Saturday, April 5, 2008

Vaccines -- Merck made $2 Billion in revenue just from Gardasil!

1. Vaccines are big business
As this recent Wall Street Journal article reported, Merck stands to generate as much as $2 billion in revenues per year for their new Gardasil vaccine for girls targeting Cervical cancer. For a company beaten down by the Vioxx scandal, Gardasil�s success is a very important initiative, which according to the article has caused the company to push the vaccine out the door using questionable marketing techniques while legitimate concerns about safety and efficacy still exist. (A January 2008 story that made headlines across Europe reported on the deaths of two teenage girls immediately after getting the Gardasil vaccine -- we couldn�t find any U.S. media outlets that covered the story.)
Vaccine manufacturers are no different from other corporations: they want to sell more of whatever it is they make. Unfortunately, there is a revolving door between the policy-makers who determine the vaccine schedule and the pharmaceutical companies who make vaccines, as our own Congressional Committee on Government Reform reported in this document titled Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Policy Making.
2. Vaccines have real documented risks and the U.S. Government knows this.
Vaccines have risks and parents are rarely told about these risks. Any pediatrician who represents that vaccines are "completely safe" is not presenting the facts. Many vaccines contain other toxic substances including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), phenol (a disinfectant dye), benzethonium chloride (a disinfectant), formaldehyde (a preservative and disinfectant), and aluminum (another known neuro-toxin). Further, some viruses used in vaccines are cultured in animal tissue including chicken albumin and monkey liver. Click here for a complete list of the foreign substances found in vaccines, and here for a poster summarizing vaccine ingredients.
The CDC maintains a database called the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System or VAERS. This database keeps track of publicly reported adverse reactions to vaccines. In a ten year period (1991-2001), VAERS received 128,717 reports of adverse events, of which 14% were described as "serious" which means "death, life-threatening illness, hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization, or permanent disability."
The Federal Government maintains a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Between 1990-2004, the VICP paid more than $900 million in restitution to persons injured by vaccines, and they provide a list of possible injuries by type of vaccine.
3. There are legitimate concerns over the efficacy of some vaccines.
Consider the flu vaccine as just one example of where there may be evidence that the vaccine does not work:
A recent study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association touting the safety of flu vaccine. Nine of the studies authors had stated financial ties to vaccine manufacturers, and an additional four authors worked for the CDC. The study also stated: "It is also important to note that there is scant data on the efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccine in young children."
On October 27, 2006, the British Medical Journal published an article also questioning the efficacy of the flu vaccine. The article noted: "Evidence from systematic reviews shows that inactivated vaccines [flu vaccines] have little or no effect on the effects measured. Little comparative evidence exists on the safety of these vaccines. Reasons for the current gap between policy and evidence are unclear, but given the huge resources involved, a re-evaluation should be urgently undertaken...The optimistic and confident tone of some predictions of viral circulation and of the impact of inactivated vaccines, which are at odds with the evidence, is striking."
4. You can't be forced to vaccinate your child or follow the CDC's recommended immunization schedule.
Parents are often told that vaccinating their child is "required by law". It is important for parents to understand what their rights are as all states offer either a philosophical or religious exemption from vaccinations. You have the right to design a vaccine program that is right for you and your child. Click here for more information.
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National Vaccine Information Center
By Barbara Loe Fisher, President, National Vaccine Information Center
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By Dan Olmsted
February 7, 2008
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Age of Autism Blog
By Mark Blaxill
December 13, 2007
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By Dan Olmsted, UPI
April 19, 2006
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September-October 2004
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Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., President, Autism Research Institute
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Autism Research Institute
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American Association of Physicians and Surgeons Online
By Jane Orient, M.D., Executive Director, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
1. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations
By Stephanie Cave
2. A Shot In The Dark
By Harris Coulter
3. The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults
By Randall Neustaeder
1. National Vaccine Information Center

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