By Anne Dachel
It is clear that the major networks will make up the facts in order to defend vaccines and criticize parents who question their safety. We’ve seen it for years, and that is exactly what they did on this report on Fox & Friends. We’re told three quarters of parents don’t believe kids need vaccines.
This is outright news fraud. It's the Fox News version of a recently announced survey of doctors that was actually done in 2013.
The Fox anchor is stunned. How could so many parents be so misinformed?
Actually, Fox has the story all wrong, and one has to ask if it was intentional.
This is what CBS News reported:
In the survey, conducted in 2013, about 87 percent of pediatricians said they had encountered vaccine refusals, an increase from the 75 percent who reported refusals during the last survey from 2006.
The most common reason, provided by three out of every four parents: Vaccines are unnecessary because the diseases they prevent have been wiped out in the United States.
Now, more parents are refusing the vaccine on the grounds that they are “unnecessary” — 73.1 percent in 2013 vs. 63.4 percent in 2006. Moreover, even parents who believe in vaccines appear to be delaying the shots that are supposed to be given on a strict schedule to maximize their effectiveness. Seventy-five percent of pediatricians said that parents asked for delays because of worries about their child's "discomfort" and 72.5 percent because of a concern "for immune system burden."
What Fox News did was to take the“three out of every four parents” who refused vaccines to mean three out of every four parents—ALL PARENTS of pediatric patients.
Anchor Fox & Friends: “Shocking new survey finds seventy-three percent think vaccines aren’t necessary. Seventy-three percent. That as a mumps outbreak is growing on Long Island with at least thirty-six people infected right now. So where is the disconnect?
“We have a doctor here, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, and she joins is to answer all of our questions.”
Caudle: “We have to remember, vaccines save lives. …” Caudle went on to describe all the life-saving benefits of vaccination.
“Remember, vaccines are safe. They’re very effective. …
“The flu shot, we don’t give a young child until they’re six months and older. …”
Anchor: “Are you shocked by that number? Seventy-three percent of people don’t think that you should get vaccines?”
Caudle: “I am. I really am shocked. And this was a study, a survey of pediatricians. When asked why they thought their patients and their parents were not getting vaccinated, they felt overwhelmingly that most people felt that vaccines were unnecessary. …”
“Vaccines do not cause autism. That is very, very important. We need to be able to able to have that dialogue. …”
I have several questions for Dr. Caudle. How much informed consent do you give your patients? Since you stated, "The most common reactions are like local reactions. You might get a little sore arm. Maybe a low grade fever in some kids, some things like that. But most people do very fine with them." What about the kids who don't do "very fine"?
Do you go over the package insert on each vaccine given to children with the parents? Do you inform parents that neither you nor the vaccine maker has any liability for a vaccine reaction?
When you give the flu shot, do you use mercury-free ones? Do you vaccine pregnant women with the flu vaccine?
Are you aware of the growing CDC whistleblower scandal because one of the government's own scientists has said that his agency destroy documents showing research linking vaccines to autism, especially in African American boys?
Finally, Fox News should know that they are "the disconnect." It is more than a little disingenuous to imply that unvaccinated children are responsible for the mumps outbreak on Long Island.
August 30, 2016, Healio: Long Island mumps outbreak grows to 36 cases
“It’s not something we can predict,” [Mary Ellen Laurain, a DOH spokeswoman,] told Infectious Disease News. “The community isn’t as populated after summer, but it’s really hard to tell.”
According to Laurain, the average age of patients in the outbreak is 25 years. She described them as a “highly vaccinated” group and said the outbreak may be part of a nationwide increase in cases.
More likely than not, the media is now being used to present parents as COMPLACENT. They're not worried about their kids getting sick because vaccines have eradicated serious diseases, and if this laissez-faire attitude continues, sickness and death will happen as these diseases return. It's time to take choice away from the misinformed. And they'll use every opportunity to make the point--even so far as to phony up the statistics.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.