is this month's Ebola. Now even Fox News, one of the only news outlets to allow even a bit of conversation about vaccine injury, is seeming to endorse.... forced medicine by blaming vaccine exemptions for the outbreaks. We'll have more on measles over the next week. Are these wild strain cases or vaccine strain cases of measles? What is the health status of the patients. We know that this year's flu vaccine has been ineffective and that a small child died of the same strain in the flu shot she received. There are serious questions that warrant answers. Now, back to the PSI on a football. Thanks to Anne for her vigilant attention to these topics.
By Anne Dachel
It seems Fox News has now forgotten all their past coverage by Alisyn Camerota on the link between vaccines and autism. Camerota reported on Hannah Poling and the 83 cases of vaccine induced autism compensated by the federal government. Now she's gone from Fox and they're on the attack. Non-vaccinating parents don't have a right to have their children out in public or in public schools. Fox News medical consultants Dr. Manny Alvarez and Dr. Marc Siegel deny that vaccines carry any serious side effects. Vaccine injury isn't even a part of the discussion. All that is talked about is that parents don't have a right to put everyone else at risk by not vaccinating their children. This is worse than not putting a child in a car safety seat. When it comes to vaccines, exempting parents are putting everyone else in danger as well.
Fox News wants the federal government to step in. This is very frightening. If Fox News is talking like this, you can bet that CNN, the New York Times and everyone else in the mainstream news will be joining them.
Jan 22, 2015, Measles outbreak fuels vaccine debate
Anchor: "Getting the measles shot if the only way to prevent yourself from becoming sick, but some parents have been opting out, which means their children have not been vaccinated."
Dr. Marc Siegel: "Let me be clear on this: I see no vaccine debate whatsoever. Period. This is the greatest vaccine that's ever been created in the history of vaccines. We stamped out measles in the United States in 2000. It was incredible because measles is the most contagious virus known to mankind. . . It's so much more contagious than the flu. . . . This is a million times more contagious than ebola."
Siegel was asked what his message to parents who are following "celebrities who have jumped on the anti-vaccination bandwagon."
Siegel" "Celebrity medicine? Your celebrities did not go to medical school. . . . In California, there are 13,000 parents who are taking a personal belief exemption, allowing their kids to go to school without that second MMR vaccine. . . .
I think these parents are putting children at risk in schools. I think schools should consider not allowing these kids in. . . .Why should my child be at risk because your child isn't vaccinated?"
Siegel went on to say that 10 percent of adults who think they're immune because they were vaccinated, aren't.
Siegel: "The vaccine can wear off." Siegel went on to recommend that if anyone is travelling to Disneyland, they should get a booster.
Both Siegel and the Fox anchor agreed that not vaccinating is "irresponsible."
Jan 21, 2015, Pockets of unvaccinated children putting public at risk?
Fox News video coverage on "epidemic" of measles linked to Disneyland.
News anchor: "Are pockets of unvaccinated children putting everyone at risk?"
Fox News lines up three pro vaccine doctors to sound off on the dangers of unvaccinated children.
Dr. Manny Alvarez: "The main concern is the trend that we're seeing in many communities where a lot of parents are choosing not to vaccinate. . . . The measles vaccine, in order for it to effective, the community needs to be vaccinated over 90- percent. When you have pockets now--dozens of children that do not get vaccinated--they put themselves at risk and they put the community at risk."
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie: "The problem with measles is it's so contagious. The attack rate is 70 to 90 percent--meaning that if you're exposed to somebody with measles, you have a 70 to 90 percent chance of getting measles yourself. Also measles droplets can remain in the room hours after a person has coughed and left the room. So if your child is not fully vaccinated, meaning they've not gotten the 12 month and the four year vaccines for measles, you really have to keep them away from anyone who could potentially have it. And that's almost impossible to do."
Anchor: "Even if we are vaccinated for measles, we can still get sick can't we for being around people that are carrying the disease?"
Dr. Frank Esper: "No vaccine is ever 100 percent effective. When you vaccinate yourself, you're not only protecting yourself against getting very serious disease from measles, but you're also protecting everyone else around you. You're protecting those neighbors, those classmates--those people who may not be able to get the vaccine due to medical conditions. . . .
The anchor brought up the "wave of parents" over the last five to 10 years who are exempting their children. She asks if they should have the "personal liberty" to make choices for their children and put the community at risk if they're "going to public parks and public schools." She brought up the difference in waiver laws from one state to another. She asked, "Should there be a federal regulation for parents to say that if your kid is in public areas, they have to have certain vaccinations because of the return of certain diseases like measles?"
Alvarez: ". . . If we get into the philosophical argument, whether vaccines are safe or not, they are safe. I think for parents not to vaccinate their children, it's basically, they're putting their children at risk for something major happening. . . . If this is the trend that many communities are going to have for opting out because they have some weird belief--and I say weird because it is weird to me--that they're not going to protect their children, then maybe we need a federal mandate."
Gillespie: ". . . This goes from just being a personal decision to really a public hazard if you're not vaccinating your child."
Esper: "If we continue to see the trends that we are seeing right now, with measles as well as whooping cough--these vaccine preventable diseases, we will need something from the top down to make sure everyone stays vaccinated. . . . "
Anchor: "Should parents be asking about, are there children in the class that are not vaccinated? Are they even going to have access to that information to know if their children are at risk?"
Alvarez lamented that that information is not readily available.
What about the past reporting from Fox News on the vaccine-autism controversy?
Autism advocate, Becky Estepp, had to educate Dr. Siegel that the MMR, as a live virus vaccine, could never contain Thimerosal, as it would kill the viruses.
Mar 6, 2008, Fox News: Vaccine Autism Link
The United States Department of Health and Human Services concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to the symptoms of one girl's autism, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The family of Hannah Poling, 9, of Athens, Ga., is entitled to compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund, but the amount of money has yet to be determined.
Government officials still say vaccines are not the cause of autism, but advocates think the settlement of the Poling family's court case proves otherwise.
In a court document, the government said vaccines aggravated "a rare underlying metabolic condition that resulted in a brain disorder with features similar of autism spectrum disorder."
Sept 10, 2010, Proof of Vaccine-Autism Link?
Alisyn Camerota: "It is the first ever court award in a vaccine-autism claim. The family of nine-year-old Hannah Poling will receive 1.5 million dollars, just in the first year alone, just after a decision that the vaccine for mumps, measles, etc., aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder that Hannah had, that did not cause her autism, . . . but resulted in it."
Camerota interviewed Dr. Alvarez about Hannah Poling and agreed that her "genetic disease," (mitochondrial disorder) was "exacerbated by the vaccine."
Camerota pointed out that "no one knows how many other kids have that underlying mitochondrial disease" and Alvarez agreed, "That's right."
Sept 20, 2010, Fox News: Hannah Poling's Unique Case
Alisyn Camerota: "Last week we told you about the landmark case of the nine year old girl, Hannah Poling, who was just awarded more than one and a half million dollars for developing autism as a result of receiving vaccines for mumps, measles and other childhood diseases."
May 9, 2011, Fox News: EXCLUSIVE: Government Paid Millions to Vaccine-Injured Kids
A group of parents are saying the Federal government has paid off multi-million dollar settlements for dozens of families whose kids suffered brain damage after receiving children vaccines. As you know the Federal government has denied any connection between autism and vaccines, does this seem like a cover up? One parent speaks out on the autism settlement.
May 10, 2011, Fox News: Law School Links Autism, Vaccines in Report
Research scholar Mary Holland on government settlements given to children with autism
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.