Monday, October 1, 2012

Today's Vaccine Links

The vaccine memorial:

Here is our slideshow from last year. Have you been hurt by vaccines?

Let's take a look at Poliomyelitis (the condition most people are scared of when they say Polio).

"“..Up to 95% of all polio infections are inapparent or subclinical without symptoms."
Let's learn about Polio symptoms and incidence rates:

America originally used the "active" or "live" version of the Polio vaccine. It was discontinued due to causing Polio infection in vaccinated individuals or those who then got the disease from the vaccinated individuals. "Live" Polio vaccines are still used in some parts of the world. And as with all things in the eco-system, it's a changing, ever growing organism:
Peek Inside Vaccines and see what you can learn about Polio:

And here is an excellent summary on the Polio scam:

What is herd immunity, exactly?

What do you know about the immune system? Consider spending some quiet time absorbing this somewhat lengthy article:

This is the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) weekly mortality and morbidity report (MMWR). It's updated for the week at the end of every Friday. Poke around and enjoy:
Take a look at the wonder tool over at the CDC:

Did you know? The FDA and CDC created a database to collect reports of vaccine injuries. You can use this tool to easily access the database:

Here is a list of vaccine pamphlets. They should be saved along with any other paperwork from the doctor's visit in your child's file in case your child experiences an adverse reaction. Fortunately, the manufacturers do not hide anything. You can read all of THEIR information. Just pick the vaccine you want and click:

Here is the current CDC vaccine schedule for infants/children (0-6yrs):

Here is the CDC’s list of ingredients in vaccines:

Although I consider this absurdly restrictive, here is a basic adverse reaction list from the CDC:

Have you heard about Primary Immune Deficiency (PID)? PID is a contraindication for vaccination. Do you know the warning signs? Here's a helpful chart:

Here is another extremely reduced list from the CDC, sharing potential symptoms after vaccination. The primary point here is that the CDC acknowledges you can experience symptoms after vaccination:

Trying to figure out what to do for your individual child? Here's a calculator:

Are you ensuring the doctor is making individual, healthy decisions for your child's benefit? Here's a list of things to consider:

Come analyze the first vaccine a child receives (assuming you don't vaccinate during pregnancy):

And here are some studies (i.e. medical literature) to go with the HepB post:

Inside Vaccines breaks down the risks of the HepB vaccine in detail:

It's interesting to note that this family does not wage war against vaccines, but rather wants to give Ian a voice and encourage others to research vaccines:

Can you guess why America vaccinates babies with HepB?

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has a page on HepB:

Ah, Pertussis. It's not really fair for us to talk very long on that one. :) The Pertussis vaccine remains one of the weakest arguments in defense of vaccination. So I'll post a few links, starting with this one:

Funny situation, see, Sanofi Pasteur, the creators of a Pertussis vaccine, had a nice, bright page available to the public. They attempted to be legal, which I applaud, and noted that, "*It is unknown whether immunizing adolescents and adults against pertussis will reduce the risk of transmission to infants.3"

That appealing page is no longer on their website, but the wayback machine caught a screenshot for your viewing pleasure:

You know it's popular to pressure pregnant women into getting the Tdap vaccine during their pregnancy. Some doctors and reporters are even implying that if you get vaccinated during pregnancy, you'll transfer vaccine antibodies to the baby. And yet:

"Indirect evidence suggests that maternal antibodies provide short lived protection against fatal pertussis. It is hoped that the protection of young infants could be enhanced by maternal or neonatal vaccination. The possibility of protecting young infants against pertussis by immunizing their mothers during pregnancy was investigated in the 1930s and 1940s; no further studies have been published since."

If you dig around, you can actually find a lot of ideas on how to discourage Pertussis infection or treat it if you get it. But I like the photo on this one:

"The Sydney West Centre for Population Health investigated a confirmed pertussis infection in a health care worker on a maternity ward and identified pertussis infection in 4 neonates cared for by this case. This report describes the public health intervention to identify and prevent further cases. Of the 4 neonates, three were laboratory-confirmed cases and one was diagnosed on clinical grounds alone. All were cared for by the infected worker during only one shift and developed symptoms six to 16 days afterwards. No other possible source of infection was identified. This investigation highlights the need to maintain awareness, particularly amongst staff working with neonates, that pertussis infection can arise despite complete vaccination."

What about antibiotics for Pertussis? You have to pick and choose carefully:
“Children who received an antibiotic had a duration of cough 6 to 11 days longer and spasmodic cough 4 to 13 days longer than untreated patients.”

And it's important to weigh the risks and benefits. IS it worth it for YOUR child?

“AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: Antibiotics are effective in eliminating B. pertussis from patients with the disease, rendering them non-infectious, but do not alter the subsequent clinical course of the illness. There is insufficient evidence to determine the benefit of prophylactic treatment of pertussis contacts.”

Chickenpox and shingles. People have all kinds of ideas about that one. Here is the vaccine pamphlet, straight from Merck, which lists shingles as a reported side effect (herpes zoster):

Here is a good introduction to shingles from an authoritative source. Note that ANYONE, of ANY age, can develop shingles if they have been previously exposed to the virus from natural contraction or  been in contact with a vaccinated person, or from the vaccine itself.

Reactivation occurs due to being run down (or chronically ill for example) and from having low antibodies. What's concerning about vaccination is that it reduces normative lifelong exposure to the wild virus. Repeated exposure throughout life maintains proper antibody levels, which in turn prevents shingles.

What road have we taken?
"vaccine responses could potentially reduce concerns about duration of vaccine efficacy. These concerns are important because, if immunity were insufficient in adults, they might
be susceptible to more severe disease, and if immunity were insufficient in women who subsequently become pregnant, their children might be more susceptible to congenital varicella syndrome."”

A thorough review of the varicella vaccine and its safety profile:

”Chickenpox in the United Kingdom, where vaccination is not undertaken, has had a stable epidemiology for decades and is a routine childhood illness. Because of vaccination, chickenpox is now a rarity in the USA. In the UK vaccination is not done because introduction of a routine childhood vaccination might drive up the age at which those who are non-immune get the illness (chickenpox tends to be more severe the older you are), and the incidence of shingles may increase. The United Kingdom is waiting to see what happens in countries where vaccination is routine.”

”The results of a new study published in the October 1, 2003 issue of the European journal Vaccine indicate that a higher than expected number of shingles cases was reported among children with a previous history of chickenpox—approaching the incidence rate normally seen only in older adults. Results of the study suggest mass vaccination with varicella (chickenpox) vaccine may be responsible for this adverse effect.”

"Goldman's research supports that shingles, which results in three times as many deaths and five times the number of hospitalizations as chicken pox, is suppressed naturally by occasional contact with chicken pox."

What is serotype replacement? Some people discuss it and provide links to more discussions so you can learn more:

This article seems to show that scientists were worried about serotype replacement in 1992 but basically it was ignored:

Serotypes changing from vaccination:

Here's a mainstream link:
“A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections.”

"In France, despite a high rate of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine coverage, the number of cases of pneumococcal meningitis in children did not decline significantly between 2001–2002 (n = 264) and 2007–2008"

“Immunization with Prevnar after the known exposure has occurred is also not effective in preventing disease, since there is insufficient time for protective antibodies to develop to protect the vaccinated person”

More on Prevnar:

Tetanus. Seems almost everyone is truly terrified of Tetanus. So here's a few links. Mine:

Modern Alternative Mama analyzes Tetanus in the DTaP:

Mommypotamus puts out an excellent critique:

Here's a link for some DEEP reading. :O

When you're at the doctor's office, feeling the pressure, have you ever stopped to consider that the words coming out of your doctor's mouth aren't unique?

This site has vaccine forms and laws divided by state:

Sometimes the vaccine topic can make people feel as if their head is going in a thousand directions at once. Here is a little starter article for those who are new to the topic:

This site is extremely thorough. Get ready to learn a LOT about vaccine ingredients:

If you're looking for a different perspective in your newsfeed, check out Age of Autism:

Did you know Mothering Magazine has an entire forum dedicated to the vaccine topic:

"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."

"During January 1996–December 2004, 770 cases of invasive H. influenzae disease were reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (Springfield). The incidence of disease increased from 0.4 to 1.0 cases per 100,000 persons, including an increase of incidence in adults aged 65 years from 1.1 to 3.9 cases per 100,000 persons. Nontypeable H. influenzae disease accounted for the greatest proportion of cases (35.8%–61.5%) in all but 1 age group. The number of cases of invasive nontypeable H. influenzae disease increased by 657%, from a low of 7 cases in 1996 to a high of 53 cases in 2004"

"Phenotypes and genetic relatedness of invasive Haemophilus influenzae strains were evaluated from 1989 through 2001. Among 119 isolates, multidrug resistance decreased (from 50 to 0%), the level of H. influenzae serotype b (Hib) strains declined (from 81 to 16%), the level of noncapsulated strains rose (from 19 to 80%), and the first invasive H. influenzae serotype f strain was described."

What was the real reason for the spike in Hib cases?  What was changing in our culture?

"Furthermore, the potential risk of the vaccine exceeds the potential benefit. We compared a group that received four doses of the vaccine, a group that received one dose, and a group that was not vaccinated. The cumulative incidence of diabetes per 100 000 in the three groups receiving four, one, and no doses of the vaccine was 261, 237, and 207 at age 7 and 398, 376, and 340 at age 10 respectively.

Classen JB et al. Association between type 1 diabetes and Hib vaccine. BMJ 1999;319:1133."

Say hi to Max:

Say hi to Victoria:

What is your perception of families who choose to avoid vaccines?

Here's a common rebuttal: "Well, maybe vaccines aren't that important in the US, but the poor children in poor countries need them to live!"

What else might be saving people?

"Combining the administration of vitamin A supplements with immunization is an important part of this effort. Since 1987, WHO has advocated the routine administration of vitamin A with measles vaccine in countries where vitamin A deficiency is a problem. Great success and many millions of children have been reached by including vitamin A with National Immunization Days (NIDs) to eradicate polio. Providing immunization-linked high-dose supplementation to new mothers soon after delivery has provided a further benefit to young infants through enriched breast milk.

Provision of vitamin A supplements every four to six months is an inexpensive, quick, and effective way to improve vitamin A status and save children's lives. The Beaton Report concluded that all-cause mortality among children aged 6–59 months was reduced by 23% through vitamin A supplementation in areas where vitamin A deficiency was a public health problem. However, comprehensive control of vitamin A deficiency must include dietary improvement and food fortification in the long term."‎

More myths tackled by Modern Alternative Mama:

My favorite resource, especially when asked to cite "real" or "medical" sources is Inside Vaccines:

In 1986, a law was passed giving vaccine manufacturers "immunity" from lawsuits. This law was upheld in 2011. The only thing you can do if your child is injured or killed by vaccines is go to the special "court" set up by our government, file a case and hope you even make it to trial. Many times, the cases are settled, which means the documents are sealed and the family is prohibited from discussing the situation:

Since when is routinely injecting an unproven, for-profit product into a healthy child who is not ill and does not need treatment considered the right thing? It's time to change our perspective:

Phew, I can't imagine what would go through my mind if I opened my door to a vaccine offer!

Hmm, are you up for a dare?

When I told DH about this, he said it was like Aliens vs. Predators with our children in the middle:

Most of the vaccines on today's market don't contain thimerosal (ethyl mercury). But what replaced that mercury?

Don't let this become a booby trap! It was taken out of context in the headlines:

A guest post from VaxTruth.Org:

One of my all time favorites on Measles, by The Deedee as I call her lol. :D

More on aluminum:

Gaia Health takes on two hot topics:

"There is an association between contact allergy to aluminium and persistent subcutaneous nodules in children undergoing hyposensitization therapy."

A Canadian site, but lots of links to explore:

Hmm, interesting take here on aluminum and neurological harm:

"Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor
neuron degeneration"

Check out The Truth About Gardasil. There are thousands and thousands of girls being permanently harmed by this vaccine and it needs to stop!

""I am very excited to be joining Merck where I can help to expand access to vaccines around the world," added Gerberding, who will head up the company's $5 billion global vaccine business that includes shots to prevent chickenpox, cervical cancer and pneumonia."

I'm shocked to the core. :D

"After reviewing more than 40 clinical trials, it is clear that the performance of the vaccines in healthy adults is nothing to get excited about," Jefferson said. "On average, perhaps one adult out of a 100 vaccinated will get influenza symptoms compared to two out of 100 in the unvaccinated group..., we need to vaccinate 100 healthy adults to prevent one set of symptoms."

A remarkable study published in the Cochrane Libary found no evidence of benefit for influenza vaccinations and also noted that the vast majority of trials were inadequate. The authors stated that the only ones showing benefit were industry-funded. They also pointed out that the industry-funded studies were more likely to be published in the most prestigious journals...

“The continued public concern demonstrates the need for honesty in the communication of risks and benefits. The expulsion of families from medical practices for exercising their rights must be replaced by real dialogue and respect for informed consent. Those who question our dependence on fossil fuels are not labeled anti-car..."

Here is a quick reference list for many of the vaccine articles on my blog:


  1. Phenomenal post Guggie!!!
    Very thorough!! I am thankful FOR MY RIGHTS...that I can decide. This is heart breaking the terrible incidents that families have to endure. It also FRUSTRATES AND ANGERS ME...that Grandparents and In-Laws....lack RESPECT AND KNOWLEDGE.
    WE ARE THE PARENTS...WE GET TO MAKE THE DECISIONS! Congrats to the this is a gigantic step Forward in our Greedy Pharma World...