Letter: The list of ingredients is scarier than having flu
Maghull schoolgirl paralysed after mystery illness (HPV vaccine)
Defending Vaccines: Actress Dispels Link To Autism
Biological Plausibility of a Relationship Between Vaccines and Autism
FDA Okays Tdap Booster for Adults
2008-2009 Flu Season Thus Far
Worldwide Measles Deaths Drop Dramatically
Measles outbreak leads to mass vaccination for thousands of at riskchildren
DTaP Side Effect: Autism. Now You See It. Now You Don't.
On Media: Why I Hate the British Press
Poor Families Pressed Into Vaccine Trials by Drug Companies; 12Babies Die
CDC urges families to vaccinate kids for flu
Pregnant women are at special risk and should get flu shot
The Flu Vaccine
CDC's Children's Flu Vaccination Day is Dec. 9
National Influenza Vaccination Week
Halachic Aspects of Vaccination
A `Hopeful Beginning' For A Malaria Vaccine
The Flu Shot: Exposed (video)
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What Would One Want From A National Vaccine Plan?
Vote for Bodies in Rebellion on Change.org
Two sides unable to bridge gap
Speaking the language of vaccines (ICAAC and IDSA joint meeting)
The Army Fighting Autism? The Department of Defense?
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Global Alliance on Vaccine and Immunization
Parents meet with NJ's Health Commissioner
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Tom Daschle is Asking for Your Health Stories
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Letter: The list of ingredients is scarier than having flu
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Pentagon -- A Voice of Reason on Vaccines and Autism?
CDC and Congress Secrets Vaccine Mercury Report
Measles deaths drop worldwide, report estimates
Flu On Campus: Avoiding Misery For $20
Students, that flu shot could help your grades
Flu study confirms recommendations for kids
Vaccine makers urge speedy accord on pandemic plan
CDC'S December 12 Web Conference to Focus on Vaccination of
The other side of flu shots
Autism linked to vaccines?
Deirdre Imus: How Do I Find a Green Pediatrician?
Expert urges no-fault vaccine compensation (Canada)
The Great Thimerosal Cover-up
Merck continues to struggle with questions over safety and cost of
The CDC's Vaccination Genocide
MMR jabs plea as measles epidemic hits the West Midlands
Follow-Up to the Trenton Vaccination Choice Rally
Members Address Health Commissioner Heather Howard
Inquest to begin into death of baby after MMR vaccination
Provenge Activists Fail To Get FDA Documents
To Immunize or Not
New Jersey makes Flu vac. mandatory!
DOD and CDC: Studies Suggest a Possible Link Between Multiple
Vaccines and Injury
Call and keep your Vaccination Choice!
MMR baby 'chatting away' hours before his death, inquest hears
Students, that flu shot could help your grades
MMR, autism and a baby's death
Healthy baby died after MMR jab
President Elect Obama: The Medical Director of the Autism Research
Institute Speaks Out
Allergic reactions to Gardasil uncommon
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
As you are aware, Jan. 1 is the mandatory flu shot deadline. It is URGENT that the NJ Health Department change its stance, and support Assembly Bill A260/S1071.
Being in the medical field, I often witness adverse reactions. Many people are indeed experiencing Guillian-Barre Syndrome from the flu vaccine, as well as other adverse reactions that are listed on the package insert. Most citizens are not educated enough on what an adverse reaction is and further, many doctors do not report them if they acknowledge them. As you may know, reporting reactions is voluntary; clearly quality assurance in the national VAERS tracking system is lacking.
As Health Commissioner, you have a DUTY. It is the DUTY of elected officials, appointed officials and doctors to support informed consent. US Citizens have a fundamental right to health. Please institute and support public health policies through the NJ Health Department that allow the people of NJ to make an informed decision for themselves and their children rather than employing the strong-arm tactic of mandatory mass vaccinations.
Attached is just one of the flu vaccine package inserts; you might want to verify for yourself the list of reactions. After you have seen the amount of damage caused by flu vaccines, as I have, you might also question the unflinching statement that the benefits of flu vaccines far outweigh the risks. I urge you to let people decide for themselves, and do it immediately by supporting vaccination choice in NJ. I look forward to hearing your response.
Institute for Vaccine Safety - Package Inserts_
"Dear Ms. Howard,
It appears that you are where the buck stops, and so I will address my concerns directly to you.
I write to express my own strong opposition to the flu shot mandate, and to inform you that I know many others that feel the same. In the state of New Jersey we do not have vaccination choice, and we need it- fast. The very fact that no comprehensive program has been put in place to ensure that EVERY pediatric dose given for this flu shot mandate - does indeed have the lowest possible levels of thimerosol/mercury is difficult to understand. Indeed, as public health policy, a flu shot mandate for young children has many problems as I see it. The sketchy availability throughout NJ of safe flu shots is just one.
By now, you must be aware of the many NJ parents who have stated their intention to stop vaccinating altogether until they feel they can get clear answers about the safety and effectiveness of these shots. I would ask that you forward to me the studies that PROVE the safety and effectiveness of the flu shot for young children, especially those under the age of 2. All I can find are vague references (no complete citations, mind you) from the CDC saying that it is just a good idea, and everybody should do this because we say so. I am an engineer, I happen to like data, and the studies my research has uncovered say that flu shot safety is not proven, that they are not tested in any long-term way at all, and further that flu shots just don't have any effect on the youngest children.
Ms. Howard, why does the state of NJ require that healthy, growing, developing infant 6 month olds, be injected with known neurotoxins and allergens?
Or, what about requiring that parents use a product on their children that only works 40% of the time? According to the CDC, that is exactly how often last year's flu shot was effective. To have the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services push flu shots through such "one size fits all" mandates is dangerous besides offensive in my opinion.
I've read your department's position statement on the proposed legislation A260/S1071 Conscientious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccination.
I have also read Dr. Paul King's response to your assertions.
I look forward to hearing your response to Dr. King; that is, the next part of this dialog. Will you include me?
I look forward to hearing back from you on this matter.
Dear Commissioner Howard,
I wanted to let you know that I strongly support Conscientious Exemption to Mandatory Immunization as exemplified by Assembly Bill A260 and Senate Bill S1071.
In a democratic society, parents should be allowed to decide which invasive medical procedures to choose for their children. Each child is immunologically and genetically different. Children all have different sensitivities. My son, for example, has numerous allergies, asthma, and eczema. My daughter does not. We should not be imposing one-size-fits-all health mandates on all children. Parents are the ones that have to live with the consequences of a bad vaccine reaction, not legislators and not states - even though governments are finding themselves legally and financially liable. I know two families who lost previously healthy children to encephalitis after the Hepatitis B shot. One of those - my friend Manny - is a microbiologist at UMDNJ. He and his wife now have a lawsuit pending against the federal government.
Please do what is right and support a parent's right to choose. Healthcare decisions must never be made out of fear and parents should never be coerced by the state into making the wrong decisions for their families.
Sanofi Pasteur Wants Liability Protection for Vaccinating PregnantWomen
Vaccine Controversy (Fox video)
Doctors Abandoning Vaccines That Don't Make Them Money
Why should the vaccinated worry about the unvaccinated
Vaccine Layering Extra Risky
Thimerosal in Vaccines
Getting the flu shot when you're pregnant
Shots offered with advent of sick season
Some US doctors may give up vaccines due to cost
Overseas Drug (vaccine) Trials Come Under Scrutiny
HPV Vaccine for Younger Women
The List Keeps Growing: David Kirby on the Autism Vaccine Connection
Adverse court ruling could doom vaccines
Open Letters to Barack Obama
Fear of a measles epidemic: Autism theory to blame?http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/family/archives/155646.asp
Measles Aren't Going Away, They're On the Rise
"Mitochondrial Autism" is Real; Vaccine Triggers Cannot Be Ruled Out
Fear of the Invisible - The Virus that never was
Autism fears lead some parents to not immunize children
History of Eli Lilly's Thimerosal and Autism
Autism: Debate Rages over a Rare Case
Elie Ward and the AAP Fighting for the Rights of Vaccine Makershttp://www.ageofautism.com/2008/11/elie-ward-and-t.html
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Doctors "firing' Patients
When Autism is Made Too Easy
HPV vaccine may help boys, study shows
America's Health Checkup
New administration could mean new CDC chief
Vaccines - The Great Debate (1 of 2)
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David Kirby to Dr. David Tayloe, President American Academy of Pediatrics
If You Let the Idiots Talk They'll Tell You What You Want to Know
Debate rages over need for vaccines
Boston launches flu shot tracking
Paul Offit Acts as a Spokesperson for AAP
The AAP NY Immunization Coalition Targets David Kirby and Age ofAutism
EpiPen prescriptions rise as more children get food allergies
Better Tracking of a Childhood Infection Needed, Officials Say
Doctors to be on guard for meningitis in kids
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Offit: Vaccines are Safer then Vitamins
GlaxoSmithKline beats out Merck to supply Netherlands with (HPV)vaccine
Autism United Sponsors Meeting for NY Autism Legislation
The Flu Vaccine: Will It Work This Year?http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,454926,00.html
Fifth student diagnosed with hepatitis A
Vaccine Injury Compensation: A Failed Experiment in Tort Reform?
Are Vaccinations Causing Early Alzheimer's?
CDC Monitors Shortage of Hib Vaccine
St. Louis County reports rise in pertussis
Is Bobby Kennedy Really the "Anti-Science" Choice for EPA Head?
Rat Poison Chemical Found in Ingredient List For HPV Vaccine
Dr. Sears on Growing Vaccination Concerns
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Parents fight for vaccination choice
Pharma Bigs Meet To Plot Their Obama Strategy
A Political Trial in London
We are all Somali!
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FDA Nixes State Appeal to Ban Multi-Dose Vials
National Vaccine Registry
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The Only Thimerosal Free Vaccination Schedule
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Big Vaccine Debate
Autism Strikes 1 in 28 Somali Children in Minnesota
Somali Parents Give the Autism Forum a "C+"
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Jenny McCarthy will be on Larry King Nov 22
(scroll down until you see Jenny's picture on the right)
NJ Vaccination Choice Rally video
More parents choose to delay vaccinations
Vaccination is Out of the Closet
Vaccines contain mercury
Some Parents are Homeschooling their Kids to Avoid Vaccination
The Truth About the Flu Shot
India Halts Wyeth Vaccine Trial Over Infant Death
Flu vaccinations shouldn't be forced
LETTER: The rest of the story
Pennsylvania whooping cough outbreak
The Flu Shot: to have or not to have?
Pharma Plans Ads To Attack Obama Health Reform
The AAP and Dr. Tayloe: Ignoring a generation of sick kids
School would be so different
Autism and Vaccines
What is the Real Cause of Influenza Epidemics?
Where The Boys Are: Merck, Gardasil And Warts
Protect our children from flu shot mandate
Flu & You: Know Your Options
U.S. Government Mandates HPV Vaccine for New U.S. Residents
Firm says 'universal' flu vaccine passed early test
Recovering antibodies from 1918 flu pandemic survivors
Merck's Gardasil Should Not Be Mandatory: Report
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Autism, Vaccines and Human Nature
A Reminder to Autism Speaks on Vaccine Research Promises
Novartis Vaccines and PTA Battle Flu
Gardasil Linked to Seventy-Eight Outbreaks of Genital Warts
President Obama: The First "First Father" of the Autism Generation
Massive malaria vaccine trial to begin in Africa
Vaccines on "The Doctors"
Bob Wright on Autism and Vaccines
Jenny McCarthy Calls on Obama to Prevent Autism
Vaccines: Separating fact from fiction
This year, N.J. has ample flu vaccine supply
A shot of fear
Special Needs Sunday: Vaccinations for Kids: The Shot - Or Not?
Mother of autistic child addresses crowd at Orange-Ulster BOCES
Tips, symptoms, vaccines and the outlook for flu season in the Lehigh
Valley and northwestern New Jersey
Cedillo v. HHS drawing to a close?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Olmsted on Autism: Reagan, AIDS, Obama and Autism
Eli Lilly and Thimerosal
As vaccinations increase, some parents ask: Are immunizations a shot inthe dark?http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20081109/NEWS01/811090366/1002
Fear of the Invisible Virus; Drugs, Vaccines & the Fairness Doctrine
Ignoring High Risk of Childhood Shots
Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Big Lie About Vaccines
Does Your Child Suffer from GLS?
Drive-Thru Flu Shots Now on The Menu at Many Hospitals
Kid vaccines okay for kids at risk for allergies
Mandatory Flu Shots for Preschoolers Cause Outrage
HPV Vaccine Fraud
CDC: All kids need flu shots
CNN--Vaccines: Separating fact from fiction
Just How Effective is the Flu Vaccine?
More U.S. kids being treated for chronic diseases (LA Times)
Vaccines: Separating fact from fiction
Build resistance, get a flu shot this year
Campaign encourages pregnant women to get flu vaccine
On the Issue of Vaccination Choice
Highly contaminated vaccines
The link to Autism?
Immunizations: A Parent’s Choice
Friday, November 7, 2008
I was very disappointed to read the 10-22 editorial "Flu Vaccine for Preschoolers." The editorial repeats the old CDC and AAP company line that all vaccines are good and more vaccines are better. This view ignores the fact that some children suffer injury from vaccines and does not acknowledge that parents should have the right to make medical decisions for their children. More and more parents are questioning the current aggressive "one size fits all" vaccination schedule which pays no attention to the unique makeup and vulnerabilities of individual children. I am one of these parents and I was proud to be at the rally in Trenton. Parents, medical professionals, legislators, journalists and lawyers courageously came forward to speak about the injustice of parents not having choices in vaccination matters. With too many unanswered questions about vaccine safety, this is the right time for conscientious exemption in New Jersey.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Rain, Autism, and Mercury (HuffPo)
Wyeth's PCV vax better than current blockbuster
CDC Releases First Estimate of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Data
Gardasil seems to be beset with problems
Expert's fear over cervical cancer vaccine
Should Women Receive the Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy?
Vaccines, Politics & Media: Both Sides?
GMC resumes Wakefield case
Help reduce cervical cancer risk in women
The Conspiracy Hypothesis
Future Of GMC Wakefield Hearing Hangs In The Balance
Why Flu Shots For Kids Don't Work
Risk & Resistance: Child Vaccination Debate
Friday, October 31, 2008
Teenager's death spurs vaccination questions, fears http://www.kyivpost.com/nation/30691
The Vaccine Debate http://www.kspr.com/news/local/33616254.html
Keep On Self-Incriminatin' http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/10/keep-on-self-in.html
New Jersey and Autism Perfect Together! http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/10/new-jersey-and.html
New Jersey To Mandate Cradle Past Grave Vaccination!http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/10/new-jersey-to-m.html
The Third Rail of Pediatrics http://tinyurl.com/67lzzn
Death Threats, Hate Mail: Autism Debate Turns Ugly http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFluNews/story?id=6150482&page=1
New Jersey should not mandate flu shots for schoolchildren http://examiner.gmnews.com/news/2008/1030/letters/012.html
Parents everywhere need more vaccination choices for children http://examiner.gmnews.com/news/2008/1030/letters/010.html
Autism Is Political: Bob Wright and a UK Perspective http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/10/the-panel-from.html
PTA Pushes Flu Shots for Kids (US News & World Report) http://tinyurl.com/5z6m28
Military Wife Asks Obama About Vaccination Beliefs http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/10/military-mom-as.html
76% of Americans Unaware Flu Shots Contain Mercury http://tinyurl.com/6rovpc
Autism and Politics: We're On The Island of Misfit Toys http://tinyurl.com/6j4uoa
Three Generations of Sorrow: Vaccine-Induced Autism, Chronic Disease andDisability, SIDS, & Parents' Right to Choose http://bit.ly/40SgaC (scroll down left side to select audio)
Robert Krakow Interview with Newsweek http://tinyurl.com/632elv
David Kirby: What I Said at the Vaccine Forum http://www.ageofautism.com/
New Study: Mercury, Other Toxins May Cause Autism (HuffPo) http://tinyurl.com/5klj6m
Not immune to concern http://tinyurl.com/5ot5vv
NBC's Snyderman: Vaccine-Autism Link 'Not Controversial' http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20081030121246.aspx
Snyderman/Offit video http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27453507#27453507
Don't buy the vaccines-autism myth http://tinyurl.com/5bead8
Vaccinations' benefits proved; enforce the law http://tinyurl.com/5fbru5
Mandatory flu vaccines now available http://tinyurl.com/6gauzd
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Doctors: The flu shot is safe
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
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Flu Vaccine: Right To Know!
Parents should decide on flu vaccine for kids
Vaccine Given To Babies Could Increase The Risk Of Childhood Asthma
GlaxoSmithKline in $550M deal to develop Alzheimer's vaccines
Infection control group: Flu shot should be required for doctors
Thursday, October 23, 2008
McCain Senior Policy Advisor Responds To Autism Questionnaire
The Need For A Balanced View on Vaccines
Register for online webcast (today 10/23 1:30-5 PM)
N.J. parents should have vaccine choices
Parents fight for vaccination choice
Parents homeschool to avoid vaccinations
Chiropractor says flu shots worthless, dangerous
Vaccines have not been proven safe (halfway down)
Merck's Gardasil Isn't Linked to Risks in U.S. Study
Flu Vaccine for Preschoolers
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
When the hundreds of protesters in front of the statehouse Oct. 16 applauded a speaker, seven-year-old Alex Wurmser started screaming.
Wurmser who was diagnosed with autism after receiving a series of what are considered routine vaccinations, is easily startled by loud noises. However, he accompanied his mother MaryTara to the protest so together they could oppose the mandating of more vaccines for children in New Jersey and to support the passage of A260/S1071, legislation that would provide a conscientious belief exemption to mandatory vaccination.
New Jersey children that attend any public or private school or day care facility are currently required to have 35 doses of 13 vaccines, including an annual flu shot starting at the age of 6 months old. The New Jersey government mandates more vaccines than any other state in the country and is the first government in the world to mandate flu and meningococcal shots.
"I want parents to be able to call the shots and to be able to make an informed decision about vaccinations," Alex's mother MaryTara, of Brick Township, said. "I also want the shots to be cleaned up of toxins ingredients like mercury and aluminum."
New Jersey parents currently have two means of objecting to the state's vaccination schedule for children. They can provide a medical exemption from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner that indicates a specific time period in which the child cannot receive specific vaccinations and reasons for medical contraindication enumerated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Parents can also seek religious exemption by explaining how immunizing agents conflict with bona fide practice of their religious tenets. The school administrator/principal makes the decision to accept or reject a religious exemption and a school or local health department may choose to challenge the credibility of the filed exemption for children attending a public school.
Parents who violate the vaccination man- date can fall subject to penalties of not less than $50 or more than $1,000, recovered by the state in a civil action in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Sandra Holbrok, of New Providence, said she had no choice but to declare religious objection to avoid having her three-year-old vaccinated to attend preschool.
"We want to be able to conscientiously choose when and how our children receive vaccinations," Holbrok said.
Robert Krakow, executive director of Autism United and the father of a vaccine-injured child, said 19 other states in the country have conscientious objection exemption from vaccinations. He said supporters of conscientious objection are not necessarily anti-vaccinations and often have children who are fullyor partly-vaccinated.
Hightstown's Olivia Middleton said the problem with religious exemption is that parents who declare it have to opt out of all vaccinations for their child.
"That's an issue because if you are a parent who doesn't want your child to have a flu vaccine because you don't think the flu is a deadly disease, with the present law it's not possible to opt out," she said. "Conscientious objection simply allows you to submit, upon entrance to school, paperwork for a philosophical exemption from or for your own personal conscience that you have chosen to give certain vaccinations and not others or not at all. It's the parents choice."
Proponents of conscientious objection believe that a one size fits all vaccination program is not tenable in this society, according to Middleton.
"Family history and the individual history of the child is paramount," she said. "To sacrifice a subset of the population to death and other chronic diseases is not the answer so that others can avoid possible diseases."
John Gilmore, cofounder of Autism United, said the number of children with autism, juvenile diabetes and other vaccination related injuries continues to increase.
Gilmore said in the last eight years the autism rate in New Jersey jumped from 1 in 2,000 to 1 in 95 children, with Garden State boys facing an autism rate of 1 in 65.
"My son has autism," he said. "He was developing normally until his first vaccination, when he developed a high fever and stopped talking and starting spitting."
Gilmore continued, "We've seen an autism explosion and the number of vaccinations in the United States tripled during that time. We need an aggressive review of vaccinations not done by the vaccination industry themselves."
Gilmore took issue with politically-appointed boards making the vaccination decisions for New Jersey children. He noted that there are more recorded deaths of children who had the newly mandated meningococcal vaccination than there have been deaths of children from meningitis.
"How come our children still have to receive it?" he asked. "It's not about protecting the kids. It's about helping vaccine manufacturers."
Gilmore said pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey donated over $1 million to politicians during the last 12 months.
"I know money talks but votes talk even more and we're being watched now so we got to keep the pressure on," he said. "If we do, we will win."
Middleton said the vaccination mandates are not about children's health.
"I believe the government and big pharmacies are in bed together," Middleton said, adding that if the state cared about children's health it would demand "green vaccines" that do not contain neurotoxins and carcinogens such as thimerosal, formaldehyde, mercury and aluminum.
Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R District-39), the primary sponsor of the conscientious objection bill, said federal law exempts vaccine manufacturers from liability. She said the federal government compensates those parents who can establish a firm timeline between a vaccination and a resulting injury or death and has paid $910 million toward vaccination-damaged children. She said as of Oct. 1, the federal government had 988 vaccination-related deaths on file.
"What about the products causing the deaths of these children?" Vandervalk asked. "They're still on the market. Even worse, these products are being mandated for use."
Vandervalk said New Jersey parents should have the choice to make medical decisions for their children and they have a right to keep their children free from risk.
"New Jersey parents have basic human rights," she said.
Maria Pinho, of Toms River, said, "As parents, we brought our children into this world and we should be able to consent to any medical intervention that they should receive. Currently, I have to consent to surgery, why shouldn't I have to consent to vaccinations?"
Pinho, who has a son who developed language issues after he received two doses of three vaccines, said she had her child tested for toxins and discovered aluminum and arsenic toxicity.
"I believe the environment is a catalyst for these issues and the vaccinations pull the trigger," she said.
She said there is a need for vaccinations but more research needs to be done regarding ingredients, interactions and scheduling.
"I believe our doctors aren't getting the proper education," Pinho said. "They're being told how to administer a shot but they aren't getting a full education about vaccines."
On the packaging for the Influenza Virus Vaccine Fluarix, Glaxosmithkline states that the product has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or for impairment of fertility.
"We need independent research, not research by the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or paid for by the pharmaceutical companies," Pinho said.
Damani Parran, who has a Ph.D. in toxicology and is a board certified toxicologist, said the safety information being presented about vaccinations is contradictory. For example, he said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children ages 6 to 59 months get flu shots, which contain mercury levels that are 50 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's safety level for mercury in seafood.
Parran also said that only 6 percent of the flu shots offered in New Jersey are mercury free because most contain thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. According to the Food and Drug Administration, mercury causes neurological problems in children.
"As a parent, if I am being forced to vaccinate my child, I want insurance that my child will be safe," Parran said.
Currently, A260/S1071, which would provide for conscientious objection to vaccinations, has 34 sponsors and cosponsors in legislative districts across the state. The proposed legislation is a bipartisan effort backed by both Republicans and Democrats, including local Senator (D-30) Robert Singer and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (D-13).
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
10/9: Here is the full video of our segment on Fox & Friends this morning:
At the last second, their staff doctor declined to go on the show (she was only prepared to talk about the bill, not about the flu shot). We think this is why they cut the segment much shorter than expected. However, they interviewed us for a longer segment right afterwards for their internet show - click on Thursday’s “After the Show Show.” We were able to discuss the Trenton rally details. We also challenged Senators Obama and McCain to take up this issue more prominently and mentioned the requests of the vaccine safety and autism communities for two Executive Orders to be made by the next President within their first 100 days of office (moratorium on all new childhood vaccines until the current schedule is proven safe and removal of thimerosal from all vaccines by 1/1/2010).
Barbara Loe Fisher from NVIC http://www.vaccineawakening.blogspot.com told Louise today that it is unprecedented in recent history to have this kind of discussion among three "young" moms on national TV.
Hopefully we’ll have information for you about another Fox segment the day of the rally. They are considering either an early morning show or having a truck on-site to cover the event.
10/9: We just learned that Governor Corzine called a Special Session of the entire Senate and Assembly at 12pm on 10/16, the precise date and start time of our rally. Caucuses will probably begin 11:00 or 11:30am. I will find out more and share it with everyone.
10/8: Rich Krajewski wrote a terrific Letter to the Editor of the Jersey Journal http://www.nj.com/opinion/jjournal/letters/index.ssf?/base/letters-3/12234423187721.xml&coll=3
10/6: A reminder that human nature is, well… always with us. http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/10/06/pediatricians-would-admit-error-only-half-the-time.html
10/5: Watch the poignant vaccination story of beautiful Max Majeski and his mom’s lessons learned http://njvaccinationchoice.org/channel.html or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YswnGsfZsQI. It is Max and too many hundreds of thousands of other children who are pushing us to do this urgent work.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
A possible link between insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1) and vaccines has already been suggested by numerous studies. Dr. Classen suggests that after receiving a vaccine, some people may develop a hyperactive immune system leading to autoimmune destruction of insulin-secreting cells. Other people may increase cortisol production as the body attempts to suppress the vaccine-induced inflammation. The increased cortisol leads to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
You can find out more here: www.accessibility.com.au/news/vaccine-induced-inflammation-linked-to-epidemic-of-type-2-diabetes
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Date: September 3, 2008
Contact: Nancy Massotto, Ph.D., Executive Director, Holistic Moms Network
Tel: (877) HOL-MOMS
Vaccination: Featured Topic at 2008 Natural Living Conference
Event Scheduled for October 18th in Mahwah, NJ
(Caldwell, NJ) - As children head back to school this September, the debate about who should decide whether and when parents vaccinate their children continues to rage across the United States. As parents are becoming more educated about vaccines, they are increasingly concerned about the rising number of mandated vaccines - today, fully immunized children receive 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. Parents are alarmed by the concurrent epidemic rates of childhood autism and learning disabilities. They are suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry's undue influence over vaccine policy, and more and more are asking tough questions of their pediatricians about vaccine safety. Some are choosing to stray from the recommended vaccination schedule and delay shots; others are opting out of vaccination altogether. According to a 2006Journal of the American Medical Association survey, the number of parents opting out of some or all of their state's required vaccines, for any stated reason, grew by 6% a year between 1991 and 2004 and rates have allegedly continued to climb since then.
This has groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concerned. In June, the AAP met with 15 allied organizations in Illinois to discuss the growing refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. It is launching a group - the Immunization Alliance - to fight doubting parents in the media, on the internet and in pediatricians' offices. It even circulated a letter to its members encouraging them to refuse treatment to families who choose not to vaccinate.
"It is precisely because of the increasing number of mandated vaccines and strong-arming by states and groups like the AAP to force compliance with the mandates - despite rising rates of autism and side-effects after vaccination - that parents are asking more questions and wanting more choices," says Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) - a non-profit organization advocating for vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system. Fisher's oldest son was left with multiple learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder after a severe reaction to his fourth DPT shot in 1980 when he was two and a half years old.
And yet, an Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Resolution concerning mandatory vaccines states that, "parents who exercise their freedom to refuse one or more vaccines may be subjected to penalties ranging from deprivation of the right to enroll their child in school, to threats of removing the child from parental custody and forcible vaccination."
In November 2007 in Maryland, then state attorney general Glenn Ivey issued a summons to more than 1600 parents of children who had not provided vaccination certificates. Despite having refused the hepatitis B vaccine for his own children, Ivey ordered parents to appear in Court to subject their children to on-the-spot mandated vaccines of up to 17 vaccine doses or face fines and imprisonment. AAPS's Executive Director Jane M. Orient said this procedure was "reckless [and improper medical practice that] subjected children to the risk of severe reactions."
Many doctors within the medical establishment have started to question the safety and efficacy of the current vaccination schedule. Pediatrician and TV personality Dr. Jay Gordon says, "I am very much opposed to the routine vaccination schedule in the U.S. There are too many vaccines given too early in a child's life and not enough information given to parents."
As the debate about vaccination heats up, the Holistic Moms Network – a national non-profit with 130 chapters across the country – will host NVIC Co-Founder, Barbara Loe Fisher as one of its Keynote Speakers at the Natural Living Conference. "By bringing parents and vaccine awareness professionals together at our Conference we are helping to educate parents and contribute to the debate about this important issue," says Dr. Nancy Massotto, Executive Director of the Holistic Moms Network.
The organization will hold its 5th annual Natural Living Conference and five-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 18th at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel in Mahwah, New Jersey beginning at 8:30a.m. The event is expected to attract several hundred people as well as sponsors and exhibitors from across the country. With keynote presentations and breakout sessions on health and non-toxic living, and an Exhibit Hall featuring healthy and eco-friendly products and services, attendees will learn about the myriad ways in which they can improve their health and the environment. At the Conference, Fisher will discuss the issue of vaccines and their link to chronic illness.
"Knowledge is power. Parents can make educated vaccine decisions for their children by going online and getting information from the National Vaccine Information Center and the Holistic Moms Network," says Fisher. The Natural Living Conference is a great place to network with other parents who want to empower themselves and take action to protect the health and well being of their families."
Tickets to the Natural Living Conference are $100 for non-members before October 10th, and $110 at the door. Online registration is available at http://annualconference.holisticmoms.org/. Lunch – with a vegetarian option – is included with the price of admission. Some Conference sponsors include Organic Valley, Happy Baby (organic baby foods), and Kiwi Magazine.
For more information, please contact HMN's Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Massotto at (877) HOL-MOMS.
September 2, 2008www.northjersey.com/news/Is_there_a_risk.html
Letter to the Editor of The Record:
Dear Sir or Madam:
I'd like to commend Ms. Schilacci for taking some time to investigate this issue. There are, however a few errors and points that should be clarified:
1. I am not the founder of the NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice. The Coalition is comprised of many prominent local, state and national organizations which have come together in support of a voice for parents to have choice regarding vaccines, in view of the substantial gaps in our knowledge and the current science that profoundly challenges conventional belief regarding vaccine safety and efficacy.
2. When I discuss the role of thimerosal in the vaccine debate, I am very clear to stress that the issue of mercury in vaccines doesn't even come close to representing the lion's share of our concerns about mass, forced and increasing vaccination. Having said that, mercury is not good for our children and it is not good for adults either, in any dose, in any form, in any situation, ever. It is the single most non-radioactive neurotoxic substance known to man, up to 1000 times more toxic than lead. And still, the other issues about vaccines are even more troubling.
3. Ms. Schilacci quotes me as questioning the “rhetoric” of injecting dozens of chemicals in our children. Please note that it isn’t merely rhetoric and flowery oratory. It’s fact and it’s real. Check out this table provided by the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf Please also note that it isn't just the chemicals. We are talking about virulent, pathogenic viruses and bacteria, replicated on neoplastic (cancerous) cell lines, grown on monkey kidney and chicken embryo tissue, nurtured with "food" derived from fetal calf serum. We are talking about, not just the possibility, but the very strong likelihood of the presence of bacterial and viral contamination and oncogenic substances that can compromise our biological integrity. Read what the FDA has to say. www.fda.gov/cber/gdlns/ptccell.pdf Or ask any molecular biologist or vaccine researcher to opine on the issue. S/he will tell you that we do not have the procedures in place to assure non-contamination. It would cost too much and take too long. Plus, how can you find something if you don't acknowledge or recognize what you're looking for? Prions, deadly animal viruses, it may sound like the stuff of science fiction but the reality is that these substances can cross species lines and have real, long-term, deadly and tragic effects on human beings.
4. Ms. Schilacci provides my quote "At what point do you say there is some integrity to the human body?" without the full context that helps to explain my statement. When it comes to vaccination and our willingness to keep adding more and more shots to the schedule, it is clear that legislators are being unduly swayed because we are not holding public health officials and vaccine makers to the highest standards of scientific inquiry. The controlled studies proving safety do not exist. Period. And so I ask, at what point do we concede that we could be compromising the integrity of the human body by injecting so many pathogens and toxic ingredients into our children without the scientific studies backing safety and efficacy and without full medical and scientific understanding about the mechanism of both vaccine-induced and infectious-disease induced immunity.
5. And finally, Ms. Schilacci requested a quote from a well-respected physician to demonstrate that our views are increasingly mainstream. Labor Day weekend is not the best time to schedule an interview. I offer you a quote from an exceptional board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Larry Palevsky http://www.northportwellness.com/: “It's time for us to do due diligence around the subject of vaccines. For too long, we as physicians have accepted, carte blanche, the material we've been taught regarding the safety, efficacy, and science concerning vaccines. It is time for us to practice better science - ask the questions that are uncomfortable to ask, discover the answers we might not be happy to learn about, and keep asking better questions until we have sufficient science to support our vaccine policies. The current vaccine science we accept as dogma is not in line with the respectable scientific standards we claim to uphold. We could be doing better, and our children depend on our precision.” And for good measure, here’s a second quote from Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a board-certified pediatrician and Chief of Pediatric Integrative Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, “There are risks associated with all medical practices, including vaccines, so it is important for parents, along with their doctors, to evaluate an individual child’s medical history and health, including genetic predispositions and allergies, to determine what is appropriate. Informed consent is a key ethical principle in medical practice.”
I currently have three seminars scheduled in NJ over the next four weeks. I offered to Ms. Schilacci to return and see the last half of my talk at another venue. The invitation is open to everyone, public and the press alike, to attend our Parent Vaccine Choices seminars held statewide over the next month. Details at http://www.njvaccinationchoice.org/ and click on Calendar of Events. I also attach a recent press release for your information.
Thank you for your time and please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.
Louise Kuo Habakus
Monday, September 1, 2008
If you have concerns about the increasing number of shots your children have to get for school every year, please attend one of the three remaining Parent Vaccine Choices seminars in NJ over the next month. Register with your name and location selected to vaxRSVP@verizon.net.
- 9/4/08 Thu 6-9pm
- Long Hill Township Public Library, 917 Valley Road, Gillette
- 9/10/08 Wed 630-930pm
- Mercer County Library, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor http://webserver.mcl.org/branches/hicbr.html
- 10/1/08 Wed 7-10pm
- Highlands Community Center, 22 Snug Harbor Ave, Highlands
Before you give your child her next round of shots, click on http://medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.html, select the vaccine(s) you’re considering, select other parameters including died, disabled, hospitalized and read the cases. Remember that only about 1 to 10% of all adverse events are reported.
Rally with us in Trenton on September 18 from noon to 1:30pm. Go to http://www.njvaccinationchoice.org/ for details. Monmouth County residents interested in carpooling, contact us ASAP. We have 8 spots in one van and can try to coordinate a second van if necessary.
(All 50 states) Contact me if you’re interested in screening Gary Null’s film Vaccine Nation in your community. I can provide talking points and support. Depending on your location, we can send someone to help facilitate a discussion afterwards. http://www.vaccinenation.net/
We’ll be showing the Emmy award winning 1982 film DPT: Vaccine Roulette* next! This is the first time Americans were told that vaccines could cause permanent, serious traumatic brain injury and death.
8/21: The New England Journal of Medicine says Gardasil – Reasons for Caution: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/359/8/861
8/20: The New York Times questions the wisdom of Merck’s full court press on Gardasil: www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/health/policy/20vaccine.html
8/19: I was interviewed about mandated preschool flu shots on NJ 101.5: http://www.nj1015.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=11935&z=0
8/15: The New England Journal of Medicine says the FDA lacks the ability to serve as the sole guarantor of drug safety, that we need lawsuits to guarantee safety. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080815/ap_on_go_su_co/fda_drug_safety_lawsuit Does it make sense that we can’t sue vaccine makers for most vaccine injury and death?
7-2007: This 60 Minutes clip is essential viewing. Do you understand how the pharmaceutical lobby works and what it is able to accomplish? Now imagine what else they are up to? www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/29/60minutes/main2625305.shtml (13 mns)
9-2006: Hilarious video clip on the flu shot. “Making your own is easy.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWfCnjnShnM
*This is what Barbara Loe Fisher says about the film: I stood in my kitchen and watched the Emmy Award–winning NBC-TV documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette, produced by consumer reporter Lea Thompson in spring 1982. I called the television station and asked to see the medical research that had been used to document the show. There, in the pages of Pediatrics, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and The British Medical Journal, I found clinical descriptions of reactions to the pertussis vaccine that exactly matched the symptoms I had witnessed my son have within four hours of his fourth DPT shot. www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/vaccines/wake.html
The following has been reposted with permission from a message on the nonjvaccmandates yahoo loop:
"I just wanted to let you all know that I sent this article to my OBJYN and my kids' pediatrician. I saw my OBGYN the day after I sent it and she found the article very poignant and had not seen it yet. She read the whole thing and did more research after reading. (My kids' pediatrician doesn't offer Gardasil at all because she thinks it is not tested well enough, so she didn't comment back.) I think it hit a major nerve with my OBJYN about how this vaccine has been fast-tracked and not given to people that are in more of a risk group first and that the girls taking it are the "test group" She is currently offering Gardasil, but is considering changing her policy. We should all send this to our OBGYN (or midwives) and Pediatricians so we can help to spread the word about this horrible vaccine. Each mother or doctor we tell can help to save girls' lives.
The other great benefit is that this opens the conversation for other vaccines that are not well-tested and pushed through the system. I find many women are ready to question Gardasil, but have never thought to question other vaccines, so this helps them to question all vaccines more. It also helps doctors to question where they are getting their information (ie do they just listen to the research done by a huge drug company). I know Pediatricians and OBJYNs are the most overworked doctors in the field, so they have even less time to do research on their own. We can help them to become more informed.
The New England Journal of Medicine
August 21, 2008
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination — Reasons for Caution
Charlotte J. Haug, M.D., Ph.D.
Despite great expectations and promising results of clinical trials, we still lack sufficient evidence of an effective vaccine against cervical cancer. Several strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer, and two vaccines directed against the currently most important oncogenic strains (i.e., the HPV-16 and HPV-18 serotypes) have been developed. That is the good news. The bad news is that the overall effect of the vaccines on cervical cancer remains unknown. As Kim and Goldie1 point out in this issue of the Journal, the real impact of HPV vaccination on cervical cancer will not be observable for decades.
Although it was licensed for use in the United States in June 2006, the first phase 3 trials of the HPV vaccine with clinically relevant end points — cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grades 2 and 3 (CIN 2/3) — were not reported until May 2007, first in the Journal2 and 1 month later in the Lancet.3,4 The vaccine was highly successful in reducing the incidence of precancerous cervical lesions caused by HPV-16 and HPV-18, but a number of critical questions remained unanswered.5,6 For instance, will the vaccine ultimately prevent not only cervical lesions, but also cervical cancer and death? How long will protection conferred by the vaccine last? Since most HPV infections are easily cleared by the immune system, how will vaccination affect natural immunity against HPV, and with what implications? How will the vaccine affect preadolescent girls, given that the only trials conducted in this cohort have been on the immune response? The studies with clinical end points (i.e., CIN 2/3) involved 16- to 24-year-old women. How will vaccination affect screening practices? Since the vaccines protect against only two of the oncogenic strains of HPV, women must continue to be screened for cervical lesions. Vaccinated women may feel protected from cervical cancer and may be less likely than unvaccinated women to pursue screening. How will the vaccine affect other oncogenic strains of HPV? If HPV-16 and HPV-18 are effectively suppressed, will there be selective pressure on the remaining strains of HPV? Other strains may emerge as significant oncogenic serotypes.
Resolving the first essential questions will require decades of observation of large numbers of women. The last question may be answered sooner. Published reports of trials show an increasing trend of precancerous cervical lesions caused by HPV serotypes other than HPV-16 and HPV-18.2,4,6 The results were not statistically significant, however, possibly because there were too few clinically relevant end points in the observation periods reported. If randomized, controlled trials involving vaccinated and unvaccinated women continue for a few more years, we will most likely be able to tell whether this is a true trend. If so, there is reason for serious concern.
By the summer of 2007, there were definitely promising results with regard to the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine in the prevention of precancerous lesions (i.e., CIN 2/3) caused by the HPV-16 and HPV-18 serotypes. However, serious questions regarding the overall effectiveness of the vaccine in the protection against cervical cancer remained to be answered, and more long-term studies were called for before large-scale vaccination programs could be recommended.5,6 Unfortunately, no longer-term results from such studies have been published since then.
In the meantime, there has been pressure on policymakers worldwide to introduce the HPV vaccine in national or statewide vaccination programs. How can policymakers make rational choices about the introduction of medical interventions that might do good in the future, but for which evidence is insufficient, especially since we will not know for many years whether the intervention will work or — in the worst case — do harm? One way to provide decision support is to develop mathematical models of the natural history of the disease in question, introduce various intervention strategies, and use cost-effectiveness analysis to estimate the costs and health benefits associated with each clinical intervention. The results are typically expressed in terms of the amount we will have to pay for the extra health benefit of the treatment — that is, in dollars per life-year or quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) saved. Cost-effectiveness analyses are tools for decision making under conditions of uncertainty. These analyses do not in themselves provide evidence that medical interventions are effective. In this issue of the Journal, Kim and Goldie present a model of HPV vaccination, and they use a cost-effectiveness analysis to make projections of the possible health and economic implications of the use of the vaccine.1
To evaluate the quality of a cost-effectiveness analysis, it is essential to appraise the model's input variables, the uncertainties, and the choices the researchers have made. To set up such an analysis of a preventive medical intervention — in this case, a vaccine given to healthy 12-year-old girls — that might have an effect on the incidence of cervical cancer decades from now is extremely complex. The analysis has to model the natural history of HPV infection in this cohort of girls over their lifetime, the effect of the vaccine over all those years (whether it is the same effect or one that is waning), the effect on other HPV strains, the effect of the vaccine on the natural immunity against HPV infections, the sexual behavior of the girls and women and their partners, and finally, women's cervical-cancer screening practices.
The model presented by Kim and Goldie is well done and ambitious, and it includes most of these factors. They conclude that under certain assumptions, vaccinating 12-year-old girls is associated with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $43,600 per QALY gained, whereas adding a catch-up program for older girls and women is not cost-effective. However, their base-case assumptions are quite optimistic. They presume lifelong protection of the vaccine (i.e., no need for a booster dose), that the vaccine has the same effect on preadolescent girls as on older women, that no replacement with other oncogenic strains of HPV takes place, that vaccinated women continue to attend screening programs, and that natural immunity against HPV is unaffected. Whether these assumptions are reasonable is exactly what needs to be tested in trials and follow-up studies. If the authors' baseline assumptions are not correct, vaccination becomes less favorable and even less effective than screening alone. For example, as shown in the article, if the protection of the vaccine wanes after 10 years, vaccination is much less cost-effective and screening is more effective than catch-up programs.
With so many essential questions still unanswered, there is good reason to be cautious about introducing large-scale vaccination programs. Instead, we should concentrate on finding more solid answers through research rather than base consequential and costly decisions on yet unproven assumptions.
No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.
From the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, Oslo.
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