Four surprising vaccination statistics you haven’t heard before

January 26, 2012 · 27 comments

Here’s a quiz on infectious disease in the 20th century United States:

1. What percentage of the population died from measles in the years immediately before the measles vaccination was introduced?
a) 30%
b)3%
c)0.03%
d)0.00003%

2. What were the major causes for the declines of infectious disease mortality in the 20th century, in order of importance?
a) vaccinations, nutrition, antibiotics
b) antibiotics, vaccinations, public health measures
c) nutrition, public health measures, antibiotics
d) vaccinations, antibiotics, nutrition

3. What were the two major factors in decreasing infant mortality in the 20th century?
a) public health improvements and medical advances for low birth-weight babies
b) antibiotics and vaccinations
c) vaccinations and medical advances for low birth-weight babies
d) antibiotics and breastfeeding

4. At the time vaccinations were introduced, where did infectious diseases rank as causes of death in the U.S.?
a) 1
b) 3
c) 10
d) they weren’t in the top 10

Answers:

1. What percentage of the population died from measles in the years immediately before the measles vaccination was introduced?

d)0.00003%

Age adjusted deaths for vaccine-preventable disease per 100000

Age adjusted deaths for vaccine-preventable disease per 100,000

Note the different scale for polio on the right. Source: NBER Working Paper Series, Changes in the Age Distribution of Mortality over the 20th Century, D. Cutler and E. Meara, 2001

2. What were the major causes for the declines of infectious disease mortality in the 20th century, in order of importance?

c) nutrition, public health measures, antibiotics

Crude death rate for infectious diseases, United States 1900-1996

Crude death rate for infectious diseases, United States 1900-1996

Source: CDC, Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999

“Early in the 20th century, mortality declines resulted from public health and economic measures that improved peoples’ ability to withstand disease.” Source: NBER Working Paper Series, Changes in the Age Distribution of Mortality over the 20th Century, D. Cutler and E. Meara, 2001

Note that rates of infectious disease didn’t change before vaccinations were introduced, but our ability to survive them did.

3. What were the two major factors in decreasing infant mortality in the 20th century?

a) public health improvements and medical advances for low birth-weight babies

“Between 1915 and 1960, post-neonatal mortality declined by 4.4 percent per year, compared to a 1.9 percent annual decline in neonatal mortality. Post-neonatal mortality is generally attributable to the infectious diseases . . . so this is consistent with the aggregate evidence on mortality change. Since 1960, however, most of the decline in infant mortality has been in neonatal mortality. In the 1960 to 1998 period, neonatal mortality declined by 3.5 percent annually, compared to 2.9 percent for post-neonatal mortality. Death in the first month of life is generally not a result of infectious disease. It is predominantly due to low birth weight and the adverse consequences of low birth weight for infant development.”

Source: NBER Working Paper Series, Changes in the Age Distribution of Mortality over the 20th Century, D. Cutler and E. Meara, 2001

Note that mass vaccination wasn’t introduced until 1963.

4. At the time vaccinations were introduced, where did infectious diseases rank as causes of death in the U.S.?

d) they weren’t in the top 10

Deaths by Major Causes, 1960–2009, Infoplease.com

I compiled these questions because it was information that completely surprised me. Vaccinations have saved lives, without question, but I don’t think on the magnitude we’re generally led to believe. This information shouldn’t lead us to a particular conclusion, but it should lead us to ask more questions. These are three I thought of:

1. Is mass vaccination of 100% of children, starting at birth, really the best way to save lives, especially when the vast majority of people are capable of surviving infectious disease?

2. Do we know why a small percentage of people (generally infants — although not all infant who contract infectious diseases will die from them) will die from infectious diseases? If we do, is there anything that can be done to target those vulnerable groups and increase their survival rate?

3. Do we know the big-picture impact of vaccination (either positive or negative)?

Was this information new to you? What questions does it bring up for you?

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1 Summer January 26, 2012

Those are really good questions. I wish the answer for #2 would be available RIGHT NOW! :)

Re: #1 (and kind of 3) -

Even if they don’t die, a not insignificant number of those infected would need hospitalization, and almost all would need a doctor’s care. I would assume that the health care cost (money, resources, insurancey shenanigans, etc.) is way higher for a case of infectious disease than for the vaccine (even if one counts the “cost to society” of implementing a 100%-immunized scenario). So big-picture, if we have lots of kids sick, missing school, keeping their parents from work, costing them tons of money if they’re uninsured (or costing the healthcare system lots of money if they aren’t), it’d cause a series of larger problems.

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2 Suchada @ Mama Eve January 27, 2012

Summer, you’re right. What I find so interesting is that medical spending and pharmaceutical use has gone up since the 60s — according to the CDC, almost a quarter of children aged 0-11 took a prescription drug within the last month (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db42.htm). We’ll never really know what the net costs would be. We are sicker as a nation since vaccinations were introduced, but obviously there isn’t a direct link from one to another. I not convinced the financial aspect of it is the whole big picture though.

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3 Larissa January 27, 2012

I guess, from my point of view, vaccinations are analogous to bicycle helmets. Maybe bicycles have improved in safety over the years, and teaching kids proper safety and awareness also lead to a decrease in accidents. Maybe I trust my kid’s sense of balance and believe that he’ll never fall, or that if he does, it won’t be a bad one that puts him in the hospital, or worse. But all of the safety improvements in the world wouldn’t convince me that he should ride without a helmet.

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4 Suchada @ Mama Eve January 27, 2012

Larissa, I understand your analogy, but part of what’s missing is that we didn’t evolve riding bicycles, but we evolved with disease. The invention of bicycle helmets is the evolution of protecting ourselves since the invention of the bicycle — a man-made solution for a man-made problem for what is an easy-to-define and finite problem — hitting our heads to hard will cause injury. But disease is a natural problem — it affects every living thing, and it’s there for a reason. We have an evolved response to it — our immune systems. Vaccinations provoke an immune response, but it’s not the same as actually getting the disease. We haven’t come close to understanding everything our immune system does or what it’s done in the past. Even pro-vaccination CDC scientists admit that we don’t exactly know why mortality from infectious diseases declined in the 20th century (http://www.iayork.com/MysteryRays/2010/03/15/measles-week-part-i-introduction/)

The analogy I think of with vaccinations is of bears eating children. We don’t want to lose more children, so we decide to kill all the bears. And then we kill all the mountain lions, coyotes, and racoons, because those are all things that have killed children over the years. So yes, children are no longer eaten by any of those animals. What we don’t know is the impact of those animals on their ecosystem and food chain, and we didn’t bother to find out if a more protective shelter, or putting away certain types of food, or only going out at certain times of the day would have prevented almost every child from being killed as well.

I’m not saying that vaccinations don’t solve the problem of disease killing children, but I’m not convinced that we (collectively, as a society) have asked if it’s really the best solution, or can even imagine what implications there might be.

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5 Larissa January 27, 2012

Truly there will forever be more questions than answers when it comes to health. Even if we understood it on a micro level, there’s another level beneath that that would need to be scrutinized, I’m sure, and tests would begin all over again.

I see vaccines as a natural progression in the evolution of medicine. I’m not surprised, really, at the decline in diseases. It seems that we start somewhere, see results, get motivated, affect change, and start the process again. As we learn more, we usually can affect greater and greater change.

Maybe you can clarify a point for me. Everything I know about vaccines says that they consist of either weakened or dead forms of the disease. Our bodies see the invading cells, set our immune systems to “go”, and they get to work on recognizing and destroying the virus. So why would it be better to avoid the vaccine and let our body try to fight the big, bad, live-action version of the same thing? I don’t mean that to sound confrontational or inflammatory. That’s the process I’ve heard and been taught, but I know how much you research and I’d like to hear what you know.

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6 Suchada @ Mama Eve January 27, 2012

Larissa, I don’t know very much about how vaccinations work. This site explains it, but it leaves me with lots of questions: http://www.immunizationinfo.org/parents/why-immunize/how-vaccines-work.

For example, I’ve read in some places (which escape me now, but which I will research) that we are learning our immune response to disease involves our entire body — skin, mucous membranes, and GI system — in addition to the internal response. From my understanding (which, like I said, is limited, and this is *pure* speculation and questioning on my part, certainly not fact!), vaccinations don’t involve any of those systems, which makes me wonder if/what the effect could be on our immune systems.

The other thing I wonder about is the “fooling the body with a similar chemical” description (and again, I probably am not describing this accurately, but trust me that I’m always on a mission to find out answers!). There is so much about the body we don’t know, and don’t discover until abnormalities start showing up. For example, BPA was considered safe for years because the reactions to it don’t show up in the first generation. It’s a chemical with a similar structure to estrogen, and slips into estrogen receptors, but because its structure is different than estrogen, it causes abnormal effects. In lab rats, though, the effects didn’t show up until the second generation, so scientists discovered the danger completely by accident.

Now, I completely understand that vaccines are not endocrine disrupters like BPA, and I’m definitely not suggesting that this is what is happening in our bodies when vaccinations are used. But again, I’m still not convinced that we (collectively as a society) completely understand all the ways the systems in our body work together, and I’m less convinced they knew it back in the early 20th century when the vaccination concept was introduced. I just think an abundance of caution should be used, vigilant observation should be done, and lots of lots of questions should be asked.

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7 julie clark June 27, 2012

Larissa,
I’m an RN of nearly 30 years, and for a long time, I thought the same thing. Never really thought much about vaccines, as I was vaccinated myself and my kids were vaccinated in the 80′s. Well, when my first grandchild came along and I saw her assaulted with 4 shots in one visit, I was appalled and began to really study them. It would seem that a vaccine would be a bit of virus or bacteria, inactivated, and water, injected into the body, which would then form antibodies to the organism. Upon further study, I found that it wasn’t just the virus and some water, but all kinds of other substances being injected into the 12 pound body. Mercury (yes, there is still mercury in some vaccines), aluminum (a neurotoxin), polysorbate 80, antibiotics, peanut oil (why are so many kids allergic to peanuts nowdays?), squalene, animal blood serum and all kinds of other disgusting things.
In my childhood, very very few kids were sick. We’d get a cold, or chicken pox and be over them in a few days. No one I knew was diabetic, obese, asthmatic, and we had never heard of ADHD/ADD/autism. I was always interested in medical things, so I think I would notice these. We did have mumps, rubella, occasional measles, and chicken pox, but they were mainly inconveniences for our parents! Therefore, when one of us got chicken pox, they tried to expose everyone, so we could all get it at once and get it over with. Now it seems that all kids have some major illness or disability! Has this become so prevalent that it is expected? Do people realize that kids aren’t supposed to have chronic illnesses? The more vaccines we give and the more money we spend on medical treatment, the sicker we get! Something is wrong here, and with kids being the major victims, we must look to the common denominator, which would be vaccines. Not only the vaccines THEY receive, but those of their parents, and grandparents. The vaccines can cause genetic damage which is passed along to the subsequent generations.
So, I have come to believe that vaccinations are totally unneccesary and in fact, dangerous. And my granddaughter is no longer vaccinated, and her younger brothers aren’t vaccinated and all are very healthy and happy.
Thanks for your question and for your willingness to hear other opinions with an open mind.

Julie Clark

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8 Lorena July 7, 2012

Thank you so much for your response Julie, it is very important that people in the Medical Field speak up. There is a bunch of R.N and Pediatricians who ignore basic facts like vaccine ingredients and they do not report to the VAERS either.

9 Grace January 27, 2012

Thank you for posting this!
I am now familiar with the info above (lot of research in the past few years), but I didn’t know soon enough to save my daughter. She died a few years ago (as a toddler) because of vaccines, while on a selective and delayed schedule. A pediatric hematologist told us that he has seen “hundreds of babies in San Antonio die because of vaccines”.
Here is a helpful video by Dr.Suzanne Humphries. She states that there has never been a safe vaccine, and never will be: http://drsuzanne.net/dr-suzanne-humphries-vaccines-vaccination/ (scroll down a little) Please watch this. It’s very informative.

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10 Suchada @ Mama Eve January 27, 2012

Grace, I am so sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a child is more than I can imagine. Thank you for sharing the link and I look forward to watching it.

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11 Jillian February 2, 2012

Excellent post. Unfortunately, too late for my daughter as well. She suffered permanent brain damage following her routine 15 month immunizations. She lives with multiple disabilities and struggles to make it through each and every day.

Another statistic I was recently reviewing caught me a little off guard. As you mentioned, our children are not healthier, but getting sicker. The juvenile diabetes rate has increased 3-5% per year since the early 1980′s. Type I diabetes is an auto-immune disorder. This is just one of many diseases that has significantly increased as vaccines have been added to the schedule. I think it is both fair and wise for us to find out why.

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12 Suchada @ Mama Eve February 2, 2012

Jillian, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. I can’t even imagine. Did you file a claim with the government? Were you compensated? The more research I do, the more questions I have. As someone who believes that scientists who create and research vaccinations really do want to do good, I’m so frustrated by the chasm between vaccine advocates and vaccine-safety advocates. A line from “The Greater Good” summed it up so well, when a man said he believed the pushing for more and more vaccinations was a conspiracy for good. It seems like so much information is being ignored, but the more I hear from mothers like you I don’t think it can be silenced for much longer.

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13 Therese February 2, 2012

My son, Wyatt, received the MMR and DPT in the same office visit at 21 months and within 4 days had lost his speech, started stimming, biting himself, screaming and banging his head on anything hard. Subsequent diagnoses were PDD NOS, then Aspergers and finally Autism. Yup, there’s no connection. Bastards.

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14 Suchada @ Mama Eve February 2, 2012

Therese, I have heard similar stories from so many mothers and it makes my heart hurt. I am so sorry. This systematic review of MMR safety studies is enlightening: http://www.skepdic.com/skeptimedia/Jefferson.pdf; although they found current studies did not show an association between MMR and autism, they ultimately concluded that safety studies were inadequate. I haven’t heard anything about this review in any media.

It’s so frustrating to know that until a scientific association is found, you won’t be taken seriously. Like I said to Jillian, the chasm between vaccination advocates and those who push for their safety is so great that it scares me to know what it will take for voices like yours to be heard.

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15 Nicholas February 2, 2012

Wow, this is total quackery. After about 15 minutes of research I am able to debunk all 4 “statistics” as they call them.

1. What percentage of the population died from measles in the years immediately before the measles vaccination was introduced?
a) 30%
b)3%
c)0.03%
d)0.00003% <———

First, this question is really stupid because measles is not even a fatal disease, the death rate is about 0.3% of reported cases, so of course the % of total deaths (i'm assuming we're talking the American population because the question is vague) will be insignificant. The problem with measles isn't that it is fatal; it is that it's highly contagious. Imagine if your kids were always getting sick and you had to constantly take time off of work to take care of them. Sure, they aren't going to die because of it, but it is dehibilitating and for lots of working families taking that much time off work isn't economically possible. On that note, here is a graph showing the prevalence of measles both before and after the vaccine was developed:
http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​File:Measles_US_1944-2007_i​nset.png
(hint: it is currently around 0 cases/year)

2. What were the major causes for the declines of infectious disease mortality in the 20th century, in order of importance?
a) vaccinations, nutrition, antibiotics
b) antibiotics, vaccinations, public health measures
c) nutrition, public health measures, antibiotics 2. Other? > 3. Possibly Nutrition. Not even close to what the quiz suggests. Here is the article in question if interested ( http://www.nber.org/​papers/w8556.pdf )

3. What were the two major factors in decreasing infant mortality in the 20th century?
a) public health improvements and medical advances for low birth-weight babies<—–
b) antibiotics and vaccinations
c) vaccinations and medical advances for low birth-weight babies
d) antibiotics and breastfeeding

First, the author again cites the same article as above that rejects ranking these factors by significance, but even if we pretend that this is true (which is a stretch because by now this quiz should have little to no credibility,) what about the third major cause of death, and the fourth major cause?? Are only one and two important? Should we stop all medical advancement after making only some improvement? My questions are rhetorical, you know the answer.

4. At the time vaccinations were introduced, where did infectious diseases rank as causes of death in the U.S.?
a) 1
b) 3
c) 10
d) they weren’t in the top 10<——–

Wow, this one is really a hoot! Check out the chart provided that the author is using to make this claim:
http://www.infoplease.com/​ipa/A0005124.html

Basically what this chart does is track ten different causes of death, not necessarily the "top ten," over a span of 50 years. Surely over that time period certain causes of death would become less prevalent, while other fatal causes would emerge. But this chart does nothing to reflect this, it merely compares the same 10 causes year in and year out. Out of sheer curiosity I looked up major causes of death year by year starting in the 1960's and what did I find? 1964, 5th leading cause of death, "certain diseases of early infancy." 1965, same thing. This continues for a few years, eventually it drops to the 6th leading cause, then 7, then 9, then 10, and finally in 1977 drops out of the top 10. Take a look here and start at page 44 and being scrolling up (year 1964.)
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/​data/dvs/lead1900_98.pdf

Also, Pneumonia and Influenza round out the top 10 causes of death on this list (as well as the list provided by the author) and last I checked, those were both infectious diseases as well. And as mentioned in my rebuttal to question 1, many of the diseases that are vaccinated against are not highly lethal but are highly contaigous and debilitating in other ways (measles, whooping cough.) Other diseases that we vaccinate for ARE lethal though not very common (polio, meningitis) so looking at top 10 death rates amongst the total population does little to reflect the impact that these preventable diseases actually have on our children and society.

The point that I am making is that this article is inaccurate, misrepresentative, and dangerous. I would advise taking similar statements made regarding this topic with a grain of salt to say the least.

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16 Suchada @ Mama Eve February 28, 2012

Information is all in how you interpret it, so I’ll go through the questions as you have, one by one.

1. I used the statistics about deaths from measles because that is what is often used as a marker for why we need vaccinations. You’re absolutely right that there is a cost associated with illness in terms of days away from work and needing to care for people, and it’s something that should be taken into consideration. However, I don’t think parents should be frightened into taking vaccinations, and the thought of dead babies is something that is often used. For anyone who is interested in learning more about measles, this is an excellent series on them from a pro-vax CDC scientist: http://www.iayork.com/MysteryRays/2010/03/15/measles-week-part-i-introduction/

2. We obviously have different interpretations of what the paper is saying. I’m not sure what your issue is with my reading of it, but the paper is there for anyone who wants to dig further and come to their own conclusions.

3. Ditto for this one. I don’t believe that only certain factors are important, and I don’t believe we should stop medical advancements. They have without a doubt saved lives. My point with these questions is to help people better understand why our health improved over the 20th century. It’s entirely possible that I was alone in thinking vaccinations were the reason people stopped dying from disease, but I think it’s a common misconception. Having a clearer idea of what the causes were and the individual impacts helps us make better decisions and ask better questions.

4. I agree the chart is confusing. It’s less confusing when paired with these graphs from the CDC about the changes in the top 10 leading causes of death from 1900 to 1990: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4829a1.htm

I wanted to find a similar chart for 1960, but the infoplease chart was the best I could do.

I see the points you are making, and I could have been more clear in the explanations. My overall point isn’t to say that vaccinations are worthless — my point is for people to ask questions. I think it’s dangerous when any program regarding our health is above questioning. I may be wrong, and vaccinations are the best way to achieve greater overall health — but we should at least be able to have a clear picture of history and ask more questions.

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17 Amanda June 28, 2012

“Imagine if your kids were always getting sick and you had to constantly take time off of work to take care of them.”

Except you can only get measles once, or else vaccination would be pointless. It would not work. Did you know that having a history of measles reduces the risk of autoimmune disorders? And that measles infection is the only known cure for certain existing autoimmune disorders? I’d rather take my chances with measles than, say, psoriasis, which is so much more than just a cosmetic issue. That whole week off work would be a lot cheaper than constant visits to the dermatologist, the steroids (another problem in itself) to try to keep the skin rash at bay, and meds for the arthritis, heart complications, etc.

Surely you know that no parent in history has ever had to constantly take time off work due to measles.

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18 Amanda June 28, 2012

Oh, and by the way, the death rate for “fatal” polio is actually LOWER than the death rate for measles.

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19 june February 27, 2012

Herd immunity is the ultimate goal of vaccinating….look it up.

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20 Suchada @ Mama Eve February 28, 2012

I’m familiar with the concept of herd immunity — but it’s not the ultimate goal. The point of herd immunity is to protect those who are too sick or too young to receive vaccinations, which is a noble concept. My question for it though — is it the *best* way to protect our weakest? Does it make sense to inject more than 90% of the healthy population with multiple rounds of foreign substances, or is there a better way? I’m not saying I know the answer, but I don’t think the question has been asked enough, and that is the point of my article. I’m not saying that vaccinations aren’t the right answer; what I’m saying is I don’t believe we’ve asked enough of the right questions to know either way.

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21 Kerry June 28, 2012

“Herd Immunity” is a hypothesis, not a fact. As stated before, even scientists and doctors admit they don’t understand completely how the immune system works, and since vaccines bypass the natural function of it, it may be damaging it. Many scientists say that the immune system actually is like a muscle in that it gets stronger with use or “being exercised”. By bypassing its natural functions it becomes weaker, and therefore can’t fight off pathogens efficiently (which would explain why kids today are sick so much more and getting illnesses like cancer at some alarming rates). The other issue scientist bring up is that by bypassing the immuned systems normal functions, we are producing mothers with weakened immuned response, their children will inherit this, and subsequently down the line of genetics it will get worse and worse.

It is my opinion that Gods designs should not be messed with, and that when you do there are major consequences. Man can’t make Gods designs better. Man makes mistakes…God doesn’t.

Another issue not mentioned here by anyone is the admission that there is far more money in illness, than in prevention. Illness is BIG business. I know it’s a difficult thing to believe that our government might be in on the money making…but they are. There is so much conflict of interest where the vaccine machine is concerned that if you really start to dig, it will blow your mind and set off all kinds of alarms.

I started doing my homework on vaccines right before my first son was born. I had so many questions, but unbiased answers were hard to find. Against my better judgement, and because my husband and I weren’t on the same page at the time, I had him vaccinated. He was a month premature, and though he was lower birth weight, they didn’t delay any vaccine. He got the same doses at 5 pounds as a 10 pound baby would. That was the first of many red flags for me. Then…the colic hit. Weeks and weeks of screaming and no sleep for either of us. Of course I was told this has nothing to do with vaccines (though I will never believe it was a coincidence). Then, rashes and steroid creams, upper respiratory and nebulizers…more red flags! Then another round of vaccines. Then came the night terrors, high fevers, more upper respiratory and rashes. Not related? If anyone believes they are not, then ignorance is bliss for sure. My second son…more of the same. So when my oldest was 5, and at his 5 year check up was held down by 2 nurses why another nurse jabbed his upper thighs over and over with several vaccine Molotov cocktails, then got a high fever and could barely walk because his legs were so sore that day…I’d had enough. My mom was with me at the time and she was as horrified as I was. My daughter is 2 1/2, has never had a vaccine, and has had zero of the issues my sons did. She rarely gets sick…and she was born to a mom with a compromised immune system. I have Hashimoto’s Disease.

I hope all of you with questions take the time to research this issue, and make your own conclusions. Government websites and other mainstream sources are not reliable as they are very corrupted by pharmaceutical BIG money. I love Dr. Mercola’s website, and Natural News. But the very best source of TRUTH comes from parents whose children were vaccine injured. They know/knew their children better than any doctor and should be HEARD with open minds and hearts.

http://www.whale.to/a/herd.html

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22 Lorena July 7, 2012

Txs for sharing!
it is so sad how we saw red flags and did not follow our guts.
My son is vaccine injured as well.

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23 Karmen Wagler RN BSN July 6, 2012

“This is an interview with a mother, advocate and former public health nurse. We asked her to tell a small part of her story as to how she came to join us. Here is her response. As a nurse and former public health nurse, I must admit that I knew very little about reporting adverse vaccine reactions. In all the years that I worked as a nurse including several years as the local county health nurse, I only reported one vaccine adverse reaction. It was my own sons and I did not report it until years after it occurred. A recent study by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice reported that 96% of their respondents involved in the vaccination process acknowledged issues with reporting vaccine adverse reactions. These issues ranged from not knowing how to report adverse events to being unclear on what constitutes an adverse reaction to unsure whose responsibility it is to file the report. During the years that I gave vaccinations, I was adamant that we followed all storage and ordering protocols, current and ever changing vaccine schedules, administration policies and such. I understood and was prepared for allergic type reactions as well as fainting. I made sure I gave each parent an educational pamphlet for each vaccine. I received written consent each and every time. I religiously followed procedure. What I did not do was read the package inserts and research each and every ingredient. I never viewed VAERS data. I honestly did not even know it was there and accessible. I had no reason not to believe that vaccines were absolutely safe and effective and essentially miracles for saving lives. If a parent would have asked me to name five ingredients in the MMR, I could not have named even one. I assumed it was a little measles mixed in some sterile water. Honestly. It was not until I gave my son his first MMR that I personally witnessed a child’s regression in overall health. It was slow. At first we did not put the vaccine and regression together. We knew something had happened but it was not until we requested his medical records and scoured them for events capable of causing brain damage, inflammation, gastrointestinal dysfunction, central nervous dysfunction. Immune system dysregulation, skin rashes, insomnia, gait disturbances, behavioral manifestations, seizures, appetite changes, personality changes, speech loss, and such that we realized the timing of the MMR and the regression. As we reviewed his records and compared them to all interventions he received at that time, we were shocked and horrified at what we found. The ingredients in vaccines made me literally sick. Reading the VAERS data was maddening and disgusting. I regretted every vaccine I had ever given. I reported my own son’s reaction to Heb #1 (total body hives and inconsolable) and his health decline after the MMR. I had many sleepless nights as I thought of all those toxins I had so easily injected into little bodies. I never even thought to research them. Not once. That is until my own son suffered. It is one of my goals now to share what I have learned with everyone possible and to try to heal my son. I have learned that the only One I can ever blindly trust is the Lord God in heaven and His Son. As I type this, my son is wandering our home humming. He can no longer speak. He needs me to take him by the hand and help him live each day. He did not ask for this. I held him down and made him take the drugs. Now he carries the burden. I am not advising anyone to not vaccinate. That is a decision that each person must make. I am begging everyone that reads this to research vaccines entirely before giving consent. Vaccines come with serious risks and they should never be entered into carelessly. Adverse events are only rarely reported so we are not able to accurately assess from that data just how often they occur. There is no active surveillance on vaccine adverse reactions. I can tell you from experience that they do occur and can be very serious. I am posting this with Ian’s picture. He is another little boy that reacted negatively to the Hep B vaccine. This is vaccine injury. When you are being told that an adverse event is a sore leg and maybe some fussiness, remember Ian and my son.

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24 Marlo July 16, 2012

For the person a few comments above who says that measles and mumps are not deadly, just cost money to take time off from work….etc etc. What about us parents who have to take time off work, and use insurance or medicaid because of our vaccine injured children?

And then the person says that polio and meningitis are deadly. 95% of cases of polio show no symptoms at all, 4% have flu like symptoms, 1% ends in paralysis, 5-10% of the 1% ends in death. Those are CDC statistics.

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25 Jennifer October 9, 2012

First of all, herd immunity is not a fact or a hypothesis. It is a flat out MYTH. You can read more about that here:

http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2012/02/18/the-deadly-impossibility-of-herd-immunity-through-vaccination-by-dr-russell-blaylock/

It’s also been admitted by Bill Gates and John F. May, a leading World Bank Demographer that vaccination campaigns are a part of world population reduction!!! You’ll find that information as well as more information on Sach’s (who created a vaccine) at the link below, as well as youtube & several other websites:

http://www.infowars.com/leading-world-bank-demographer-vaccination-campaigns-part-of-population-reduction-policy/

oh… and also here:

http://www.cgdev.org/content/article/detail/1426540/

Let’s see. Here’s another one. They use ABORTED human fetal cell lines in MANY of today’s vaccines, including rubella, MR, MMR, Hepatitis A, chicken pox, poliomyelitis, rabies, & small pox. That link, the original letter from the Vatican questioning it, & the sorry excuse response from officials that make it public but EXTREMELY hard to find, is found here:

http://www.immunize.org/concerns/vaticandocument.htm

I could go ON AND ON in addition to all the facts so many other generous commentors above have posted. I have research in a binder and both my computers that add up to at least 3″ thick. Maybe more now… They are DANGEROUS.

Our family now knows 5 other families in addition to OUR OWN who have suffered negative effects of vaccines, including severe seizure, loss of consciousness, Asperger’s, severe allergies including anaphylactic shock, multiple sclerosis, stopped talking, cerebral palsy, and the latest – polio symptoms from the polio shot! Case closed for our family. NEVER AGAIN.

So for those parents who haven’t done their hours and days and weeks and sometimes years of research like the rest of us have done, please at least take this release form with you and INSIST on your doctor or health care provider reading and signing it before you decide to go let them inject anymore kinds of poisons into your own child’s body.

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26 Jennifer October 9, 2012

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