The Blame Game: Pro Vs. Anti vaccine. Both sides of the argument.

These two articles will showcase the difference of opinion on the whooping cough epidemic and who is really to blame. After reading them, what would you like to add or research further?

 

 

The Whooping cough Epidemic: Blame the Anti Vaccination Community

By Steven Salzberg

California is suffering the worst epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough, in 60 years, with over 5,200 cases already, the most since 1950. Nine babies have died, all of them too young to receive the vaccine. Michigan is also reporting a serious outbreak, with over 600 cases so far this year. The deaths of the infants in California are tragic, and what’s more tragic is that some of them almost certainly could have been prevented if more people had been vaccinated.

The pertussis vaccine, called DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) has been responsible for a dramatic drop in whooping cough in recent decades. It isn’t 100% effective, but its effectiveness relies in part on “herd immunity”: if enough people are immune to the bacteria, then even if someone gets sick, the disease cannot easily spread through the community. This is especially true for very young infants, who are too young to be vaccinated and whose immune systems are not yet strong enough to defeat the bacteria on their own.

It’s not a coincidence that California is the center of the new pertussis epidemic. Vaccination rates among adults in California have been dropping in recent years, large due to the influence of anti-vaccination zealots such as Jenny McCarthy and groups such as Age of Autism. Anti-vaccination sentiments seem to strike a chord with relatively well-educated segments of the population – the same people who favor organic food and want to use “natural” products as much as possible. Anti-vaxers appeal to this group by arguing that vaccines are unnatural, and that the body’s own immune system can be “boosted” by various natural treatments. Appealing though this may sound, it has no basis in science. California makes it easy for parents to claim exemptions from the required vaccinations for their children, and exemptions have more than doubled since 1997, according to the L.A. Times.

Among the Anti’s not helping the current pertussis outbreak is “Dr. Bob” Sears, a kindler, gentler Anti who claims (like many of them) to be in favor of vaccines, but only under his own, unscientific terms. He stated flatly in the Huffington Post (a hotbed of medical misinformation) recently that pregnant women should not get the DTaP vaccine. But as Dr. Paul Offit tells us in a tragic story, refusing the vaccine can lead directly to the death of an infant. Dr. Bob’s advice is seriously flawed. (While there is a lack of data, the CDC states explicitly that pregnancy is not a contraindication.) I should add that Sears has written two books on vaccines and autism, promoting his misguided “alternative” vaccine schedule (see this article in Pediatrics about that) and his rather naive theories about the rise in autism diagnoses.

Everyone should have his or her children vaccinated. On top of that, in order to maintain herd immunity, most of us should get the pertussis booster shot if we haven’t had one in the last ten years. That’s what vaccine expert Paul Offit recommends, and I’m planning to follow his advice myself. It won’t take long, and it might save a life.

 

To view this article please visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sciencebiz/2010/10/11/whooping-cough-epidemic-blame-the-anti-vaccination-movement/?&_suid=139388283952007309782570227981

 

 

Vaccine Refusing Parents falsely blamed for Whooping cough epidemic

Written By Heather Callaghan

Reporters are having a field day with headlines, outright blaming parents who sign vaccine exemptions for the spread of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It’s not even posed as a question anymore:

However, there is much much more they are not telling you…

They can’t explain why whooping cough is back with a vengeance despite the most vaccinated populace ever known, why the DTaP-vaccinated are getting sick with it, or why “herd immunity” is falling apart. Forget it, let’s place all the blame on the few people who refuse vaccines – and call them baby killers.

 

The study in the journal Pediatriacs is quoted as having “confirmed” that it is parents who take vaccine exemptions as the Typhoid Marys of California. It actually concluded:

Our data suggest clustering of NMEs [non-medical exemptions] may have been 1 of several factors in the 2010 California pertussis resurgence.

The researchers are taking data from geographical clusters of outbreaks in California neighborhoods where more people filed personal belief exemptions. Basically, people in those areas with more exemptions were 2.5 times more likely to live in areas with whooping cough outbreaks. They did not follow up on those exemptions to see if the parents later had themselves or their children vaccinated, and they did not see if the people who contracted it were actually vaccinated individuals. They simply used geographic clusters and drew a conclusion based on 39 clusters of high vaccine exemptions and 2 clusters of pertussis in 2010. The media took it further and wider in scope saying the unvaccinated are definitely a major factor – which differs significantly from a headline of outright blame. What a stretch!

The other factors in the study, briefly mentioned towards the end of some of the articles, were; “the cyclical nature of pertussis, improved diagnosis, and waning immunity.” The major factor, brushed under the rug involves vaccination itself and newer vaccines, as you will see. Some of the reports even claimed that it was so crucial to get vaccinated because little babies can’t get the vaccines and are especially vulnerable. Actually, they do get the DTaP – it is recommended they get 5 doses by the age of six starting at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months….

 

California saw a spike in 2010 with 9 deaths and over 9,000 sickened – one of the worst in 60 years. What no one wants to emphasize is that whooping cough was on a steady decline in multiple countries, continuing to drop almost out of existence until the vaccine was in heavy use. Pertussis was almost wiped completely off the U.S. map in the ’70s. Vaccines did not save us from disease.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of CDC.gov

Photo Courtesy of CDC.gov

 

 

Then, the ’90s brought new acellular vaccines, because the older more toxic whole cell ones left people brain damaged and got vaccine makers sued before they scurried out of the market. Those faulty vaccines are creating great debate as cases of whooping cough are going up. So it’s readily admitted by scientists that the new vaccines are creating rebound pertussis.

 

This study really tried to project blame on people who don’t vaccinate by magically making it appear that way with unfounded comparisons. Yet, more often than not, pertussis happens to those who are fully vaccinated. This graph is just one example of pertussis rates climbing with vaccination rates:

 

 

Photo courtesy of newswithviews.com

Photo courtesy of newswithviews.com

 

 

If statistics are what people want, then here are some alarming ones about the DTaP vaccine from Dr. James Howenstine (2003):

In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Today less than 10 % of German children are vaccinated against pertussis. The number of cases of pertussis has steadily decreased[3] even though far fewer children are receiving pertussis vaccine.

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90 % of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated. Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination. Pertussis remains endemic[4] in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96 % of children have received 3 pertussis shots by age 12 months. (source)

 

While pertussis is certainly a concern and on the rise, each year, the push for vaccination is bigger using low-blow emotional tactics. Yet, the number of deaths from last year (18) is less than half of those reported in 2005 (39). So how can it be that the 2% of the California population who were only recorded as filing exemptions in 2010 be responsible for an epidemic that has been on the rise for the last 10-15 years after a new vaccine was introduced?

 

To view the entire article please visit: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/10/vaccine-refusing-parents-falsely-blamed.html

 

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Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism

Originally Written By David Kirby for the Huffington Post

 

The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as “vaccine court,” has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for “pain and suffering” and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars.

The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism, at least in one of the children. Both cases were “unpublished,” meaning information is limited, and access to medical records and other exhibits is blocked. Much of the information presented here comes from documents found at the vaccine court website.

Some observers will say the vaccine-induced encephalopathy (brain disease) documented in both children is unrelated to their autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Others will say there is plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise.

What’s more, these cases fit the pattern of other petitions, (i.e., Poling and Banks) in which the court ruled (or the government conceded) that vaccines had caused encephalopathy, which in turn produced permanent injury, including symptoms of autism and ultimately an ASD diagnosis.

And most of these children now have taxpayer dollars earmarked for applied behavioral analysis (ABA), an effective therapy specifically designed to treat ASD.

Meanwhile, parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors of both children testified they were developmentally normal, if not advanced for their age when they developed seizures, spiking fevers and other adverse reactions to their vaccines. According to these eyewitnesses, the children never fully recovered, and instead began losing vocabulary, eye contact and interest in others around them, all classic symptoms of regressive autism.

In the first case, involving a 10-year-old boy from Northern California named Ryan Mojabi, the parents allege that “all the vaccinations” received from 2003-2005, and “more specifically, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations,” caused a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain, described as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).”

The parents, who did not want to be interviewed, specifically asserted that Ryan “suffered a Vaccine Table Injury, namely, an encephalopathy” as a result of his MMR vaccination on December 19, 2003.” (“Table injuries” are known, compensable adverse reactions to immunizations.)

Alternatively, they claim that “as a cumulative result of his receipt of each and every vaccination between March 25, 2003 and February 22, 2005, Ryan has suffered . . . neuroimmunologically mediated dysfunctions in the form of asthma and ASD.”

In vaccine court, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acts as the defendant and Justice Department attorneys act as counsel.

In 2009, Ryan’s case was transferred to vaccine court’s Autism Omnibus Proceedings, according to the docket. A year-and-a-half later, the government conceded that MMR vaccine had indeed caused Ryan’s encephalopathy.

HHS agreed that “Ryan suffered a Table injury under the Vaccine Act — namely, an encephalitis within five to fifteen days following receipt,” of MMR, records show. “This case is appropriate for compensation.”

Whether HHS agreed with Ryan’s parents that his vaccine-induced brain disease led to ASD is unknown. The concession document is under seal.

In December 2003, when Ryan was nearly two, he received his first MMR and hepatitis B vaccines before his family left for an extended trip overseas. That day, his mother testified, Ryan began shaking with uncontrollable tremors and “was really uncomfortable, he didn’t feel well at all.”

The nurse at Ryan’s pediatrician said the symptoms were “pretty normal after the vaccination,” and advised Tylenol. The next day, Ryan began crying, “but it’s not a normal crying,” his mother testified. “He didn’t go to sleep, he was without energy.”

The family considered postponing their holiday, but that wasn’t feasible. The doctor’s office said it was fine to travel. Prior to leaving, Ryan’s mother said, the boy had difficulty breathing and “was without energy and sleepy.” He could no longer hold his head up, something “he could do prior to the vaccinations.” At the airport, Ryan began “screaming,” she recalled. “He was just opening and closing his eyes so hard, he was pulling my hair.”

After his shots, she added, Ryan “stopped saying those words that he had, even mommy and daddy, that he had repeated a hundred times before.”

In early January, while still abroad, Ryan was rushed to the hospital with vomiting, high fever and red spots covering his body “from head to toe in a measles-like rash,” the attending physician said. Ryan was diagnosed with “febrile convulsion, probably related to MMR.”

The next day, another doctor diagnosed him with “high fever, skin rash, tremors, and lethargy,” which were “most likely due to an adverse reaction to multiple vaccines he received earlier.”

Two days later, Ryan returned to the hospital with a persistent fever of 104 or more.

Ryan’s parents testified that, upon returning home, they expressed worry to their pediatrician about behavioral problems, non-responsiveness and language loss, which later produced an ASD diagnosis.

At trial, however, the government argued powerfully that written medical records, and the recollections of Ryan’s doctor, were inconsistent with his parents’ testimony. If Ryan had truly suffered an MMR encephalopathy, for example, his family would never have taken him overseas. And his parents’ complaints of ASD symptoms were raised a full year after returning from abroad, they alleged. It looked like the family had a weak case.

But then something changed.

In October, 2010, Ryan’s attorney filed four new exhibits (under seal) and proposed amending the court’s “findings of fact.” In January and May of 2011, several more exhibits were filed, along with a motion to further supplement the findings of fact.

A month later HHS conceded the case, which moved into the damages phase.

Award details were announced a few days ago: A lump sum of $969,474.91, to cover “lost future earnings ($648,132.74), pain and suffering ($202,040.17), and life care expenses for Year One ($119,302.00),” plus $20,000 for past expenses.

Another undisclosed sum, several millions more, will be invested in annuities to cover yearly costs for life, which could total $10 million or more, not accounting for inflation. Nearly $80,000 was earmarked for ABA in the first two years.

The second case involves a girl named Emily, whose mother, Jillian Moller, filed back in 2003 and has been fighting in vaccine court since. The docket, crammed with 188 items, documents Moller’s extended but victorious struggle to win compensation for Emily, who has seizure disorder and PDD-NOS, a form of ASD.

Moller alleged that Emily was severely injured by a reaction to the DTaP vaccine at 15 months (when MMR, HiB and Prevnar were also given). “She had a vaccine reaction and she just spiraled out of control,” Moller said in an interview.

Emily’s fever spiked to 105.7 and she began screaming. She stared blankly and developed seizures. Before long she began “shaking episodes” at night and “repetitive behaviors, including arm flapping and spinning,” court documents show. Like Ryan, she developed a measles-type rash.

Things went from bad to worse. Emily’s medical record is filled with damage and suffering. One neurologist, for example, noted that Emily “had staring spells and an abnormal EEG.” Another diagnosed “encephalopathy characterized by speech delay and probable global developmental delay that occurred in the setting of temporal association with immunizations as an acute encephalopathy.”

Moller filed for an encephalopathy Table injury in 2003, unaware her daughter would be diagnosed with ASD.

Two hearings were held in 2005. “I was badgered and harassed for four hours on the stand,” she said. “They said Emily couldn’t have been that sick, or else I would’ve taken her to the ER. But I took her to my doctor and he said not to bring her to the hospital!”

Government lawyers insisted that Emily had suffered neither a vaccine injury nor encephalopathy. But every alternative cause they suggested “made no sense, because she showed no signs of those things before that vaccination,” Moller said.

The case dragged on for years, with motions and counter-motions, status reports and expert medical reports. In 2007, Moller filed for summary judgment. That also took years, as more medical records were submitted to bolster Emily’s case.

After the ASD diagnosis, the judge reportedly became convinced that Emily would prevail. “My attorney said she was angry, she felt forced into a corner with no choice but to find for us,” Moller said. “She said, ‘Emily has autism, and I don’t want to give other families who filed autism claims any hope.'”

The government agreed to settle. Last spring the case went into mediation and, on December 3 HHS made its proffer, which was entered into the record on the 28th. Emily was awarded a lump sum of $1,030,314.22 “for lost future earnings ($739,989.57), pain and suffering ($170,499.77) and life care expenses for Year One ($119,874.88) plus $190,165.40 for past expenses.” Some of that money will go to ABA therapy.

Based on the first year payout, another estimated $9 million will buy annuities for annual expenses through life, which after inflation has the potential to pay over $50 million dollars.

HHS did not admit that vaccination caused encephalopathy or autism, but merely decided not to dedicate more resources to defending the case.

To see the article in its entirety please go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/post2468343_b_2468343.html

 

 

Vaccine Ingredients & Are They Safe?

There are many concerns regarding the ingredients in vaccines and many concerns about the effect those ingredients have on the children who receive them. One vaccine of great concern to the Anti-Vaccine community is the flu shot, take a more in depth view about the major concerns surrounding the flu vaccine and the alleged harmful effects it has had on individuals.

 

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/20-reasons-why-the-flu-shot-is-more-dangerous-than-the-flu/

 

The CDC on Possible Vaccine Side effects:

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm

 

Now take a look at what the CDC says the main vaccine ingredients are:

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/vaccine-decision/ingredients.html

 

Please also see, CDC information on Mercury and Thimerosal:

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal/thimerosal_faqs_mercury.html

 

What are your thoughts after reading these articles?

 

My Final Thoughts

After reading lengthy, drawn-out, court battles, and the terrifying events that took place inside homes and daycares following vaccination; it is terrifying to know that it could possibly happen to my child and my family. It makes matters worse, having to convince the powers that be that your child was part of the percentage of children who happened to suffer after receiving a vaccine that the doctors, the CDC and the media forcefully push us to receive.

 

Two things, in my now more-educated opinion, are unnecessary: the fear tactics displayed by the media, and the amount of money being thrown around just to enforce a system that is broken.   I understand now more than ever, that “better safe then sorry” is a misguided fable. To be safe is to be safe. But if there is conflicting circumstances surrounding vaccine safety, and people are being compensated because of those proved injuries than being sorry is unacceptable. No vaccine should be rushed to the market, because our kids receive these shots. The future of our country receives these shots. It is also unacceptable for there to be any wiggle room, or for integrity to not be always present while manufacturing is taking place. Money should be of no consequence when our youth are healthy and thriving, and vaccinations, in my opinion can take a place in ensuring that happens.

 

Will I vaccinate, will I slow the schedule; will I refuse all vaccines until better measures are put in place to ensure unquestionable safety? I will tell you the truth. A couple weeks back, my daughter started having a runny nose and she developed a slight temperature. Her cheeks were rosy pink and she was irritable. I was very concerned, I could not help but to be afraid for her health because she is now behind on her shots because I have been conducting research to ensure we are making the right choice. The pediatricians at our doctor’s office are encouraging about alternative schedules so I decided it would work until we felt as knowledgeable as possible. My fiancé and I pumped her full of vitamins and orange juice and hydrating fluids; we kept her warm and monitored her temperature like professionals. We took turns cleaning out her stuffy nose and wiping her watery eyes.  We kept her at home most of the day, we skipped her swim lessons and play dates. We took the same measures as any other vaccinating parent would. It was an effort but she quickly recovered and resumed back to her normal self. I cannot lie and say I was not a little scared. I felt a bit panicked at first, and all the mainstream articles plagued my mind, but I said to myself, that I would rather take care of my sick child than take care of my injured child. Not to say that she will not receive any vaccines, because after much research, my fiancé and I believe that some vaccines have existed long enough without the harsh side effects than others, but we definitely are going to be cautious and selective because it is our choice. Not anyone else’s. I served in the military, to secure and defend the freedom and choices that we are able to enjoy and utilize as we see fit, and that is what we plan to do.

“Educate Before You Vaccinate”

As parent’s we have a lot of decisions to make on a daily basis. Vaccinations are one of the earliest and most nerve-wrecking decisions.  This is due to the ambiguity around what vaccines actually contain. There are a lot of people going out of their way to make their concerns heard about vaccines. However, there are just as many people making it their business to portray anti-vaccination communities appear downright crazy! So where does that leave me as a new mom? It leaves me wanting to know more. It leaves me wanting to educate myself as much as humanly possible, because I have a little person counting on me.

Over the next few month’s I will research, discuss and post articles regarding the topic of vaccinations.   I believe that there are others out there like me, who simply want to know whether or not vaccines are doing more harm than good.  I realize taking this on may not lead to concrete answers, but I also know that I will be more informed.   An informed decision is one I can sleep with. After all, it is my job to know.

I hope, at the end of my research that parents have a place to go to find information. My goal will ultimately be to help families decide to vaccinate or decline confidently. I definitely hope to have compiled enough information that will assure me that I have made the healthiest and safest decision for my daughter in regard to her receiving vaccines or stopping for good.