So it seems that a few years back, a large pediatric office, Kids Plus Pediatrics of Pittsburgh, put up a video on their Facebook page encouraging families to vaccinate their children against human papillomavirus, or HPV. There are two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, and the safety of them is a big concern with many parents . As a result, hundreds of parents apparently commented negatively about this video.
From The Washington Post :
From CNN :
Perhaps most significant, doctors and experts said, is that Kids Plus was able to figure out the social media attack was directed from inside closed anti-vaccine Facebook groups, in which members have to be approved to join. Together with the researchers’ analysis, the information provides the first systematic analysis of how anti- vaccine activists coordinate a harmful social media campaign, experts said.“We know they’re all coordinated,” said Erica DeWald, director of advocacy for Vaccinate Your Family, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to advocating for vaccinations. “But this is the actual research piece that proves that.”Many health-care professionals are afraid of the impact anti-vaxxers can have on their business, according to DeWald. The online attacks often result in negative ratings and reviews on sites such as Google and Yelp.
Let’s pause and look at some of this information.
Hundreds of parents, most likely parents of children who have been INJURED or DIED due to vaccination, left comments on this particular pediatric business (yes, this vaccine “advocate” is being clear that it is a BUSINESS and that “health-care professionals” were concerned about the impact on their reviews, not the health of any children). Interestingly, in this same CNN article, we are told that Pennsylvania is also home to Dr. Paul Offit, a long-time champion of vaccines (and patent-holder on a vaccine in which he made an estimated total of over 10 million dollars - probably much more but he won’t say). Offit also tweeted about this so-called “study” . Age of Autism has posted much about him over the years, like this well-researched article: Counting Offit’s Millions: More on How Merck’s Rotateq Vaccine Made Paul Offit Wealthy
Offit is again attempting to use emotion and fear about the “anti-vaxxers.” He has been building up that term since he introduced it years ago. His other target, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, he mentions often as Offit must keep the truth from surfacing, that increasing numbers of children are being harmed. The brilliant and bullied Dr.Wakefield, has been eviscerated since 1998 for not being intimidated by Merck and its many attack dogs. Here we hear Offit say Dr. Wakefield is responsible for the “anti-vaxx” movement. If there were ever two men who were completely opposite it would be Offit and Wakefield. This video demonstrates Offit’s theatrical performances that he has done for years.
He shares misinformation as well, blaming many outbreaks on unvaccinated children when in reality, Offit does not share this information, studies that show it is vaccine failure often in these outbreaks:
measles outbreaks also occur even among highly vaccinated populations because of primary and secondary vaccine failure, which results in gradually larger pools of susceptible persons and outbreaks once measles is introduced . This leads to a paradoxical situation whereby measles in highly immunized societies occurs primarily among those previously immunized…
Then there is MUMPS, also in that MMR vaccine:
And then there is this one that Offit would never mention:
Despite high vaccination coverage, a resurgence of pertussis (whooping cough) has been observed during the past few decades.
Polio, a horrific disease, is more scary with vaccination now it appears:
Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/28/534403083/mutant-strains-of-polio-vaccine-now-cause-more-paralysis-than-wild-polio
Oral polio vaccine-associated paralysis in a child despite previous immunization with inactivated virus http://www.virology.ws/2014/10/08/oral-polio-vaccine-associated-paralysis-in-a-child-despite-previous-immunization-with-inactivated-virus/
Vaccines are not the perfect product and the business of vaccination is dependent on a public in fear but also increasingly forced to get vaccines. The “anti-vaxxers” have become the target, the scapegoat. Now the vaccine companies pay (contribute loads of cash) to politicians to do their dirty work and make laws so choice is gone. We are talking about forcing a medical procedure on children now and eventually all of us. Your social security check may be dependent on you getting your annual flu shot. Your son may be unable to get his driver’s license, go to college, get married, get on a plane, etc etc. People should be thanking the “anti-vaxxers,” as they are trying to expose this injustice as well as the many negative and often, life-threatening consequences of today’s vaccines. Where there is risk, there must be choice. Offit’s use of “anti-vaxx,” is a derogatory name for parents who supported and DID vaccinate their children, but injury or death occurred. Offit will tell you, “it was a coincidence,” but thousands of parents, brave researchers and doctors are not making it up. They have nothing to gain except trying to prevent that heartbreak in another family.
Most of the parents are EX-VAXXERS but Offit and his troupe of VACCINE INJURY DENIERS will not use that term as it shows these parents saw their babies, toddlers and teens injured or dead after vaccines. The parents are dedicated to the truth, are smart, and have complete, robust rationale for questioning the safety of vaccines.
So let’s get back to this study, just freshly out from Vaccine, with this cutesy title - “It’s not all about autism: The emerging landscape of anti-vaccination sentiment on Facebook”
As there is so much in the news about privacy issues on Facebook, the mining of this data is concerning:
the Internet, and specifically social media, may be facilitating the spread of anti-vaccination misinformation , . Unsubstantiated safety concerns presented as scientific information are readily available on the Internet . Previous research suggests that viewing a website providing vaccine-critical information for just 5 to 10 min decreases intention to vaccinate, and that false information appears to spread more rapidly than truth on social media , .
This sure looks like a poor attempt to shut up the truth. Very interesting about, “vaccine-critical information for just 5 to 10 min decreases intention to vaccinate.”
the purpose of this study was to systematically assess individuals known to express anti-vaccination sentiment on Facebook. We (1) coded sociodemographic characteristics of individuals and the anti-vaccination information they convey, (2) conducted social network analysis to examine the connections between these individuals and anti-vaccination topics, and (3) performed in-depth qualitative analysis to identify related themes in these individuals’ public posts.
Sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to say they took information from Facebook members by friending them as how else can you see their posts? This would involve lies and infiltrating groups, kind of like a spy? They then gathered characteristics, coded information, and analyzed it all. Creepy, and is it legal as well as ethical?
NEVER once did the study include that the children of these parents were injured or died as a result of vaccination, a significant “sociodemographic characteristic.”
All study procedures were approved by the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (PRO17120151). Our data set consisted of 197 individuals on Facebook who posted anti-vaccination comments on a local paediatric clinic’s Facebook page.
Hard to believe a university could approve of infiltrating and gathering information without these 197 people giving their approval. Is that honest and appropriate behavior?
Social network analysis found that topics and people tended to cluster into 4 distinct sub-groups (differentiated by colour in Fig. 1). The “trust” sub-group emphasized mistrust of the scientific community and concerns about personal liberty. The “alternatives” sub-group focused on chemicals in vaccines and the use of homeopathic remedies as an alternative to vaccination. The “safety” sub-group focused on perceived risks and concerns about vaccination being immoral. The “conspiracy” sub-group suggested that the government and other entities hide certain beliefs this sub-group believes to be facts, including that the polio virus does not exist.
Those seem like topics that show smart and invested people. Also, it is not conspiracy thinking when Merck comes right out and says this:
Merck emails from 1999 showed company execs complaining about doctors who disliked using Vioxx. One email said:
What do you think they are saying behind closed doors about parents who witnessed vaccine injury or death? Those savvy moms and dads who want to help spread correct information so that their neighbors, relatives, co-workers, friends, even members on Facebook, know that there is risk, increasing risk with more vaccines. What they are most likely saying is that they need to make them look crazy, emotional, uneducated or too educated, privileged, and selfish ---- yes, so selfish for wanting to prevent another child and family from the horror that has happened to their own child.
This “research” paper is ridiculous and does not a thing except try to again make parents look irrational when in reality, they are highly rational people living in an irrational situation. Watching your child suffer daily or die from vaccination, is not something one will ever just simply get over, especially if is is denied by those who sold it and administered it. The use of personal information and demographic data here gives us many glimpses of the desperation and confabulation used to try and fool a nation that is “VACCINE HESITANT” and with much good reason. This crafted study also reflects that the “need to seek them out and destroy them where they live” includes Facebook. It also shows us that the methods being used to paint an ugly picture of so many parents on Facebook, may not be honest, may not be legal, and may not be ethical. It also continues to show how too many of these Vaccine Injury Deniers and organizations show a lack of knowledge about both the science and humanity of vaccine injury and death.