Vaccinations May Be Rx For Disaster
By Kelly Patricia O'Meara
Insight Magazine Online
Vol.15 No.37 - October 4-11, 1999
The ounce of prevention that vaccinations should provide may not be
worth the risk, say parents, doctors and politicians with second thoughts
about mandating shots.
Before they can enter kindergarten, children are required by law in all
50 states to receive 33 doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines
-- inoculations that, of course, contain the disease. Now, more than ever
before, parents, health practitioners and elected officials are discussing
whether it's right for the good of the many to sacrifice "small" numbers
of children (on average, 10,000 reported cases per year) who experience adverse
side effects to the vaccines.
Though vaccines long have been considered safe, there is growing evidence
and increasing concern that they may be playing havoc with immune systems
and causing an increase in learning disabilities, including attention deficit/hyperactivity
disorder, or ADHD, as well as autism, cancer and autoimmune and allergic diseases.
. . . .
Until July, babies only hours old were inoculated with the hepatitis B vaccine
-- treatment for a disease common only among intravenous-drug users and prostitutes.
During testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform about issues
related to vaccines, Professor Ronald C. Kennedy of the microbiology and immunology
department at the University of Oklahoma said, "The chance of an infant or
child getting either hepatitis A or hepatitis B is close to nonexistent."
. . . .
Because of the large number of reported adverse effects, the U.S. Public
Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, have changed
their policy advisories favoring vaccination of newborns with the hepatitis
B vaccine and instead have adopted a new policy recommending that mothers
be tested during pregnancy for the disease. If the mother tests negative,
the vaccination of the child may be delayed for as many as six months.
Kennedy also urged in his testimony that "informed consent for
certain vaccines, such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B, should be considered
and the parents allowed to choose based on their perceived risk to benefit
from vaccinating their infants."
Many parents, newly informed of potentially harmful effects of some of the
"required" vaccines, are becoming increasingly outraged at demands being made
in the name of public health. Mandatory-inoculations opponents note that
vaccines are made from toxic materials. When informed, parents tend to resist
having such materials injected into their children
For instance, some of the toxic ingredients used in vaccines include thimerasol,
a mercury-based preservative; aluminum, an additive to promote antibody response
that has been associated with Alzheimer's disease and seizures and found
to cause cancer in laboratory mice; formaldehyde, another carcinogen; and
phenol, also known as carbolic acid, used as a disinfectant and dye. . strained
through human or animal tissue, including monkey kidney, chicken embryo, embryonic
guinea-pig cells, calf serum and human diploid cells (the dissected organs
of aborted fetuses used in the rubella, hepatitis A and
chicken-pox vaccines).Concern is growing that interspecies transfer of viral
infections from animals may be a source of adverse reactions.
And there have been adverse reactions from the beginning. In the late 1700s,
British physician Edward Jenner was the first to use live disease as a vaccination
when he injected live cowpox into a healthy 8-year-old boy. The boy contracted
the mild disease and, when infected later with the more serious and often
fatal smallpox, proved to be immune. This is regarded as the first successful
vaccination. But, even though this early vaccine contained none of the toxins
that are added to vaccines today, many suffered adverse reactions.
Gradually, techniques and knowledge improved and the medical community began
to drive full throttle to eradicate all disease through vaccinations. Two
hundred years later, public-health officials point to widely reported success
stories to support their call for general and mandatory vaccination. Poliomyelitis
is at the top of the list.
Polio is a contagious disease caused by an intestinal virus that may attack
nerve cells of the brain and spine, though in a majority of cases only flulike
symptoms are experienced and gone within a few days. During an epidemic in
the 1950s, more than 20,000 cases were reported with a little more than 1,000
deaths. In 1955, Jonas Salk, an American microbiologist, developed a dead-virus
vaccine that was used until the 1959 development by Albert Sabin of a live-virus
oral vaccine. After widespread use of both, polio was all but eradicated
in the United States. In fact, the few reported cases were contracted from
the live-virus oral vaccine. Although the live-virus vaccine
widely was used for more than 30 years, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, or CDC, this year announced plans to stop using it and return
to the njected (dead) polio vaccine by the year 2000
Critics of mandatory vaccination, however, argue that severe illnesses and
deaths associated with polio and other diseases were decreasing at a steady
rate long before the vaccines were introduced. For example, according to Neil
Z. Miller, author of Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?,
"from 1923 to 1953, before the Salk killed-virus vaccine was introduced, the
polio death rate in the United States and England had already declined on
its own by 47 percent and 55 percent, respectively."
The same is true of diphtheria. Miller says, "A significant decline in [the
incidence of] diphtheria began long before the vaccine was discovered.
In the United States, from 1900 to 1930, years before the diphtheria vaccine,
a greater than 90 percent decline in reported deaths from diphtheria had already
While no single cause exists for the decline of infectious diseases during
this century, great progress has been made in the United States and other
developed countries where better diet, living conditions and sanitation are
credited for much of the decrease. Poverty and lack of medical care also contributed
to the spread of disease, as did medical ignorance. Whether the decline of
the traditional infectious diseases resulted from increased use of
vaccines or some combination of the social improvements cited above,
new and more debilitating diseases have developed. And people such as Rick
Rollens of Granite Bay, Calif., believe their lives have been tragically altered
because of vaccinations.
Testifying before the House Committee on Government Reform, Rollens shared
his story of what he believes was his son Russell's vaccine-induced autism
and the growing epidemic of autism in California. "Russell was born a normal,
healthy child," said Rollens. "At seven months, he received his third of four
DPT [diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus] shots and first hemophilus influenza
vaccine. Within 72 hours, Russell developed a high fever and shrieked with
a high, wailing scream for days. He began losing eye contact, smiling less,
losing interest in people and had constant croup and was chronically ill.
At 18 months, Russell received his first mumps, measles and rubella vaccination.
Within days he lost most of his remaining skills, developing severe sleep
irregularities, chronic gastrointestinal problems and expressing constant
pain exhibited by harrowing days of endless crying. At 2-and-a-half years
old, Russell was officially diagnosed with autism."
Responding to the outcry of parents, professionals and educators, the California
Legislature, under two different governors, funded a study on whether autism
was increasing in the state. After evidence showed a huge unexpected increase,
millions of dollars were appropriated for independent research into all possible
causes. The report, released this year, focused on the increase in autism
in California from 1987 to 1988. According to the Department of Developmental
Services, a 273 percent increase occurred in the number of children with
autism entering the developmental-services system
During the first six months of this year, 1,027 children diagnosed with
autism were added to the system --which means that California is adding an
average of six autistic children a day, seven days a week, or one new
child every four hours. This is just one state's statistics, and one analysis,
suggesting that this may be one of the top epidemics in the country.
In response to the huge increase in the number of claims being filed
against pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines, Congress passed the
1986 National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or NVICP. It set
up a system to allow families to file claims for financial assistance for
children injured by vaccines. To date, more than 1,400 families have
received awards totaling $1 billion. Yet Barbara Loe Fisher, cofounder
and president of the National Vaccine Information Center in Vienna, Va., says,
"Three out of four vaccine-injured children are turned away and more than
$1 billion sits idle in the vaccine-injury trust fund. Since 1993, federal
officials under Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna
Shalala have moved to systematically gut the law and fight every claim with
the help of Department of Justice lawyers. It's really beautiful: Vaccines
are the only personal medical products in the United States required by law,
and the vaccine manufacturers have a stable, predictable, yearly market for
their product -- yet no product liability."
Public-health officials continue to cite the decline of disease to prove
that vaccines are safe and effective, but critics contend there is no scientific
data to support such claims. In fact, say the critics, data provided by the
CDC and the increasing number of reports of adverse effects suggest that in
many cases where diseases have been greatly reduced, the risk of side effects
from taking the vaccine now far exceeds the risk of the disease.
Dawn Richardson PROVE(Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education) P.O. Box
1071 Cedar Park, TX 78630-1071 (512) 918-8760 firstname.lastname@example.org
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that affect the children and adults of Texas. Our mission is to prevent vaccine
injury and death and to promote and protect the right of every person to make
informed independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their families
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Vol.15 No.37 - October 4-11, 1999
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