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Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, once wrote that questioning the safety of vaccines is like speaking out against motherhood. I think even talking about vaccines critically is like challenging someone's religious beliefs. For obvious reasons the media outlets are the loudest supporters of vaccination. The premise always is "vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives." Not vaccinating endangers not only your child, but everyone else's as well. Feeble attempts at being "fair and balanced" usually mean citing a number of health officials or doctors to convince us vaccines can do no wrong while including a non-vaccinating parent. And autism--that mysterious condition affecting more and more children for no discernible reason--is usually mentioned in passing, but of no real consequence.  

The press has taken this position for so long, that it's impossible for them to ever objectively present this issue. They have just as much at stake as pharma-funded health officials and doctors. Throw in the influence and control exercised by drug company advertisers and it's easy to see why we never see this controversy honestly and thoroughly covered.

Two British institutions are raising concerns over people not being vaccinated, both in the UK and around the world as these two stories show. There is absolutely no acknowledgement that there is an inherent risk to vaccination as with any medical product. In both pieces Andrew Wakefield's 1998 Lancet study is blamed for parents linking vaccines with autism.

The underlying message is that it's inexcusable not to vaccinate your children, all the science says vaccines are safe. Over and over each and every day, this is the message given to parents.                                                            

Sept 12, 2016, TheConversation.com: Why are vaccination rates in England falling?

Millions of children in England risk contracting potentially fatal diseases as vaccination rates continue to fall for the second year running. According to Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, about 3m children and adolescents may have missed their mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine....

Low vaccination rates are a particularly English problem: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all achieve the WHO target, although there are pockets, particularly in economically deprived urban areas, where they fall short. In England, the national rates are 2-3% below WHO recommended levels. In some urban areas, particularly those with high levels of deprivation and minority ethnic populations, rates fall towards 80%. This creates a high risk of outbreaks of serious childhood diseases.

Reasons for the fall in uptake

The decline in vaccination rates is often attributed to parental resistance provoked in the late 1990s by the now-discredited claim made by Andrew Wakefield of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

...The improvement in vaccination rates seems to have come to a halt or reversed slightly in the last two years. This is a time when there have been increasing cutbacks in Sure Start children’s centres – their numbers and budgets are down by about a quarter since 2010 – and problems in sustaining GP vaccination clinics among the other pressures on primary care....

Overt resistance is much less common. There are a small number of “new age” parents, whose preferences for alternative medicine could probably be accommodated without compromising herd immunity.

Of more concern is the emerging group of affluent parents who are opting out because they believe they can micromanage all risks to their children. This group has not been studied in the UK, but recent work in California found that where there is a critical mass of parents who think this way in a school catchment, refusal rates are high because the parents believe that the minimal risks from vaccination need not be accepted. They can insulate their children from the “others” who carry infectious disease. Their children do not share school classrooms, public transport or public leisure facilities with children from poorer backgrounds. Their children’s social contacts are carefully supervised so that they only mix with other children from a similar background whose parents think in the same way. They seem to be the forerunners of the “helicopter parents” who hover over their children at university and even into first employment.

Sept 9, 2016, Vox.com: Think Americans fear vaccines? Check out the French

Public trust is critical when it comes to vaccines. When people lose their confidence in immunizations and see them as useless, unhelpful, or downright harmful, they are less likely to get the lifesaving shots. And when people don’t get their immunizations, terrible, vaccine-preventable diseases like measles or whooping cough are more likely to flare up.

In a new study, published in EBioMedicine, researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore tried to measure vaccine confidence around the world. In the largest survey on the subject ever conducted, they asked 66,000 people in 67 countries about their views on the importance, safety, and effectiveness of vaccines.

The aim was simple: To take the global temperature on vaccine sentiment and identify which countries might be at risk of "vaccine confidence crises" and, therefore, outbreaks....

Countries least confident in vaccine safety

France (41 percent of people surveyed disagreed that vaccines are safe)

...France had far and away the most science denialistsin the survey, with nearly half of respondents (41 percent) disagreeing that vaccines are safe. (The study authors point out that this is more than three times the global average of 12 percent.)

The United States fell somewhere in the middle. Of the 1,000 people in the US surveyed, 14 percent disagreed vaccines were safe and 10 percent disagreed vaccines were effective. Lead study author Heidi Larson thought this average, however, masked some variation in the country....

This study, led by the discredited physician-researcher Andrew Wakefield, has since been thoroughly eviscerated: The Lancet retracted the paper, investigators have described the research as an "elaborate fraud," and Wakefield has lost his medical license.

Comments

Reader

Lucas, I'm very sorry about the fact of your having cancer but it is in no way proven that vaccines are effective or safe. They are missing that pesky gold-standard of double blind, placebo controlled studies. In fact, it is possible that your cancer was even caused by vaccination. Funny how as infectious disease has been decreased, auto-immune disease has increased massively. It may not be a good trade off. I'm sorry that this may be hard for you to hear but there are even mothers of children who have cancer who have gone on record as saying that they do not believe that others should risk their child, with vaccine roulette, for hers.

Lucas Powell

I should note that you have said that all doctors just want money. What if vaccines are in fact safe? Vaccines do actually help. We all know that immunity is built up by exposing the body to a small amount of the disease so it can learn how to fight it. Vaccines use the same concept; by putting a small amount of a harmless strain of a disease into the body to help the body fight. Also, there is no evidence that vaccines have anything to do with autism. In fact, it has been repeatedly shown that vaccines have no effect on autism, considering autism is genetic. Vaccines do not affect your DNA. I had cancer at age 10, and the reason I did not die of disease was because of something called "herd immunity." As I had just undergone Chemotherapy, my immune system was too weak to be vaccinated. So, as long as 94% of the people around me are vaccinated, then I don't get a disease. People like you undermine this principle and put the most vulnerable of us at risk. I would ask you to educate yourself on the subjects of vaccinations and the subject of autism, but I know you will disregard whatever conflicts with your viewpoint as "conspiracy" You deny the majority of evidence to cite a flawed study that A: had a tiny sample size, B: Had no control group, C: Was discredited by the scientific community for having no scientific basis, and D: Got him his medical license revoked. He published a flawed study and didn't bother to correct it. He put more people at risk than you could even imagine.

Jenny Allan

"According to Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, about 3m children and adolescents may have missed their mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine...."

Any so called 'statistics' or 'data' released to the public containing words such as 'may' 'might' or 'possibly' are nothing more than guesswork at best, and misinformation and propaganda at worst. Shame on them!!

These days the UK public has become very cynical about political scaremongering, using doom laden scenarios and predictions about just about everything. We will all starve without GMOs. Nuclear Power is greener. Measles kills millions annually blah blah blah! Sadly, the licence funded BBC now churns out a lot of so called 'scientific' rubbish.

There's an old saying:- 'You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people ALL of the time.'

annie

From now on, i shall only eat french fries if they have been served by people who are up to date on their vaccines.... you know "freedom" fries.

Reader

Apparently somebody at RI hasn't woken up. Guy Chapman from the UK says, "What vaccine industry? Vaccines are a tiny and not very profitable part of the pharmaceutical industry." Hmm, has he never heard of movements to reduce costs of vaccines for other countries? Has he never read the Forbes article that states vaccines are a growth market? Does he not know how many are coming down the pipe? Funny that.

Cynthia Cournoyer

Those vaccine promoters need to hurry up and get everyone vaccinated. The more people stop and reject vaccines, the more the ugly truth will come out. And by that I mean, it will be plain to see that a large unvaccinated population is healthier and they will not be ravaged by epidemics. In other words, by their logic, the moment someone, or someplace lets up on vaccinating, all hell will break loose. The truth is, this hell has not broken loose on these countries who have been "resistant." If it had, the headlines would read: "millions dead from (insert disease) and they were all unvaccinated." Truth is, every outbreak includes some who were already vaccinated, and the deaths are almost non existent.

annie

Those crazy Europeans! I guess we're all supposed to now be "anti-European"?

Tony Bateson

The easiest way to take autism studies to a new level is to conduct a vaccinated vs unvaccinated study. Both the UK and US Governments know exactly which kids are unvaccinated and which kids are autistic. If the presence of one was evident in the other those governments would be the first to say but they don't and so they patently aren't. When I asked the Head of UK vaccine policy some years ago in a public meeting why doesn't the Government back up its nebulous claim that vaccination was neutral to autism with the figures?, he claimed that the unvaccinated numbers were so low they weren't useful. 'Well' I replied 'I believe they are around 10% that's about 65,000 births what's not useful about that? 'I won't argue with you' he said. What he meant was what I believe is the case that none of the agencies really care. He might have said 'so what?'.

Jeff

"about 3m children and adolescents may have missed their mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine...."

How many of the 3m children who did not have MMR have regressive autism?

Bob Moffit

If there ever was an industry that is "guaranteed to big to fail protection" .. with the complete compliance of elected politicians and media now heavily invested in that industry's continued GROWTH .. it is the global vaccine industry .. that has ALREADY produced BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF PROFITS .. WITH ABSOLUTELY NO "LIABILITY" RISK TO THE INDUSTRY .. WITH UNLIMITED VACCINE INDUSTRY GROWTH GURANTEED .. FOREVER AND EVER.

With apologies to Winston Churchill for changing the words to one of his more famous speeches:

"We shall defend our CHILDREN, whatever the costs may be, we shall fight for our CHILDREN in their kangaroo courts, we shall fight for our CHILDREN in Congress and the Senate, we shall fight for our CHILDREN vigorously in the "court of public opinion" .. WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER .. NEVER SURRENDER OUR CHILDREN TO THEIR MEDICAL TYRANNY.

(There I go again .. wasting my time posting a "fiery" comment .. that .. ultimately .. will solve nothing of consequence .. only my own selfish need to VENT)

Hans Litten

They brought to the West :

http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/an-interview-with-dr-archie-kalokerinos-md/

Archie Kalokerinos: My final conclusion after forty years or more in this business is that the unofficial policy of the World Health Organisation and the unofficial policy of ‘Save the Children Fund’ and almost all those organisations is one of murder and genocide.
They want to make it appear as if they are saving these kids, but in actual fact they don’t. I am talking of those at the very top. Beneath that level is another level of doctors and health workers, like myself, who don’t really understand what they are doing. But I cannot see any other possible explanation: It is murder and it is genocide. And I tell you what: when the black races really wake up to what we have done to them they are not going to thank us very much. And if you want to see what harm vaccines do, don’t come to Australia or New Zealand or any place, go to Africa and you will see it there.

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