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want to give to our children. Read this story slowly.
There are a couple of sentences that should jump out at
anti-diarrhea vaccine for babies
A vaccine designed to prevent a severe form
of diarrhea in babies and children was approved Friday by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration.
Studies showed that the vaccine, RotaTeq,
prevented 98% of severe infection and 96% of hospitalizations caused
by rotavirus, says Jesse Goodman, director of the FDA's Center for
Biologics Evaluation and Research.
Rotavirus infection, also called “winter
diarrhea” because it tends to occur between November and April in
the USA, causes fever, vomiting and watery diarrhea that can quickly
lead to dehydration. It is the most common cause of diarrhea in
young children, and by age 2, most children in the USA have had it.
Few of the children die, but more than 55,000 each year need to be
hospitalized, says the Centers for Disease Control and
In developing countries, the CDC says,
rotavirus infection kills more than 600,000 children each
“There aren't too many things that act like
rotavirus,” says pediatrician David Matson, head of infectious
diseases at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, who led U.S.
safety and efficacy studies. Some infections are mild, but in severe
cases it can cause such rapid dehydration that a child can go into
shock in six hours, he says.
The vaccine is a liquid that can be given by
mouth in three doses from age 6 weeks to 32 weeks. The Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices, which makes vaccine recommendations to the CDC, is
scheduled to vote this month on whether to advise adding RotaTeq to
the list of vaccines that are given to babies
A previously licensed rotavirus
vaccine was withdrawn in 1999 after it was linked to an increased
risk for a dangerous bowel obstruction called
To detect any sign of intussusception or
other unwanted health effects, studies of the new vaccine were among
the largest ever done; they involved more than 72,000 babies. No
serious side effects were observed in babies who were given the
vaccine compared with those who received a placebo, Goodman says,
but “given experience with the previous vaccine, we do plan to
monitor the safety of this new vaccine very carefully.”
Vaccine maker Merck will conduct
post-marketing studies involving 44,000 infants, Goodman says, and
the CDC's Vaccine Safety DataLink will provide health data on an
additional 80,000 children.
|FDA approves vaccine for 4
|The FDA has approved a new
Merck vaccine, Proquadm to protect children 12 months to 12
years old against measles, mumps, rubella and
chickenpox. It combines two established Merck vaccines
and is the first approved in the United States to target all
four diseases in a single shot, Merck
has been decided that more is better. Do some research
on vaccines and then you will see where maybe this is not
the best thing to do. What we are injecting into our
children without questioning the gods of medicine
is criminal. Parents do the research, that is part
of your job as a good
owe it to yourself to do the research on vaccines. There
are vaccines besides the ones for the children. Anyone
who is thinking about taking a vaccine, should do the
research. It is out there for
owe it to your children to do the research on vaccines.
It is about who cares most about your childs safety. Do
you really thing some govern-ment or medical for profit
company cares more then you do?|
The medical and gov. gods want you to think that they know what is best for
you and your children.
There is a scary amount of
evidence that they are wrong. But they will never admit
to this. Imagine the
NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION
Evidence Of Harm
CDC Knew: Mercury in Vaccines inducing
MERCOLA article about Mercury in
The below organizations
have the most to lose if there is ever a link proved with autism and
vaccines. They have every reason to not want this truth to
come out. Many already think that proof has been shown.
How sad that government agencies may be helping in keeping the cover
up. But if that was proven what would they be losing?
Some things just don't
make sense and you don't have to go to medical school to be smart
enough to see this. Please do the research. It is
important for the children that we DO NOT by into the herd mentality
that they would like for us to buy into.
•Health organizations — including Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDCP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health
Organization, Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Academy
of Pediatrics — agree there is no evidence linking thimerosal and
you will do the research you will find that many things in this
article don't pass the smell test.
Anti-immunization campaign relies on suspicions, not on science.
Thanks to vaccines, diseases that killed or maimed millions
throughout most of human history have been virtually eradicated.
Where strong immunization programs exist, diseases such as polio,
measles, mumps and diphtheria are scourges of the past.
This remarkable achievement is periodically threatened by
suspicions about vaccines that might prompt parents to resist
getting their children inoculated.
The latest furor involves thimerosal, a mercury-based chemical
once used routinely as a preservative in childhood vaccines. Some
parent activist groups claim that it causes autism, a set of
developmental disorders characterized by difficulty in social
interactions and behavioral problems.
The anti-thimerosal campaign has taken an unfortunate turn that's
heavy on inflammatory rhetoric. Environmental lawyer Robert F.
Kennedy Jr. suggests that public health officials conspired with
drugmakers to “poison a generation of American children.” The
campaign is supported by lawyers who've filed more than 4,800 suits
against vaccine-makers, despite these facts:
•Health organizations — including Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDCP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health
Organization, Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Academy
of Pediatrics — agree there is no evidence linking thimerosal and
•If thimerosal causes autism, the prevalence of the disorder
should have declined as the chemical was removed from vaccines. No
such decline occurred in Canada, Denmark and Sweden, where
thimerosal was removed during the mid-1990s.
•Thimerosal was removed from most vaccines in the United States
starting in 1999 as a precaution because of concerns about mercury
levels. Except for some flu vaccines, no vaccine given to American
preschool children now contains it.
Autism's causes are unknown, and there is no proven cure, leaving
parents understandably anxious to find one and suspicious of
evidence that closes off any avenue of hope.
Government agencies have fed those suspicions by resisting
requests to make their records public promptly, inadvertently
encouraging precisely the kind of mistrust and conspiracy theories
that the agencies want to avoid. They would do well to reassure the
public by releasing all relevant data.
But the greater danger is that the anti-thimerosal campaign
threatens to scare parents away from protecting their children from
infectious diseases without scientific support. Whenever vaccination
rates drop, epidemics make a comeback.
Low vaccination rates sparked a measles epidemic in the United
States from 1989 through 1991 that involved 55,622 cases and claimed
the lives of 123 people, 90% of whom hadn't been vaccinated. As
inoculation rates rose, measles declined markedly.
More than 17,000 American preschoolers don't get any of the
vaccinations they need each year, a CDCP study found. Needlessly
scaring parents and undermining confidence in vaccines proven to
save lives won't help a single autistic child. But it could endanger
the lives of millions.
rises with autism rate
Role of vaccines
The argument over what is
causing soaring rates of autism has reached a boiling point with
furious parent groups and their famous allies accusing scientists
and public health officials of hiding information to cover up their
Scientists are offended and in some cases intimidated by an
onslaught of e-mail, Internet slurs and unprecedented criticism.
At issue: whether the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, used
in several infant vaccines up until five years ago and still in some
vaccines that children get, is responsible for the developmental
“We're injecting poisons into children,” said environmental
attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in a phone interview last week. Last
month, Kennedy charged in an article in Rolling Stone and
posted online on Salon.com that U.S. health officials purposely
covered up the dangers of thimerosal to protect themselves and “Big
Pharma” from lawsuits in “a chilling case study of institutional
arrogance, power and greed.”
Scientists say those charges are absolutely false. Much of the
evidence for a thimerosal link to autism, they say, rests on
questionable studies and comments taken out of context. Virtually
all medical professional societies, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, World Health Organization and Institute of Medicine
have stated there is no evidence vaccines cause autism.
“There is a dangerous mistrust of science,” says Paul Offit, an
infectious-disease specialist at Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia. “I don't think it's new, but it may be worse.”
As the debate moves into popular culture — radio personality Don
Imus and TV talk show host Montel Williams have weighed in — Offit
and others have been subjected to a storm of e-mail messages and
phone calls. Internet message boards have posted attacks on vaccine
advocates, in some cases posting their home addresses. The CDC has
“I got a ton of (electronic) hate mail and got a call to my
house,” says Offit, who appeared on MSNBC to refute the thimerosal
claims. He says another colleague who spoke out on a radio show
received “incredibly scary calls at home, at work. It scared her.
She said, ‘That's it, I'm out.' It's a thankless job. You get
On May 17, 2004, a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
released a report concluding that the scientific evidence “favors
rejection of a causal relationship” between thimerosal-containing
vaccines and autism. An earlier review in 2001 found the evidence
available at that time was too thin to draw that conclusion, but the
2004 report was based on more than 200 studies and papers. It found
that “all well-designed epidemiological studies provide evidence of
no association between thimerosal and autism,” and it recommended
that instead of spending more money chasing a theoretical link to
thimerosal, research dollars should be directed at more promising
areas of inquiry.
That was supposed to put the issue to rest. It did not. If
anything, it poured gasoline on the embers.
Critics charged the committee was biased and that it failed to
give credence to studies they believe suggest that for some
children, the exposure to levels of mercury in vaccines is toxic.
Sallie Bernard, co-founder of SafeMinds, an anti-thimerosal
group, says the scientists who claim vaccines are safe are “involved
in vaccination issues, infectious diseases or public health. They're
the ones who have an interest in not finding the connections.
They're the ones who have done these studies.” She says federal
regulators “should have pulled this stuff from vaccines a long time
ago. It's not like mercury is this big mystery substance.”
Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, a different form of mercury
from the type spewed out of coal-fired plants and that accumulates
in fish. Ethylmercury in minuscule amounts has been used as a
preservative in multi-dose vials of vaccines since the 1930s. Health
officials recommended in 1999 that it be phased out in infant
vaccines as a “precautionary measure.” It is still in some flu shots
and diphtheria-tetanus boosters.
U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Fla., a doctor, says that during the
1990s, a baby who received all the recommended shots could be
exposed to mercury levels above those considered safe by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
“The amount of mercury we were injecting into kids dwarfs all
other exposures,” says Weldon, who is sponsoring legislation to ban
thimerosal from children's vaccines. A dozen states have or are
considering similar laws.
Autism rates began to climb after two new thimerosal-containing
vaccines, Hib (haemophilus influenzae type B) and hepatitis B, were
added to the list of recommended shots for babies in the late '80s,
“Autism went from a disease I'd never seen to a disease you hear
about everywhere,” he says.
David Kirby, whose book Evidence of Harm (St. Martin's
Press, $26.95), details the emergence of the controversy over
vaccines and autism, says he and a group of parents and researchers
are meeting with legislators to urge attention to the possible
Kirby cites a study in monkeys that suggests mercury may persist
in the brain after it is no longer detectable in blood. Another
showed thimerosal harmed mice bred to be susceptible to autoimmune
disease. And in a third study, a UPI reporter found a
lower-than-expected rate of autism in an Amish community that did
not believe in vaccination.
Kirby says there are too many unanswered questions. “It all
points to the need for much more research,” Kirby says.
Scientists admit they don't know precisely what causes autism,
though they believe it has a genetic component triggered by
something in the environment, possibly occurring during the first
trimester of pregnancy, which would eliminate infant vaccines as a
candidate. Among studies cited by IOM was one that found autism
rates in Denmark actually increased after thimerosal-containing
vaccines were discontinued in 1992.
Kirby acknowledges other theories. “I am totally willing to
accept there are other factors at play. … It may turn out not to be
thimerosal at all.”
Time will tell. Scientists and parent groups agree that since
thimerosal is now out of most vaccines, autism rates over the next
couple of years will provide some clues: If rates drop dramatically,
that will lend weight to the theory that thimerosal is involved.
Parents' reaction to the controversy is mixed. Signe Linscott of
Falls Church, Va., says that as far as she knows, vaccines had
nothing to do with the autism that has affected her older son, Jack,
“Of course we want to find out why this has happened,” she says.
“I just wish all the attention and money spent on looking backward
could be turned forward, to programs for educating these kids, to
get them and their families to a place where real progress can be
Others agree family support and services should be front and
center, but they resent feeling dismissed by the medical
Susie Kelly of Laurel, Del., says her son, Mark, 10, loves
Nintendo and videos, and he likes to swim. But he has to sit in the
same place every day to put his shoes on, has to exit through the
same door he entered, and he doesn't like surprises. On a recent
family trip to Mexico, she says, “he got upset when it rained,
because it's not supposed to rain in Mexico.”
Kelly, a nurse, is not certain vaccines are to blame, but she is
growing suspicious. “You always wonder. I feel like the medical
community is just stonewalling it and not listening,” she says.
Parents don't care about politics or blame, says Michele Adamus
of Fairfax, Va., whose son Zachary has a developmental delay. “When
you have a child who has special needs of any kind, what you want —
and the hardest thing to get — is answers.”
Parents may blame vaccines, Adamus says, because, “in lieu of
other answers, that is something to hold on to.”
Public health leaders need to do a better job of explaining
vaccine safety issues to the public, says Peter Sandman, a risk
communicator who provides advice to businesses, non-profits and
government, including the CDC.
Sandman says advocates on both sides have fallen prey to a tactic
he calls “misleading toward the truth.” It happens when “you believe
you know the truth” but don't trust others to grasp it. “It becomes
very tempting to leave out the facts that might mislead the public”
toward a different conclusion.
When critics say someone is lying, Sandman says, “you have to
say, ‘yeah, but are they lying on behalf of the truth or are they
lying on behalf of a lie?' ”
exceeds federal goals
8 out of 10
toddlers in USA vaccinated; adults lag behind
Nearly 81% of American babies get all their
recommended vaccinations before age 3, a record high, health
officials said Tuesday.
Immunization rates have risen steadily. As a
result, some of the diseases that once raged across the country,
such as measles, rubella and polio, no longer occur naturally in the
USA, says pediatrician Stephen Cochi, acting director of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization
Cochi says that for the first time, the
immunization rate for toddlers exceeds the goal of 80% set by
Healthy People 2010, a federal program designed to improve health
nationwide through several strategies, such as boosting vaccination
Cochi warns that as long as
vaccine-preventable diseases circulate in the world, a decline in
immunization could leave American children vulnerable to
“Without sustaining and maintaining the high
coverage levels, these diseases can come back,” he says.
Among concerns are eliminating vaccine
shortages, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and “addressing
unfounded fears about vaccine safety, which in recent years seem to
be running rampant,” he says. He was referring to persistent
questions raised by parents groups about the possibility that
thimerosal, a preservative no longer used in vaccines given to
babies, might have caused an increase in cases of autism, a
developmental disorder. Public health experts have said repeatedly
that such a link has not been proved.
Cochi says there is no evidence the
controversy is causing an overall decline in vaccine rates, but it
is raising concern among parents, and “that concerns us.”
Though vaccine rates for children are
improving, the news in adult immunization is not as bright, says
David Neumann, director of the National Partnership for
“Influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis B and
hepatitis A impose a huge toll on adults each year in the U.S., yet
all these diseases are vaccine-preventable,” Neumann says. Adult
immunization rates lag well behind the Healthy People 2010 goals, he
The goal is for 90% of adults age 65 and
older to get annual flu shots and one dose of pneumonia vaccine, he
says, but not quite 70% of people in that age group are vaccinated
against flu each year, and only 56% have had the pneumonia vaccine.
“We don't do a very good job of letting the
public know which vaccines are recommended for adults,” or of
encouraging people to get them, he says.
Report: Merck worried about mercury in
A memo from drug
maker Merck (MRK) shows that
executives were concerned about high levels of mercury in children's
vaccinations nearly eight years before health officials disclosed a
similar finding, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Six-month-old children who
received shots could get a mercury dose up to 87 times higher than
guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish,
according to the March 1991 memo obtained by the Times.
"When viewed in this way,
the mercury load appears rather large," Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, an
internationally renowned vaccinologist, wrote to the president of
Merck's vaccine division.
The memo came at a time
when health authorities were recommending shots for children that
contained an anti-bacterial compound called thimerosal. Thimerosal
contains mercury and was once used in the measles-mumps-rubella
In 1999, federal health
officials concluded that routine vaccinations were exposing many
infants to quantities of mercury above health guidelines. The U.S.
Public Health Service said there was no evidence of harm but urged
manufacturers to avoid mercury in vaccines.
Merck later introduced a
hepatitis B vaccine that was mercury free that replaced the only
thimerosal-containing vaccine it offered at the time, a company
Merck officials declined to
discuss details of the memo with the Times because of pending
Mercury-laced vaccines have
led to more than 4,200 claims in a special federal tribunal by
parents who say their children were harmed as a result. Alleged
injuries include autism and other neurodevelopment disorders.
The newspaper obtained the
memo from a lawyer who works with parent groups on vaccine safety
and who said he acquired it from an unidentified whistle-blower.
Thimerosal has been largely
removed from pediatric vaccines in recent years.
Separately, Merck had
planned to conduct a study of the potential heart risks of its pain
drug Vioxx but never started it despite advanced preparations,
according to a report Tuesday in The New York Times. Merck
executives had long said they never pursued a trial to directly
study the drug's heart risks.
Vioxx was pulled off the
market last September after a trial studying the drug to see if it
could prevent reoccurrence of colon polyps found it doubled
patients' risk of heart attack and strokes. The trial that would
have studied Vioxx's heart risks would have produced data by March
2004, the Times said.
Work on the study was
stopped as Merck and federal regulators were discussing how to
change Vioxx's label to reflect data from a different trial, which
showed an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, the newspaper
Merck officials told the
Times the decision to end the study was unrelated to those
talks. It said there was concern that some of the patients in the
study would be taking aspirin, which helps prevent heart attack and
strokes while others would not.
Merck faces hundreds of
lawsuits over Vioxx, the popular painkiller it introduced in 1999.
The company, based in
Whitehouse Station, N.J., has been accused in the suits of marketing
a drug that caused heart problems and concealing the risks. Merck
has denied the allegations.
SAFETY GROUP ENDORSES
GOVERNMENT ACTION TO ELIMINATE
IN CHILDHOOD VACCINES AND ROLL BACK HEPATITIS
VACCINATION FOR MOST NEWBORN INFANTS
Washington, D.C. - The
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), the oldest and largest
organization in the U.S. representing vaccine consumers and parents
of vaccine injured children, is calling yesterday's joint statement
issued by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to eliminate the mercury content in
hepatitis B vaccine and other childhood vaccines and to roll back
the universal recommendation that all newborn infants receive
hepatitis B vaccine at birth as "an important step" in improving the
safety of childhood vaccines and vaccine policies.
effects of ingesting mercury can cause brain damage. Thimerosol, a
mercury compound, is used as a preservative in hepatitis B,
diphtheria, pertussis and acellular pertussis, tetanus and HIB
vaccines. Most infants have received a total of 15 doses of these
mercury containing vaccines by age six months.
announcement late yesterday afternoon came just seven weeks after a
May 18 hearing on the safety of hepatitis B vaccine and vaccine
policies in the U.S. House subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug
Policy and Human Resources chaired by Congressman John Mica (R-FL).
At the May 18 hearing, parents of children, who were injured or died
from reactions to the hepatitis B vaccine, as well as scientists
critical of hepatitis B vaccine policies, questioned the scientific
evidence used to license the vaccine for use in all newborn infants
born to hepatitis B negative mothers.
Prior to the
hearing, NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher filed
Freedom of Information Act requests with both the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to
obtain scientific data used by the FDA to license the hepatitis B
vaccine for use in all children and by the CDC to recommend that all
newborn infants receive the first dose in the newborn nursery at 12
hours of age.
mercury from childhood vaccines is an important safety initiative
and we hope that further evaluation of the cumulative toxic effects
of other vaccine ingredients, such as aluminum used as an adjuvant,
will also be undertaken in compliance with the FDA Modernization Act
of 1997," said Fisher. "Unfortunately, current CDC policies allow
doctors to give young infants multiple vaccines simultaneously.
There is a real question as to whether current stocks of childhood
vaccines containing mercury should be used and whether vaccination
of babies under six months of age with multiple vaccines containing
mercury should be delayed. However, the CDC's decision, for whatever
reason, to roll back the recommendation to vaccinate all newborn
infants born to hepatitis B negative mothers and to delay the
vaccination of premature or underweight infants is the right thing
to do and will result in the deaths and injury of fewer babies." she
a New York City father and Wall Street financial advisor, whose
newborn daughter, Lyla Rose, died in 1998 following a hepatitis B
vaccination, called yesterday's action "a long overdue first step in
reforming the unscientific, conflict-ridden bureaucracy that
established the infant hepatitis B vaccination policy." Belkin, who
is the director of NVIC's Hepatitis B Vaccine Project, told members
of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at
a February 1999 meeting that "I hold each one of you who
participated in the promulgation or perpetuation of that mandated
newborn vaccination policy personally responsible for my daughter's
death and the deaths and injuries of all the other beautiful,
healthy babies who are victims of the hepatitis B vaccine." At the
May 18 congressional hearing, he criticized the CDC's policy of
vaccinating newborn infants born to healthy mothers who are not
infected with hepatitis B.
newborn infants at risk for hepatitis B infection are those born to
hepatitis B positive mothers. In a June 1999 hepatitis B study
conducted in North Carolina, the hepatitis B seroprevalence rate in
new mothers was found to be only 0.2 percent, 25 times less than the
5 per cent seroprevalence rate estimate for the US population used
by the Centers for Disease Control to justify universal hepatitis B
Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit organization founded in
1982 by parents of vaccine injured children, worked with Congress to
develop the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (PL99-660)
and played a leading role in obtaining a purified, less toxic
pertussis vaccine for American babies, which was licensed by the FDA
in 1996. The goal of the organization is to prevent vaccine injuries
and deaths through public education. For more information, access
www.909shot.com or call