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Doctors Slam Parents for Vaccine Choices & FDA Licenses New Combo Vaccine

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published June 26, 2012 in Government

NVIC Vaccine News Break

On June 13, 2012, a study conducted by government health employees working at the Oregon Health Authority and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was published in Pediatrics, a medical journal owned by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).1  

Government Tracking Systems Identify Oregon Parents  

Using electronic vaccine records tracking systems, public health doctors  concluded that about 10 percent of parents living in Portland, Oregon are making independent decisions about how many vaccines their babies should get and when they should get them. Those parents are rejecting the CDC’s aggressive vaccination schedule2 promoted by the AAP that directs pediatricians to give two to six month old babies between seven to nine vaccines on the same day –no exceptions. 

Doctors Demonize Parents Making Informed Vaccine Decisions

Public health doctors are slapping the label of “shot limiters” on parents giving their babies fewer vaccines. It has become fashionable in medical journals and media circles3 to demonize these parents, who engage in critical thinking about vaccination and follow their conscience instead of saluting smartly and doing what doctors tell them to do – no questions asked.   

Can an attack on the legal right for Oregon parents to exercise religious exemption to vaccination be far behind?4


FDA Licenses New Combo Vaccine For Babies

Ironically, on June 14, the FDA awarded GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a license to sell MenHibrix, a new vaccine that combines two meningitis vaccines into one shot.56 The FDA had rejected the license in 2010 and 2011 because, reportedly, the British drug company giant was having trouble proving the vaccine actually worked.7
FDA Advisory Committee Cut Out of Licensing Process

This time, FDA staff did not bother to ask for an opinion from the agency’s own vaccine advisory committee before giving GSK the green light to market MenHibrix in the U.S. for babies as young as six weeks old. In a letter, FDA official Marion Gruber, PhD, told the company that “We did not refer your application to an additional VRBPAC review because our review of information submitted in your BLA, including the clinical study design and trial results, did not raise particular concerns or controversial issues which would have benefited from an advisory committee discussion.”8 

Really? Sounds like some FDA officials didn’t want Advisory Committee members to ask the drug company lots of questions about this new vaccine, just like CDC and AAP officials don’t want parents to ask lots of questions about ANY vaccine.

Nine or Ten Vaccines On One Day: Where’s the Science? 

MenHibrix has not yet been studied in combination with every one of the other vaccines already given to babies simultaneously.9 But that is not likely to stop pediatricians from assuming safety and throwing MenHibrix into the mix - for a grand total of nine or ten vaccines given to tiny babies on the same day.10 

Even premature babies weighing less than four and a half pounds are subjected to the mindless one-size-fits all “no exceptions” vaccine schedule.1112 Where is the solid scientific evidence that it is safe or effective to give eight or nine vaccines to an eight or nine pound newborn? 

Where is the solid evidence that babies, who get more than two-dozen doses of vaccines by age six months, are healthier as they grow up than those, who get fewer vaccines or fewer vaccines on one day?  No large, prospective studies have been done comparing the long-term health outcomes of children, who are vaccinated according to the CDC schedule, with those, who are not.13 

It is no wonder that smart parents – like the ones in Oregon - are challenging the wisdom of the bloated and expensive vaccine schedule and are telling doctors and legislators: “Show Us the Science, and Give Us the Choice.”14 

CDC Officials Might Vote in October: What Will They Do? 

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has not yet voted on what to tell pediatricians to do with MenHibrix. That vote is rumored to be taking place in October.15 

Will government health officials do the right thing and make this an optional vaccine?  Or will they give another big pharmaceutical corporation a guaranteed, liability free market by adding four doses of an expensive new vaccine to the child vaccine schedule so parents can be forced to buy it and give it to their newborns – no questions asked and no choices allowed? 

Parents are watching. Stay tuned.

CA Senate Hearing Today on Bill to Restrict Vaccine Choices
Today, Wed., June 27, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., a public hearing on AB2109 is scheduled in the California Senate Health Committee in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) at the California State Capitol, 1301 10th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814.  
This bill will force parents, who are filing a personal belief exemption to vaccination for religious or conscientiously held beliefs, to consult and ask a medical doctor or other designated health care provider to sign the vaccine exemption form so their child can attend school. The text of the most current version of AB2109 is posted here, the committee hearing agenda is posted here,  and hearing proceedings can be heard here.  
NVIC vaccine choice advocates will attend the hearing. This week, NVIC Director of Advocacy, Dawn Richardson, issued an Action Alert to California users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal and urged everyone to come to the hearing and give oral testimony, submit written testimony or register in opposition to the bill. She said:
If parents are unable to comply with the requirement in AB2109 to have a health care practitioner meet with them and sign their exemption form, their child cannot go to school!  This can lead to truancy charges and a lapse in the child’s education. There are many valid reasons why families, who use the personal belief exemption, may not be able to comply with this burdensome and expensive proposed mandate.”
If you are a California resident and are not already a user of the free, online NVIC Advocacy Portal, register now at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. You will get added to the California Action Alert email list and tips on how to educate your legislators about why you care about the freedom to make vaccine choices. Help fight this important fight to protect parental rights and health choices in California!

In The News
Interview of Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC President on Public Health Whistleblower Protections, Progressive Radio Network Honesty Without Fear, Jun 19, 2012
Gov. Nikki Haley vetoes HPV vaccination bill aimed at middle-schoolers, The Charleston Post and Courier, Jun 20, 2012


1 Robison SG, Groom H, Young C. Frequency of Alternative Immunization Schedule Use in a Metropolitan Area. Pediatrics. Published online June 18, 2012. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/06/13/peds.2011-3154.abstract

3 Seaman AM. More Oregon Kids on “Alternative” Vaccine Schedules. Reuters/Chicago Tribune. June 18, 2012.

4 Anderson J. Religious Exemptions Tilt Immunization’s Balance. Portland Tribune. Feb. 16, 2012.

5 Food and Drug Administration. FDA Approves New Combination Vaccine That Protects Children Against Two Bacterial Diseases. Press Release: June 14, 2012.

7 Reuters. US Approves Glaxo Meningitis Vaccine for Children. FoxNews.com. June 15, 2012.

8 Gruber M. June 14 (2012) Approval Letter – MenHibrix. FDA Office of Vaccines, Research and Review, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. June 14, 2012.

9 Ibid.

10 See Reference #2.

13 Fisher BL. Need for A Study Comparing Health Outcomes of Children, Who Have and Have Not Been Vaccinated According to the Federally Recommended Schedule. Referenced, written statement based on oral presentation to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Feb. 9, 2012 Meeting at Pew Charitable Trust, Washington, D.C.

15 McBride R. GSK Grabs FDA Nod for Combo Meningitis Vaccine. Fierce Biotech. June 15, 2012.

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11 Responses to "Doctors Slam Parents for Vaccine Choices & FDA Licenses New Combo Vaccine "
Commenter Name
Posted: 6/27/2012 1:06:42 PM
Big medicine and government cabal gets scarier all the time. NO to all their pressures, laws that strip us of our rights to choose what is good for us.
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Bioenergetic Randolph
Posted: 6/27/2012 1:17:02 PM
I believe the following article is helpful to parents who want to protect their kids: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/19/family-vaccination-choices.aspx?e_cid=20120619_DNL_art_2
Commenter Name
Rex Hoyt
Posted: 6/27/2012 5:58:19 PM
Thank you for your good work and efforts. I wish we could get the truth on this issue out to all. Thank you again!
Commenter Name
Posted: 6/27/2012 11:25:13 PM
THANK YOU!! for all the hard work you do to show us the TRUTH! I pray that we will always have a choice.
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Ann Erhard
Posted: 6/30/2012 8:38:53 PM
I am not vaccine deprived. My immune system is compromised from all the vaccines I have already had. NO MORE!! Talk IMMUNE SYSTEM FOLKS!! No vaccine deprivation Plus eating organic NEVER hurt anybody!!
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/6/2012 1:51:48 AM
I did not give my son any vaccinations, it was the fight of my life, but well worth it. Parents should and can make their own choice of what they want for their child. My son is never sick, if he is exposed to something in school he runs a fever for a few hours which kills it off and then he's fine. That is what a healthy immune system will do. NVIC, thank you for all that you do!
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/6/2012 4:17:34 PM
Ah, the pressure we are under as a parent making educated decisions for who we love the most! Why are we being called irresponsible if I feel like my choice is WAY more responsible (because I am trying to get my information from hundreds of sources spending hours reading) than the other option: "just do what the doc says and don't ask!" Bioenergetic Randolph: I like the article, it's what I feel every time I go for my child's checkup! Nervous. Why do I have to feel like that? I spend sleepless nights worrying about the next Dr's visit and my "excuses" and how I will word my decision. Sometimes I just want to skip the checkup, mine is a healthy kid. His immune system has been working really well just like it is!
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Laurette Janak
Posted: 8/14/2012 4:12:48 PM
In a paper titled: Self-Organized Criticality Theory of Autoimmunity the conclusion reads: "Systemic autoimmunity appears to be the inevitable consequence of over-stimulating the host's immune ‘system’ by repeated immunization with antigen, to the levels that surpass system's self-organized criticality." The full text of this paper can be read at the link I pasted below. This study seriously questions the intelligence of giving more and more vaccines to newborns. http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0008382
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/15/2012 1:22:35 PM
“Show Us the Science, and Give Us the Choice.” Is this too terribly much to ask? Why is it always the aware and informed people who choose to think for themselves that are bastardized, while the sheep are given medals of honor. With each passing day, our personal liberties are being stripped away.
Commenter Name
Posted: 9/8/2012 2:46:09 PM
We have two kids ages 3 and 2. Both were vaccinated in the past. Our oldest got sick after her first well visit, she was one week old. She also has eczema that is a constant battle to keep under control. Our son had RSV at 8 weeks old, also after his well visit. We aren't sure if the vaccines provoked their illnesses but we thank the good Lord that nothing more serious happened to them. One thing is for sure now-we will NOT be vaccinating anymore. After doing the research and having family who doesn't vaccinate, the evidence is clearly there that vaccines do more harm than good.
Commenter Name
Posted: 11/20/2017 2:37:28 PM
We live in a crowded, fast-moving world, and disease travels easily. The data for me are clear: Failure to immunize a child comes with a much more formidable risk— leaving children vulnerable to contracting a potentially debilitating or lethal illness
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