Dawn Primarolo, the UK government minister who surreptitiously signed responsibility for government vaccine policy to an unelected pharma controlled body – the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation - in January, has been caught trying to deceive Parliament. In a written answer to Conservative MP Mark Pritchard on 18 March she denied that the Bailey Banks case – recently awarded in the US vaccine court had anything to do with autism. She told Pritchard:
“In 2007 the United States Court of Federal Claims made a ruling in favour of compensation to the father of Bailey Banks for his non-autistic developmental delay as a result of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following receipt of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. ADEM is an extremely rare condition that has been reported after rabies, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, smallpox, MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. The Bailey Banks case has no implications for MMR vaccine policy." HERE
Primarolo, or her advisors, seem to have lighted on the term “non-autistic development delay” amongst the key-words created for indexing purposes, at the top of the Bailey Banks adjudication. However, the formula, which does not seem to have clinical precedent does not derive from Special Master Abell’s judgement at all. He states unequivocally (p.27):
"Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting,residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was not too remote, but was rather a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay." HERE
It is quite clear from Abell’s extended and detailed discussion that the document should have been headed not with the key-word, put in by some bureaucrat, ‘non-autistic development delay’ but ‘pervasive development delay/disorder’ (PDD) or ‘pervasive development delay/disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
It should be added that since the UK Department of Health systematically disregards all adverse vaccine reactions Primarolo can have no real idea over the true incidence of ADEM. A child in the UK suffering an adverse reaction to vaccine is far more like to suffer from medical denials and neglect than be offered an MRI scan like Bailey Banks. For instance, for at least the last five years a National Health Service website has given the following advice regarding “severe” adverse reactions to MMR:
Q: "My son had a sever(e) reaction to the first MMR jab. Does this mean that he is well protected from these diseases, or is a second dose still necessary?"
A: "If a child has responded to all the components of the vaccine the first time, he will not have a problem being exposed to the viruses again. It's like any one of us who is already immune meeting someone with the disease - the infection can't get established.
"If he hasn't made protection to all three diseases after the first time, then he would still be susceptible to those natural infections, and still needs the 2nd dose.
"Reactions after the 2nd dose are essentially the same as after the 1st dose, but if they do occur they are even rarer. There are no new side effects after the 2nd dose that do not occur after the 1st dose. The advice is therefore that it is safe for your child to have the 2nd dose in order that he is properly protected." HERE
So, it is of no concern to the UK National Health Service that this child had a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine, their only concern – against all medical ethics or good sense – is that he should be re-vaccinated, AND NOTHING IS RECORDED, MONITORED OR INVESTIGATED.
Plainly, Primarolo’s statement goes beyond the routinely misleading and dishonest answers you expect from British government ministers, and suggests the UK Department of Health is now firmly backed into a corner. I can only urge all British readers to write their Members of Parliament to make their feelings and opinions known – you can find out who your MP is, and where to write to them HERE.
John Stone, based in London, is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.