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Feb 17, 2015, Yahoo.com: Parents of Vaccine-Injured Children Speak Out: 'The Guilt Is Huge'

Feb 17, 2015, NY Times: Occupational Therapy Increases Sharply In New York's Schools

Feb 9, 2015, News coverage of vaccine controversies drives down support for vaccines

Yahoo.com

When Susan Lawson of Colorado hears parents declaring, unequivocally, that everyone should vaccinate their children because it's perfectly safe, she says it feels "like a punch in the gut." That's because she's seen another side of the story: Her daughter Julia, now 9, was left with permanent brain damage - an injury acknowledged by a federal court payout - after receiving her MMRV (measles-mumps-rubella-varicella) shot when she was a year old. . . .

Serious vaccine injuries and deaths are few and far between, according to the CDC. "Like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects," a spokesperson tells Yahoo Parenting through an email. "The side effects associated with getting vaccines are almost always mild (such as redness and swelling where the shot was given) and go away within a few days. Severe reactions, such as a severe allergic reaction, are rare." . . .

"Vaccine-injured children"?  Is there such a thing?  From the tone of the current coverage on measles that doesn't seem possible.

Beth Greenfield wrote this.  I'm amazed.  Someone actually looked into the VICP.  This piece cites MMR damage.  (Maybe this woman would be interested in writing about "Unanswered Questions" and ask why no one followed up on the duplicity of  government officials who deny any link between vaccines and autism while secretly compensating children for injuries that included autism.)

NY Times

Occupational therapy is a treatment with an enormous wingspan. So called because it helps people with the tasks that occupy their everyday lives, it can be used to help a child manage sensitivities to things like noise or touch. It can be deployed to help a stroke victim recover certain functions. And it is widely used to give a boost to children who have trouble with their handwriting, typing or other fine motor skills.

And widely used it has been. Over the last four years, New York City public schools have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of students referred to occupational therapy, to nearly 42,000 students. The city covers the cost, which at $58 million a year is up from $38 million just five years ago. (That dollar figure does not include therapists in schools fully devoted to special-education students.)

In Chicago, 6,600 students now receive the therapy, up 20 percent in three years; in Los Angeles, the number has jumped 30 percent in five years, to 9,000.

The main reason, officials in New York and other cities said, is an increase in autism diagnoses among children, which have grown, at least in part, because of more accurate identifications of the disorder.

Let me get this straight.  42,000 students in New York City schools receive OT services, due mostly to the number of children with ASD.  The same thing is happening in places like Chicago and Los Angeles.

There is no demand for answers or even an admission that anything is really wrong here. The whole thing may just be "more accurate identifications of the disorder," along with :students on the rolls who do not really need it."

Here's more proof that no matter how bad the numbers and the cost, anything involving autism will never be a problem.

Washington Post:

As media attention to the measles outbreak in California continues to grow and prominent politicians weigh in with conflicting messages on requiring vaccines, health policy scholars and political scientists warn of the dangerous consequences that politicization can have on public support for vaccination. And they do so for good reason. . . .

Of course, perhaps coverage of the measles vaccine will prove different.  Nevertheless, politicians and journalists should realize that politicizing vaccines - and reporting on the resulting conflict - can weaken the public's support for vaccination.

Another call to only talk about one side---the pro-vaccine one.

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Cherry Sperlin Misra

Two days ago I taped a little photo on the wall of my school office. When I look at it I feel amazed and sad. Photo of an autistic child? No- A photo of a little toddler, clearly about one and a half years old, walking along pulling a small wagon, just as I once loved to do many years ago. What's sad about that?- Well, the fact that we dont see little kids doing things like that anymore. At least not here in India. I hope that things are better in states like California in which vaccines with mercury are prohibited before age 6

Bob Moffitt

"Over the last four years, New York City public schools have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of students referred to occupational therapy, to nearly 42,000 students. The city covers the cost, which at $58 million a year is up from $38 million just five years ago."

Was wondering what the overall increase in the "new normal" .. chronic autoimmune disorders .. peanut allergies, asthma, juvenile type 1 diabetes, etc?

At one time the CDC reported that 1 in every 6 American children had some type of childhood development problem .. was wondering if that dismal trend has improved .. say .. 1 in 10 .. or .. is it even worse today .. say .. 1 in 3?

If NYC schools are our guide .. childhood development problems do not appear to be decreasing.

Indeed .. the "new normal" childhood development problems appear to be growing with no end in sight .. thereby creating a growing need for trained occupational therapists.

Joy B

Dailykos is attacking this website, again, w that senseless Liz Warren 'questioning'. Citing Orac.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365311/-Elizabeth-Warren-schools-the-vaccine-deniers-and-trolls-Rand-Paul

There's this "Skeptical Raptor" person who seems like an Orac sockpuppet or at least, a colleague.

It's like a daily thing.

This is where many liberally minded people get their news. They ban anyone questioning vaccines.

I know Twyla et al have tried posting there before. I was temporarily banned for reccing one of her comments a while ago. I also scorned Dorit Reiss once, and she made an account to 'respond'. With much acclaim. Like, she literally created the account minutes before and people were calling ME a troll for documenting her activities.

What can be done?

Not a Pan fan, either!

"Boxer was joined by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who will introduce a law Thursday abolishing the state's personal belief exemption that allows parents to avoid vaccinations when they enter public schools."

Wow! Senator Richard Pan has the authority to introduce laws (as opposed to bills) that haven't even been voted on yet? That's pretty impressive, don't ya think? Is his bill, um, I mean law, officially a "done deal" prior to any vote on it by his fellow Senators?

Not a Boxer fan and proud of it!

Meanwhile, Senator Barbara Boxer in CA is just plain mean, and I'll bet she hasn't read even one scientific report (pro or con) regarding vaccine safety:

http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_27552836/emeryville-sen-barbara-boxer-slams-anti-vaccination-parents

Pathetic! I hope she is voted out of office the next time she is up for re-election. I sure hope the people of CA are waking up now.

deBlasio could be adding to the problem

So de Blasio thinks 58 million is no problem and he's mandating more vaccines even though so many have questions about vaccine science???

Jeannette Bishop

Thanks, Anne. The coverage of the NVICP in the Yahoo.com article is one of the best in covering neglected ground that I've seen for some time (not that there isn't much more that could be canvassed).

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

Thanks, Anne -- don't despair, keep 'em comin'!

Who is William Thompson

“Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time.

Conscientious objectors to vaccination should stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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