neonates.[4]” –

Study from Canada in April 2013 Cell Biology & Toxicology:
How aluminum, an intracellular ROS generator promotes hepatic and neurological diseases: the metabolic tale

“Metal pollutants are a global health risk due to their ability to contribute to a variety of diseases. Aluminum (Al), a ubiquitous environmental contaminant is implicated in anemia, osteomalacia, hepatic disorder, and neurological disorder. In this review, we outline how this intracellular generator of reactive oxygen species (ROS) triggers a metabolic shift towards lipogenesis in astrocytes and hepatocytes. This Al-evoked phenomenon is coupled to diminished mitochondrial activity, anerobiosis, and the channeling of α-ketoacids towards anti-oxidant defense. The resulting metabolic reconfiguration leads to fat accumulation and a reduction in ATP synthesis, characteristics that are common to numerous medical disorders. Hence, the ability of Al toxicity to create an oxidative environment promotes dysfunctional metabolic processes in astrocytes and hepatocytes. These molecular events triggered by Al-induced ROS production are the potential mediators of brain and liver disorders.”


1953: Alum causes Epilepsy in the Monkey Following Multiple Intracerebral Injections (Bull N Y Acad Med.)

1994 STUDY: Internal load of aluminum suggested “disturbing effects” on short-term memory, learning, and attention. – Read more here.

CHOP-alumPhoto credit: Vaccine “Education” Center – Children’s Hospital of PA.

July 10, 2013

According to the CDC, aluminum gels or salts of aluminum are added as adjuvants to “help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.” CDC then links us to a “What you Need to Know” document from the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which aims to assure the reader that aluminum is perfectly safe, comparable even to breastfeeding your baby.

These claims of perfect safety are at odds with current research on the subject.

Firstly, aluminum is a known neurotoxin. In 2011, Masahiro Kawahara and Midori Kato-Negishi wrote in the International Journal of Neurotoxicology that,

“…it is widely accepted that Al is a recognized neurotoxin, and that it could cause cognitive deficiency and dementia when it enters the brain and may have various adverse effects on CNS. In general, the absorption of metals by the gastrointestinal tract is widely variable and is influenced by various factors including an individual difference, age, pH, stomach contents [173]. Recent studies using mass spectrometry of 26Al have demonstrated that small, but a considerable amount of Al crosses the blood brain barrier, enters into the brain, and accumulates in a semipermanent manner [174, 175]. Therefore, Al can cause severe health problems in particular populations, including infants, elderly people, and patients with impaired renal functions, and unnecessary exposure to Al should be avoided for such patients [176].Now, newly published research by Keele Conference scientists shows that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines transfers to the brain. Intramuscular injection of alum-containing vaccine was associated with the appearance of aluminum deposits in distant organs, such as spleen and brain where they were still detected one year after injection.” (page 14)

Secondly, recent research suggests that aluminum is linked to neurotoxicity and even dementia (Immunologic Research, online April 23, 2013). Aluminum is found in higher concentrations in the brains of Alzheimers patients (Journal of Alzheimers Disease, online, Jan. 1, 2013). There is growing concern that aluminum is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s (Clinical Biochemistry, Jan. 2013).

The path of aluminum adjuvant from injection site to the brain was documented in a mouse model this year (see:Slow CCL2-dependent translocation of biopersistent particles from muscle to brain.” – and Read more in this article by Heidi Stevenson.

Sayer Ji wrote, “Can We Continue To Justify Injecting Aluminum Into Children?” which is also an essential read on this subject.

Nuclear Aluminum (JR Walton)
Nuclear Aluminum (JR Walton)

*Photo Credit / See also:

Aluminum in hippocampal neurons from humans with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Physician Cautions Against Flu Shot During Pregnancy

Updated July 1, 2013

Please note: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 target for flu vaccine injection into health-care personnel is 90%. Their 2020 target for flu vaccine and pneumo vaccine injection rates is 90% of all adults age >65 yrs. And they are targeting pregnant women. They want 80% to be injected with flu vaccine by 2020 (Sources: CMS, US Gov’t).

At the same time, the Department reports that between 2005 and 2012, flu vaccine injuries have caused a doubling in the number of vaccine injury claims. Flu vaccine injuries now represent 50% of all vaccine injury claims. The most common diagnosis? Demyelinating disorders (Source: DHHS).

This article was originally posted as, “Your Body. Your Baby. Their Flu” by Thinking Moms’ Revolution and has been reposted here with permission from the author, Dr. Kelly Brogan.


As a conventionally trained, dyed-in-the-wool psychiatrist, I learned that mental illness is a manifestation of an imbalance of brain chemicals that can be largely reduced to too little serotonin and/or norepinephrine, too little dopamine, or messed up excitatory signals at the membrane level.  These deficits required pharmaceutical intervention for repair, just as one of my attendings once patronizingly said to an inpatient post-suicide attempt: if you had poor vision, you would need glasses.  There would just be no way for you to navigate the world without those glasses no matter how much you wanted to.

I don’t believe this anymore.  I’ve left the church and I’ve run into the woods where I’m listening to the sermons delivered by the natives there…those who believe in a natural order, in the body’s capacity to heal, in the sanctity of a clean environment, and in the interconnectedness of spirit, nourishment, and movement.  But this was a journey for me.  I started to open my eyes during my first pregnancy, when I began my fellowship in treating pregnant and postpartum women. I learned how to consent them, and what informed consent really looked like, around treatment with psychotropics in pregnancy and lactation. Many of these women had been on medication for the better part of their adult lives and either found themselves pregnant, were planning to become, or developed symptoms despite treatment.  I poured over the literature for hundreds of hours, memorizing authors and statistics, distilling complex analytic concepts, and building a rational path, with some forks in the road, for these women to travel.  I helped them to understand the known risks, the unknown risks, the alternatives, and allowed them to assess the perceived benefits.  This process would often culminate in a 90-120 minute session involving all and any interested family members and extensive communication with other providers – general psychiatrists, obstetricians, therapists, so that everyone was on the same page.

You can imagine that it began to rub me the wrong way when these very same patients would come in and casually mention that they had gotten a “flu shot”, often without a single medical provider involved (at CVS!), no consent, no discussion.  I didn’t know much about the flu vaccine other than that when I entered medical school, pregnant women and babies were in the “contraindicated” demographic.  I also knew that doctors, residents and med students almost never got the flu shot voluntarily.

I began to look into the literature through my lens of best quality pregnancy data: a prospective cohort study, well-controlled, looking at outcomes during pregnancy, at birth, and up to 5-7 years of childhood age or longer. I investigated the ingredients (egg proteins and associated unidentified viral DNA from this animal tissue, the allergen gelatin, polysorbate 80 which crosses the blood brain barrier, the carcinogen formaldehyde, the detergent triton x100, sucrose, resin, the antibiotic gentamycin, and thimerosol/mercury) and found that no study has looked at the effect of injecting any one of the ingredients, let alone the combination.  I was hoping to find large studies done annually for each preparation assuming that if there were 25,000 cases in the literature of SSRI exposure, there must be at least that for something formally recommended to pregnant women.  Hereinlies the important philosophical leap:  women are educated to avoid elective exposures to medication in pregnancy.  When there is an indicated intervention, medical, pharmaceutical, surgical, the personal risks and benefits are weighed of treatment vs no treatment vs alternatives.  But, here we have a one-size-fits-all recommendation with no risk-stratification according to immune status, personal medical history, genetic risk factors, or comorbidities.  A formal recommendation of a category C intervention whose package insert states:

“Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with influenza virus vaccine. It is also not known whether influenza virus vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Although animal reproductive studies have not been conducted, the prescribing health care provider should be aware of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The ACIP states that if used during pregnancy, administration of influenza virus vaccine after 14 weeks of gestation may be preferable to avoid coincidental association of the vaccine with early pregnancy loss.”

Who is blowing air into this trumpet? I think we know.

To this day, I remain appalled at the double-speak on the part of the CDC around this intervention that has been conclusively found to be ineffective and dangerous in the general population and is grossly understudied in the pregnant population. Here are some tidbits about vaccinating for influenza:

• As Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, an enlightened pediatrician, discusses in his writings and patient education, we are awash in viruses and bacteria. Exposure does not equal infection. Presumption that 4 strains (the three chosen for the vaccine and the H1N1) are worthy of specific action is not based in evidence, nor common sense.

• Incidence of flu at the population level is grossly inflated as a fear-mongering tactic. When patients present with flu-like symptoms, they are rarely diagnostically confirmed as being Influenza type A or type B, and the vast majority of the time, may be neither. A brilliant 7 year old assessment by Ayoub and Yazbak states:  “In general, most symptoms of the “flu” are not caused by influenza virus but by a variety of noninfluenza viruses, bacteria, other infectious organisms, or even noninfectious conditions. According to the CDC, only about 20% of the cases of ILI are actually caused by the influenza virus. If this is true, then theoretically only 20% of all cases of ILI are preventable by influenza vaccination, and only when there is a perfect antigenic match between the vaccine strain and the circulating virus. Furthermore, even a perfect antigenic match does not guarantee an adequate antibody titer, nor does measurable antibody assure protection.”

• A Cochrane analysis of 50 studies (15 of which were industry funded) demonstrated that in the likely event that the included strains did not match circulating virus, there was a 2% incidence in the unvaccinated vs a 1% incidence in the vaccinated population of presumed influenza. There was no effect of vaccination on hospitalizations of complications. This review also discusses concerning signal for incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (autoimmune paralysis).

• Pregnant patients are not at higher risk, do not die more frequently or suffer more complications from influenza. Ayoub and Yazbak dispute the two non-rigorous studies that are the basis for the claim that pregnant women suffer impaired immunity. Additionally, based on this study of 250,000 pregnant women in Australia and New Zealand, only 0.03% were admitted to the ICU for H1N1 complications and there is suspicion that obesity was the underlying driver of these complications.

• Analysis of CDC statistics reveals that there is 0-1 death per year of identified influenza in reproductive age women from 1997-2002. By comparison, vaccine-induced Guillain-Barre incidence is estimated at 20-40 annually.

• Documented risks of vaccination as sanctioned by a neat little government table include vasculitis, seizure, encephalomyelitis, facial palsy, facial paresis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, hypoesthesia, myelitis, neuritis, neuropathy, paresthesia.

• Common side effects include symptoms like fatigue, fever, body and headaches (aka…the flu!) In the pregnant population, the largest conducted assessment of 49, 585 pregnant women in the Kaiser Permanente Healthcare System over 5 flu seasons demonstrated that no deaths occurred from influenza in the vaccinated or unvaccinated population, and that even in an “at risk” asthma subpopulation, vaccination did nothing to minimize hospitalizations, as the only admissions (0.018%) were for pneumonia. Two wonderful posts on this subject explore the applicability of this study to decision-making for the pregnant woman – Aviva Romm MD, holistic women’s health practitioner and Jennifer Margulis PhD, investigative journalist and women’s health advocate.

So, if we do not know true incidence because we are lumping pneumonia with presumed influenza and typically confirming neither by standardized diagnosis, we have evidence of inefficacy through Cochrane, through Kaiser, and even here at the Lancet where they admit that efficacy was “moderate”, “variable”, “reduced”, or “absent” depending on the season, then at what cost are we administering this intervention? Well, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that if there were even a one in a billion chance of life long paralysis or death, most people would take their chances with a week of the flu instead. And these are obvious adverse events.

Perhaps the most concerning study I came across implicated the influenza vaccination in a strong inflammatory response in the pregnant woman. Here, the investigators identified significantly elevated CRP two days after vaccination and a similar (but non-significant) pattern for TNF-alpha. They address the notion of vulnerable subgroups as being more important than generalizable findings.  For example, the most depressed women at the time of vaccination exhibited an increased inflammatory response to vaccination – suggestive of inflammatory priming by the depressed state or an impairment of the inflammatory attenuation that is typical of a pregnant state. I study and lecture nationally about the inflammatory underpinnings of antepartum and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Inflammation in pregnancy is something I am not interested in actively promoting. If a woman’s real risk of developing severe flu is vanishingly remote, comparing that to active exposure to a CRP and IL6 elevating injection approximates malpractice.
This immune activation has been implicated, not only in development of postpartum depression, but in abnormal child behavioral development including autism and schizophrenia. IL6, the very cytokine that was specifically raised by the flu vaccine, is the one that has been implicated in rodents in abnormal behavior in offspring. In this study, the H1N1 vaccine (a popular version since 2009) was found to induce oxidative stress (the driving force behind every chronic disease we now struggle with as a population). In a study by Munoz et al intended to affirm the safety record of influenza vaccines in the pregnant population, careful review of the results indicates that infants who died after birth were not included in the statistical analysis that determined there was no risk to offspring, and vaccinated women suffered higher rates of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and hypertension (all inflammatory in nature).

Maternal infections may promote a similar (or worse depending on biochemical individuality) inflammatory response and have been associated with the development of schizophrenia and cerebral palsy in children exposed in utero, but if the vaccine is not only ineffective at preventing infection, but promotes its own inflammatory response, and potentially other acute and long-term adverse effects, what are we doing here?

As Ayoub and Yazbak conclude: “Because the benefits of influenza vaccination during pregnancy appear lacking, a safety-benefit analysis should not tolerate any risk to vaccine recipients or their offspring, even at a theoretical level.”

I couldn’t agree more.

A red flag was also raised for me, this past flu season when I received a Department of Health advisory in my inbox that stated that pregnant woman may be given thimerosol containing immunizations in the setting of a thimerosol-free vaccine shortage. Tough to make sense of the prohibition of tuna, but the injection of 25 mcg of ethylmercury (the EPA’s allowable limit is 0.1ug/kg/day which is far exceeded by this amount in an average weight female) into the tissue of a woman growing a fetus. Especially when the only primate study that has ever been done on vaccines demonstrates that injection of neonates with thimerosol resulted in definitive abnormal neurodevelopment in these animals.

Mercury has been dubbed the most toxic element on the face of the earth. Any agency that sanctions its active delivery to the most vulnerable in our race is not one I plan to follow blindly. I encourage my patients to do their own homework on all of the exposures that their bodies encounter. My homework on this one left me thrilled that I know of other ways to promote immunity and resilience, and have never had the flu in my life despite more than 13 years of hospital exposure and 4 years of parenting. Sleep, stress-management, whole, colorful, and fermented foods, garlic, ginger, vitamin C, sunshine (or NYer’s sunshine – vitamin D3), a high quality multivitamin/mineral to compensate for any nutrients lost in transit and used up in managing toxic exposures. There’s a better way.

This better way embraces periodic sickness as part of comprehensive wellness. The only way to truly protect ourselves and our infants is through natural immunity bolstered by wild-type exposure in the community. Once you have a particular flu strain, when it comes around again, you will be uniquely protected, and you will pass on this protection to your newborn. There is no replacement for this. We cannot outsource our health to pharmaceutical companies. They just don’t know what health is.

~Kelly Brogan, MD

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As an undergraduate at M.I.T, Dr. Brogan studied Cognitive Neuroscience and worked with Harvard undergraduates to create a public forum for the discussion of alternative medicine, directing conferences for the Hippocratic Society. She attended Cornell Medical School where she was awarded the Rudin Scholarship for Psychiatric Oncology and began her work in Reproductive Psychiatry, which she went on to train in during her residency at NYU/Bellevue. A strong interest in the interface of medicine and psychiatry led her to pursue a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic Medicine at NYU/Bellevue/VA Hospital. Since that time, she remains on faculty and has focused her efforts on her private practice where she cares for patients with medical illnesses, as well as women at all stages of their reproductive life cycle. A passion for holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She has published in the field of Psycho-Oncology, Women’s Health, Perinatal Mental Health, Alternative  Medicine, and Infectious Disease. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.


See also:

Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Critical Assessment of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)


Pregnant? Should you Get Vaccinated?

Last update: 11/13/2013. This page will be continually updated. Check back often for updates.

11/9/2013 – please see:  Vaccination During Pregnancy, Is it Safe?

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Whooping Cough Shots During Pregnancy? – click here.

Flu Shots During Pregnancy?

Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Critical Assessment of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

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May 29, 2013

Dear Concerned Vermonter for Vaccine Choice,

Today a bill, “To Encourage Transparency in Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children” passed the Maine House and will move to the Senate (tomorrow, May 30, 2013). This bill requires healthcare workers to disclose ingredients in vaccines to parents and to remind parents of their right to refuse vaccination.

This is a model bill for Vermont if ever I saw one.  There is nothing quite like the sinking feeling that a mother or father may have after consenting to baby’s “routine immunizations,” only to then experience an adverse reaction and to later learn what was in those shots.  We all have to make informed choices and do what we feel is best for our kids – but no doubt it is better to have all the facts up front.

Please read the bill here and consider sharing with your Senator(s) and Representative(s).

Also of interest: 

  • May 19, 2013: A Wisconsin bill would ban mandatory flu shots; Legislation was drafted after several hospital workers and health care contractors complained they were fired after refusing to be vaccinated. Read more here.
  • May 20, 2013: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that patients filing vaccine injury lawsuits can still get attorneys’ fees if the case is, “brought in good faith and (for which) there was a reasonable basis.” AP coverage here; Full SCOTUS ruling is available here, and the Amicus Curiae brief (including our coalition), is available, here.


~ Jennifer Stella, Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice