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The Smallpox Vaccine Was No Silver Bullet

Posted: 6/12/2017 5:35:29 PM | with 0 comments

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Vaccine science has not changed much in the 221 years since physician Edward Jenner first injected a healthy 8 year-old boy with cowpox and smallpox, and then revaccinated him 20 more times. Jenner even injected his own 11-month old son at least twice with the virus. When neither contracted smallpox, Jenner concluded that cowpox provided protection from smallpox, and it is on this basis that the entire field of vaccination rests. That Jenner’s son had a bad reaction and showed signs of “mild mental retardation”, and that both boys died of tuberculosis at ages 20 and 21 respectively, is often overlooked.

There remains an inflexible insistence that we accept Jenner’s 18th century science as “settled science” even though there is more than enough 19th, 20th, and 21st century science to question the universal assumption that Jenner got it right. There is an abundance of historical data that shows the smallpox vaccine and laws requiring smallpox vaccination was not the “silver bullet” that many believe was solely responsible for saving the world from smallpox. 

The city of Leisester, England, serves as an example of a highly vaccinated community that suffered a severe outbreak of smallpox, but only succeeded in controlling the disease when they replaced vaccination with a system of containment through rapid notification and voluntary quarantine. The surveillance and containment strategy has proved effective in controlling smallpox outbreaks elsewhere, yet it is almost impossible to budge public health officials and doctors from clinging to the vaccine paradigm, thus leaving us locked into an 18th century mindset.

Read the full article, “The Smallpox Vaccine Was No Silver Bullet” by TVR Editor Marco Cáceres in the NVIC’s online newspaper, The Vaccine Reaction

Learn more about smallpox, the smallpox vaccine, smallpox as a bioweapon, and ethical and legal considerations of forced vaccination in the comprehensive and well-referenced A Special Report on Smallpox and Forced Vaccination: What Every American Needs to Know by Barbara Loe Fisher.

Learn more about adverse events reported to VAERS in connection with smallpox vaccines, and to access NVIC special reports related to smallpox.

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Posted: 6/12/2017 5:35:29 PM | with 0 comments


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