This is PART ONE
NOTE: Stop Mandatory Vaccination’s original text is in black; red is used to highlight statements meant to incite fear, I have put false statements in italics. My additions are in blue. I’m not going to correct their grammatical errors, the original text is “as is”. If you would like to read the original post, without all my notes, it can be found, HERE.
The Dangers Of Vaccines and Vaccination
Vaccination is a medical treatment (vaccines are not a treatment, they are preventive care) administered to an otherwise healthy individual. Virtually all other invasive medical interventions occur only once someone has fallen ill (Not true: pap smear, routine blood work, colonoscopy, etc). Vaccination, like most medical treatments, can involve some risk. And therefore it should be undertaken only after careful consideration of its risks versus its benefits.
This opening statement is used to strike up fear, in order to set the stage for the rest of the article. It makes you think, “I’m healthy why do I need medical care?” Vaccines are preventive care. For example, generally when a woman is pregnant she has monthly prenatal checkups, but she isn’t sick, so why? Because regular prenatal care is standard in order to prevent complication, and catch signs of problems that could arise in the future.
See also, the definition of preventive care.
The dangers of vaccines are real, can be substantial and life-long, and for some, life ending.
–have not been subject to toxicity studies for many of the ingredients such as aluminum and mercury, which are known neurotoxins.
Thank you to Angela Quinn, RN, of Nurses Who Vaccinate for addressing the following two claims.
Mercury in vaccines:
Thimerosal breaks down into ethyl mercury, not to be confused with the harmful neurotoxin methyl mercury. With the exception of some flu shots, thimerosal hasn’t been used in vaccines for children since 2001 (there are thimerosal free flu shots). A more in depth post on this topic can be found, HERE.
Aluminum in Vaccines:
“Aluminum is used in vaccines as an adjuvant. An adjuvant is a vaccine component that boosts the immune response to the vaccine. Adjuvants allow for lesser quantities of the vaccine and fewer doses.”
According to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, an infant who receives the childhood vaccination series in the first six months of life will receive about 4.4 milligrams of aluminum, but in that same time period, breast fed infants will receive about 7 milligrams of aluminum, formula-fed infants ingest about 38 milligrams of aluminum, and infants who are fed soy formula ingest almost 117 milligrams of aluminum during the first six months of life. A more in depth post on this topic can be found, HERE.
Please read more on aluminum HERE, including a discussion of the ingestion v. injection myth.
Yes, aluminum is a known neurotoxin, but it is the size of the dose which makes something toxic.
-have not been studied for adverse effects in the combinations in which they’re given (multiple shots in a single day for infants and children)
“Vaccination schedules that involve multiple injections during the same visit are based on many years of pre-licensure and post-licensure safety and effectiveness data, including concomitant use studies.”
-cannot be guaranteed to provide the benefit of immunity for which they are given
This is a misleading statement that is often used by the anti-vaccine movement; essentially, no vaccine is 100% effective so they must be worthless, right? Wrong. The CDC notes that “seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.” Essentially, seatbelts are 50% effective, yet we still wear seat belts.
The effectiveness of individual vaccines can be found in the CDC pink book.
-are used to “prevent” benign childhood diseases, diseases which actually “teach” the immune system how to work properly
Vaccines are not created for benign childhood diseases; these diseases have the potential to do great damage. Learn more about the effects of individual vaccine preventable diseases, HERE.
Vaccines teach the immune system without the vaccinated individual suffering through vaccine preventable illnesses. “Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection. This type of infection, however, does not cause illness, but it does cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies.”
-Vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” and contain “unavoidable” viruses, phages (viruses that infect bacteria), and contaminants. No other drug or medical product is similarly manufactured – if contaminants are found in them, the product is recalled. The FDA even recalls food when contaminants are found. Vaccines are recalled for contaminants as well.
“Saying a product is “unavoidably unsafe” makes it sound like the product is a bad one, when what the drafters meant was precisely the opposite: the comment was meant to apply only to ethical drugs or vaccines, i.e. where the benefits outweigh the risks.” –Dorit Reiss, Professor of Law, UC Hastings
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must license (approve) a vaccine before it can be used in the United States. FDA regulations for the development of vaccines ensure their safety, purity, potency, and effectiveness.”
There are also ingredients used in vaccines to prevent contamination.
-Some of the viruses contaminating vaccines have a known effect, as in the case of the simian virus SV-40 that causes cancer (see Cross-Species Contamination below). Other effects are unknown. In 1975 Gena Bari Kolata wrote an article[i] in the journal Science in which scientists at the FDA admit that all live virus vaccines are “grossly contaminated with phages,” even though it was against FDA regulations at that time. Rather than recall the vaccines, the FDA changed the rules so that a recall wouldn’t cause undue concern for parents. In 1987 the FDA decided this about vaccines: “seed virus used in manufacture shall be demonstrated to be free of extraneous microbial agents except for unavoidable bacteriophage.”[ii] Bovine (cow) serum is a frequently used vaccine growth medium and the most frequently contaminated animal serums with bacteriophage.
SV40 “Unavoidable Viruses”
“SV40 has not been present in any vaccine since 1963. Epidemiologic studies do not show an increased risk of cancers in those who received polio vaccine between 1955 and 1963.”
Special thanks to “The Mad Virologist” for help debunking the following two claims
The 1975 article cited is what is known as a commentary, it is not a scientific article or study. Science uses commentaries to set up research articles within an issue. The article itself states there is a “lack of evidence of harm by phage”. Essentially the whole section that is in red is put there because the average person will not understand what it means, and it will sound scary to them. I know, because I had to ask a virologist to explain it to me.
Bovine (Cow) Serum
Read more about bovine products used during the production of vaccines, HERE.
Vaccines have many other agents as well as the viruses and contaminants that can cause significant injury (see the full list below) to a child or adult (This was addressed above; SV40 was in 1963, and phages are harmless to humans). These injuries include brain swelling and permanent brain injury, seizures and convulsions, blood disorders, and even death. Since 1988 over 3 billion dollars in compensation has been paid by the federal government to vaccine victims. And yes, they have paid for autism. Studies have definitively shown that vaccines can result in autism, a disease that has increased from 1 in 10,000 in 1990, to 1 in 150 in 2000, to the current rate of 1 in 68 children. According to the CDC, the most recent numbers breakdown to 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls diagnosed with autism.
3 Billion Dollars
Yes, over the span of 27 years, three billion dollars has been awarded for vaccine related adverse events. This figure is always quoted out of context by the anti-vaccine movement, because it is not that impressive when you break it down. Over the span of Fiscal Year 2006-2014, 0.85 doses out of 1 million doses administered were associated with an award for injury (i.e. less than one in a million).
A more thorough break down of figures by Liz Ditz is available, HERE.
Payouts for Autism?
NVICP has not paid out for autism. Mr. Cook is probably thinking of the Hannah Poling case. First, Hannah is not autistic. Second, “Even though the Poling claim was compensated, a published decision in the case indicates that compensation was based on the presence of a Table injury.”
Vaccines Cause Autism?
Scientific consensus says that vaccines most certainly do NOT cause Autism. Here is a listing of 107 Studies that prove vaccines do not cause Autism.
Additionally; there is a list of 127 studies that claim vaccines do cause Autism. Those studies do not say what they are claimed to say; here is a breakdown of those studies by Liz Ditz.
Increased Rate of Autism?
In short Autism prevalence has gone unchanged for the past 20 years. Read more on that, HERE.
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While other environmental assaults are also associated with autism, the increased vaccination schedule can be the trigger or a significant contributing factor especially in children who are predisposed because of other conditions. These other conditions are often unknown and not symptomatic until the vaccine injury triggers a cascade of problems. Correlation does not necessarily equal causation; please refer to the source above stating Autism rates have remained unchanged for the past 20 years.
Vaccines Are Unavoidably Unsafe
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, safety assessments for vaccines have not often included toxicity studies because vaccines have not been viewed as inherently toxic. Yet vaccines are legally defined as unavoidably unsafe.(This is a repeated statement that has been addressed above.)
It is not just childhood vaccines that come with substantial risk (another gross overstatement of vaccine risks) . Influenza vaccines, vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases. Hepatitis B isn’t just sexually transmitted, although most babies grow up to eventually have sex), and others contain similar risks for adverse events. Also troubling is that vaccination is recommended now for pregnant women, even though vaccine package inserts clearly state they have not been tested on pregnant women, so the effects on the fetus can’t be known.
Vaccines haven’t been tested in pregnancy?
What are vaccine inserts?
Essentially package inserts are legal documents, not medical. Learn more about package inserts, HERE.
In the 1960s only a handful of childhood vaccines were given. The current CDC recommended vaccine schedule for children now has over 30 vaccines by the time a child turns 6 and an additional potential for up to 30 more by the time they reach 18. Read more about the scientific advancement of vaccines, HERE. This statement is just proof of advancing scientific knowledge and discovery. Could this increase be linked to our declining health? For example, currently: This is purely speculation and not substantiated by any evidence.
One in six children in the US has a learning disability. Around 13.8%
Over 50% suffer from some type of chronic illness. 15-18%
Cancer is the leading cause of death in our children Accidents
Autism rates have soared from 1 in 10,000 in 1990 to 1 in 68 today (addressed above already)
Since genetic mutations change slowly over generations, we must look to environmental causes for these changes. While other environmental toxins certainly are at play in these statistics, disregarding the potential role to the amounts of toxin injected into children through vaccines is not only bad public policy, it is bad science. By disregarding the role of vaccines in our statistics for infant mortality and chronic diseases, we could be doing more harm than good in mandating, or even advising, them. With the exception of infant mortality, these are repeated statements which have already been addressed above. Essentially this is yet another gross overestimate of the risk of vaccines.
Vaccines and Infant Mortality
The Infant Mortality Rate of the United States is declining.
Immunizations are associated with a halving of the risk of SIDS. (a Meta-Analysis)
This is just the end of part one. After you finish reading this scroll back through; disregard the green, and look at all the yellow and red. Recall that all the yellow is highlighting false statements, and all the red are things that incite fear. Lies and fear mongering, that is all this is.
Again THANK YOU to everyone who helped me complete part 1 of this massive undertaking.
A special thanks to…
Alma Glenn, The Mad Virologist, for schooling me on virology.
Angela Quinn, of Nurses Who Vaccinate.
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