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5. What are the chances that my child may be hurt or killed by a vaccine?


What are the chances that my child may be hurt or killed by a vaccine?

No one knows.

Although we are repeatedly told by medical and government authorities that "the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks," and vaccine damage is "minimal" or "infinitesimal," these statements are based on faith rather than science.

The reason is that pediatricians, GPs, nurses and others who give the shots rarely report vaccine damage, even though they are required to by law. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only one case of vaccine damage in 10 (10%) is ever reported to a higher authority. However, according to Connaught Laboratories only one case in 50 (2%) is reported (James Froeschle, Connaught Laboratories. Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines. Evidence Bearing on causality. Institute of Medicine. May 11, 1992, Washington, DC, Appendix B.)

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) did its own study and found similar underreporting. Why? Among the reasons given are fear of malpractice, lack of training to recognize vaccine damage and outright denial that vaccine damage occurs. Medical and health professionals risk professional censure, loss of funding, and their own advancement in health departments, research centers, etc. if they openly question vaccines. Most doctors who question vaccination keep quiet.

For a pediatrician to attack what has become the 'bread and butter' of pediatric practice is equivalent to a priest's denying the infallibility of the Pope. Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., The Medical Time Bomb Of Immunization Against Disease. East West Journal, November 1984

Government bureaucrats are also guilty of spreading incorrect, misleading or outright fraudulent vaccine information. For example, when a measles vaccine/autism connection was discovered by a researcher, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) put out this mis-information (http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/autism-mmr.htm)

Question to the CDC: "I heard that measles virus was found in specimens from intestines of children with autism. Have these data been reviewed by other scientists?"

CDC Answer: "The recently released finding has not yet been published in a scientific journal. This means that it has not been reviewed by other medical experts, before and after publication to assure the methods of the study are sound. No other laboratories have had similar findings."

The truth of the matter is quite different from the CDC position. The work of Professor John O'Leary who discovered measles virus in the intestines of autistic children was reviewed by the Royal College of Pathologists in December 1999 and was found to be sound. O'Leary's work was confirmed by another laboratory (see answer to question 8).

Another question was answered by the CDC in a manner showing the reflexive denial that is so often seen among government functionaries:

Question to the CDC: "What if measles virus is shown to be associated with autism? Would that mean we should stop vaccinating against measles?"

CDC answer: "If measles virus is shown to be associated with autism, it would be most likely that the wild measles virus would be a greater cause of autism than vaccine virus."

In its unending effort to deny any relationship between vaccination and autism the CDC carefully omits contradictory information. In fact, a Japanese research team not only found measles virus in the intestines of children with autism but isolated it to the vaccine strain. (Detection and Sequencing of Measles Virus from Peripheral Mononuclear Cells From Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, April 2000.)

The medical juggernaut often fires back with papers of their own that "prove" vaccination is safe. Such was a sloppily written paper by Dr. Brent Taylor that supposedly "proved" that there was no relationship between the MMR shot and autism. This paper has been severely criticized by The Royal Statistical Society as being of inferior quality with confusing statistics. In spite of that it is often cited by US and UK government officials to show that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. (Taylor B., Miller E., Farrington CP., Petropoulos M-C., Favot Mayaud I., Li J., Waight PA. Autism and measles, mumps and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a causal association. Lancet. Vol 353, June 12 1999, pp. 2026-2029)

An example of the medical profession's unwillingness ever to admit fault is seen in the history of bloodletting. Phlebotomy was phased out slowly in the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, but it was never stated to have been an error; indeed, the medical profession held, in the late 19th century, that the "nature of diseases" had changed from earlier times, that bloodletting was justified then, but was no longer needed in the new circumstance. Harris Coulter Ph.D. Medical Historian. Personal correspondence to author.

It has been noticed that, in general, European countries tend to be more open than the US when it comes to acknowledging vaccine damage. For example, The Parisian 25 May 2000 stated: "The public authorities come for the first time to officially recognize the link between the vaccine and…multiple sclerosis."

Currently in the UK there is a class action lawsuit against the government with over 2,000 families claming that their child was damaged by the MMR vaccine.

However, even with all the denial and underreporting of vaccine injury, since 1990 the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out over 1 billion dollars in damages to families for injuries and deaths following a vaccine reaction (National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, "Monthly Statistics Report" http://www.hrsa.dhhs.gov/bhpr/vicp/monthly.htm and http://www.hrsa.dhhs.gov/bhpr/vicp/).

Every year the Food and Drug Administration receives 12,000-14,000 reports sent to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) of hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following vaccination (The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, [VAERS] http://www.vaers.org). As mentioned previously, this figure may only be 1-10% of the true number (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2, 1993, Vol 269, No 21, pp. 2765-2768).


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