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Posted: 10/12/2014 1:59:01 PM | with 10 comments

 
by Barbara Loe Fisher
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In the Digital Age, infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola 1 are brought into our lives through our smart phones, tablets and laptops and we can easily access and quickly analyze the information we receive. As Americans get smarter and more savvy about how to sort through the kind of fear-based rhetoric that sells newspapers, we are able to better assess exactly what is going on with Ebola 2 3 in Africa and the U.S. and ask good questions about what we are seeing.4 5

Inquiring minds want to know the truth about why Ebola hemorrhagic fever has landed on American soil. Unfortunately, Congress 6 and officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),7 Departments of Defense (DOD) 8 9 and Homeland Security 10 are having a hard time coming up with answers that do not raise more questions. 11
 
Let’s review the brief timeline of what is being billed as “The Worst Ebola Outbreak Ever,” 12 that has prompted top US public health officials to warn that Ebola could become as widespread as HIV/AIDS 13 while pharmaceutical companies partnering with federal agencies are scrambling to fast track experimental Ebola vaccines to market. 14 15 16 17
 
Here is how a localized Ebola outbreak has been turned into a global public health emergency:
 
In the spring of 2014, the African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone report a surge in cases of Ebola, a highly contagious viral infection that starts with symptoms of fever, headache, muscle and stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, bruising and, in severe cases, progresses to bleeding from the nose, mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Between 25 and 90% of Ebola cases end in death and the current Africa-based outbreak is averaging a 40 to 50% case fatality rate. 18 19
 
In June and July, missionary workers in Africa repeatedly contact US health officials, warning that there is urgent need for an immediate response to the spread of Ebola. 20
 
By August 2, an American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia is flown from Liberia to Atlanta for treatment with an experimental drug (ZMapp) 21 22 and shows signs of improvement within 24 hours, eventually fully recovering.
 
Ten days later, the World Health Organization approves use of fast tracked experimental drugs and vaccines in humans after declaring Ebola an “international public health emergency.” 23
 
Eight days later, Liberian security forces violently clash with citizens trying to break out of a government-imposed quarantine that left panicked residents in a poor neighborhood without food or other supplies. 24
 
On September 2, NIH announces upcoming clinical trials using an experimental genetically engineered viral vectored vaccine co-developed by NIH and GlaxoSmithKline that will by-pass normal FDA licensing regulations for demonstrating safety and effectiveness. 25
 
Three days later, a third US missionary doctor working in Liberia is diagnosed with Ebola and flown to Nebraska for treatment, 26 as deaths in Africa reach 2,100 people out of about 4,000 thought to have been infected.
 
On September 16, the U.S. announces that Ebola is a national and global security threat and that at least 3,000 American military personnel will be sent to the capitol of Liberia to establish a regional military command and control center. 27 28
 
Two days later, the United Nations Security Council adopts a U.S.- developed resolution calling for a lifting of travel and border restrictions on citizens living in African nations where Ebola is widespread so that everyone can travel freely between countries, including into the U.S. 29
 
On September 20, a Liberian citizen infected with Ebola flies from Liberia to Texas and exposes family members after a Dallas hospital misdiagnoses his symptoms on Sept. 26 and sends him home. When he is diagnosed with Ebola two days later, public health officials fail to immediately employ appropriate infection control measures and children and adults in Dallas are put at risk for Ebola infection. 30
 
Ten days later, CDC officials hold a press conference and insist that the only way a person can transmit Ebola is when there is a fever and other symptoms of illness and the only way a person can become infected with Ebola is to have direct contact with body fluids of an infected person but that under no circumstances is Ebola airborne. Americans are assured that there will be no Ebola epidemic in this country because CDC officials are “stopping this in its tracks.“ 31
 
On October 2, a Missouri microbiologist and emergency trauma physician checks in at Atlanta’s airport wearing a Hazmat uniform with protective goggles, boots and gloves and a sign on his back declaring that  “The CDC is Lying” to protest non-existent infection control measures at airports and what he called a “sugar-coating of the risk of transmission” of Ebola, predicting the deadly infectious disease will consume every African nation and become epidemic in America. 32
 
On October 8, top disease control and Ebola infection experts publicly admit that scientists are not sure how Ebola is transmitted, admitting there is a possibility that Ebola could be transmitted through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and that an asymptomatic person without a fever may be able to infect others. The scientists also express concern that Ebola screening at airports targeting people with fevers could be ineffective because symptoms can be masked by taking Tylenol and other fever-reducing medications. 33
 
The next day, the House Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approves nearly $1 billion dollars in funding for the U.S. to “lead the international response to the Ebola outbreak.” 34
 
That same day, the first NIH-developed experimental Ebola vaccine starts being tested on humans in several African nations 35 while a U.S. public opinion poll reveals that the majority of Americans want a ban on incoming flights from Liberia and other countries where Ebola is rampant. By a 2 to 1 margin, Americans oppose sending American soldiers to those countries and 50% of Americans suspect there will be an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. 36
 
So here is what inquiring minds want to know: 
  • Why did U.S. health officials in Atlanta and on the ground in Africa ignore the exploding Ebola epidemic last spring?  
  • Why did U.S. government officials fly American aid workers infected with Ebola to the U.S. rather than treating them with experimental drugs at hospitals in Africa?
  • Why did the U.S. government press the United Nations to adopt a resolution calling for no restrictions on international travel from Liberia and other Ebola-stricken countries?  
  • Why did the Centers for Disease Control, supposedly the world’s leading infection control agency, fail to immediately assist Texas health officials when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed on US soil to guarantee that, at a minimum, the kind of infection control measures used in most nursing homes in America would be carried out?
  • Why has the Director of the CDC repeatedly stated that the only way a person can transmit Ebola is if they have a fever and said that people cannot get Ebola unless they have direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person - but that under no circumstances is Ebola airborne - when he knows, or should know, those statements could be false? 37 38 39 40 41 42
  • And why are experimental Ebola vaccines being fast tracked into human trials and promoted as the final solution rather than ramping up testing and production of the experimental ZMapp drug that has already saved the lives of several Ebola infected Americans? 
A logical conclusion is that some people in industry, government and the World Health Organization did not want the Ebola outbreak to be confined to several nations in Africa because that would fail to create a lucrative global market 43 44 for mandated use of fast tracked Ebola vaccines by every one of the seven billion human beings living on this planet.  
 
Will there be an Ebola outbreak in America?45 46 47 48 49 Ask the CDC, WHO, DOD, NIH and Congress.
 
Learn more about Ebola and Ebola vaccines and share pins from our Ebola Pinterest Board.
 
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice. 
 
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Posted: 10/6/2014 11:02:04 PM | with 1 comments

by Theresa Wrangham, Executive Director

NVIC has launched new online forums to give the public more access to vaccine information and make it easier to share personal vaccine experiences with others. While we continue to keep NVIC’s state vaccine law pages current and update information on the vaccines and diseases pages, we have also added a few new webpages to our website.
 
Legislators Often Unaware of Vaccine Failure
 
Vaccine Failure GraphicLike many parents living in states where the well- organized Pharma-Medical Trade lobby is attacking vaccine exemptions, I was active during this year’s legislative session in my home state of Colorado to protect the personal belief vaccine exemption. What became apparent during my many trips to the state Capitol to meet with Colorado legislators is that they were largely unaware that vaccines pose three specific risks; a risk of injury or death; a risk of failure to prevent disease; and also a risk for live virus vaccines to cause vaccine strain virus infection.
 
One of the major reasons why the personal belief exemption was protected in Colorado this year was that families used the NVIC Advocacy Portal and actively participated in educating legislators about the failure of the pertussis vaccine to prevent recent outbreaks of B. pertussis (whooping cough). The proposed legislation misled legislators by omitting information from the CDC and Colorado’s own vaccine targeted surveillance data, which showed that the majority of children who got pertussis were up to date on their vaccinations. Families in Colorado succeeded in not only educated their legislators, but defeated proposed mandatory vaccine education designed to restrict a parent’s ability to file and obtain a personal belief vaccine exemption.
 
Vaccine Failure Stories are Important
 
Some attenuated live virus vaccines like the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and varicella zoster (chickenpox) vaccines can cause vaccine strain viral infection in the vaccinated person or a close contact of the vaccinated person. There are published reports of vaccine strain infections after live virus vaccines have been administrated to children and adults for smallpox, polio (oral), measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, influenza (nasal spray), chickenpox (varicella zoster) and shingles (herpes zoster) vaccines.

Because of recent B. pertussis vaccine failures, NVIC has created a Vaccine Failure Wall on NVIC.org. It is an online forum for people to publicly report a vaccination’s failure to work as advertised, such as:
  • A vaccination that failed to prevent the disease the vaccine was supposed to prevent; or
  • In the case of a live virus vaccine, a vaccination that caused a vaccine strain virus infection in the vaccinated person or the vaccinated person transmitted a vaccine strain infection to someone else that made them sick. 
If you or someone you know has experienced a vaccine failure, please share your experience with others and help NVIC communicate important information about vaccination to the public. Publicly sharing these experiences will also help protect the human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination.
 
Learn more about vaccine failure and how to post to our Vaccine Failure Wall. You can also learn about other vaccine reporting options offered on NVIC.org such as reporting vaccine reactions or cases of vaccine choice harassment.
 
NVIC Launches Pinterest Boards
 
Many of our supporters love Pinterest and it wasn’t lost on us how many of you have been making wonderful pins all on your own! Thank you for your enthusiasm in helping NVIC reach the public with accurate, valuable vaccine information. We are joining in and have launched two Pinterest boards that we hope you will share with your family and friends.
 
Flu, Vaccine Product Inserts, School Vaccine Laws…OH MY!

Visit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)'s profile on Pinterest. 
Ok, it doesn’t roll off your tongue like Dorothy’s lions, tigers and bears line, but don’t you sometimes feel like you are in the land of OZ when it comes to getting truthful information about vaccines?
 
With the annual push by public officials for everyone to get their flu shot underway, our Influenza & Flu Shots board was a no brainer. It is a great place to start finding well-anchored information you can trust to make vaccine decisions for yourself and your family that you can also share with your friends. If you want to learn about what is in flu shots, how influenza is spread, or how to find vaccine product inserts  - this is your Pinterest board!
 
It’s no surprise that one of NVIC’s most popular webpage is the U.S. state vaccine law exemption map. Now it is yours for the pinning along with other school related pins we hope you find helpful. Check it out on our Vaccine Laws & Policies board.
 
We have just begun, so we hope you will join NVIC on Pinterest and start pinning! Our handle is NVICYourChoice. Happy pinning!

 

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Posted: 9/1/2014 1:44:37 PM | with 8 comments


by Barbara Loe Fisher

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 On Aug. 27, 2014 a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control 1 publicly admitted 2 that he and other CDC officials, including the current CDC’s Director of Immunization Safety, 3 4 published a study about MMR vaccine safety in 2004 5 that “omitted statistically significant information” and “did not follow the final study protocol. “ He said the study “omitted relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub group for a particular vaccine” and added that “there have always been recognized risks for vaccination” and “it is the responsibility for the CDC to properly convey [vaccine] risks.”
 
CDC: A History of Limiting Transparency
 
We couldn’t agree more. CDC officials should not be in the business of deliberately withholding information from the public about vaccine risks that may be greater for some children than other children. 6 Unfortunately, CDC officials have a long history of limiting transparency 7 8 and being less than honest with the American people about what it does and does not know about vaccine risks. 9 10
Last July, a RAND Corporation study commissioned and funded by DHHS was published proclaiming that vaccines “are very safe.” 11 What was not made clear to the public was that the study was designed and peer reviewed by high-level CDC officials, including the CDC’s Director of Immunization Safety. 12
 
This is a big problem for parents being ordered to give their children every government recommended vaccine – no exceptions and no questions asked. 13 14
 
NVIC Calls on Congress to Take Action on DHHS Conflicts of Interest
 
Today, the National Vaccine Information Center is renewing our call for oversight of vaccine safety to be removed from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 15
 
It is a conflict of interest for DHHS to be in charge of vaccine safety and also license vaccines, 16 and take money from drug companies to fast track vaccines, 17 and partner with drug companies to develop and share profits from vaccine sales, 18 and make national vaccine policies 19 that get turned into state vaccine laws 20 while also deciding which children will and will not get a vaccine injury compensation award. 21 22
 
That is too much power for one federal agency. That is putting the fox in charge of guarding the chicken coop.
 
Vaccination Can Cause Brain Inflammation and Injury
 
Especially when it has been known since the first vaccine for smallpox that vaccination can cause brain inflammation 23 24 25 26 27 and a wide spectrum of brain injury symptoms, like developmental delays and disabilities. 28  29 30
 
It is very telling that Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have declared that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” and completely shielded drug companies from vaccine injury lawsuits. 31 32 In America, if you or your child gets hurt by a vaccine, you can’t hold anyone who developed, regulated, recommended, marketed, mandated, administered or profits from the vaccine accountable in a civil court of law in front of a jury of your peers.
 
Parents Concerns About Vaccine Safety Legitimate
 
The recent statement by a CDC senior scientist admitting that vaccine risk data is being withheld from the public is just one more piece of evidence that parents’ questions and concerns about vaccine safety are legitimate.
 
Congress should act now and take vaccine safety monitoring away from DHHS.  
 
The health of our children is at stake.
 
Contact Your U.S. Senator and Representative
 
Contact your U.S. Senator and Representative today and tell them you want something done about conflicts of interest in the nation’s vaccination system. 33 34 If your child’s health has been harmed by vaccination, tell them about that too.
 
Go to NVIC.org and learn more about making informed vaccine decisions and protecting your informed consent rights.
 
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.
 
 

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Posted: 8/12/2014 10:19:06 PM | with 5 comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (DHHS) enlisted the help of a controversial corporate-funded think tank, RAND Corporation, to conduct a “systematic review of the literature” on the safety of federally recommended vaccines. Authors of the DHHS-funded RAND review concluded that “the evidence showed that vaccines are very safe” and serious vaccine reactions are “extremely rare.” The review, which was requested and funded by the National Program Office (NVPO) in the Office of the Secretary for Health through the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was published July 1, 2014 in Pediatrics, a journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
RAND/DHHS Vaccine “Safety” Report: Ignoring Evidence Gaps
 
An executive summary of the 750-page report prepared by RAND for AHRQ states that the report “will be used by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to identify the gaps in evidence.” The “evidence” used to write the report extended beyond peer- reviewed studies published in the medical literature and included data sources such as “Scientific Information Packets requested from vaccine manufacturers.”  
 
No Public Transparency or Diversity: Unlike reviews of vaccine safety science funded by DHHS and conducted by Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees, whose members are drawn from a diversified pool of experts and include public workshops to ensure transparency, RAND and DHHS did not hold public workshops. Instead, they confined their vaccine safety review to information controlled by industry and government.
 
In the DHHS-funded and RAND conducted vaccine safety review, 9 out of 10 study authors were employed by RAND, which has served primarily as a Department of Defense contractor since the corporation was founded in 1948. Among RAND’s many corporate and government funders are GlaxoSmithKline, a major vaccine manufacturer, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which partners with international vaccine corporations and is one of the leading funders and promoters of global mass vaccination programs.
 
National Media Campaign Fails to Disclose Conflicts of Interest
 
During the July 1, 2014 holiday week, DHHS and RAND spearheaded a national media campaign to promote the study’s “sweeping” conclusion that federally recommended vaccines are “very safe.” What the public did not know is that the vaccine safety review was significantly influenced by federal government officials with a big stake in finding no significant vaccine safety science gaps.
 
  • Of the seven members of the Technical Expert Panel assisting with design of the federally funded study, two are high ranking DHHS officials responsible for ensuring vaccine safety; two are employed by health care maintenance corporations that partner with DHHS to provide electronic patient medical records for DHHS to conduct vaccine safety studies; and one is an academic vaccine researcher with significant DHHS funding ties;
  • Of the four peer reviewers asked to review the federally funded study, two are DHHS employees (one is a high ranking CDC official responsible for ensuring vaccine safety) and one is a Department of Veteran Affairs employee;
  • A conflict of interest disclaimer for technical experts and peer reviewers of the report stated that those individuals “must disclose any financial conflicts of interest greater than $10,000 and any other relevant business or professional conflicts of interest. Because of their unique clinical or content expertise, individuals with potential nonfinancial conflicts of interest may be retained.” 
There was an interesting analysis published in The Daily Sheeple on July 2, 2014 analyzing media “spin” around the RAND/DHHS vaccine “safety” review.  
 
Future Vaccine Safety Research: Not Really a Priority
 
In the report’s conclusion, there is more than enough evidence to conclude that federal health officials have little intention of making vaccine safety science research a priority in the future so that biological high risk factors can be identified in order to identify and spare the lives of those more susceptible to vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths:
“Careful consideration should be given to the investigation of research gaps, including patient risk factors that may be associated with adverse events; however important factors must be taken into account when determining whether studies are warranted, including the severity and frequency of the adverse event being studied and the challenges of conducting sufficiently powered studies when investigating rare events.”
 
The DHHS/RAND review of vaccine safety science does nothing to reassure educated health care consumers that vaccine reactions are rare, that most federally recommended vaccines are safe for everyone and that there is no urgent need for additional vaccine safety research to be conducted.
 
AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment: Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States.
 
 
Maglione MA, Das L, Raaen L, Smith A, Chari R, Newberry S, Shanman R, Perry T, Goetz MB, Gidengil C. Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review.  Pediatrics July 1, 2014; 134:1-13.
 
 

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Posted: 8/12/2014 11:25:52 AM | with 6 comments


By Barbara Loe Fisher
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As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union,1 2 our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can’t get a public school education.3
 
No Shots, No School, No Exceptions
 
Over the past century, denial of a public school education has been used like a club by public health and medical trade officials demanding that state legislators enact “No Shots, No School, No Exceptions” vaccine laws.4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 In 1914, children had to get one dose of smallpox vaccine to go to school.13 In 2014, children entering kindergarten must get a minimum of 29 doses of 9 vaccines.14 Babies enrolled in daycare get even more vaccines.15
 
Medical Exemptions Rarely Granted
 
Parents in 48 states can file a religious or personal belief vaccine exemption but some states make those exemptions very hard to get.16 A medical exemption is allowed in all states but doctors rarely grant them to children anymore because almost all medical reasons for delaying or withholding a vaccine have been eliminated.17 18 19
 
Government and medical trade officials have narrowed medical contraindications to vaccination after Congress shielded doctors and vaccine manufacturers from vaccine injury lawsuits.20 Today, even children with severely compromised immune systems are given most vaccines.21
 
Doctors Practicing Authoritarian Medicine
 
Now that everybody is a candidate for vaccination all the time, liability free doctors have been given a green light to practice authoritarian medicine.22 23 24 Distraught parents are contacting NVIC and telling us that pediatricians are dismissing their child’s vaccine reactions as unimportant and refusing to make a report to the federal vaccine adverse events reporting system. Mothers describe how pediatricians are screaming at them if they decline a vaccination or simply ask for fewer shots to be given to their child on the same day.25
 
Recently, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics26 proclaimed publicly that he is justified in getting angry at and discriminating against parents disobeying his orders to give their children every federally recommended vaccine on schedule27 which, by the way, means 49 doses of 14 vaccines between day of birth and age 6 with 20 more doses of vaccines by age 18.28
 
Calling those parents “a public health menace” and comparing them to “substance abusers,” he refuses to treat their children. He said – QUOTE - “That person is a danger, not only to themselves but is a danger to society, a danger to other children in my practice, a danger to old people, a danger to everyone.”29
 
Pediatricians Exempt from Vaccine Injury Lawsuits
 
It is sad and frightening when doctors demonize and threaten parents making thoughtful medical risk decisions for their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics knows that vaccines carry serious risks for some children because AAP leaders successfully lobbied Congress to be exempt from vaccine injury lawsuits.30 31
 
Some People More Susceptible to Vaccine Reactions
 
But even if $3 billion dollars in federal vaccine injury compensation had not already been awarded to vaccine victims in America,32 and even if the Institute of Medicine had not published a series of reports confirming that vaccines can cause injury and death,33 34 35 36 37 everybody knows that people do not all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products38 like vaccines.
 
Each one of us is born with unique genes and a unique microbiome39 influenced by epigenetics,40 which affects how we respond to the different environments we live in. Some of us are more susceptible to vaccine complications.41 42 Public health officials have known this for a long, long time.43 44
  
Learn How to Identify Vaccine Reactions
 
With so many pediatricians denying vaccine risks and failures, it is even more important for parents to do their own research. If your child is getting back-to-school shots, you should know how to identify symptoms of a vaccine reaction. Once your child has had a vaccine reaction, revaccination may cause a more serious reaction.45 Plus, you only have two years to file a claim in the federal vaccine injury compensation program after a vaccine-related death or three years after a vaccine injury.46 47

A few of the more serious vaccine reaction symptoms are:
 
  • Convulsion or seizure symptoms include eyes fluttering and rolling back in the head; twitching, trembling, jerking, shaking or sudden rigidity of one or more parts of the body.53 54  55  56
  • High Fever between 103 and 105 degrees F. or more.48 49
  • High Pitched Screaming, also known as the encephalitic cry, is described as a shrill scream, shriek or wail that goes on for hours. Mothers often say they have never heard this type of crying before. Sometimes babies arch their backs while screaming, which can be a sign of brain inflammation.50
  • Collapse/Shock. The child may be pale, have bluish lips and suddenly go limp and appear to be unconscious.51 52
  • Excessive Sleepiness is when the child sleeps deeply without moving for hours after vaccination and does not respond to noise, touch or light and cannot be easily awakened to eat.57 58 59
  • Brain Inflammation, also called encephalitis or acute encephalopathy,has been recognized as a very serious complication of vaccination since the first vaccine for smallpox. Symptoms can include convulsions, high-pitched screaming, collapse, and hours of unconsciousness.60 61 62 63 64 65 66
  • Encephalopathy or chronic brain dysfunction can include physical and mental regression, dramatic personality and behavior changes, loss of muscle control, speech and other abilities, or the child may be unable to continue to meet developmental milestones.67 68 69 70 71
Vaccine Reactions May Take A Week or Longer to Appear
 
This is not a full list of vaccine reaction symptoms and there are other types of reactions affecting immune and brain function involving the skin,72 73 74 joints,75 76 blood77 78 and other parts of the body that can be warning signs a child may be sensitive to one or more vaccines. Some reactions develop within hours of vaccination while others, like convulsions following MMR vaccination, can take a week or more to appear.79
 
Review Vaccine Manufacturer Information & Vaccine Ingredients
 
Before vaccination, read the vaccine manufacturer’s product inserts so you are aware of the types of serious health problems reported in pre-licensure clinical trials and during post-marketing surveillance.80 Take a look at vaccine ingredients as well, because some children are allergic to antibiotics, gelatin, MSG, Thimerosal, yeast, egg protein and other vaccine ingredients.81 82
 
Vaccine Immunity Not Permanent: Pertussis Vaccine Failures
 
Parents also need to know that vaccine acquired immunity is not permanent and fully vaccinated children can still get and transmit infectious diseases.83 Vaccine failures and waning immunity is a real problem for vaccines like B. pertussis,84 85 also known as whooping cough. The FDA reported last year that vaccinated persons still can be infected with and transmit pertussis, sometimes without even showing any symptoms.86 The majority of children in many pertussis outbreaks have been vaccinated.87 88
 
Learn Symptoms of Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
 
Signs of B. pertussis whooping cough range from a low fever, loss of appetite and a mild cough to violent paroxysmal coughing with choking and vomiting of large amounts of sticky mucus for many weeks.89 Small infants can suffer brain damage or die from pertussis if they cannot clear mucus clogging their airways.90
 
Understanding vaccine risks and failures is a vital part of conscious parenting today.
 
Ask 8 Questions Before Vaccination
 
At NVIC.org: 
  • You can find well-referenced information about vaccines and diseases, including vaccine manufacturer product inserts, and a brochure that lists 8 questions you should ask yourself before your child is vaccinated;
  • You can review vaccine reaction reports made to the federal vaccine adverse events reporting system.
  • You can read testimonials on the Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall by Americans describing how they are being persecuted when they try to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination for themselves and their children.
  • You can signup for the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal and work to secure informed consent protections in your state’s vaccine laws. 
It is really important to find an intelligent, enlightened doctor you can trust, who treats you with respect and your child with compassion. Plan to spend at least as much time empowering yourself with information and carefully thinking about vaccines and diseases as you do when you buy a new car or a new home.
 
It’s your health.  Your family.  Your choice.
 
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