If Katie Couric's show on HPV vaccine side effects -- you know, fainting, permanent disability, painful injection sites, death, stuff like that -- didn't convince people that the vaccine is not worth the risk, the comment threads on Katie's blogs surely should have.
Any reasonable person, reading story after story by parents and teenage girls alike about the amazingly similar onset of amazingly similar problems, would set aside the "correlation is not causation" defense and realize what we're really dealing with here: vaccine injury and vaccine injury denial.
That makes it all the more unfortunate that obvious pharma pressure led Katie to take it all back on the Huffington Post. In retrospect this has been The Year of Taking It All Back. Age of Autism was invited to be part of a journalism blog conference at Columbia School of Journalism. Then we were disinvited. A House hearing was planned on the vaccine injury compensation program. Oops, postponed indefinitely.
But word is out, and it can't be unsaid. For that, Katie still deserves our thanks.
The Gardasil story is so powerful because many of the victims are able to speak for themselves. But that doesn't make vaccine injury in infants any less convincing. I was struck by this comment this week on AOA by Warrior Mom:
I am a convinced mom that my son has regressive autism because he too had reactions after getting his vaccines. He had full body convulsions within 10 minutes of getting his shots at 3 months and 12 months. At 6 months he was hospitalized about 6 hours after getting his vaccines for respiratory issues (he had a slight cold the day he was vaccinated).
At 15 months he got his MMR with other shots and screamed for three days straight. I believe this vaccine was the most damaging. Each time we lost a little of him. By 22 months his language skills had REGRESSED to that of a 2 month old.
Our son's pediatrician kept telling us after each event that our son was fine. Our son is 14 yo now and we've worked hard to gain back some language, although to most people it is unintelligible. He struggles severely with his attention which makes it near impossible for him to focus to learn.
Our son's pediatrician never filed a VAERS but I did once I realized and linked all of the vaccine reactions together. I know our son will never be compensated for his vaccine-inflicted, lifelong disability because of the massive cover-up by our government and vaccine manufacturers.
What needs to happen to make our voices heard LOUDER? I'm so incredibly frustrated that we (the families and supporters) have not been able to get vaccine manufacturers and the CDC to compensate us for damages and lifelong care costs for our beloved family members damaged by vaccines.
Any reasonable person can see what's going on there, too.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.