Remove Vaccine Safety Oversight From DHHS

Posted 9/2/2014

By Barbara Loe Fisher

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.
 
 

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Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures

Posted 8/13/2014

By Barbara Loe Fisher

As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union,1 2 our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can’t get a public school education.3
 
No Shots, No School, No Exceptions
 
Over the past century, denial of a public school education has been used like a club by public health and medical trade officials demanding that state legislators enact “No Shots, No School, No Exceptions” vaccine laws.4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 In 1914, children had to get one dose of smallpox vaccine to go to school.13 In 2014, children entering kindergarten must get a minimum of 29 doses of 9 vaccines.14 Babies enrolled in daycare get even more vaccines.15
 
Medical Exemptions Rarely Granted
 
Parents in 48 states can file a religious or personal belief vaccine exemption but some states make those exemptions very hard to get.16 A medical exemption is allowed in all states but doctors rarely grant them to children anymore because almost all medical reasons for delaying or withholding a vaccine have been eliminated.17 18 19
 
Government and medical trade officials have narrowed medical contraindications to vaccination after Congress shielded doctors and vaccine manufacturers from vaccine injury lawsuits.20 Today, even children with severely compromised immune systems are given most vaccines.21
 
Doctors Practicing Authoritarian Medicine
 
Now that everybody is a candidate for vaccination all the time, liability free doctors have been given a green light to practice authoritarian medicine.22 23 24 Distraught parents are contacting NVIC and telling us that pediatricians are dismissing their child’s vaccine reactions as unimportant and refusing to make a report to the federal vaccine adverse events reporting system. Mothers describe how pediatricians are screaming at them if they decline a vaccination or simply ask for fewer shots to be given to their child on the same day.25
 
Recently, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics26 proclaimed publicly that he is justified in getting angry at and discriminating against parents disobeying his orders to give their children every federally recommended vaccine on schedule27 which, by the way, means 49 doses of 14 vaccines between day of birth and age 6 with 20 more doses of vaccines by age 18.28
 
Calling those parents “a public health menace” and comparing them to “substance abusers,” he refuses to treat their children. He said – QUOTE - “That person is a danger, not only to themselves but is a danger to society, a danger to other children in my practice, a danger to old people, a danger to everyone.”29
 
Pediatricians Exempt from Vaccine Injury Lawsuits
 
It is sad and frightening when doctors demonize and threaten parents making thoughtful medical risk decisions for their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics knows that vaccines carry serious risks for some children because AAP leaders successfully lobbied Congress to be exempt from vaccine injury lawsuits.30 31
 
Some People More Susceptible to Vaccine Reactions
 
But even if $3 billion dollars in federal vaccine injury compensation had not already been awarded to vaccine victims in America,32 and even if the Institute of Medicine had not published a series of reports confirming that vaccines can cause injury and death,33 34 35 36 37 everybody knows that people do not all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products38 like vaccines.
 
Each one of us is born with unique genes and a unique microbiome39 influenced by epigenetics,40 which affects how we respond to the different environments we live in. Some of us are more susceptible to vaccine complications.41 42 Public health officials have known this for a long, long time.43 44
  
Learn How to Identify Vaccine Reactions
 
With so many pediatricians denying vaccine risks and failures, it is even more important for parents to do their own research. If your child is getting back-to-school shots, you should know how to identify symptoms of a vaccine reaction. Once your child has had a vaccine reaction, revaccination may cause a more serious reaction.45 Plus, you only have two years to file a claim in the federal vaccine injury compensation program after a vaccine-related death or three years after a vaccine injury.46 47

A few of the more serious vaccine reaction symptoms are:
 
  • Convulsion or seizure symptoms include eyes fluttering and rolling back in the head; twitching, trembling, jerking, shaking or sudden rigidity of one or more parts of the body.53 54  55  56
  • High Fever between 103 and 105 degrees F. or more.48 49
  • High Pitched Screaming, also known as the encephalitic cry, is described as a shrill scream, shriek or wail that goes on for hours. Mothers often say they have never heard this type of crying before. Sometimes babies arch their backs while screaming, which can be a sign of brain inflammation.50
  • Collapse/Shock. The child may be pale, have bluish lips and suddenly go limp and appear to be unconscious.51 52
  • Excessive Sleepiness is when the child sleeps deeply without moving for hours after vaccination and does not respond to noise, touch or light and cannot be easily awakened to eat.57 58 59
  • Brain Inflammation, also called encephalitis or acute encephalopathy,has been recognized as a very serious complication of vaccination since the first vaccine for smallpox. Symptoms can include convulsions, high-pitched screaming, collapse, and hours of unconsciousness.60 61 62 63 64 65 66
  • Encephalopathy or chronic brain dysfunction can include physical and mental regression, dramatic personality and behavior changes, loss of muscle control, speech and other abilities, or the child may be unable to continue to meet developmental milestones.67 68 69 70 71
Vaccine Reactions May Take A Week or Longer to Appear
 
This is not a full list of vaccine reaction symptoms and there are other types of reactions affecting immune and brain function involving the skin,72 73 74 joints,75 76 blood77 78 and other parts of the body that can be warning signs a child may be sensitive to one or more vaccines. Some reactions develop within hours of vaccination while others, like convulsions following MMR vaccination, can take a week or more to appear.79
 
Review Vaccine Manufacturer Information & Vaccine Ingredients
 
Before vaccination, read the vaccine manufacturer’s product inserts so you are aware of the types of serious health problems reported in pre-licensure clinical trials and during post-marketing surveillance.80 Take a look at vaccine ingredients as well, because some children are allergic to antibiotics, gelatin, MSG, Thimerosal, yeast, egg protein and other vaccine ingredients.81 82
 
Vaccine Immunity Not Permanent: Pertussis Vaccine Failures
 
Parents also need to know that vaccine acquired immunity is not permanent and fully vaccinated children can still get and transmit infectious diseases.83 Vaccine failures and waning immunity is a real problem for vaccines like B. pertussis,84 85 also known as whooping cough. The FDA reported last year that vaccinated persons still can be infected with and transmit pertussis, sometimes without even showing any symptoms.86 The majority of children in many pertussis outbreaks have been vaccinated.87 88
 
Learn Symptoms of Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
 
Signs of B. pertussis whooping cough range from a low fever, loss of appetite and a mild cough to violent paroxysmal coughing with choking and vomiting of large amounts of sticky mucus for many weeks.89 Small infants can suffer brain damage or die from pertussis if they cannot clear mucus clogging their airways.90
 
Understanding vaccine risks and failures is a vital part of conscious parenting today.
 
Ask 8 Questions Before Vaccination
 
At NVIC.org: 
  • You can find well-referenced information about vaccines and diseases, including vaccine manufacturer product inserts, and a brochure that lists 8 questions you should ask yourself before your child is vaccinated;
  • You can review vaccine reaction reports made to the federal vaccine adverse events reporting system.
  • You can read testimonials on the Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall by Americans describing how they are being persecuted when they try to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination for themselves and their children.
  • You can signup for the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal and work to secure informed consent protections in your state’s vaccine laws. 
It is really important to find an intelligent, enlightened doctor you can trust, who treats you with respect and your child with compassion. Plan to spend at least as much time empowering yourself with information and carefully thinking about vaccines and diseases as you do when you buy a new car or a new home.
 
It’s your health.  Your family.  Your choice.
 
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NVIC Calls for Vaccine Policy & Law Reform To Protect Human and Civil Rights

posted 5/18/2014

By Barbara Loe Fisher

No matter who you are or where you live, it is difficult to be part of a minority. It takes courage to follow your conscience. It takes courage to stand up and speak out for what you know is right when you are being targeted and sanctioned by those who claim it is their right to bully and shun you for who you are or what you believe.

This is especially true for those speaking out and standing up for the right to make informed, voluntary choices about using vaccines, a pharmaceutical product that carries a risk of harm and failure that can be greater for some than others. 1 2 3

Informed Consent to Medical Risk-Taking: A Human Right


The freedom to make voluntary decisions about what you are willing to risk your life or the life of your child for is a human and civil right.

It is a human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to medical risk taking,4 5 6 including taking risks with pharmaceutical products like vaccines. In America, parents of minor children have the legal right and responsibility to make medical risk decisions for their children.7 8 9

Freedom of Thought, Speech & Belief: A Civil Right

Under the U.S. Constitution, Americans are guaranteed the civil right to exercise freedom of thought, speech and belief.10 11 12 The right to dissent and petition the government for redress of grievances and hold beliefs that may differ from ones held by the majority is protected because our nation’s founders understood that minorities must be protected from oppression by the majority.13

Targeted, Bullied, Shunned and Sanctioned

In America today, some citizens are being discriminated against and persecuted for following their conscience and making vaccine choices that do not conform with federal health policy. They are being targeted, bullied, shunned and sanctioned. 14 15 Doctors 16 and politically powerful special interest groups 17 18 19 20 associated with private drug companies 21 and medical trade associations22 have joined with government health officials23 24 and lobbying state legislators to eliminate or severely restrict the legal right to exercise informed consent to vaccine risk taking.25 26 27

Laws Passed Restricting Non-Medical Exemptions

In the past three years, laws have been passed in the states of Washington,28 California29 and Oregon30requiring parents filing non-medical exemptions to either undergo state mandated vaccine “education” or beg for signatures from pediatricians already refusing to provide medical care to children who do not get all 69 doses of 16 federally recommended vaccines right on schedule.31

Colorado Preserves Personal Belief Exemption

But this year in Colorado, concerned citizens turned out in force to publicly object to similar attempts by professional lobbyists to restrict vaccine informed consent rights.32 On May 2, 2014 the Colorado legislature became the first to vote to preserve the personal belief exemption to vaccination without modification.33

NVIC’s Pro-Vaccine Choice Message in Times Square

The same day that legislators in Colorado voted to affirm freedom of conscience in America, a pro-education, pro-vaccine choice message sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center was up on the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square celebrating freedom of speech.34 The message is simple: “Vaccinations? Know the risks and failures: Your Health. Your Family. Your Choice.” That 24-hour message in the heart of Broadway on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City is going to stay there through mid-July.

NVIC Publishes Vaccine Law Reform Guide

Today, the National Vaccine Information Center is launching a national campaign to secure vaccine safety and informed consent protections in state vaccine policies and laws. We have published a fully referenced guide for legislators and the public called Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law and you can view or download it for free online on NVIC.org.35 I wrote this Guide and it is anchored with more than 240 references and explains in detail why laws should be passed in every state to maximize vaccine safety for those choosing to use vaccines while protecting the legal right to get an education, hold a job, receive health insurance and medical care, enter a hospital or nursing home and function in society without being forced to get every government recommended vaccine.

These legal rights are important to preserve because, first, we are not all the same.36 37 We do not all respond the same way to drugs or vaccines just like we do not all respond the same way to infectious diseases.38

High Vaccination Rates and Vaccine Failures

Public health officials admit that for more than 30 years, the U.S. has had a 95% plus vaccination rate among children entering kindergarten for at least seven vaccines, including pertussis.39 40 Now, public health officials admit that children and adults can be fully vaccinated and still get infected with and transmit B. pertussis whooping cough to others without even knowing it.4142 There have been recent reported outbreaks of mumps and measles among fully vaccinated children and adults and the influenza vaccine has a less than 60 percent rate of effectiveness in most years.43 44 45 46 47

Pharma Shielded from Civil Liability

At the same time, the federal government has paid out nearly $3 billion dollars to victims of vaccine injury since Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.48 That law banned most vaccine injury lawsuits against drug companies selling vaccines and doctors giving them49 and, in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court went one step further and gave vaccine manufacturers a complete product liability shield – even when vaccines could have been made safer!50 This sealed a cruel fate for the two out of three vaccine victims denied compensation under the federal vaccine injury compensation program.51 Now drug companies can fast track and market new vaccines52 that may be more reactive and less effective than they should be because there is no legal accountability for anyone who develops, regulates, markets, gives and promotes vaccine use.

Individual Susceptibility = Unequal Vaccine Risk Burden  

During the past three decades, the Institute of Medicine has published a series of reports pointing out the large gaps in vaccine safety science,53 54 confirming that some people are genetically, biologically and environmentally more susceptible to suffering brain inflammation and other types of serious vaccine reactions but doctors often do not know who will be injured or die from vaccination.55 56 It has become very clear that one-size-fits-all vaccine policies place a disproportionate and unequal risk burden on those more vulnerable to vaccine harm.57

Have you or your child already discovered you are a member of that vulnerable minority who is at increased risk for vaccine injury- or do you have a relative or friend who is?

If so, then you understand why a law that compels everyone to use a pharmaceutical product which carries an unpredictable and greater risk of injury or death for a minority of vulnerable individuals – most of whom do not even know who they are – is not humane. There is nothing moral or just about a government policy that facilitates a de facto selection of certain individuals for sacrifice in the name of the public health.

Every Life Is Important

Every life is important and it is time for all Americans to stand up, speak out and take action to defend our human and civil rights when it comes to vaccine risk taking. Join with NVIC and help us secure vaccine safety informing, reporting and informed consent provisions in all vaccine policies and laws to protect both those  who choose to use every government recommended vaccine and those who don’t.

Please read the guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and LawCheck out the referenced version and share it with your family, friends, community leaders and state legislators. Sign up to become a user of the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal that will inform you about vaccine legislation moving in your state.

What you choose to do, what we all choose to do right now will determine what kind of America we leave to our children and grandchildren. Because if the state can tag, track down and force individuals against their will to be injected with biological products of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice. 

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Gardasil Vaccine, Katie Couric and Cyber-Lynching

posted 1/29/2014

by Barbara Loe Fisher 

The public flogging of veteran broadcast journalist Katie Couric began on Dec. 4, 2013, immediately after a 17-minute report on HPV and Gardasil vaccine was broadcast on her TV talk show “Katie.” 1 It was kick-started by a west coast business writer, who administered the first lash with a bizarre take-down of freedom of the press:
 “The real punch of the show was its portrayal of HPV vaccination as “controversial,” he charged.” Merely to ask questions is to validate them.” He ended with a sucker punch: “Katie Couric established her credibility as a spokeswoman for preventive medicine more than a decade ago...now she’ll be known for promoting junk medicine instead.” 2
“Is Katie Couric The Next Jenny McCarthy?”

Then, like piranhas in a fish tank full of fresh chum, an online clique of mean girls and bully boys let Katie have it right between the eyes.
“Is Katie Couric the next Jenny McCarthy?” sneered a headline for an article in which a cub reporter sharpened her claws on Couric’s credibility by hissing “The damage a former Playboy Bunny has been able to do is bad enough. But Couric’s misdeeds are all the worse given that she’s taken much more seriously than Jenny McCarthy.” 3
Continuing with that lame theme, an entertainment writer stuck it to Katie when she suggested that “To some, Couric's behavior is even more problematic than McCarthy's, given her stature as a respected journalist and former network news anchor, as well as her previous efforts to educate the public about the fight against cancer.” 4

One headline screamed “Katie Couric Hands Over Her Show to Anti-Vaccine Alarmists” 5 and another one gasped “Why is Katie Couric Promoting Vaccine Skeptics?” followed by an article written by a photojournalist sniping that “Couric needs to review her priorities.” 6

Katie Couric: Presenting HPV Information & Perspective

Katie’s unforgiveable transgression? On her afternoon talk show, she gave two mothers, who had witnessed their daughters’ health suddenly deteriorate after Gardasil shots, an opportunity to speak about what happened. 7 8 She gave an international HPV infection expert, 9 who participated in Gardasil vaccine clinical trial research, an opportunity to comment about the effectiveness of Gardasil vaccine and the need for all girls – whether they get vaccinated or not – to get regular pap screening.
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She gave a pediatrician an opportunity to encourage parents to vaccinate their 11-year old boys and girls because “HPV vaccine does not seem to be any risker than any of the other vaccines we routinely use;” 11 12 and she gave a mother and her daughter an opportunity to enthusiastically endorse the vaccine. 13

Katie Couric presented information and a range of perspectives about a current topic being discussed by millions of parents and young women in homes and doctors’ offices across the country. She did it because she is an intellectually honest journalist, a compassionate mother and cancer prevention pioneer. Fourteen years ago, Katie Couric almost single handedly put a human face on the importance of colonoscopy screening, especially for those at high risk when she publicly witnessed about the tragedy of losing her husband and the father of her children to colon cancer. 14 After a long and successful career in broadcast journalism, in 2006 she became the first woman to anchor the evening news on a major U.S. TV network. 15

An Orchestrated Campaign of Intimidation 

The shaming of Katie Couric for caring and daring to ask questions about Gardasil vaccine, was a well-orchestrated campaign of intimidation. It was a warning delivered to all journalists that – no matter who you are – your character will be assassinated if you step out of line and question the safety or effectiveness of a government recommended vaccine.  

The cyber lynch mob 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 presenting opinion as unassailable fact delighted in quoting each other and did not reserve their vitriol for Katie. Two mothers on the show were ridiculed for describing their daughters’ Gardasil vaccine reaction symptoms, which are similar to those reported by many, many others in the U.S. and around the world. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 The credentialed Gardasil vaccine researcher 44 on the show was attacked for stating that regular pap tests are the most reliable way of detecting and preventing cervical cancer regardless of vaccination, a position held by cancer prevention experts. 45 46 47

Katie Couric Encourages Informed Vaccine Decision Making 

Two days after the public flogging began, Katie interviewed the Assistant Surgeon General 48 before authoring an article for The Huffington Post responding to the firestorm with unapologetic professionalism. 49 She acknowledged her report could have spent more time putting the statistical risk of suffering a vaccine reaction into greater perspective but defended the inclusion of mothers reporting Gardasil reactions:
 “Some people say their children have suffered from a variety of medical problems after the HPV vaccination, and there have even been a few reports of death,” she said. “As a journalist, I felt that we couldn't simply ignore these reports. “
Katie reinforced a call for regular pap screening:
“There's been troubling research out of Australia that indicates some women are skipping their Pap tests because they have been vaccinated. That's a terrible idea. While the vaccine protects against some of the HPV strains that cause cervical cancers, it doesn't protect against all of them and regular Pap smears are essential for life-saving diagnoses,” she said.
Katie concluded her statement by encouraging critical thinking and informed vaccine decision-making:
“I had my own two daughters vaccinated against HPV. I hope that other parents will look at the research and the facts, and make a reasoned decision on the HPV vaccine and what is best for their children,” she said.
“Not Enough” He Says

However, Katie’s clarification prompted one bully to bring out the whip one more time. Under a headline complaining that “Katie Couric Backs Off from Her Anti-Vaccine Show but Not Enough,” he snarled,
“The video depictions of mothers and daughters in tears will stay with thousands of Couric's loyal viewers. Her written mea culpa, not so much.” 50
Perhaps he wanted her to walk across cut glass on her knees and wimper a little on camera so he could be convinced that she would be a good girl from now on and never, ever step out of line again.

Mothers Will Not Stop Witnessing

One thing is as clear today as it was 32 years ago when mothers publicly witnessed how they watched their children suffer brain inflammation or die after being injected with the old, crude and toxic DPT vaccine. 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 Clearly, when mothers stand up in the public square today and describe how Gardasil vaccine risks for their daughters turned out to be 100 percent, deniers of vaccine risks get really, really emotional. They get angry and defensive. They gather together in a pack, take out the rope and start cyber-lynching.

Mothers around the world, who give birth to babies they are responsible for nurturing through infancy and childhood, are not going to stop talking about what happened to their children after vaccination. Mothers are not going to shut up and sit down like good little girls after they witness the bodies and brains of the children they love be destroyed when Gardasil shots go wrong.

Mothers Will Not Stop Thinking Critically 

They are not going to stop reading the medical literature and thinking critically about the science 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 used to justify giving every child the most expensive federally recommended pediatric vaccine on the U.S. market 72 to prevent an infection that is cleared by more than 90 percent of people without a problem; 73 74
  • a vaccine developed by NIH researchers 75 using GMO technology that was sold by NIH to Merck 76 and fast-tracked to licensure using questionable surrogate markers for efficacy; 77 78
  • a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease that was tested in fewer than 1,200 children under the age of 16 79 using a bioactive aluminum “placebo” as a bogus control in clinical trials; 80 81 82 83 84
  • a vaccine that was only tested in 1,000 adolescent girls and boys in combination with the federally recommended Tdap and meningococcal vaccines; 85
  • a vaccine given by pediatricians shielded from legal accountability for vaccine injuries and deaths just like vaccine manufacturers are shielded from civil liability in U.S. courts; 86
  • a vaccine that by Dec. 13, 2013, had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the U.S. government, including 140 deaths 87 - which is only a fraction of the numbers of Gardasil reactions, injuries and deaths that have actually occurred because most doctors either do not report to the government or make reports directly to Merck. 88 89 90
Federal Awards, Lawsuits, Gardasil Recommendation Withdrawal
Yes, it is illogical to assume that every single one of the reported Gardasil reaction reports and deaths are caused by the vaccine but it is just as illogical to assume that none of them are caused by the vaccine. But logic has nothing to do with one-size-fits-all vaccine policies that sacrifice individuals, who are biologically or environmentally at high risk for suffering vaccine harm, 91 while no research is being done to identify who they are to spare their lives.

Informed mothers know that among the $3 billion dollars in federal compensation that has been awarded to vaccine victims in the U.S. are awards for Gardasil vaccine injuries. 92 They know Gardasil vaccine injured girls are suing vaccine manufacturers in France, where citizens can still file product liability lawsuits. 93  They know that public health officials in Japan no longer recommend Gardasil vaccine because Japan’s government is not writing off every death and case of brain inflammation and autoimmunity following Gardasil shots as just a “coincidence.” 94

HPV Vaccination Made a Top Public Health Priority in U.S.

In what may or may not be a coincidence, at the end of December the Centers for Disease Control made HPV vaccination one of the top five "public health priorities" for 2014. In one media article, 95 the HPV vaccination rate of 30% in the U.S. was compared to the 85 percent vaccination rate in Rwanda, an impoverished, war-torn country where women have been dying in great numbers from cervical cancer because there has been no routine pap screening available to them. In 2011, Merck created a school-based vaccination program for all sixth graders in Rwanda to be injected with three doses of Gardasil vaccine. 96

But the United States is not Rwanda.

In America, cervical cancer has declined more than 70% after pap screening became a routine part of women’s health care in the 1960’s and, by 2006, pap tests had driven down the numbers of new cases of cervical cancer to 9,700 per year with about 3,700 deaths 97 in a U.S. population of more than 300 million people.  In the U.S. the 14,000 annual deaths from six cancers associated with HPV98 99 100 101 102 103 104 represents less than 3 percent of the more than 550,000 cancer deaths that occur every year.

Many Other Public Health Emergencies in U.S. Deserve Priority Status
 
There are many public health emergencies in our country that cause far more deaths and disabilities but do not receive a fair share of the hundreds of billions of dollars appropriated by Congress to health agencies every year.105  For example:
  • Between 210,000 and 440,000 hospitalized patients each year suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death; 106
  • The U.S. has the worst infant mortality 107 and maternal mortality 108 109 rates of all developed nations, with 28,000 babies dying before their first birthday; 110
  • Millions of children are becoming disabled or dying in the unexplained chronic illness epidemic 111 that costs trillions of dollars to treat: 1 child in 6 in America is learning disabled; 112 1 in 9 suffers with asthma; 113 1 in 10 has ADHD; 114 1 in 50 develops autism 115 and 1 in 450 becomes diabetic.116
  • Millions more are suffering with mental health problems. One adolescent in 5 in the U.S. experiences significant symptoms of emotional distress and one in ten is emotionally impaired. 117
Bigger Market for Merck & HPV Vaccine Mandates?

Perhaps the CDC is simply boosting the congressionally approved, lucrative public-private partnership with Pharma 118 119 120 121 122 123 124  by securing a bigger market for Merck's new 9-strain version of Gardasil scheduled to be licensed in the fall of 2014.125 Or perhaps the Merck-Government-Medical Trade lobby is planning another multi-state roll-out of HPV vaccine mandates for all sixth grade children in the U.S. just like they did in 2007.126 127 128

Roll Up Your Sleeve - No Questions Asked


Only time will tell why increasing HPV vaccine uptake has been made the Number One Public Health Priority in America or why the bully boys and mean girls got on their high horses and tried to make a horrible warning out of Katie Couric.  Whatever the reasons, many more Americans now understand that the cruel dogmatic position of vaccine risk denialism is:
Whatever the reasons that government officials made HPV vaccination a top public health priority in the U.S., the cyper-lynching of Katie Couric and mothers reporting Gardasil vaccine reactions is a warning to parents everywhere. Do no forget that the cruel, dogmatic position of vaccine risk denialism is: Roll up your sleeve - no questions asked - and “may the odds be ever in your favor.” 129
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