Often times where you find opposition to vaccines on social media there will be a long list of links, cut and pasted to support the personal belief that vaccines are dangerous. Recently I was correcting some vaccine related misinformation on facebook when an individual exclaimed; “this is why I don’t vaccinate!” This statement was followed by this long list of links, annotated with claims for what those links “proved.” After investigating each claim I can conclude that the person who cut and pasted the “proof” either didn’t understand what she was reading, or did not read the linked studies at all. I have found that this is what individuals who spread misinformation count on when promoting this “do your own research” fad.
If you are going to “do your own research” you are going to have to actually read and comprehend what the research states. You cannot trust that the link provided to you is the end all for the proposed claim; please be skeptical, and investigate the claims being made. It is highly likely that if you see a Gish Gallup like the one that follows, the individual who provided it didn’t read it! Don’t be lazy your child’s health is on the line here. It is your job as a parent to think critically, assess risks logically, and protect your children.
The following list includes around 33 short claims, each with a link. I have made each original claim bold and put them in quotes to distinguish them from my commentary. I can assure you that I did not find a single claim that was supported by the link provided. Multiple claims used the same link; there was an instance where 6 different claims used the same link. I encountered multiple instances where graphs or sections were cherry picked, or taken out of context to try and prove a point; in reality the data did not support the argument. I encountered multiple occasions where misleading language was used to help strengthen the argument, or outdated studies were used. I encountered alarming language, meant to incite fear, and I encountered flat out lies. If this list is the reason you do not vaccinate, you need to do a double take here.
“History of asthma twice as prevalent in vaccinated children.”
This study is from 2000. The author of this article is a chiropractor; the topic is outside of his professional and educational scope. If this is peer reviewed (I can’t tell it is behind a pay wall), it would be reviewed by individuals who are also outside of their scope. Both authors hold a Ph.D in epidemiology, though I have found all of their work is in Chiropractic treatment of back pain, and injury. I do not see any published work in infectious disease from either.
The information collected is in reference to the DTP vaccine; this vaccine is not used anymore, and hasn’t been since 1996.
Collection of data was “based on parental or guardian recall” which is far less reliable than medical documentation.
The conclusion of this “study” indicates that “the small number of unvaccinated subjects and the study design limit our ability to make firm causal inferences about the true magnitude of effect.”
“Elevated risks on ER visits 1-2 weeks following vaccines.”
This study found that 20 additional children (12 and 18 months old) suffered from a febrile seizure per every 100,000 vaccinated (within two weeks) children. This is as compared to the same amount of not vaccinated at the same time controls. Febrile seizures are fever related, they can occur with any fever, and are not just vaccine related. The study states that “The largest relative risk was associated with febrile seizures” meaning that febrile seizures were the primary reason for ER visit.
How common are febrile seizures?
Febrile seizures are the most common type of convulsions in infants and young children and occur in 2 to 5 percent of American children before age 5. Approximately 40 percent of children who experience one febrile seizure will have a recurrence.
At 12 months old one “excess event” per 168 children, meaning that one additional recently vaccinated (within two weeks) child visited the emergency room for every 168 that were vaccinated, in comparison to the same number of not vaccinated at the time controls.
At 18 months old there was at least one “excess event” per 750 children, meaning that one additional recently vaccinated (within two weeks) child visited the emergency room for every 750 that were vaccinated, in comparison to the same number of not vaccinated at the time controls.
“The top diagnoses for the presentations to the emergency room during the 12 month risk interval would all be consistent with a mild viral illness.” Meaning these children are not going to the ER for serious adverse events. “There were non-significant increases in hospital admissions.“ Essentially, children were not seriously affected, and were discharged from the ER without admission to the hospital.
“Yellow fever vaccine caused a similar but more deadly disease”
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is not routinely given in the United States; it is generally given before travel to certain areas of the world. This study cites VAERS as a source, claiming 0.4 cases per 100,000 doses of vaccine administered. Yellow Fever Vaccine–Associated Viscerotropic Disease (YEL-AVD)
A reanalysis of multiple studies on this subject found an increased risk of YEL-AVD only in the elderly. This reanalysis stated “our analysis supported an increased risk of YEL-AVD among the elderly, particularly elderly travelers, however this evidence may be weaker than originally thought.”
“Overuse of vaccines overcomes natural autoimmunity and creates autoimmune disorders” a Japanese study
The title of this study is: “Repeated immunization with antigen causes systemic autoimmunity in mice otherwise not prone to spontaneous autoimmune diseases.”
Please see this article entitled “Troublesome variability in mouse studies.”
The journal in which this article is published, PLoS ONE, has a low (and continuing to decline) impact score.
“Almost no SIDS prior to vaccine programs”
In short this is not true, a thorough dismantling of this article can be found, HERE.
“Contamination of vaccines”
This article is behind a pay wall, I can only read the abstract, which is about contamination of the first small pox vaccine, which was introduced in 1796. There have been a few scientific advancements since 1796…
The SV-40 contamination of the polio vaccine (1955-1963) is also mentioned. It is often claimed that this has caused cancer; this is just a myth that has been thoroughly debunked.
Most importantly the article states that… “These incidents have lead industry to change certain practices and regulatory authorities to develop more stringent and detailed requirements.”
“Cancer contamination in vaccines”
“Virus-based vaccines are made in living cells (cell substrates). Some manufacturers are investigating the use of new cell lines to make vaccines. The continual growth of cell lines ensures that there is a consistent supply of the same cells that can yield high quantities of the vaccine.”
This article is a narrative about manufacturers investigating the use of different cells in vaccine creation. It is about research that is being done, and future guidelines that would be made available from the FDA to make sure these cell lines are safe for use in humans. These are not cell lines that are currently used in vaccine development. Essentially, this article is not about what it is claimed to be about.
“Contamination in vaccines”
This article is behind a pay wall, so all I can see it the abstract. It states:
“This study showed that Vero, MRC-5, and CEFs, which represent cell substrates used in some U.S. licensed vaccines, and other cell lines used in investigational vaccines, such as MDCK, HEK-293, HeLa, and A549, were negative for PCV1 using a nested PCR assay; some were also confirmed negative by infectivity analysis. However, MDBK cells, which are used for some animal vaccines, contained PCV1 sequences, although no virus was isolated. Although the results showed that PCV infection may not have occurred under previous culture conditions, the recent cases of vaccine contamination emphasizes the need for continued efforts to reduce the likelihood of introducing viruses from animal-derived materials used in product manufacture.”
Furthermore, these viruses have not been shown to cause disease in humans, and they are also present in the pork we eat.
Questions and answers relating to finding of porcine circoviruses in rotavirus vaccines.
“Vaccines increase the risk of cardiovascular events”
This is a 2011 article that pertains only to the Influenza A vaccine (not “Vaccines”). It states:
“The vaccine-related platelet activation and cardiac autonomic dysfunction may transiently increase the risk of cardiovascular events.”
A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that “getting the influenza vaccine lowers a person’s odds of a having heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or other major cardiac event—including death—by about a third over the following year.” Basically further research proved that the “may” is now a “doesn’t.”
“Notice to pediatricians to consider vaccines and myodarditis”
This case study is entitled “Acute Myopericarditis, After Multiple Vaccinations in an Adolescent: Case Report and Review of the Literature.” It is behind a pay wall, all you can see is the title, and there is no information about this single case available. This is not a “notice to pediatricians” as claimed. It is highly possible that the individual featured in the case had a virus prior to vaccination, which resulted in the Acute Myopericarditis. “The most common cause of viral myopericarditis is coxsackieviruses.”
“SIDS and vaccines”
This is the case study of a single sudden unexpected death, 24 hours after vaccination; this was not a SIDS death. The study is behind a paywall and I cannot see anything except the abstract. I reached out to a medical professional to help me interpret this one, due to the conditions described in the abstract it can be reasonably assumed that this baby died from anaphylaxis, possibly from a vaccine. This is a very remote possibly, and anaphylaxis is not just cause by vaccine components.
Rest assured; it has been found that:
“Just 33 people had a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — also known as anaphylaxis — out of 25 million vaccines given, according to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 1.3 people in every million who gets a vaccine.”
Please see our article on Vaccines and the Infant Mortality Rate.
“2-phenoxyethanol (ethalene glycol) connection with infertility”
“Some vaccines do contain the additive 2-phenoxyethanol, which is an organic chemical compound, but it is not the same as antifreeze (ethylene glycol). 2-Phenoxyethanol is also a glycol ether and doesn’t sound much better than antifreeze, so why is it in vaccines? It is a safe preservative that can help prevent bacterial and fungal contamination of the vaccine. It is also used as a stabilizer in some vaccines.”
“Ethalene glycol and significant reproductive and developmental toxicity”
As stated above, there is no Ethalene glycol in vaccines.
“Infant mortality and vaccine schedule”
This “study” is by Neil Z. Miller and Gary S. Goldman, this article is about the linked “study.”
It uses VAERS as a source, which is problematic.
Again, please see our article on Vaccines and the Infant Mortality Rate.
“Repeated immunization with antigen causes systemic autoimmunity in mice otherwise not prone to spontaneous autoimmune diseases”
This is a repeat of the same article that is posted above, labeled as “Overuse of vaccines overcomes natural autoimmunity and creates autoimmune disorders” a Japanese study.
“Increased ER visits after 12 and 18 month vaccines…further study needed”
This is repeated from above, “Elevated risks on ER visits 1-2 weeks following vaccines.”
“Fetal cells that are tumorgenic(sp*) can contaminate healthy cell DNA”
This is repeated from above, “Cancer contamination in vaccines”
“Connection between the number of vaccines and the % of hospitalizations and deaths”
This is repeated from above “Infant mortality and vaccine schedule.”
“Adjuvants and increased risk of ASIA autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Adult-Still’s disease”
“At present, there is no evidence to suggest that ASIA syndrome is a viable explanation for unusual autoimmune diseases. Since the initial paper, over 80 publications have discussed ASIA. This systematic review examines the research that has been done to investigate whether ASIA is a broad umbrella term with little clinical significance, or whether there is some underlying mechanism which could be utilised to reduce the occurrence of adjuvant mediated disease. Twenty-seven animal, epidemiological and case studies were reviewed. Unfortunately, a robust animal model of ASIA using biologically relevant doses of adjuvants has yet to be defined.”
Essentially “AISA” is not a real diagnosis, it is non-existent syndrome.
More on “ASIA” claims from Skeptical Raptor.
Adult-Still’s Disease is not proven to be vaccine related.
Per the CDC:
“Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. It often follows infection with a virus or bacteria. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have permanent nerve damage. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year, whether or not they received a vaccination.”
“vaccines and auto immune disease”
This study is behind a paywall, only the abstract is view-able. It states “Vaccines, in several reports were found to be temporally followed by a new onset of autoimmune diseases.”
A more detailed look at vaccines and autoimmunity; Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Cause Allergic or Autoimmune Diseases?
“Connection between vaccines and GBS, ITP, MS, and myperiocarditis”
This link is repeated from above; “vaccines and auto immune disease.”
“Connection between vaccines and autoimmune diseases”
This is the second time this link is repeated from above; “vaccines and auto immune disease.”
“Asthma more prevalent in vaccinated populations”
This study covers individuals vaccinated with the DTP vaccine which hasn’t been used since 1996, as discussed above. The conclusion of the study states that “the small number of unvaccinated subjects and the study design limit our ability to make firm causal inferences about the true magnitude of effect.” It is another study from the same Chiropractic journal discussed above, under “History of asthma twice as prevalent in vaccinated children.”, the link is repeated.
“Adverse effects on vaccinating premies”
This is a graph that is cherry picked from a study, when you click on the “full text link” it takes you to the full study “Immunisation of premature infants.” The graph itself is a collection of events following vaccination, they may or may not be vaccine related, and realistically they are probably just premie related. Noted items include “no change in apnoea” (US, apnea), “20%” (probably supplemental oxygen they are on), and other cardiorespiratory events that are common in premies.
The actual study states:
“Premature infants are at increased risk of vaccine preventable infections, but audits have shown that their vaccinations are often delayed. Early protection is desirable.”
“While absolute primary antibody responses may be lower in preterm infants vaccinated according to chronological age than in term infants, the majority achieve concentrations generally accepted to correlate with protection. For vaccines where there are no clear serological correlates of protection, such as pertussis, such conclusions must be made with caution. For both preterm and term infants, antibody concentrations decline rapidly after primary immunisation, but this may be more clinically relevant in preterm infants as they start from a lower baseline. This reinforces the need for a booster dose in such infants, particularly as memory induction on the whole does not appear to be compromised by prematurity.
It seems likely that an accelerated 2‐3‐4 month schedule will achieve protective concentrations earlier in such infants than a more extended schedule, which is important given their susceptibility to infection. However, such schedules may be less immunogenic overall and require an early additional or booster dose to ensure persistence of protection. The timing of such booster doses requires further study.”
“Infant mortality and vaccines study”
This is the third time this same link from Neil Z. Miller and Gary S. Goldman has been repeated.
“Peer reviewed study on fetal cell contamination with retro virus associated with autism and cancer”
When you go to the actual study, it has nothing to do with what it is claimed to; it actually explains why there was an “increase” in autism at the same time human cell lines were introduced. “Association between approval of human fetal cell line manufactured vaccines and autistic disorder change points.” Essentially at the same time these vaccines were introduced, there was a change in autism diagnostic criteria.
“The first DSM of Mental Disorders, DSM I, was published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952. Since then there have been five major revisions: DSM II (1968); DSM III (1980); DSM III – R (1987); DSM IV (1994) and DSM IV – TR (2000). The impact of DSM revisions on the diagnosis of autism depends on the significance of changes to diagnostic criteria and on the rapidity with which the DSM revisions are disseminated and applied.”
“Correlation between the number of infant deaths and the number of vaccines”
This is the fourth time this same link from Neil Z. Miller and Gary S. Goldman has been repeated.
“Relative trends in hospitalizations and mortality among infants by the number of vaccine doses and age, based on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990-2010.”
This is the fifth time this same link from Neil Z. Miller and Gary S. Goldman has been repeated.
“Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy?”
This study is behind a paywall, you can only see the abstract. It followed 1,265 children who were born in 1977. Out of the 1,265 children followed, there were only 23 children who were not vaccinated with the DTP vaccine. Essentially, there was not equal representation of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, therefore you could not conclude with any certainty that vaccinated children have higher rates of asthma.
“Infant mortality rates regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given”
This is the sixth time this same link from Neil Z. Miller and Gary S. Goldman has been repeated.
“Infection, vaccines and other environmental triggers of autoimmunity”
This link is repeated from above: “Connection between vaccines and autoimmune diseases.”
“SIDS after hexavalent vaccine”
This is the same single case that is repeated from above.
“Thimerosal and adverse events”
Thimerosal has not been in childhood vaccines, with the exception of some flu shots, since 2001.
I can only see the title of this “study” though I see that Brian Hooker, David Geier and Mark Geier (an advocate for the chemical castration of autistic children) are involved, I wouldn’t trust it if I could see it.