May 21, 2016, Parent Herald: Vaccines and Infant Death: 1-Year-Old Boy Died Three Days After Being Vaccinated
By Abby Kraft
The ongoing conflict about vaccination and its health risk has been an ongoing controversy when it comes to infant and toddler healthcare. The said health risks range from autism to death.
On October 2015, at the age of one, Michael Whitesell received his MMR, hepatitis A, varicella and flu vaccines. Like any regular vaccination aftereffect, Michael had a high fever three days after their trip to the hospital. According to Vactruth, he was given Tylenol to soothe his fever, but he was found dead the following morning.
As the investigation moved forward, they found no foul play in regards to the child's death as it was ruled out that he died of natural causes. His death cause was labeled as Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, which is due to "natural causes." None of his vaccines were listed on the report.
The one who examined Michael, however, noted that he experiences vascular congestion on his brain, heart, lungs, liver. His urine was also mentioned to be positive with glucose. Michael's grandmother mentioned that the vaccine could have caused his death, but no medical explanation backed it up.
It's time we stopped limiting the conversation to just autism and vaccines. Our children are sick and dying, and no one in charge cares at all.
Also included in the story is this 2015 NJTV video, Vaccine Debate: Parents, doctors discuss the pros and cons.
Dr. Brian Levine: "The very first thing I tell them is not to Google anything."
Levine claimed that the controversy over vaccines has started to die down.
Mom: "I think it's really important the parents are getting their information from the right sources. ... Everybody nowadays thinks that they're a doctor and that they know best, but the truth of the matter is, even though I'm a mom, I'm not a doctor. You know, you have to be able to trust, trust that other people know what they're doing.
State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan: "There have been many, many studies that have been convened and looked at by the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, ...that always point to the evidence that these vaccines are safe and effective."
Another mom talked about the increased schedule and autoimmune problems.
Sue Collins, NJ Coalition for Vaccine Choice: "More and more vaccines are continually being added to the schedule, and no studies have bene done to see how all these vaccines reaction with each other, how they may affect the efficacy of each vaccine."
NJTV did a very poor, but typical job in presenting this issue. The reporter gave us two mothers, one from the Coalition for Vaccine Choice, who raised serious concerns about the risk.
The reporter talked to two doctors, one a state epidemiologist, who defended vaccines, (one even told parents not to educate themselves about vaccines, just to take his word for it). She found no experts to challenge the standard, studies show n link mantra her experts gave us.
The reporter has no idea how to legitimately cover this controversy. She should have actually asked her two experts to respond to the claims of the two mothers.
The interview should have gone like this:
"Dr. Levine, is it true that there has never been a study on the cumulative effect of the ever-increasing vaccination schedule?"
"Doctor, what about the fact that neither the vaccine makers nor the doctor has any liability for a vaccine reaction? How much incentive is there for producing a truly safe product?"
"Doctor, is it true that there are not double blind comparison studies done on vaccines like there are in standard drug trials?"
"Dr. Tan, how do you answer parents who say that there is actually more independent research that raises serious concerns about vaccine side effects compared to all the CDC's population studies?"
"Doctor, is it concerning to you at all that there are substantial ties to the vaccine makers in each the 'many, many studies' you cited? "Are you aware of all the money the vaccine makers have donated to the AAP? Do you think this has any influence over their endorsement of vaccines?"
Of course the woman from NJTV would never ask such revealing and pertinent questions. She has no idea what's really going on here. It's he said, she said, she said, she said, and we all go home.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.