Archive for the ‘vaccines/vaccinations’ Category

H1N1 scare pays off

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The U.S. government’s purchase of H1N1 vaccines cost taxpayers $1.6 billion, according to figures reported recently by the Washington Post. Despite the relatively mild effect of the actual swine flu pandemic, the panic by U.S. health officials resulted in big profits for Big Pharma, with a resulting glut of flu vaccine that is now being given away by public health clinics.

According to the Post, as many as 72 million doses of swine flu vaccine are now considered surplus and may end up being discarded.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that about one in four Americans were vaccinated against H1N1. Among healthcare workers, the H1N1 vaccination figure was slightly higher—about 37 percent—but well below the record 62 percent of healthcare workers vaccinated against seasonal flu during the 2009-2010 season.

Given that 62 percent compliance is the highest ever seen among healthcare workers, it is clear that this group does not believe strongly in the benefits of flu vaccination. Clearly, no one has easier access to vaccination than they. Indeed, the 62 percent figure is no doubt slightly inflated by the forced vaccination of healthcare workers in New York State in 2009. Even so, a 62-percent vaccination rate indicates considerable apathy—if not downright aversion—towards vaccination on the part of healthcare workers, given that the CDC recommends that all healthcare workers be vaccinated against the flu each year.

The 37-percent figure of healthcare workers who took the H1N1 vaccine shows even less belief in the safety and efficacy of that vaccine compared to the seasonal flu vaccine. The irony is that the vaccination rate for children against H1N1 was the same 37 percent, indicating that children in effect ended up being the guinea pigs for the H1N1 flu vaccine.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are typically over 30 million cases of seasonal flu annually in the US. US government figures put the infection rate for the H1N1 virus at approximately 62 million people. Of those, about 12,000 died—far fewer than the 36,000 the CDC says die from seasonal flu each year. (Other CDC figures show that just between January 1 and April 18 of 2009, more than 13,000 people died of complications from seasonal flu, making it a bigger killer for the year than H1N1.)

Approximately 72 million to 81 million people in the U.S. are believed to have been vaccinated against H1N1 as of February 2010.

Doctor to sue Taiwan CDC over swine flu vaccination death

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The Taiwan News is reporting that a gynecologist identified only as Dr. Liu plans to sue the Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan over the death of his seven-year-old son in the wake of an H1N1 vaccination the child was given at school on November 19.

The case has been made public by Chang Yao-tsung, an opposition Democratic Progressive Party member of the Taichung City Council, speaking on behalf of the child’s parents.

The report says the child had no previous history of medical problems. Like many cases linked by parents to vaccinations, this one began with almost immediate symptoms. The child began suffering with red blotches on the soles of his feet the day following the vaccination. A private clinic diagnosed the condition as either an allergy or a reaction to the shot. Over the following two weeks, despite treatment with medications, the blotches spread over the child’s entire body. The frantic parents moved him from hospital to hospital, demanding ever more expensive treatments and tests. Some doctors said that the child’s immune system was not functioning properly. Despite all efforts, the child died yesterday, December 21. The official diagnosis was sepsis, commonly known as blood poisoning.

We cite the following directly from the Taiwan News:

A total of almost 4.8 million people had been vaccinated so far, according to CDC statistics.

Including the boy, a total of four deaths were recorded following inoculation, including men aged 82 and 50 respectively who had difficult health histories, and a high school student, reports said.

Five pregnant women were reported with problems ranging from miscarriage to a stillborn infant.

Of… 331 lighter cases, 43 percent were dizzy after being inoculated, 20 percent registered a fever, 18 percent felt ill, 17 percent had a headache and 11 percent vomited, according to CDC data.

The CDC denies that the boy’s sickness and death had anything to do with the H1N1 vaccination.

Goldman and Citibank get swine flu vaccine

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Even as a feeding frenzy surrounds the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, New Yorkers were confronted with the news that Wall Street banking firms Goldman Sachs and Citibank were given 200 doses of swine flu vaccine—the same quantity given to Lenox Hill Hospital.

Goldman and Citibank were not the only corporations given doses of the vaccine, and any companies receiving the vaccine had to have their own medical personnel in place. Also, the understanding was that the vaccinations would be given only to employees in the highest-risk groups, which includes pregnant women, children, and those with chronic diseases such as asthma.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is widely credited with the apparent gaffe, sources say the CDC gave the vaccine doses to the state, which dispensed them to hospitals, doctors, and corporations.

The video below from NBC’s Today show, summarizes the whole issue quite well, we think. For a more humorous approach to the subject, check out the Saturday Night Live clip below that.

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Massachusetts closer to compulsory vaccinations

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has pending legislation mandating that non-health professionals (commonly read as police) can enter homes and force vaccination of children against the will of both the children and their parents if the governor or state health department have declared a state of medical emergency, as would occur in an H1N1 outbreak with resulting compulsory swine flu vaccinations.

The video below features a Fox newscast announcing this statute with analysis provided by Judge Andrew Napolitano, the Fox judicial consultant. That video was recorded after the bill—then Senate Bill 2028—passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives. (The bill had passed the Senate unanimously.)

For those who are opposed to compulsory vaccination, the story is pretty scary. Although adults are not subject to the same compulsory vaccination as children, they are subject to compulsory quarantine. Initially, the bill provided that the compulsory vaccination and quarantine could be performed without a warrant, and transgressors were subject to $1,000 per day in fines and up to 30 days in jail. The bill has since undergone revision as House Resolution 4271 and the warrantless provisions appear to have been removed. The law apparently still does not require that the compulsory vaccinations be given to children by healthcare professionals.

Senate Bill 2028 has become HR 4271

HR 4271 has been passed by the Massachusetts House and has gone back to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Governor Deval Patrick has already said he will sign it.

Below the Fox newscast (which is now a bit out of date in terms of the provisions of HR 4271) we have posted an older video by way of background. Why post an even older video? Because we thought you might like to see the attitude of the legislator interviewed in this piece and understand the evolution of this particular bill. It gives an answer, we think, to a question we saw posted on another website: “Which is stronger, herd immunity or herd mentality?” (Definitely herd mentality.)

And last, but not least, we’ve posted a video recorded by Barbara Loe Fisher, who is president of the National Vaccine Information Center. This video was recorded in April, but most of the information it provides is not time-sensitive. Fisher discusses the lack of liability and other issues involved in the planned school-based vaccination programs.


Fox news broadcast after Massachusetts bill passes House


Broadcast after Senate Bill 2028 passed Massachusetts Senate

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Barbara Loe Fisher, president of National Vaccine Information Center, discusses swine flu vaccination issues

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Health care workers nix flu shots

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The things they try to slip past you. We were catching up on our reading in the general press, in particular reading a piece in the New York Times about New York state requiring its health care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu vaccines, which has the unions of the health workers up in arms. And there it was, in the Times:

Immunologists generally agree that real protection against any disease requires vaccination rates over 90 percent. But because rumors always circulate and many people fear needles, voluntary acceptance never gets that high.

Nice try, NYT. “Real protection against any disease requires vaccination rates over 90 percent”? (Italics mine.) Does that mean real protection as opposed to the illusory protection we get from vaccines otherwise?

Obviously our NYT reporters are confusing issues here. They refer, we think, to so-called “herd immunity,” which, the story goes, requires over 90 percent vaccination rates to protect the remaining 10 per cent or fewer who are unvaccinated from being exposed to the disease. In other words, if you don’t get vaccinated and over 90 percent of the total population does, your chance of getting the disease drops to a rate comparable to that for people who did get vaccinated. That’s assuming, of course, that the vaccine really works and people really do derive immunity from it, both increasingly dubious assumptions these days.

That, apparently, is what the New York Times considers “real protection.” But, as the main thrust of the Times story clearly demonstrates, 58% of health care workers across the country disagree with that analysis and choose not to get vaccinated against the flu—H1N1 or otherwise.

Editor’s note: Today through Sunday (October 2-4) is the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Reston, Virginia. For more information, consult the National Vaccine Information Center Website.

“Green Diva Mom” cures autism

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

We’ve said before that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources refuse to acknowledge vaccines as a cause of autism, the anecdotal evidence alone can be overwhelming. And that’s before we even get to those few studies that actually have addressed the issue.

Green Diva Mom Eleni P

Green Diva Mom Eleni Prokopeas

Here is the story of a mother of three whose second child became autistic after receiving his vaccinations at the age of two. It began with a high fever the night of the vaccination and went down hill from there. But despite her doctors’s inability to help her son, Eleni Prokopeas developed her own 10-step protocol to overcome autism. By the age of six, her son was functioning normally again.

Click here to hear Eleni Prokopeas tell the whole story while you browse our site. She tells how the autism came about, then about her efforts—ultimately successful—to cure it. (The audio file will open in another tab or browser. Return to this tab or browser and you can continue browsing the site while you listen.)

You can find out more about Eleni Prokopeas and her 10-step protocol for cure here.

The 60 Minutes swine flu vaccination video with Mike Wallace

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The 1976 swine flu epidemic and consequences


Is swine flu vaccine an injurious jab?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Americans will have some serious thinking to do as the time approaches to get vaccinated against the H1N1 swine flu, which is expected to resume its ravages here in the fall.

On the one hand, judging by the flu’s sojourn in South America, it could be getting worse. It has infected turkeys in Chile, which is not a good sign. The flu could pick up virulence if it combines with one of the nastier bird flus such as H5N1, which has been making the round of flocks in Asia.

So all we need is a bit of commerce between Asia and South America—or for that matter, simply someone coming into contact with birds in both places—and we could be seeing a nastier version of the bug coming at us once the leaves are gone.

On the other hand, the vaccine itself would appear to have little to recommend it.

In America we tend to put immense faith in these meager protections offered up by the health care industry. We just assume—until proven otherwise—that flu vaccines work and are outraged when presented with evidence that they do not. And we are all the more outraged when we or one of our loved ones winds up stricken with some unforeseen illness resulting from their use, some of which can be life changing—such as Guillain-Barré, for example.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is one of those afflictions you can live without—believe me. At its most severe, it kills by paralysis—the victim is simply unable to breathe. Given prompt care (and, if indicated, the use of a ventilator) one has the possibility of full recovery—or not. Some patients end up quadriplegics, some with the partial use of their legs—it all depends. On what, no one knows.

Unfortunately, the way the game is played, at the first sign of a possible epdemic—pandemic, in this case—the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department has the option of providing incentives to drug companies for developing vaccines. There’s the rub.

In this case, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius gave it all away at the first breath of national emergency: there will be no penalities for drug firms who kill or maim either with the swine flu antigen itself or with the accompanying adjuvant. Unless you can prove they deliberately tried to kill your child or loved one, you can’t touch them.

Good luck with that.

So, the full responsibility for whatever happens will be on you. No one to sue, no recourse. And unless by some miracle the Democrats grow a sense of purpose and actually push through a single-payer healthcare package, your insurance probably won’t cover the consequences, either. So you’re on your own.

Better weigh the known severity of the flu carefully before even considering that shot. Unless it starts killing a sizable percentage of those afflicted and you happen to fall into a category that is particularly vulnerable, taking a pass may be the best option.

Even if you catch the flu, chances are it will be no worse than flus you have had in the past—an unpleasant experience for several days, perhaps even a few weeks—but then, forgotten.

At present, despite seemingly high numbers, the flu has not really been all that virulent. We’ve seen 522 confirmed deaths in the U.S. as of August 20, but given more than a million estimated cases, that isn’t a huge number.

We personally have little faith in a rapidly devised vaccine for which the manufacturers aren’t willing to take full responsibility. Most of the swine flu vaccines we’re being promised will employ adjuvants (additives designed to inflame your immune system to heighten immune response) that are either already known to be dangerous or have not been approved by the FDA for regular use. They’re permitted only under the emergency provisions of HHS/FDA regulations.

So paying close attention to your diet—lots of fresh organic vegetables, wild-caught fish and pasture-grazed meats—should keep you at your best. Make sure you take adequate vitamins A, C, D, B6, magnesium, zinc and selenium. (For men especially, don’t overdue the selenium.) A healthy immune system is always your best response to the possibility of infection.

Remember that vaccines, in the end, do nothing more than use your immune system to prevent disease.

We think nature’s way of going about that may be just as good or better.

Of vaccines, mercury, autism and Julie Gerberding

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Editorial

former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding

former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding

We came across a post on the autism site Adventures in Autism by Ginger Taylor claiming that former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chief Julie Gerberding, who stepped down from that agency in January of this year, has since accepted a position with public relations giant Edelman.

The Edelman website confirms this, and we quote:

Edelman has created the Global Task Force on H1N1 Influenza to help its clients and partners navigate the communications challenges associated with the potential outbreak of H1N1 flu. The task force comprises a network of public health and crisis communications specialists, including former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, who are ready to help organizations engage their internal and external stakeholders early and protect their reputations.

Perhaps this is vindication for those Gerberding critics who claimed that while she was head of CDC, her interest was more in protecting careers and reputations than in saving lives. We don’t know.

We do know that the transition back and forth between agencies in the public sector and such major industries as the oil, chemicals, food and pharmaceuticals industries supposedly regulated by those corresponding agencies has been an easy one to make of late, a situation that we find mildly upsetting. We say “mildly” because, while we could easily work ourselves into a sleepless frenzy over this, it happens all the time. That would leave us sleepless for life were we to agonize over it too much.

Gerberding has every right to represent the same large pharmaceutical companies she was accused of representing all along, and at least now her paycheck does not come directly from our taxes. (It is siphoned off, instead, via the extra healthcare costs we pay for healthcare we may or may not receive, depending upon our ability to pay for it after having supported with our taxes massive government agencies that are supposed to be guarding us. For more on these issues see the interview with a CIGNA exec and Michael Moore’s Sicko.)

Corporate vs. public interests

We wouldn’t mind the job security conferred upon the ruling elite by these arrangements nearly so much if only those public servants were more diligent in their defense of the public (as opposed to corporate) interests while serving their brief tenure in public posts. But so few of them have actually been able to switch off the defending-corporate-interests part of their personalities while allegedly serving the public.

If you read Ginger Taylor’s references to Gerberding it becomes clear that she feels intense frustration at Gerberding’s frequent calls for more research that were then followed by total inaction in instigating such research.

Taylor, meanwhile, is a Maine housewife living the daily frustration and horror of parenting a child disabled by autism. It is one thing to sit and read countless papers (as we do) trying to decipher the contradictions among research reports to arrive at some sort of informed opinion on the subject and quite another to have witnessed, as Ginger Taylor and too many other parents have, the transformation of a formerly healthy child to a sick and damaged one after receiving a shot or a series of shots.

Cause and effect are total abstractions in the first case and heartless assassins in the second. If you watched your child or spouse regress from a healthy state to an autistic or demented one, wouldn’t you too be bitter or at least hostile towards the vaccine and mercury amalgam manufacturers who continue to claim there is no relation at all between these afflictions and their products?

As for Gerberding, she probably makes the sort of next-door neighbor you would visit with for hours given the opportunity. But we can understand Taylor’s feelings towards her. That frustration comes through in the interview below of Julie Gerberding by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, with text insertions provided by Ginger Taylor. Following that, we have also posted an interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, who has performed extensive research on the thimerosal issue.

Thimerosal and vaccines

Thimerosal, in case you’ve forgotten, is a preservative used in many vaccines. Kennedy’s article Deadly Immunity, published in Rolling Stone and Salon.com is a must read on that subject.

While we’re on the subject of mercury and autism, we would like to add that we don’t think the thimerosal in vaccines (or that in mercury fillings, for that matter) is the sole cause of autism and other apparently mercury-related injuries and illnesses. We do believe that many individuals have been injured by the mercury in vaccinations and in mercury fillings, don’t get us wrong.

But the body is a complex organism and there are often multiple paths to the same result. A lack of vitamin D, for example, might induce similar disorders and certainly does induce asthma, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, to name just three among many. Pregnant mothers and infants have grown increasingly deficient in this important vitamin in recent years (See our piece Vitamin D, the versatile vitamin for more on that.)

Holistic approach works best

But there are other culprits as well. Aluminum not only exacerbates the presence of mercury, but can fill in for it as a damaging agent. Fluoride is another toxin that can cause untold damage, particularly when combined with aluminum. Even monosodium glutamate, aspartame and other excitotoxins may play a role. All these toxins—mercury, aluminum, fluoride, glutamate and aspartame, as well as vitamin D deficiency—have been implicated in the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They can also cause, in various combinations or singly, childhood-onset disorders such as autism.

For many individuals, the sheer number of vaccinations given to children these days may be the cause. Not only are the additives such as thimerosal cumulative in their effects, the assault on a young immune system that each of these vaccinations represents has to be considered cumulative as well. Then too, the measles antigen suppresses the immune system for up to several months. During this period, another vaccination that might otherwise be tolerated by a given individual may cause disastrous results.

So a holistic approach to this problem works best. For the sake of argument, if you consider health to be the absence of disease and its contributing factors, you could define health, in this context as adequate vitamin D and other vitamins in the absence of mercury, aluminum, aspartame, MSG and fluoride from the diet and the environment.

Start adding any of these toxins back in, and you dramatically increase the risk of any given child displaying autism.

So, while a given parent may witness a child becoming autistic after, say, a flu vaccination (most flu vaccines still contain mercury) that doesn’t mean another parent may not witness either a different result from mercury or a different cause of autism.

The heartbreak of autism

In any case, it certainly does not mean that any of these parents should have to put up with ridicule or indifference on the part of the medical establishment and even less so on the part of our government. And it certainly does not mean that the CDC should continue to allow thimerosal and other forms of mercury to remain in vaccines. Nor should the FDA continue to allow it to be used in tooth fillings, for that matter.

Whereas in Europe the phrase “First, do no harm” is paramount, the United States has developed a different set of standards. Ours is more along the lines of “Do not interfere with business.” The health and welfare of our citizens, sadly, takes a back seat to the profits of corporations.

That situation has got to change.

As the Kennedy interview makes clear, autism is a disease with a well-defined history. It was first described in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins University. Kanner had studied 11 children between 1938 and 1943, to which he ascribed this new disease.

Thimerosal was invented in the 1920s and first put into use in vaccines in the 1930s. So those who equate autism with the use of thimerosal have a solid base on which to stand. In fact, the House Government Reform Committee that studied the history of autism and thimerosal concluded in its final report, “This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding a lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal, a known neurotoxin.” The FDA and other public-health agencies failed to act, the committee added, out of “institutional malfeasance for self protection” and “misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”

You can read all about it here.

We have added the following video (The Truth About Vaccines) from the Shoot ‘Em Up website. The clip can also be found on the Maryland Coalition for Vaccine Choice website. The people who shot the Shoot ‘Em Up documentary from which this video clip is derived produced a feature-length film on the subject. You can purchase that film on DVD from their website. Meanwhile, watch the clip here by clicking on the image below.

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Dr. Julie Gerberding Autism interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN – March, 2008, edited by Ginger Taylor.

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Below, the Kennedy interview with Joe Scarborough is about Kennedy’s research on autism and thimerosal, a preservative used in many vaccines. This is a subject that both Scarborough and Kennedy know much about. (Scarborough has first-hand experience with autism.)

Keep in mind too that Scarborough is an ultra-conservative, while Kennedy is—well, a Kennedy.

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4th International Public Conference on Vaccination

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination will be held October 2-4, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, VA (near Dulles Airport).

For registration and more information, visit the National Vaccine Information Center website.