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U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff on the dangers of “vaccine hesitancy” and what to do about it.

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Anne Dachel transcribed Rep Adam Schiff's speech from June 13, 2019, on the dangers of “vaccine hesitancy” and what to do about it. See FB post here.

“I rise today to offer an amendment in support of vaccines and the medical effectiveness. Specifically my amendment would direct $5 million to amplify a public health campaign to promote vaccine usage and combat hesitancy.

These funds would support the work of the national vaccine program within the office of infectious disease policy and HIV aids, which provides a framework for pursuing the prevention of infectious diseases through immunizations. It is the nation’s leading roadmap in articulating a comprehensive strategy to develop new and approved vaccines, enhance the vaccine safety system, and support communications to enhance vaccine decision making.

Each year vaccines are estimated to save two to three million lives worldwide. Due to effective vaccination campaigns, what were once referred to as the usual diseases of childhood, are now considered vaccine preventable diseases.

Unfortunately, vaccines are a victim of their own success. These monumental public health achievements have contributed to a false perception that disease threats are minimal and that routine vaccination is no longer necessary.  

This year alone we have witnessed numerous outbreaks of measles across the country—a disease that was once considered eradicated in the United States.

Declining vaccination rates pose an imminent threat to public health. In fact the World Health Organization has identified vaccine hesitancy as a top global health threat for 2019.

There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surfaces on websites where many Americans get their information.

Repetition of information, even if false, can often be mistaken for accuracy. And exposure to anti-vaccine content via social media may negatively sharp user attitudes towards vaccination.

The emergence of vaccine hesitancy as an increasingly common theme in health care settings demands attention. And it is imperative for public health officials to take a necessary and critical step to flip the script from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence to protect and bolster the public health.

The scientific and medical communities are in overwhelming consensus that vaccines are both effective and safe.

There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases and the dissemination of unfounded or debunked theories about the dangers of vaccination pose a great risk to the public health.

Support for the national vaccine program in coordinating a national public health campaign to fight vaccine misinformation is imperative.

It is essential now more than ever that we fund vaccine communication research to strengthen the evidence-based for what works in fighting vaccine hesitance, combating misinformation and encouraging responsible vaccine decision-making.    

 

Comments

Michael S.

Schiff having called Amazon to ban products that were "non pro-vaccine" (my quotes) was beyond the imaginable and I'm certain could be argued in court that it was either a violation of the First Amendment or a Civil Rights violation. My slogan for having Rep. Adam Schiff removed from office:

"Let's get the Schiff out of here!"

Morag

President Ronald Reagan 1981 -1989 Passed The National Childhood Vaccine injury Act [NCVIA] 1986
See Paul Simon -Kodachrome [Lyrics] Youtube
A shifty wee swatch of promoting Chesterfield cigs ,with free coughin nails? offered with multi-pack
purchases !
Same shifty tosh selling vaccines as all safe and effective, scripted parroting?
Remove the pre- prepared parroting script ? and no style or scientific substance left to present?
Aye in ma stupid days! A lot of us were in the smokers section of Gartnavel General Hospital canteen as well ! One Third segregation to the smelly sector Dr's and nurses!

David L

@Aimee - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency within HHS, sought to automate reporting in 2007 when it provided an approximately $1 million grant to automate VAERS reporting at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The result was the successful automation of adverse event reports at Harvard Pilgrim. Here is the link for the report: https://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/r18hs017045-lazarus-final-report-2011.pdf VAERS (the U.S. vaccine adverse event reporting system) is a passive reporting system, relying on voluntary, rather than mandatory, reporting. An automated system was developed and the CDC refused to implement it. The number of petitions to the VICP has also dramatically increased over the last few years as well which goes along with the increased budget request mentioned in my other post. Over $1 billion (1/4 of the total amount of payout since 1989) has been given out in just the last four years. 2/3 of petitioners to the VICP are turned away, which deviates from the original purpose of the VICP, to presume causation unless there is another biologically plausible explanation for the injury or death following vaccination. Most claims took multiple years and some more than a decade to resolve. There is also a time limit to when you can even file.

Science and Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Much is driven by money rather then public health and the influence of corporations upon regulatory agencies, lawmakers, and even media.

Anita Donnelly’s Daughter

As a lifelong Democrat with a family history of vaccine injury going back to 1940’s, Schiff’s ignorance and naievete stun me. His willingness to set a precedent and censor the information that helped me recover my child enrages me. I truly don’t think this man is evil but he has what Aquinas called vincible ignorance. Look it up, Mr S.

Aimee Doyle

@David June -

The Harvard study you cite is very interesting. Do you have a link? I'd like to learn more about it. And thanks for the information about the increase in the HHS budget for the vaccine injury program.

Is Schiff not familiar with the vaccine injury compensation program? Does he really not understand that sometimes (maybe often) vaccines can have devastating consequences? Even though the media NEVER cover vax court, or interview anyone who has been through the process, if he's promoting health policy, then he should be better informed. But then, maybe he knows about adverse reactions and figures it's okay to dump all these injured and dead individuals on the acceptable collateral damage category.

I wonder how many people, outside of this community, know about vaccine injury claims and vaccine court? I know that everyone I've told was shocked, but then immediately pivoted to, "those cases are so rare."

annie

20 month old baby separated from parents at the border and is unable to walk and talk. These parents have the right to know what was injected into their child while in American custody. The fascism Schiff advocates for could very well have more to do with this little one’s delays then trauma Trump inflicts.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157334386548279&id=17414523278&anchor_composer=false

cia parker

Cindy,
I was diagnosed with MS in 1990. Mercury poisoning. I just went to herbalclinic.com, but there were no products listed to buy, you had to register for a consultation. Is this correct?

annie

Raise your hand if your an American family living with (and paying for) vaccine injury and could really use five million dollars.

sorry USA

Schiff translator: Mwa ha ha

David L

If there was no evidence to even suggest that vaccines can cause harm, why then is there a backlog of claims within the very court set up to deal with life threatening or disabling diseases caused by vaccines? Why is another $2 million dollars needed to hire medical reviewers to process additional claims and reduce backlogs? The backlog of claims is from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program which has paid out over $4 billion dollars for injuries and deaths associated with vaccination and another 160 million so far in 2019 for vaccine injuries. Despite Schiff repeating the exact line from his Big Tech letters asking for censorship of anti vax information claiming no evidence of life threatening or disabling diseases, buried in the U.S. House of Representatives HHS appropriations bill is the following: “The Committee recommends $11,200,000 for administration of the program, which is $2,000,000 above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and the same as the fiscal year 2020 budget request. This increase will enable HRSA to hire additional contractors to conduct initial medical reviews and full-time medical officers to review the contractors’ work. The additional funding will also allow HRSA to process additional claims and reduce the backlog of claims.” https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20LHHS%20Filed%20Report%20-%20HR2740.pdf

How many victims have suffered or died from vaccines is unknown. Numerous reviews of VAERS have found that only a tiny fraction of vaccine adverse events are reported through that passive system. For example, an HHS-funded review of vaccine adverse events over a 3 year period by Harvard Medical School involving 715,000 patients found that “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Why would an organization that claims to be dedicated to the protection of public health eliminate the opportunity to identify vaccines that cause harm to a large portion of the population so they can work on improving them? An approximately $1 million grant to automate VAERS reporting at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was successful. Preliminary data were collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions ... were identified. 35,570 reactions in 376,452 people. After automating adverse event reports at Harvard Pilgrim, the developers of this system asked the CDC to take the final step of linking VAERS with the Harvard Pilgrim system so that these reports could be automatically transmitted into VAERS. Instead, the CDC refused to cooperate. As the Harvard grant recipients explained: Unfortunately, there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments because the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.

“There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases…” Is this not therefore vaccine misinformation Schiff? These reports clearly show that vaccines do cause injuries, including deaths. When putting profits over peoples health diminish and steps are taken to improve vaccine safety independent of the influence of those making money from them, vaccine hesitancy will lower. Otherwise you are fueling the fire.

Angus Files

Full of Schiff as always..


Pharma For Prison

MMR RIP


Hans Litten

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-17/lam-limbo-tensions-between-hong-kong-protesters-beijing-intensify

I look forward to the day when all major Urban areas rise up against the vaccine criminals.
Hong Kong has demonstrated how easily Govt can be swept aside when people wake up.
One quarter of the province marched against the extradition law.
And Lam is finished.
If they knew the State was attempting to sicken & assassinate your children ?
Its just a case of simple understanding.


Gary Ogden

The Big Lie. He may very well be entirely ignorant of the horror show that CDC vaccine policy has produced, but I doubt it, or it may be a case of cognitive dissonance, or a political power stunt in advance of the next election. Or he may be, like most politicians, interested solely in re-election. In any case, Adam Schiff is an exceedingly dangerous propagandist, lacking both intellectual curiosity and moral compass. Creepy.

Cindy W Edwards

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2012, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn't feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Organic Herbal Clinic natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic official website www. organicherbalclinic. com This treatment is a breakthrough for all suffering from Multiple sclerosis, i am strong again!

Mark Wax

Mr. Moffit's comments need to be read by the entire Congress.

Bob Moffit

SCHIFF: “I rise today to offer an amendment in support of vaccines and the medical effectiveness. Specifically my amendment would direct $5 million to amplify a public health campaign to promote vaccine usage and combat hesitancy. "

Promising open remarks by Schiff .. particularly the "combat hesitancy" part.

SCHIFF: "It is the nation’s leading roadmap in articulating a comprehensive strategy to develop new and approved vaccines, enhance the vaccine safety system, and support communications to enhance vaccine decision making."

Again promising .. "enhance the vaccine safety system".

SCHIFF; "There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surfaces on websites where many Americans get their information."

This is where the "promising" statements begin to flounder into the "same old same old" .. Schiff has every opportunity to call the MANY CREDIBLE SOURCES PROMOTING "MEDICALLY INACCURATE INFORMATION' .. SUCH AS .. RFK, DEL BIGTREE, DR. TENPENNY .. ON AND ON .. to demand these well-informed public critics of the flaws within the vaccine industry .. testify under oath to the blatant, rampant conflict of interests deeply entrenched throughout the federal regulatory agencies responsible for GUARANTEEING VACCINES ARE AS SAFE AND EFFECITIVE AS MOST OF THEIR QUESTIONABLE STUDIES SUGGEST .. AS WELL AS .. FINALLY DEMANDING THE VACCINE ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY OVERHAULED TO END THE "UNDERREPORTING" OF ADVERSE REACTIONS THE HHS OPENLY ADMITS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING, SYSTEMIC PROBLEM FOR DECADES … CAPTURING APPROXIMATELY ONLY 10% OF REPORTABLE EVENTS MEANING 90% ARE KNOWN TO BE 'UNREPORTED". The failure of VAERS to maintain the people's trust and confidence in their shoddy, ineffective "monitoring" of adverse events is THEIR PROBLEM .. NOT THE PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET WHOSE ONLY INTEREST IS TO EXPOSE JUST HOW MUCH OF A FAILURE VAERS HAS PROVED TO BE.

SCHIFF: "Repetition of information, even if false, can often be mistaken for accuracy. And exposure to anti-vaccine content via social media may negatively sharp user attitudes towards vaccination."

It is NOT the "repetition of information" that is the problem .. the problem is the determined effort of public health regulatory agencies and CONGRESS to IGNORE critical information rather than publicly addressing it.

SCHIFF: "It is imperative for public health officials to take a necessary and critical step to flip the script from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence to protect and bolster the public health."

The very first "step for public health officials " to take to "restore vaccine confidence" is for CONGRESS to publicly implore President Trump to create that "conflict of interest free" .. INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE THE SAFETY AND EFFICENCY OF VACCINES .. and the second step would be for CONGRESS to demand federal public health regulatory agencies to conduct an independent scientific study of vaccinated v. unvaccinated populations to ascertain once and for all if BOTH populations are suffering the same life-threatening, life-long chronic autoimmune disorders that are now reported to affect 54% of today's children, up from 12% in 2002. Surely Congress understands the CDC/HHS has the resources, data, expertise to do this common sense study .. they lack on the WILL to do it. CONGRESS MUST ASK "WHY" IS THIS STUDY NOT BEING DONE?

SCHIFF: 'There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases and the dissemination of unfounded or debunked theories about the dangers of vaccination pose a great risk to the public health.'

Simply regurgitating the "same old, same old" unreliable solutions .. such as .. "the science is in and vaccines are safe and effective" is exactly the numbers of parents are "hesitant' to vaccinate their precious children ,,, IT MUST END AND CONGRESS HAS A DUTY TO RESTORE THE PUBLIC'S FAITH AND TRUST IN VACCINES BY LISTENING TO PARENTS AND ACTING TO ADDRESS THEIR GROWING JUSTIFIED CONCERNS.


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