Few areas of public health have attracted as much controversy as vaccines. Much of the debate seems to be more emotional than reasoned (or, indeed, firmly based in solid scientific research). The fact is, as you can see from our FDA Death Meter, is that in the past decade, FDA-approved vaccines have caused between 35,000 and 700,000 serious adverse events, including hospitalizations and deaths.
In 2013, Bloomberg.com ran an editorial called “Got the Flu? The Market Can Fix That.” In it, the writer says vaccines are the only game in town for controlling the flu and concludes, “Making a new vaccine typically takes a decade and can cost $1 billion. A project of that size is better suited to large pharmaceutical companies….Given this market reality, the US government should design incentives to get the industry more deeply involved.”
This sounds sensible until you consider what it actually means. Do we really want a world in which the government envisions a vaccine, helps develop it, subsidizes it, then evaluates its effectiveness and safety, and finally mandates it for children? How objective can we expect the government to be in evaluating, approving, and mandating its own product?
In 2015, Congress filed a “Vaccines Saves Lives” resolution which interpreted the vaccination issue as some kind of national security threat—thereby supposedly trumping your right to make informed decisions about your own and your children’s health.
In recent years there have been three different “epidemics” hitting the US: “true” influenza (type A, type B, or seasonal H1N1 influenza), norovirus (“stomach flu”), and whooping cough. According to a study in The Lancet, only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, 1.2% caught the flu. This means the big national vaccine drive will possibly keep 1.5 people out of 100 from catching the flu. In addition, there is no evidence that the flu vaccine provides any protection whatsoever for adults 65 and over—even though the elderly are one of the flu vaccine campaign’s target populations.
There is also evidence that the flu vaccine itself poses health risks. In Canada, researchers found that people who got a flu shot were more likely to get infected with the H1N1 pandemic virus than people who hadn’t received a flu shot—and this has since been verified in animal studies. In addition, the some US flu shots still contain thimerosal, an organomercury compound used as a preservative. Mercury is highly toxic and there is worry that this form of it might be linked to developmental disabilities and abnormalities in the brain similar to those in autistic patients. There are also questions about a possible link to Alzheimer’s. Mercury has been removed from most US vaccines; flu is the exception. Europe does not allow it in any vaccines. Why do we?
A slippery numbers game
The CDC estimates the annual death toll from influenza to be 23,607. But these figures are actually a fabrication intended to browbeat Americans into vaccinating: the CDC has used a mathematical estimate based on the assumption that if a death certificate had “respiratory or circulatory disease” listed as a cause of death, then it should be counted as a “flu-related” death. The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons has been highly critical of the CDC’s methodology.
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show an average of 1,348 actual flu deaths per year—a mere 5.7% of the CDC’s estimate. In fact, 2010 showed only 500 deaths directly attributable to flu.
The CDC’s annual hospitalization statistic is untrustworthy for another startling reason. The CDC’s 2012 to 2013 season analysis states that it determines its flu-associated hospitalization rates from the data provided by the Emerging Infections Program (EIP). However, the EIP only reports hospitalizations for which a laboratory test confirms a flu diagnosis. The CDC then calls this underreporting, and “adjusts” for it by applying a “hospitalization underreporting multiplier” of 2.7. This means for every real, documented case of influenza, the CDC multiplies it by nearly three.
Why the fabrication? Follow the money
The global flu vaccine market is estimated at $3.7 billion per year.
The CDC recommends supplementing the flu vaccine with Tamiflu and Relenza as soon as you become sick—despite the fact that Relenza has been shown to reduce rates of infection by only 8%, and Tamiflu’s manufacturer withheld vital data that suggested the drug is no more effective than aspirin. Why? Because billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted because the US stockpiled over 37 million doses of the useless drugs—and they still have a lot to get rid of.
The four sponsors of the “Vaccines are Safe” resolution all received money from the pharmaceutical/health products industry—a combined $203,450 in 2014. Is it any wonder that Congress rallies to endorse vaccinations as safe?
Problems with the childhood vaccination schedule
The CDC has called for more and more vaccines, at younger and younger ages. Newborns in 1964 were immunized against six diseases. Today they are vaccinated against sixteen diseases, receiving one injection at birth and up to nineteen more injections in their first six months of life.
So many vaccinations at such a young age are a tremendous assault on a child’s immune system. Respected integrative physician Dr. Russell L. Blalock notes that “multiple vaccines given close together may overstimulate the growing brain’s immune system and destroy brain cells.”
The DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine, given at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, contains aluminum. Other vaccines may contain formaldehyde, antibiotics, albumin, gelatin, and yeast products. How can we trust that they’re safe when the CDC and the FDA are in bed with Big Pharma? Consumers and doctors have a right to full disclosure concerning the additives in (and risks of) vaccines.
MMR and other vaccines
From 2005 to 2014, no child in America died from measles, yet 108 babies died from the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. Testimony from a CDC whistleblower suggested a longstanding attempt by the CDC to cover up any adverse data on the safety of the MMR vaccine.
In 2015 there was a measles outbreak among California residents. Ironically, 12% of the cases occurred in vaccinated individuals. In fact, unvaccinated children were actually catching it from recently vaccinated children! So much for effectiveness.
We’ve recently learned that borax—the roach pesticide that causes vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, blisters, collapse, coma, convulsions, and much more—is an ingredient in four vaccines: Hepatitis A (Vaqta), HIB/Hepatits B (Comvax), and in two HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Gardasil 9).
Parents deserve answers
It’s irresponsible and inappropriate for the FDA to get involved in vaccine mandates. Why not allow the baby more time to develop before the vaccine assault? Why not space out the vaccinations more? Why not more single shots rather than multiple ones? Why not get rid of the nasty ingredients that are not part of the shot itself? These are all reasonable questions that deserve thoughtful, reasonable answers, not political posturing, threats of exclusion or expulsion from school, fines or even jail time for parents who, worried about their children’s safety, refuse to comply with orders handed down by federal agencies tainted by Big Pharma money.