I’ve heard a similar response 3 times from 3 different people over the last 3 weeks. When I hear something 3 times, I take it as a sign that I need to either investigate it or write about it. Sometimes I’ll even pray about it. Since the comments all stemmed around the HPV vaccine, which I’ve already investigated, I thought I’d take a stab at writing about the things I’ve been hearing.
We still vaccinate…well, except for the HPV vaccine. That one scares me, so I won’t let my daughters get it.
I’m selective in what shots I get for my kids. I don’t mind getting some of them, like the tetanus shot. But I’ll never get the flu shot again, and I won’t even think about getting the Gardasil vaccine. I think that one is dangerous.
I’m not sure really what to believe about vaccines causing autism because I trust my doctor. He says there’s no truth to it. My kids are current (on their shots)…all except for the HPV. I don’t buy into that one. We do all the others mostly because I don’t really want to know what I don’t know, if you know what I mean.
I’m glad that these parents know a little bit about the HPV vaccine. The little bit that they know is enough to say no thanks. But what I can’t understand is why they’re so quick to say no to one vaccine but not the others. They readily accept all of the others. But the others they’ve accepted, like the Hep B, the MMR, and the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine have something in common with the Gardasil vaccine – they’re all made by the same pharmaceutical company, Merck.
Maybe the other parents don’t know enough about that company, but I know enough about it to say no way to all of their vaccines.
Merck has seen not just one but 2 other whistleblowers come forward about the MMR vaccine in recent years. Claims of scientific misconduct, a cover up at the CDC, and faked data surrounding the testing of the vaccine’s efficacy as well as the altering of reports concerning an autism link have been brought forward.
While official action to address and correct those disturbing claims has yet to be taken, it appears to be business as usual for the vaccine manufacturer. Some who’ve recently received the MMR vaccine, including college-aged students, have come down with, and spread, the disease that the vaccine claims to prevent. Instead of scraping that ineffective vaccine, which officials admit seems to have a waning efficacy, there’s now talk of adding a third dose to the schedule.
Speaking of dose changes, Merck’s Gardasil protocol has changed. Originally approved and marketed to young girls in 2006, vaccine campaigns strongly advertised the need for 3 doses in order for it to be effective. In late 2016, we learned that the third dose would be dropped from the protocol. Citing that “they didn’t have enough data on how well two doses works in older kids,” other groups must have had “enough data” well before the US did. The too many doses too soon was reported elsewhere over 2 years ago.
All that readily accessible and concerning information aside, some parents continue to follow the schedule. That means they continue to opt for Merck’s other vaccines. They do so even though those vaccines:
-are administered by same provider who’s likely assured them that vaccines are safe
-warn of similar side effects and adverse reactions https://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM426457.pdf
-and are also included on the Vaccine Injury Table
-and have been part of billions of dollars’ worth of vaccine injury awards made by our government, the same government who, in one breath, claims vaccines save lives and yet in another, says that they are unavoidably unsafe.
Parents I’ve spoken to are quick to realize that Gardasil isn’t safe. They know that it comes with more risks than benefits, and I am grateful for their knowledge. But the CDC states that all vaccines come with risk – including the Hep B, the MMR, and the Varicella and all the others their opting to get.
So why trust any of them?
We get all of them, all of them except Gardasil. I refused to let the doctor give my child that HPV shot. But they can have everything else on time and whenever we’re told to get them.
When I hear the type of responses that I’ve been hearing, I’ve been rendered speechless. I can’t come up with anything to say to that parent but will later quietly pray that no harm will come from their decision.
Three times in 3 weeks in front of 3 people I’ve been left shaking my head in confusion. They’ve so adamantly refused one vaccine but in the same breath have very quickly agreed to the others. I just don’t get it. Maybe they don’t mind the glaring similarities. Maybe they are willing to look right past them. I don’t see how they can. To me, the similarities – and the potential dangers – are just too great.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.