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Common Sense in the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Governor's Home: Chicken Pox Once and Done

Gov Matt BevinNOTE: When Mia and Gianna were 3 and 2, the Varicella vaccine had just hit the market and I BEGGED their pediatrician for it.  He refused to administer it to the girls telling me it was too new, and it was better for them to catch the chicken pox and be done with it for life.  This was in 1998 or so. Not 1898. Governor Bevin gave his kids the gift of lifelong immunity from Varicella. The media will spin him into an anti-science monster who doesn't love his children.  Nonsense. Below is a take on the story from the AofA POV.

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Kentucky, known for mint juleps, great bourbon, and the Kentucky Derby, has been in the news, and not just about March Madness.  It’s another kind of madness --- the horrendously, horrible treatment of those who believe in Vaccine Choice.

In separate areas of the state of Kentucky, two individuals are sharing their beliefs about vaccines, in the news.  One is a high school senior who is suing, along with his family, the local Dept of Health.  Check this out :

WALTON, Ky. —  

A Northern Kentucky family is suing their health department because of an issue with the chickenpox vaccine.

Bill Kunkel said his son Jerome, 18, is being discriminated against because of his religious beliefs regarding a vaccine for chickenpox.

Jerome is a student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky.

“I don't believe in that vaccine at all and they are trying to push it on us,” Bill Kunkle said. They say the belief is derived from their Christianity.

The Health Department said the chickenpox vaccine is the best way to prevent becoming ill and spreading the varicella virus. They said it is very safe and prevents almost all cases of severe illness. Ensure all members of your household are up to date on all vaccinations.

Note - Nothing subliminal about that message from the family or the vaccine commercial from the Health Department.

That was a few days ago and a tamer version of what is happening now.  Here is the Washington Post.  As you read, note the slew of sarcasm and an attempt to show a skewed moral compass in the family.  They are being portrayed as “antivaxx,”  It is a set-up.

God, country and chickenpox: How an outbreak entangled one school in a vaccine showdown

Bill Kunkel used to vaccinate his children, before he read where some vaccines come from.

He is skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry’s motives and came across anti-vaxxer theories online, though they aren’t supported by science. But his main objection is about abortion. Decades ago, cells were taken from legally aborted fetuses to create some vaccines. Kunkel is Catholic. Vaccines derived from an abortion are, in his mind but not the church’s, immoral.

So he and his wife chose not to vaccinate their fourth child, Jerome.

Years later, that decision has positioned the Kunkels and their now 18-year-old son as the latest face of the nation’s anti-vaxxer movement — and exposed the tension between individual liberties and the public good. Since Feb. 5, Jerome’s K-12 Catholic school, Assumption Academy, has been experiencing an outbreak of Varicella zoster, the virus commonly known as chickenpox.

And I am going to stop her right there.  Wow.  Do you see what I mean and there is plenty more.  Like a tabloid tongue, gossiping about the sordid affairs of some famous, immoral family.  Instead we are talking about attending high school, playing basketball and being Catholic --- oh and “antivaxx.” This is not news but a cookie-cutter attack that we keep seeing around the country. Read the entire WashPo article as the ending that I am posting below leads us to an ironic  development happening ALSO in Kentucky,  and ALL over the news in the past hours:

The school canceled class on Friday and Monday and avoided interacting with reporters during a parent meeting last week about the outbreak.

It’s unclear if vaccinated students will return to school this week and how unvaccinated students will go about their studies during the quarantine.

Jerome Kunkel said he’s not sure how he’ll fill his time. He cleaned out his car, he said, and will probably begin practicing baseball with a teammate also kept from school by the ban. Three weeks is too short a time span to get a job, the high school student said. And he’s nervous about falling behind in class.

“He’s being penalized because he’s a healthy child,” Bill Kunkel said. “He may not ever get chickenpox.”

Kunkel said he attended “chickenpox parties” as a child and took his own children to one at his brother’s house, with the intention to expose children to the virus.

But health officials strongly urge parents not to do this because the virus can cause unpredictable and severe reactions. The Northern Kentucky Health Department recommends the vaccine in each of its letters to parents at Assumption Academy.

And as that bubble of comments made its way across the state, the Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, had this to say:  

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than getting vaccine

(CNN)Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said he made sure all his nine children were exposed to chickenpox and caught the disease instead of giving them a vaccine.

"They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine," Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a Bowling Green radio station.

Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have nine children between the ages of 5 and 16, according to his campaign website.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

The governor says he supports parents who choose to get their children vaccinated and also those who decline to do so. But he said the decision shouldn't be up to the government.

"This is America," he said. "The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn't."

That is an amazing statement and our thanks to  Governor Bevin for supporting  what so many other keep saying.  There is an effort to make vaccines the “good guys” and thus, unvaccinated people become “the bad guys.”  What is really bad is that true science is being ignored, too much.  If there are outbreaks it is wrong to scapegoat the  unvaccinated, as  the issue is that vaccination is not without error.  It does not last and it causes unintended consequences.  With Chicken Pox (Varicella), the failure of life-long immunity has become a never ending commercial of first ONE vaccine then TWO vaccines and pretty soon will we be told, THREE or MORE Varicella vaccines to prevent Chicken Pox?  The connecting issue is that Shingles for all ages is increasing and it can be more serious.  Some facts to ponder from real research and data,  that you won’t get from WashPo or CNN:

Review of the United States universal varicella vaccination program: Herpes zoster incidence rates, cost-effectiveness, and vaccine efficacy based primarily on the Antelope Valley Varicella Active Surveillance Project data

Prior to the universal varicella vaccination program, 95% of adults experienced natural chickenpox [162](usually as pre-school to early elementary school children)—these cases were usually benign. In the prelicensure era, the periodic exogenous boosting that adults received from those shedding VZV resulted in long-term immunity. This high percentage of seropositive individuals and their long-term immunity have been compromised by the universal varicella vaccination of children which provides at best 70–90% protection [142, 163-166] that is temporary and of unknown duration—shifting chickenpox to a more vulnerable adult population which, as Dr. Jane Seward cautioned in 2007, carries 20 times more risk of death and 10–15 times more risk of hospitalization compared to chickenpox in children [167]. Thus, the proponents for universal varicella vaccination have failed to consider increased HZ-related morbidity as well as the adverse effects of both the varicella and HZ vaccines which have more than offset the limited benefits associated with reductions in varicella disease. The universal varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination program now requires a booster vaccine for children and an HZ (Shingles) vaccine to boost protection in adults. However, these are less effective than the natural immunity that existed in communities prior to licensure of the varicella vaccine. Hence, rather than eliminating varicella in children as promised, routine vaccination against varicella has proven extremely costly [60, 62,168] and has created continual cycles of treatment and disease.

Lastly, in that WashPo article, God, country and chickenpox: How an outbreak entangled one school in a vaccine showdown,  the author highlights aborted fetuses and when you click on it, it takes you to this page, Immunization Action Coalition.  Here is their list of financial contributors.  You can see that Merck and other pharmaceutical companies are listed, and since Merck does make both Varicella and Shingles vaccines,  and make millions of dollars from them, it seems pretty ridiculous to list this IAC as an unbiased resource.

As for Kentucky, their state motto is - United we stand, divided we fall - and that seems true more than ever.

 

 

 

 







Comments

Carol

"When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added first one and then two doses of chickenpox vaccine to the U.S. vaccine schedule (in 1996 and 2006, respectively), numerous scientists predicted—accurately as things have turned out—that there would be a chickenpox-shingles tradeoff. In fact, the United Kingdom does not include the varicella vaccine in its childhood schedule to this day precisely because researchers there recognized the potential for routine chickenpox vaccination to 'drive up the age at which those who are non immune get the illness' and increase the incidence of shingles in all age groups. Confirming the initial predictions, the incidence of shingles in the U.S. rose by 63% among 10- to 19-year-olds as of the mid-2000s.

Ordinarily, clinicians do not expect to encounter shingles in children unless the children are seriously immunocompromised. Perhaps this is why—in one case report after another describing shingles in otherwise healthy vaccinated children—researchers characterize the situation as 'rare' or 'unique.' Even so, young shingles patients’ often dramatic clinical symptoms have forced researchers to acknowledge that shingles is definitely 'possible' in children vaccinated against varicella, and when they use appropriate molecular analyses, they find that the vaccine-strain virus is the causative agent."

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/vaccine-safety/childhood-shingles-resulting-from-chickenpox-vaccination-rare-or-predictable/

Robin Miles-McLean

The biggest chickenpox outbreak when I was growing up happened a month or so before my family was to take a big trip. My mother was worried and vigilant about keeping my sister and I away from anyone who might have been exposed (reverse chickenpox party). She was successful.
Both my sister and I then got chickenpox as adults. My sister got pretty sick and since I was pregnant at the time I tried not to be exposed to her - I left care packages on her porch. Five or so years later - in 1994 - there was a HUGE outbreak in our area and my 2 kids both got them. Two weeks after our oldest broke out in blisters, I started feeling awful (the exact gestation period). I went to the doctor to get an anti-viral as several adults in the greater metro area had been hospitalized with chickenpox related encephalitis and they were encouraging everyone who was suspicious they were getting sick to go to the doctor and do so.

We belonged to the University of Michigan Hospital/Medical School's HMO. No one would believe I had not ever had chickenpox and insisted on running titres before giving me the antivirals - the test takes a couple of days - so they just sent me home to rest, despite my high fever and other symptoms. I awoke a few hours later gasping for breath. I called my health center, but could hardly talk to them because I couldn't breathe.

They sent me to the hospital ER, where the triage nurse discovered both my lungs were completely full of something. My blood oxygen levels were in the 80's. Still, they were reluctant to believe I had the pox, despite the small smattering of blisters beginning to show up on my skin. That is unntil they did the x-rays - and discovered my lungs looked like tree branches covered in tiny, round blisters. They slapped a mask on me and hurried me to a double sealed, specially ventilated isolation room.

Over the next 5 or 6 days as I got IV antivirals - because it was a teaching hospital - every infectious disease specialist (and student), epidemiologist (and student), researcher (and student), etc. showed up in my room. Unbeknownst to me, the CDC was reviewing the new chickenpox vaccine. EVERY single doctor, student, researcher, brought up the pending vaccine, told me it was a terrible idea - because NO vaccine EVER lasts more than 10 - 15 years at best and that a chickenpox vaccine would inevitably lead to more - and more dangerous - adult cases of chickenpox - like the one I was experiencing, and more cases of shingles. In 1994. At University of Michigan. Teaching hospital. What the heck has happened to doctors, researchers, teaching hospitals? The greed, the ignorance, the group think.....

Bayareamom

..."And, where are the Constitutional lawyers in our country? Why aren't they speaking up and out? Or, are they being censored, too?"

In a word -- YES; you bet they are.

Benedetta

Laura Hayes;
Louisville, Ky airport is a major flying in hub of UPS.


Bevin is in trouble I think; politically. He has gone up against the teacher's union. That is an awesome enemy to make. Since Kentucky state worker's and teacher's retirement is in danger of going broke; as is all other states in the Union cause the Walstreet guys finally got ahold of all these retirement plans. He has had to open up the subject that perhaps teachers are going to have to teach longer than 27 years, and actually state that teachers are making good enough money; better than most people in this state. Some higher ups in the education field are over paid, really overpaid; and of course they also have a podium to yell from. On top of all this he has made enemies by going up against the colleges and universities; teachers are no longer required or encouraged to get a masters degree.

It always hurts and makes people mad when they think the things they have are going to be taken away. Still teachers are many, and they have a strong voice, but there are really some financially struggling people in this mostly rural state that look at what the teachers, and state workers are making and what they are able to retire on, and still have health insurance and are a bit upset.

Grace Green

Hans, and Pogo,
The solution is we need to stop calling it autism, and we need to stop calling them cures! It has long been the case that producers of alternative health treatments, or even vitamins, are not allowed to make any claims for their products. Purchasers have to do their own research in order to know what they need. I think claiming something is a "cure" is always over-stating it anyway. I'm sure there are better ways they could describe it. And as for the word "autism" what does it mean? What do other people mean by it if they are just experiencing a different way of being! I came across another article on the BBC in which a little girl had a very rare (only two in Scotland) condition, I can't remember the fancy name they gave it. The symptoms they described were exactly the same as severe autism, and they started at ten weeks old (after first vaccines?) If others want to use the word autism to describe their emotional problems, then we must start using the correct medical words to name our and our children's condition.

no-vac

Hope he runs for potus. I would certainly vote for him. He seems brave, intelligent and independent enough to take down the criminal pharma cartel, which is intentionally destroying the US.

Laura Hayes

GoFundMe joins the censorship bandwagon.

https://mashable.com/article/gofundme-bans-anti-vaxxers/#I3v8l8hhDPq4

Really? What is the matter with these people? I wish we had enough people/interest/buying power to drive these companies engaging in censorship out of business.

And, where are the Constitutional lawyers in our country? Why aren't they speaking up and out? Or, are they being censored, too?

Pogo

Hans Litten 

Emma Dalmayne mentioned in the article is obviously a very busy person. Here is her petition.
https://www.change.org/p/phillip-dunne-make-autistic-cures-illegal-in-the-uk
And an article about her:
https://autisticuk.org/national-diversity-awards-emma-dalmayne/

Irena

No wonder that Governor is so common sense and bright eyed! Not your off-the-mill over-vaccinated over-medicated over-fluoridated California political pharma puppet...

Laura Hayes

How long until this is the "standard of care" in America?

https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/131-children-vaccinated-at-gunpoint-in-malawi/

Seems like UPS (see my previously-posted link about the new venture between UPS and Merck), vaccine-making pharmaceutical companies, legislators (via vaccine mandate laws, current bills to mandate home visits post-birth, and granting DPHs the power and manpower to use any means necessary during public health "emergencies" and to "control" the spread of infectious diseases), and medical "professionals" and their associated trade industry groups are getting their ducks in a row for just such a new form of "standard of care" in America.

Hans Litten

Now against the somebodys law to even suggest Autism is curable in the free UK :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47666939

Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism.

Five of them face prosecution for advertising a treatment called Cease therapy, which has no scientific basis and is potentially harmful.

The National Autistic Society says autism is part of who people are and it is wrong to claim that it can be cured. (THE NAS IS WHOLLY OWNED GOVT ENTITY TO DENY THE V HOLOCAUST)

Laura Hayes

Speaking of KY, this new venture is to be launched in KY:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ups-healthcare-focus-idUSKCN1R30EC

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, you read an article like that.

When are U.S. citizens going to wake up to the fact that more and more pharmaceuticals are not making those who take them healthier? And the costs, financial and otherwise, of more people on more pharmaceuticals are leading to ruin.

Gary Ogden

Carol: Thank you for that reminder. The NHS are a dangerous den of anti-vaxxers! Who knew?

Carol

From the National Health Service website in the UK:

"The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine UK childhood vaccination programme because chickenpox is usually a mild illness, particularly in children.

There's also a worry that introducing chickenpox vaccination for all children could increase the risk of chickenpox and shingles in adults."

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/childrens-health/why-are-children-in-the-uk-not-vaccinated-against-chickenpox/

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