SB 276 Will Violate the Doctor-Patient Relationship by Eliminating Medical Exemptions
If the government wants to mandate vaccinations, it must ensure that they are safe for all children
Of the fraudulent exemptions cases that the Medical Board of California has investigated to date, there have been no fraudulent medical exemptions found.
Special to California Globe byMary Holland, Esq.*
California has one of the strictest compulsory vaccination laws for schoolchildren in the nation, but Senate Bill 276 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) would eliminate almost all vaccine medical exemptions, allegedly to crack down on fraud. Under this bill, State bureaucrats — not physicians –would be in charge of deciding whether children may receive medical exemptions and thus whether they can attend school.
UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky recently weighed in on this in his OpEd, “Vaccines Protect Us. But does the U.S. Constitution protect anti-vaccine parents?,” published in the SacBee on May 6, 2019. Re-litigating SB 277, Chemerinsky got it wrong. While it is true that under SB 277 there are no lawful rights for parents to refuse vaccination other than medical ones, what Chemerinsky didn’t articulate is that this new bill is about physicians, not parents. After SB 277, it is solely within a physician’s discretion to grant a medical exemption, based on past adverse reactions and family history. SB 276 now seeks to remove a doctors’ ability to grant medical exemptions for the extremely small percentage that need them and, instead, to vest that authority in government bureaucrats.
SB 276 is a clear example of government overreach, resulting in the unnecessary and inefficient use of taxpayer dollars. Since SB 277 eliminated both personal belief and religious exemptions (47 other states allow either or both), vaccination rates increased from 92.9 to 94.8 percent. Currently, less than 1 percent of California kindergartners have a permanent medical exemption. In addition, 96.6 percent of kindergartners have had the MMR to protect against the measles infection. Read the full article from Mary Holland at California Globe.
"...unvaccinated children pose a threat to others who cannot get vaccinations. the court viewed this threat as very significant in her decision." Attorney Michael Sussman posted this follow up to the stay he had sought on his Facebook page in a public post:
Yesterday, Judge Denise Hartman issued a decision denying the preliminary injunction or stay I had sought on behalf of 26000 children and their families. The Judge composed a 34 page opinion which [in summary] made the following critical points:
1. we did establish that absent an injunction, there would be irreparable harm to the children and families involved. The judge stated that she had read and found quite compelling the nearly 400 affidavits we submitted and she acknowledge that her decision would cause families and students substantial hardship.
2. the court did not feel the balance of equities tipped our way [a second factor to consider in deciding whether to grant a preliminary injunction] because, Her Honor reasoned, unvaccinated children pose a threat to others who cannot get vaccinations. the court viewed this threat as very significant in her decision.
Note: In many areas of life, there are two realms, what the media wants you to think, and what is really happening at the ground level. Below is a recap of a conversation about vaccination safety and rights. Thanks to the Mom/reader/good friend who allowed us to reprint. We've changed names to protect her privacy. Remember privacy?
John & I went to Costco today and stocked up on wild Sockeye, organic vegetables, avocados, some paleo stuff, you know- all of our regular shopping.
As I was grabbing a sample from one of the vendors , I was checking ingredients for John and said “darn John- it's got dairy!” The sample lady, Lynn, said “oh geez, is your son allergic to dairy?”.
I told her “YES, and it could happen to you too, so be careful!” She asked what I meant, and I explained that there are food proteins in v@ccines that also contain aluminum adjuvants, and when injected together, they can & do cause food allergies. There’s plenty of published research on that, but THEY ( doctors) never tell you that because they never research - they just regurgitate what the CDC provides them.
She asked which v@ccine that was that caused my son’s dairy allergy, and I explained the DTaP v@x is the one with bovine/cow dairy. My son became severely allergic to dairy right after his 2 month infant shots. I couldn’t even consume dairy when I was nursing him or he would develop gut migraines that made him scream in agony for hours & hours.
Your back to school assignment is to help share this video on Facebook. Why? Because from New York to California, vaccination choice is under siege. Healthy children are being banned from school as exemptions are being removed. Students in special education are being denied FAPE.
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A first day of school picture is going viral, in a really good way.
Two elementary school boys began the new school year with a lesson in kindness.
"I saw him on the ground with Connor as Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him. He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school. The rest is history. They have an inseparable bond," says Courtney Moore.
What Christian didn't know that day...is that Connor is autistic. He was overwhelmed with everything going on around him.
"I fear everyday that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn't speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn't sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands," says April Crites.
It was a moment in time, caught... now capturing the hearts of strangers all over. But to the boys, it was simple.
"He was kind to me. I was in the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy," says Connor Crites.
But before a vaccine becomes available, it needs to be tested in large numbers of pigs in secure facilities with isolation pens, waste and carcass incinerators and decontamination showers for staff, said Linda Dixon, a biologist at London's Pirbright Institute, which studies viral diseases in livestock. The process takes two to five years, she said.
The extensive testing is necessary to ensure vaccines made by weakened viruses don't have unintended side effects.
In the 1960s, for instance, Spain and Portugal tested such a vaccine after outbreaks of African swine fever. The treated pigs seemed fine at first, but then lesions broke out on their skin, arthritis locked up their joints and the animals failed to fatten up, said Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino Rodriguez, who leads a lab focused on African swine fever at the University in Madrid.
One of the "...unintended side effects" that warranted extensive testing was that the pigs did not fatten up. Ah ha. Skinny pigs are not profitable. So safety is extra important. What about unintended side effects for vaccines given to humans?
Note: Last week, we featured an article that says study summaries, like the one below, often sugar coat the results so that the reader thinks there is a better outcome than was actually reported in the full study. The abstract below reports that more study is needed, in case the vaccine does indeed cause miscarriage. Will the study team be pilloried, driven out of their careers and country fro suggesting more study is needed? That has been known to happen when critiquing a vaccine. We've heard.
To assess whether the peri-conceptional or pregnancy exposure of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination would increase the risk of spontaneous abortion.
We searched PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for clinical trials and observational studies that investigated the association between exposure of HPV vaccines (2vHPV, 4vHPV or 9vHPV) during peri-conceptional period or pregnancy and spontaneous abortion before 28 gestational weeks. We pooled data from 2vHPV, 4vHPV and 9vHPV separately. Subgroup analyses were conducted according to data sources, and raw data or adjusted data. Results
Seven observational studies were eligible and all studies were low risk of bias. Meta-analyses suggested that 2vHPV vaccination did not increase the risk of spontaneous abortion regardless of exposure period during 90 days before last menstrual period (LMP) or pregnancy: risk ratio, 95% confidence intervals (RR, 95% CI), 1.15 (0.95–1.39), and 45 days before LMP or pregnancy: 1.28 (0.96–1.70). However, 2vHPV vaccination during Pre-45 days to LMP seemed to increase the risk of spontaneous abortion: 1.59 (1.04–2.45). The current evidence did not support the association between 4vHPV vaccination and spontaneous abortion regardless of exposure period during 45 days before LMP or pregnancy: 0.88 (0.73–1.06); and 45 days before LMP: 1.00 (0.80–1.24). Additionally, 9vHPV during within 30 days of conception also seemed to increase the risk: 2.04 (1.28–3.24). Conclusions
The association between peri-conceptional or pregnancy exposure of HPV vaccine and spontaneous abortion is still uncertain, and additional research is warranted to assess the impact of exposure of HPV vaccination on spontaneous abortion.
Thank you to John Gilmore of Autism Action Network for this summary of yesterday's decision from New York state. Thousands of children on IEPs who are not 100% in compliance with vaccination requirements, and who used their religious exemption will be sitting at home instead of attending school. Public school. Think of the effect on their parents, many of whom now have to stay home from work. Think of the the drop in income taxes taken in by the state. Think of the teachers who may be put out of work as student numbers fall. Think of the injustice of denying an education to HEALTHY children in America for lack of.... a chicken pox vaccine? This should be a voting issue in 2020 - the nation has stood up for the rights of every self-appointed cockamamie, yes, I said cockamamie, group in the alphabet - except NVC - not vaccine compliant. Stay tuned.
Judge denies preliminary injunction in NY lawsuit allowing spec ed students to return to class
The preliminary injunction was denied without hearing in V.D. v. State of New York, a case challenging the denial of school-based educations to special needs students with IEPs and 504 plans as a result of the repeal of the religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school. The following is the conclusion from the judge's ruling on the preliminary injunction:
"Plaintiffs’ children qualify for services under the IDEA, and they are entitled to continue to receive those same services if they return to school. Their status as children with disabilities, however, does not entitle them to an injunction banning the enforcement of a neutral, widely applicable state law. Plaintiffs’ objection to the repeal constitutes an affirmative choice to opt-out of public, private, and parochial schools—not a unilateral action on the part of defendants that interferes with or alters their rights under the IDEA. As a result, and for the foregoing reasons, they are not entitled to either a preliminary injunction or a stay-put order, and their motion is DENIED."
The denial of the preliminary injunction is not the final ruling for the suit. The attorneys are analyzing the decision and will comment later.
As Britain's new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calls for reassuring messaging about vaccination on the web, AoA's British editor looks at an NHS web-page on vaccination safety and finds it full of holes. Unfortunately, the problems with the vaccine program do not lie with its critics. A copy of this review will be sent to the NHS web editors.
I am responding to claims or statements in this web-document ' Why vaccination is safe and important'  (not following the original order of presentation).
I begin with the statement:
“(Vaccines) do not overload or weaken the immune system - it's safe to give children several vaccines at a time and this reduces the amount of injections they need”
It is not clear what the evidential basis is for this statement. Formerly, at least, British health officials were keen to cite a paper by Offit et al (2002) which suggested absurdly an infant could withstand 10,000 vaccines at a time. However far-fetched, this was based on a theoretical claim about routine exposure to environmental antigens. Evidently some environmental exposures are more dangerous than others, otherwise people would not be at risk from infectious diseases at all, but the basis of exposure through vaccination is different (injected), and involves adjuvants so it is perhaps not relevant at all to talk about the number of antigens (as in Offit). In August 2004 Dr Salisbury distinguished in an e-letter to me between the increased risk of adverse reactions in an extended schedule and “overload”, which begs the question what is meant by “overload” and what people are supposed to understand by such a statement. A paper by Aaby et al (2012) was entitled “Vaccine programmes must consider their effect on general resistance”, which is evidently a warning that there is no such blank cheque for expanding the schedule. I covered this ground in my published submission to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into anti-microbial resistance last year . The NHS need to clarify what they mean, but also state what the evidential basis is for this claim.
Another statement apparently contradicts the proposition that there is anything inherently safe about vaccinating:
“(Vaccines) get safety tested for years before being introduced - they're also monitored for any side effects”
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This week, something very special happened in Albany, New York. Unnoticed or warped in the mainstream media, thousands of men and women from all walks of life, races, creeds and religions showed up at the capitol to peacefully protest the removal of the religious vaccination exemption. Thousands of children have been expelled from school by virtue of this change. Healthy American-born children. Healthy Immigrant-born children. Healthy children who may be here under the law or outside of the law. All banned from a free and appropriate education as implemented by our Founding Fathers, for whom religious freedom was also paramount.
Two of our greatest Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were fierce political adversaries. But in the first years of our nation, these rivals — with vastly different backgrounds and disparate political views — shared common ground. They both believed in the importance of funding public education.
Rather than squabbling, Adams and Jefferson knew that public education was at the heart of democracy. “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it,” wrote Adams. “There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.” St Louis Today
Today, politicians seek to expel children from their right to a free and appropriate education. A shock.
The rationale for this removal? Well the public word is measles. That's right. Measles. The common childhood sickness that a mere 30 years ago was considered a nuisance of discomfort and Mom not being able to leave the house for the duration of each child in her family's rite of passage. Today? Measles is a weapon of Mass Freedom Destruction, every case turned into something worse than Ebola in the news so that the average Tom, Dick and Harry, and Jane, Sally and Mary, are scared to death to the point where losing rights becomes a good thing. It's an old trick. Fear sells everything. Including vaccines.
Please take a look at this video and then check out the photography site of Capture The Faith, which shows in beautiful color and black and white the unity of the day. Right here in America, where the news day in and day out is how Americans are at each other's throats. We are not. We are more alike than dissimilar despite the narrative of separation. It's the politicians, driven by corporate money and personal greed without personal edification, who are driving this push. And it must stop. Thank you to everyone in Albany. Let freedom ring.
Imagine an America where a major political magazine refuses to publish Robert Kennedy, Jr.. whose family has been political royalty for more than 60 years, because the topic, vaccination safety, is verboten unless it's to praise pharma and damn vaccine choice. America is 2019 is upside down. Do we stay this way or find a way back upright? I just don't know. Seems like the only category we need here at AofA these days is "nightmares."
CHD NOTE: In early May 2019, Politico Magazine published an article written by three of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s relatives, criticizing his advocacy for safe vaccines. After numerous requests, Politico magazine has refused to publish his response.
Americans Can Handle an Open Discussion on Vaccines—RFK, Jr. Responds to Criticism from His Family
By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Three of my Kennedy relatives recently published an article criticizing my advocacy for safe vaccines. Our contentious family dispute highlights the fierce national donnybrook over vaccinations that has divided communities and raised doubts about the Democratic Party’s commitment to some of its defining values: abhorrence of censorship, wariness toward excessive corporate power, support for free speech, religious freedom, and personal sovereignty over our bodies, and the rights of citizens (codified in the Nuremberg Code and other treaties to which we are signatories) to decline unwanted government-mandated medical interventions. The debate has also raised questions about the independence of our press and its role as a champion of free speech, and First Amendment rights and as a bulwark against overreaching by government and corporations.
I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”
Those conflicts motivate them to recommend ever more vaccines with minimal support from evidence-based science.
I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate.
Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers. These public servants are often shareholders in, grant recipients from, and paid consultants to vaccine manufacturers, and, occasionally, patent holders of the very vaccines they vote to approve. Those conflicts motivate them to recommend ever more vaccines with minimal support from evidence-based science.
HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales.
The pharmaceutical industry also enforces policy discipline through agency budgets. FDA receives 45% of its annual budget from industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) gets roughly half its budget from private sources, including Pharma and its allied foundations. And CDC, frankly, is a vaccine company; it owns 56 vaccine patentsand buys and distributes $4.6 billion in vaccines annually through the Vaccines for Children program, which is over 40% of its total budget. Further, Pharma directly funds, populates and controls dozens of CDC programs through the CDC foundation. A British Medical Journal editorial excoriates CDC’s sweetheart relationship with pharma quotes UCLA Professor of Medicine Jerome R. Hoffman “most of us were shocked to learn the CDC takes funding from industry… It is outrageous that industry is apparently allowed to punish the CDC if the agency conducts research that has potential to cut into profits.” Please read the full article at the Children's Health Defense website.
The deadly charade continues. British television viewers were told on ITV NEWS on Thursday night that an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was to investigate "the resurgence of the anti-vaccination movement". They should not be deceived into thinking however that the APPG "Vaccinations For All is the equivalent of a parliamentary committee. The secretariat for the group - which itself consists of five little known members of the House of Commons and two of the House of Lords - is listed as an organisation called Results UK, which is in turn a satellite of GAVI, which we all know is a partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, Unicef, the World Bank and the Pharmaceutical Industry etc. Every single vaccine manufacturer is represented within GAVI.
The strategy has been apparent since the summer of 2017 when the director of GAVI, Seth Berkley, had an article published in the on-line Spectator - a British news journal - calling for "anti-vaxxers" to be banned from the web, when what he was really setting out to do was ban all criticism of vaccines from the web while simultaneously indulging in hate rhetoric. In the British context it might perhaps be a modestly hopeful sign that the present move comes from an undistinguished ad hoc group of parliamentarians rather than a standing committee: less helpful is the continuing treachery of the mainstream media which cannot any longer report anything without a having devious agenda behind it.
The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is 30 August. Many people from the vaccine injury/vaccine critical community are apparently writing but if they do they should be aware that the group is an industry lobby organization and not one of the standing parliamentary committees which regularly hold inquiries as part of their remit - there may be some point in trying to embarrass them but their standpoint is essentially hostile, and their avowed concern is to silence families of the injured not listen to them.
The Murdoch media has been aggressively promoting the GSK Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine product in Australia, but not disclosing conflicts of interest, i.e. the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has been involved in GSK and Novartis funded research on this product. Elizabeth Hart asks was the Murdoch media’s No Jab, No Play campaign for coercive vaccination ultimately about creating a market for the GSK Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine product? The Murdochs’ influence on international vaccination policy, connections with GSK etc, must be investigated. And there is so much more to come out about this, in particular the fast-tracking of this product onto the UK schedule, under a cloud of vested interest lobbying and other conflicts of interest...
Professor Wilson, there must be an urgent investigation into the Murdoch-run media/News Corp’s influence on Australia’s taxpayer-funded coercive vaccination policy, and this organisation’s conflicts of interest via its association with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which is involved in vaccine development.
In light of the ongoing aggressive media campaign by the Murdoch tabloids, demanding that the GlaxoSmithKline Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine product be added to Australia's taxpayer-funded vaccination schedule, there must be full disclosure of conflicts of interest, i.e. the Murdoch Children's Research Institute's association with the GSK Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine product. Rupert Murdoch's mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, was involved with the founding of this institute, and News Corp and Foxtel are corporate partners of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, which has also received funding from vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and others. Lachlan Murdoch's partner Sarah Murdoch is on the Board of Directors and is the Ambassador for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Terry Nolan, former Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), is the Group Leader of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo). Terry Nolan has been involved in research regarding the GSK Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine product, research which has been funded by GlaxoSmithKline/Novartis, and listing VIRGo and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on published papers. Terry Nolan has also been influential at the World Health Organisation, via his membership of SAGE - the 'Strategic Advisory Group of Experts'.
When the State jams through a law removing religious rights from citizens, citizens show up to peacefully protest. This is political engagement. This is the American way. New York removed the religious exemption to vaccines, effectively expelling THOUSANDS of health American, Immigrant, tax paying, USA loving, freedom seeking, generations here and newcomers alike from the right to a free public education for lack of...... a vaccine. Here is the crowd in Albany today. More news to follow as available.
Live from Albany, New York. Here is the courtroom where the Oral Argument on the Repeal of the Religious Exemption to Vaccination for New York Children is being held as families from across the Empire State fight for the right to a free and appropriate public education for their HEALTHY children. This is discrimination of the most UnAmerican sort. It must stop.
My Bella is home on summer break between ESY and her new school year. I turned on Sesame Street on HBO - and clicked CLASSIC - so that she could watch the fun, musical, kind, educational Sesame Street that I remember from when her sisters watched in the 1990s. One of the episodes available caught my eye - "Big Bird Catches the Birdy Pox."
Below is a clip from Season 27, back in 1995-96 in which Big Birdy gets "the Birdy Pox." The doctor uses a soothing, compassionate voice to tell him, "It's nothing to worry about. Almost all big yellow birds get the Birdy Pox!" Imagine that. Before the marketing vaccine machine took over, chicken pox was common childhood disease whose prescription was exactly what the doctor told Big Bird: Rest in your nest.
Today, kids unvaccinated for the chicken pox have been EXPELLED from school in both New York and California. This has happened in a mere 25 years. Chicken pox is a scourge that brings scorn and shame to mothers and kids alike. Rest in your nest is now "No school, you fool." The sunny day is now sad.
Judge to Hear Oral Argument on the Repeal of the Religious Exemption to Vaccination for New York Children
After the Wed., Aug. 14th, 10: 00 a.m. hearing, Attorneys Michael H. Sussman and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman of Children’s Health Defense, will answer questions on the Albany County, NY Courthouse steps, 16 Eagle Street. Albany, NY—On July 10, attorneys Sussman and Kennedy filed a lawsuit in New York State (NYS) Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the legislature’s repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination. Suing on behalf of 55 NYS families who held lawful religious exemptions, Sussman and Kennedy requested that the court enjoin the repeal temporarily, preliminarily and permanently.
The Honorable Denise Hartman, Supreme Court judge, will hear oral argument Wednesday, August 14th. With school only three weeks away, plaintiffs present their case that on June 13, 2019, NYS halted more than fifty years of lawful religious exemptions from vaccination for those with genuine and sincerely-held religious beliefs. The law, which became effective immediately, threw more than 26,000 NYS families into chaos, barring their children from school and daycare. A representative group of affected families, from different regions and diverse faiths, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam, challenged the repeal as constitutionally defective and unlawful. They seek judicial intervention to enjoin the repeal and permit their children back to school and camp throughout the state. The ruling will not only affect the 55 plaintiffs but the thousands of other similarly situated families.
Over the weekend, a teen with autism wandered and was found within 24 hours just miles from my house. A friend on Facebook reported her teen son wandered in Chicago and we spent a harrowing night praying for him, he was found alive and safe. Also, this weekend, a youngster in Lima, Ohio was not so fortunate. He was drawn to "water, trains and parks...." And yet, the Justice Department continues to drop the ball. See below.
The body of an autistic boy who was reported missing in Lima early Sunday morning was recovered from a body of water Sunday afternoon, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. 8-year-old Matthew Converse had last been seen around 12 a.m. Sunday, according to the Lima Police Department. Police had informed the public that Matthew had autism and was drawn to water, trains and parks. Matthew was found in a body of water not far from his home around 3:34 p.m., deputies said.
From Disability Scoop: The U.S. Department of Justice is on the hot seat amid attempts to allocate funding intended to address the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is pressuring the agency to follow through on its obligations under Kevin and Avonte’s Law.
The law, which was signed last year, called for $2 million annually through 2022 for grants to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. The money can be used to provide electronic tracking devices to families of those at risk of wandering or for education, training, notification systems and other efforts to prevent or better respond to elopement.
However, Schumer’s office said that rather than make funding available to local agencies as called for in Kevin and Avonte’s Law, the Justice Department folded the wandering program into a larger grant for a national center to improve police response to people with mental health conditions as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Now, the grant solicitation is being amended and reissued, Schumer said.
“I have serious concerns that deviating from the Kevin and Avonte’s mandate, will divert key resources from in need families and communities,” Schumer wrote in a letter this month to Katharine Sullivan, principal deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. Read more here.
Note: One of the phrases we 0ften hear regarding vaccine safety is that "The science is settled, vaccines do not cause autism." Is science in its pure form ever really settled. And what of science today, in a profit driven system? Here, an article talks about the problem of sweet talking, data changing tweaks in psychiatric clinical trial report summaries that are read instead of the full study in part because few have the time to read actual papers and properly draw their own conclusions. How can anyone claim the science is settled when we know that studies are spun to present profit-assisting data? We can't. Why is this understandable and presentable in the media EXCEPT when it comes to vaccinations? The deluge of information is not necessarily a good thing, especially when doctors are also required to do more administrative paperwork than ever before. Even those who want to keep up may be unable to do so.
Spin in psychiatric clinical trial reports is widespread More than half of a sample had flattering tweaks in report summaries
It's not just longform journalism and apoplectic Internet commenters that prompt a "tl;dr" from readers. Research papers trigger it, too, as scientists are so inundated with the volume of new results that just barely keeping up is a struggle. According to University of Oxford psychiatrist Michael Sharpe, "Everyone is deluged with information."
Research papers give a brief summary of their contents in an information-rich "abstract" of the article—it's often the only text that's publicly available from a paywalled journal. Time-pressed researchers may rely on the abstract rather than investing in reading the lengthy paper, but those abstracts are not always reliable. A paper published this week in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine found that half of the 116 psychiatry and psychology articles they analyzed included some sort of spin that made the results look better than they were.
"These findings raise a major concern," Sharpe told the Science Media Centre, "especially as readers may draw conclusions on the basis of the abstract alone, without critically appraising the full paper."
This prescient article was brought to our attention this week: Dan identified already how vaccine critics were being crudely branded as public enemies. It was written 10 years ago by Dan for the now out of print Spectrum Magazine. We thought it deserved a home here.
by Dan Olmsted, March 9, 2009
And why are they making me want to vomit?
Recently I received an email with the rather provocative subject line: "I may vomit - NPR segment." The body of the email was simply an NPR segment on vaccines and autism by Jon Hamilton. After listening to it, I felt kind of sick to my stomach, too.
"Defending Vaccines: Actress Dispels Link To Autism" is the headline on the NPR website story summarizing the segment. The actress in question is Amanda Peet, who has become the anti-Jenny McCarthy of the celebrity duel over whether vaccines are safe.
"A movie star and a prominent scientist have teamed up to reassure the public that childhood vaccines are safe and do not cause autism," the article begins. The prominent scientist is Paul Offit, who tutored Peet on the fact that an autism-vaccine link has been disproven by "more than a dozen large scientific studies," as Hamilton puts it. In the segment, Offit bemoans the fact that the media still calls the issue "controversial."
We've heard all this before, of course, but what turns my stomach is the source: my beloved National Public Radio. This piece is part of a pattern pointed out by many parents and others involved in the environmental-biomedical approach to autism. Some even say NPR is the single most hostile news organization to the whole question of vaccines and autism.
The hostility is obvious from the intro to the segment on Morning Edition: "Today in Your Health, scientific studies show that childhood vaccines are remarkably safe (the last two words emphasized for effect) but a lot of parents do not agree." One reason, the announcer goes on to say, is all the celebrities pounding on the poor pitiful vaccines.
Note: We excerpt this opinion piece in the Scientific American blog for your review. The content is indeed in keeping with the POV of many (most) of us at Age of Autism. I wish the author had referenced Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted's book, "Denial How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future," which attests to and delves into the severe damage done to progress for autism by the neurodiversity movement in its political and media driven form. We want pride for our loved ones on the spectrum, and our readers on the spectrum. We respect their right to feel a connection to their autism, just as a hearing impaired person feels part of the "deaf" (I apologize if this is the wrong word usage today) community. To deny the right to change, improvement, amelioration of negative aspsects of the diagnosis, medical care, safety legislation and housing choices that meet the needs of the range of the spectrum is akin to saying you are a feminist, but ONLY the most radical, "boys are stupid throw rocks at them" version. This isn't the American way. We are a nation of free choice. We're supposed to be, at lease.
The Neurodiversity Movement Should Acknowledge Autism as a Medical Disability
Aiyana Bailin, a disability rights advocate, wrote a response titled “Clearing Up Some Misconceptions about Neurodiversity,” where she claims that while she supports neurodiversity, she believes that autism is best understood through the social model of disability. This means that the negative aspects of autism are caused by a lack of external accommodations, such as in improper work environments.
Advocating for medical research, former president of Autism Speaks Liz Feld has stated that one third of people with autism also have a seizure disorder, half suffer serious digestive complications, 49 percent wander, and more than 30 percent are nonverbal. Feld claims that no accommodation could solve those specific difficulties, and that they interfere with their quality of life. In 2018, the National Council on Severe Autism was founded to take action regarding those concerns, with its founder, Jill Escher, stating that “For countless families devoted to the well-being of their disabled loved ones, the daily challenges can be overwhelming, and the prospects for the future extremely bleak.” Read more and please comment with a suggestion to read Dan and Mark's book at the SciAm site here.
In an unprecedented move, pathologist/clinical microbiologist, Dr. Sin Hang Lee has decided to invite the international community of scientists and medical professionals to peer-review and/or discuss his latest research “Toll-like receptor 9 agonist in HPV vaccine Gardasil 9” in an open public forum.
According to Dr. Lee, during 2011/12, when he tried to publish papers describing HPV DNA fragments he had discovered in Gardasil 4, his first paper was rejected by three medical journal editors despite the fact that the manufacturer had assured health authorities worldwide no such fragments were in the final product.
The first of his papers regarding this subject was favorably peer-reviewed by three scientists who recommended publication. However, upon subsequent review by a journal editor publication was inexplicably denied.
Both papers were subsequently published in non-medical journals which deal with ‘pure science’ thereby limiting access to most medical professionals.
Dr. Lee also states that after submission of his latest research to “Vaccines” the editor-in-chief sent his paper out requesting a peer review. However, the editor’s subordinates refused to process the manuscript even though the journal claims to be “an international, peer-reviewed open access journal focused on laboratory and clinical vaccine research, utilization and immunization.”
Dr. Lee believes this unusual response illustrates a top-level concerted effort by vaccine stakeholders to suppress any information which could potentially impact the published safety profile of HPV vaccines.
Dr. Lee decided to release the paper to an open forum because:
He believes medical professionals need access to all information which might impact their analysis of the safety profile of HPV vaccines so they can help their patients make intelligent choices regarding cancer prevention options.
He believes the only way for medical consumers to make intelligent choices is to be informed of known potential risks as well as the promised benefits of any medical intervention, including HPV vaccines.
He believes the process of discovering mechanisms of action associated with serious adverse events after HPV vaccinations will be expedited if the medical/scientific community is aware of any new research in that arena.
He believes that discovering the mechanisms of action as quickly as possible will enable researchers to better define biological plausibility and causation, thereby allowing medical professionals to help those most susceptible to serious reactions avoid unnecessary risks.
He believes open discussion and honest debate may help restore the public’s faith in science.
Therefore, in the interest of public health and safety, Dr. Lee cordially invites any medical/scientific professional interested in the benefit/risk profile of HPV vaccines to review and/or discuss his latest research via the comment section below. He has kindly agreed to answer any scientific questions regarding the following paper.
Toll-like receptor 9 agonist in HPV vaccine Gardasil 9
Author: Sin Hang Lee; Milford Molecular Diagnostics, Milford, CT, 06460, USA
Gardasil9 is a recombinant human papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent vaccine, containing purified major capsid L1 protein of HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 re-assembled into virus-like particles (VLPs) as the active ingredient. Since the antigens are purified recombinant proteins, Gardasil9 needs a potent adjuvant to enhance the initiation of the immune response through activation of innate immunity of the host to generate high and sustained levels of antibodies for maintaining efficacy of vaccination. Historically, the aluminum salt, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate or AAHS which is listed as the adjuvant for Gardasil9, was known to require a Toll-like receptor agonist, such as phospholipids, to work in combination to achieve its potent adjuvant effects in the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine, Recombivax HB®. However, there are no phospholipids in the purified HPV L1 proteins or in the Gardasil9 formulation. Since the Food and Drug Administration has informed the public that Gardasil4 does contain recombinant HPV L1-specific DNA fragments, these HPV DNA fragments may serve as Toll-like receptor 9 agonist in Gardasil9 vaccination. The author has tested 5 samples of Gardasil9 from 4 manufacturing lots by PCR amplification with a set of degenerate primers followed by heminested PCR or by another 5 sets of non-degenerate nested PCR primers in an attempt to detect all 9 vaccine-relevant HPV type-specific L1 gene DNAs bound to AAHS in the vaccine. Sanger sequencing of the PCR products confirmed the presence of HPV 18, 11, 16 and 6 L1 gene DNA bound to insoluble AAHS nanoparticles, but unevenly distributed even within one vaccine sample. In addition, these genotype-specific HPV DNA fragments were at least partially in non-B conformations. Since no L1 gene DNA of HPV 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 was amplified by the commonly used degenerate PCR primers, the results suggest that these latter 5 type-specific HPV DNAs may all be in non-B conformations or have been removed as contaminants by a special purification protocol. Further research is warranted to standardize the HPV DNA fragments in Gardasil which are known to be potent Toll-like receptor 9 agonist.
GIVE PHARMA MORE ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO MAKE VACCINES?????? What the Actual You know what? Pharma has ZERO product liability, an approval process slicker than your colon after a weekend at the Boston Baked Bean festival and legal MANDATES for product uptake. "Trump was swayed .... by Bill Gates." Trump could be swayed by a light breeze. I'd like to grab him by the syringe and ask him what nonsense he's pumping out.
President Trump wants to give the US flu vaccine production a shot in the arm.
The former vaccine skeptic is working on an executive order that would direct the Health and Human Services department to overhaul how it cooks up flu vaccines, and he also has plans to encourage more Americans to get their shots, Politico reported Tuesday.
It’s a stark turnaround from Trump’s previous stance on inoculations, which he linked to autism in 2014 before he officially launched his political career.
“Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases,” Trump tweeted at the time.
As president, however, he encouraged parents to vaccinate their kids in response to a measles outbreak earlier this year.
“They have to get their shots. The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now. They have to get their shots,” the president said outside the White House in April.
Annual flu vaccines are typically tailor-made for specific virus strains that are prevalent in a given flu season, but the still-incubating executive order would direct HHS to develop a universal flu shot that could be used year after year.
Part of Trump’s strategy is to give vaccine-makers more economic incentives to explore updated technologies, Politico reported.
Trump was swayed on the issue by a conversation he had in early 2018 with Bill Gates.
Note: Thank you the author, who is Mom to a teen daughter with autism. I know this family. I know this young woman. Our kids played together many years ago during this autism journey. When I read about her daughter's pain, as a result of some shitty, probably 20 something writer's mistake, I asked her to share the story here. Autism and Asperger's are not sitcom fodder, nor are the diagnostic labels to be used to disparage. A is not the new R word, people. The irony to me is that Big Little Lies airs on HBO, now home to Sesame Street which touted Julia, a female muppet with autism. This post is anon to protect the young woman's privacy. Thank you for understanding. Kim
My 19-year old daughter has Asperger’s. She is smart, and funny, and talented, and pure hearted. Everyone who meets her comments on her sweetness. She has some sass too.
Life has not been easy for her. When she was little, sensory issues were debilitating, and she had frequent meltdowns. She suffers from anxiety and has difficulty inserting herself into a group conversation. She never quite feels welcome socially and lives in fear of saying the wrong thing, and of being rejected, so she mostly stays quiet around people she doesn’t know well.
She did have two good friends in high school and it was a relief to see her enjoying life and doing things with them, while it lasted. After graduation, her friends went off to college, but she was not ready to launch. She successfully completed her first two semesters at the local community college but it has been a lonely year for her.
To help her out of her funk, last week she took a trip to visit relatives in another state. It was her first time flying solo, navigating the airports on her own. She was nervous, and excited, but she did great. While away she visited a couple of colleges, and came home proud of herself with big dreams fresh in her mind. Maybe, one day.
We were waiting for her to get back so we could watch Big Little Lies. We were on season 2 episode 2. We’d been watching the show as a family and having good discussions about it between episodes. Like any good show that hooks you, the characters start to feel really familiar. We were rooting for them.
About ten minutes into the episode, we were stunned by the dialogue between the characters Bonnie and Jane. They were discussing a potential love interest for Jane (while stretching at a yoga studio).
Jane: “He’s really smart. I don’t think there’s much faking it to him. I think it’s what you see is what you get. He’s weird though, like maybe Aspergery or something….”
Bonnie does a silent snicker, almost an eye roll, registering this.
Jane: “I don’t know, there’s just something, I’ve never met anyone like him.”
The AVN has just learned that Ms Polly Tommey, one of the producers of the documentary film, VaxXed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe and publisher of the Autism File magazine, has won her appeal against a 3-year ban from entry into Australia, has had her visa reinstated and been awarded full costs.
The Federal Circuit Court under Judge Barnes noted that:
The respondent [the Australian Government] concedes that the decision is affected by jurisdictional error, being the misapplication of s 116 (1)(e)(i) of the Migration Act, 1958 (Cth). There was no evidence available to satisfy the delegate in finding that Ms Tommey “would be a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community…”
The AVN assisted Ms Tommey in fighting against this unconscionable ban. The Minister for Immigration tried to claim that Ms Tommey, a mother of 3 children, one of whom has been seriously injured by vaccination, was somehow a terrorist and needed to be kept out of Australia.
From Laura Hayes: Below is what I submitted to The Boulder Daily Camera newspaper a week ago, last Monday. I emailed the editor of the opinion page at this paper today to inquire if/when he would be running my commentary in response to that of Lindsay Diamond, since he hadn't to date. He responded: "As specified in our guidelines, we give priority to local writers, and in recent editions we have not wanted for submissions from local contributors." I took that to mean that he/they won't be running my Commentary, so let's run it on AoA so our many friends and activists in CO can share it away there, without any help from The Boulder Daily Camera! And, to continue to encourage other AoA readers to counter, challenge, and disprove vaccine propaganda when they hear and read it!
I am the mother of 3 vaccine-injured children, now young adults, including one who was severely and permanently disabled by his “routine” childhood vaccinations. I’m writing to you from CA in response to Lindsay Diamond’s recent submission.
Ms. Diamond was correct about one thing. Colorado, like all states, has indeed become a vulnerable community, thanks to vaccinations. Vaccinations cause herd susceptibility, not herd immunity (which is a naturally-occurring phenomenon, not a vaccine-induced one). American children are suffering from new epidemics of childhood, including Autism (1 in 36), seizure disorder (1 in 20), asthma (1 in 8), food allergies (1 in 12), Type 1 diabetes (1 in 430), one or more chronic illnesses (1 in 2), mental health disorders (1 in 6), learning disabilities (1 in 6), high infant mortality (6 in 1000 before first birthday), and tics, facial asymmetry, and misaligned eyes (rampant, courtesy of the mercury and aluminum in vaccines, paired with innate responses to the high-stress situation of being held down with no escape possible).
Does that read like the report card of a nation that is doing right by its children? Does that reflect vibrant children who are healthy and developing normally, with promising futures ahead?
This egregious and unacceptable state of ill health, atypical development, and premature death should be sounding alarm bells nationwide. Causal factors of recent origin must be to blame, and they are not hard to discern. The shocking rise of these new childhood epidemics aligns in lockstep with the tripling of childhood vaccinations following the indemnification of pharmaceutical companies in the late 1980s. That is no coincidence.
Ms. Diamond wrote:
“Being a newborn has no relevance to receiving vaccines.” Wrong. Toxicity and inflammation are terribly damaging for babies in the prime of their development. Vaccines cause both, in spades. For but one example, an infant will receive 1225 mcg of aluminum at its recommended 2-month appointment, which grossly exceeds the FDA daily maximum of 25 mcg for intravenous feeding. There is no needed or safe amount of aluminum for a human.
“Human babies are not born with sufficient vitamin K.” Human babies are not born deficient, needing injections of synthetic chemicals from the moment they are born. Human survival for thousands of years without birth doses of synthetic vitamin K is proof of that. This synthetic formulation contains many toxins, which will be injected simultaneously with the many toxins in the Hepatitis B vaccine, making the newborn vulnerable to shock, cardiac and respiratory distress, jaundice, and future allergies. For newborns at risk for hemorrhagic bleeding, non-toxic oral formulations of actual vitamin K are available.
Hello, friends. a dozen years ago, Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill had an idea for a site to expose the Age of Autism as the epidemic it had become. Kim Rossi (then Stagliano) joined their team and Age of Autism, "the nation's first daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic" was born. In 2019, we're a site focused on autism, yes, but also on the much broader topic of HEALTH CHOICE.
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Yesterday, we ran a post from Laura Hayes about the fact that Huffington Post deleted all content that was about vaccination safety, including many of my own posts. I'll be writing about that soon. Laura wrote:
I just read your letter to Huffington Post readers regarding your decision to “remove dozens of blogs that perpetuate the unfounded opinion that vaccines pose a health risk to the public.”
I am wondering if you happened to even read the link you posted as evidence of vaccine safety? If you did, you seemingly missed the CDC’s own admission, albeit woefully inadequate, that vaccines come with myriad risks and do indeed cause harm, and fail, and have since their inception. Read her full letter here.
Health Freedom advocate Larry Cook pulled down all of his contributions on Vimeo (the video hosting site) because they removed vaccination safety and choice related videos. I could not limk a Vimeo from Kevin Barry earlier this week - the link wouldn’t connect.
We've worked too hard - all of us including you, our readers, to see our work "Marie Kondo'd" because it does not spark joy for pharma. I have a plan underway for a new platform to tell HuffPo and Medium to become ShoveItPo and MediumSmallMinded. Stay tuned. And please, donate a few bucks to keep the rebel alliance going! Thank you. KIM
Note: Thank you to Laura for her letter below. I'll have more to say about the removal of my own entries on HuffPo soon. I cut my teeth as a public writer on Huffington Post. Huffington Post cut me off. Stay tuned. We can't be shut down. We won't be shut down. They can lock us out. They can't shut us up. KIM
By Laura Hayes
Dear Lydia Polgreen,
I just read your letter to Huffington Post readers regarding your decision to “remove dozens of blogs that perpetuate the unfounded opinion that vaccines pose a health risk to the public.”
I am wondering if you happened to even read the link you posted as evidence of vaccine safety? If you did, you seemingly missed the CDC’s own admission, albeit woefully inadequate, that vaccines come with myriad risks and do indeed cause harm, and fail, and have since their inception.
It seems you did not bother to investigate whether or not the CDC is influenced by, to the point of accepting money from, pharmaceutical companies. If you had, you would have learned that the CDC accepts large sums of money from those who will profit when the CDC endorses and recommends their products. In layman’s terms, we call that a huge, undeniable, unacceptable conflict of interest.
Additionally, it appears that you neglected to read even one vaccine package insert. If you had, you would have noticed that pharmaceutical companies are permitted by the FDA to do their own safety and efficacy testing for their vaccine products, without external, independent verification of their findings. You would have learned that when these companies test the vaccine products they hope to greatly profit from: inert placebos are not used for controls; control groups are not always used; studies are as short as 4 days in duration; only healthy individuals are selected as test subjects; the vaccine-targeted age group is not necessarily the age group tested; many test subjects are harmed, some killed, by the vaccines being tested, both during the testing period, and after; and, many injuries and deaths are reported post-marketing (which reportedly reflect a mere 1-10% of actual injuries and deaths), but are rarely, if ever, followed up on by the vaccine makers, those who administer the vaccines, the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, or HHS. You would hopefully also have noted that vaccine-making pharmaceutical companies do not test their vaccine products for carcinogenic effects, mutagenic effects, or impairment of fertility…and that the FDA permits such egregious omissions.
Note: Below is an excerpt from First Freedom's article by Kevin Barry that we ask you to please review, click to their site , read and watch the video. New York lost the Religious Vaccine Exemption this summer. Other states are following suit. Including my own state of Connecticut, where Kevin Barry is speaking this Saturday.
July 8, 2019
Kevin Barry, Esq. President First Freedoms, Inc. PO Box 1816 New York, NY 10113
Honorable Christopher Wray Director FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Dear Director Wray,
I am the President of First Freedoms, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and defending the fundamental protections of the US Constitution, state constitutions, various federal and state laws, and religious and other rights enumerated in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Among those rights is, of course, the right to religious freedom and free exercise. I write to ask you to open an investigation into possible public corruption of a June 13, 2019 vote which occurred in the New York State Assembly Health Committee (the “Committee”). On that date, the Committee voted on a bill to remove the religious exemption to vaccination, which had been law in New York since 1963. The Assembly Members sitting on the Committee voted 13-13. This outcome meant that the bill should not have passed out of Committee, preserving an important religious right for 20 million New Yorkers. However, after significant irregularities described in more detail below, the vote was altered to 14 in favor and 12 against. This unusual vote change allowed the bill to pass out of the Committee and led ultimately to the bill becoming law that same day. Please click HERE to read in full. Thank you.
I request that the FBI investigate the questionable circumstances which led to this vote repealing a religious freedom statute in New York State.
There were several irregularities surrounding the June 13th vote. Please see the video link here: “FBI - PLEASE INVESTIGATE NY STATE’S CORRUPT VOTE TO REPEAL A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM” https://vimeo.com/345081341. This video footage was recorded by observers in the Committee room at the time of the Committee consideration of the bill.
Among the irregularities in this vote:
At 1:50 on the video, the vote is tallied at 13-13. The bill should have died in the Health Committee at this moment. However, Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried did not announce the 13-13 result. Why did Chairman Gottfried not announce the result of the 13-13 vote?
Among the “NO” votes was freshman Democratic Assemblymember Nadir Sayegh. Instead of announcing the 13-13 outcome, killing the bill, Chairman Gottfried sits silently while Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the most powerful Democrat in the Assembly, takes steps to alter the outcome of the vote. At 2:02 on the video, after the 13-13 vote takes place, Speaker Heastie summons Asm Sayegh to a private conversation. Immediately following his conversation with the Speaker and apparently relying on something told to him by Heastie, Sayegh changes his vote to “YES,” reviving the bill and ultimately removing a religious right from New Yorkers. What was discussed during Asm Sayegh’s and Speaker Heastie’s conversation?
At 3:02 on the video, having just spoken to the Speaker and changing his “NO” vote to a “YES,” Asm Sayegh gives a speech attempting to explain his vote change. In direct contradiction to his “YES” vote, he says “As a student of Constitutional law, I have always protected individual rights and religious rights” and also “parental choice is very important to me”. Was Asm Sayegh’s speech about respecting religious rights, while changing his vote to take away religious rights, ordinary political doublespeak or something more sinister? [It is important to note that when this bill reached the full Assembly, Asm Sayegh again voted “NO”, further evidencing the dubious nature of his “YES” vote in the Committee.]
At 3:40 on the video, Chairman Gottfried immediately announces the manipulated 14-12 vote, allowing the bill to pass out of his Committee. Why did Gottfried announce the altered 14-12 vote immediately and remain silent after the 13-13 vote? Was Chairman Gottfried promised something for his role in manipulating the vote, and if so, what was he promised and by whom? Were Gottfried’s actions ordinary party politics or something more sinister?
Vaccine Deaths in India Have Not Been Evaluated: Uppsala Monitoring Center
Government records show there have been many deaths after Pentavalent vaccine (PV) administration. Not one of these deaths has been investigated as a ‘vaccine reaction’, according to Rebecca Chandler of the Uppsala Monitoring Center in Sweden - the global hub for drug reaction monitoring.
Chandler revealed this shocking information in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), responding to Jacob Puliyel (pictured) who has asked for a revision of the way adverse events after immunization (AEFI) are investigated in India using the WHO-AEFI classification.
Chandler clarified that the WHO-AEFI classification used in India is deployed only in developing countries. This classification helps to identify reactions caused because of the improper administration of vaccines and the use of a contaminated multi-dose vial; but not new vaccine-product-related reactions. Vaccine-product-related reactions occur even when the vaccine has been administered properly. The WHO-AEFI classification reports are not fed to databases that allow pharmacovigilance for these rare occurances.
In developed countries, on the other hand, adverse-event-reports for drugs and vaccines are maintained within a single database and this allows for pharmacovigilance – to pick up an increase in the frequency of unusual symptoms.
Chandler’s response explains why the numerous deaths after the administration of the Pentavalent vaccine (combined diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, H influenza b and Hepatitis B vaccine) in India and Asia have not been acknowledged as a possible ‘signal’ for investigation.
Puliyel notes that data from states with good reporting of adverse events imply that there are likely to be 7020–8190 additional deaths each year in the country, because of the shift from DPT to Pentavalent vaccine. This is a huge mortality burden.
He has called for the Uppsala Monitoring Centre to examine the data from the Government of India (and other Asian countries where the vaccine is used) and confirm or deny a possible causative association with vaccination.
“If not the Uppsala Monitoring Centre, then who? If not now, then when?” writes Jacob Puliyel
Also, the Indian Government must stop using WHO-AEFI classification and develop a proper database for pharmacovigilance like all developed countries.
“Only such a transparent appraisal can reassure the public and build trust, and only this will reduce vaccine hesitancy,” Puliyel said. (END)
The correspondence in the British Medical Journal can be accessed here.
Duck you, Google, and your algorithm shenanigans and privacy invasion for Lord knows what purpose but it ain't so we can buy the latest shoes from Zappos. I now use Duck Duck Go as my primary search engine on my phone and my laptop. My gmail might go next. They even provide instructions on how to remove Google from your derriere!
The good news is now we can tell obnoxious doctors in all truthfulness that we will no longer confuse our Google searches with their pharmacized medical degrees. Ain't that ducky! Vote with your search engine!
Searchy Ducky! You're the one! Cuz the Google ain't no fun! Searchy Ducky, I'm awfully glad for you! (With apologies to Ernie.)
...Revolve the door and there's more, overnight on the board I will score!" (With apologies to Kate Smith and anyone who has ever sung God Bless America, on this, the day after July 4th.)
NYT: Elizabeth Warren Calls on Former F.D.A. Chief to Quit Pfizer Board
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called on Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, to resign from the board of Pfizer, saying his decision to join one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical companies “smacks of corruption.”
Ms. Warren, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a public letter to Dr. Gottlieb that the revolving door between government and industry “makes the American people rightly cynical and distrustful about whether high-level Trump administration officials are working for them, or for their future corporate employers.”
Pfizer is one of the nation’s largest drug makers, with blockbuster products like Lipitor and billions of dollars in sales dependent on F.D.A. decisions.
In announcing Dr. Gottlieb’s election to its board — less than three months after he left the agency — Pfizer said: “Scott’s expertise in health care, public policy and the industry will be an asset to our company and enable our shareholders to continue to benefit from a board representing a balance of experience, competencies and perspectives.” Read more (there's a paywall) here.
Where was the outcry when CDC Chief Julie Gerberding joined Merck's Vaccine Division immediately after the waiting period? Or when Gerberding became High Exalted Queen Executive Muckety Muck of Global Domination after her stint running the vaccine division? Anywhoo.... Warren was a special ed teacher for a short while back in the early 1970s. Here's a bit of outrage from Senator Warren about former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb hopping over to Pfizer's board. And we can't blame her. It's revolting when the revolving door leads straight to the cash machine. How about a cool $300K to sit on the Pfizer board for Gottlieb? According to BuzzFeed's report on the Presidential candidates' thoughts on vaccination, Senator Warren has been fed the compan(ies) line that vaccines are safe safe safe have nothing to do with autism and always work... and she is in favor of mandates, which implies forced vaccination.
The Massachusetts senator responded after publication, saying she supported ending religious and personal exemptions.
"The more we do on the front end to ensure that everyone gets access to vaccines, the less we'll see individuals contracting hepatitis A, measles, whooping cough, and all of the other vaccine-preventable diseases. We must make sure there is robust public health funding so people have access to vaccines," Warren said.
My country 'tis of thee. Sweet land of liberty. Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died. Land of the Pilgrim's pride. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
Happy 4th of July.
This is a been an interesting year for freedom. So many groups have been elevated to protected status and praised for their bravery from sea to shining sea. And that's good. America is a melting pot. We can't forget that. But so disappointing and frightening is the demonization and segregation of one group - us. Those of us who know that vaccine injury is real and who then fight for vaccination choice. We've been cut off from polite society. Our freedom has been taken away in state after state. Here, in the land where our fathers' died.
The Honest Company, founded by actress Jessica Alba "I founded The Honest Company because I wanted safe, effective products that perform. After all, you shouldn't have to choose between what works and what's good for you," tripped up pretty badly on Instagram this week. They posted a photo of a gorgeous baby, covered in bandaids from three injection sites - vaccinations. The baby looks to be 6 month old. According to the CDC schedule, a 6 month old American baby receives at least Rotavirus, Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus and Pneumococcal. Three shots, 5 diseases. There are thousands of comments expressing grave disappointment that this company appeared to be promoting vaccination - taking a side - saying "THIS" is right for your baby. The company added a limp "update," (the publicity department was huddled under a desk, sniffing lavender, no doubt) that attempted to smooth the waters without actually saying, "WE BELIEVE IN VACCINE CHOICE." Wishy washy at best. But at least an attempt. Head over to Instagram and see for yourself - until they pull the photo. You'll see a familiar name in the comments - our Ginger Taylor chimed in with honest facts.
Thank you to Robert Kennedy Jr and his team at Children's Health Defense for this scientific dissection of the lies that come out of our CDC regarding the real outcome of our vaccination program. A program that is now being rammed down the throats and into the arms and legs of American children from coast to coast. By law. Below is part 2. Please visit their site to donate to their work. We need all hands on deck and CHD is doing important behind the scenes work to protect American children, adults and our medical rights as the pharma/public health juggernaut tries to steamroll us into submission.
[CHD Note: This is Part 2 of a compilation of research on fully vaccinated children versus unvaccinated children. Part 1 examined studies on HepB, DTP, Tetanus and Flu vaccine and subsequent increased rates of Autism, Neurodevelopmental, Speech and Sleep disorders, Mortality, Special Education/Learning Disabilities, and Allergies. Part 2 summarizes some of the research on MMR, Polio, HPV and HepB vaccines and their affect on incidences of Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Type 1 Diabetes, Autism, Asthma and Premature Puberty.]
The data in CDC’s 1999 Verstraeten study clearly inculpated thimerosal as the principle culprit behind the autism epidemic. Contemporary emails among CDC officials— obtained under the FOIA— and the transcripts from a secret 2000 meeting between government regulators and vaccine makers at Simpsonwood, Georgia, show HHS officials plotting to create phony studies to exonerate vaccines. CDC officials hired a Scandanavian, Poul Thorsen, giving him $10 million to create a series of fraudulent reports from Denmark. Thorsen dutifully produced the predetermined results but allegedly stole at least $1 million of the grant from CDC. He is now an international fugitive under Federal indictment and on HHS’s “Most Wanted” list.
CDC continues to cite Thorsen’s studies as the bedrock for its claim that vaccines don’t cause autism. CDC officials Frank DeStefano and Coleen Boyle knew they needed to study an American population to convincingly debunk the vaccine/ autism link. They believed it would be safe to study the MMR vaccine because the MMR did not contain thimerosal. They assigned senior scientist and CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, and three other researchers from the Immunization Safety Office to study the MMR vaccine in Georgia children. Thompson worried about being dragged into another “circus” like the Verstraeten study. His bosses promised Thompson that this time there would be no mid-course shenanigans to bury unpleasant data. They would agree on protocols up front and stick to them no matter what the data revealed.
Nevertheless, when the data showed a shocking 364% increase in autism among African American boys given the MMR on time, Destefano ordered the four CDC scientists to destroy the damning information in large garbage cans. “I can’t believe we did what we did, but we did it”, recalls Thompson. That sanitized study is now cited in 97 subsequent publications as the proof that vaccines don’t cause autism. “I have great shame now when I meet the parent of a child with autism because I have been part of the problem.” Slide three shows the true results of Dr. Thompson’s original data. (See full-sized slides)
We've had a concerted media campaign to scare Americans about measles for many months. So what about this very real summer danger, for which there is chlorine but no vaccine? My point is this: life is full of germs, illnesses, diseases, discomforts and even danger. How do "we" pick and choose when and how much to sound the alarm, to panic even, to take away rights and change laws?
In my town, we have two public pools. One is an old fashioned large pool with standard stairs to enter a shallow end, a deep end and a diving area complete with a diving board. The other is a newer pool, called "zero depth," which you enter like the beach. It's flat and babies and toddlers can sit and splash in an inch of water to cool off. That pools closes at least once a week for poop in the pool. Some blame lazy Moms for not changing their kids often enough. Some blame swim diapers for created a false sense of security. Last year, senior citizens were blamed! Yesterday, an article ran in USA Today (no friend to the vaccine safety community) about the danger in public pools. Note that the tone is almost playful, not dire, like reports about measles. "Diarrhea is no fun!"
People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe
Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can't kill.
In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A parasite called cryptosporidium, or crypto, can survive for more than a week even in a properly treated pool or water park, according to epidemiologist Michele Hlavsa.
Exposure to crypto in pools and water playgrounds caused 4,232 illnesses from 2009 to 2017, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. People, children in particular, who swim too soon after having a case of diarrhea can spread the parasite.
"Unlike maybe norovirus or E. coli, which cause diarrhea or vomiting for a couple days, you can have diarrhea caused by crypto for up to three weeks," said Hlavsa, one of the study's authors. "That's not fun."
The number of illnesses caused by crypto associated with "treated recreational water" peaks from June to August and increased 14.3% each year from 2009 to 2016, according to the CDC. The report noted that these findings probably underestimate the actual number of crypto outbreaks.
Thanks to Judie R for sending me this link. The study is a glimpse of hope for those suffering from food and other allergies. You'll note that while searching for ways to prevent and stop them is lauded, you won't see much about the current cause(s) of food allergies. I have a saying, "Don't punish progress," and if you're a Mom trying to keep your child with a life threatening food allergy safe, any progress is a Godsend. That said, the microbiome, a topic covered so well by our own Teresa Conrick, was really first brought to our attention by a gastroenterologist from Britain. His name was Andy Wakefield.
In this exciting new study, researchers say they have identified a kind of bacteria in the human infant gut that can prevent food allergies – and their discovery has led to a new treatment that could reverse the condition altogether.
Every three minutes, a food-related allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S. Currently, the only way to prevent a reaction is for people with food allergies to completely avoid the food to which they are allergic.
Researchers are actively seeking new treatments to prevent or reverse food allergies in patients; and these new insights into the microbiome – the complex ecosystem of microorganisms that live in the gut and other body sites – have suggested that an altered gut microbiome may play a pivotal role in the development of food allergies. Read more at the GoodNewsNetwork.
Note: We're pleased to excerpt this Op-Ed in Boulder, Colorado's Daily Camera, written by Gretchen Maclachlan and suggested to us by Laura Hayes. Seems there is now a 4:1 ratio of opinion pieces about vaccination in The Daily Camera. Sounds a lot like the male to female autism rate, in a touch of irony. Boulder is one of America's "open minded" progressive cities. Let's see about that. Gretchen's bio reads: Gretchen Maclachlan, a Boulder mother, is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a former public health educator.
By Gretchen Maclachlan
The Daily Camera has published four opinion pieces in recent months that argue for “aggressive” government promotion of vaccination and a one-sided view of parents’ growing resistance to the ever expanding childhood vaccine schedule. These pieces don’t acknowledge that children today are given nearly five times more shots than they were 35 years ago and incorrectly assume that vaccines are perfectly safe and effective and have no unintended consequences, either for the targeted diseases themselves or for any other diseases.
The reality is that U.S. law regards vaccines as unavoidably unsafe and that our government regulatory agencies are allied with and heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. This alliance has resulted in a massive push to get our children to take more and more vaccines, which are drugs but known as biologics. A child born today will receive 72 vaccinations from birth to age 18 if they follow the Centers for Disease Control schedule (most follow the schedule). Most of these vaccines will come in the first two years of life. On day one of life, when babies are learning how to breathe, many are injected with the Hepatitis B birth dose (a disease for which most U.S. babies are at essentially zero risk) and, now, the Vitamin K shot.... continued.
Excerpted from The Alliance for Human Research Protection.
Dr. Eric Rubin to Replace Dr. Jeffrey Drazen as Editor-in-Chief of NEJM
Once again, the Massachusetts Medical Society selected a professor from the Harvard School of Public Health, to replace Dr. Jeffrey Drazen as the Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Eric Rubin is an endowed professor of Immunology & Infectious Disease and Chairman of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard University, its medical school and its School of Public Health have deep corporate and academic ties to the pharmaceutical industry whose inordinate influence is a matter of public record. Harvard serves as a major training and recruiting center for key leadership positions in medicine, public health and public policy.
Dr. Rubin’s research lab focuses on developing a vaccine for tuberculosis, and on new infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes — such as Zika and dengue. Question is, will Dr. Rubin follow in Dr. Drazen’s footsteps or in the prior Editors-in-Chief — Dr. Marcia Angell and Dr. Jerome Kassirer — who denounce academic medicine’s financial ties to industry? Read more at AHRP here.
Experts, UN officials and private sector representatives to convene to address drivers of vaccine hesitancy and stagnating immunization rates worldwide
27 June 2019
WHAT: UNICEF and the Permanent Mission of Japan are hosting a high-level event at the United Nations in New York to bring together technical experts, policy makers, governments, civil society and the private sector to combat misinformation on vaccines. This will be the first event of its kind to take place at the United Nations in New York, focusing on building trust on vaccines. Experts will analyze how we can improve stagnating or declining vaccination rates, and champion children’s right to immunization. At the event, UNICEF will also release a brief on the causes of vaccine hesitancy, based on trend data over the past four years. Please contact email@example.com for an embargoed copy of the brief.
• UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore • H.E Mr Koro Bessho, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations • Ethan Lindenberger, vaccine advocate • Laura Trevelyan, BBC correspondent • Dr. Stewart Simonson, Assistant Director General, World Health Organization • Dr. Chris Wolff, Deputy Director, Vaccine Delivery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • Dr. Gillian Steelfisher, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard • Mr. Jason Hirsh, Head, Health Policy, Facebook
WHEN: 13:15 - 14:30 pm, Friday, 28 June 2019
WHERE: UN Secretariat Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York or watch live through this link
WHY: Vaccines save millions of lives, yet in low- and middle-income countries, large numbers of children go unvaccinated mainly because of limited availability and access to services. But in some countries, an emerging threat is misinformation, largely through social media. Anti-vaccine groups have effectively exploited social media, creating confusion and stoking fears among parents, potentially undermining progress in reaching all children with vaccines. For example, global cases of measles have surged to alarmingly high levels in 2019, including in countries which had previously been declared measles free.
Oh, how nice it must be to live nestled in the soft, warm comfort of a herd of unicorns. Each day, sipping fairy tea and nibbling on cookies made by elves in a hollow tree. Take a good look at the nasty Tweet from Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, who died one year ago this week. Gee, seems like grief isn't Meghan's thing. God knows empathy isn't. I Tweeted her back the following:
(OK, total weirdness! I'm typing this right now, at 9:42pm on Tuesday night while listening to The Wrap Up Show on Sirius XM, one of the Howard Stern programs. And who just came on in a bumper between the ad and the show? "Hi, this is Meghan McCain and you're listening to the Wrap Up Show with Jon Hein and Gary Del'Abate!" Freaky....)
I also sent this comment back to her Tweet:
And then, I might have sent a not so nice Tweet about the difference between her and her Dad.
And I added this just moments ago today from my Kim account:
We wrote about her father, Senator John McCain many years ago:
This is from the ABC News blog: See the blog and leave comments HERE.
February 29, 2008 7:11 PM
At a town hall meeting Friday in Texas, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared that "there's strong evidence" that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that was once in many childhood vaccines, is responsible for the increased diagnoses of autism in the U.S. -- a position in stark contrast with the view of the medical establishment.
Where the Onion, Perez Hilton and AofA intersect.... Actor and owner of Hello Bello natural products Dax Shephard tells a Mom she is lying about her daughter's death because in DaxWorld, (not to be confused with VaxWorld, an old tradeshow devoted to DEC mainframe computers in the 1980s, but I digress) vaccines can never cause injury, let alone kill. Do we know if Jupiter Jove is telling the truth? Nope. But can you think of another situation where a Mom would say her child died and the instant response would NOT be empathy?? "My child was killed while drowning in a chocolate river and then sucked into a tube...." wait, not, that's Willy Wonka and Augustus Gloop was fine, after all. Only vaccine injury brings out this kind of bitter, nasty defensive and wholly dismissive response.
Meanwhile, last week Mrs. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel spoke out against California's SB276. And Shepard and Timberlake are launching a new game show called "Spin the wheel."
Another public health Trojan Horse has been rolled into a bill, this time, in Ohio. From Autism Action Network.
An amendment was made at the last minute to Ohio’s budget bill (HB166) changing ORC3313.671 to include the following language: "Section 3313.671 (F) Notwithstanding division (B)(4) of this section, a nonpublic school may deny admission to or refuse to enroll a pupil whose parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions." Lines 27053 through 27056 MUST be removed from HB166. This type of language has NO BUSINESS in the budget bill. Any such authorization affecting human, medical, and civil rights MUST allow for an adequate and comprehensive review AND be open to public comment.
PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL TODAY AND TOMORROW BEFORE 1PM EST UNTIL AND ASK THAT THIS SECTION IS REMOVED FROM THE BUDGET LANGUAGE. EVERY CALL AND EMAIL MESSAGE HELPS!
The bill is now in Conference Committee, where this language may still be removed! The members of this committee are listed below. They meet Tuesday at 1pm.
Let’s support our friends in Ohio by flooding these offices with calls! THANK YOU!!!
Whom to contact:
Senator Matt Dolan(614) 466-8056 Senator Dave Burke(614) 466-8049 Senator Sean O'Brien(614) 466-7182 Representative Scott Oelslager(614) 752-2438 Representative Jim Butler(614) 644-6008 Representative Jack Cera(614) 466-3735
The argument made for denying a public education to children who are selectively vaccinated or unvaccinated is the risk they pose to the immune-compromised who can’t be vaccinated. It’s a heart-warming story motivated out of compassion for those children who are medically fragile. Or is it?
If we take these pro-mandate advocates at their word, then it would follow that we also cannot allow any child or adult to attend our public schools and daycares who isn’t fully immunized. This means not just being vaccinated, but rather genuinely immunized against infectious diseases.
So, this begs the question(s):
Are immune-compromised children who can’t be vaccinated allowed to attend school and daycare?
Is the 10% of the population who are non-responders to vaccination allowed to attend schools and daycares?
Is the significant percent of the population whose antibody levels have waned allowed to attend schools, daycares and other public spaces?
Is titre testing being conducted to determine who has adequate antibody levels and therefore safe to attend school and daycare?
And, if disease transmission is really what the proponents of vaccine mandates are worried about, then shouldn’t those children recently vaccinated with live-virus vaccines also be excluded from schools and public spaces until the viral shedding has ceased?
If mandate proponents aren’t demanding all of these individuals be excluded from schools, daycares and other public spaces, then one has to wonder whether the transmission of disease really is their primary concern.
It’s Not About Medical Risk
I think we all know the answers to these questions. None of the unvaccinated immune-compromised children are denied access to a public education. None of the non-responders to vaccination are denied a public education. None of the significant number of children and adults whose immunity has waned are denied a public education. We know there is no required titre testing to determine who is actually immune and who is not. And there is no acknowledgement given, much less consideration of the viral shedding from the recently vaccinated. A child can be vaccinated with a live virus vaccine and be back in their classroom within minutes.
This means that the restrictions being imposed upon selectively vaccinated or unvaccinated children is not about medical risk. It is not about the transmission of disease. It is not about the safety of the public space. If it really was about medical risk and the transmission of disease, these other unvaccinated and unimmunized children and adults, as well as those recently vaccinated with live virus vaccines would also be deprived of a public education and access to public spaces. But that will never happen.
Note: Security guards. Cards to be shown to gain admittance. Expulsions. In New York. I'm having some difficulty locating good info on what is a "Satmar" school except that it is a religious, Jewish school, nor can I find much of anything about this particular school in Monsey, NY. There is a complicated relationship between the Orthodox community and the education system and non-Orthodox world of which I know little. I am not defending or damning the school in this article below. I invite readers with more knowledge to email me at KimRossi1111@gmail.com and/or in the comments, please. Thanks.
Satmar in Monsey took a bold stance against anti-vaxxers. Notices were sent out yesterday that the schools need all immunization records. Today all Girls who did not have them were expelled and were not allowed to enter.
The school hired a security guard who will not allow any kids who can’t show an Immunization card which every kid has to present every time they enter the school.
Reports claim girls were crying outside the building.
‘UTA Satmar school in Monsey NY posting hired security guards at the entrance, to prevent non-vaccinated children from entering. Highly irresponsible of parents to put through their children to such an ordeal.’ Tweeted Yosef Rapaport.
Note: Matthew Walther wrote this op-ed in The Week. Matthew Walther is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has also appeared in First Things, The Spectator of London, The Catholic Herald, National Review, and other publications. He is currently writing a biography of the Rev. Montague Summers. He is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.
Likely to be lost amid all the liberal preening about the mandatory vaccination bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week is the fact that, during the period covered by the so-called "epidemic," not a single person has died from a confirmed case of measles in the state of New York. The sun and moon have not dropped from the sky and the red-splotched corpses of thousands of victims do not litter the streets of Brooklyn.
Nor are they likely to do so. Everyone involved knows this. The new law is legislation of the very worst kind — passed in a fit of self-aggrandizing indignation and meant to affect a single group of people who are all but named. I am referring to the minority of Orthodox Jews in New York who have refused to vaccinate their children and whose objections were, until last week, granted specific legal protection. This is not a question of so-called "association" or "public accommodations." No one is demanding the right to send unvaccinated children to public schools, nor are the post-faith bobos of today's Williamsburg likely to send their own children, if they have any, to receive an Orthodox education. The new law is about power and control for their own sake.
This Updated 6/20: announcement below is no victory. (Thanks to those who have clarified the net result.) While it's good news for the moment not to have public health bureaucrats approving medical exemptions to vaccination, it's clear that the push is on to punish doctors who provide them to patients. A solution would be for all physicians to respect parental choice and to offer exemptions to those with a family history of vaccination contraindications. Share the burden. There's strength in numbers. If parents could have safe, private conversations about their concerns with their doctors, the system would work better and parents would not HAVE to "doctor shop," which makes them sounds like Opioid drug addicts looking for Dr. Feelgood and a Pill Mill.
The contraindications to vaccines are usually far more severe than the disease for which the vaccine purports to prevent. Seizures, for instance, are worse than chicken pox as a rule. And the fact is, no one knows if they will have an adverse side effect or an allergic reaction to a product they have never tried - until it's too late. It's not like you can have an epi-pen at your side the first time you give your child peanut butter. There is no testing for vaccine reactions. It's Russian roulette.
California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.
The updated measure by Sen. Richard Pan removes a provision that would have required health officials to consider every exemption requested and expands the criteria for granting exemptions.
The California bill is aimed at deterring "doctor-shopping." Proponents, including medical and pediatric associations, said some doctors have been selling immunization exemptions since California ended non-medical exemptions in 2016. Read more at The Olympian.
Read more here: https://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article231681988.html#storylink=cpy
Look at this disgusting screen shot from Facebook. The Onion is a satire site, usually funny and silly. There is nothing funny about this dig at Robert Kennedy because of his social justice work surrounding vaccinations. It's the bottom of the barrel. Cruel in the extreme. A thinly veiled invitation to violence. For Merck to sell MMR shots? To poke the eye of a man whose father was assassinated? Whose Uncle was President and assassinated? Appalling.
Those of us who promote vaccination choice and change are the only target in America without any protection. None. Nada. Zero. Zip. It's open season on us. On our rights. On our kids' right to an education. Social Media, mainstream media, the United States Government, State governments all encourage, no, DEMAND, that we are systematically destroyed. Get scared. Get angry.
To Robert Kennedy, we are so sorry to see this happen to you. We thought that maybe, with your American pedigree, just maybe you would spared this treatment and the tide would have already have changed. But the tide will still change. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for NOT giving up the fight to protect children.
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.