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Vaccinations

vaccinehealthblack 210x131 Doctors Now Firing Patients Who Reject Vaccination

For many years government and health officials have been trying to push vaccination on the people. While childhood vaccine exemption rateshave been increasing, we have been seeing an overall increase in the amount of people receiving the flu shot each year. There have even been numerous occasions where legislators and others have called for mandatory vaccinations that could affect health care workers in particular. In fact, many pediatricians are so angry with their patients who refuse vaccination that they are ‘firing’  patients and their families, refusing to play their role as doctor.

The routine administration of vaccinations continues to be a subject of controversy in the United States, as well as throughout the world. Parents who want the best for their babies and children continue to be faced with decisions that they fear could harm their children if made incorrectly. The controversy over the potential harm of vaccinating, or of not vaccinating, will not be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties anytime soon, if ever. This brief report aims to offer some practical information to pediatricians and parents alike who want the best long-term health for their patients and children, regardless of their sentiments on the topic of vaccination in general.

While there seems to be a great deal of controversy over how frequently a vaccination might result in a negative outcome, there is little controversy that at least some of the time vaccines do cause damage. The question that then emerges is whether something can be done to minimize, if not eliminate, the infliction of such damage, however infrequently it may occur.

NVIC Issues Call to Action to Defend Informed Consent Rights

There is a serious threat to the philosophical exemption to vaccination in Vermont. Two bills (S.199 and H. 527) backed by 15 legislators in the Vermont state House and Senate propose to eliminate the philosophical exemption to vaccination for children attending school or college.
 
Vermont – The Healthiest State!
 
Vermont is one of 18 states in the U.S. that allows a philosophical, personal or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination. Vermont is ranked first as the “healthiest” state, according to America’s Health Rankings and has a low infectious disease rate. States that currently have a philosophical/conscientious belief exemption are: CA, ID, WA, MI, UT, AZ, MN, WI, OH, CO, NM, ND, OK, TX, AR, LA, ME and VT.
 
Pharma/Medical Trade Lobby Moving Fast
 
“We know that the Pharma/Medical Trade Association lobby is planning to mount an all-out effort this year to persuade state legislators to strip philosophical/conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination from state public health laws. NVIC is calling on all concerned citizens and organizations in the state of Vermont – and every state – to get involved and take action to protect the right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in America,” said NVIC co-founder and president, Barbara Loe Fisher.
 
Free NVIC Advocacy Portal Connects People & Legislators

NVIC’s free, online Advocacy Portal informs citizens in real-time about legislative attacks on vaccine exemptions and puts Portal users in immediate contact with their own legislators with a touch of a keypad or cell phone screen. Portal users receive Action Alerts notifying them of bills threatening vaccine exemptions moving in their states, as well as tips on how to talk to legislators and be pro-active in making sure elected officials understand their concerns. The Portal was designed with this personalized approach because a personal letter, email, phone call or visit from a constituent is taken more seriously by a legislator and is the most effective way to get their attention.

Protect Your Informed Consent Rights!

“It just takes minutes of your time to send letters, emails, and phone calls to your state legislators so you can protect your informed consent rights,” said NVIC State Advocacy Director, Dawn Richardson, who designed and manages the unique online online communications network. “It can have a big impact on whether you will be able to make vaccine choices in your state. We have to go all-out this year because those trying to take exemptions away are politically powerful and have unlimited financial resources.”
Nationwide, there are about 20,000 users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal, which protects the privacy of users. The Portal was launched in November 2010 in response to aggressive, well-funded attempts by Pharma lobbyists to get Gardasil and other newly licensed vaccines added to state mandates, as well as to counter attacks by Pharma-funded medical trade organizations, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, lobbying to take away philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination.

Medical Exemptions Refused, Children Put At Risk

The philosophical/conscientious belief exemption is especially important to preserve for families with histories of vaccine reactions, severe allergies and immune or brain disorders. Few doctors will write a medical exemption in America today because they must adhere to very narrow federal (CDC) guidelines defining what constitutes a medical reason to avoid vaccination rather than being allowed to make individual professional determinations about how to protect their patient’s health.
 
CDC’s one-size-fits-all recommendations for children to use 69 doses of 16 vaccines fail to recognize or respect increased individual susceptibility to vaccine adverse responses for genetic and other biological reasons. Individual susceptibility was acknowledged by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the 2011 report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. The IOM found that, out of 158 serious brain and immune system disorders reportedly associated with eight different commonly used vaccines, there were either no studies or too few methodologically sound studies to make a causation determination either way for 135 (85%) of them.
 
NVIC continues to get many reports that sick and disabled children and adult health care workers with histories of vaccine reactions are being forced to get re-vaccinated because doctors refuse to write medical exemptions. Some of these reports on posted on NVIC’s Vaccine Freedom Wall.

Pharma/Medical Lobby Moving Fast

Last year, the wealthy Pharma/Medical Trade lobby persuaded state legislators in Washington state to pass a law requiring parents to obtain the signature of an M.D. or other state designated health care professional in order to file a philosophical or religious belief exemption to vaccination. The same politically powerful lobby persuaded legislators in California to pass a law allowing children as young as 12 years old to be vaccinated with Gardasil and hepatitis B vaccines and all future vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases, without the knowledge or informed consent of their parents.

Pharma and Doctors Have No Liability

What many legislators may not know is that vaccine manufacturers, as well as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other vaccine administrators, are completely shielded by Congress from civil liability when children or adults injured or die after vaccination. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court said that pharmaceutical corporations have no liability even if they could have made a safer vaccine.

Register Now For NVIC Advocacy Portal

Registering to use NVIC’s Advocacy Portal is quick, easy and free! To become a user, click here and take action to protect vaccine freedom in your state. To learn more, read a summary of NVIC Advocacy Portal activities in 2011 and plans for 2012. 


NVIC Defends Health Worker’s Informed Consent Rights
Federal Committee Recommends Forced Flu Vaccination
  
In a strongly worded statement, NVIC’s president and executive director outlined reasons for opposing draft recommendations by a National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) subcommittee that would allow employers to force U.S. health care workers to get annual flu shots without their voluntary, informed consent or be fired: “NVIC does not support these recommendations or any coercive government or employment policy, which condones the use of harassment and threat of denial of employment or job dismissal as a club to force health care workers with medical, religious or conscientious belief objections to get annual flu shots.”
 
Influenza Vaccine Not Most Effective, Safe Flu Prevention Method
 
NVIC’s statement to NVAC contains referenced information about the lack of scientific evidence that influenza vaccine is the most effective and safe way to prevent influenza, including in medical settings. NVIC also pointed out that a majority of polled subcommittee members personally supported either no influenza vaccine requirements or the inclusion of medical, religious and philosophical exemptions.

Read NVIC’s statement opposing flu shot mandates for health care workers with live links to referenced information.
 
If you have been harassed or threatened for making independent vaccine choices, consider posting a report on NVIC’s Vaccine Freedom Wall.
 
In the News

New Thriller Novel Spotlights Vaccine Safety Debate - Vaccine Nation, by best selling thriller author, David Lender, is a new, fast-paced action novel that dramatizes the national debate over vaccine safety. Now available in both E-book, paperback and audio through Amazon, the book brings to life the crisis of trust haunting America’s one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination program. In the tradition of Six Days of the Condor and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, it both entertains and makes you think. Even though the characters are fictional, the storyline involving drug companies protected from liability and doctors covering up vaccine injuries rings true.

Author David Lender drew from his 25-year experience on Wall Street and the knowledge of his wife, Manette Loudon, who was a director/producer for the 2008 documentary film, Vaccine Nation. Lender lists NVIC in the book’s Acknowledgements as among the information sources he relied upon for facts to anchor points made by the novel’s characters about why vaccines and vaccine policies are not nearly safe enough. In a recent online interview David talks about his reasons for writing a page-turning thriller that is both thought-provoking and fun to read.
 
Dr. Oz Interviews Dr. Mercola & Agree to Disagree - In a free-ranging interview that featured topics including the safety and effectiveness of statins, anti-depressants, tanning beds and flu shots, on his Jan. 4 ABC-TV show Dr. Mehmet Oz introduced Dr. Joseph Mercola as one of America’s “most controversial” doctors. Dr. Mercola, who founded one of the largest health websites on the internet and urges people to “take control” of their health, talks about how high levels of vitamin D are essential to staying well and why the influenza vaccine is not the most effective or safe way to prevent the flu. Since 2008, Mercola.com and NVIC have partnered to publish written and video information about health and vaccination for the public.
 
Can B Vitamins Boost Your Memory? -  Older adults who took vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements for two years had greater improvements on short- and long-term memory tests than adults who did not take the vitamins, according to the results of a new study from Australia.?The benefits were modest, but encouraging, indicating that the vitamins "may have an important role in promoting healthy ageing and mental wellbeing, as well as sustaining good cognitive functioning for longer on a community-wide scale," Janine Walker, the lead author of the study and a researcher at Australian National University, told Reuters Health. Kerry Grens, Reuters/Huffington Post, Jan. 6.

 

Is any doubt left about whether US vaccine recommendations are excessive?  This wretched recommendation will surely expel the last doubt.  Universal vaccination for boys with a vaccine whose efficacy, safety and duration of effect are unknown, is being recommended for --  can you believe it? -- genital warts!  Okay, rarely the warts lead to penile, oropharyngeal and anal cancers.  When was the last time you heard of somebody with one of those?  CDC says there are 7,000 cases/year in males of HPV-associated cancers... or one per 22,000 males per year.  The number needed to treat to prevent one cancer is huge.  At $360/ 3 dose course the cost is wildly high per life saved.  And don't forget the boosters.

But that is not the way to think about it.  Instead, think of HPV vaccine as if it were a drug for smallpox...or an anthrax vaccine.  The goal is NOT to improve health.  (If you wanted to improve health cheaply, you could give out fish oil pills to those at risk for heart disease and get orders of magnitude more bang for the buck.)

No:  the goal is to spend oodles of taxpayer dollars on a product whose maker has scratched the back of government.  The goal is to transfer funds from the 99% to Merck, and the boys of America are simply a delivery system for doing so.

Okay, now you get it.  Is it any surprise that retired Colonel John Grabenstein, who honed his skills rewriting science to force anthrax vaccine into the arms of 2 million soldiers, is now reaping the rewards at Merck Vaccine, shoving HPV into our schoolkids?

Starting at age 9, according to the vaccine license, boys can receive this panacea that caused so many problems for girls.  Quick, grab those boys, before someone notices that wizard behind the curtain.

From the Times:

Federal health officials recommended on Thursday that all boys be routinely vaccinated against infection with human papillomavirus, or HPV. Since 2006, the vaccine has been recommended for girls and young women, largely because HPV infection can cause cervical cancer. But the vaccine also protects against genital warts in men and women, and lowers the risk of developing head, neck and anal cancers. In a new immunization schedule published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionrecommended vaccinations for boys aged 11 to 12 and catch-up vaccinations for those aged 13 to 21. Its recommendations are routinely followed by doctors and used to establish insurance coverage.
Article provided by www.TheOneClickGroup.co.uk

Is it wise to have the flu vaccine, or Tamiflu, or would you get better protection just from taking vitamin D? Having a vaccine should be a matter of personal choice; we don't think that government or insurance companies or medical societies should be telling you what to do. If you're bothering to read this then you're clearly smart enough to make your own decisions about your own health. While you are deciding, here is a second opinion.

So What About Vaccines?

A major review appeared in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases (1) in October (principal author Prof. Michael Osterholm, a respected researcher into infectious diseases). The paper, which found only 31 studies worthy of inclusion out of a massive 5,700 screened, concluded that there was only good evidence for moderate flu vaccine efficacy in healthy adults, and no real evidence of protection in those over 65 years, or for that matter in children. Of course it is the elderly, and particularly the frail elderly, that doctors are more concerned about - and in whom 90% of flu cases occur - and there was no evidence that flu vaccine prevents flu infection in this group.

Let's do that again; after nearly 6,000 studies of all sorts, there is no good evidence that flu vaccine prevents flu in its main target population.

The pooled effect in those healthy adults, aged 18 to 65, is reported as 57%, which means the vaccine roughly halves your chances of getting flu. What is well known about placebo effects can account for most of that 57% effect. If you know you've had a shot for the flu you think you're invincible. But since the chance of getting flu in that age group was less than 3% to begin with, that's really only about a 11/2 percent reduction. Rounding the figures off, if you're a healthy adult, the flu vaccine will reduce your risk of actually getting the flu from 1 in 36 to 1 in 83. These are figures that are not offered in any of these studies.

Then of course, this all happens at a price. Whatever you may have heard, there is no such thing as a medication without the risk of side-effects. In vaccines that risk can also come from the adjuvants. A vaccine is a small dose of an organism plus adjuvants - chemicals that are irritants to the immune system and trigger it to react to the organism part. Without adjuvants vaccines generally won't work. Popular adjuvants include the antibiotic gentamicin (too much of which can make you deaf), aluminum compounds (which probably contribute to Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases) (2), and the mercury antiseptic, thiomersal/thimerosal (long known to be toxic and recently suspected in autism) - after all, they have to be toxic to work as adjuvants. Fluarix, one of the main brands of flu vaccine in the USA and UK, is stated by the manufacturers to contain both gentamicin and thimerosal.

We also used to think that flu vaccine prevented deaths from flu to a significant extent, even if it didn't prevent overt infection - until we realized there was a major artifact at work. This is known as the healthy vaccine recipient effect, and the clue is in the name; a frail elderly person is much less likely to get down to their GP to have the vaccine than is a fit elderly person, who by the way is more likely to eat and live well, take vitamins and so on, and so has better resistance to viruses anyway.

What Osterholm and colleagues concluded, citing a couple of Californian studies, is that flu vaccine reduced all-cause mortality in those over 65 by a mere 4.6%. Is that worth the risk of adverse effects? That's the choice you have to make but now you can make it knowing these facts.

Tamiflu

So if the vaccine can't prevent you from getting the flu, how about Tamiflu (oseltamivir)? Well, it reduces the duration of flu symptoms by 1 to 11/2 days, and can give you other unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, and serious brain-fog ("I couldn't think past a comma"), even according to the official website (3). But recently we became aware of another problem with Tamiflu; basically, the whole planet is starting to become resistant to it - already - as shown in the next new paper (4), actually a PhD dissertation at the University of Uppsala. Here's how it works; Tamiflu is excreted largely unchanged by patients, and is barely affected by sewage treatment. So the drug enters the waterways, as was shown during a flu outbreak in Japan, where ducks, the natural reservoir for the virus, can pick it up. And when this happens, the virus can probably (which means that so far it has happened in a lab experiment) develop resistance to Tamiflu.

So Tamiflu, which governments were stockpiling and then handing out like candy in the last big flu outbreak, may already be on the fast track past its Sell By date. We've been here before, with overuse of antibiotics leading to seriously resistant hospital bugs like MRSA. But that took decades. We've managed to squander this resource much faster, and it shows that we live on a small planet - and there's nowhere left to hide our waste. Everywhere is our doorstep now.

Vitamin D

Nobody could accuse us of overusing vitamin D. To begin with, we are almost all deficient, both in Northern Europe and the northern half of the USA (5). The final paper in this year's crop (6) shows that the higher your blood level of vitamin D the lower your risk of catching flu, or respiratory infections in general.

The study found this to be true up to a vitamin D blood level over 100 nmol/L, which we used to think was excessive. But nowadays we don't; the D*Action ( http://www.grassrootshealth.org/daction/index.php ) group located in San Diego have shown that you need to get even higher, above 125 nmol/L, in order to minimize your risk of developing most cancers, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases (7). Chances are the same applies to flu and chest infections. The problem is finding people with that high a vitamin D level to study them; D*Action found that it takes 9,600 IU per day of vitamin D by mouth to reliably get people above 100nmol/L (specifically, to get 97.5% of people there).

In the new UK study those with the highest vitamin D level - over 100 nmol/L - had about 50% the risk of getting respiratory infections of those with the lowest level - below 25nmol/L, which is truly deficient. All the subjects were Caucasians living in the UK, and you might expect that fair-skinned people would have a higher level of vitamin D, but this turns out not to be so - according to a 2009 study, again in the UK (8), Caucasian women have a slightly worse level of vitamin D than darker-skinned ones - no doubt because they heed the health warnings about skin cancer (now that's a story for another time). They didn't ask whether the subjects took any supplements, which could have made an even greater difference; a previous study in African-American women (9) found that a supplement of 800 IU per day of vitamin D reduced, and 2000 IU effectively wiped out, the risk of winter flu (see the chart below).

This was partly confirmed by a randomized controlled trial in Japanese schoolchildren which showed that 1200 IU reduced the incidence of confirmed influenza by 40% (10), and study at Yale which found that people with a serum vitamin D level over 38ng/ml (equivalent to 95 nmol/L, very close to the 100nmol/L used in the UK study) had half the chance of catching acute respiratory infections (11).

Graph: Vitamin D Levels

Before we get bogged down in the numbers, this is how I see it; if you live north of New York or Madrid you're unlikely to have enough vitamin D in your system. You can improve that somewhat with diet, but with supplements you can probably make almost 100% certain (96% in fact) that you don't get flu. How much vitamin D? At least 5,000 IU for an adult, and 10,000 is completely safe (or better still get it from sunlight - take a sunshine break now!). And if you do choose to have the vaccine, vitamin D might even make it work better (12).

OMNS is not specifically anti-vaccine, but we are very pro-personal choice; you can read our previous posting on this topic. (13) Get the facts, make up your own mind. Don't accept coercion or baloney from governments. As Vera Hassner Sharav said, "Public health officials on both sides of the Atlantic have lost the public trust because they have been in league with vaccine manufacturers in denying that safety problems exist."

Vaccines are a valuable asset and we shouldn't squander them the way we did antibiotics. You're not going to turn down rabies vaccine if you need it. But, equally, why ignore a gift of nature such as vitamin D?

 

References:

(To find a reference by PMID number, type or paste the number into the "Search" box at the top of http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez )

1. PMID: 22032844, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=22032844

2. PMID: 21568886, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21568886

3. http://www.tamiflu.com/hcp/influenza-treatment.aspx

4. http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:453789

5. http://www.sunarc.org and also http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/infections-and-autoimmunity/influenza/

6. PMID: 21736791, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21736791

7. http://www.grassrootshealth.net/

8. PMID: 19649299, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=19649299

9. PMID: 16959053, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=16959053

10. PMID: 20219962, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20219962

11. PMID: 20559424, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20559424

12. PMID: 18298852, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=18298852

13. http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n02.shtml

 

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. (USA), Editor and contact person. Email: