“I used to believe in the freedom of choice but when it comes to vaccines, I’ve changed my mind.”
I heard this statement this week on a talk radio station and it chilled me to the core. There is something gravely wrong with our country when the people who have a voice speak against our liberties.
I get it- these people believe that they are keeping our babies safe by implying that forced vaccination should be a thing. They truly believe our children will die if they catch the measles, or that someone’s unprotected child will die as a consequence of our choice. They think that because there are children out there who can’t get vaccines, that all the rest of the children should.
As in, it shouldn’t be a matter of choice but a matter of necessity, even if it goes against the wishes of the parent.
The Actual Risks of Not Vaccinating
It is frequently stated that the death rate for measles is 1 out of every 1,000 cases. However, a more accurate wording is that there is 1 death for every 1,000 reported cases. The CDC says:
In the decade prior to the licensure of live measles vaccine in 1963, an average of 549,000 measles cases and 495 measles deaths were reported annually. However, almost every American was affected by measles during their lifetime; it is estimated that 3-4 million measles cases occurred each year.
So while there were an estimated 3-4 million cases per year, only 549,000 cases were reported by a doctor, most likely when a parent felt the child had a serious enough case that they needed to see a doctor. Of those 549,000 more serious cases, the death rate was 1 out of 1,000. If you look at the overall estimated rate of measles per year, the death rate is actually 1 out of every 8,889 cases.
When we dig a little deeper, we find similar findings with pertussis (whooping cough).
A study done by vaccine manufacturer Glaxo-Smith-Kline in 2013 claims:
Two GSK researchers, using a multiple linear regression model, estimated that the actual number of pertussis cases was approximately 520,000 versus the 8,764 medically-attended cases among U.S. adults ages 50 to 64, and approximately 465,000 versus 6,359 medically-attended pertussis cases among adults 65 and older in the same database.
That means for every 1 incidence of whooping cough reported by a doctor among U.S. adults over the age of 50, there were 65 cases not seen or diagnosed by a doctor.
Coverage for the whooping cough vaccine in infants and children remains at high levels. In adults, however, CDC research shows that pertussis vaccine coverage “increased modestly to nearly 16 percent, [from 2011 to 2012] but in homes with infants under 1 year, coverage was almost 26 percent similar to the prior year.”
Natural immunity from acquiring whooping cough lasts longer (estimates range from 7 to 20 years) than immunity acquired by the vaccine (6-9 years), but getting whooping cough does not protect you from the bacteria forever.
Whooping cough is most dangerous for infants who are too young to receive their first doses of the pertussis vaccine (2-3 months). Doctors often advise parents and those around a newborn or young infant to get the vaccine to “cocoon” the baby- that is, to create a shield of immunity from whooping cough to protect the infant from catching the bacteria.
But a study released in November 2013 suggests that the whooping cough vaccine may not prevent infection or spread of infection:
This research suggests that although individuals immunized with an acellular pertussis vaccine may be protected from disease, they may still become infected with the bacteria without always getting sick and are able to spread infection to others, including young infants who are susceptible to pertussis disease.
To sum up whooping cough:
- there are possibly thousands of adults getting whooping cough every year who are misdiagnosed, don’t even realize they have it, or aren’t sick enough to seek medical help
vaccine failure is common with the pertussis vaccine and immunity with vaccination is not long-lasting (if it works at all)
young infants (as well as the immunocompromised, such as those with cancer or those who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons) are not protected from the disease even when everyone around them is vaccinated
Keeping the true statistics of these diseases in mind, let’s look at the risks of vaccines.
Why Vaccination Should Be a Choice
Vaccines aren’t always safe (or effective). And I’m not talking about when a baby gets a sore arm for a few hours or a rash or even a high fever.
I’m talking about auto-immune disorders, neurological disorders, encephalitis, genetic disorders and death.
I’m talking about what happens if my baby can’t process metals well, or has an underlying immune disorder that could be triggered by vaccination.
Dr. Stephanie Christner, who serves as a consumer representative on the Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), knows all too well that vaccines aren’t always safe.
In the documentary The Greater Good, Dr Stephanie Christner explains how there are two types of vaccine reactions.
When it comes to death with vaccines, I think there are two issues that are going on. One is you have an immediate reaction to a component in the vaccine, like an anaphylactic shock. Like if you eat peanuts and you’re allergic to peanuts, you will die, your throat will close off. And there’s things in vaccines that people are allergic to that you’re not screened for and that can happen immediately. But then there’s also a delayed reaction. And that’s something that takes place slowly over time due to chronic inflammation. And that’s how my daughter died.
Dr. Christner’s daughter died after two rounds of vaccinations. Her older two sons suffer from learning disorders, speech delays and allergies.
It’s a solemn reminder that vaccines shouldn’t be treated as a one-size fits all solution to disease. At the very least, a program needs to be developed to screen children who might be genetically susceptible to an adverse reaction to vaccination. Doctors and patients need to spend more time discussing family history and other concerns before they vaccinate, including allergies that might be present and any reactions that a sibling or family member may have had following vaccination.
Dr. Christner is just one example of a parent whose child had a fatal vaccine reaction. She’s not alone. There are many other stories like hers.
When it comes to vaccination, there are a host of safety questions that we don’t have answers to.
It it true that there is no link between vaccines and autism?
The majority of scientists and doctors disregard that there might be a link between vaccines and autism and claim that studies back them up. Yet there are numerous problems with the studies that they name. The CDC’s largest study was co-authored by a scientist, Poul Thorsen, who was indicted for fraud after laundering the money that the CDC granted him to perform the study. Other numerous studies take a microscopic approach to the problem rather than an overall view of vaccines. Furthermore, the CDC still has not backed any researchers to study the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated OR long-term health effects of vaccines.
And there is plenty of evidence in favor of a link.
First, the government has awarded money to children directly harmed by vaccination who have “autism or autism-like symptoms”. Not one or twice, but many times. (How many?)
One example is Ryan Mojabi. In his court files, there is a statement that says:
Petitioners alleged that as a result of “all the vaccinations administered to [Ryan] from March 25, 2003, through February 22, 2005, and more specifically, measles-mumps-rubella (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. In the alternative, petitioners asserted that “as a cumulative result of his receipt of each and every vaccination between March 25, 2003 and February 22, 2005, Ryan has suffered . . . neuroimmunologically mediated dysfunctions in the form of asthma and ASD.”
Ryan won his case and was compensated almost a million dollars for life care items, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, past unreimbursable expenses and medicaid lein.
Why does the U.S. have worse infant mortality rates than other developed nations?
This graph shows how the U.S. compares to 55 other countries and territories:
A study published in May 2011 showed a connection between high infant mortality rates and the number of vaccines given. The United States has the most mandated vaccinations of any country in the world but has the highest infant mortality rate among all developed nations.
The study states:
These findings demonstrate a counter-intuitive relationship: nations that require more vaccine doses tend to have higher infant mortality rates.
What Freedom Do We Have When It Comes to Vaccination?
More than a dozen nurses in different states have been fired from their jobs for refusing the influenza vaccine since 2012, including a pregnant nurse who had already suffered two prior miscarriages and worried about the safety of the vaccine.
A CBS News article reported:
According to the most recent federal data, about 63 percent of U.S. health care workers had flu shots as of November. That’s up from previous years, but the government wants 90 percent coverage of health care workers by 2020.
If educated adults who work in the medical industry can lose their jobs for questioning the safety of vaccination and for refusing to inject something that they don’t want in their own body, what about parents who want to decline for their children?
While we don’t have forced vaccinations for children yet, all states mandate vaccines. The penalty for not complying is denial of entry to school for children.
In other words, if you don’t vaccinate, your child could be deprived of a fundamental human right: the right to education.
Sounding more like forced vaccination yet?
Medical exemptions are available in all states, religious exemptions in some states and personal/philosophical/conscientious exemptions (for those who don’t want to vaccinate for personal reasons) are available in a few states. (To see your state’s vaccination requirements, click HERE.)
Despite high vaccination rates in school-aged children in all states and a lack of any evidence to back up their claims, the media is placing the blame of recent outbreaks on parents who are opting out of vaccination for their children.
In response to the media frenzy, states are cracking down on those who choose not to vaccinate for personal or religious reasons. In Oregon, exemptions are more difficult to obtain as of March 1, 2014. A new law states that parents must obtain a signature from a health care professional or a certificate of completion of an “educational” video about the risks and benefits of vaccination.
Some states, like Washington have already implemented similar requirements and some, like Colorado, are also considering stricter rules.
The parental right to choose medical care for our children is being stripped away and it seems like we may not be too far off from forced vaccination, despite the risks of vaccination that some families do not want to impose on their children.
Parents who don’t want to vaccinate need to educate themselves so that they can help others understand the importance of our liberties to choose vaccination or not, both for ourselves and for our children, before it is too late.
We don’t want to become America the compliant: land of the vaccinated, home of the chronically ill.
The video below has more information regarding vaccine mandates and exemptions, vaccine court and the vaccine-autism link.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice. These opinions are my personal opinions.