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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

Forced Vaccinations, Government, and the Public Interest


By Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.

December 2009

Those who are observant have noticed a dangerous trend in the United States, as well as worldwide, and that is the resorting of various governments at different levels to mandating forced vaccination upon the public at large. My State of Mississippi has one of the most-restrictive vaccine-exemption laws in the United States, where exemptions are allowed only upon medical recommendation. Ironically, this is only on paper, as many have had as many as three physicians, some experts in neurological damage caused by vaccines, provide written calls for exemption, only to be turned down by the State’s public-health officer.

Worse are the States, such as Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland, where forced vaccinations have either been mandated by the courts, the state legislature, or have such legislation pending. All of such policies strongly resemble those policies found in National Socialist empires, Stalinist countries, or Communist China.

When public-health officers are asked for the legal justification for such draconian measures as forcing people to accept vaccines that they deem either a clear and present danger to themselves and their loved ones or have had personal experience with serious adverse reactions to such vaccines, they usually resort to the need to protect the public.

One quickly concludes that if the vaccines are as effective as being touted by the public-health officials, then why should one fear the unvaccinated? Obviously the vaccinated would have at least 95% protection. This question puts them in a very difficult position. Their usual response is that a “small” percentage of the vaccinated will not have sufficient protection and would still be at risk. Now, if they admit what the literature shows, that vaccine failure rates are much higher than the 5% they claim, they must face the next obvious question – then why should anyone take the vaccine if there is a significant chance it will not protect?

When pressed further, they then resort to their favorite justification, the Holy Grail of the vaccine proponents – herd immunity. This concept is based upon the idea that 95% (and some now say 100%) of the population must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic. The percentages needing vaccination grows progressively. I pondered this question for some time before the answer hit me. Herd immunity is mostly a myth and applies only to natural immunity – that is, contracting the infection itself.

Is Herd Immunity Real?

In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason for this is that naturally-acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. The vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But, there was one major problem – vaccine-induced immunity lasted for only a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they began, silently, to suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Then they discovered an even greater problem, the boosters were lasting for only 2 years or less. This is why we are now seeing mandates that youth entering colleges have multiple vaccines, even those which they insisted gave lifelong immunity, such as the MMR. The same is being suggested for full-grown adults. Ironically, no one in the media or medical field is asking what is going on. They just accept that it must be done.

That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.

When we examine the scientific literature, we find that for many of the vaccines protective immunity was 30 to 40%, meaning that 70% to 60% of the public has been without vaccine protection. Again, this would mean that with a 30% to 40% vaccine-effectiveness rate combined with the fact that most people lost their immune protection within 2 to 10 year of being vaccinated, most of us were without the magical 95% number needed for herd immunity. This is why vaccine defenders insist the vaccines have 95% effectiveness rates.

Without the mantra of herd immunity, these public-health officials would not be able to justify forced mass vaccinations. I usually give the physicians who question my statement that herd immunity is a myth a simple example. When I was a medical student almost 40 years ago, it was taught that the tetanus vaccine would last a lifetime. Then 30 years after it had been mandated, we discovered that its protection lasted no more than 10 years. Then, I ask my doubting physician if he or she has ever seen a case of tetanus? Most have not. I then tell them to look at the yearly data on tetanus infections – one sees no rise in tetanus cases. The same can be said for measles, mumps, and other childhood infections. It was, and still is, all a myth.

The entire case for forced mass vaccination rest upon this myth and it is important that we demonstrate the falsity of this idea. Neil Z. Miller, in his latest book The Vaccine Information Manual, provides compelling evidence that herd immunity is a myth.

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Those pushing mandatory vaccination for an ever-growing list of diseases are a mixed bag.   Some are quite sincere and truly want to improve the health of the United States.   They believe the vaccine-induced herd immunity myth and likewise believe that vaccines are basically safe and effective.    They are not evil people.

A growing number are made of those with a collectivist worldview and see themselves as a core of elite wise men and women who should tell the rest of us what we should do in all aspects of our lives. They see us as ignorant cattle, who are unable to understand the virtues of their plan for America and the World. Like children, we must be made to take our medicine – since, in their view, we have no concept of the true benefit of the bad-tasting medicine we are to be fed.

I have also found that a small number of people in the regulatory agencies and public health departments would like to speak out but are so intimidated and threatened with dismissal or destruction of their careers, that they remain silent. As for the media, they are absolutely clueless.

I have found that “reporters” (we have few real journalists these days) rarely understand what they are reporting on and always trust and rely upon people in positions of official power, even if those people are unqualified to speak on the subject. Most of the time they run to the Centers for Disease Control or medical university to seek answers. I cannot count the number of times I have seen university department heads interviewed when it was obvious they had no clue as to the subject being discussed. Few such professors will pass up an opportunity to appear on camera or be quoted in a newspaper.

One must also appreciate that such reporters and editors are under an enormous economic strain, as vaccine manufacturers are major advertisers in all media outlets and for an obvious reason – it controls content. A number of excellent stories on such medical subjects are spiked every day. That means we will always be relegated to the “fringe media” as our media outlets are called. Despite the high quality of the journalism in many of the “fringe” outlets, they have a much smaller audience. And despite this we are having an enormous effect on the debate.

As the Public Awakens, the Collectivist Becomes Desperate

John Jewkes, in his book Ordeal by Planning, observed that as the British collectivists began to see opposition rise to their grandiose plans, they became more desperate and aggressive in their reaction.   They then initiated a campaign of smearing their opponents and blaming every failure on the unwillingness of the people to accept the planner’s dictates without question. We certainly have seen this in this debate – opponents to forced vaccinations are referred to as fringe scientists, kooks, uneducated, confused, and enemies of public safety – reminiscent of Stalin’s favorite phrase, “enemy of the people.”

This desperation is based upon their fear that the public might soon catch on to the fact that the entire vaccine program is based upon nonsense, fear, and concocted fairy tales. One special fear of theirs is that the public might discover the fact that most vaccines are contaminated with a number of known and yet-to-be discovered viruses, bacteria, viral fragments, and DNA/RNA fragments. And, further, that our science demonstrates that these contaminants could lead to a number of slowly-developing degenerative diseases, including degenerative diseases of the brain. This is rarely discussed but is of major importance in this debate.

The idea that adults and their children would be forced to submit to being injected with dozens of these organisms and organic fragments is terrifying. No regulatory agency is tracking to see if chronic diseases are rising in the vaccinated, yet we have compelling evidence of a massive rise in all autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and certain cancers since the advent of a dramatic increase in the number of vaccines being mandated.

Of special concern is the finding that many of the contaminant organisms can pass from generation to generation. For example, new studies have found that SV-40, a major contaminant of the polio vaccine until 1963, not only existed as a latent virus for the lifetime of those exposed to the vaccine but was being passed on to the next generation, primarily by way of sperm, something called vertical transmission. This means that every generation from now on will be infected with this known carcinogenic virus. There is also compelling evidence that some polio vaccines manufactured after 1963 may contain SV-40 virus.

What makes the SV-40 contamination disaster of such concern is its association with so many cancers – including mesothelioma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, meningioma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, pituitary adenoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcomas, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, papillary thyroid carcinomas, and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas.

The Federal government has gone to enormous lengths to cover up this association, despite the powerful scientific evidence that this vaccine infected at least a hundred million people worldwide with this carcinogenic virus. And, it took over 40 years just to get this far. Linking vaccine contaminations and immunoexcitotoxicity to the drastic rise in neurodegenerative diseases will probably take even longer because of the widespread growth of entrenched powers high in government and their control of the media, which is equally extensive. The fact that powerful, enormously wealthy foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller series of foundations, are supporting forced vaccination greatly enhances the power of governments all over the World.

These foundations operate in the shadows, influencing legislation and government actions through the World Health Organization and individual governmental bodies. Behind every call for forced vaccinations, mandated quarantines, and home invasions, one can find one of these foundations providing the money as well as experts. Remember, the largest of the pharmaceutical-vaccine manufacturers are also providing much of the money for the foundations and serving on the boards of these foundations. The Rockefellers either owned outright or had controlling interest in all of the major pharmaceutical companies. This has given them absolute and extremely powerful access to the reins of power at all levels. Yet, they can be defeated by the truth.

Dr. Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. For the past 24 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice for 2 years. Retiring from his neurosurgical practice to devote full time to nutritional studies and research, Dr. Blaylock has written and illustrated three books (Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, and Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient). In addition, he has written and illustrated three chapters in medical textbooks, written a booklet on nutritional protection against biological terrorism, has an e-booklet on radioprotection (Nuclear Sunrise), written and illustrated a booklet on multiple sclerosis, and written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Other credits include Dr. Blaylock’s DVD Nutrition & Behavior, a CD-ROM on the Truth About Aspartame, and, for the past five years, a health newsletter The Blaylock Wellness Report, published by NewsMax. Since the publication of his first book, he has been a guest on over 100 syndicated radio and television programs and appeared on the 700 Club seven times. He lectures widely to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutritional subjects.

Dr. Blaylock is a visiting professor of biology at Belhaven College and serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, the editorial staff of the Fluoride Journal and is on the editorial staff of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, official journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a regular lecturer for the Fellowship for Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.

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Family of Hannah Bruesewitz Speaks Out


Vaccine Safety and Autism Advocacy Organizations To Denounce U.S. Supreme   Court’s Landmark Ruling

Family of Hannah Bruesewitz Speaks Out, First Major News Conference Post-Decision Press Conference Thursday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Supreme  Court

(Washington, D.C.) Russ and Robalee Bruesewitz, parents of Hannah Bruesewitz, along with vaccine safety and autism leaders Mary Holland, Esq. and Louise Kuo Habakus will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. They will denounce the Court’s ruling last week in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth. Vaccine-injured children are now denied the right to sue for defectively designed vaccines in civil court.

The Supreme Court’s decision will erode public confidence in childhood vaccines. On behalf of over 100,000 concerned citizens, advocates, and professionals, these leaders urgently call for vaccine policy reform.

Where: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C

When: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

If you can not be there you can watch the live stream here, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vaccinejustice

www.centerforpersonalrights.org

 

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Announcing… Vaccine Epidemic!

Louise Kuo Habakus, writer and analyst, and Mary Holland, research scholar at New York University School of Law, in conjunction with the Center for Personal Rights, Inc., a non-profit think tank and advocacy organization, present Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children.

Reviewed by Dr. Bernadine Healy

“There are unanswered questions about vaccine safety. We need studies on vaccinated populations based on various schedules and doses as well as individual patient susceptibilities that we are continuing to learn about. No one should be threatened by the pursuit of this knowledge. Vaccine policy should be the subject of frank and open debate, with no tolerance for bullying. There are no sides—only people concerned for the well-being of our children.”

—Bernadine Healy, M.D., former director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and current health editor, U.S. News & World Report

Vaccine Epidemic Brings You the Real Story about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the State of Vaccine Safety Science If you are scratching your head about the British Medical Journal’s big story last week and the extraordinary treatment that Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been receiving in the mainstream press, including CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, you are not alone. Vaccine Epidemic explains what’s really going on and why the global vaccine establishment is so hopping mad.

Notably:

• NYU research scholar Mary Holland answers the question “Who is Dr. Andrew Wakefield?” with a succinct review of the relevant events and the charges against him, and the reasons they do not stand up. Learn how Dr. Wakefield is the latest in a long line of dissidents, challenging scientific orthodoxy and being punished because his views profoundly threaten conventional wisdom.

• Epidemiologist Dr. Carol Stott and Dr. Wakefield present “A Call for More Research,” an excellent summary of the state of vaccine safety science today. The authors review new peer-reviewed research and meta analyses that raise grave concerns about the wisdom of current U.S. vaccination policy. Learn information that the government and the media do not want to you to hear about the inadequacy of vaccine safety science—in the words of the Institute of Medicine and other venerable sources.

• Dr. Wakefield, in his own words and uninterrupted by rude journalists and paid industry spokespeople with an agenda tells his own story in “The Suppression of Science.” He is not who you may have heard. For example, he is not anti-vaccine—he encouraged parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella using separate shots; it was the British government who took away that option, leading to a drop in MMR vaccination rates. Learn more of the facts in this insightful and personal chapter.

These chapters, and 23 others, connect the dots about this long-standing controversy that will not go away. Vaccine Epidemic explains how people concerned about many individual topics in this debate including:

• conflicts of interest and undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry

• increased compulsory vaccination for day care, secondary school, and college admission, employment, and immigration

• mandated anthrax and other vaccinations required by the military

• biochemistry of injected mercury and thimerosal, especially in babies

• deaths and devastating injury after human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (Gardasil and Cervarix) for young girls and boys

• hepatitis B vaccination for newborns

• swine flu “pandemic” of 2010

• the myth of herd immunity, including persistent outbreaks among the vaccinated

• allegations of “medical neglect” and forced child removal involving vaccination

• thousands of families who witnessed their children’s regression into autism after vaccination, and more…

… are all asking similar questions and coming up against the same limitations of the state of the science. You will then understand why established vaccine interests feel compelled to make big news about an old story and relaunch an unprecedented character assassination of a courageous man who has already paid the highest professional price possible by telling this inconvenient truth: we need more science.

Stay tuned and you’ll hear more. Vaccine Epidemic tells you what the big story is really about.

Groundbreaking Handbook on Vaccination Choice

Nearly all Americans receive vaccines. The federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends 70 doses of sixteen different vaccines between birth and age eighteen, and all fifty states mandate between 30 and 45 doses of vaccines for admission to day care and school.

Public health officials state that vaccines are safe and effective, but the truth is far more complicated. Vaccination is a serious medical intervention that always carries the potential to injure and cause death as well as to prevent disease. Coercive vaccination policies deprive people of free and informed consent—the hallmark of ethical medicine. National polls show that Americans are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety and the right to make individual, informed choices together with their healthcare practitioners. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding individual and parental vaccination choice in the United States.

Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland edit and introduce a diverse array of interrelated topics concerning the explosive vaccine controversy, including:

• The human right to vaccination choice

• The ethics and constitutionality of vaccination mandates

• Personal narratives of parents, children, and soldiers who have suffered vaccine injury

• Vaccine safety science and evidence-based medicine

• Corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program

What should parents do? A review of eight advice books on vaccines that span the gamut

Featuring more than twenty experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

Available Early February: Pre-Order Today

Vaccine Epidemic will be available online and in bookstores—including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.

Pre-order now to reserve your copy. Our book ships from the printer to warehouses on January 13. Order today and it could be in your hands by the end of this month. And consider buying two copies. Not only will you get free shipping, but once you start reading, we guarantee you’ll want to talk about it.

NYC Book Launch Event on February 17, 2010

Join us on Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 pm at New York University School of Law for the public and media launch of Vaccine Epidemic. The event will include a presentation, panel discussion, and Q&A with the editors and several of the contributing authors, including Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Michael Belkin, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Dr. Annemarie Colbin, and Kim Mack Rosenberg, JD. We welcome attendees from all sides of the vaccine debate—we want to foster dialogue on these critical issues.

More details will follow. Since the event is open to all, please register as soon as possible to confirm your attendance. It will allow us to plan for space and security requirements and to create a waitlist, if necessary.

Books will be available for purchase. Bring your copy to be signed, or buy one there (cash only). Many of you have told us that you are planning to stock up—contact us for volume purchases over 10 books. It’s the perfect baby shower gift, and don’t forget one each for your children’s pediatrician and school nurse!

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If you can’t join us in Manhattan next month, check back often on the Vaccine Epidemic website to find out if we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon. If you would like to plan an event or sell books at a university, conference, or workshop, write us with your ideas. Send us the name of a local bookstore and we can help you set it up.

As you read the book, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Post a review on Amazon. Talk it up on Facebook and Twitter. Add it to your book club list. Ask your professor to add it to curricula for public health, law, philosophy, history and other coursework. It’s time to start a national conversation on the real story… the human right to vaccination choice.

Hope to see many of you very soon!

Louise Kuo Habakus

Mary Holland

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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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