Voices for Hiding Vaccine Risks: Follow the $

by Barbara Loe Fisher


When it comes to hiding vaccine risks from the people, all you have to do is "follow the money" to find out who has always done it the best. There are a number of influential non-profit organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Every Child by Two, and Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) that have been funded by drug companies selling vaccines and/or have been paid by federal agencies using taxpayer dollars to push vaccine use.

On July 25, CBS News reported on some of the financial ties between vaccine manufacturers and non-profit organizations or individuals (i.e., rotavirus vaccine patent holder Paul Offit, M.D.) who are aggressively promoting vaccination and refusing to acknowledge vaccine risks. The report infuriated a new "non-profit" organization, Voices for Vaccines, that demanded CBS News retract its story and "apologize" for informing the public about the money connection between the pharmaceutical industry and individuals and organizations urging people to buy and use vaccines. On August 1, CBS News issued a statement defending the public's right to know:

"Our report last Friday represents one part of the extensive reporting CBS News has done, and will continue to do, on the issues surrounding vaccines and possible links to autism. That continuing coverage has repeatedly reported on the critical importance of the nation's maintaining a robust vaccination program for children. Reporting on what critics, including members of Congress, believe to be potential conflicts of interest for vaccine advocates who receive funding from vaccine makers is also an entirely legitimate aspect of our overall coverage. We believe our report was in no way defamatory of any institution or individual, and that no retraction is warranted."

While parents are doing their own research so they can make educated vaccine choices for their children that minimize vaccine risks, celebrities questioning vaccine safety such as Jenny McCarthy are being challenged by celebrities defending vaccine safety such as Amanda Peet, Yesterday, Peet became the celebrity spokesperson for Every Child by Two.

When you connect the dots in a "Follow the Vaccine Money" exercise, you don't have to look very far to see who is paying who to promote unquestioning faith in the safety of vaccines and one- size-fits-all vaccine policies. It takes a lot of money for the drug companies and their allies to persuade parents that it is necessary to pump 69 doses of 16 vaccines into children from birth to age 18 to keep them healthy.

Here are some of the major players:

* The Carter Center, founded in 1984 by Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter is affiliated with Emory University and sponsors vaccination programs funded by drug companies and operated by former employees of the CDC. (Rosalyn Carter co- founded Every Child by Two with Betty Bumpers in 1991 with funding from vaccine manufacturers.) Several vaccine manufacturers have donated more than $1 million to the Carter Center.

* The International Task Force for Disease Eradication is sponsored by the Carter Center and operates programs that are funded by vaccine manufacturers (see "Health Program Partners"at ) and directed by present and former CDC officials for the purpose of eradicating infectious diseases including polio, mumps and rubella through mass vaccination programs.

* The Carter Center is a partner with the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, which sponsors programs funded by vaccine manufacturers and directed by former CDC officials such as William Foege, M.D., M.P.H. and Alan Hinman, M.D., M.P.H.

* The Task Force for Child Survival and Development is sponsoring Voices for Vaccines, which has a Steering Committee composed of individuals employed by an affiliate of the Carter Center or Every Child by Two and non-profit organizations, many of whom receive funding from vaccine manufacturers such as the American Academy of Family Physicians and Immunization Action Coalition and P-Kids and Families Fighting Flu.

These are only some of the major players keeping the Vaccine Machine up and running smoothly in the U.S. It is a machine powered by a national and international web of individuals working for and with major pharmaceutical corporations, government health agencies, non-profit medical organizations, world banks, the World Health Organization and wealthy philanthropic foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make sure that people in every country continue to purchase and use many vaccines without thinking about it.

The public health program that began with a mandate to eradicate smallpox from the earth using smallpox vaccine has turned into a lucrative ATM for the drug companies. It provides a kind of money laundering scheme for "non-profits" who pretend to be free from conflicts of interest with an industry whose products they are hawking. It has also become a money pit for the American taxpayer feeding the insatiable Vaccine Machine creating hundreds of new vaccines being tested in more than 2,000 clinical trials that will no doubt be candidates for future vaccine mandates.

Amanda Peet, who is being coached by doctors to tell parents to "trust the doctors," has learned her lines well but neither she nor Jenny McCarthy will ultimately decide the fate of the vaccine safety and informed consent movement begun by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982. Because what is at stake is not the outcome of a Hollywood celebrity face- off but the ability of the American people to free themselves from the tyranny of the "medical experts" who have betrayed the public trust by failing to do their job.

For nearly three decades, before and after passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, parents have been calling on doctors in charge of the mass vaccination system to find out how and why vaccines injure and kill some children. We have been asking doctors to give us a good explanation for why so many of our highly vaccinated children are so chronically ill with 1 in 6 becoming learning disabled; 1 in 9 suffering with asthma and 1 in 150 developing autism. And the only explanation we get or action we have seen is doctors and government health agencies sticking their heads in the sand and twisting themselves into pretzels yelling "it's a coincidence" every time a child regresses into chronic poor health after vaccination.

The last thing we need to do is return to the dark ages when we allowed ourselves to be treated like the infants whose lives we entrusted without question to paternalistic pediatricians patting us on the head. You don't have to have an M.D. or Ph.D. written after your name to become an informed health care consumer and weigh the benefits and risks of vaccination in order to make an intelligent, well considered vaccine decision for your child or yourself.

Unquestioning faith belongs in a church and not in a doctor's office.


"Tonight, on the CBS Evening News, we dig into the allegations of financial conflicts of interest among some widely-quoted "independent" voices in the debates over vaccine safety. We weren't as lucky as Grassley: The groups we approached refused to provide us with a full accounting of their financial relationships. Although two of the groups receive tax benefits for their non-profit status, they are not required to file such details with the IRS and would not provide them to us, either. In the case of a prominent vaccine specialist who is routinely offered up as an "independent" voice to speak on vaccine safety, he, too, was unwilling to disclose to us how much remuneration he's received from the vaccine industry. And the vaccine companies we asked? They said they would not, or could not give such information as: financial support they give to educational institutions, physicians and research projects; a list of outside physicians who are on the payroll as researchers, speakers, advisors or consultants; and an accounting of funding provided to non-profits, medical organizations and government entities such as IOM, NIH, CDC and FDA." - Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News Blog (June 25, 2008) http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/07/25/couricandco/entry4295088.shtml?source=search_story

"The vaccine industry gives millions to the Academy of Pediatrics for conferences, grants, medical education classes and even helped build their headquarters.... Every Child By Two, a group that promotes early immunization for all children, admits the group takes money from the vaccine industry, too - but wouldn't tell us how much. A spokesman told CBS News: "There are simply no conflicts to be unearthed." But guess who's listed as the group's treasurers? Officials from Wyeth and a paid advisor to big pharmaceutical clients. Then there's Paul Offit, perhaps the most widely-quoted defender of vaccine safety. He's gone so far as to say babies can tolerate "10,000 vaccines at once." This is how Offit described himself in a previous interview: "I'm the chief of infectious disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at Penn's medical school," he said. Offit was not willing to be interviewed on this subject but like others in this CBS News investigation, he has strong industry ties. In fact, he's a vaccine industry insider. Offit holds in a $1.5 million dollar research chair at Children's Hospital, funded by Merck. He holds the patent on an anti- diarrhea vaccine he developed with Merck, Rotateq, which has prevented thousands of hospitalizations. And future royalties for the vaccine were just sold for $182 million cash. Dr. Offit's share of vaccine profits? Unknown." - Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News (June 25, 2008)


"Voices For Vaccines objects to the defamatory allegations made by the CBS Evening News on Friday, July 25, against the American Academy of Pediatrics, Every Child By Two, and the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with our colleague Dr. Paul Offit singled out for baseless criticism. It is our privilege to partner with these institutions in our mission to disseminate reliable information about vaccines. These groups advocate for immunization based on the overwhelming evidence for the lifesaving power of vaccination, and motivated by a sincere concern for the health of America's children. It is preposterous and deeply offensive for CBS to suggest otherwise by insinuating that the pharmaceutical industry improperly influences the views of these vaccine advocate.... An obvious starting point for an unbiased reporter assigned to investigate this possibility would have been to determine whether the advocates' recommendations were in accord with the scientific consensus on immunization, as articulated by neutral bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....." - Lisa Randall, Voices for Vaccines letter to CBS (July 31, 2008)

"The new "Vaccinate Your Baby" campaign will address misperceptions about vaccines that cause confusion among parents and put children at risk. "When I was pregnant with my daughter Frankie, I had all kinds of questions, including ones about immunization," said Ms. Peet. "There is a wealth of misinformation about vaccines out there, particularly in Hollywood. My husband and I took the time to speak to several doctors about our concerns. What became clear to us was that delaying vaccines could jeopardize our baby's life. I have teamed up with Every Child By Two to help parents get the facts straight on this very important issue." Ms. Peet added, "My main message to parents is that they should not be taking medical advice from me or any other celebrity. They should look to their pediatrician, the AAP and other experts." - Every Child by Two Press Release (August 5, 2008)



Owlie said...

Perhaps Angelina Jolie decided to give birth in France to avoid the vaccines given in US hospitals?
I know several young couples who are terrified to have children in this country because of the high rate of autism which has occurred after vaccines have been given.

Mary T said...

Dear Ms. Loe,

Thank you for your tireless work that you do to benefit the children and families that don't realize they have a choice in their healthcare. Mary Bowen

unherdof said...

I'm growing fond of the "No Child by Two" take off, and think there is some power in this phrase.

Great write up.

John H said...

My first time experience shopping for a pediatrician.

My wife and I will be having a little girl in mid September.

We did NOT do a tremendous amount of shopping however, I did go to a pro vaccine clinic and a pro vaccine clinic advertising themselves as a 'holistic' and 'natural' clinic. Here's what I
found interesting on the vaccination issue by BOTH clinics.

Both clinics were equally as guilty
of making vaccination aware parents out to be educated my MYTH as their own handouts on vaccine education stated.

The Pro vaccine handout from the 'holistic clinic' was THEE PAGES LONG! It went on to state...
"Confusion (NOT FACTS) about vaccines was all the fault of the internet and that all of the people who are aware of vaccination dangers were getting 'ALL' their 'misinformation' from websites, message boards and chat rooms." The holistic(?) hand out topped the non natural pro vaccine hand out by going on to say in nut shell..."No amount of intellectual knowledge can predict future
events"...essentially saying even if your info IS correct, vaccinating to be 'safe', is the 'smartest' thing to do...
It when on to say..."We don't want you to be uninformed about vaccines"... but only the CDC and AAP can be the 'sole' authority to disseminate ANY information on vaccines.

Here's the kicker...
In their pro vaccine handout they explain YOU can choose NOT to vaccinate or develop your own plan
HOWEVER, by LAW DOCTORS HAVE TO RECOMMEND THE FULL VACCINE SCHEDULE. This is very important for EVERYONE to fully understand. What the above means is that your DOCTOR IS NOT A DOCTOR AT ALL (when it comes to vaccines) BUT IS A
GOVERNMENT AGENT. Yes, that would stand in a court of law because Your doctor if, he /she wanted
to can NOT give you an INDEPENDENT professional opinion on vaccines if they had ANY concerns. If they do the STATE CAN TAKE THEIR LICENSE. So, until this changes, TRUE vaccine related deaths and injuries can in no way be accounted for without the medical professional worrying about law suites and their state tying up or FLAT OUT TAKING their licenses. Many doctors have joined to fight these types of laws
over the years and have ALL failed, because they don't have the resources and TIME big pharma and
their partner in crime, state and federal governments have tying doctors up in court on frivolous
law suites. I was rather subdued but I did bring the latter up to the pediatrician she said... of
course I was correct but the AAP and the rest "JUST HAVE OUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND"

I hate to inform her that after looking at the track record of Big Pharma / the CDC / state and federal goverments OUR BEST INTERESTS are the very last ones on THEIR priority list.

John H.

Preschoolmom2 said...

There just seems to be no way to fight it anymore. The US AirForce is now mandating all Preschool age children in their daycare program MUST have the flu vaccine.. no matter what state your in. When you question them or apply for a waiver -they just ignore you like your some ignorant parent who is not responsible. How do you fight the US Air Force. I call my senator today and they were like - we cannot do anything and when I asked the senator to take a stand - it was like - it's the military -I don't control them.. Ugh. so frustrating.. where do you go for help?

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