Professional vaccine operatives like Dorit Reiss have been hard at work for some time to exaggerate the dangers of the vaccine-preventable diseases, while simultaneously denying the damage that the vaccines for them often do. A case in point was found in the comments on this article on the Mother Jones website last week:
The topic had turned to the hepatitis-B vaccine, given to all newborns in the U.S. while they were still at the hospital, beginning in 1991 (at the beginning of the autism epidemic). I put up information I had found in Dr. Bob Sears’ The Vaccine Book, a link to a CDC report with a chart at the bottom showing the rate of hep-B diagnosis in children 1-9 from 1986, five years before the vaccine program began.
The chart at the bottom of the report clearly shows that the rate at which hep-B was diagnosed in children was less than one per 100,000 or fewer than 360 a year in a childhood population of 36 million in 1990. The text at the top of the report, however, states: “Before 1982, an estimated 200,000--300,000 persons in the United States were infected annually with HBV, including approximately 20,000 children.” The source for this large number was an article in Pediatrics in 2001. It uses the word “estimated” because this is a purely speculative figure, not based on the disease being diagnosed by blood tests carried out by physicians.
Hepatitis B is a very dangerous disease when contracted in the first year. At that time, the only means of transmission, except in extremely unusual and almost unimaginable circumstances, is from contagion by an infected mother. It is usual to perform a blood test on a pregnant woman to learn whether her child is at risk, in which case it would probably be best to give the baby immunoglobulin and the vaccine when it was born. But instead it has become standard practice in the U.S. to give this dangerous vaccine to all newborns, even those born to healthy mothers, and very common to give the vaccine to the newborn without the permission or knowledge of the parents, making it harder to realize that the vaccine was the cause of the child’s autism, diagnosed years later.
The virus is transmitted like AIDS, by infected blood/body fluids to blood/mucus membrane contact. It is most commonly contracted by unsafe sex with a carrier or by shared use of needles used by illegal drug users. Medical personnel exposed to infected blood are at some increased risk, but it is not as great as is commonly believed. It is not spread by the sharing of eating utensils or drinking glasses, or sleeping in the same bed as an infected person. It may sometimes be transmitted by sharing toothbrushes or razors. Australia did a study which showed that it was not transmitted by children at school. (Burgess, MA and McIntosh, EDG, “Hepatitis-B in urban schoolchildren – No evidence of horizontal transmission between high-risk and low-risk groups,” Med J Australia, 5 Sept. 1993; 159: 315-319, quoted Wendy Lyall, Raising a vaccine-free child, p.178). Everett Koop went to a lot of trouble thirty years ago to persuade people not to fear casual contact with those infected with HIV or AIDS. But now the pharma operatives are drumming up terror at the idea that there MAY have been twenty thousand children a year getting hepatitis-B before 1991, but, since they had NO symptoms, no one ever noticed or diagnosed it. It was only when they grew up and were finally diagnosed with it that the moment they had contracted it was unsuccessfully sought.
Many believe that the vast majority of this group caught it in the usual ways, by unsafe sex and/or sharing of illegal IV drug needles. Many of them were probably unwilling or unable to share the details of their sex and drug lives with inquiring researchers. But, without having proven that there really had been twenty thousand children a year getting a sexually-transmitted disease by unknown vectors, was it really a good idea to start giving all newborns a highly reactive vaccine?
Dorit Reiss aggressively contends that it was and is a good idea. In her comments related to this topic on the Mother Jones article (a standard one meant to monger fear of usually mild diseases), she states: “Before the Hepatitis B vaccine, over 16,000 children got (it) before the age of 10. (citation given from Pediatrics, 2001) About half contracted the virus while passing through the birth canal of a mother who was infected. The other half caught the disease from relatively casual contact like sharing toothbrushes with someone who is unknowingly infected (hence the term the silent epidemic). Since the hep B vaccine was introduced for routine use in infants, we have virtually eliminated this disease in children. When an infant gets Hep B, they have 90% chance of getting the chronic version, which can lead to liver disease or liver cancer; if it’s acquired between the ages of 1-5, there is 30-50% chance of that.” (citation from CDC Pink Book)
Like most vaccine defenders, Reiss deploys large numbers of partial truths cloaked in frightening rhetoric. She, as well as the CDC reports, employs the word “estimated” several times in each paragraph, since there is no clinical basis for this figure. Since the rate of diagnosed hepatitis-B in babies and children has always been extremely low, and it continues to be the case that asymptomatic children are very rarely tested for the disease, it is impossible to say whether or not the vaccination campaign has reduced the speculated number of infected children from 20,000 a year to almost none. She notes that it “can lead to liver disease or liver cancer,” but is careful not to add that it does so in less than 1% of the total number of cases. And most of those who eventually progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer do so because their liver function has been impaired by alcohol or drug abuse. Recognizing that fact would dilute the impression of an invisible but deadly threat lurking around all children unless they get the vax, and so it is never mentioned unless someone else brings it up.
A standard medical textbook gives the facts, which are much less alarming than what Reiss presents: according to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (1994): "in cases of acute hepatitis B most patients do not require hospital care; 95 percent of patients have a favorable course and recover completely; case-fatality ratio is “very low (approximately 0.1 percent).” (1/10th of 1% or 1 out of 1,000); and 95% of those who recover completely from hepatitis B infection acquire life-long immunity.”
Reiss also neglects to mention that it has been routine for several decades to test pregnant women for the presence of the virus, enabling those babies to receive the vaccine and immunoglobulin at birth. While sharing of toothbrushes or razors might transmit the virus to family members, it is not common practice anywhere for a parent, infected or not, to share his toothbrush with a child, and certainly not razor blades with dried blood on them. The virus is not common in First World countries, and in the vast majority of cases, the infected person is sick for a few weeks or months and then recovers completely, with usually permanent immunity: would the relatively small number of cases of infected parents sharing toothbrushes with children, or having blood to blood contact with them, during the usually short period of time they are infected, add up to sixteen or twenty thousand children a year getting asymptomatic hep-B? It is not likely, but no attempt has been made to determine the issue by large-scale scientific testing one way or the other. Official channels consider the universal use of the vaccine to be so safe, effective, and lucrative that there is no need to find out.
Reiss is also uninterested in seriously considering the safety of the vaccine. She admits to some relatively common adverse reactions, saying: “Here is a discussion of the adverse events to the vaccine from the Pink Book link above: ‘The most common adverse reaction following hep-B vaccine is pain at the site of injection, reported in 13-29% of adults and 3-9% of children. Mild systemic complaints such as fatigue, headache, and irritability, have been reported in 11-17% of adults and 0-20% of children. Fever up to 99.9° F has been reported in 11-17% of children. Serious systemic adverse reactions and allergic reactions are rarely reported following hep B vaccine. There is no evidence that administration of hep-B vaccine at or shortly after birth increases the number of febrile episodes, sepsis evaluations, or allergic or neurologic events in the newborn period. (CDC link)”
It should be noted that Dorit and the CDC are careful to give figures so precise as to give the impression that they must be accurate. It is also interesting to note that the fatigue, headache, and irritability she admits that the vaccine may cause are all self-reported by the patient, and by their nature are not clinically verifiable events. But there are many other events the vaccine has been reported to cause by the tens of thousands, events like encephalitis and autism, seizure disorders, chronic digestive and sleep disorders, developmental delays, asthma, diabetes, learning disabilities, MS and other neuromotor dysfunctions, and death.
For example, Reiss said last week that “Encephalitis is not a listed adverse reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine, either. Vaccines do not cause autism or MS, studies show. They are very safe.” In point of fact, encephalitis is listed as one of dozens of potential side effects on the package inserts of both Recombivax and Engerix:
Since these adverse reactions are more likely than irritability and a headache to give a parent pause when deciding whether to get and pay for the vaccine, she denies that they occur. She neglects to mention that the reason she and the CDC find no evidence that the vaccine causes allergic or neurologic events in the newborn period is because they simply dismiss the many thousands of such reports as being false.. The vaccine is safe, therefore it did not cause all these thousands of reported reactions. Case closed.
Except that the case is not closed for the many thousands damaged by the vaccine, with autism, cerebral palsy, MS, or death. France moved this vaccine from the mandatory schedule for schoolchildren to being recommended but optional after hundreds of lawsuits were brought by people who had developed MS shortly after receiving the vaccine. In the Mother Jones comments, I put up descriptions with case numbers of eight VAERS reports of babies killed by the Hep-B vaccine:
"Shills like to say that VAERS reports, administered by the FDA, are nearly all either invented or coincidental, but the reader is urged once more to research it himself. If you rely on what shills say, you may, like so many others, lose your child.:
160271 4 month old boy gets shot, gets diarrhea, goes into coma, and dies same evening.
49808 4 month old girl gets shot, develops bleeding disorder, encephalitis, and abnormal liver function. Dies three days later.
76188 6 month old girl gets shot, develops diarrhea and bleeding lesions, dies two days later.
49035 7 month old girl gets shot, develops cerebral hemorrhage, and dies four days later.
160183 9 month old baby gets Engerix-B and died 18 hours later.
180302 10 month old girl gets shot, gets bacterial infection, bronchiolitis, goes into coma, and dies day after shot.
74126 10 month old girl gets shot, it causes liver cancer, and she ultimately died of it.
173745 18 month old girl gets shot, later that evening found dead with profuse bleeding from mouth and nose. "
And Reiss replied: "Ms. Parker is misusing the VAERS data base. The VAERS data base is not verified; anyone can say anything in it. It is a passive reporting system; one doctor reported the influenza vaccine turned him into the incredible hulk and got a VAERS number. If you look at the examples above, they are good indications of no connection even on its face. A child get a shot - and gets liver cancer. Since the Hepatitis B vaccine only includes a single protein from the virus, not a virus, there is no way the shot gave her liver cancer. Drawing such a connection is misleading and inappropriate. But Ms. Parker does it, to scare parents away from vaccinating - even though she knows VAERS does not show causation, even though she should know this could not be caused by the vaccine."
So once again we see that reports of headache and irritability are accepted as true and minutely counted, while reports of deaths are dismissed as being born in the paranoid minds of parents distraught with grief over their child's death within a day of the hep-B vaccine, with symptoms identical to those of thousands of others. Anyone can access these reports to the FDA-sponsored VAERS, read the evidence, which often includes summaries of medical reports, and decide for himself whether he believes these were fraudulent or mistaken reports of vaccine damage.
Judy Converse, in her book When Your Doctor is Wrong: Hepatitis B Vaccine & Autism, reports on CDC doctor Harold Margolis’ testimony at the congressional safety hearing on the vaccine in 1999. Margolis testified (with figures greater than those from the CDC’s own surveillance data) that the number of hepatitis-B cases in children under two declined from 266 cases in 1990, before universal vaccination of all newborns began, to 95 cases in 1997. But “in the very span of years for which Margolis claims success for this vaccine, 73 deaths from adverse reaction were reported to the FDA for children under fourteen. The FDA also received over 2,400 adverse event reports for hepatitis-B vaccine in children in that same time frame, culminating in death, hospitalization, or prolonged disability. Add the reports for adults and the number swells to 27,000 serious reactions to the vaccine. With all camps in this debate in agreement that ten percent or fewer of adverse events ever get reported, this means that the vaccine may kill or disable thousands more than the disease itself.” (172)
It is clear that a vaccine defense campaign motivated by financial interests is at work at this time to persuade parents to vaccinate by manipulating some facts and concealing others. In a different context, Randall L. Bytwerk in Bending Spines describes the construction of propaganda to serve official interests in Nazi Germany: “(Potemkin’s) successors have surpassed his achievement, persuading whole nations of things that were not so. The media in totalitarian societies have catechetical functions. Their goal is to present people with convincing accounts of what they cannot know firsthand – the reality beyond their everyday lives. That which is presented must agree with the reigning worldview.” (89) But since what is at stake here is children’s lives and health, it is imperative that parents look further than official propaganda and the reigning worldview before allowing their children to get the hepatitis-B or any other vaccine.
Cia Parker, J.D., Ph.D., whose daughter has autism from an encephalitic reaction to the hepatitis-B vaccine, given without permission at birth, works as a home-based translator while working to recover her daughter.