In the last ten years, I have never seen vaccine news being reported as frequently as it has been in the last three months. First, a note of thanks:
Cathy Jameson, mom to a vaccine-injured child
Since there are so many media representatives who have not provided facts, I finally have to say something:
The public is bombarded daily with information. From the newspapers to television to the internet, breaking news and news we can use is available and at our fingertips all day long. People turn you on, tune you in, view your shows, listen to your interviews, and read your articles. Reporting fair, balanced, investigative, facts used to be the norm. What’s being aired, printed, and posted now is not. We’re now being fed fear, half-truths, mistruths, and straight up lies.
What should you do instead?
Do the research. Do that before you open your mouth, before you write your article, and before you contribute unnecessary confusion about vaccines.
Facts, not fear. That’s what your viewers, your readers, and your subscribers expect. It’s what the public needs to see. It’s what the public deserves to hear.
Cathy Jameson, mom to a vaccine injured child
For the last few months, I’ve tolerated reading, listening, and watching the fear, the half-truths, the mistruths, and the lies coming from the national news. But when I saw the lies being aired closer to home, I couldn’t just sit here and ignore them. So, I wrote an angry letter. Then I sent it.
This was a response I sent to someone who used fear in his article and who also failed to be thorough. If only he’d only done a little bit more work, and if only he’d been a little more considerate to his audience…
Dear Mr. C—
I just read your article about the measles. I agree that measles information is important to share, but I was disappointed with the last part that of the article that you titled Misinformation: Vaccines Cause Autism. As the parent of a child who is vaccine injured and whose autism was caused by his childhood vaccines, your lack of knowledge and understanding of this very real issue was disappointing to see. Further, the final bolded and all-caps sentence in your piece, "PLEASE, FOR EVERYONE'S SAKE - VACCINATE" was even more disappointing and was quite shocking to read. Making general health care demands to readers, when the measles vaccine has caused more deaths in the US in the last 10 years than the measles, is presumptuous and rude.
If your future articles include the vaccine topic, consider looking at all sides of the vaccines including that some people cannot tolerate them. Consider researching and reporting the following facts too:
-the US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe
-the current vaccine schedule has never been safety tested (sorry, no link to share as this testing has yet to happen)
-the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program fund has paid over $3 billion to those injured by vaccines and to families who've lost a loved one to vaccine
-you cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer if your vaccine results in vaccine injury and death
-vaccines can result in autism; at least 83 cases associated with vaccine injury and autism have been compensated by Department of Health and Human Services
Instead of providing better health, vaccines destroyed everything we ever hoped for. Our once typical, healthy child may never grow up to be an independent. He may never be an active member of society. We can contribute that to the irreparable damage done by his childhood vaccines.
Vaccines may have helped some people. For those of us who have vaccinated, but who've had the opposite happen, please be more respectful and understanding.
Cathy Jameson, mom to a vaccine-injured child
If I, a non-journalist can find information to the above-mentioned facts, any journalist should do the same. They should be reporting that vaccines are a medical procedure that come with severe risks. The public would be better served if they knew that. To exclude that basic information while demanding that everyone go ‘get your damn vaccine’ is poor form. No one should be bullied into a medical procedure, especially one that they do not want or do not need.
Something else that is poor form and that I’ve seen pop up in news reports is the citing of ‘some debunked study from the UK’. To the journalists and reporters who bring up The Lancet in their articles, you lose all sorts of credibility when you misreport the facts from The Lancet. It makes many of us wonder if you’ve taken time to read what’s actually written.
Here was a gentle reminder that I sent to someone who didn’t provide correct information from that paper in her article:
I believe it is important for parents to educate themselves on vaccines. I also believe that those who write about vaccines should present accurate information.
When you reference The Lancet, please make sure that reference it correctly. The authors of that paper stated, "We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described…"
All too often the media misreports that finding. They also twist the authors' words. The authors' final words were, "We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine."
So that you are aware, the findings from that paper have been replicated several times across the world and have come to the same conclusion: that some children on the spectrum have gastrointestinal issues, and that some of those children with gastrointestinal issues have previously been vaccinated.
The CDC openly states that all vaccines come with side effects, including GI problems. Vaccines can also result in autism. That’s what happened to my son. It’s also what was reported to have happened to Hanna Poling. The vaccine-autism link is supported in the following studies as well.
Vaccine package inserts list precautions and damaging side effects yet medical providers rarely educate their patients on those. It's up to the parents to do the work. I'm doing the work now--work to recover my child from vaccine injury. I'm doing all that I can to bring him better health. I do that in the hopes that he can one day be more independent. He may never be independent though. His seizures and the autism are preventing that.
My son cannot tolerate vaccines. I wish I'd known then what I know now. I guarantee you that I would have done things very, very differently.
Cathy Jameson, mom to Ronan
Write a letter. Fill it with facts, with evidence, and with a person plea – be thorough, be kind, and be respectful. Then send the letter. I’ll continue to send letters. I’ll do that to remind reporters that they should supply their readers and viewers with facts, not with fear.
Journalists and reporters keep us in the know. As a reader, as a viewer, and as a subscriber of many news outlets and publications, I expect the news to be accurate, to be fair, to be balanced, and always to be full of facts. It’s a shame that several mainstream media outlets prefer to provide otherwise.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.