Note: Below is a thoughtful letter to the editor in TwinCities.com - in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Thank you, Jerri this rational discussion of vaccine risk, reward and safety in place of the panic and fear put forth by mainstream doctors and public health organizations.
Jerri Johnson: Take seriously concerns about vaccine injury
By Jerri Johnson
Jerri Johnson of Eagan is a board member of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota.twincities.com
Posted: 09/12/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
September 12, 2012 10:15 PM GMTUpdated: 09/12/2012 05:13:24 PM CDT
"As more parents skip shots for kids, other children put at risk" (Aug. 26) implies that the heartbreak of disease is greater than the heartbreak of vaccine injury. Ask the parents of vaccine-injured babies, whose children are now disabled for life, which is worse. As one mother said to me, "When my son received his DPT shot, he quickly developed whooping cough and encephalitis. He got over the whooping cough. He is brain-injured for life."
Parenthetically, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is admitting that this year's increase in cases of whooping cough is not due to unvaccinated children. It is due to short-lived coverage from the pertussis vaccine. For example, in California's pertussis surge last year -- in cases where immunization history is known -- 83 percent of the people diagnosed with pertussis had been immunized. In Minnesota in 2010, of the 252 cases of pertussis in infants and children through age 6, 71 percent had received at least the full primary series of three doses of vaccine.
In the article, Dr. Greg Poland reasserted his claim that vaccines do not cause autism. "There is no proof that vaccines cause autism," Poland said. "It's not there." However, in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where claims of vaccine injury are meticulously examined, nearly 3,000 cases of serious injury or death have been ruled as caused by a vaccine and compensated by the U.S.
Court of Federal Claims. Nearly half of these cases involved permanent brain damage. A peer-reviewed analysis of successful claims of brain damage caused by vaccines shows that 46 percent of these individuals actually have autism.
Minnesota is home to many of these families, and they are calling for more research on the safety of vaccines. Vaccine safety groups have repeatedly requested that the CDC research the overall health differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. The CDC has resisted doing this research, but the small studies done so far have found that unvaccinated children have lower rates of allergies, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune diseases and neurological disorders than vaccinated children...
Read the full letter at TwinCities.com.