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15 October 2019

An Open Letter to Mr Geordie Greig 
The Editor of the Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street Kensington London W8 5TT

Dear Sir

Re: Daily Mail Campaign - “MMR myths and online scare stories”; “The MMR Middle Class Revolt”; “Fatal Infection Of Fake News”; “Don’t Take Vaccines For Granted” 

Just to introduce some balance, I am the mother of an MMR vaccine damaged son, Robert Fletcher, who was awarded a vaccine damage payment in 2010 by the DWP Vaccine Damage Payment Unit Tribunal Service. (1)

Robert received his MMR vaccine in 1992 when he was 13 months old and as a result suffered an epileptic encephalopathy and severe brain damage. He has severe learning difficulties, has uncontrolled seizures, is wheelchair bound, doubly incontinent, can’t talk and requires 24 hour care. Following Robert’s catastrophic reaction to his baby vaccines I decided to research the adverse events reported to the medical authorities after childhood vaccines and found that Robert was not the only “coincidence” or “one-in-a-million” victim. 

Following advice given by Sir Ian McCartney, the then Labour MP for Makerfield and Shadow Health Minister, I set up a support group with other parents at the beginning of 1994 called Justice, Awareness & Basic Support (JABS). Sir Ian addressed the meeting at its launch at Wigan Town Hall.

Since the group was formed in January 1994 families have reported severe adverse reactions to many vaccinations in their children. These parents are, in the main, stating similar time frames, symptoms and long term problems consistent with the vaccine manufacturers’ own data sheets. In the vast majority of cases the parents have been told, as we were: “It’s just a coincidence”.

According to the critics of our group it seems we parents are suffering from a delusory syndrome. I would put it to you that the advisory agencies to the Department of Health are themselves suffering from a syndrome - “The Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome”. They are busily advising the government and medical professionals that everything is fine - so therefore it is. Like the little boy in the story parents can clearly see the obvious - not what they are told to see over and over again.

We, as a group, are often accused of scaremongering, but think about it, if there is any suspicion of a problem with any vaccine or drug product why should we as parents close our eyes and our minds and accept blindly what we are told?

The DM states as fact that: “numerous studies have confirmed that MMR does not harm babies immune systems or cause autism”. 

No links between autism and vaccines: Really?

a) Dr Andrew Zimmerman, paediatric neurologist, a world-renowned pro-vaccine expert medical witness for the US government has issued a sworn affidavit which says that he spoke with Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys and specifically the lead DOJ attorney during a break in the court proceedings to explain that he'd discovered "exceptions in which vaccination could cause autism.”

"More specifically, I explained that in a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves could, and in at least one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.”

"I explained that my opinion regarding exceptions in which vaccines could cause autism was based upon advances in science, medicine, and clinical research of one of my patients in particular.” (2)

It has recently been discovered that Dr Zimmerman was selected by the US Department of Justice to act as an expert witness in the 2007 Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP).

In the US the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has Special Masters, not judges, that preside over cases. At the time, 5,400 petitioners brought claims that vaccine injury had caused their children's autism. The cases were collected and became known as the OAP. 

Hearings were established by the Special Masters to address all the cases through six test cases which would be used to test three theories of autism causation via vaccine damage. 

b) Julie Gerberding, at the time the US Director for the Centers for Disease Control, told Sanjay Gupta on CNN:

"Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.” (3)

c) On separate occasions the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration told journalists Sharyl Atkisson (4) and David Kirby (5) :

"The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.” (4)

Unfortunately, until the safety science is done the numbers of vaccine hesitancy parents will continue to grow irrespective of your campaign, not because they are suffering from some illogical syndrome, but because they are rational, straight thinking people who have had enough of successive governments not listening.

The middle classes, your target readership, are not stupid or gullible. They are pushing back against the growing number of attacks on their intelligence and integrity by critics who choose to ignore that a growing number of families are experiencing serious vaccine adverse reactions in their own children. The government must be open and act to investigate their complaints, not vilify them as “anti-vaxxers” as this will only convince them the authorities have something to hide.

Government and health professionals are responsible for advising the public about the risks and benefits of vaccinations and should be held to account for their information and advice. Likewise the media has a responsibility to hold our policy-makers to account by scrutinising their claims, not to automatically endorse the government line and join in the condemnation of parents.

In my opinion the government is massively conflicted as it is in charge of two competing duties. On one hand it is responsible for vaccine safety and on the other is responsible for promoting vaccine uptake and also defending against any claim of vaccine damage.

Regrettably, it appears that the government has chosen to focus almost entirely on its vaccine promotion and defence function to such a degree that it has essentially abandoned its vaccine safety responsibility. 

There are major flaws in the childhood vaccination programme that need to be addressed. The DM is in a good position to champion this.

We need well-balanced and objective journalism. Why have your reporters not asked parents for their reasons with regards to vaccine hesitancy; not discussed the latest published science; not questioned the increasing demand for special education places; nor held the government to account for the lack of vaccine safety studies against inert placebos or made a comparison against unvaccinated groups?

We have a number of questions, that if answered, could help resolve this issue without further polarising the situation and creating greater hostility towards people who have genuine concerns. 

Please ask the government ministers, medical experts, university organisations and charity spokespeople you have quoted in your campaign to answer the following questions:

Q1. Have MMR and other vaccines ever been trialled against inert placebos, widely accepted as the gold standard for testing of medicines? (6)

Q2. If the government is concerned about measles cases rising why haven’t they offered the alternative of single measles, mumps and rubella as separate vaccines as a choice for children and adults? (7)

Q3. Has the government added into the statistics those who have opted to have the single measles vaccines through private clinics? 

Q4. Why does the government not take action against health professionals who only report between 2% and 10% of vaccine adverse reactions? (8)

Q5. Why does the government’s agency, the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Authority fail to follow-up on every adverse vaccine reaction reported? 

During meetings with the MHRA which I have attended, officers have stated that they do not routinely contact the reporting health professional, six months to 12 months later, to determine if the child fully recovered from the reaction or has further deteriorated.

Q6. Why is it that Public Health England can tell us how many laboratory confirmed measles and mumps cases there are but not how many serious adverse reactions to vaccines have occurred?

Q7. Why does the government accept a lack of comprehensive and accurate safety data on vaccines?

Q8. Should the DM ask all the vaccine advocates being quoted in the campaign, including government ministers, whether they receive direct or indirect funding from the pharmaceutical industry to rule out any conflict of interest?

Q9. Could the DM confirm that ex-head of Research and Development, GSK, Sir Patrick Vallance, has become Chief Scientific Adviser to the British government and, if so, is there any potential conflict of interest here?

Q10. Why is the Public Health England’s MMR pamphlet (which sanitises and downplays the risks of vaccines) widely available to parents rather than the vaccine manufacturers’ patient information leaflets? (9) (10) (11)

Q11. Parents have a right to make an informed consent. The standard for Informed Consent is set by the Supreme Court’s Montgomery ruling of 2015. According to the British Medical Association when doctors are seeking consent they need to ask themselves three questions:

Is the patient aware of any risks relevant to his or her decision regarding the proposed treatment?
Is the patient aware of any reasonable alternatives and their associated risks and benefits?
Have I taken all reasonable measures to ensure that I have presented this information in a form the patient understands? (12)

Has the government put in place necessary procedures and instructions for health professionals to follow this legal requirement and for patients and parents to have time for a considered decision?

Q12. Where is the science to show vaccines have been tested: for: carcinogenicity – the ability to cause cancer; toxicity – the degree to which a substance can damage an organism; genotoxicity – the ability to damage genetic information; mutagenicity – ability to change the genetic material; the impact on fertility, or for long-term protection?

The people you label as “anti-vaxxers” or “vaccine hesitant” are usually, in my experience, well read, informed parents who have either experienced vaccine damage first hand or are close to someone who has been a victim of vaccine damage.

They will be aware that vaccines are a complex mixture of biological and reactive chemicals that are injected, which allows the ingredients to bypass the natural portals of entry and the normal protective filters such as the lungs, digestive organs and the skin. They will be aware that this method of delivery permits the ingredients contained in vaccines to enter the bloodstream and potentially cross the blood-brain barrier.

They will be aware that vaccine manufacturers’ product sheets list known neurotoxins like aluminum, chemically and genetically altered viruses, antibiotics, preservatives, detergents, stabilisers, neutralisers, carrying agents, Polysorbate 80, MSG, formaldehyde, glyphosate and other potentially harmful ingredients.

Although I disagree with DM’s sensationalist and blitz approach to its campaign I am sure the DM is not suggesting parents need to accept adverse vaccine reactions as normal, to ignore the markers for potential neurological damage, to simply let their children take a hit for the community, to accept that vaccine damage is nothing but a coincidence to protect and defend the vaccination programme.

This is not a simple for or against vaccine issue, it is complex and can’t be resolved by trying to persuading the public that a “one-size-fits-all” programme is safe and effective for everyone. No child or adult is immune to potential vaccine damage as many, including health professionals, have found to their cost. Vaccine damage does not discriminate whatever your views on the vaccine issues may be. 

Again, without the safety science and accurate safety data no one, including government and all the so-called experts presented here, are able to assess the risks and benefits of vaccination to the satisfaction of the public.

The parents of vaccine damaged children, like myself:

listened to their doctor’s advice and accepted, when told, that the vaccines and the schedule was perfectly safe 
witnessed their child’s serious, life changing or life ending adverse event 
realised too late that they had not made an informed decision 
had been misinformed by medical professionals who were either complicit or ignorant of the facts 
have been attacked and vilified by vaccine advocates for exposing the massive flaws in vaccination policy and practice in the UK 
did not realise that medical professionals who follow government guidelines take no responsibility for vaccine damage whatsoever 
was unaware that government policy-makers and regulators have direct and indirect conflicts of interest through public/private partnerships
didn’t know that the government’s policy makers accept and sanction childhood vaccines without comprehensive, accurate data on the safety of vaccines

UK history demonstrates that in the early part of the 20th century measles was indeed a killer, however, by the time the single measles (1967) and MMR vaccines (1988) were introduced it had become a relatively mild disease and mortality was very low. (13) (14)

In the pre-vaccine era we know natural measles led to life-long immunity for most people and provided maternal immunity for babies under twelve months of age. MMR vaccines do not create sufficient maternal immunity which has resulted in measles being potentially much more dangerous for babies of this age group. Measles could also be more dangerous in adults where vaccine immunity has waned (15)

In 1988 the Government’s health minister promised only one MMR vaccine would be necessary to provide life-long immunity. (16) That turned out to be wrong as a second MMR was soon deemed necessary at pre-school age to offer ‘full’ protection. (17)

Mr Stevens the head of NHS England has accepted recently that children vaccinated with two MMR vaccines can still catch mumps as teenagers and adults which also contradicts government’s claims of efficacy for the MMR vaccine. The woman reported in the DM campaign is a prime example.

Public Health press statements have claimed that: “…[MMR] is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” “That may mean that some young children will have three MMR jabs…That is not a problem. It is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” and one of the strongest claims: “There’s no adverse effect to this extra jab [3rd MMR]….” (18) (19)

These statements are totally at odds with the MMR vaccine manufacturers’ product sheets and dismiss out of hand the acceptance and payments made by the Government’s DWP Vaccine Damage Payment Unit, over £74 million has been awarded to date even with its extremely strict criteria. (20) (21)

A recent study sponsored by vaccine-makers compared two MMR vaccines: 

Merck’s MMR II and GSK’s Priorix, both used in the UK. The children in the study were given a version of MMR and other vaccines and the results of the study were published. Adverse events resulting in emergency room visit: 10.1% in one group 10.4% in the other group. New onset chronic diseases following the vaccinations: 3.4% in one group 3.7% in the other group. Given that our vaccine policy-makers usually quote the chance of a severe reaction as 1 in a million, using the figures in the study this could mean if you vaccinated 1 million children with either MMR vaccine, 34,000 in one group and 37,000 in the other group were at risk of new onset chronic diseases. (22) (23)

Do these extraordinary figures not give anyone cause for concern?

The US government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1986 and the pharmaceutical companies had to contribute to the scheme. Up until August 1997, ‘… these taxes were imposed on each vaccine using a risk-based formula in which DTP, DTaP, or any pertussis containing combination was taxed at $4.56 per dose; DT, Td, or TT was taxed at $0.06; MMR, MR, M, or R was taxed at $4.44; and polio (both OPV & IPV) was taxed at $0.29….’ (24)

This gives an indication of which vaccines the US government and the pharmaceutical companies deemed carried the highest risk of a serious adverse reaction. Since the inception of the NVICP the US authorities have paid out over $4.1 billion.

In recorded outbreaks of measles in the US where laboratory testing has been conducted up to 38 percent of cases were confirmed as vaccine strain measles in the Disneyland outbreak. The vaccine virus is known to shed and in a highly vaccinated population people may well pose a greater danger to those who are immune compromised or cannot be vaccinated for other medical reasons. (25)

When we study the UK government statistics we find that contrary to the World Health Organisation’s claim of our “measles free” status (in 2017) the UK has never been completely measles free. Over the last twenty years the numbers of measles notifications have fluctuated up and down. In the period 1996 to 2016 according to PHE there were approximately 70,000 notifications at an average of 3,500 cases per annum. If the laboratory confirmed cases averaged 20 percent of that figure that would equate to 700 cases per year as actual measles. As a percentage of the population of 65 million that is 0.001%. The fatalities from measles over that period of 20 years would equate to 1.1 per annum or 0.0000016% in the population. (26) (27)

To make sense of these figures government would need to compare these with the numbers of vaccine damage cases and vaccine fatalities. However, as mentioned above health professionals are failing to report all suspected adverse reactions and the MHRA is failing to follow up on the reports the agency does receive. Therefore, I repeat, they are conducting a vaccination programme without any accurate safety data on which to determine the risks and benefits of vaccination. 

The government has a history of dismissing high levels of serious adverse reactions. In November 1994 seven million children aged 5 – 16 years were vaccinated in a national measles/rubella campaign. When they reviewed the campaign 12 months later the then Committee on Safety of Medicines (C.S.M.) stated that serious reactions to the vaccine were very rare, but then admitted there had been 530 serious reactions.

Given that the chief medical officer’s figure of ‘one in a million’ for vaccine encephalitis is usually quoted for adverse reactions and only seven million – not 530 million – pupils were vaccinated, there appears to be something wrong with their definition of ‘rare’.

The C.S.M. tried to qualify the statement by reporting that cases of encephalitis, convulsions and Guillain-Barre syndrome were lower than the background prevalence of those conditions. The actual numbers are irrelevant. If previously, healthy children reacted within the measles/rubella incubation period with symptoms and long-term problems listed in the drug companies’ own data sheets, the most important factor is whether the life-changing health problem was caused by the injection. 

So the question that must be asked is: why are the government, media and the other organisations quoted in the DM campaign trying to panic, press and coerce parents to accept all vaccines as safe and effective in a one-size-fits-all method when they do not have the data or evidence to support this?

It should be of interest to the Daily Mail to note that a lawsuit involving 100 people in Ireland citing narcolepsy and the human swine flu vaccine has just begun before the Irish High Court. The news item reported that the defendants are the Minister for Health, the HSE, HPRA and the Pandemrix vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA GSK. (28)

In June 2017 it was reported that the European Courts of Justice had ruled that a vaccine can be considered defective - and thus the cause of a disease - if there is "specific and consistent evidence" related to when the vaccine was administered, the patient's previous state of health, the lack of family history of the disease, and a significant number of reported cases of the disease occurring following vaccination. The court went on to state that such factors could lead a court to determine that "the administering of the vaccine is the most plausible explanation" for the disease, and that "the vaccine therefore does not offer the safety that one is entitled to expect,”. (29)

For those who want to promote vaccines and downplay the risks without any guarantees of safety and efficacy for a medical intervention should take note of this Irish legal action. It may take a successful vaccine lawsuit to make private industry and public healthcare organisations sit up and take notice of people’s concerns and anger. 

We can’t as a society continue to treat our children as statistics and acceptable casualties caught in the crossfire in the war against childhood disease. I would ask you as a major media influence to please open your eyes, open your minds and see for yourselves what is in front of you.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jackie Fletcher

Founder of JABS (Justice, Awareness & Basic Support, a support group for parents of vaccine-damaged children)

c.c. Jo Platt MP Lab. Leigh

References:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Family-win-18-year-fight-MMR-…
https://sharylattkisson.com/…/dr-andrew-zimmermans-full-af…/
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0803/29/hcsg.01.html
https://web.archive.org/…/8301-31727_162-20016356-10391695.…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/vaccine-court-autism-deba_b…
https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l4291/rr-37…
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/apr/25/uk.welfare…
https://www.gov.uk/…/yellow-card-please-help-to-reverse-the…
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/…/9867_MMR_A5leafl…
https://www.merck.com/…/usa/pi_circu…/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/2054/SPC/Priorix
https://www.bma.org.uk/…/legal-update-on-risk-and-informed-…
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157384206064210&set=a.10153525960939210&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157384206119210&set=a.10153525960939210&type=3&theater
https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2359/rr-19…
https://www.independent.co.uk/…/a-jab-in-the-dark-1351948.h…
https://www.essex.ac.uk/s…/healthcare/measles-mumps-rubella…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/n…/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22008478…
https://sovereignwales.com/tag/south-wales-evening-post/…
https://www.merck.com/…/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf…
https://www.gov.uk/vaccine-damage-payment/eligibility…
https://academic.oup.com/…/doi/10.1093/jpids/piz010/5372494/
Supplementary Table 6 of the above report
https://corporate.findlaw.com/…/summary-of-current-issues-i…
https://jcm.asm.org/content/jcm/55/3/735.full.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/…/measles-notifications-and-deaths-in-en…
https://www.gov.uk/…/measles-notifications-and-confirmed-ca…
https://www.irishtimes.com/…/test-case-over-alleged-link-be…

https://curia.europa.eu/…/applic…/pdf/2017-06/cp170066en.pdf

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The BMJ 6 October 2019

Child vaccination rates in England fall across the board, figures show

https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5773/rapid-responses

Rapid response by Jackie Fletcher, Founder of JABS

According to the British Medical Association:

“In March 2015, a unanimous decision in the United Kingdom Supreme Court (Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board) made it clear that doctors must ensure their patients are aware of the risks of any treatments they offer and of the availability of any reasonable alternatives….

…Doctors must 'take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any material risks involved in any treatment, and of any reasonable alternative or variant treatments’.

A 'material risk' is one in which 'a reasonable person in the patient’s position would be likely to attach significance to the risk, or the doctor is or should reasonably be aware that the particular patient would be likely to attach significance to it’…

…When assessing risks, doctors cannot rely on percentages. The significance of a risk cannot be reduced to its likelihood.
Important factors will include:

the nature of the risk, the effect which its occurrence would have upon the life of the patient

the importance to the patient of the benefits sought to be achieved by the treatment

the alternatives available and the risks involved in those alternatives…” (1)

Unfortunately, some four years after the ruling stated above, this important legal advice is still not being followed by all doctors and disseminated to parents.

With regard to vaccinations are all doctors aware of the contents, ingredients, contraindications and risks of vaccines posed for the individual child before attempting to advise the individual parent? 

Public Health press statements have claimed that: “…[MMR] is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” “That may mean that some young children will have three MMR jabs…That is not a problem. It is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” and one of the strongest claims: “There’s no adverse effect to this extra jab [3rd MMR]….” (2) (3)

Parents AND doctors are bombarded with this type of misinformation.

If a parent is offered any information by the doctor it will be the Public Health England pamphlet which is designed to promote the vaccine and allay any fears a parent (or doctor) might have about the product. (4)

However, the vaccine manufacturers’ patient information leaflets (PIL) supplied with the vaccines carry details of contraindications, warnings and risk of serious side effects. (5) (6)

The government is fully aware of the risks as vaccine damage payments have been awarded to the sum of over £74 million and the DWP lists all the childhood vaccinations eligible to be assessed. (7) 

But parents are not routinely given the PIL and are never informed of the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme at the time of vaccination.

With regard to vaccine safety data:

Are doctors aware that health professionals only report between 2% and 10% of vaccine adverse reactions? (8)

Currently medical practices may well be conflicted by the financial entitlements paid to doctors for vaccinating children registered with the practice. This type of target based payment system may contribute to the high level of under-reporting of yellow cards. In my opinion, a major conflict of interest.

Do all doctors know that the medicines watchdog, the MHRA, does not follow up on every adverse reaction reported? During meetings with the MHRA which I have attended, officers have stated that they do not routinely contact the reporting health professional, six months to 12 months later, to determine if the child fully recovered from the reaction or has further deteriorated.

Without this information neither Public Health England nor doctors have any accurate safety data on vaccines. A point that has been raised with the government time and time again. (9) (10)

In the haste to speed up and streamline more and more vaccines for children the right to informed consent is being ignored. This is not only dangerous for the child from a health point of view but also for the health professional from a potential litigation point of view. 

Parents have a right to make informed consent. Doctors have a duty to facilitate this right.

References:

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/consent/legal-update-on-...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22008478?fbclid=IwA...
https://sovereignwales.com/tag/south-wales-evening-post/?fbclid=IwAR1ioR...
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...
https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/2054/SPC/Priorix
https://www.gov.uk/vaccine-damage-payment/eligibility?fbclid=IwAR0Pz2Yyp...
https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/yellow-card-please-help-to-reverse...
Jabs. Deja vu. Taken from the Daily Telegraph 1st February 1974. Vaccine 'Risk To Children' By the Telegraph's Parliamentary Staff. Jabs perspective.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1615747/pdf/amjph00450-0108...

Competing interests: Mother of MMR vaccine-damaged son

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13 September 2019

An Open Letter to The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 
Houses of Parliament
Westminster
London SW1A 0AA

Dear Sir

I refer to the recent press coverage in the Guardian and Daily Mail newspapers (September 2019) where GP chairpersons of clinical commissioning groups in London have written to you promoting compulsory MMR vaccines for four and five year old pre-school children. It is reported that this suggested “shift in policy” is to “tackle ‘complacency’ among parents”. 

In my experience parents are anything but complacent when it comes to the health of their children. It is the parents who hit a brick wall when they ask their doctors important questions about the real risks of the vaccines compared to the real risks of the illnesses. 

In my opinion the signatories to the letter, and Mr Stevens (NHS Chief Executive) and the writers of these one-sided biased articles present a very simplistic understanding of the capacity of vaccines to prevent disease, and show either ignorance or callous disregard for the harm vaccines can and do sometimes cause.

To give an example of the harm caused by vaccines Professor Peter Aaby, ASc DMSc reported on a retrospective study for mortality in children given the DTP vaccine in Guinea Bissau, Africa: The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment. 

The conclusions stated: “DTP was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated. No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of DTP. Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the proportion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the performance of national vaccination programs.

It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials. All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis. Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections.”(1)

History demonstrates that in the early part of the 20th century measles was indeed a killer, however, by the time the single measles (1967) and MMR vaccines (1988) were introduced it had become a relatively mild disease and mortality was very low. (2) (3)

Natural measles led to life-long immunity for most people and provided maternal immunity for babies under twelve months of age. MMR vaccines do not create sufficient maternal immunity which has resulted in measles being potentially much more dangerous for babies of this age group. Measles could also be more dangerous in adults where vaccine immunity has waned (4)

In 1988 the Government’s health minister promised only one MMR vaccine would be necessary to provide life-long immunity. (5) That turned out to be wrong as a second MMR was soon deemed necessary at pre-school age to offer ‘full’ protection. (6)

Mr Stevens has accepted recently that children vaccinated with two MMR vaccines can still catch mumps as teenagers and adults which also contradicts Government’s claims of efficacy for the MMR vaccine. 

Public Health press statements have claimed that: “…[MMR] is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” “That may mean that some young children will have three MMR jabs…That is not a problem. It is perfectly safe and perfectly effective.” and one of the strongest claims: “There’s no adverse effect to this extra jab [3rd MMR]….” (7) (8)

These statements are totally at odds with the MMR vaccine manufacturers’ product sheets and dismiss out of hand the acceptance and payments made by the Government’s DWP Vaccine Damage Payment Unit, over £74 million has been awarded to date. (9) (10)

And the questions being asked by parents?

Have MMR products ever been trialled against inert placebos, widely accepted as the gold standard for testing of medicines? (11)

Has the government forgotten that parents are supposed to be allowed to make an informed consent for any vaccine? Parents, if they are given anything, receive Public Health England’s (PHE) pamphlet on MMR rather than the vaccine manufacturers’ patient information leaflets. The standard for Informed Consent is apparently set by the Montgomery decision of 2015 and currently seems to be ignored. (12) 

Has the government forgotten that health professionals only report between 2% and 10% of vaccine adverse reactions? (13) 

Do the government’s ministers know that the medicines watchdog, the MHRA, fails to follow up on every adverse reaction reported? During meetings with the MHRA which I have attended, officers have stated that they do not routinely contact the reporting health professional, six months to 12 months later, to determine if the child fully recovered from the reaction or has further deteriorated.

Do government ministers not find it odd that PHE can tell us how many laboratory confirmed measles and mumps cases there are but not how many serious adverse reactions to vaccines have occurred?

Without this information the government has no accurate safety data on vaccines. A point that has been raised with the government time and time again. (14) (15)

And on the subject of safety data, a recent study sponsored by vaccine-makers compared two MMR vaccines: Merck’s MMR II and GSK’s Priorix (16). The children in the study were given a version of MMR and other vaccines and the results of the study were published. Adverse events resulting in emergency room visit: 10.1% in one group 10.4% in the other group. New onset chronic diseases following the vaccinations: 3.4% in one group 3.7% in the other group. Given that our vaccine policy-makers usually quote the chance of a severe reaction as 1 in a million, using the figures in the study this could mean if you vaccinated 1 million children with either MMR vaccine, 34,000 in one group and 37,000 in the other group were at risk of new onset chronic diseases. See Supplementary table 6 (17). 

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Do these figures give anyone in Government cause for concern?

Media reports have stated that the uptake rate for the first MMR is currently 92% but it falls to 87% for the second. Has anyone asked the parents why they didn’t return for the second dose?

My son suffered a severe reaction to his first MMR vaccine leaving him with devastating brain damage and long-term disabilities. (This has been accepted by the Government’s vaccine damage tribunal system.) When he reached pre-school age we received notifications that his second MMR dose was due. We refused, therefore you surely have to ask how many of the current pre-school children’s parents have declined for similar reasons?

And on the subject of compulsory vaccines: mandatory vaccinations were tried once before in the UK in the late 1800s. It did not go well. There was great hostility and considerable resistance and the plans had to be abandoned. 

There is no mandate in the UK for any government to impose compulsion for any vaccine. Without democratic consent such a policy would face escalating opposition.

You only need to see what is going on in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, the United States and other countries following government plans to pass laws quickly, without proper public consultation, for mandatory vaccinations and the removal of exemptions. Threats of heavy fines, children to be excluded from nurseries, potential prison sentences for non-payers and the diabolical suggestion that children could be forcibly removed from their parents and vaccinated. Ever since plans were announced people have been taking to the streets of their major cities to protest against this attack on civil liberties. Is this really the way UK doctors want to take us? 

And how could compulsory vaccinations be enforced? My son, who is severely vaccine-damaged (by MMR), has had many hospital emergencies because of his conditions. From being a baby through infancy to adulthood every time we are in the A & E department bloods need to be taken and staff have told us many times over the years that they are not allowed to restrain our son. My husband and I are expected to hold and calm him whilst they draw blood with our consent. If a doctor is faced with parents who refuse to give such consent and are under pressure to vaccinate a distressed child who is refusing to co-operate, how does the doctor vaccinate the child safely? And how does the doctor expect that child or the parents to ever trust him/her again?

Why does it need to be MMR or nothing? Dr Liam Fox when he was shadow health secretary stated that a Tory government would fund single dose vaccines to increase the inoculation rate. "We will be less doctrinaire and more pragmatic,” “…we would have to see whether we should make single dose vaccines available in certain areas to certain groups to get inoculation rates up…” (18)

What needs to be remembered is the question of MMR safety has never been resolved in the UK courts. Despite a multi-party MMR/MR legal action involving some 1400 children being brought over a number of years, the cases ended in 2007 because legal aid was withdrawn. The High Court judge, Mr Justice Keith stated in his closing remarks: “It is important for the claimants’ litigation friends to understand why their children’s claims are not being allowed to proceed. It is not because the court thinks that the claims have no merit. Although this litigation has been going on for very many years, the question as to whether the claims have merit has never been addressed by the court. The reason why the claims have not been allowed to proceed is because everyone has realistically recognised for some time that it is just not practicable for the claims to proceed without public funding…’ (19)

The way to resolve this issue is, not to accuse parents of complacency, or to attack those who question the safety and efficacy of vaccines or to smear them as “anti-vaxxers”. The majority of those people have vaccinated their children and have suffered the consequences. I believe the way forward is to hold vaccine manufacturers and policy-makers accountable and seek the answers to the points raised.

To conclude: In a recent presentation of his work Professor Peter Aaby stated: “I guess most of you may think we know what our vaccines are doing - we don’t.” If such an eminent vaccine expert holds this opinion on a number of widely used global vaccines how can anyone claim, including the Government, the science is settled with regard to the safety and effectiveness of any vaccine. Science is never settled, therefore no childhood vaccine should be made compulsory.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jackie Fletcher

JABS Founder (Justice, Awareness & Basic Support, a support group for parents of vaccine-damaged children)

c.c. Jo Platt MP Lab. Leigh


References:
(1) https://www.ebiomedicine.com/…/S2352-3964(17)30046…/fulltext
(2) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157384206064210&set=pcb.10157384207209210&type=3&theater
(3) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157384206119210&set=pcb.10157384207209210&type=3&theater
(4) https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2359/rr-19
(5) https://www.independent.co.uk/…/a-jab-in-the-dark-1351948.h…
(6) https://www.essex.ac.uk/st…/healthcare/measles-mumps-rubella
(7) https://www.bbc.co.uk/ne…/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22008478
(8) https://sovereignwales.com/tag/south-wales-evening-post/
(9) https://www.merck.com/…/usa/pi_circu…/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf
(10) https://www.gov.uk/vaccine-damage-payment/eligibility
(11) https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l4291/rr-37
(12) https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l1000/rr-0
(13) https://www.gov.uk/…/yellow-card-please-help-to-reverse-the…
(14) http://www.jabs.org.uk/deja-vu.html
(15 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/PMC1…/pdf/amjph00450-0108.pdf
(16) https://academic.oup.com/…/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jpid…
(17) https://oup.silverchair-cdn.com/…/piz010_suppl_supplementar… 
(18) https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/apr/25/uk.welfare
(19) http://www.foiacentre.com/news-MMR-070608.html

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This is an excellent guide by Ashley Everly for all those who want the details of the US vaccination schedule and other relevant information in an easy to access format.


https://vaccine.guide/?fbclid=IwAR1eUPG_BSeNSptPFZzr1TACjIFZfDIDXUFWafCw6mSIINjFwKIqeWVrtOs


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The BMJ  8 June 2019

Should measles vaccination be compulsory?

Rapid response by Jackie Fletcher, Founder of JABS

The simple answer is: No, of course not.

I'd like to point out that Eleanor Draeger makes no distinction between a measles vaccination and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. Thousands of parents who have contacted our group JABS, a support group for parents of vaccine-damaged children, have told us they want the separate measles vaccination and are prepared to use private clinics to access a choice. I doubt that the numbers for single measles vaccines have been included in the calculations quoted in the article. 

Likewise, many thousands of parents have contacted us when the repeat vaccines were due at pre-school age. Many have opted to have blood tests which have shown that their children have produced antibodies for measles. I doubt that these details have been included in the second dose calculations.

In my opinion there are a number of important safety issues that should be addressed.

Currently all drugs licensed by the MHRA undergo long-term double-blind clinical trials during which the rate of adverse reactions in the group receiving the drug under review is compared to the rate of adverse reactions in a group receiving an inert placebo, such as a sugar pill or saline solution. Even these tests sometimes fail to pick up rare serious events.

In contrast vaccines, I understand, are not required to undergo long-term double-blind inert-placebo controlled trials to assess safety. (They are usually tested against other vaccines.) Shouldn't proper safety trials be compulsory?

Further, most paediatric vaccines currently in use in the UK have been approved based on studies with inadequate follow-up periods of only a few days, weeks or months. The real vaccine trials begin when the vaccines are rolled out over the population. Shouldn't long-term trials against unvaccinated groups be compulsory?

The lack of accurate pre-licensure safety data leaves the assessment of vaccine safety to the post-licensing period when they are administered to children on a routine basis. In theory the 'yellow card' system should work to flag up any serious problems with drug products - the guidelines advise that all suspected reactions should be reported. In practice the system was and still is wholly ineffective because health professionals seem to make their own arbitrary decisions on whether to report suspected side effects of vaccinations. This may lead to serious problems of under-reporting. Currently, it is questionable whether the reporting system collects any reliable data on which to determine the safety of any vaccine. Shouldn't reporting of all suspected adverse reactions be compulsory?

The DH and MHRA have not improve this scheme to ensure accurate adverse events reporting. Furthermore, the limited number of reports the MHRA does receive seem not to be investigated thoroughly nor routinely followed-up with the reporting doctor several months later to ensure the individual has fully recovered or to assess the situation further. Shouldn't an automatic follow-up of reported reactions be compulsory?

At the moment assessing which vaccines cause which serious injuries is based on inaccurate and insufficient data.

I find it disturbing that Public Health England tell us how many laboratory confirmed cases of measles there have been in any period but do not tell us how many serious vaccine adverse events have occurred. 

Competing interests: Mother of MMR vaccine-damaged son


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Arizona Capitol Times 25 March 2019

OPINION By Michelle Ford, 

President of the Vaccine-Injury Awareness League

Michelle-Ford

...I’m talking about brain swelling, allergies, tics, seizures, diabetes, learning disabilities, digestive issues, ear infections, eczema, failure to thrive and a host of other chronic health issues like cancer caused by the SV40 virus or other toxic ingredients. It’s not the “one in a million” you keep being told. Think about it, you probably know at least one person with one or more of the aforementioned and those are just a small handful of vaccine side effects….' 

https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2019/03/25/messengers-of-vaccine-injuries-not-the-culprits/?fbclid=IwAR2P2UyunYhvoOP1p58U6Sa6eTNfJoTLEb9qwLrbFJj8TshcVXcgrJj7qIY

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Health Impact News 20 March 2019

Will the Government Start Using Force against the American Public Resisting Mandatory Vaccines?

By Barbara Loe Fisher

National Vaccine Information Center


Police dog
Police officer and his dog. Black german shepherd.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/will-the-government-start-using-force-against-the-american-public-resisting-mandatory-vaccines/?fbclid=IwAR1bgqSeSA9Yj2zhsVTD04A44m0D5unmrlV3F9Hsr8iOhNSqnPn05hAQHzo

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Dr Paul Thomas on The HighWire with Del Bigtree

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wh3a6nhpKM

14 March 2019

This is a must watch video. This is an appeal by Dr Thomas to other US paediatricians to do urgent studies on their own patients’ medical records. In an analysis of his own practice records he found only one case of autism in 715 unvaccinated children and one case in 440 children following his “vaccine friendly plan”. This is in direct comparison with CDC figures of one in 42 for autism where the full US schedule of vaccines is implemented.

https://www.facebook.com/empoweredmoms101/videos/1900092756769369/?id=100008248893822

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Vaccine Impact 10 March 2019

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Dr. Brownstein on Mandatory Vaccines: “We Don’t Live in Nazi Germany where Medical Procedures were Done without Consent”

https://vaccineimpact.com/2019/dr-brownstein-on-mandatory-vaccines-we-dont-live-in-nazi-germany-where-medical-procedures-were-done-without-consent/?fbclid=IwAR1w5dC6yQutkBZSEpJUixxPm0ebyBJu9ID8jXSQOTipQqCA3bvcHh8mhvE

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Daily Mail 8 March 2019

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Letter to the editor

Our vaccine-damaged son is proof we must do more to improve safety

Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, said he was concerned by stalling vaccination uptake and the dangers that 'fake messages' posed to children.

I would like to know how he has determined the messages are fake. 

I am the mother of a son who is severely brain-damaged by vaccines given when he was thirteen months old. Robert had MMR and HiB meningitis vaccines and ten days later was hospitalised with a seizure. His life changed from that point. He went from a healthy, happy, little boy into a child who suffered seizures, repeated infections, lost his speech and communication, developed a left-sided weakness and autistic traits. It took until he was 19 for his case to be properly investigated by the Government's vaccine damage tribunal service. It was accepted by the tribunal that he had suffered epileptic encephalopathy caused by the measles part of his MMR. 

Now, aged 27, he is still mentally like a 13-month-old infant. He has uncontrolled epilepsy, can't talk, can't walk and needs round-the-clock care.

It was because of Robert's experience and meeting other parents in hospitals who complained that their children's lives had changed following MMR vaccinations that I founded the support group JABS (Justice, Awareness & Basic Support). Many parents have shared their children's vaccine experiences online to try to help others to make safer choices.

Since 1994 we have had meetings with ministers at the Departments of Health and Work & Pensions in the interests of obtaining justice and recognition for the damaged children. Equally important, we hope to improve the safety of the vaccination programme to safeguard children in the future.

Many of the parents in our group say their children, who were previously healthy, have reacted with symptoms known to the manufacturers in the recognised incubation periods and have developed long-term problems also reported in the vaccine-makers' patient information sheets, regardless of the age when given.

We have called for clinical investigation of the children; for all suspected serious reactions to be reported and routinely followed-up; for the ever expanding vaccination schedule to be safety tested in its entirety; for parents to be allowed to make an informed consent; and for a proper compensation programme to help families whose children have paid the price for the community.

And for our efforts we get labelled as 'anti-vaxxers'. How ironic - if we had been anti-vaxxers, our children would not have been damaged by vaccines.

Mrs Jackie Fletcher 
Warrington, Cheshire

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INDIA - NDTV.Com 8 March 2019

Hyderabad Toddler Dies, Over 20 Fall Ill After Vaccination

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'HYDERABAD: 

A toddler died and 26 other children were hospitalised in Hyderabad on Thursday after they developed complications a day after being administered vaccine at an urban primary health centre, officials said.

The baby boy was brought dead, while two of the 26 children admitted to the Niloufer Hospital so far are  in critical condition. Several children who were vaccinated at the public health centre in Nampalli were brought to the hospital with complaints of fever, an official release said but did not give details of the vaccine or the age group of the children…..'

https://www.ndtv.com/hyderabad-news/baby-dies-26-in-hospital-after-receiving-vaccination-in-hyderabad-2004380?fbclid=IwAR2_af1P4NrEcvu96IfIu5DYOSvxDjlcj23RN594nG9B-MhqQyg09pt_mHE

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news.vice.com 7 March 2019

Senator in epicenter of U.S. measles outbreak thinks the vaccine isn’t safe. (She’s wrong.)

"Wilson said the current outbreak is under control. Moreover, she suggested that the people who were infected will benefit from the experience. “We didn't have any deaths, and we didn't have any hospital stays. So I don't know that it’s unacceptable,” she said. “I mean, now these people have full immunity for the rest of their lives.”

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/j57kkd/senator-in-epicenter-of-us-measles-outbreak-thinks-the-vaccine-isnt-safe-shes-wrong?fbclid=IwAR0tP0p6zQsQ8orVX9IgPUhwCeEFSVEW4iJM5h605z3jkChoeBlwS5X31fM

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Vaccine Impact

February 2019 

Merck Fighting Fraud Lawsuits in U.S. Courts on MMR and Gardasil Vaccines


https://vaccineimpact.com/2018/merck-fighting-fraud-lawsuits-in-u-s-courts-on-mmr-and-gardasil-vaccines/?fbclid=IwAR2wJKFrxZrZafjBno1E0TdQeOMi2WaqXsedz0lzWOkzO2N2G2ttwTf-C7g

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LewRockwell.com

The One Way To Spot Vaccine Propaganda 19th February 2019 

‘….Whatever your views on vaccines, the fact (don’t take my word for it, go and look for yourself) that only one side of the controversy is reported in the mainstream media ought to give you pause. If what the proponents of vaccines say about them is true, if they really are “safe and effective”, if adverse reactions really are so very rare, and if the science really is settled, then why can’t journalists report honestly about this? If those who have concerns about vaccine safety really are just kooks and frauds, then why are the people who cover the topic afraid to speak to them?…'

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/02/bretigne-shaffer/the-one-way-to-spot-vaccine-propaganda/?fbclid=IwAR2l-9tR1OF1ZDf8vwHQiuwLxWiaPecirafVdp08j6uxqczBn6Ewgyy1PdA


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Wigantoday.net

 13 February 2019

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Mum calls for MMR jab court case to be reopened

https://www.wigantoday.net/news/video-interview-mum-calls-for-mmr-jab-court-case-to-be-reopened-1-9591944?fbclid=IwAR28ZZdxKMNK5FY090NCekqrm7Xr2e9sZYLBa0eefFWgD2CqihVuhjibvXU

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France24.com 26th October 2018

‘Vaccines save lives but all vaccines have side effects

'Vaccines have been credited with reducing some of the world's most deadly diseases. But while the market for vaccinations has tripled since the turn of the century, representing over $25 billion a year, and is expected to continue to rise rapidly, more and more people are starting to decide not to take them. The number of measles infections last year in the EU was three times what it was in 2016, notably because some people had decided not to get immunised….'


https://www.france24.com/en/20181025-perspective-richard-halvorsen-vaccines-children-side-effects-risks-diseases-measles

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Wigan Evening Post 13th February 2019

Mum calls for MMR jab court case to be reopened

https://www.wigantoday.net/news/mum-calls-for-mmr-jab-court-case-to-be-reopened-1-9591944

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JABS PRESS RELEASE 8 February 2019


A WORLD-RENOWNED, PRO-VACCINE PAEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST IN THE FIELD OF AUTISM RESEARCH HAS STATED THAT THERE ARE 'EXCEPTIONS IN WHICH VACCINATION COULD LEAD TO AUTISM'

Dr Andrew Zimmerman, paediatric neurologist, a world-renowned pro-vaccine expert medical witness for the US government has issued a sworn affidavit which says that he spoke with Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys and specifically the lead DOJ attorney during a break in the court proceedings to explain that he'd discovered "exceptions in which vaccination could cause autism."

"More specifically, I explained that in a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves could, and in at least one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder"

"I explained that my opinion regarding exceptions in which vaccines could cause autism was based upon advances in science, medicine, and clinical research of one of my patients in particular.”(1)

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It has recently been discovered that Dr Zimmerman was selected by the US Department of Justice to act as an expert witness in the 2007 Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP). In the US the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has Special Masters, not judges, that preside over cases. At the time, 5,400 petitioners brought claims that vaccine injury had caused their children's autism. The cases were collected and became known as the OAP. Hearings were established by the Special Masters to address all the cases through six test cases which would be used to test three theories of autism causation via vaccine damage:

1) Did thimerosal, the mercury preservative, cause autism?

2) Did the MMR vaccine cause autism?

3) Did a combination of thimerosal and the MMR vaccine cause autism?

Dr Zimmerman wrote reports on the first and second of the test cases.

In the first test case his opinion was that vaccines did not cause the child's autism but in the second test case he found that it did.

During the first test case he was present during the testimony from the plaintiff's expert medical witness, Dr Marcel Kinsbourne, a paediatric neurologist. During a break, Dr Zimmerman spoke with the DOJ attorneys and made it clear that his opinion on the first case was specific to that child and should not be used as a blanket opinion for all the cases.

The second test case due to be heard next was removed as a test case. The government conceded the case out of court declaring that the vaccines the girl had received caused an encephalopathy, seizures and 'features of an autism spectrum disorder'. As this child had been removed as a test case it could not be used to establish precedent on any of the others.

During a third test case, Dr Zimmerman wrote in his affidavit that the DOJ attorney made 'highly misleading' statements in his closing argument using part of Dr Zimmerman's testimony from the first case to dismiss the third case.

Robert F Kennedy Jr., Chairman of Children's Health Defence and Rolf Hazlehurst, the father of a vaccine-injured child have petitioned Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice to investigate the conduct of two DOJ attorneys involved in the cases.

This information has only recently become public knowledge when Dr Zimmerman revealed the details of the DOJ's attorneys' actions when giving a deposition in a medical malpractice case brought against the doctor who administered Yates Hazlehurst's vaccines. Dr Zimmerman gave the opinion that Yates Hazlehurst's regression into autism mirrors that of the regression in the child of the second, removed, test case. (3)

Further science used by Special Masters in the OAP deserves greater scrutiny. Poul Thorsen produced research for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which seemingly exonerated thimerosal and the MMR vaccine in causing autism and has now been shown to have serious flaws. Thorsen is currently a fugitive from justice due to his indictment for stealing over one million dollars of CDC grant money and is on the Department of Health and Human Service’s most wanted list.

If the US Inspector General of the DOJ finds the attorneys guilty of misconduct this would not only undermine the decisions in the US Omnibus Autism Proceedings which involved at the time some 5,400 children but should also undermine the withdrawal of Legal Aid for the UK multi-party class action which involved 1,400 children many of whom were suffering from neurological conditions on the autistic spectrum.

This revelation about the DOJ's attorneys and Poul Thorsen follows on from the disclosure in 2014 that the CDC’s researchers had manipulated the design of the study and destroyed data that showed that the MMR vaccine did cause autism. William T. Thompson, PhD, a co-author of the CDC's research has since written a statement about his involvement in the 2003 study.(2)

If the US CDC's scientists had published their work as it was originally produced this could have had an important impact not only on the US OAP but also on the UK MMR class action.

The time period is crucial. In 2003/2004 the UK multi-party class action test cases were due to be put before the High Court where the details of individual cases would at long last be scrutinised. However, the Legal Services Commission withdrew public funding on the grounds that the litigation was likely to fail. It said that medical research had failed to provide a conclusive link with the MMR vaccine and the symptoms experienced by the children, notably autism. 

The presiding judge at the tribunal in 2007, Mr Justice Keith, emphasised that: “It was the funding issues rather than the merits of the case, which had driven the decision not to allow the claims to proceed: it is not because the court thinks the claims have no merit”. He added “Although this litigation has been going on for very many years, the question whether the claims have merit has never been addressed by the court”.

Given that:

A) William T Thompson, Senior Scientist with the Vaccine Safety Division of the CDC and the lead statistician and co-author of the 2004 CDC study on MMR vaccine and autism took whistleblower status in 2014 to reveal CDC scientists colluded to obscure the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. (8)

B)  The Poul Thorsen CDC research involving thimerosal and MMR has been shown to have serious flaws

C) Dr Zimmerman has now stated that DOJ attorneys misled the vaccine court on his statement and that he supports a causal link between vaccines and autism in certain children

D) US politicians and staff have publicly stated that the pharmaceutical industry lobby has corrupted and killed any meaningful discussions or investigations on vaccine safety on Capitol Hill. (4)

E) New information from the US questions the safety of vaccine trials where vaccines appear not to have been tested against inert placeboes. Please see background information below.

F) There are more than 128 studies that show a relationship between vaccines and autism. (7)

Points for consideration

JABS would like the UK Government and Public Health England to review its terms of reference. All claims of vaccine damage should be re-evaluated based on individual medical histories in the light of these new findings and as per the recent European Courts of Justice ruling which in practice re-enforces the criteria laid down in the VDP Act 1979.(6)

JABS would like a health select committee to take up parents’ concerns about the absence of any inert placebo in pre-licensure trials, the failure of the post-licensure adverse event surveillance system and the lack of detailed follow-up of reports of serious adverse reactions with the Public Health England. 

JABS would like a health select committee to question the JCVI on the merits of introducing a Hepatitis B vaccination into the childhood programme. Pregnant women are already routinely screened for this disease and if they are found to be carriers their new-born babies are targeted for treatment. Hepatitis B is a disease that can be transmitted through injecting drugs/sharing needles, sexual contact with an infected partner or working in an ‘at-risk’ profession e.g prison officer, doctor, nurse etc.

JABS has major concerns about the growing amount of aluminium contained in paediatric vaccines which is highly likely to be contributing to the rising incidence of autoimmune and neurological disease leading to long term, chronic, debilitating conditions. Where is the independent scientific research that demonstrates the safety of injecting increasing levels of aluminium adjuvants into 8, 12 and 16 weeks old babies through the new hexavalent vaccine?

JABS maintains that only solid, verifiable scientific evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness should be provided to parents considering vaccines for their children. Recent reviews of the available scientific literature on vaccine safety and testing is all but absent. The absence of real scientific evidence of vaccine safety leads many parents to conclude that the mantra “vaccines are safe and effective” is ideology rather than real scientific, evidence based medicine. The time has come for the UK Government to take their responsibility for vaccine safety seriously and take action against those putting pressure on families to vaccinate their children with products not adequately tested for safety.

Contact Information

Jackie Fletcher: 01942 713565 and Allison Edwards: 01952 677180

National Office: 1 Gawsworth Rd, Golborne, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 3RF

Background Information

Jabs campaigns for safe vaccines and a full range of choice. JABS is an acronym and stands for Justice, Awareness and Basic Support. The aims of Jabs is to seek justice for the victims of vaccine damage, to increase the awareness of all relevant information about vaccines and to provide basic support for those families who have been affected. 

The group was founded by Jackie Fletcher in 1994 whose own son Robert was brain damaged following MMR and HiB vaccines given together in 1992. Robert Fletcher’s vaccine damage claim was accepted by the DWP Vaccine Damage Payment Unit in 2010.

Placeboes

In a recent (2017/18) exchange of papers in the US between Del Bigtree, an advocate for safe vaccines, and US health agencies the then acting Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, Melinda Wharton, claimed some paediatric vaccines had been trialled against a genuine placebo and provided all necessary references as evidence. Mr Bigtree and his team took virtually twelve months to scrutinise and cross check the references and research supplied and came to a negative conclusion. They established that none of the “some” vaccines or any other vaccines on the US schedule had been trialled against a genuine placebo. Vaccine products were only being compared with other vaccine products, rather than with an inert saline solution. The exception to this was with an HPV vaccine (Gardasil) where the placeboes used were aluminium adjuvant and a saline solution tested in a small group of some 306 people. This recent research finding has fundamentally challenged the claims that vaccines are safe and effective as the safety was never established before marketing and widespread use in the world.(5)

References:

(1) https://sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/06/dr-andrew-zimmermans-full-affidavit-on-alleged-link-between-vaccines-and-autism-that-u-s-govt-covered-up/

(2) https://www.ageofautism.com/2014/08/statement-from-william-thompson-re-pediatrics-mmr-african-american-males-data.html

(3) https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/misconduct-mitochondria-and-the-omnibus-autism-proceedings/?fbclid=IwAR04QYGGF23GsgWuurs8PuQxS5U8Adbm-fB28nKZ0QySYcfuL7ihlqL5re0

(4) Full Measure - The Vaccination Debate 6th January 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUM2gvfbW8&fbclid=IwAR2W1vDO-iQSNYcPuzEt-J3nE-wWkGflbrzRea2fXWlT7VQ_Jbbi9xSVQuE

(5) The ICAN notice to HHS regarding their failure to demonstrate vaccine safety 12 October 2017

HHS’s response to our notice dated 27 October 2017

The ICAN reply to HHS response 31 December 2018

http://icandecide.org/governments/

(6) https://www.ageofautism.com/2017/07/a-comment-on-the-recent-european-court-of-justice-vaccine-injury-ruling.html

(7) https://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/128-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link

(8) https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4546421/rep-bill-posey-calling-investigation-cdcs-mmr-reasearch-fraud

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sharylattkisson.com 6th January 2019

Dr. Andrew Zimmerman’s full Affidavit on alleged link between vaccines and autism that U.S. govt. covered up

https://sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/06/dr-andrew-zimmermans-full-affidavit-on-alleged-link-between-vaccines-and-autism-that-u-s-govt-covered-up/

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This is a truly important development as it exposes the cover up and deceit of US Dept of Justice attorneys determined to protect the US vaccination programme at the expense of vaccine damaged children. For background information on the US legal action known as the Omnibus Autism Proceedings please see more here:

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/misconduct-mitochondria-and-the-omnibus-autism-proceedings/?fbclid=IwAR2hd-DwhpT3ejUOUxNhrOsm42KhgrHcGgapzV6OGbvjRk-D6XC2fZ4AFoc

Full Measure with Sharyl Attkinson 6th January 2019

The Vaccine Debate

'Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There’s little dispute about this much-- vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death. But not for the form of brain injury we call autism. Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUM2gvfbW8

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Age of Autism 25th January 2019

No US Childhood Vaccines Were Placebo Tested: Why The Pharma/Government Complex Is Getting Desperate To Shut Down The Web

By John Stone, UK Editor

https://www.ageofautism.com/2019/01/no-us-childhood-vaccines-were-placebo-tested-why-the-pharmagovernment-complex-is-getting-desperate-to-shut-down-the-web.html

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ESSENTIAL READING

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How to End the Autism Epidemic presents an intellectual, fact-based argument on how vaccines trigger autism, drawing on scientific evidence that has emerged in the past five years from researchers outside the United States. In it, author J.B. Handley confronts and dismantles the most common rhetoric from the AAP and CDC: 1. Vaccines are safe and effective. 2. The rate of autism isn t actually increasing. 3. The science is settled. Handley then presents his argument for where the truth actually lies: 1. The Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Compensation Program has actually acknowledged that vaccines do cause autism and he lays out the legal proceedings in which this happened. 2. Scientific evidence in mounting that links autism-triggering immune activation to the aluminum adjuvant used in most vaccines, including findings of elevated levels of aluminum in the brains of autopsied autistic children and adults. 3. Research has shown parents to be highly reliable reporters of their children s wellness and while these experiences are often dismissed, thousands have reported and documented their children s vaccine injuries for campaigns such as Hear This Now and the Vaxxed Bus. Also of note: Big Pharma is expected to be worth $60 billion by 2020, compared to $170 million in the early 1980s, a 350-fold increase.* In the 1960s, the CDC vaccine schedule called for 5 total vaccines. Today it s 72.* Autism rates have gone from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 36 today.* In 2009, Julie Gerberding left her position as the head of the CDC, where she presided over both a massive explosion in the number of vaccines and a massive explosion in cases of autism, to head up Merck.While his argument is unsparing, Handley s position is ultimately moderate: We must continue to investigate the safety of vaccines, we must adopt a position of informed consent, and every vaccine must be considered on its own merits.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-End-Autism-Epidemic-Revealing/dp/1603588248


The HPV Vaccine On Trial: Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed

By Mary Holland, Kim Mack Rosenberg and Eileen Iorio

In 2006, following an expedited review, the Food and Drug Administration approved Merck & Co.'s Gardasil vaccine, a "preventive" vaccine targeting a limited range of strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), including two strains that are linked to the possible development of cervical cancers. In 2009, the FDA, in another "fast track" review, approved Cervarix, a similar vaccine by another pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. In The HPV Vaccine, Mary Holland and Kim Mack Rosenberg, expert researchers on the making, marketing, and safety of vaccines, assess the quick popularity of the HPV vaccine. They reveal the business behind the pharmaceutical and medical industries' push for it and how this effects the population it's most targeted toward, girls and women ages eleven to twenty-six. The insightful text is geared toward providing parents and young adults with the information they need to know to decide whether to give their children the vaccine or get it themselves. It's also for women's health organizations, health professionals, and members of the medical industry, who need to know what the effects of the vaccine on patients will be and the disturbing reasons that the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA released it despite disconcerting results.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing 
ISBN: 9781510710801 
Number of pages: 544 
Dimensions: 229 x 153 mm

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HPV-Vaccine-Trial-Generation-Betrayed/dp/1510710809

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Autism Eye 22nd January 2019

DOCTOR SAYS VACCINES MAY CAUSE AUTISM

'A leading doctor who backed vaccine safety has signed a sworn statement saying inoculations can cause autism in some cases.

US paediatric neurologist Dr Andrew Zimmerman says vaccine fever and immune stimulation could cause autism in a subset of children with a mitochondrial dysfunction…..'

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https://www.autismeye.com/vaccine-inoculations-autism/?fbclid=IwAR2LuT2VeLKAbpjvqZk3RWaeWCe703UyTOhg7_9cqft55OC4UC4WidKjv74#more

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The Independent 5th January 2019

Italian health chief quit over government’s ‘anti-scientific’ vaccination stance


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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/italian-health-chief-quits-anti-vaxx-measles-populist-walter-ricciardi-a8713126.html?fbclid=IwAR06FtuwR6Eziq668-wi6xGV1i8L8sanudQrW9llVpLTwv4Ghn8xqwe3uAc

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US - Informed Consent Action Network 

31st December 2018

Letter to the US Dept of Health & Human Services 

http://icandecide.org/wp-content/uploads/whitepapers/ICAN%20Reply%20-%20December%2031%2C%202018.pdf

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South China Morning Post 30th November 2018

Chinese boy dies after being given MMR vaccine

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2175836/chinese-boy-dies-after-being-given-mmr-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR34WW5Zgy_OO9cu9r9n7Qkymowv0pVUMIMATJ_emTXi5YahA5QYXKzUYig

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The BMJ March 2018 

Vaccine safety claims do not stand up to scrutiny

Rapid responses

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1378/rr-0

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The BMJ September 2018

Challenges of independent assessment of potential harms of HPV vaccines

Rapid responses

https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3694/rapid-responses

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Daily Mail 20th August 2018

HPV jab doesn't protect against some of the most common strains of the virus, study finds

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6077171/HPV-jab-doesnt-protect-against-common-strains-virus-study-finds.html

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New York Times 17th August 2018

China Fires 10 Officials Over Bad Vaccines as Anger Mounts

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/world/asia/china-vaccines-scandal.html

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CNN News 7th August 2018

Why Italy’s U-turn on mandatory vaccination shocks the scientific community

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/07/health/italy-anti-vaccine-law-measles-intl/index.html


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Health Impact News 2018

Japan Leading the World in Exposing Fraud with Gardasil HPV Vaccine Injuries and Deaths

https://healthimpactnews.com/2018/japan-leading-the-world-in-exposing-fraud-with-gardasil-hpv-vaccine-injuries-and-deaths/

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The BMJ July 2017

Re UK doctors re-examine the case for compulsory vaccines Rapid responses

https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3414/rapid-responses

Rapid Response by Jackie Fletcher, JABS Founder

The motion has been raised to look at the advantages and disadvantages of making childhood immunisation mandatory. I'd like to share some thoughts to help the discussions.

Our group JABS is a support group of parents of vaccine-damaged children and I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that doctors' children are not immune to vaccine damage. We have parents from many groups of the medical establishment (consultants, doctors, nurses etc) that have reported serious life-changing events following reactions to routine vaccinations. Some of the doctors have actually vaccinated their own children and now have to live with the consequences. We have asked some if they will speak out but they have told us of their fears for their reputations, promotion prospects even their final pension plans. I can understand this. 

Parents have reported to us that their children were healthy and developing well and regardless of the age when vaccinated the children have suffered adverse reactions within the incubation periods of the vaccines and developed long-term problems also recognised by the manufacturers' in their own product information sheets. Treating physicians have been unable to give an alternative explanation for the children's medical decline other than it was coincidental to the vaccinations.

We have a strange double standards in operation. When a child is due for a vaccination medical staff are happy to discuss the minor reactions and state that they are very common but the serious reactions also known to the drug companies are supposedly so 'rare' that background prevalence of a disease is always the answer. Yet if a child were to have a vaccine preventable disease and suffer the exact same symptoms and long-term consequences medical staff would have no hesitation in blaming the disease and the parent for not vaccinating.

Where do medical staff get their information on how 'rare' a serious reaction is? The passive surveillance system is recognised as a poor collection service with less than 5-10 per cent of serious reactions being put forward through the yellow card system.

And those reactions that are put forward to the MHRA? In conversations with staff I have been told that if a card contains details of a reaction known to be associated with the vaccine, for example a febrile convulsion, it is just ticked off and no further action taken. There apparently is no follow-up six to 12 months later to determine if the child fully recovered from the reaction or if the child's health and mental state has seriously changed. I know this from personal experience.

Mandatory vaccinations were tried once before in the UK in the late 1800s. It did not go well. There was great hostility and considerable resistance and the plans had to be abandoned. There is no mandate in the UK for any government to impose compulsory vaccination. Without democratic consent such a policy would face escalating opposition.

You only need to see what is going on in Italy right now following government plans to pass laws quickly through its parliament, without public consultation, for mandatory vaccinations with threats of heavy fines, children to be excluded from nurseries, potential prison sentences for non-payers and the diabolical announcement that children could be forcibly removed from their parents and vaccinated. 

Ever since the plans were announced, Italian people have been taking to the streets of their major cities each weekend in huge numbers (thousands and thousands) to peacefully protest against this attack on civil liberties. Is this really the way UK doctors want to take us?

And how could compulsory vaccinations be enforced? My son, who is severely vaccine-damaged, has had many hospital emergencies because of his conditions and from being a baby through infancy to adulthood every time we are in the A & E department bloods need to be taken and staff have told us many times over the years that they are not allowed to restrain our son. My husband and I are expected to hold and calm him whilst they draw blood. If you as a doctor are faced with parents who refuse to give consent and a distressed, screaming child who is thrashing their arms about and refuses to co-operate, how do you vaccinate the child safely? And how do you expect that child or the parents to ever trust you again?

Competing interests: Mother of MMR vaccine-damaged son

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The BMJ July 2017 

Compulsory vaccination and growing measles threat - rapid responses

https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3429/rr-7

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A MUST READ

Levi Quackenboss

The Unintended Consequences of VAXXED Getting Axed

April 16, 2016

The Unintended Consequences of #VAXXED Getting Axed

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A MUST WATCH

Thom Hartmann with Dr. Wakefield and Del Bigtree talking about VAXXED

https://youtu.be/AuIS3wFp3_M?t=31m4s

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The Sun 

26/1/2016

Warning as up to 15 kids COLLAPSE and one rushed to A & E after ‘duff jabs’ at school

HORROR unfolded at a secondary school after paramedics were called out to treat up to 15 pupils who collapsed after having vaccinations. 

Between ten and 15 Year 10 students keeled over after having a meningitis jab at Northampton School for Boys yesterday. One boy was taken to A&E as a "precaution".

One parent, whose son saw the drama unfold, told how children were seen "on their backs on the floor with their legs up on chairs". 

The mum, who didn't want to be named, added: "Vaccines were being administered, and around 10 to 15 pupils keeled over and paramedics were called.

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http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/13899196.Schoolgirls_should_stop_being_given_HPV_vaccine_until_investigation_into_side_effects__campaigner_says/

The Herald

27th October 2015

Schoolgirls should stop being given HPV vaccine until investigation into side effects, campaigner says


Schoolgirls should stop being given a vaccine which helps protect them from cervical cancer until a "proper investigation" is held into side effects, a campaigner has insisted.

Freda Birrell, of UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID), called for a moratorium on the use of the controversial HPV vaccine until more is known about "serious adverse reactions

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/10/boy-wins-120000-damages-narcolepsy-swine-flu-vaccine-glaxosmithkline

The Guardian

Hannah Devlin, Science Correspondent

Boy wins £120,000 damages for narcolepsy caused by swine flu vaccine

Ruling comes after government claimed illness was not serious enough to merit payment, and opens door for up to 100 families to seek compensation

A 12-year-old boy has been awarded £120,000 by a court that agreed he had been left severely disabled by narcolepsy triggered by the swine flu vaccine, following a three-year battle in which the government had claimed that his illness was not serious enough to merit payment. 

The ruling is expected to lead to as many as 100 other families of people affected by the sleeping disorder after receiving the vaccine bringing fresh compensation claims, in a dispute where the government’s initial hostility was described by the family’s legal team as offensive…………………..

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The Ecologist

Mandatory vaccination would violate our human rights

By Anna Watson / EFVV

We all have the human right to freedom of informed medical consent, writes Anna Watson. However this right is violated in 40% of EU countries which impose mandatory vaccination under threat of fines or imprisonment. Now health campaigners are petitioning the EU to protect and promote citizens' right to make their own informed medical choices.

http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2857157/mandatory_vaccination_would_violate_our_human_rights.html

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Med Check - The Informed Prescriber

An independent drug bulletin for medical practice

Translated from the original editorial in the Japanese edition of Med Check (April 2015, Vol.1, No.1)

Harm of HPV Vaccine.

http://www.npojip.org/english/MedCheck/Med%20Check-TIP%2001-4-25.pdf

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Wigan Evening Post


24th March 2015

By Charles Graham

Mum's hope for jab compo breakthrough 

WIGAN EVENING POST

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MailOnLine 23 March 2015

By Jo Tweedy

Mum who had swine flu jab while pregnant says it triggered narcolepsy, which makes her fall asleep EIGHT times a day… now she’s seeking up to £1 million in damages

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3006233/Mum-swine-flu-jab-pregnant-says-triggered-narcolepsy-makes-falls-asleep-EIGHT-times-day.html

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MailOnLine
13th January 2015

By Gethin Chamberlain in Indore, India, for Mailonline


Exclusive: Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a cerviacl cancer vaccine…and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weightless
 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2893485/Children-guinea-pigs-anti-cervical-cancer-drug.html

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French petition against HPV vaccines

OCTOBER 8, 2014


BY NORMA ERICKSON

"29 September 2014: IPSN, the Institute for the Protection of Natural Health (Institut pour la Protection de la Santé Naturelle), based in Brussels, in conjunction with French oncologist and surgeon Professor Henri Joyeux, launched a French petition against the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix…"

http://sanevax.org/french-petition-hpv-vaccines/

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Huffington Post 25 September 2014

Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims

Lawrence Soloman

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lawrence-solomon/merck-whistleblowers_b_5881914.html

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AUTISM MEDIA CHANNEL 1 September 2014

Introduction to Hear This Well
On 8/27/14, CDC Scientist Bill Thompson issued a statement addressing his regret that he and his co-authors omitted “statistically significant information” in a 2004 study on the MMR vaccine causing autism.

CNN reporter Deborah Goldschmidt then published an article which embedded a CNN video where health correspondent Elizabeth Cohen states that within all of the dangerous side-effects of vaccines, autism is not listed. She then rephrased saying, “Some people don’t hear this well: vaccines do not cause autism.”

Outraged that CNN would choose to embed such a statement within Dr. Thompson’s confession that he and his co-authors had omitted evidence that African American males were at increased risk for autism from journal publication, autism parents across the country and across the globe responded to a call from the Autism Media Channel. These parents addressed the CNN correspondent directly, informing her that in their own families, vaccines had, in fact, caused autism.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFCrfK5rP_B6huriP1hLApw

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Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology

Full Length Research Paper 

Impact of environmental factors on the prevalence of autistic disorder after 1979


Theresa A Deisher*, Ngoc V. Doan, Angelica Omalye, Kumiko Koyama and Sarah Bwabye

"The aim of this study was to investigate a previously overlooked, universally introduced environmental factor, fetal and retroviral contaminants in childhood vaccines, absent prior to change points (CPs) in autistic disorder (AD) prevalence with subsequent dose-effect evidence and known pathologic mechanisms of action…"

http://www.soundchoice.org/scpiJournalPubHealthEpidem092014.pdf

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ChristianNewsWire Sept. 8 2014

New Study in Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology Correlates Autism Disorder Increase and Human Fetal DNA, Retroviral Agents in Vaccines

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/5557274749.html

“...Using statistical analysis and data from the US Government, UK, Denmark and Western Australia, scientists at Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) found that increases in autistic disorder correspond with the introduction of vaccines using human fetal cell lines and retroviral contaminants…" 



Sharyl
ATTKISSON

28th August 2014

sharylattkisson.com

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a charge from one of its own senior scientists that it omitted key data in a 2004 study that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)…"

http://sharylattkisson.com/cdc-responds-to-allegation-it-omitted-vaccine-autism-study-link

“...The CDC and Thompson’s co-author Dr. Frank DeStefano, CDC Director of Immunization Safety,

 defend the study as originally published

.At issue are steps the researchers allegedly took when they discovered a statistically significant link between MMR vaccine and autism among African American boys. They “refined” the analysis by excluding study children for which a Georgia birth certificate could not be produced, and used birth certificate data to “adjust” the results. When they did so, the strong statistical association diminished…”

http://sharylattkisson.com/audio-cdc-addresses-allegations-on-vaccine-autism-link-omission


“...CDC’s immunization safety director says it’s a “possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism but “it’s hard to predict who those children might be.” (They’re not even trying.)…"

http://sharylattkisson.com/cdc-possibility-that-vaccines-rarely-trigger-autism




AGE OF AUTISM 2 SEPTEMBER 2014

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Further Comments on the 2004 CDC Study (DeStefano et al 2004) By Martin Hewitt

Dr Brian Hooker claims that the CDC suppressed findings of a higher risk of autism in Afro-American boys receiving MMR at 24 and 36 months, a claim based on the concerns of Dr Bill Thompson, co-author breaking ranks with the authors of the 2004 CDC paper. In response to the controversy, and Hooker’s reworking of the CDC data(Hooker 2014), the CDC issued a statement (here) claiming it had only published data on race from a subsample of children with birth certificates because this provided richer data than the larger sample used. Hooker has countered saying the statement raises more questions than answers. The questions and answers the CDC raises and the claim of suppressed evidence can be seen more clearly if we revisit the 2004 paper (DeStefano 2004) and focus specifically on its research design, which will reveal a gaping omission where questions should have been asked but weren't. The question is what is the risk of autism faced by black children in the US who receive the MMR vaccine. We will see that it is inconceivable that the CDC researchers didn't use its total sample to ask this question. It would also be illogical if the relevant data required to answer this question weren't part of the CDC's design… FOR FULL ARTICLE SEE HERE: http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/09/more-questions-than-answers-further-comments-on-the-2004-cdc-study-destefano-et-al-2004.html


AGE OF AUTISM 1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Havin' Trouble with CDC Whistleblower, William Thompson

By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to write an article about MMR/Autism whistleblower, William Thompson.

On the one hand I don't want to waste this opportunity to show the scientific community that our concerns our real, and yet at the same time I don't want to let this guy off for concealing important evidence for more than a decade… FOR FULL ARTICLE SEE HERE: http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/09/havin-trouble-with-cdc-whistleblower-william-thompson.html


BethClay.Com

When You Know You Are Being Lied To……

When You Know You Are Being Lied To…My Initial Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower News

By Beth Clay August 27, 2014

While mainstream media have ignored the flurry the past two weeks after the Focus Autism Press Release, the Peer Reviewed Research paper by Brian Hooker, PhD, and the Autism Media Video, several online media outlets and social media have been a blaze with the news of a CDC employee reaching out to Dr. Hooker and coming clean about what I consider a well-orchestrated cover up of information about increased risks associated with vaccines. Specifically the timing of certain vaccines, the use of thimerosal in vaccines, and what is known about risks of brain injury from vaccines in general. Those who led this activity showed significant malfeasance and disregard for the health and well-being of children. They have violated the public trust and have dragged this entire controversy out for 15 years rather than address with integrity and openness the issue and move forward with solutions that improve the safety of vaccines and respect the individual person’s unique medical condition and rights to personal medical choice FOR FULL ARTICLE SEE HERE: http://bethclay.com/when-you-know-you-are-being-lied-to/


CNN iReport 27 August 2014

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1165664

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information  in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased  risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Dr William Thompson through his attorney.

NOT VERIFIED BY CNN


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EPOCH TIMES

Whistleblower Says CDC Knowingly Put Children at Risk of Autism, Media Remains Silent (+Video)

By  | August 26, 2014

“Oh my God, I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there… This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem.”—CDC Whistleblower Dr. William W. Thompson, in a recorded interview with Dr. Brian Hooker.

 FULL ARTICLE SEE HERE: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/912252-whistleblower-reveals-cdc-knowingly-put-children-at-risk-of-autism-media-remains-silent/?photo=3


Translational Neurodegeneration.

Published online Aug 8, 2014. doi:  10.1186/2047-9158-3-16

Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young african american boys: a reanalysis of CDC data

Brian S Hooker

Abstract

Background

A significant number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder suffer a loss of previously-acquired skills, suggesting neurodegeneration or a type of progressive encephalopathy with an etiological basis occurring after birth. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectof the age at which children got their first Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine on autism incidence. This is a reanalysis of the data set, obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), used for the Destefano et al. 2004 publication on the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism diagnoses.

Methods

The author embarked on the present study to evaluate whether a relationship exists between child age when the first MMR vaccine was administered among cases diagnosed with autism and controls born between 1986 through 1993 among school children in metropolitan Atlanta. The Pearson’s chi-squared method was used to assess relative risks of receiving an autism diagnosis within the total cohort as well as among different race and gender categories.

Results

When comparing cases and controls receiving their first MMR vaccine before and after 36 months of age, there was a statistically significant increase in autism cases specifically among African American males who received the first MMR prior to 36 months of age. Relative risks for males in general and African American males were 1.69 (p=0.0138) and 3.36 (p=0.0019), respectively. Additionally, African American males showed an odds ratio of 1.73 (p=0.0200) for autism cases in children receiving their first MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age versus 24 months of age and thereafter.

Conclusions

The present study provides new epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis.

FOR FULL ARTICLE SEE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4128611/


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The Detail reports Christopher Coulter's story

By Kathryn Torney

New inquest ordered into Co Down teenager's death

Christopher's story: one family's battle for answers.

DH answers Q's - The Detail

Rob's Story: the fight for compensation.

Another rejection but parents maintain vaccine is linked to their son's death.

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Apparently “…there’s nothing to debate

by Greg Beattie

May 2014

http://nocompulsoryvaccination.com/2014/05/20/apparently-theres-nothing-to-debate/

“...Brisbane two-year-old, Ashley Jade Epapara, died shortly after a flu vaccination on April 9, 2010, just two weeks before the vaccine was withdrawn nationally in a blaze of publicity due to severe reactions. Police attending the scene of the death told reporters there were no suspicious circumstances apart from the vaccine…"

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Landmark trial of marijuana drugs for stricken children

by Helen Puttick 20 May 2014

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/landmark-trial-of-marijuana-drugs-for-stricken-children.24251435?utm_source=www.heraldscotland.com&utm_medium=RSS+Feed&utm_campaign=Home+News

“...Parents of children with extreme forms of epilepsy have reported the medicine, which has had almost all the component that causes a "high" removed, has dramatically improved the symptoms…”

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Natural News

http://www.naturalnews.com/045183_vaccines_neurological_damage_scientific_study.html

Polish study says vaccines have no historical benefits, continue to cause neurological damage

by Ethan A Huff

“...(NaturalNews) The public health benefits commonly attributed to vaccines are greatly overblown, and the science shows that vaccines actually obstruct normal immune development rather than enhance it…”

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WAKING TIMES 13 February 2014

By Dave Mihalovic

Families Battle Big Pharma To Acknowledge Side Effects of Vaccines Which Disabled Their Children

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/02/13/families-battle-big-pharma-acknowledge-side-effects-vaccines-disabled-children/

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Mail Online 10 December 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519802/Boy-left-rare-sleep-disorder-having-swine-flu-jab-makes-nod-seven-times-day.html#ixzz2mnLLyLtU

Boy, eight, left with rare sleep disorder after having swine flu jab which makes him nod off up to seven times a day

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Vactruth.com

The Current Vaccine Reality: Disinformed Consent

http://vactruth.com/2013/11/28/informed-consent/?utm_source=The+Vaccine+Truth+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8dc10df47e-11_27_2013_misinforms&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ce7860ee83-8dc10df47e-408232273

Also See:

Deadly 5-in-1 Vaccine Kills At Least Eight Infants?

By Christina England

http://vactruth.com/2013/11/19/killer-vaccine-promoted/

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Delayed Measles Vax May Be More Effective

MedPage Today

Oct 21, 2013

By Michael Smith

"...A first measles vaccine given at 12 or 13 months of age is less likely to provide lasting protection than a shot at 15 months or later, researchers reported.

In a case-control study conducted in the wake of a large measles outbreak, people who received the shot earlier were about six times as likely to become ill as those whose vaccination was later, according to Gaston De Serres, MD, PhD, of the Quebec National Institute for Public Health in Quebec City.

That's important, Harrison noted, because mothers with actual measles disease will pass more antibodies to the fetus and the infant will carry them longer, likely reducing the impact of an early vaccination.

"So this does not apply to U.S. moms," he said, most of who had been immunized…"

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Vaccines/42382?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2013-10-21&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=WC&eun=g669494d0r&userid=669494&email=fouyaz@aol.com&mu_id=5837594

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BBC HEALTH

11 October 2013

High Court orders two sisters must receive MMR vaccine

"...A judge has ruled that sisters aged 15 and 11 must have the MMR vaccine even though they and their mother do not want it, BBC Newsnight has learned.

"I am aware that this is against the girls' wishes but that that it is not the only factor," she wrote. "The court also has to consider their level of understanding of the issues involved and what factors have influenced their views. I do not consider there is a balanced level of understanding by them of the issues involved."

The mother's lawyer Philippa Dolan told Newsnight that the girls had not yet been vaccinated despite the deadline to do so having passed on Thursday.

She said: "There are practical difficulties in enforcing the order and that is at the moment an ongoing issue. There's not a legal deadline that's a serious issue the parents are in discussion and everyone hopes it will be resolved without any more litigation"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24493422

Also See: 

MailOnline 12 October 2013

Sisters refuse to get MMR jab despite judge ordering them to be vaccinated after their divorced parents fight over inoculation

  • Girls' were told it was in their 'best interests' to get the injections
  • But solicitor claims they have no plans to agree to the decision 
  • The case was brought by their father who separated from children's mother 
  • Parents agreed for children not to receive vaccine when they were married

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2456878/Sisters-refuse-MMR-jab-despite-judge-ordering-vaccinated-divorced-parents-fight-inoculation.html

Also See:

Age of Autism

Uncertainty as High Court Judge Rules Two British Schoolgirls Should be Given MMR Vaccine

By John Stone

http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/10/uncertainty-as-high-court-judge-rules-two-british-schoolgirls-should-be-given-mmr-vaccine.html

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Vactruth.com

At Last! Government Documents Locked Up for 30 Years Proving This Vaccine Unsafe Finally Revealed

"...Many parents are opting to have their children vaccinated with the single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines due to growing concerns about the safety of the MMR, but are they jumping out of the frying pan into the fire? Hidden government documents have revealed that leading professionals have had serious concerns about the safety of the single measles vaccines for many years…"

http://vactruth.com/2012/08/30/government-document-vaccine-unsafe/#sthash.abfSs8Hx.9tTI0e20.dpuf

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heraldscotland

Friday 4 October 2013

Sensitivity and the flu vaccine

"...It is certainly embarrassing that Scotland's largest ever immunisation programme has been halted at the 11th hour but, worse than that, the way the affair has been handled shows, at best, a lack of transparency to parents about the contents of the flu vaccine and, at worst, a lack of sensitivity on the issue of faith and religious belief…"

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/herald-view/sensitivity-and-the-flu-vaccine.22317409

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Telegraph

by Dean Nelson

50 Indian children ill after swallowing hepatitis B vaccine instead of polio

"...According to senior health officials, 57 of 114 children under five began vomiting after they were given the wrong medicine by nurses under a nationwide drive to keep India polio-free…"

https://dub124.mail.live.com/default.aspx?id=64855#!/!n=558136125&fid=1&cid=133760e5-6b12-3780-bc33-c1fade12b458&fv=1

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HUFFPOST HEALTHY LIVING October 2, 2013

By David Kirby Author/Journalist

Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism

"...The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as "vaccine court," has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for "pain and suffering" and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars…"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/post2468343_b_2468343.html

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Vaccination News

Danish Autism Studies: Conflicted Data

F. Edward Yazbak MD

"Several Danish autism studies were published over the last eleven years. Some examined the autism-vaccine angles and some were funded or otherwise supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…"

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/daily-news-2013-10-1-Danish-Autism-Studies-Conflicted-Data-YazbakFE

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SaneVax, Inc.

HPV Vaccines: A Human Rights Violation?

By Paul Stoller, MD*, FACHM

"Cervical cancer, the second-most common cancer in young women, is particularly prone to be found in the down trodden and in impoverished countries…"

http://sanevax.org/hpv-vaccines-human-rights-violation/

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examiner.com 25 September 2013

Italian court acknowledges hexavalent vaccine and SIDS link

"...The court in Pesaro, Italy that ruled that the crib death or Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) of a young girl was the result of the causal connection with the administration of a hexavalent vaccine is the subject of a recentInformasalus.it article dated Sept. 23…"

http://www.examiner.com/article/italian-court-acknowledges-hexavalent-vaccine-and-sids-link

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VacTruth.com

How Pharmaceutical Companies Hide the Dangers of Vaccines from Parents

Vaccines are "Safe and Effective" - How do they do it?

Markus Heinze

http://vactruth.com/2013/09/26/how-pharmaceutical-hide-dangers/?utm_source=The+Vaccine+Truth+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c9870d2e7e-09_26_2013_hidedangers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ce7860ee83-c9870d2e7e-408232273#

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BBC News 26 September 2013

England's MMR jabs 'highest ever'

"...The number of two-year-olds who have received the MMR vaccination in England is at its highest level since the jab was introduced more than 20 years ago…"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24281970

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Dr. Tenpenny responds to United Nations Anti-Vaccine Attack

http://drtenpenny.com

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Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

TheCanaryParty

http://www.canaryparty.org

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The Telegraph

Government set to u-turn over narcolepsy link to swine-flu jab

By Hayley Dixon 20 September 2013

"...The Government is set to u-turn over the safety of a swine flu vaccine given to six million people in Britain and accept that on rare occasions it can trigger narcolepsy. 

The admission could leave them open to compensation claims from around 100 people, which lawyers estimate could cost around £1 million each…"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/10322392/Government-set-to-u-turn-over-narcolepsy-link-to-swine-flu-jab.htmlAlso see:

BMJ

UK government is to reconsider claims of children who developed narcolepsy after vaccination

"...The UK government has told parents whose children developed narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine that it will reconsider their compensation claims, after previously rejecting them on the ground that no causal link had been proved.

The move follows a study commissioned by the Health Protection Agency, which indicated that one in around 55 000 children aged between 4 years …"

http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5645

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Medical Misdiagnosis Research

The Professional Assassination Of Autism Expert Lisa Blakemore-Brown

Author: Christina England Dec. 29, 2010

"...The story of what happened to the UK professional Lisa Blakemore-Brown when she voiced her concerns about vaccines, has all the intrigue and drama associated with an Agatha Christie crime novel. The sad reality is that this has not been written as a work of fiction but to expose the horrific facts surrounding her case and the efforts made to cover up vaccine damage in children…"

http://medicalmisdiagnosisresearch.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/the-professional-assassination-of-autism-expert-lisa-blakemore-brown/

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Vaccine War

Coming soon: A documentary feature film from festival - winning filmmaker Ryan J-W Smith

http://www.vaccinewar.com

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National Vaccine Information Centre (USA)

VACCINATIONS? KNOW THE RISKS AND FAILURES.

NVIC Launches National "Know The Risks" Billboard Vaccine Education Campaign


"...During March and April 2013, the National Vaccine Information Center is conducting an educational billboard campaign in Arizona, Illinois, Oregon, Washington and Texas to encourage citizens to become informed vaccine decision-makers. The NVIC billboard features a photo of a mother and child and asks “Vaccination? Know the risks and failures”. Click the image below to read the press release and learn more on our Know the Risks webpage…"

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/March-2013/NVIC-Launches-National--Know-The-Risks--Billboard-.aspx

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Leicestershire schools' flu vaccine contains gelatine

BBC News Leicester 17 September 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-24113970

A flu vaccination programme at schools in Leicestershire has attracted criticism after it was discovered the vaccine contains pork gelatine.

Leicestershire and Rutland is part of a pilot by NHS England to offer the nasal flu vaccine, Fluenz, to 70,000 pupils in the region, aged four to 10.

At one school attended by Muslim pupils, head teacher Chris Hassall said it showed a lack of "sensitivity".

Health officials have apologised for not informing parents at the outset.

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CHILD HEALTH SAFETY 28 July 2013

World Excusive - UK Drug Safety Agency Falsified Vaccine Safety Data For 6 Million - Millions of Children At Serious Risk

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/world-exclusive-uk-drug-safety-agency-falsified-vaccine-safety-data-for-6-million-millions-of-children-at-serious-risk/

"...This world exclusive report by CHS follows the decision by health authorities in Japan to withdraw their recommendation for human papilloma virus [HPV] vaccines…"

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National Vaccine Information Center

http://www.nvic.org/nvic-vaccine-news/july-2013/witch-hunting-jenny-mccarthy-for-vaccine-talking.aspx

Witch Hunting Jenny McCarthy for Vaccine Talking

"...It was fascinating to watch the well-orchestrated response by online mainstream media, which took on the frenzy of an old fashioned witch hunt to burn a heretic at the stake…"

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Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

http://ijme.in/pdfs/213ed142.pdf

AEFI and the pentavalent vaccine: looking for a composite picture

JACOB PULIYEL

"...Trivialising all these deaths as coincidental deaths, or deaths due to SIDS, amounts to obscuring the real picture. As with Lichtenberg’s humour at the expense of his audience, the butt of this cruel joke are the parents and the general public who were looking for answers as to why their children died and perhaps hoping that other children will not suffer a similar fate…" 

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Daily Record  26 July 2013

Child flu vaccine campaign launched in bid to halt spread of disease across Scotland this winter

"...About 120,000 two and three-year-olds and about 100,000 primary school pupils will be offered the vaccination - which is given using a nasal spray - over the 2013-14 flu season…"

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/child-flu-vaccine-campaign-launched-2092556

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Gala Health

http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-04-12/vaccines-alum-adjuvant-path-to-brain-found/

Vaccines' Alum Adjuvant Path to Brain Found: Study

"Newly published research by Keele Conference scientists shows that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines transfers to the brain. They have documented the path from injection site to the brain, and that once in the brain, it persists. Newborns, the elderly, and people with a certain genetic variation are particularly at risk"

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SaneVax, Inc

http://sanevax.org/2012-the-top-fifteen-selling-vaccines/

2012: The Top Fifteen Selling Vaccines

"The ‘medical miracle’ of vaccines has proven quite miraculous on at least one front, the financial one. Investors in the manufacture, distribution and administration of vaccines have reaped handsome rewards since the creation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA)…"

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Japan withdraws support for HPV vaccines due to infertility side effects

Natural News.com 

7 July 2013

"...As of today, an estimated 3.28 million Japanese people alone have been inoculated with these HPV vaccinations. So far, 1,968 adverse cases have been presented to the Japanese government, detailing severe medical side effects…"

http://www.naturalnews.com/041099_gardasil_side_effect_japan_infertility.html#ixzz2yz4smjt0

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Health ministry withdraws recommendation for cervical cancer vaccine.

The Asahi Shimbun 15 June 2013

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201306150057

"The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side effects, including long-term pain and numbness…"

also see:

Japan halts cervical cancer vaccine over health issues.

Japan Times 15 June 2013

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/06/15/national/cervix-vaccine-issues-trigger-health-notice/#.UbxsUpVgP8u

Cervix vaccine issues trigger health notice

KYODO

"The health ministry has issued a nationwide notice that cervical cancer vaccinations should no longer be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16 because several adverse reactions to the medicines have been reported.

“It is necessary to gather information immediately to accurately grasp how often (the side effects) are occurring,” said Mariko Momoi, who chairs the panel at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry that decided to suspend the recommendation. Momoi is vice president of the International University of Health and Welfare"

also see:

SaneVax, Inc.

http://sanevax.org/breaking-news-japan-suspends-recommendation-of-hpv-vaccines/

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SaneVax, Inc.

http://sanevax.org/hpv-vaccine-news-from-scotland/

"[SaneVax: Scottish parents who disagree with their national health authorities' opinion that HPV vaccines are safe and effective have embarked on their own fact-finding mission…"

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THE EXPRESS Tribune April 27 2013

By Sehrish Wasif

Measles outbreak: City hospitals continue to receive new cases

"...While talking about the causes of the measles outbreak, he said that there was an urgent need to study the epidemiology of the disease, as more than 50 per cent of the children brought to the hospital were those who had already been vaccinated against measles…"

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Buenos Aires Herald  

3 January 2012

GSK fined over vaccine trials; 14 babies reported dead

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/88922/gsk-fined-over-vaccine-trials-14--babies-reported-dead

GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories Company was fined 400,000 pesos by Judge Marcelo Aguinsky following a report issued by the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT in Spanish) for irregularities during lab vaccine trials conducted between 2007 and 2008 that allegedly killed 14 babies.

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FAIRDINKUM RADIO Australia

http://fairdinkumradio.com/?q=node/231

Vaccine Victims Mother Speaks

"Today we are the voice of the Vaccine Victims that cannot share their story. Tasha David, the mother of eight children, six of whom have been vaccinated, with all six being vaccine victims. Tasha shares her story of shock, disappointment, guilt and remorse in neglecting to research the side effects of vaccines before vaccinating her children. Tasha's story is real life, scientific evidence of the harm that vaccines can and do cause…"

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CHILD HEALTH SAFETY May 11 2013

UPDATE MEASLES UK 2013 - BBC News Secretly Removes Fake News Claims from Website - Health Officials in Tail-Spin Over Vastly Hyped Claims of Welsh Measles Epidemic

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/update-measles-2013/

"...Welsh Health officials were first caught  out when British media discovered that the figures being given out to them were of only suspected cases and that doctors massively over-reported measles cases..."

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Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Wales.

Confirmed measles cases from Welsh laboratories 2012 to 31 March 2013:

http://www2.nphs.wales.nhs.uk:8080/CommunitySurveillanceDocs.nsf/3dc04669c9e1eaa880257062003b246b/38c4ee86b5fd701e80257b41003cdc52/$FILE/monthly%20lab%20201303.pdf

also see:

Notifications during time period 1 November 2012 - 12 noon 24 April 2013

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/66389

Some of the Welsh suspected measles cases have been reported to the Health Protection Agency in England for laboratroy confirmation.

See Public Health England statistics for January to December 2012 which states that 116 measles cases have been laboratory confirmed for this period:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/Measles/EpidemiologicalData/measNumberoflabconfirmedmeaslescases/

The Health Protection Agency also states this:

'....The last major measles outbreak was in in 1994, up until then measles cases were counted through notifications – where a doctor would report based on symptoms. Studies of notifications during the early 1990s suggested that not all of these clinical cases were measles and that the proportion that was due to other causes was increasing. Following the November 1994 mass campaign to immunise school aged children a new system of testing every notified case to confirm whether or not it was genuine measles case was introduced. From 1995 onwards, therefore, only confirmed cases are counted….'

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Congressman introduces bill requiring study of autism rate in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated 26 April 2013

http://beta.congress.gov/congressional-record/2013/04/26/extensions-of-remarks-section/article/E576-1

also see:

http://therefusers.com/refusers-newsroom/congressman-introduces-bill-requiring-study-of-autism-rate-in-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated/#.UYBYwCsjpYW

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Vietnam halts use of Quinvaxem after 9 babies die in 6 months

 Last Updated: Sunday, May 05, 2013 01:15:00

"...Vietnam’s health ministry placed a nationwide moratorium on the use of Quinvaxem vaccines Saturday, in response to the deaths of nine babies in the last six months, with many others suffering from complications after receiving the five-in-one shot..."

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130505-vietnam-halts-use-of-quinvaxem-as-9-babies-die-in-6-months.aspx

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Family launch Fluvax lawsuit

Kate Campbell, The West Australian
Updated May 4, 2013, 4:52 am

"The maker of a "defective" flu shot that left a Perth girl with brain damage knew before its release there was a high risk it may cause fevers in children, lawyers for the girl and her family have claimed while launching a potentially massive lawsuit..."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/17005313/family-launch-fluvax-lawsuit/

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The Chickenpox Vaccine 

by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/20110113ChickenpoxVaccineYazbakFE

"Of all pediatric mandated vaccination programs, two seem to make even less sense than others. The first is the universal hepatitis B vaccination program, starting shortly after birth and intended to decrease the risk and incidence of primary liver cancer.  The second is the universal pediatric chickenpox vaccination program, the subject of this report..."

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THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE with the International Herald Tribune

ISLAMABAD

By Sehrish Wasif

Published: April 27, 2013

Measles outbreak: City hospitals continue to receive new cases

"...More than 50nper cent of the children (brought to the hospital) were those who had already been vaccinated against measles..."

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The Telegraph 29 April 2012

Measles risk claim angers private schools

"One of Britain’s most senior doctors has been accused of “peddling chaotic misinformation” about MMR and the risks of measles in private schools..."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10024138/Measles-risk-claim-angers-private-schools.html

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Sunday Express

21 April 2013

MMR jab remains controversial despite recent measles death

By Lucy Johnston

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/393509/MMR-jab-remains-controversial-despite-recent-measles-death

"HEALTH officials are planning a massive “catch-up” crusade to prevent the measles outbreak that has already been linked to one death spreading from Wales to the rest of the country.

Sources at Public Health England say its experts are devising a campaign to encourage uptake of MMR (measles mumps and rubella) jabs among an estimated two million ­children who are not vaccinated.

Yet the jab remains controversial and one doctor said parents should be given the choice of a single injection against measles itself rather than the combined MMR jab..."

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Child Health Safety 19 April 2013

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/first-uk-measles-death/

First UK Measles Death Suspected in South Wales - Who is Responsible?

"Having blamed Dr Andrew Wakefield for the current measles outbreak, the media and health officials telegraphed their intention last Sunday to blame him for the first UK death from measles for some years..."

also see:

Child Health Safety 19 April 2013

Official Data Confirms - 20th Century Measles Deaths Would Fall Exponentially - And Regardless of Measles Or MMR Vaccine

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/official-data-confirms-20th-century-measles-deaths-would-fall-exponentially-and-regardless-of-measles-or-mmr-vaccine/

"A peer reviewed medical paper cited in the CHS article Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries Of Official Statistics confirms that “Measles mortality rates were inversely related to median family income”: Englehandt SF, Halsey NA, Eddins DL, Hinman AR. Measles mortality in the United States 1971-1975. Am J Public Health 1980;70:1166–1169..."

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Is the Welsh outbreak much different from the French?

By Dr Jayne Donegan MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFP MRCGP MFHom

"Scream the headlines. Unvaccinated children are being excluded from Swiss schools; private clinics are running out of single measles jabs……What are they panicking about? Heart attacks, strokes, paralysis? No, they are talking about measles – a regular childhood illness that most children sail through..."

http://www.jayne-donegan.co.uk/measles-2013

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Stop Blaming Dr. Andrew Wakefield

By F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/2013-4-15-stop-blaming-wakefield-YazbakFE

Several British news outlets including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the BBC appear to have decided, for reasons unknown, to renew their bullying of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. 

The sudden new wave of coordinated attacks on Dr. Wakefield essentially blamed him again for causing a recent outbreak of measles in the United Kingdom because of an article he published in February 1998, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. 

Interestingly, I had commented on such frivolous allegations as early as December 22, 2003 [i], when I conclusively demonstrated, using UK Official Health Documents, that starting in 1995, three years before The Lancet paper, MMR vaccination rates in the UK had started to drop at a faster rate than other vaccination rates.  

I had also commented at the time that the vaccine authorities in England were likely to cause further drop in measles, mumps and rubella vaccination rates by not offering the single vaccines along with the MMR vaccine and thus increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.  

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Eight years later, on December 8, 2010, I published a second research paper that further proved that the Wakefield Lancet publication had not caused any increased incidence of measles in the United Kingdom.

In that publication [ii] titled “Measles in the United Kingdom - The Wakefield Factor”, I documented the fact that a “Wakefield Factor” did not exist because according to official UK Government and WHO reports, the number of notified measles cases in England had actually decreased from 1998 to 1999 to 2000 to 2001 and that fewer cases of measles had been reported during the ten years that followed the Wakefield paper than in the preceding ten years.

I also documented the fact that in recent years, measles outbreaks occurred in the United Kingdom when they also occurred in Europe and elsewhere in the world, often in well vaccinated populations. 


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The continued allegations that measles outbreaks are occurring in the United Kingdom in 2013  because Dr. Andrew Wakefield published an article in 1998, are not based on scientific evidence, as I have clearly demonstrated years ago. 

These wild accusations make absolutely no sense and they must stop.  

Enough is enough!
 
  
F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Falmouth, Massachusetts

[i]  http://www.vaccinationnews.com/node/19937

[ii] http://www.vaccinationnews.com/measles-united-kingdom-wakefield-factor

also see:

Health: Measles

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Warwick

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent increases in the number of cases of measles; and what assessment they have made of any link to a reduction in the uptake of MMR vaccinations ten years ago.[HL5511]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Data from the Health Protection Agency show that, in 2012, 2,016 laboratory confirmed cases of measles were reported in England and Wales. This is the highest annual total since enhanced laboratory confirmation commenced in 1994.

Almost 70% of all cases in 2012 were in children between the ages of one and 18 years, with the highest proportion (592 cases) occurring in those under five years of age. There were 429 cases occurring in those aged 10 to 14 years, the age group who were routinely offered measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine when coverage was at its lowest level. Therefore, a minority of cases in 2012 can be attributed to the fall in coverage with MMR vaccine in the early part of this century. [Jabs emphasis]

However, although MMR vaccination uptake is currently at historically high levels, while measles is circulating unvaccinated individuals of any age will be at risk of contracting measles. [Jabs emphasis]. Therefore, it is important that parents of unvaccinated children, as well as older teenagers and adults who may have missed MMR vaccination, should make an appointment with their general practitioner to get vaccinated.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/130226w0001.htm#13022685000532

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Some Reflections on Measles and the MMR

"I’m asked for my thoughts on the measles outbreak in Swansea.  I’m not sure quite why, as most readers here [Mail on Sunday] will know my views on the MMR controversy..."

By Peter Hitchens

http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2013/04/some-reflections-on-measles-and-the-mmr-.html

Jabs comment: An excellent article by Peter Hitchens that puts into context the current wide divide between vaccine safety campaigners and the tactics of the medical authorities who want to blame Dr Wakefield, worried parents and the press for the predictable outcome of not providing vaccine choices during the current measles outbreak in Wales. Parents want single vaccines to protect their children against measles but the DH policy-makers are enforcing MMR or nothing, thereby putting children at risk. UK parents should complain to their local MP and demand the right to choose. If you don't know who he/she is you can check the following:

Alphabetical List of UK Constituencies and Members of Parliament

http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

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UK Measles Outbreak

Dr Andrew Wakefield Responds to Measles Outbreak in Swansea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7kbWfsygG4

also see: 

Statement from Dr Andrew Wakefield

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The British government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak In the wake of further media distortion, misrepresentation and ignorance in relation to the measles outbreak in Wales, it is important to clarify some key facts. 

In 1998, following an analysis of all pre-licensing studies of MMR vaccine safety I recommended the use of single measles vaccine in preference to MMR. This remains my position. 

At that time, in contrast with the false assertions of many commentators, including Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet, and vaccine millionaire Paul Offit, the single vaccines were licensed in UK and freely available to the British public. 

While vaccination uptake fell from February 1998, there was a reciprocal increase in the uptake of single measles vaccine – a fact that is never acknowledged in the press. Vaccination clinics administered many thousands of doses of measles vaccine and children were “protected”. 

Six months later, in September 1998, the British Government withdrew the importation license for the single vaccines, effectively blocking this option for parents. 

Measles cases in the UK rose when the government withdrew the importation license for the single measles vaccine leaving concerned parents with no choice. 

When I demanded to know why, if the government’s principal concern was to protect children from measles, it would prevent parents with genuine safety concerns over MMR from protecting their children, Elizabeth Miller of the Health Protection Agency responded “…..if we allowed parents the choice of single measles vaccines it would destroy our MMR program.” The government’s concern seemed to be to protect the MMR program over and above the protection of children.

MMR vaccine is not safe.Despite the claim of David Salisbury, head of the UK’s Immunization Division, that MMR has, “an exemplary safety record,” two of the three brands introduced in 1988 had to be withdrawn for safety reasons – they caused meningitis.

Government officials had approved these dangerous vaccines – Pluserix and Immravax – giving them the great majority of the UK market despite knowing they were high risk and despite having been warned explicitly of their dangers. These government officials put price before children’s health and have been seeking to cover up this shameful fact ever since. 

MMR can cause autismThe US government have paid out millions of dollars to children whose autism followed vaccine-induced brain damage. A recent government concession in the US Vaccine Court confirms that the parents’ claims were valid all along. 

In a recently published December 13th 2012 vaccine court ruling, hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Ryan Mojabi, whose parents described how “MMR vaccinations”, caused a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).” 

Later the same month, the government suffered a second major defeat when young Emily Moller from Houston won compensation following a vaccine-related brain injury that, once again, involved MMR and resulted in autism. 

The cases follow similar successful petitions in the Italian and US courts (including Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, Misty Hyatt, Kienan Freeman, Valentio Bocca and Julia Grimes) in which the governments conceded or the court ruled that vaccines had caused brain injury. In turn, this injury led to an ASD diagnosis. MMR vaccine was the common denominator in these cases. 

Live Public DebateThe more light that is shone on this subject by way of informed, balanced debate, the better. I am offering to debate any serious challenger on MMR vaccine safety and the role of MMR in autism, live, in public and televised. 

also see:

Age of Autism

http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/04/andrew-wakefield-british-government-culpable-for-measles-outbreaks.html#more  

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MEASLES HITS THE HEADLINES AGAIN 

http://www.informedparent.co.uk/mmr/measles-hits-the-headlines-again


By Magda Taylor, editor of The Informed Parent. April 2013

We are now experiencing yet another outbreak of measles and MMR propaganda via the media, resulting in a lot of parents becoming fearful and worried as to whether they should allow their children to receive the MMR.

In all the years I have been looking into the subject I have observed so many of these measles scares – they seem to be more regular than the measles outbreaks themselves.

It is extremely difficult to get any balanced information out in the public arena and the radio and TV coverages are almost all very biased. For example, on Tuesday 9th April I was invited to participate in a morning programme for BBC RadioScotland as one of the guests. This turned out to be a most frustrating experience as apart from a short intro earlier in the programme I had to sit through around half an hour’s worth of discussion without being able to contribute. The doctor and bacteriologist that had also been invited on were given the opportunity to respond to the various callers on the programme whilst I was left on the line not being able to give an alternative comment. Finally, right at the end of the slot I was suddenly invited to speak again. Knowing that I was going to be cut off at any time I attempted to try and make as many points as I could, which is not ideal as there was not enough time to give proper explanation. This is typical of how most of these programmes are broadcast these days, in fact, it more common now not to invite any guests that will be challenging the present established views. Back in the 1990s The Informed Parent, JABS and other vaccination researchers were given much more opportunity to get involved with some healthy discussion on the subject. This is certainly not the case these days.

Measles is being described in such a scary way at the moment it is no wonder parents are running scared.

Here is an example of how measles was described back in 1959, nine years before a measles vaccine was introduced in theUK. I have also taken extracts from a few doctors describing their experiences of measles at that time. This paints a very, very different picture of the disease compared to the ones we are being given at the moment. I have highlighted some of the more significant comments in bold type.

Measles Epidemic

Taken from: BMJ, Feb 7 1959, page 354

In the first three weeks of this year about 41,000 cases of measles were recorded inEnglandandWales. This is well above the corresponding figures of the last two years-namely, about 9,000 in 1958 and 28,000 in 1957 -though it is below the highest levels reached in the last nine years. To give some idea of the main features of the disease as it appears to-day and of how it is best treated, we invited some general practitioners to write short reports on the cases they have seen in their practices recently.

These appear at p.380 (extracts from this page follow this article). It is interesting to note, first, that the distribution of the disease is rather patchy at present. It has not yet reached the areas where two of these doctors practise (in South Scotland andCornwall), and other areas are known to be free of the disease so far. On the other hand, inKentit is reported to have arrived in time to put the children to bed over Christmas. These writers agree that measles is nowadays normally a mild infection, and they rarely have occasion to give prophylactic gamma globulin. As to the treatment of the disease and its complications, the emphasis naturally varies from one practice to another. Amount of bed-rest, when to administer a sulphonamide or antibiotic, the use of analgesics and linctuses-all these may still be debatable problems in the treatment of what is said to be the commonest disease in the world. But there is probably much in the opinion which one of the writers expresses: “It is the frequent visiting by the interested clinician and not the therapy which produces the good results.”

MEASLES
REPORTS FROM GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
BMJ February 7 1959, Page 380

EXTRACTS

We are much indebted to the general practitioners whose names appear below for the following notes on the present outbreak of measles.

Dr G. R. WATSON
 (Peaslake,Surrey) writes: Measles was introduced just before Christmas by a child from Petworth…….Treatment of Attack.-No drugs are given for either the fever or the cough; if pressed, I dispense mist. salin. B.N.F. as a placebo. Glutethimide 125 mg. may be given in the afternoon if the child is restless when the rash develops; 250 mg. in single or divided doses at bedtime ensures a good night’s sleep in spite of coughing. I encourage a warm humid atmosphere in the room by various methods: some electric fires and most electric toasters allow an open pan of water to rest on top; an electric kettle blows off too much steam to be kept on for more than short periods. Parents, conscious of the need to darken the room and to forbid reading, may carry this to an unnecessary extreme, starting even before the rash appears. To save a mother some demands, the wireless is a boon to children in darkened rooms. They are allowed up when the rash fades from the abdomen-usually the fourth or fifth day-and may go outside on the next fine day. Apart from fruit to eat.solid food is avoided on the day the rash is appearing; fruit drinks or soups are all they appear to want. Complications.-So far few complications have arisen. Four cases of otitis media occurred in the first 25 children, but only one had pain. No case of pneumonia has occurred, but one child had grossly abnormal signs in the chest for a few days after the fever subsided, uninfluenced by oral penicillin. One girl had a tear-duct infection and another an undue blepharitis. Of three adult males with the disease, two have been more severely affected than any of the children.Dr. R. E. HOPE STMPSON (Cirencester, Glos) writes: We make no attempt to prevent the spread of measles, and would only use gamma globulin to mitigate the severity of the disease in the case of the exposure of a susceptible adult or child who is already severely debilitated. Bed rest, for seven davs for moderate and severe cases and of five to six days in mild cases, seems to cut down the incidence of such complications as secondary bacterial otitis media and bronchopneumonia. We have not been impressed by the prophylactic or therapeutic use of antibiotics and sulphonamides in the first week of the disease. As soon as the patient is out of bed we allow him out of doors almost regardless of the weather. Otitis Media and Bronchopneumonia.-These conditions often appear so early, sometimes even before the rash, that in such cases one can only conclude that the responsible agent is the virus itself.Despite their initial alarming severity, they tend to resolve spontaneously, and treatment apart from first principles seems useless. When, on the other hand, otitis media or bronchopneumonia comes on after the subsidence of the initial symptoms of measles, it is probably due to a secondary bacterial invader, and we find antibiotics or sulphonamides useful…..

 MILD AILMENT

Dr. JOHN FRY (Beckenham,Kent) writes: The expected biennial epidemic of measles appeared in this region in early December, 1958, just in time to put many youngsters to bed over Christmas. To date there have been close on 150 cases in the practice, and the numbers are now steadily decreasing. Like previous epidemics, the primary cases have been chiefly in the 5- and 6-year-olds, with secondary cases in their younger siblings. No special features have been noted in this relatively mild epidemic. It has been mild because complications have occurred in only four children. One little girl aged 2 suffered from a lobular pneumonia, and three others developed acute otitis media following their measles. In the majority of children the whole episode has been well and truly over in a week, from the prodromal phase to the disappearance of the rash, and many mothers have remarked ” how much good the attack has done their children,” as they seem so much better after the measles. A family doctor’s approach to the management of measles is essentially a personal and individual matter, based on the personal experiences of the doctor and the individual character and background of the child and the family. In this practice measles is considered as a relatively mild and inevitable childhood ailment that is best encountered any time from 3 to 7 years of age. Over the past 10 years there have been few serious complications at any age, and all children have made complete recoveries. As a result of this reasoning no special attempts have been made at prevention even in young infants in whom the disease has not been found to be especially serious.

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Vaccination News 16 April 2013

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/2013-4-17-vaccine-injury-anecdotes-GottsteinS

Vaccine Injury Anecdotes Are No Joke

by Sandy Gottstein

"....Thus while it can be granted that a certain, undetermined, percentage would be found to be unrelated, i.e., coincidental to vaccination, we can no more assume they are mostly unrelated than we can assume that they mostly are not.  Regardless, there are simply far too many to dismiss without proper attention and study...."

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Measles: Make MMR jab mandatory' call by US expert

BBC NEWS Wales 10 April 2013

"As a measles epidemic in south Wales continues to spread at an "alarming rate" an expert has said mandatory vaccinations should be considered..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22089485

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Medpage Today 15 April 2013

Social Network Sways Vaccine Compliance

By Nancy Walsh

"Parents who didn't have their children fully vaccinated relied strongly on the advice of members of their close social networks in making decisions about immunizations, a study showed..."

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Vaccines/38443?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines

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Health Impact News Daily

1 April 2013

Can We Trust the CDC Claim that There is No Link Between Vaccines and Autism?

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/can-we-trust-the-cdc-claim-that-there-is-no-link-between-vaccines-and-autism/

Health Impact News Editor Comments:

"The CDC released a “new” study on “Good Friday” just before the Easter holiday weekend that supposedly showed there was no connection between vaccines and autism. One has to wonder on the timing of the announcement of this study, considering the fact that the CDC just released statistics about two weeks ago stating that the rate of autism among school children in the U.S. has now risen to one out of 50....."

also see:

Vaccination News

Gladness Reigns in Autism-Land

by Sandy Gottstein

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/gladness-reigns-autism-landGottsteinS 

"Here we go again.  Another CDC sponsored study, this one titled Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism, has relieved us of the burden of fearing a vaccine connection to autism.  But should gladness reign?  And, if not, why not?..."

also see:

Gala Health

30 March 2013

CDC Claim of No Autism-Vaccine Link Bases on Junk Science

http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-03-30/cdc-claim-of-no-autism-vaccine-link-based-on-junk-science/

By Heidi Stevenson

"The CDC has produced junk science that demonstrates absolutely nothing, but claims it shows no connection between autism and the vaccine schedule. It’s now spinning it as if it proves that there’s no link between the modern day nightmare of autism and the vaccines that they push for Big Pharma. Here’s the evidence..."

also see:

Yale News.  9 May 2011

Prevalence of Autism in South Korea Estimated at 1 in 38 Children

By Karen N. Peart

http://news.yale.edu/2011/05/09/prevalence-autism-south-korea-estimated-1-38-children

"Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in South Korea affect an estimated 2.64% of the population of school-age children, equivalent to 1 in 38 children, according to the first comprehensive study of autism prevalence using a total population sample. The study — conducted byYoung-Shin Kim, M.D., of the Yale Child Study Center and her colleagues in the U.S., Korea and Canada — identifies children not yet diagnosed and has the potential to increase autism spectrum disorder prevalence estimates worldwide..."

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Mail Online 27 March 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2300205/Swine-flu-jab-wrecked-childrens-health-It-rushed-amid-fears-global-pandemic-Now-linked-illness-makes-victims-sleep-19-hours-day.html

Swine flu jab wrecked our children's health: It was rushed in amid fears of a global pandemic. Now it's linked to an illness that makes victims sleep 19 hours a day

By Steve Boggan

"....Nobody would listen, but Caroline Hadfield knew there was something dreadfully wrong with her five-year-old son Josh. Not only was her once lively boy constantly falling asleep, but he would often stay asleep for 18 or 19 hours a day...."

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The Daily Star LEBANON

How vaccine scares cast shadows over science

March 22, 2013 12:05 AM

By Kate Kelland

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Science/2013/Mar-22/211073-how-vaccine-scares-cast-shadows-over-science.ashx#ixzz2OyqKxvkG 

"....Partinen, director of the Helsinki Sleep Clinic and Research Center, had raised the alarm about a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine called Pandemrix. He had discovered the drug, used to protect people from H1N1 swine flu, may be linked to a jump in cases of narcolepsy, a rare sleep disorder, in children and young people. He knew his findings might help limit the risks of narcolepsy for other children around the world, but was fearful nonetheless. The work was bound to generate scientific suspicion and public anxiety. Indeed, he struggled to get his paper on the vaccine published...."

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Research: From the Superb to the Questionable

 F Edward Yazbak MD

"It is safe to say that in the last few years, researchers who dared question a vaccination policy or only mention vaccination and autism in the same sentence were certain to get a public and unrelenting flagellation.

I was therefore overjoyed when the accomplishment of a distinguished researcher in that venue was recognized. It was certainly wonderful to hear that the Briloff Committee at Baruch College very recently awarded The Briloff Prize for 2012 to Dr. Gayle DeLong for her magnificent exposé titled Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research”. In the citation, the Committee described Dr. DeLong’s publication as “an excellent exposition of ethical issues and biases in the examination of conflicts of interests related to vaccine safety research. The main thrust of this paper is the questioning of the ethics of industry sponsorship of vaccine use“.....

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/research-superb-questionableYazbakFE

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Measles: 'Alarming rate' of south west Wales epidemic

"Health officials say a measles epidemic is "spreading at an alarming rate across areas of Wales".....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-21936623

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Huffington Post

The Next Big Autism Bomb: Are 1 in 50 Kids Potentially At Risk?

By David Kirby Author/Journalist

"On Tuesday, March 11, a conference call was held between vaccine safety officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several leading experts in vaccine safety research, and executives from America's Health Insurance Plans, (the HMO trade association) to discuss childhood mitochondrial dysfunction and its potential link to autism and vaccines...."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/the-next-big-autism-bomb-_b_93627.html 

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Experimental Biology and Medicine

http://ebm.rsmjournals.com/content/228/6/639.full

Intestinal Pathophysiology in Autism

John F White

"Autism is a life-long developmental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 500 children. The causes for this profound disorder are largely unknown. Recent research has uncovered pathology in the gastrointestinal tract of autistic children. The pathology, reported to extend from the esophagus to the colon, is described here along with other studies pointing to a connection between diet and the severity of symptoms expressed in autism. The evidence that there is impaired intestinal permeability in autism is reviewed, and various theories are discussed by which a leaky gut could develop. Lastly, some possible ways in which impaired gastrointestinal function might influence brain function are discussed...."

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Examiner.com

Scientists suffer for trying to make vaccine side effects public

http://www.examiner.com/article/scientists-suffer-for-trying-to-make-vaccine-side-effects-public

"In 2011, Neurologist Markku Partinen was ridiculed by other scientists who questioned his methods and motives, and raised doubts about his mental stability. In an article published on Reuters last Thursday, he says that colleagues even avoided him......"

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Children with autism on the rise in Vietnam

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-03/14/c_132234027.htm

English.news.cn   2013-03-14 18:48:42

HANOI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The number of children diagnosed with autism is rising sharply in Vietnam, according to experts from the Vietnam Association of Autistic Children.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen, deputy head of the institute, made the warning at a seminar on care and education for autistic children jointly held in Hanoi by the Vietnam Association of Autistic Children, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund.

A study conducted by the Hanoi-based Central Pediatrics Hospital revealed that the number of children with autism detected by the hospital in 2007 was 50 times more than in 2000, while the number of autistic children treated by the hospital up by 33 times.

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CryShame press release - 9 March 2013

www.cryshame.co.uk 

Important new research reports similar findings to the work of Dr Andrew Wakefield in the 1998 Lancet and in subsequent paper in the early 2000s

Groundbreaking new research examines the molecular structure of inflammatory material taken from the bowels of autistic children. It compares the structure of diseased biopsies in the autistic children with biopsies from three groups of non-autistic children with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and histologically normal  (the controls). 

Previous research confirmed the pathological and immunological make-up of biopsies of autistic children, but had not to date identified its specific molecular structure. Children with the four different conditions have been found to have similar findings of inflammation. But it was not clear if this was the same condition shared by all four groups; or if a distinct condition was specific to autistic children alone;  or if indeed there was no disease in the autistic group. A molecular analysis of the genetic structure found in the inflamed bowel tissue of children in each group would provide initial answers to these questions.

To date government and medical scientists continue to deny an association between autism and bowel disease. In the UK there is currently no research into the association between autism and chronic bowel disease. This has been the predicament since the government and medical profession waged a campaign to discredit research from the Royal Free Hospital led by Dr Andrew Wakefield in 1998 and the early 2000s that first identified the presence of bowel disease in autistic children.

Following years of denial from government and the medical profession, new research published in the leading online journal PLOS ONE confirms the presence of intestinal disease in autistic children and supports reports from many parents of ongoing painful gastric problems in their autistic children.

The research studied bowel samples from 25 autistic, 8 Crohn's, 5 ulcerative colitis and 15 normal control children and found that inflammatory material obtained from the biopsies of autistic children had a distinct molecular structure that was different from the other three groups.

This is an important finding of the distinct genetic expression that has now been identified in autistic children as distinct from non-autistic children with Crohns, ulcerative colitis and normal bowels. It paves the way for future research into the specific molecular structure of the inflammation affecting autistic children and hopefully will lead to new interventions and treatment.

Background Notes

1. The first paper to bring to public attention the presence of bowel disease in autistic children was Wakefield AJ, (1998) 'Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children'.The Lancet published this paper in 1998 but subsequently retracted it in 2010 after the GMC found Dr Wakefield and Professor Walker-Smith guilty of serious professional misconduct.

2. Several former colleagues went on in the early 2000s to study the nature of the bowel disease in autistic children, focusing on the pathology of gut tissue and the presence of autoimmune features in the bowel (eg Furlano et al (2001) 'Colonic CD8 and γδ T-cell infiltration with epithelial damage in children with autism', Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 138, 3).

3. The senior research leader of the Lancet and subsequent papers was Professor John Walker-Smith who in March 2012 had all the charges of professional misconduct made by the GMC quashed on appeal by Justice Mitting in the High Court.

4. Government Minister admits more needs to be done to research autism and bowel disease. Read letter here

See also: 

Controversial Doctor and Autism Media Channel Director Proven Right

March 8, 2013 Austin, TX

Two landmark events - a government concession in the US Vaccine Court, and 
a groundbreaking scientific paper – confirm that physician, scientist, and AMC Director, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and the parents were right all along.

In a recently published December 13, 2012 vaccine court ruling, hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Ryan Mojabi,[i]whose parents described how   “MMR vaccinations," caused a "severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder ('ASD')."

Later the same month, the government suffered a second major defeat when young Emily Moller from Houston won compensation following vaccine-related brain injury that, once again, involved MMR and resulted in autism.

The cases follows similar successful petitions in the Italian and US courts (including Hannah Poling[ii], Bailey Banks[iii], Misty Hyatt[iv], Kienan Freeman[v], Valentino Bocca[vi], and Julia Grimes[vii]) in which the governments conceded or the court ruled that vaccines had caused brain injury. In turn, this injury led to an ASD diagnosis. MMR vaccine was the common denominator in these cases.

And today, scientists and physicians from Wake Forest University, New York, and Venezuela, reported findings that not only confirm the presence of intestinal disease in children with autism and intestinal symptoms, but also indicate that this disease may be novel.[viii]

Using sophisticated laboratory methods Dr. Steve Walker and his colleagues endorsed Wakefield’s original findings by showing molecular changes in the children’s intestinal tissues that were highly distinctive and clearly abnormal.

From 1998 Dr. Wakefield discovered and reported intestinal disease in children with autism.[ix] Based upon the medical histories of the children he linked their disease and their autistic regression to the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR vaccine). He has since been subjected to relentless personal and professional attacks in the media, and from governments, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. In the wake of demonstrably false and highly damaging allegations of scientific fraud by British journalist Brian Deer and the British Medical Journal, Dr. Wakefield is pursuing defamation proceedings against them in Texas.[x] 

While repeated studies from around the world confirmed Wakefield’s bowel disease in autistic children[xi] and his position that safety studies of the MMR are inadequate,[xii] Dr. Wakefield’s career has been destroyed by false allegations.X Despite this he continues to work tirelessly to help solve the autism catastrophe.

The incidence of autism has rocketed to a risk of around 1 in 25 for children born today. Meanwhile governments, absent any explanation and fearing loss of public trust, continue to deny the vaccine-autism connection despite the concessions in vaccine court.

Speaking from his home in Austin, Texas, Dr. Wakefield said, “there can be very little doubt that vaccines can and do cause autism. In these children, the evidence for an adverse reaction involving brain injury following the MMR that progresses to an autism diagnosis is compelling. It’s now a question of the body count. The parents’ story was right all along. Governments must stop playing with words while children continue to be damaged. My hope is that recognition of the intestinal disease in these children will lead to the relief of their suffering. This is long, long overdue.”

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a best selling author,9 founder of the autism research non-profit Strategic Autism Initiative (SAI), and Director of the Autism Media Channel.

See:

“Identification of Unique Gene Expression Profile in Children with Regressive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Ileocolitis” PLOS ONE March 8, 2013, available online at:http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058058

To see an exclusive interview with one of the study’s key authors Dr. Arthur Krigsman, go to Autism Media Channel 


[i] http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/CAMPBELL-SMITH.MOJABI PROFFER.12.13.2012.pdf

[ii] http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20015982-10391695.html andhttp://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/CAMPBELLSMITH.%20DOE77082710.pdf

[iii] http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/Abell.BANKS.02-0738V.pdf (see footnote 4)

[iv] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/06/eveningnews/main3915703.shtml

[v] http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/HASTINGS.Freeman.pdf

[vi] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160054/MMR-A-mothers-victory-The-vast-majority-doctors-say-link-triple-jab-autism-Italian-court-case-reignite-controversial-debate.html

[vii] http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/MORAN.LAWSON011211.pdf

[viii] Walker S., Fortunado J, Krigsman A., Gonzalez L. Identification of Unique Gene Expression Profile in Children with Regressive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Ileocolitis. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0058058

[ix] Wakefield AJ. Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind a Tragedy. 2010. Skyhorse Publishing, NY, NY. Chapter 1, footnotes 1 & 4, p.20

[x] For Affidavits see www.DrWakefieldJusticeFund.org

[xi] Wakefield AJ. Waging War on the Autistic Child. 2012 Skyhorse Publishing NY, NY. Chapter 2, footnotes 2-11, pp.255-256

[xii] Jefferson T et al, Unintended events following immunization with MMR: a systematic review. Vaccine 21 (2003) 3954–3960

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Bacteria boost fixes symptoms of autism in mice

By Sarah Reardon NewScientist

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729044.100-bacteria-boost-fixes-symptoms-of-autism-in-mice.html

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Banned Wakefield Films From British TV Emerge on Youtube After Nearly a Decade

By John Stone for Age of Autism

Three controversial television films suppressed as part of the continued persecution of Andrew Wakefield are now available to watch on YouTube. The drama ‘Hear the Silence’ starring Hugh Bonneville as Andrew Wakefield and Juliet Stevenson as a mother trying to find the truth about what happened to her child was seen once on British television in December 2003 and then disappeared. Two months later the allegations of Brian Deer began to appear in the media. It has now been posted on the web by ‘ScienceIsrael’ in the original English with Hebrew subtitles. 

http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/02/banned-wakefield-films-from-british-tv-emerge-on-youtube-after-nearly-a-decade.html

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HPV vaccines and cancer prevention, science versus activism: 

By Lucija Tomljenovic

Abstract

The rationale behind current worldwide human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programs starts from two basic premises, 1) that HPV vaccines will prevent cervical cancers and save lives and, 2) have no risk of serious side effects. Therefore, efforts should be made to get as many pre-adolescent girls vaccinated in order to decrease the burden of cervical cancer. Careful analysis of HPV vaccine pre- and post-licensure data shows however that both of these premises are at odds with factual evidence and are largely derived from significant misinterpretation of available data.

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African Children Still Paralyzed After Vaccines, Government Says "All in Their Head"

By Christina England

It has now been officially confirmed that in December 2012, 38 children were hospitalized after receiving the meningitis vaccine, MenAfriVac, during a vaccination campaign arranged by the Chadian government. News program France 24 stated that Saleh Ahmat Bodoumi, a former Member of Parliament in Chad, confirmed that seven of the most seriously affected children have since been evacuated from hospitals in the capital city of Ndjamena to the Republic of Tunisia in northern Africa to undergo further investigation and specialized treatment. [1].....

http://vactruth.com/2013/01/25/paralyzed-symptoms-in-head/

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JAMA Pediatrics

A Population-Based Cohort Study of Undervaccination in 8 Managed Care Organizations Across the United States

http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=1558057#qundefined

Abstract

Objectives  To examine patterns and trends of undervaccination in children aged 2 to 24 months and to compare health care utilization rates between undervaccinated and age-appropriately vaccinated children.

Design  Retrospective matched cohort study.

Setting  Eight managed care organizations of the Vaccine Safety Datalink.

Participants  Children born between 2004 and 2008.

Main Exposure  Immunization records were used to calculate the average number of days undervaccinated. Two matched cohorts were created: 1 with children who were undervaccinated for any reason and 1 with children who were undervaccinated because of parental choice. For both cohorts, undervaccinated children were matched to age-appropriately vaccinated children by birth date, managed care organization, and sex.

Main Outcome Measures  Rates of undervaccination, specific patterns of undervaccination, and health care utilization rates.

Results  Of 323 247 children born between 2004 and 2008, 48.7% were undervaccinated for at least 1 day before age 24 months. The prevalence of undervaccination and specific patterns of undervaccination increased over time (P < .001). In a matched cohort analysis, undervaccinated children had lower outpatient visit rates compared with children who were age-appropriately vaccinated (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 0.89; 95% CI, 0.89- 0.90). In contrast, undervaccinated children had increased inpatient admission rates compared with age-appropriately vaccinated children (IRR, 1.21; 95% CI, 1.18-1.23). In a second matched cohort analysis, children who were undervaccinated because of parental choice had lower rates of outpatient visits (IRR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.93-0.95) and emergency department encounters (IRR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.88-0.94) than age-appropriately vaccinated children.

Conclusions  Undervaccination appears to be an increasing trend. Undervaccinated children appear to have different health care utilization patterns compared with age-appropriately vaccinated children.

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US Government pays compensation to a boy who developed autism as a result of a reaction to the MMR vaccine

Ryan B Mojabi v Secretary of Health and Human Resources

http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/CAMPBELL-SMITH.MOJABI-PROFFER.12.13.2012.pdf

Proffer on Award of Compensation; MMR vaccine; Table Injury; Encephalitis.

'...Petitioners alleged that as a result of "all the vaccinations administered to [Ryan] from March 25, 2003, through February 22, 2005, and more specifically, MMR vaccinations administered to him on December 19, 2003 and May 10, 2004," Ryan suffered  "a severe and debilitating injury to his brain, described as Autism Spectrum Disorder ('ASD')."..... Petitioners specifically asserted that Ryan "suffered a Vaccine Table Injury, namely, an encephalopathy" as a result of his receipt of the MMR vaccination on December 19, 2003....

On June 9, 2011, respondent filed a supplemental report pursuant to Vaccine Rule 4(c) stating it was respondent's view that Ryan suffered a Table injury under the Vaccine Act - namely, an encephalitis within five to fifteen days following receipt of the December 19, 2003 MMR vaccine....this case is appropriate for compensation under the terms of the Vaccine Program...'

http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/CAMPBEL...

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Huffington Post

Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism

by David Kirby

'...The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as "vaccine court," has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for "pain and suffering" and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars.

The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism, at least in one of the children. Both cases were "unpublished," meaning information is limited, and access to medical records and other exhibits is blocked. Much of the information presented here comes from documents found at the vaccine court website...'

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Daily Mail

American parents awarded £600,000 in compensation after their son developed autism as a result of MMR vaccine

Saeid and Parivash Mojabi claimed their son suffered a 'severe brain injury'

The Californian couple said that son Ryan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By DAVID GARDNER PUBLISHED: 01:32, 15 January 2013


Parents who claim their 10-year-old boy developed autism as a result of being injected with an MMR vaccine when he was a baby have been awarded more than £600,000 in a landmark court decision in America.

Saeid and Parivash Mojabi claimed that son Ryan suffered a ‘severe and debilitating injury to his brain’ after being administered with two measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations in December, 2003 and in May the following year.

They said in court papers that Ryan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.The ruling comes months after a judge in Italy awarded £140,000 to an Italian couple who said their son had autism after his routine childhood MMR inoculation.

The American decision - although it doesn’t lay fault for the child’s disability with the drug - fuels anti-MMR campaigners challenging the view of the majority of the medical profession that holds the vaccinations are safe.

The claim was against the US government which set up a Vaccine Programme. Although a judgement rules whether or not each case is eligible for compensation and the amount - in this case against the US Health Department - it does not apportion blame.

The San Jose, California, based family took their case to the US Court of Federal Claims in 2006.

Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Programme, parents can petition the US government for compensation for injuries or deaths allegedly caused by compulsory childhood vaccines.

A judgement in Ryan’s case, which was first filed in 2006, was made on December 13 last year by the Office of Special Masters set up by US Congress to decide on compensation claims. The defendant in the case was the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The damages payment takes into account the boy’s future loss of earnings because it’s unlikely he will be able to work.

In statements to the court, Ryan’s grandmother Paravaneh Shah-Mohammadi and his aunt Pooran Vahabi told how the boy appeared ‘lethargic’, ‘hardly responsive to noises and people around him,’and ‘unable to hold himself upright’ after having the first MMR vaccination.

The number of autism cases in the UK has soared over the past four decades. At the last count researchers found one in 64 British children have some kind of autistic condition.In the Eighties, only four in every 10,000 children showed any signs of autism.

The Department of Health and NHS doctors insist that better diagnosis of autism and environmental factors are responsible for the dramatic rise in the number of cases and dismissed MMR vaccinations as a cause.

No link between the jabs and autism has been found in the British courts.

In America, nearly 5,000 families blame the MMR injection for causing their children’s autism.

In 2008, a girl called Hannah Poling was awarded £1 million damages by the US government when a court ruled that receiving nine vaccines in one day, including the MMR, had caused her autistic condition.

But the court said that Hannah had an underlying cell disorder, mitochondria, which had been aggravated by the vaccinations and manifested itself as autism.

In Ryan’s case, Chief Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith decided his family was eligible for damages under the US government’s Vaccine Programme.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262534/American-parents-awarded-600-000-compensation-son-developed-autism-result-MMR-vaccine.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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From the Scottish Sunday Mail - 23/12/2012 (Not online)


AUTISM HAS DOUBLED IN FIVE YEARS.


Call for probe into rise.

The number of school pupils classified as autistic has more than doubled in five years.

Scottish government figures show 8650 school kids were this year recorded as having an autistic spectrum disorder, characterised by relationship and behavioural problems.
The number has soared from 3919 in 2007, with children on the autism spectrum now making up more than one per cent of the school population.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "The rise in number of pupils with autism may be partly down to better and more consistent recording. Schools are increasingly becoming better at recognising and recording those pupils with autism, and those children have improved access to diagnostic services. The Scottish Strategy for Autism was launched in November 2011 and funding of £13.4 million was announced to implement the strategy".
But campaigners yesterday called for an inquiry into the reason for the rise.
Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: " The Scottish Government must sanction detailed research into these findings. Increases could be related to better diagnosis but at the same time could be linked to unknown medical or social issues".

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Vaccine Bombshell: Leaked Confidential Document Exposes 36 Infants Dead After This Vaccine.

by Christina England for Vactruth.com

...A confidential GlaxoSmithKline document recently leaked to the press exposed that within a two-year period, a total of 36 infants died after receiving the 6-in-1 vaccine, Infanrix Hexa. [1] According to the website Initiative Citoyenne [2] who reported the news, the 1271 page document revealed that GlaxoSmithKline received a total of 1,742 reports of adverse reactions between October 23, 2009, and October 22, 2011, including 503 serious adverse reactions and 36 deaths. Initiative Citoyenne stated...

see also:

1,742 Reports of Adverse Events After Children Received This Vaccine

by Christina England for Vactruth.com

see also:

Secret EU Government Report – Wide Range of Child Vaccine Deaths & Injuries – From Just One Six-In-One Vaccine

by ChildHealthSafety

The Belgian organisation Initiative Citoyenne [IC] has published in the public interest a secret vaccine manufacturer's 1271 page report to an EU government drug safety licensing agency. The report sets out a wide range of multiple numerous wide-ranging vaccine adverse reactions, including deaths and injuries to children from side effects identified at European level and [...]

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International Medical Council on Vaccination 3 December 2012

Official Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated study finally being done. Please read this and donate to the effort. – Suzanne Humphries, MD

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The Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Opinion+Scientist+fires+latest+shot+mandatory+vaccine+debate/7572719/story.html

Opinion: Scientist fires latest shot in mandatory flu vaccine debate

 BY TOM JEFFERSON, SPECIAL TO THE SUN - NOVEMBER 19, 2012

 Dr. Perry Kendall’s responses to my comments (in Monday’s Vancouver Sun) are as disturbing as his original misreporting of my research.He states that the influenza vaccine is “60 per cent effective” and concludes that it reduces the chances somebody will pick up the virus and pass it on to patients. The figure of 60 per cent is a relative estimate which gives an inflated impression of performance. The best evidence of the performance of the influenza vaccine comes from trials in healthy adults. The relevant Cochrane review was first published in 1999 and has been updated several times since. The review shows that you need to vaccinate between 33 and 99 adults to avoid the onset of symptoms in one person. On average the vaccines prevent the loss of half a working day. There is no evidence in any literature that the vaccine avoids person-to-person spread as (chief health officer for B.C.) Kendall seems to imply. Another of his statements shows just how ideologically-driven his policies are. “When asked how many patients die each year because they pick up viruses like the flu, Kendall said he didn’t know because the information is not routinely collected.” If he does not know how many people die because of influenza, how does he know it’s a problem of such proportion to justify coercive policies? Also, how will he evaluate his policy which has caused so much resistance? If he does not know what the “before” looks like, how is he going to compare it with any “after” to assess whether Canadian taxpayers’ cash is well spent?

Perhaps the most bizarre of the statements made is that The Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in the United States, they’ve all called for mandatory immunization of health care workers. Could Kendall please give us references to the BMJ and Lancet endorsement of mandatory immunization with influenza vaccines? The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published an editorial with a misquote of our Cochrane review which was as distorted as Kendall’s.

The points made by Dr. Paul van Buynder and colleagues are equally vague. Van Buynder and colleagues state that the Cochrane Collaboration has a “narrow evidentiary standard.” Had they bothered to read our reviews they would have discovered that all relevant studies comparing vaccination of children, adults, elderly and health care workers with no vaccination have been included.

The problem is not inclusion, it’s the quality of what is included, as I have already explained. The are many studies in literature that conclude that vaccination of health care workers and healthy adults works well, but bias in these studies is so great that the vaccines appear to work against death for all causes, but not against death from respiratory infections.

Following this perverted logic would have inactivated vaccines save lives from accidents, strokes, accidental poisoning, hypothermia and falls, but not from influenza and pneumonia? Either the inactivated vaccines are miracle workers or there is something very wrong with the evidence. Cochrane reviews weigh the evidence by its quality, not by their conclusions, to allow interpretation of the study results with some confidence — this has nothing to do with “good” or “perfect.”

The statement that “the logic is indisputable” reveals a high degree of dogmatism. The inactivated vaccines should work in theory, just like many things work in theory, but real evidence suggests they are not having the desired effect. So far we have distortion of research findings, evidence-free statements and evidence-free policies supporting coercion of human beings. What next?

Dr. Tom Jefferson is with the Cochrane Respiratory Infections Group in Rome, Italy.

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