Vaccine safety should be a national conversation, outside of the autism world, which has been branded by our government and media from coast to coast as "crazy people." Remember HHS's Kathleen Sebelius's admission in Reader's Digest: "There are groups out there that insist that vaccines are responsible for a variety of problems despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines,” Do you know who is in charge of Merck's vaccine division? Former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding. Can you see the tendrils weaving from big pharma straight into the heart of our government? In the meantime, we have millions of doses of unused swine flu vaccine laden with mercury to destroy or sell to third world nations. And vaccine induced epilepsy just got the brush off from Dr. Max Wiznitzer and others in expendable children who would have developed seizures anyway in the media this week.
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By Jennifer Corbett Dooren (Link and subscribe HERE.)
WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that fragments of two types of pig viruses were found in Merck & Co.'s Rotateq vaccine.
One virus is the same one found in GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Rotarix vaccine in March. At the time, the FDA recommended doctors stop using that vaccine and use Rotateq.
Both vaccines are designed to protect infants from a gastrointestinal illness caused by rotavirus.
FDA's vaccine advisory panel has been previously scheduled to discuss Rotarix at a meeting on Friday. The agency said the panel would now also discuss Rotateq.
The FDA said Merck recently informed the agency that preliminary tests identified fragments of DNA from two types of porcine circoviruses, or pig viruses.
The FDA said the agency "has no evidence to date that these findings pertaining to Rotarix and Rotateq pose a safety risk."
Specifically, the tests identified fragments of DNA from PCV1 and from a related porcine circovirus, PCV2, in its Rotateq vaccine. PCV1 and PCV2 are common in pigs. Neither PCV1 nor PCV2 are known to cause illness in humans, but PCV2 may cause illness in pigs, the FDA said. Fragments from the PCV1 virus have been found in Glaxo's Rotarix.
The agency also said Merck's findings suggest that the number of PCV DNA fragments in its vaccine may be smaller than what has been found in Rotarix.
The FDA said both GSK and Merck and conducting additional testing on their vaccines.
"After considering the input of the committee's experts and the available scientific information, FDA will make further recommendations on the use of the licensed rotavirus vaccines in the United States," the agency said.