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We don’t know enough about childhood vaccines


We don’t know enough about childhood vaccines

Researcher asks: Are 36 doses of vaccine by age 2 too much, too little, or just right?

By Margaret Dunkle

July 11, 2011

The topics of vaccines and vaccine safety spark emotional outbursts at scientific meetings and family dinner tables alike. But many of these debates are remarkably fact-free. Surprisingly few people — not just concerned parents but also doctors, policymakers and even immunization experts — can answer this seemingly simple question: How many immunizations does the federal government recommend for every child during the first two years of life?

The answer is important because most states, including Maryland, faithfully follow the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, codifying CDC guidelines into requirements for children to enroll in school, kindergarten, preschool and child care.

A new Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health study reports that the higher the proportion of infants and toddlers receiving recommended vaccines, the higher the state’s rate of children diagnosed with autism or speech-language problems just a few years later. This analysis is sure to rekindle the debate about vaccine safety.

For that conversation to produce useful results, we must start by defining terms. A “dose of vaccine” refers to each vaccine or antigen given to increase immunity against one specific disease. For chicken pox, a child receives one dose of vaccine through one shot.

By contrast, an “immunization event” refers to each separate administration of a vaccine or bundle of vaccines — through a shot, orally, or nasally. The MMR shot for mumps, measles and rubella involves three doses of vaccine but is one immunization event.

The critical number is how many doses of vaccine a child receives. Why? If a vaccine is strong enough to confer immunity against a disease, it is important enough to count separately.

Clear definitions, analysis of CDC’s “General Recommendations on Immunization,” and confirmation by Dr. Andrew Kroger, lead author of the definitive report on these recommendations, produce the answer to the not-so-simple-after-all question posed above.

In all, the federal government recommends 36 doses of vaccine, addressing 14 different diseases, for every U.S. child under age 2. An on-schedule child will receive a dose of vaccine for hepatitis B at birth, eight doses of various vaccines at 2 months, seven additional doses at 4 months, and four to seven more doses at 6 months.

Infants and toddlers receive these vaccine doses through 26 separate immunization events — mostly shots. If a child misses vaccinations because of illness or scheduling problems, following CDC’s catch-up schedule usually results in extra doses at a later date.

The federally recommended doses of vaccine for every child during the first two years of life are: three doses each for hepatitis B, polio, flu, and HIB (12 doses in all); two doses each for hepatitis A and rotavirus; four doses for pneumococcal infections; one dose for chicken pox; three doses through the combination MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella; and 12 doses through four separate administrations of the combination DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).

Some infants and toddlers receive still more doses of vaccine — if they switch to pediatricians who use different “combined” vaccines, if they are at high risk for certain diseases, if lost or incomplete records lead to duplicate immunizations, and depending on the time of year they were born (for flu shots) or the brand of vaccine used.

While testing is routine for individual vaccines as they are licensed, research on the both short- and long-term effects of multiple doses of vaccine administered to very young children during the critical birth-to-2 developmental window is sparse to nonexistent.

In addition to the number of doses, vaccine ingredients can be problematic, especially for susceptible subgroups. First are adjuvants, substances added to boost effectiveness and allow smaller doses of vaccine antigen to be used. The most common adjuvant is aluminum, which is found in vaccines for hepatitis and diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus.

Second are preservatives — such as thimerosal, which is 49.6 percent mercury. Thimerosal is still contained in many flu shots, although it was, except for trace amounts, removed from other child vaccines a decade ago. Many child vaccines (including those for diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus, HIB, and hepatitis) contain formaldehyde, which was just added to the government’s list of known human carcinogens.

Third are ingredients to which some people have severe allergies: stabilizers such as gelatin, and eggs or other proteins that are used to prepare vaccines for flu, MMR, and other immunizations.

The ongoing debate about vaccines and their safety needs to incorporate these basic facts as our country seeks to answer the critical Goldilocks question: Too many? Too few? Or just right?

Margaret Dunkle is senior research scientist at the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University and director of the Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles County. She also has a family member who is vaccine-injured. Her email is mdunkle@gwu.edu.

Copyright © 2011, The Baltimore Sun

No Shoes, No Shots, No Service


The majority support vaccination choice according to a Harris Poll commissioned by the Center for Personal Rights, yet this morning MDCVC gets another message about local pediatric giant, Annapolis Pediatrics denying care if you refuse to follow the CDC vaccination schedule and their policy.

Annapolis Pediatrics fully complies with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedules.

The Annapolis Pediatrics website states,”We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.  The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data-gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

The following list comprises the diseases we vaccinate against. Please click on them for more information about each vaccine as outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Vaccine Policy of Annapolis Pediatrics

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data-gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

These being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him otherwise. Tragically, he had delayed inoculating his favorite son Franky, who contracted smallpox and died at the age of 4, leaving Ben with a lifetime of guilt and remorse. Quoting Mr. Franklin’s autobiography:

In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox…I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.

The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.

Over the past several years, many people in Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publication of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine caused autism. As a result of underimmunization, there have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of measles in Europe over the past several years. In 2008 we have begun to see cases of measles in several pockets throughout the United States as well.

Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child you are taking selfish advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children which decreases the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases. We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at Annapolis Pediatrics. Such additional visits will require additional co- pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician. Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability and even death.

As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. We would like you to know that those of us in the practice who have children of our own have had them fully vaccinated following the established schedule. Thank you for your time in reading this policy, and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.

Sincerely,

The Physicians and Nurse Practitioners of Annapolis Pediatrics, P.A.

Dwight Fortier, M.D. Samuel. Libber, M.D. Katherine Edwards, M.D. Stanley Weimer, M.D. James Rice, M.D. Margaret Turner, M.D. Charles Parmele, M.D. Sefanit Fassil, M.D. Jennifer Corder, M.D. Dana Kim, M.D.

John McGrath, M.D. Mark Lester, M.D. Anita Weissburg, C.P.N.P. Gwyn Reece, C.P.N.P. Julia Caschera, C.P.N.P. Kay Gingell, C.P.N.P Roseanne Thompson, C.P.N.P Linda Murray, C.P.N.P. Gina Friel, C.P.N.P Ann Purcell, C.P.N.P.

We initially reported on refusal of care in January 29,2009.

The 1736 story of the child dying of smallpox is devastating, but should be updated with information from this generation.  The United States is the most vaccinated country in the globe and our children are paying with their chronic health conditions, vaccine reactions and death. View some recent personal stories here.

You may have also heard about the Redskins Cheerleader that suffered a severe reaction from the flu shot last year.

Unfortunately the denial of vaccine reactions and your human right to choose happens all over our country. We do however have wonderful doctors and health care providers that have taken the time to research  information for themselves instead of following along with organizations that are funded by the companies that make the vaccinations.

Enlightened physicians will consult with you regarding your concerns, tell you about the dangers of vaccinations and educate you about the diseases  as well as offer you alternatives if you are not comfortable with vaccinations or the amount of vaccinations given at one time.

Annapolis Pediatrics is a private practice, they are entitled to their policy, however you should never be forced or feel pressured to do anything or take any medication without full disclosure and informed consent.

Parents want research on vaccine safety. Thankfully there are numerous physicians and researchers such as Neil Z. Miller that offer unbiased information to help you make the choice that is best for you and your family.

The Vaccine Safety Manual, by medical researcher Neil Z. Miller is written for all parents, physicians and health care providers and offers comprehensive and scientific information about the vaccinations and diseases. You can also visit the International Medical Counsel on Vaccination for more information from outspoken physicians.

We at MDCVC firmly believe that Annapolis Pediatrics does not have all the information in regards to vaccination. We firmly believe all drugs may result in side effects, serious injury or death. We firmly believe in your right to be informed. We firmly believe that you know what is best for your family. We firmly believe that doctors and manufactures that hold zero liability should not be pressuring you, or turning you away from sincere care. We firmly believe that you should not sign a refusal to vaccinate form. We firmly believe that name calling is unnecessary. We firmly believe that there are alternatives to help protect you other than pharmaceutical drugs. We firmly believe in your personal rights.

As our friend Dr. Tenpenny has written, Health does not come through a needle.

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MD: Flu outbreak could choke civil rights, professors say


Editor’s Note: THIS IS A MUST-READ FOR MARYLAND RESIDENTS!

Governor has broad power in event of H1N1 crisis

Cumberland Times-News

DAVID M. JOHNSON
CNHI News Service

WASHINGTON — Quarantine, forced vaccination and martial law are just a few of the options available to Gov. Martin O’Malley should the H1N1 virus spread uncontrollably, according to professors who talked Wednesday about the civil rights problems an outbreak could create.

Michael Greenberger and Dr. Marita Mike from the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security and Wendy Mariner from Boston University’s School of Public Health discussed the legal and constitutional implications of the government’s response to a potential H1N1 pandemic at the National Press Club.

“The Maryland governor has the power to compel people to take medical measures; he could compel medical vaccinations; he can quarantine; he can isolate; he can seize medications … he can condemn or reorient how hospitals give treatment; he can shelter people in place; he can move them out of the city,” Greenberger said. “He has the power to overturn any law that interferes with his ability to respond to the catastrophe.”

Disease prevention laws in many states shifted from public health to national security and emergency preparedness after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In Maryland, the statute was passed almost overnight, according to Greenberger.

Epidemics are similar to terrorist attacks in that they have the potential to strike at any time, so laws that dictate government responses to these emergencies should be scrutinized, said Mariner.

“It is especially important to look at what laws bar so we don’t undermine fundamental human rights,” Mariner said. “Laws that suspend civil rights during epidemics become laws that suspend constitutional rights in our daily lives, perhaps indefinitely.”

So far, no public health emergency law has been challenged in Maryland court because no governor has had to use one.

 

“When you look at the statute books state to state, while they aren’t well defined, the power they give to governors and local executives are truly extraordinary,” Greenberger said. “The issues I’ve outlined are the issues lawyers and those that care about the application of law in this area will have to be thinking about very carefully.”

According to the panel, H1N1’s impact would have to get worse before any governor would think about drastic measures, but such a scenario could be imagined.

“This thing attacks the lungs,” Greenberger said. “Ventilators cost $35,000; we have a very limited supply of ventilators. You can just imagine having someone you care about and knowing that if they can get on a ventilator, they’ll live.”

Lack of ventilators, vaccine or anti-virals in any state could force governors or other executives to turn to these laws.

In New York, the state health commissioner recently order-ed all state health care workers to get the H1N1 vaccine. Last week, after facing a lawsuit, the state suspended the mandatory requirement saying limited supplies should be used for those most at risk for serious illness.

“Nurses who were perfectly willing to get vaccines voluntarily, got their backs up and began to resist when they were told it was necessary,” Mariner said about the New York situation. “The danger can be illustrated by the old axiom, if the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. If the only tools you have are quarantine and isolation then what happens when you need more vaccine? You can’t force people to get a vaccine you don’t have.”

Source: Pandemic Flu Online

Vaccine Quiz


Take the following quiz. If you can answer all 7 of these vaccine-related questions correctly, you are a well-informed parent. Answers are provided at the end of the test.

1) How many vaccine (drug) doses is an American child expected to receive by 1 ½ years of age?

12, 16, 18, 26, 38

2) The United States requires more vaccines for children than any other country. How does the U.S. infant mortality rate compare to the rest of the world?

1st , 2nd , 10th , 16th , 42nd

3) Vaccines contain which of the following ingredients?

A) Mercury, B) Aluminum, C) Formaldehyde, D) Fetal bovine serum, E) All of the Above

4) At least 62 studies published in journals throughout the world found correlations between the polio vaccine and increased rates of which type of cancer?

A) Bone cancer, B) Lung cancer, C) Brain tumors, D) Leukemia, E) All of the Above

5) Several studies link the hepatitis B vaccine to…

A) Autoimmune disorders, B) Blood disorders, C) Neurological disorders, D) Sensory impairments, E) All of the Above

6) The British Medical Journal recently published a report that analyzed ALL pertinent influenza vaccine studies. Flu vaccines were found to be ineffective in which groups of people?

A) in children under 2 years of age, B) in healthy adults under 65 years of age, C) in people aged 65 years and older, D) in healthcare workers to protect their patients, E) All of the Above

7) U.S. Children are legally required to receive vaccines under which of the following circumstances?

A) At the hospital shortly after birth, B) During well-baby checkups or a doctor visit, C) to enter school, D) when traveling overseas, E) None of the Above

Answers:* 1) 38. 2) 42nd (Worse than Cuba but ahead of Croatia). 3) All of the Above (Yes, some vaccines still contain mercury). 4) All of the Above. 5) All of the Above. 6) All of the Above. 7) None of the Above.

*Thorough explanations, citations, and other substantiating evidence may be found in the Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners: http://www.thinktwice.com/vsm.htm

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What you should KNOW about the FLU!


–Dana Ullman, MPH

Homeopathy developed its greatest popularity in the 19th century primarily because of the truly impressive successes it experienced in treating the serious infectious disease epidemics of that era, including typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and influenza.  In the (in)famous flu epidemic of 1918, statistics show that the death rates in homeopathic hospitals was 1-2%, while it was around 30% in the conventional medical hospitals.
The worst thing that you can do if you and your child get the flu is to take aspirin or Tylenol! Because the fever is one of the important ways that the body defends itself against the flu virus, conventional drugs that suppress the fever can slow down the healing process and possibly damage a person’s health in a significant way.
As for the flu vaccine, the media has and is presently encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, especially infants, children, and the elderly.  However, systematic reviews of the efficacy of the flu vaccine on these populations have shown only modestly positive results at best.  Due to some people’s sensitivity to vaccinations and its adjunctive ingredients, it is challenging to determine whether or not to get vaccinated. Tom Jefferson, MD, is considered the world’s leading authority on influenza vaccinations.  He has authored ten reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration, which is the most respected international center that evaluates medical research.  Dr. Jefferson has asserted, “There is no evidence whatsoever that seasonal influenza vaccines have any effect, especially in the elderly and young children  No evidence of reduced [number of] cases, deaths, complications.”  Dr. Jefferson further asserts, “What you see every year as the flu is caused by 200 or 300 different agents with a vaccine against two of them.  That is simply nonsense.”    Further, Dr. Jefferson has also declared, “the H1N1 is not a major threat (this link is to an excellent short interview with him).”  Dr. Jefferson has noted that Australia has just completed its winter, and there were only 131 deaths related to flu out of 22 million Australians.
The most popular protocol that homeopaths use at present to defend against the flu is INFLUENZINUM 9C.  We are presently taking orders for this  year’s INFLUENZINUM nosode which we expect to arrive around October 20th.  The common protocol is to take the 9C once a week for four weeks and then take the final dose one month later.  To order this five-dose protocol, click HERE.  We can special order other potencies of this medicine upon request. This Influenzinum is derived from the three most common flu viruses (according to the Pasteur Institute, Paris).  It does not include the swine flu H1N1.  At present, there is no “swine” flu nosode.

Treatment of the Flu…
If you’re knowledgeable about homeopathy, it is best to individually select a homeopathic medicine for each person according to his/her symptoms. Because the H1N1 flu is consider similar to the virus known to cause the 1918 flu, Gelsemium may be an important medicine. Other homeopaths recommend that you seriously consider Ipecacuahna. (Both of these medicines can be purchased from us, though orders for single medicines must be made by phone or fax:  800-359-9051 (phone orders in the US) or 510-649-1955 (fax). For the treatment of the flu, some “user-friendly” medicines are made by Heel, Inc. (the 2nd largest German homeopathic company).  One double-blind placebo controlled randomized study showed that a homeopathic medicine called Engystol reduced by over 30% the length and the severity of influenza and the common cold.”  These positive clinical results are consistent with the basic science research has showed that Engystol increases immune function through increasing the percentage of interferon-producing lymphocytes. The effectiveness of another homeopathic remedy, called Gripp-Heel, was compared with that of conventional treatments in a prospective, observational cohort study in 485 patients with mild viral infections and symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, cough or sore throat.  As evaluated by the practitioners, 67.9% of patients were considered asymptomatic at the end of Gripp-Heel therapy vs. 47.9% of patients in the control group.

And do not forget about Oscillococcinum.  There have been FOUR large studies that have shown its efficacy in the treatment of influenza.

The Experience of Mexican Homeopaths in Treating People with Swine Flu…
To read a first-hand report by MD/homeopaths in Mexico City who have treating people with swine flu, click here. As yet, there is no one medicine that homeopathic physicians have determined to be the “remedy epidemicus.”  Instead, so far, they have found various medicines to be effective. They also noted that some of the most common homeopathic medicines that are known to have severe bleeding with flu symptoms are: Arnica montana, Arsenicum album, Baptisia, Belladonna, Bryonia alba, Camphora, Carbo vegetabilis, Chamomilla, Cinchona officinalis, Ferrum phosphoricum, Influenzinum (corresponding to the epidemic), Ipecacuanha, Lachesis, Mercurius vivus, Phosphorus, Sepia officinalis, Sulphur.

To read the BEST book on homeopathic treatment, get this one by Sandra Perko.

Flu Prevention


The best way to prevent flu is to stay healthy! Here are some specific guidelines to keep you and your family healthy this fall and winter:

-Eliminate all types of sugar (sucrose, fructose, honey, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, flours that are not 100% whole grain (i.e. enriched wheat flour, bleached flour, unbleached flour, etc)) from you diet. Sugar and flour actually weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible to colds and flues.

-Exercise-It’s never too late to start! Talk to me regarding a specific plan for you.

-Rest-Make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night. This is when your body makes repairs!

-Eat garlic regularly. Soup, Stir fried, roasted, swallowed raw, boiled in a tea. Garlic is one of the most antimicrobial and antiviral compounds out there.

-Get outside and get some sun- Your skin manufactures Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Having optimal blood levels of Vitamin D not only prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and bone fracture, but in one study, also reduced the risk of flu by 77%! Get tested at home, without a doctor’s order, by visiting www.grassrootshealth.org.

-Don’t let stress become overwhelming. You must create some sort of ‘down time’ for yourself. This doesn’t mean watching TV! Mediate, journal, yoga, prayer, massage, exercise, laugh.

-Take Fish Oil-contains Omega 3s necessary for a properly functioning immune system.

-Elderberry Syrup- Elderberry is specifically beneficial for strengthening the immune system against viruses, which most flu’s and colds are. Look for a brand that is organically harvested or wild crafted and does not contain high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweeteners.

-Influenzinum is a homeopathic (very dilute) preparation of the flu virus, taken preventatively, to stimulate your bodies immune system like a vaccination would, but without the side effects. In France, Doctors have found it to be much more effective than the flu vaccine.

Take Influenzinum as follows: Take five pellets under your tongue once a week for four weeks. For example, every Sunday, four weeks in a row. Wait one month, then take five more pellets under your tongue. If you hear of an outbreak in your area, you can take three pellets everyday until it passes.

-Oscillococcinum- As soon as you start feeling run-down or have other flu-like symptoms, take Oscillococcinum. Oscillo® is regulated as a drug by the FDA and is supported by published clinical studies as well as more than 65 years of use throughout

the world. It has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of flu symptoms. Take as directed on package.

-Colostrum- Colostrum is an exceptional nutritional substance, the first ‘milk’ produced by mothers, that supports and nourishes the immune system. A study done in Italy two years ago showed that “colostrum is at least 3 times more effective than vaccination to prevent flu and very cost effective.”

Don’t forget, the best medicine is eating well. No supplement will take the place of a healthy diet, that’s why they are called “supplements” not “substitutes”.

Your diet should consist of mostly fresh vegetables, high quality meats (grass fed, pastured, free range only), fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains (in their whole form-ie, wheat berries and brown rice, not whole wheat flour and rice pasta), healthy oils (like extra virgin olive, hempseed or flax and from your food like avocado, walnuts, olives), and seasonal fruits.

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H1N1 Package Insert Information


Below are the package inserts for the new H1N1 vaccines, whose “safety studies” are largely based on the seasonal flu vaccines. Please read the inserts carefully. In recent news the CDC suggested that  all pregnant women and children get this vaccine

Here is a summary of the H1N1 and seasonal vaccines according to the package inserts:

a.. The vaccines have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in pregnant women or nursing mothers (even though pregnant women are a priority target group for this vaccine. As stated: “It is not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capability. It is not known whether the H1N1 vaccine is excreted in human milk.”

b.. The vaccines have not been tested for mutagenic or carcinogenic potential.

c.. The multi-dose vaccines (Sanofi Pasteur) contain a full dose (25 mcg) of thimerosal/mercury (known neurotoxin).

d.. Other ingredients include: formaldehyde (carcinogen); hemagglutinin (glycoprotein that causes red blood cells to agglutinate/clump and attach to the respiratory tract to cause infection); gelatin (known allergen); polyethylene glycol p-isoctylphenyl ether (strong detergent).

e.. “Safety studies” of Fluzone/H1N1 vaccine included 19 CHILDREN (6-23 months) and 12 children (24-36 months) for 3 days.

f.. Some of the reported adverse events/side effects of the vaccines include: Thrombocytopenia (spontaneous bleeding); anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction); lymphadenopathy (diseased lymph nodes); Guillain-Barre (paralysis); Bells Palsy (facial paralysis); convulsions; encephalomytis (brain inflammation/damage); optic neuropathy (optic nerve damage); syncope (loss of consciousness); Stevens Johnson Syndrome, vasculitis (inflammatory destruction of blood vessels).

g.. Warnings included in package insert: “The 1976 swine influenza vaccine was associated with an increased frequency of Guillain Barre Syndrome. Evidence for a causal relation with subsequent vaccines prepared from other influenza viruses is unclear.” Also…”Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage possible anaphylactic reactions following administration of this vaccine.”

Here are the package inserts for both the injectable and intranasal H1N1 vaccines.


http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm181950.htm

Source: FDA