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IOM Issues Report on Safety of the Child Vaccine Schedule: When Will the Real Science Begin?

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published January 16, 2013 in Science

Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine issued a report The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies. The report was based on a 12-month evaluation by an IOM committee of the scientific evidence supporting the federally recommended child vaccine schedule. The Committee made recommendations about the feasibility of conducting research to evaluate the health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and those following an alternative vaccine schedule.

Good News and Bad News

There is good news and bad news in this report. Good news: the committee repeatedly pointed out the astonishing lack of quality scientific studies to support the safety of the CDC-recommended numbers of doses and timing of vaccinations for children 0 to 6 years old in the child vaccine schedule. The committee confirmed there are large knowledge gaps, especially about children with increased biological susceptibility to suffering vaccine reactions and injuries.
Bad news: The committee’s recommendation is that the CDC should conduct future vaccine safety studies using closed patient databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), which unfortunately prevent independent replication of the findings. For more than two decades, NVIC has called for independent vaccine safety research by investigators without industry or government conflicts of interest.

NVIC’s Press Release: Call for Transparency

NVIC issued a press release last night that calls for transparency, independence and replication in future vaccine safety research to examine the safety of the child vaccine schedule. The outstanding question every parent wants to answered remains: When will the real vaccine safety science conducted by researchers without industry or government conflicts of interest begin?

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20 Responses to "IOM Issues Report on Safety of the Child Vaccine Schedule: When Will the Real Science Begin?"
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/17/2013 12:56:04 PM
I think going back to a more "old fashioned" schedule like they did years ago of staggering vaccines as well as waiting until children are older was safer. I also think letting children get the mumps and measles gave us a natural immunity and the MMR vaccine is too invasive on the immune system. Regarding mandatory vaccines, people need to make their voices heard loud and clear that this flies in the face of taking away our personal liberties. Nurses and doctors and health care workers have worked for decades helping people - without requiring that they be vaccinated.
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Diane Riefenhauser
Posted: 1/17/2013 1:42:58 PM
Its about time that studies will be done to determine the health of vaccinated children vs. non vaccinated children. I stopped vaccinating my 4 children after 2 of them had a seizure after the DPT shot that the medical community refused to recognize.I had to get a lawyer to get a religious exemption and was treated like I was crazy by the medical and school community. That was 15 years ago. After I stopped vaccinating them my visits to the doctor for colds and flu and various viruses went to zero visits for all of them. My children are in their late teens and early twenties now. They rarely even get a cold or cough and if they do it is for a very short period. I know that their immune systems are stronger because I stopped vaccinating when they were young.I am glad there is hope for the future of my grandchildren.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/17/2013 2:01:04 PM
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/17/2013 4:23:18 PM
The government will never do an accurate study between vaccinated and non vaccinated children. Neither will the companies that make it. Job security man, keep em sick! Our three non vaccinated grand kids are never sick, they are socially well adjusted, don't have out busted, and are like kids used to be 20 years ago, before they became and experiment. Sad, but true. Get used to the idea of everyone thinking your crazy for not going along with them.....your kids will thank you later.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/17/2013 5:48:40 PM
My kids (11 and 14) were never vaccinated and boy am I glad! They both have really strong constitutions and are smart thinkers with good focus. They play tons of sports and they rarely get sick. If and when they do it is short lived for sure. I'm sure not vaccinating was one of the best things I've done for them and has contributed to their good health. However, I also feed them a mostly organic diet, low in sugar, and they take vitamins and get good sleep. The basic premise is put in your body only things that make it stronger. I'm sorry but mercury, aluminum, foreign DNA/animal tissue, formaldehyde, and other carcinogens and neurotoxins simply don't make the cut for something I would inject into myself or my baby!
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/17/2013 7:50:03 PM
Thank you so much, NVIC and Ms. Fisher. I am SO grateful for the professional, balanced, evidence based approach you have taken to give voice to the many thousands of us who have seen the dangers of following medical recommendations blindly. I have three children two in their twenties, and a son under ten. I have chosen through constant and extensive research, to vaccinate none of them. They have never been seriously ill, had less than 5 ear infections among them, and happen to all be in the 99 percentile for academic testing as well as gifted athletes. I know not vaccinating my children did not magically make them smart and physically capable. However, I also know they have been exposed through their college travels in South America, Europe, and Panama to a number of diseases (and not to forget the US and also work with zoo animals). I am convinced their immune systems are stronger than if I had chosen to vaccinate them as children. I am evaluating constantly, and the more I read, the less confident I am that vaccinations benefit us. After all I have researched, I have yet, as a PhD myself, to fully understand how they keep us safe or how the immune system works. NVIC has discussed validity issues with such concepts as herd immunity, everyone is physiologically equal, and severe conflicts of interest in the science presented in support of vccination. I am eternally grateful for this organization and am committed to donating regularly!
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Josemar G. Mendes
Posted: 1/17/2013 8:05:17 PM
They will never do the right thing, because they have no compromise with truth. Their compromise is with their ability to make money and stay in control of people opinion.
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Monika Boyd
Posted: 1/17/2013 11:22:11 PM
All I can say is, my first child, that had a lot of vaccines ( because I was not educated enough) has a much weaker immune system than my second one. Even though my first child is eating much healthier. Coincidence?
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Edwin Hofmann-Smith
Posted: 1/18/2013 11:44:42 AM
The drug company bias is obvious. They can't be trusted to do the relevant research. The government's bias is not so obvious, but it is strong. How can we convince the government to fund the needed studies? We need independent research, and preferably independently funded. Thank you, thank you NVIC for your work.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/18/2013 1:18:30 PM
I appreciated all of your great comments above. I agree that we don't have scientific proof that adequately assures that vaccination is a choice that improves the health of children. The vaccination program has also duped a generation of parents into thinking that drugs are a viable approach to prevention, and lessened the perceived validity of the true preventative tools that we have access to: nutrition, exercise, sleep, healthy emotional relationships, etc. Of my children, only one received vaccinations. She suffered with repeated inner ear infections, flu, and colds. The other children had much different childhood health histories. They have largely been disease free and when they are ill it is generally short lived. Parenting a large family for two decades has given me ample proof that when one gets sick it usually follows a holiday where sugar has been consumed in larger quantity or an emotionally stressful time, or when their sleep has been disrupted significantly. Accurate testing of health and safety of vaccination must consider these factors. We are, after all, complex organisms. There is no such thing as an "on/off" switch bestowed by vaccination that will prevent disease.
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G. Ed. Browning, Ph,D.
Posted: 1/21/2013 2:29:38 PM
The postulates of Edward Jenner have never been verified. Neither the medical industry nor the pharma industry, nor the USGovernment will permit a genuine verification of Jenner´s postulates, as none were accurate. The fraud of "vaccination" would be publicly revealed, lawsuits would skyrocket and hundreds of thousands of jobs in "medicine and pharma" would disappear. The term "vaccination" is in itself a non sequitur. Vaccination is intended to replace immunization, which does not and will never occur. Immunization is a natural process that results from an infection that the body overcomes via the immune system and often fever. Vaccination is the injection of an unnatural mixture of infectious material into the body that poisons the body, always creates some level of illness, often neural damage, increasingly brain dysfunction, partial paralysis, and sometimes causing death.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/22/2013 2:14:23 PM
There is bias from both sides. This IOM report as best I can tell is a review of the literature and recomendations from what is available. Unfortunately all the "I think/I feel" statements are not valid when doing research. I have vaccinated all 4 of my children fully and could say the same thing that all others are saying about health. They typically get none to a few colds that are short lived. Of course getting the illness confers better immunity than a vaccine, but the risk to my child of say meningitis from pneumococcus or HIB is much greater than the risk of the vaccine based on all the data I read. Please read from both sides of the discussion. My guess is most pediatricians are not trying to harm your child.
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/9/2013 12:45:32 PM
My Danish mother chose not to have me vaccinated as a baby/child, believing her breast milk would pass on her acquired immunities to me. She likened the vaccination schedule for children in the US to that "of puppies." I only recently learned she falsified the "date of vaccination" on my Health Dept. vaccination card so I could get into school, i.e., She wrote it in herself - this was pre-computer database. This is all anecdotal evidence of course, but I was an extremely healthy baby/child: no colds, no flus, no ear infections, no tonsillitis, etc. I'm 37 now, and this level of natural "immunity" has generally been the case in adulthood as well (I also heal from skin wounds amazingly fast - perhaps related?) As a restaurant worker, I did partake of Hep A vaccines being offered during an outbreak in my city, and I was also obliged to get the MMR and meningitis vaccines upon entering college (by that point, I was 22.) I do believe staying current on tetanus shots is important. I've been a teacher in an urban school for six years now - for the past four years, first grade and Kindergarten. Every year, we are inappropriately pressured to get the flu vaccine - we are even accused of irresponsibility and/or selfishness. I still refuse to get the flu vaccine, or any vaccine for that matter, preferring instead to fight off illness naturally. I'll admit that when school is in session, I get colds and also occasional sinus infections (which I never had before teaching); I even recently picked up the nasty norovirus. It's just not possible to fight off everything when you work with the little ones. But I have NOT gotten the flu. My personal experience and my observation that so many students are sick all the time - despite having been vaccinated - are the bases for my decision to not put my future children through the infant vaccination schedule. I personally don't see any benefits to health that outweigh the risks associated with vaccinations. That said, I believe it's a personal decision either way; it should never be made mandatory for children nor for adults.
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Andria Myers
Posted: 2/24/2013 2:52:11 PM
When medicine returns to being people before profit. Now-a-days, medicine is lots and lots of profit before people. There is a true saying that the love of money(the worshiping of money) is the root of all evil. Pharmaceuticals are into making profit. Thus, the stock market.Unfortunately, this will not changed, because in these last days, the heart of many will be waxed COLD!
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Andria Myers
Posted: 2/24/2013 3:04:42 PM
my baby was sick all the time when i was vaccinating. From numullar/autoimmune type eczema which happened soon after vaccination starting with around the injection sites, bronchiolitis, constant ear infections. Enough is enough. No more vaccination. So far no more ear infections. The eczema is at a minimum. Now it's mostly on the lower half of his body in a few places. Sometimes it pops up anywhere it likes, but it is at a minimum now. That is evidence that whatever is causing this autoimmune type eczema is circulating in his blood. Previous blood test was done for food allergies revealed that my baby has no food allergies. Now, i can say my child's immune system is recovering from aluminum adjuvant, formaldehyde laced, phenol contminated, etc, etc vaccines. Just a little info: My mother works in a nursing home, where the residents were given the flu shot. Soon after a flu epidemic arises amongst the residents, few residents died of "complications from the flu", flu spread to some staff. Before, there was no epidemic. Conspiracy theory? Or, conspiracy Fact? A theory is an hypothesis. A fact can be proven. When a theory can be proven, it is no longer a theory, but a fact.
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Andria Myers
Posted: 2/24/2013 3:05:52 PM
Just because a "Fact" cannot be proven, does not mean a "Fact" does not exist.
Commenter Name
Andria Myers
Posted: 2/24/2013 3:14:23 PM
I regret the very day, I unknowingly injected aluminum,formaldehyde,bordatella toxins, monkey kidney cells,aborted fetal lung tissue, cancer causing agents, questionable sterility agents, cow's blood components, 13 different serotypes of pneumococcal bacteria, Hib bacteria, 7 types of enterovirus(polio),Clostridium tetani,etc. I did, by allowing my child to be vaccinated. If I personally did that to my child. I would be imprisoned. So how the hell, are pharmaceuticals aren't being imprisoned for vaccine injures. Who the hell, allows monkey DNA to float around in their blood. Aren't you afraid of SIV(Simien-meaning monkey): Siemien Immune Dificiency Virus? Does SIV sound familiar? Does it strike a resemblance to the human form, which is HIV(human immune deficiency virus)? Stop playing around and across species line. You will produce strange and lethal diseases. I am not into genetically engineered vaccines either.
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Andria Myers
Posted: 2/24/2013 3:21:39 PM
Any one weary of some of these vaccines that can cross the blood brain barrier intentionally. (as we all know, the blood brain barrier is hard to penetrate)It is especially scary when these vaccines are aluminum adjuvated. Aluminum is a neurotoxin. Should aluminum be intentionally placed into the brain being that it possesses neurotoxic capabilities? Isn't that asking for neurologic malfunctioning and brain disorders? Alzheimer's is big business in Long term care, not to mention other mental disabilities. Just because a fact cannot be proven, does not mean the fact doesn't exist.
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/18/2013 9:44:20 AM
As an RN, it is disturbing to me how our population is getting sicker and sicker, IN SPITE of being innoculated and vaccined and immunized repeatedly. I no longer have the luxury of declining things like the flu shots, unless I wish to be unemployed. I was a "good" mommy who followed my pediatrician's vaccination schedule and all my boys are ADHD. Coincidence? I was not surprised to see it on the list of suspects related to the ingredients in vaccines. I also see the ugly, for profit side of medicine. It makes me sad. I love your website and wish I had found it sooner. As it is, I give advice to all my patients to avoid what they can avoid while they legally still can! Our bodies are "wonderfully and fearfully made" and our immune systems are being beat down by this continuous assault on them. Future patients in the making? <shakes head sadly>
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/1/2015 8:42:36 PM
My beautiful grdnosan just 4 months old was found dead in his crib last week, hours after receiving his 4 month vaccinations. He was perfectly healthy and a thriving baby with loving parents and family. He was gone within 12 hours after the vaccinations. If the insert to the vaccines gives a remote chance of an infant dying; This is one baby too many. Parents need this information and a choice. Are they giving too many multiple vaccines too soon to these small little bodies? Why not wait until their little bodies mature, 8 months, when the incident of Sids drops dramatically? Parents need a choice. There is a connection here. Please give parents all information, protections and a choice for their child. Too much has been done to protect all manufacturers,etc involved for there not to be a connection. This has to change. One child is too many to take a chance. Our loving Francis is gone forever.
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