By Anne Dachel
The Texas Tribune did not publishing my comment.
Notice the title here is about unvaccinated children, but we only hear from PRO-VACCINE ADVOCATES: parents, a legislator, doctors and someone from the department of health. Reporter Anna Casey pretends to be balanced by including FOUR WORDS from Del Bigtree, producer of "Vaxxed." (And his words make no sense, since he isn't allowed to explain what he actually means here.) I broke my long-standing rule about not posting a comment on junk journalism like this. (So far it hasn't been appeared on the story.)
Even though statewide levels of vaccinations remain high, public health officials are increasingly worried about the geographic areas where parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.
By Anna Casey
Many of the parents opting out of the immunizations, which are widely recommended by doctors, say they fear a link between the vaccines and health problems such as autism. But studies that they cite have been widely debunked by public health officials.
... . If healthy children aren’t receiving vaccines, they are putting children who are too young to receive the vaccine and people with compromised immune systems at a much greater risk of infection....
The American Academy of Pediatrics in September issued a statement encouraging pediatricians to be more vocal about the importance of vaccines for children healthy enough to receive them....
Others are even more adamant in their opposition. “That’s a slippery slope,” said Del Bigtree, one of the producers of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe,” a 2016 film drawing a link between autism and vaccines and alleging the federal scientists have covered up the research. It was directed by Andrew Wakefield — the former British gastroenterologist now living in Texas who authored a discredited research paper linking vaccines to autism in 1998. Bigtree, who stopped vaccinating his children, said he believes that any efforts to disclose immunization rates in schools are motivated by fear.
Anna Casey makes a strong case here for vaccination with only a vague reference to the charge of massive research fraud and cover-up at the highest levels of the Centers for Disease Control. We’re not told that a top CDC scientist has revealed that his agency destroyed study results showing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This scientist, Dr. William Thompson, is willing to testify before Congress, but members of Congress refuse to hold hearings.
Casey also leaves out critical information. She fails to mention that there is no real informed consent when it comes to vaccines. Parents are never told by their pediatrician that neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability for injury resulting from any vaccination.
Our federal government (the taxpayers) is obligated to compensate vaccine injured children. This relatively unknown program has paid out over 3 billion dollars for severe injuries and even death resulting from vaccination.
Vaccines are among the poorest tested medical products. While prescription drugs undergo years of testing and trials before they’re licensed, vaccines are tested only over a few weeks or months. Much of the safety testing is done by the manufacturer; the FDA merely accepts the results, and with no liability on the part of the vaccine maker, there is little incentive to produce a truly safe product.
Casey writes: “If healthy children aren’t receiving vaccines…” and “…children healthy enough to receive them….”
The problem is no one knows which child is really healthy or which ones may have a predisposition for a vaccine reaction. Every child is lined up for an ever-increasing number of shots at each well-baby visit. The vaccine schedule has more than tripled since 1983 without a single study on the cumulative effect of so many vaccines so soon on the health of a child. The list of possible reactions to vaccines includes seizures, encephalopathy, GI inflammation, and brain damage.
There are over 200 vaccines in various stages of development currently. How many of these will be added to the childhood schedule? Will parents be allowed to choose?
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism