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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.
2 Thompson WW. Statement of William W. Thompson, PhD, Regarding the 2014 Article Examining the Possibility of a Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism. Morgan Verkamp, LLC Aug. 27, 2014.
4 Attkisson S. (Audio) CDC Addresses Allegation on Vaccine-Autism Link Omission. Aug. 29, 2014.
7 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Review of the National Immunization Program’s Research Procedures and Data Sharing Program. Vaccine Safety Research, Data Access and Public Trust. Independent Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Activities (Pg. 96.) Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 2005.
8 NVIC. An Inside Job: The DHHS-Funded RAND Corp. Vaccine Safety Reviews. NVIC Newsletter Aug. 12, 2014.
9 Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. Evaluating Biological Mechanisms of Adverse Events: Increased Susceptibility. Chapter 3: p. 82. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2012.
10 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of
Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies. Conclusions About Scientific Findings (p. 11). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013.
11 DHHS. AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment: Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States. July 2014.
12 Ibid. Technical Expert Panel and Peer Reviewers (pp. 5-6).
14 Fisher BL. Leave Parents Free to Choose Vaccines: Opposing View. USA Today Apr. 13, 2014.
15 Business Wire. National Vaccine Information Center Calls for Removal of Vaccine Safety Oversight from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NVIC Sept. 2, 2014.
16 NVIC. National Vaccine Information Center Calls on FDA to Raise Vaccine Safety and Testing Labeling Standards. NVIC Newsletter May 9, 2010.
17 NVIC. Merck’s Gardasil Vaccine Not Proven Safety for Little Girls. NVIC Press Release Jun 27, 2006.
18 Federal Register. Government-Owned Inventions: Availability for Licensing (vaccine licensing). Accessed Aug. 28, 2014.
19 Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years - United States, 2014. DHHS Jan 1, 2014.
20 Fisher BL. NVIC Calls for Vaccine Policy and Law Reform to Protect Human and Civil Rights. NVIC Newsletter May 18, 2014.
21 Fisher BL. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Failed Experiment in Tort Reform? Presentation to Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Nov. 18, 2008.
22 Holland MS, Krakow RJ. Brief of Amici Curiae National Vaccine Information Center, Its Co-Founders and 24 other organizations in support of petitioners. In: Bruesewitz v. Wyeth filed with Supreme Court of the United States June 1, 2010.
24 HealthGrades. What Are Symptoms of Encephalitis? and What are Causes of Encephalitis? Aug. 9, 2013.
26 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines. Chapter 4: Encephalopathy (pp. 86-88). Washington, DC. The National Academies Press 1991.
27 Pellegrino P, Carnovale C, Perrone V et al. Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis Onset: Evaluation Based on Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. PLOS One Oct. 18, 2013.
28 Institute of Medicine Committee to Study New Research on Vaccines. DPT Vaccine and Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction: A New Analysis. Executive Summary (pp.1-2) Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 1994.
30 Boyle CA, Boulet S, Schieve LA et al. Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children, 1997-2008. Pediatrics 2011; 127(6): 1034-1042.
31 Supreme Court of the United States. Bruesewitz v. Wyeth No. 09-152. Justice Sotomayor with whom Justice Ginsberg joins, dissenting Feb. 22, 2011.
32 Business Wire. National Vaccine Information Center Cites ‘Betrayal’ of Consumers by U.S. Supreme Court Giving Total Liability Shield to Big Pharma. NVIC Feb. 23, 2011.
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