When you see the headline; “Tainted Measles Vaccine Kills More than 50 Syrian Children” you are faced with an unimaginable tragedy. No one can argue against the tragic untimely deaths of children. Syrian children did die, and their deaths are being used to further the notion that vaccines are not safe. In reality a vaccine did not cause the deaths of these children, human error did. This is a prime example of half-truths being told, and media reports being spun to support a view against vaccination.
The Timeline of Events
In early reports on September 16, 2004 (HERE) it was believed the vaccines were either expired or otherwise spoiled. Had this been the case, it would only highlight why preservatives used in vaccines are very necessary. In addition to why Jenny McCarthy’s “green our vaccines” battle cry could be potentially deadly to our children.
In later reports on September 24, 2004 the WHO made a statement regarding the initial findings of their investigation.
A spokesman for the WHO, the public health arm of the United Nations, said a preliminary investigation suggests the deaths can be attributed not to a criminal act but simple human error.
The WHO spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, said early reports suggest medics may have accidentally mixed a high-dose muscle relaxant into the vaccine powder instead of the designated serum.
“Apparently, in the same fridge … where the vaccines were stored, there was also a muscle relaxant,” Lindmeier explained Thursday to CNN, adding the vaccine itself likely wasn’t contaminated. “The muscle relaxant vial looks like the same vial as the vaccine.”
The WHO has done great things in Syria; they provide other vaccines, much needed vitamins, and health care to children. Health care workers risk their lives for these people, and are a huge target of the war.
Unfortunately the 15 to 34 Syrian children killed by human error is mentioned far more, than the 1.5 million doses of life saving MMR provided to Syria. Additionally I’ve noticed headlines regarding this feed vaccine fears and hesitancy, with words like “tainted” and “contaminated”. Apparently “human error” doesn’t make an exciting headline when vaccines are in the media.
I personally know the tragic toll of human error. In February I lost my father, just days after his 57th birthday. He was a Cold War Era Army Veteran, and was awarded benefits for care from the VA due to potentially getting Hepatitis C from the administering of a vaccine. Hepatitis C related Cirrhosis of the liver is what eventually took him from us, after a horrific and long battle with the disease. The Army has used air jet guns in the past to administer vaccines, and has admitted it is feasible that disease was spread this way. It is plausible that one of these dirty guns transmitted Hepatitis C to my late father.
Could what happened in Syria happen to our children? It would be impossible. A primary care pediatrician has no need to have injectable muscle relaxant on hand. As first world citizens we are fortunate that our kids won’t ever receive vaccines in a dirty tent, in the same place where war wounded are treated.
Now that you know the reality of what happened. Give it a side by side with this article from the “Collective Evolution”. With an unbiased mind please acknowledge the unwarranted fear spread by sites like this one.