Here are a few undeniable realities …
In Charlie Morgan’s letter [“The Needle and the Damage Not Done,” March 6] the writer says he has never heard a convincing argument not to vaccinate for measles and, by implication, for anything else. Without getting into the important specifics of the actual history of each vaccine, here are two compelling reasons not to be so complacent:
First, there are known risks. According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) there are 25,000 adverse vaccine events reported each year (by MDs, not idiot parents or pesky chiropractors). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 10 percent—the FDA only 1 percent—of these events are actually reported. Most doctors refuse to admit that such things happen. That means that between 250,000 and 2,500,000 occur each year. Many are mild and not too debilitating, but others are not. According to the Merck Manual, the Physicians Desk Reference and the vaccine-package inserts themselves, known side effects for many vaccines—which physicians are required to inform you of—include seizures, encephalitis, meningitis, Guillain Barre syndrome and death. No one should have to submit to a medical procedure with such risks, according to the Nuremberg Code. These sources also list precautions and contraindications to vaccines, i.e., no one with any history—or family history—of seizures or neurological problems, is supposed to get the DPT shot. This has been World Health Organization policy for 30 years. The rest of the developed world is on board with it. Yet the American Academy of Pediatrics is on record as stating, “We do not see any need for screening.” Has your doctor screened your child? Or ever not given all the scheduled vaccines, no matter what? This is one area where the personal exemption is a safeguard against unchecked medical license.
Second, while current talk is all about measles (already down 97 percent before vaccination began, according to indisputable international statistics), the great overlooked danger is that giving up the right to refuse mandatory injection means giving up the right to refuse any of the two dozen post-911 vaccines, many of dubious value, and 300 more already in the developmental pipeline. This is a surrender of liberty based on trust in the altruism of companies who pay out hundreds of millions in fines on a regular basis. Almost every vaccine from polio on down the line that has been released on the public, caused serious injury, been recalled, retooled and tried again. The science is not “settled.”
A vaccine becomes mandatory not by an unbiased process, free of financial ties to industry; rather, manufacturers lobby the advisory board at the CDC, many of whom have direct monetary interests with vaccine companies—i.e., Paul Offit, MD, was patent holder for Rototeq—and without public oversight gets slipped into the schedule. The roots of this problem lie in a precedent started in 1986 when the Reagan administration made it impossible to sue a vaccine manufacturer for injury. Prior to this time, millions of dollars had been paid out for damages. Doctors were actually being somewhat circumspect in recommending many vaccines. But the vaccine companies lobbied hard for immunity in order to safeguard profits. We are the only country in the world with such a carte blanche for the industry. At the same time, the government created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which has since paid out over $2 billion dollars in vaccine injury claims. To deny that this is a reality—and deny such injuries when they happen, as is common practice among doctors—is a sickening betrayal on the part of our medical caregivers.
Peter Holleran, DC, San Rafael