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Let’s Get Real About Vaccine Risks

This is the last year most unvaccinated children will be allowed in public schools — and that’s a good thing

Back Web Only Aug 7, 2015 By Dr. Dean Blumberg

Senate Bill 277 adds California to the majority of states — 31 total — that do not allow parents a vaccine exemption for their school-age children based on personal beliefs.  However, most of these other states do allow parents to opt out by choosing a religious exemption, which is not addressed by the California law. Though doctors can still provide parents with a medical exemption for their children if deemed necessary, the only education alternative for parents who simply don’t want their child vaccinated is home-schooling.

Childhood vaccination has been so successful that it is easy to dismiss the diseases prevented as mild or not serious as memory of their devastation fades.

Many remember chickenpox as a few days of fever and an itchy rash, a childhood rite of passage, before immunization. But before we started using the chickenpox (or varicella) vaccine in the US, about 100 people died every year from chickenpox, and half of these were previously healthy children.  Now death from chickenpox is nearly eliminated.  

Some say whooping cough, or pertussis, results in a few weeks of coughing. They don’t see what I see: children in the intensive care unit, requiring a ventilator to breathe. Or the five infants who died from pertussis last year in California; sadly, there has already been one death this year in California from whooping cough.

Look at the recent measles outbreak. One dose of the measles vaccine results in about 93 to 95 percent protection. Two doses increase its effectiveness to about 97 percent. But when measles hit Disneyland last December, it spread. The outbreak was amplified by those who were not vaccinated, and the 3 percent for whom the vaccine did not work. And for those who say that measles isn’t serious: 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 cases results in death. The disease has claimed a victim in the U.S. this month. More children have died from measles than any other disease.

If vaccines worked 100 percent of the time, there would be no need for requiring immunizations. If vaccines worked 100 percent of the time, those vaccinated would feel secure that they are protected. But vaccines don’t work 100 percent of the time. Depending on the vaccine, they are about 80 to 99 percent effective, and immunity may wane over time. That’s why it is important to have as many in the population immunized — so if an infectious exposure occurs, transmission is limited.

There is no scientific controversy about vaccine safety and vaccine effectiveness among mainstream doctors and scientists. Unfortunately, there is much public misinformation about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Unsubstantiated beliefs regarding vaccine safety and effectiveness lead many parents to opt out of childhood vaccination.

Even this would likely not be a problem if the small proportion of parents opting out of childhood vaccination was evenly geographically distributed. But instead, opt-out tends to cluster. Although the overall opt-out rate is less than 3 percent in California, some schools have opt out rates of 10 or 20 percent, some 50 percent or greater. This leaves pockets of children susceptible to preventable diseases; disease exposure leads to sustained transmission. This results in disease not just among those who choose not to be vaccinated, but also those who are (remember, vaccines don’t work 100 percent of the time). In addition, those too young to be vaccinated may be infected.

Is SB 277 fair to parents fearful of vaccines? Does this place an undue burden on them by requiring them to home-school? These questions harken back to similar public and private health choices that the legislature has addressed: requiring infant car seats and seat belts, and regulating second-hand smoke in particular, which puts not only the individual’s health in jeopardy but those around him or her. There is no scientific reason to opt out of vaccination and opting out not only puts that child at risk, but the community at large.  

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Investigate CDC Malfeasance (not verified)August 7, 2015 - 3:33pm

One week ago, on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Bill Posey testified that CDC vaccine safety researcher Dr. William Thompson had reported to Posey's office that he was present for a meeting in which his colleagues destroyed data which demonstrated a clear link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Dr. Thompson, believing this to be illegal, retained copies of these documents and turned them over to Rep. Posey, along with thousands of others which reportedly show that the CDC has committed fraud in its vaccine safety research.
Rep. Posey has now offered this set of documents to any and all members of Congress for review.
Contact your members of Congress and tell them to request and review the documents from Rep. Bill Posey's office and demand Congressional hearings.

Nonayo (not verified)August 8, 2015 - 10:14am

If you want to "get real with" vaccine risks, you need to read the actual studies, not just their headlines, to judge if the data actually support the conclusions. The data on vaccines adverse effects is quite simply ridiculously lacking, in fact.

Even the researchers mandated by the Institute of Medicine to review the science on vaccine safety could not find one single study on the combined or long-term effects of vaccines, nor ever a comparison of the overall health (rates of cancers, allergies, neurological or auto-immune disorders etc.) of vaccinated vs completely non-vaccinated, yet they vouched for their great safety. We still to this day have no clue just how many vaccine injuries there are, only the ones too obvious to be dismissed as coincidences, as most usually get at first. Nor do we have any reliable data on the presumed better health of the vaccinated.

Have you ever read a vaccine trial study? All they do is look for redness and swelling and other evident superficial immediate reactions and take note of the general symptoms reported by the subjects (if they can talk...) for a couple of weeks, and that's it! Unless you and your kids are just empty containers, this methodology does pretty much nothing to study what today's several dozens of vaccine ingredients, do to biological processes of the trillions of cells of 200 different types of the human body. Do they know what the aluminum will do to your or your baby's immune or neurological systems over time? Not really. Will it result in an auto-immune condition, as it does at will in the lab? Maybe. The risks and responsibilities are all yours.

When severe reactions are reported, all the makers need to do to satisfy the FDA is to declare that they "couldn't find any evidence" they were caused by the vaccine tested, and they are good to go.

In the 21st century, while they are modifying insects' genes to grow the antigen parts, it is ludicrously absurd that vaccine safety is still assessed in this archaic way, with not a even a single little blood test to glimpse at what goes on with the major biological systems of the human body. Aside from the antibody response, which we now know is a poor indicator of immunity, what vaccines do to the human body is of no interest whatsoever to vaccine makers or health authorities, unless an adverse effect becomes reported often enough that they are forced to look into the matter...

Fortunately for the vaccine makers, they can't be sued anymore when their vaccines injure or kill. From regulators mandating them to nurses administering them, all liability-free. When vaccines do kill and injure, it is the guinea pigs' task to prove the injuries to try to get compensated by a special court pretty much unknown to the public.

To add insults to injuries, they've managed to make the guinea pigs pay for their own vaccine injuries with a tax on every vaccines. And as if that wasn't enough of a feat of deception, they are now being successful it seems at manipulating the guinea pigs to turn on the guinea pigs who want out of this pretty much uncontrolled massive experiment, by making them believe they are a threat to public health, without much evidence to support it...

Only if simply buckling your child in his car seat while the car is parked carried the risk of neurological damage could vaccines be compared with car seats.

I wish journalists would "get real" with vaccine risks... only in mainstream media, and among doctors and scientists trained with pharma-written medical textbooks is there no controversy. The scientific literature, it so happens, is full of them... The adjuvants, the foreign animal DNA, the fetal cell lines, antibodies and immunity...

Erwin Alber (not verified)August 9, 2015 - 11:00pm

Vaccines have never protected anyone or saved anyone's life.

http://www.vaccinationinformat...

This is however beside the point, the point being that it is our fundamental right to refuse medical treatment and to decide what goes into our and our children's bodies. This is an innate, unalienable right which is not bestowed and cannot be withdrawn by the government; governments can only support or violate this right, which is also enshrined in the Nuremberg Code which says that informed consent is a basic requirement for any medical procedure, including vaccination.

German doctors who experimented on people against their will were hanged after the war ended. Vaccination amounts to a global medical experiment on the human race without consent and without a control, in direct violation of the Nuremberg Code. If the Nuremberg Code was enforced, vaccine pushers like Dr. Pan would have to be hanged.

Erwin Alber (not verified)August 10, 2015 - 3:10am

Vaccines have never prevented anything apart from health, sanity and common sense, and have never protected anyone, let alone saved anyone's life.

Vaccines had NOTHING to do with the remarkable decrease in infectious disease mortality rates over the past century. This graph of US measles mortality rates e.g. clearly shows that vaccines are falsely credited with the reduction of measles deaths.

http://www.healthsentinel.com/...

Vaccination is clearly a money-making racket and a medical fraud. The time for shutting down this entire diabolical industry is in my opinion well overdue.

Visitor (not verified)August 11, 2015 - 4:34pm

Conspiracy theories are impossible to disprove, so there is no use arguing with that side of the issue. If choose not to vaccinate your kids, then don't send them to school where they can threaten those that don't have that choice.

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