I never expected to question vaccination and as a young child believed that they prevented diseases. After a BCG vaccine at age 13 I was handed a blue card AFTER I was injected, detailing some side-effects. That was my first clue that something was not right with the practice of vaccination. I had no idea that vaccines caused any side-effects, nor did I know that as a 13 year old I was entitled to accept or reject vaccination in my own right and independently of my parents if I could prove I understood the issues surrounding the intervention. This is known as being gillick competant. I wasn’t told this and just assumed I *had to* submit to the injection because my mother had signed her consent. I was furious that they injected me prior to giving me information on side-effects. Surely I should have been given that information before?
My first response was
“That is really immoral”, and I vowed to look into the vaccination issue before I had my own children because that incident made the whole thing seem suss. Informed consent is supposed to be the foundation on which modern medicine is built.
To compound matters, I ended up suffering horrific side-effects from the vaccine and became disabled with a disability that is so rare it only affects 1 in 50,000 people. The only way to get the disability – hyperacusis – was by head trauma, certain auto-immune diseases, exposure to bomb blasts or gunshots or drug reactions. None of the causes applied to me except drug reactions and the only drug I had was BCG. I later found out that hyperacusis is a documented outcome of vaccination and that scientists were using BCG to induce chronic inflammation in rats. I was chronically ill for 11 years.
However, this only made me wary and I hadn’t discounted vaccination for my children. Reading the manufacturer’s data sheets changed my mind. Here’s a basic run down of why I elected to ‘Just say No’
1. I was absolutely appalled at the ingredients of vaccines. Vaccines contain substances like formaldehyde, a known carcinogen recognised to cause throat and nasal cancers and implicated in the development of leukaemia, http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde , aluminium that has been linked to lower neuro-cognitive rates and Alzheimer’s disease, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20010978 , http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2117484/ , trace amounts of thimerosal (49% mercury) which is linked to numerous illnesses such as brain damage, http://www.springerlink.com/content/d751p01x01013627/fulltext.pdf and autism http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jt/2009/532640/ , polysorbate 80 that allows drugs (and metals in vaccines) to cross the blood/brain barrier, http://www.medscape.com/medline/abstract/9098875 and go straight to the child’s brain. It has also been linked to infertility in rats http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8473002 , human fetal tissue which has been linked to the development of auto-immunity. Children injected with ‘human diploid cell’ containing MMR vaccines and who subsequently developed autism were found to have auto antibodies to their own brain tissue http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165572804001213
Other disgusting ingredients include monkey kidney tissue, later found to have contaminated vaccines with SV40 virus that causes cancer in humans. Post-mortem’s on autistic people have found that some are infected with SV40, only got from vaccination http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/13550281003685839 , bovine serum linked to BSE and vCJD. Some cases of vCJD have occured in clusters of people who have recieved the same vaccine batch and vaccines have even been banned due to potential contamination with the brain eating prions http://www.bmj.com/content/314/7078/393.11 and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1371188/Polio-vaccine-withdrawn-after-mad-cow-contamination-fears.html
These are only a few of the disgusting ingredients present in vaccines and if I forced my child to drink any of those, I’d have social services and the police knocking my door down. I was absolutely NOT prepared to inject any of that into my children, no matter what.
2. On vaccine data sheets there are references to SIDS occuring after injection. On the information sheet I read when my daughter was born it said ‘SIDS has occured after administration of DPT’ – see this drugs information that says: ‘ Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has occurred after DTP immunization’ -
they attempt to brush this off by saying that studies have shown vaccines are not implicated in SIDS, but similarly other studies have shown that they ARE and the studies that showed no association occured after the ones that showed a link, in an attempt to dispell concern, rather like the effect we have seen with cigarettes. http://www.drugs.com/mmx/dtap.html
There are many studies listed on pubmed about DPT causing SIDS:
Torch, W.S., 1982. Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunization: a potential cause of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Neurology; 32(4): A169 abstract).
Torch, W.C., 1986 a. Characteristics of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) postvaccinal deaths and DPT-caused Sudden Infant Deaths Syndrome (SIDS): a review. Neurology (suppl 1); 36: 148 (abstract).
Torch, W.C., 1986 b. Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) imunization may be an unrecognized cause of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) and Near-Miss Syndrome (NMS): 12 case reports. Neurology (suppl 1); 36: 149 (abstract).
Indeed, Cherry, J.D. (1988) said
‘The rate of severe reactions does not differ significantly between the acellular and whole-cell vaccines when used at 24 months of age. The decrease in severe reactions is slight, if any. The category “sudden death” is also instructive in that the entity disappeared following both whole-cell and acellular vaccines when immunisation was delayed until a child was 24 months of age. It is clear that delaying the initial vaccination until a child is 24 months, regardless of the type of vaccine, reduces most of the temporally associated severe adverse events.’
(Cherry, J.D. (1988), Brunell, P.A., Golden, G.S., Karzon, D.T., (1988), Report of the task force on pertussis and pertussis immunization, Pediatrics 81:6 Part 11 (June 1988) Supplement pp 936-984).
I.e. sudden infant death ended if vaccines were delayed to 2 years and this was ‘instructive’, meaning it was a clue that vaccines were a cause of SIDS.
The American Academy of Neurology also said at their 34th annual meeting:
“DPT may be a generally unrecognized major cause of sudden infant and early childhood death, and that the risks of immunization may outweigh its potential benefits. A need for re-evaluation and possible modification of current vaccination procedures is indicated by this study.‘
More recently, this Italian study found that there was a increased risk of death within the first 2 years of childhood after the first dose of a hexavalent vaccine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3027668/
A study in 2005 said
‘Deaths in temporal association with vaccination of hexavalent vaccines have been recently reported….SMRs exceeded one insignificantly on the 1st day after vaccination in the 1st year of life. In the 2nd year of life, however, the SMRs for SUD cases within 1 day of vaccination with vaccine A were 31.3 (95% CI 3.8-113.1; two cases observed; 0.06 cases expected) and 23.5 (95% CI 4.8-68,6) for within 2 days after vaccination (three cases observed; 0.13 cases expected)…they constitute a signal for one of the two hexavalent vaccines which should prompt intensified surveillance for unexpected deaths after vaccination.’
Another review in 2011 found that the countries that had the most vaccinations had the greatest child mortality. The more vaccines a child was given, the greater the risk of death:
‘The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year—the most in the world—yet 33 nations have lower IMRs…Linear regression analysis of unweighted mean IMRs showed a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates, with r = 0.992 (p = 0.0009).’
3. Diseases still occur in vaccinated populations, so even though data sheets freely list SIDS, brain damage and other irreversible conditions as a consequence of vaccination, you aren’t guaranteed to be protected from the diseases. If I am going to take my healthy child in for shots when she isn’t sick and there’s no indication for a medical intervention, I do want a guarantee that she will be protected. The medical authorities say that if 95% of the population are vaccinated, this guarantees that the population will be free from disease. However, lots of epidemics have occured in almost 100% vaccinated populations:
‘An outbreak of measles occurred among adolescents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985, even though vaccination requirements for school attendance had been thoroughly enforced…We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.’
‘Reported cases of pertussis among adolescents and adults have increased since the 1980s, despite increasingly high rates of vaccination among infants and children.’
The above quote also comes from a paper that states there is more pertussis in very young babies compared with the pre-vaccination era and this is something I’ll be discussing in point 4.
Hep B vaccine has not decreased the amount of Hep B:
‘Testing of participants in 2 national surveys demonstrates no significant decrease in hepatitis B virus infection, despite the availability of hepatitis B vaccine.’
Pneumonia vaccine doesn’t prevent pneumonia in the groups of adults it was meant to help!
‘Pneumococcal vaccination does not appear to be effective in preventing pneumonia, even in populations for whom the vaccine is currently recommended.’
Hib vaccination of children is causing more adults to get non-vaccine strain hib disease:
‘After the introduction of Hib immunization in children, invasive Hib infections in unimmunized adults also declined, but the overall rate of invasive Hi disease in adults increased, with most infections now caused by non-capsulated strains. Physicians and microbiologists should be aware of the changing epidemiology, the high associated mortality and high risk of underlying disease. Invasive haemophilus infections in adults should be investigated and treated aggressively.’
Hi type A increased EIGHT FOLD after introduction of hib vaccine:
‘Surveillance for Haemophilus influenzae meningitis cases was performed in Salvador, Brazil, before and after introduction of H. influenzae type b (Hib) immunization….the incidence for H. influenzae type a meningitis increased 8-fold (from 0.02 to 0.16 cases/100,000 person-years; P=.008). Therefore, Hib immunization contributed to an increased risk for H. influenzae type a meningitis through selection of circulating H. influenzae type a clones.’
The above journal discusses hib vaccine causing a decline in immunity that causes an INCREASE in hib disease in the week following vaccination. They don’t think that possibly the vaccine caused the hib.
‘A decrease in serum anticapsular antibody occurs in most children and adults immunized with PRP (adults and children) or PRP-D (adults). Such a decrease might transiently increase the risk of invasive disease if it occurred during a period of asymptomatic colonization with H. influenzae type b.’
There’s been a 70% INCREASE in severe lung diseases after the introduction of Prevenar pneumonia vaccine and that is why they’ve now introduced a 13 valent vaccine:
‘Among children ≤18 years of age, the annual empyema-associated hospitalization rates increased almost 70% between 1997 and 2006, despite decreases in the bacterial pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disease rates. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is not decreasing the incidence of empyema.’
86% of people in a mumps epidemic had been vaccinated, 13% unvaccinated and 1% unknown:
‘Of the 178 (99%) patients whose sex is known, 149 (84%) are male. The median age of the 178 patients for whom age is known is 14 years (range: 8 months–84 years). Of the 141 patients (79%) for whom vaccine is recommended and vaccination status and age were reported, 113 (80%) had received age-appropriate vaccination, nine (6%) had received partial age-appropriate vaccination, and 19 (13%) were unvaccinated (Table). Of the 141 patients, 102 (72%) had received 2 doses, 20 (14%) 1 dose, and 19 (13%) zero doses.’
4. Vaccination is destroying natural immunity which means new mothers are no longer able to pass transplacental and breast milk immunity to their babies. In the pre-vaccine era, mothers got whooping cough and measles etc when they were little girls which gave them immunity lasting 30 plus years, which was re-boosted by frequent exposures to the viruses or bacteria in their environment, effectively meaning they had lifelong immunity. When they got pregnant as adults they were then able to pass transplacental antibodies to their babies in the womb which would last several weeks after the birth and protect them from getting the illnesses. If they were breastfed they also got breast milk immunity that could last several years and protect them if their older siblings got ill. Now, because mothers were vaccinated, they are getting pertussis as adults and infecting their own newborns!
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal wrote:
‘Pertussis notification data from the prevaccine era provide indirect evidence that maternal antibodies provide short lived protection against fatal pertussis by demonstrating that the rate of pertussis deaths in the first month of life was approximately one-third of that in the second and third months of life.24 In contrast, pertussis surveillance data in the vaccine era no longer demonstrate a substantial difference in pertussis-related mortality between the first and second months of life (Table 1). 25 This could be the consequence of reduced levels of circulation of Bordetella pertussis in young women of childbearing age after the introduction of mass immunization.’
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene wrote:
‘There is growing evidence that measles vaccine–induced antibody levels wane over time, raising a concern that such a decrease in antibody levels could affect maternal passive immunity when vaccinated women reach childbearing years.9,10 Thus, the window of vulnerability of an infant may be even greater in vaccinated women than in with women with natural measles infection.’
The Israel Vaccine Research Institute wrote:
‘We rely on herd immunity and passive immunity to protect young infants
before they can be protected directly by vaccination .
Diminishing maternal immunity increases the risk of infection
among the youngest age groups.’
So in actual fact vaccination (and bottle feeding) is the reason why newborns are now getting whooping cough and measles! It’s nothing to do with unvaccinated children.
In the document, ‘Pertussis: Not only a Disease of Childhood’, the authors wrote:
‘In cases in which the source of infection can be traced, half of the children have been infected by their parents – usually by the mother. Older siblings are another frequent source of infection even if they have been vaccinated, because often their immunity has waned in the absence of a booster vaccination.’
So in essence we have swapped lifelong natural immunity which was re-boosted by frequent exposures to the illness and protected our babies at their most vulnerable points, for vaccination which only delays disease and does not immunise, and severely hinders our ability to pass on transplacental immunity, thus putting our newborns at risk of infection from birth.
When researchers in Belgium studied vaccinated and naturally immune women, they found the vaccinated women lost antibodies faster and could not confer as many to their babies. The BMJ wrote:
‘Vaccinated women had significantly fewer IgG antibodies (geometric mean titre 779 (95% confidence interval 581 to 1045) mIU/ml) than did naturally immune women (2687 (2126 to 3373) mIU/ml) (P<0.001). Maternal values were highly correlated with neonatal values (r=0.93 at birth). Infants of vaccinated women had significantly lower antibody concentrations than did infants of naturally immune women.’
5. Vaccines cause diseases to mutate and come back even stronger than the original, just like the over-use of antibiotics has led to resistant bacteria, mass vaccination has led to superbug childhood diseases that are even more deadly than before.
‘Among NP isolates, the prevalence of 6C isolates has increased and the prevalence of 6A isolates has decreased since the introduction of PCV7 in Massachusetts in 2000. The observed increase in serotype 6C prevalence may be explained by the induction by PCV7 of low amounts of functional anti-6C antibody, compared with anti-6A and anti-6B antibodies.’
Hib has switched strains and cases are nearing those of the pre-vaccine era:
Characterization of invasive Haemophilus influenzae disease in Manitoba, Canada, 2000-2006: invasive disease due to non-type b strains.
‘In addition to the proportional increase in cases of non-type b Haemophilus influenzae disease in the post-H. influenzae type b vaccine era, the incidence of invasive H. influenzae disease was found to be approaching the rates of H. influenzae type b disease that were documented in the prevaccine period. Fifty-six percent of invasive disease now occurs in individuals aged >10 years.’
And there’s a MUTATED whooping cough!
‘Pertussis (whooping cough) is a potentially fatal respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Despite effective vaccination programs, there has been concern in some developed countries that pertussis cases are on the increase. We characterized 703 clinical B. pertussis isolates collected in the United Kingdom between 1920 and 2006 using multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA), pertactin (prnA) and pertussis toxin (ptxA) genotyping, and serotyping. The results showed that the genetic diversity of the bacterial population decreased during periods of high vaccine coverage.’
A new aggressive form of polio has been sparked by the vaccine:
‘Sparked by concerns about a surge of poliomyelitis cases in Nigeria caused by a vaccine-derived strain of type 2 poliovirus, health officials stepped up efforts to curb its spread, according to the Global Polio Vaccine Initiative (http://www.polioeradication.org/content/general/current_monthly_sitrep.asp).
Although type 2 wild poliovirus (1 of the 3 serotypes of wild poliovirus) had been eradicated in 1999, it reemerged a few years ago when weakened type 2 virus in oral polio vaccine mutated. For reasons not well understood, circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus began spreading more aggressively in 2009. By late July, 124 cases of paralysis caused by vaccine-derived virus had been confirmed for 2009, more than 4 times the number of cases confirmed in July 2008.’
6. Vaccines have very rarely been studied to actually see if they improve child mortality. Considering the fantastic claims about how many billions of lives they save, you would have thought they would have rigorous science to back this up. Apparently not.
Again, as mentioned before, it has been discovered on review that countries with more childhood vaccination had a higher infant mortality rate:
It was also found that early DPT vaccination caused INCREASED mortality in baby girls:
‘Background Studies from low-income countries have suggested that diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine provided after Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination may have a negative effect on female survival….The death rate ratio (DRR) for DTP vaccinated versus DTP unvaccinated children differed significantly for girls (DRR 2.45; 95% CI 0.93 to 6.45) and boys (DRR 0.53; 95% CI 0.23 to 1.20) (p=0.018, homogeneity test). Adjusting for MUAC, the overall effect for DTP vaccinated children was 2.62 (95% CI 1.34 to 5.09); DRR was 5.68 (95% CI 1.83 to 17.7) for girls and 1.29 (95% CI 0.56 to 2.97) for boys (p=0.023, homogeneity test)…..Surprisingly, even though the children with the best nutritional status were vaccinated early, early DTP vaccination was associated with increased mortality for girls. ‘
And in the BMJ in 2012 they make this surprising and frank admission:
‘Surprisingly, therefore, there are few observational studies and virtually no randomised clinical trials documenting the effect on child mortality of any of the existing vaccines. A notable exception is the high titre measles vaccine, which was withdrawn because an interaction with diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine resulted in a 33% (95% confidence interval 2% to 73%) increase in mortality among children aged 4-60 months in several west African randomised trials.3 w9 Among the newer vaccines, conjugate pneumococcal vaccine has been found to be associated with an 11% (−1% to 21%) reduction in mortality in a meta-analysis.4′
So there has only been one study of pneumonia vaccine that showed any positive effect on mortality and the other studies showed that vaccines kill!
This is certainly a far cry from their claim that vaccines are based on ‘science based medicine’ and I am very thankful that my mothering intuition led me in the right direction in not vaccinating my precious children.
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