Vaccines – A Global Perspective

the professor“The CDCs (sic) mission and the purpose of vaccinations is NOT to prevent your particular child from getting ill. The purpose of the CDC and vaccinations is to prevent wide spread (sic) epidemics of diseases that were previously eradicated, but are now reemerging because people refuse to listen to scientific FACT and vaccinate their children. Believe it or not, its (sic) not all about YOUR precious children – it is about the health of the entire population. Your views are so narrow and short sighted and worst of all dangerous. If you want to make a legitimate, credible argument, you need to do it from a global perspective, not a personal one.”

The above is an actual comment we received on my most recent blogIn the Name of “Protection”.  The commenter left a name, but I think I’ll just call her our Friendly-Neighborhood Commenter, or FNC for short.

That blog was about my reaction to a meme implying that children should be vaccinated by force, over the objections of their parents, for their “protection.” The upshot:  Vaccination carries significant risks of damage to children’s bodies (including their brains), choosing not to vaccinate is eminently rational, and since it’s my job to “protect” my kids, forced vaccination won’t be happening to my children unless the person doing the vaccinating is prepared to do it over my dead body.

I wrote about the idea of “protection” because, FNC notwithstanding, that is a major part of how the CDC sells the vaccination program: as protection for “my precious child.”

Many, many people buy into the idea that people who don’t vaccinate are playing Russian roulette with their children’s health, when the reality is that the vast majority of people who do not vaccinate do so for sound reasons based on a great deal of “scientific FACT.” And, what’s more, despite the CDC’s stubborn refusal to study the unvaccinated, it seems that the majority of unvaccinated children enjoy better health than their fully vaccinated counterparts.

As FNC didn’t attack the blog’s content at all, but – instead – changed the subject in order to find some basis for attacking us “anti-vaccine wackos,” I guess we can assume she agrees that “my precious child,” as well as “your precious child,” is at significant risk from vaccination. As far as she’s concerned, however, that’s beside the point. She doesn’t use the word “selfish,” but that’s the gist of her comment, isn’t it? It’s “selfish” to consider the risk of damage to my child when deciding whether or not to vaccinate.

You may be surprised to find that I find FNC’s comment amusing. I can’t help it; I love unintended irony. In this blog – my  response to FNC – you’re going to get a little “history of Professor” (heh, heh).

You see, I’ve always had a “global perspective.” As a youngster, I was apeace corps wide-eyed idealist, brimming with the desire to “Help”and “Make a Difference” to the world. At the tender age of 19, I applied to the Peace Corps filled with visions of administering vaccines to undernourished, at-risk children in Africa, or teaching English to eager Latin American students. It’s probably fortunate for all concerned that I wasn’t accepted to the Peace Corps program. Despite my strong academic credentials, I was pretty damned naïve about what it meant to “help” people, and I didn’t have any truly useful skills, like farming, fishing or nursing.

One thing I have learned in the – many – years since being rejected by the Peace Corps is that “help” is in the eye of the beholder: If I don’t think what you’re doing helps me, then it’s not help. Period. Should be obvious, I know, but you’d be amazed how often “helpers” get upset when “helpees” aren’t grateful for the help. Which is to say, when you’re offering help, you should be damned sure what you’re offering has value — and even if it does, you should be ready for your offer to be roundly rejected.

Michael Weller understands this well. His play Loose Ends begins as one of the main characters has just completed a very disillusioning stint in the Peace Corps. He’s spent six months in Indonesia digging latrines only to discover that the people the latrines were intended for used their feces for fertilizer. The idea of leaving that precious material in an outhouse was inconceivable to them.

When it comes to vaccines what are we offering to the world?

In essence, we are offering up the American medical model: our version of “modern medicine.”

How well does that model work? The United States has by far the highest rates of vaccination in the world. If vaccines are such a boon for the health of the “entire population,” it would seem likely that the health of the average American would be the best in the world.

Only it’s not. Not even close. A recent report put out by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine made it clear that, compared to 16 other “affluent” countries, “the United States occupies the bottom or near-bottom rung of the ladder in a number of health areas,” including infant mortality, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, drug-related deaths, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and disability.

Wow. That’s more than a bit depressing.

If you have been reading this blog at all, you already know that the health of the average American child is in steep decline. Asthma, life-threatening allergies, and ADHD are rampant, the incidence of virtually every autoimmune illness is on the rise, and lest anyone forget, the latest official numbers say that 2% of the children in this country between the ages of three and seventeen have autism spectrum disorders.

Now, I’ll grant you that “correlation does not equal causation.” In other words, it’s not clear just from the numbers whether high vaccine rates are causing high overall rates of illness and poor health, but it is pretty obvious what those high vaccine rates are not causing: good health.

You’d have to wonder, after hearing all that, how anyone could still be so arrogant about our “modern medicine” that they would insist on exporting it to other countries. Despite all our “preventive medicine,” the sheer number of pharmaceuticals available to us, and the tremendous amount of money we spend on healthcare, Americans are sicker than most of the industrialized world. Those “scientific FACTS” should give a rational person pause.

In addition to offering the American medical model, we’re offering a version that’s not good enough for us, the sickest of sixteen of the most affluent countries.

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, was officially removed from most childhood vaccines used in the U.S., but we have continued to export thimerosal-laced versions to other countries. Ever since Thomas Verstraeten first ran the numbers for his supposedly “neutral” study, and even more since the secret Simpsonwood conference convened to discuss a later version of the numbers, the CDC and other government officials have known that thimerosal hurts children. Yet we still see mainstream pieces explaining why it’s important that we keep exporting vaccines that we know are harming children. We can only hope the countries on the receiving end will be so busy dealing with the damage that they won’t be able to retaliate.

FNC claims that vaccines “prevent widespread epidemics of diseases that were previously eradicated, but are now reemerging” because people refuse to vaccinate their children.

Let’s examine that statement a bit, shall we?

Technically, only one disease has ever been “eradicated” (defined as “eliminated worldwide”):  smallpox.

The last case of smallpox in the United States occurred in 1949. The last case of naturally occurring smallpox in the world (meaning a case that wasn’t caused by the vaccine) happened in Somalia in 1977. That means there hasn’t been a case of naturally occurring smallpox in the world in 36 years.

Eradicated? It would seem. “Reemerging”? Definitely not.

The CDC’s recognition of this fact means that they stopped recommending routine childhood smallpox vaccination in the U.S. a long time ago, after it became obvious that while there was no possible benefit to receiving the vaccine, there was a small, but significant, risk of harm.

Three other diseases that have vaccines have been considered “eliminated” in the U.S.:  polio, diphtheria and measles. The last cases of naturally occurring polio in the United States were in 1979, although since then there have been 154 cases of paralytic polio caused by the vaccine. Any “reemergence” of the disease in this country is due to people traveling from other areas of the world, and the oral polio vaccine itself, not people who don’t vaccinate.

Diphtheria is extremely rare in the United States with the most recent case being that of an elderly traveler returning from Haiti in 2003. It’s still endemic in many parts of the world where nutrition and sanitary conditions leave a lot to be desired, but it cannot be considered to be “reemerging” in any sense of the word.

That leaves measles. Measles was declared “eliminated” in the U.S. in 2000, but there have continued to be a small number of cases every year. The median number for 2000-2010 was 40 cases per year. Given that there were approximately 400,000 recorded cases in 1960 (CDC estimates the actual number of cases to be 3-4,000,00), before measles vaccination, the “elimination” of measles sounds like a tremendous achievement. But what have we bought with all those vaccines?

The number of people who died of measles in 1960 was 380. There were approximately 60 million children in the U.S. in 1960. If we assume that all of the people who died of measles were children (which is likely to be a very poor assumption because so-called “childhood diseases” tend to be far more serious in adults), then a child’s chance of being killed by measles was 380 in 60,000,000, or 0.000633% annually.

This is the “deadly disease” we are constantly being warned about in all its pre-vaccine glory. It’s pretty easy to see why measles didn’t strike fear into many parents’ hearts in those days. To add further perspective, approximately 700 children in the U.S. under 14 drown every year, many at home in their bathtubs, but no one discusses banning bathtubs, pools, or swimming because, much as we might like to, we cannot eliminate all risk from childhood.

(By the way, there is evidence to show that we can reduce many of the risks of measles complications by using megadoses of vitamin A for two days.)

In 2011, there were 222 cases of measles in the U.S., most of them were imported from other countries where measles is still endemic. That is a spike over previous years, but measles rates have always gone in cycles and the rate went down in 2012.

So “reemerging”? Perhaps . . . but doesn’t it seem more than a bit hysterical to beat on parents who don’t want to take the risk of catastrophic injury or death, inherent in every vaccination, in order to ensure zero cases of a not-particularly-deadly disease?

FNC, with her “global perspective” would be likely to point out that the death rate from measles is considerably higher in poverty-stricken areas. Agreed. Just as it was here in the United States before modern methods of sanitation, which significantly lowered the transmission of disease,  and the “safety nets” of social security, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid, which have significantly lowered the levels of malnutrition and  starvation in the U.S.  People who are healthier to begin with are more likely to survive acute illness.

Logic would indicate that incidence of vaccine injury would also be much higher in a malnourished, poverty-stricken population. Autism was rare in Africa, but it’s on the rise. Oh, goody. Let’s export the disorder that a 2006 Harvard study  indicates may cost the average American family with autism $3.2 million to countries with zero autism services and no disposable income. That’s what I call a “global perspective”!

In the U.S. the costs of autism typically include evaluations, intensive speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, extended years of diapers (it is common for a person with autism to have difficulty, sometimes extreme difficulty, potty training), special food (many people with autism are helped by a diet that is gluten and casein-free), and special doctors and protocols (good doctors that treat children with autism are few and far between; costs of doctor visits often include airline tickets).

Much of that cost is borne by the family of the person with autism, but a significant portion of that bill will be paid by the society at large, i.e., taxpayers. Many people with autism receive Medicare benefits and social security disability benefits. Many are likely to receive those benefits for life without ever paying into the system.

As the numbers of people with autism grow higher and higher, the burden for everyone else will get greater and greater. Special education programs are already straining their tightened budgets to try to help everyone that needs help. Large numbers of autistic teens are soon to “age out” of their current programs, leaving a huge gap in available services and the people who will need them. Any assessment of the risk-to-benefit ratio of vaccines is not accurate if it doesn’t take those costs into consideration.

If we were really serious about helping people in poverty-stricken areas, we might use some of those $39 billion being spent on vaccines this year to raise the standard of living in poverty-stricken areas by investing in sanitation, nutrition, clean drinking water, microloans to enterprising people, especially women, and building schools, especially for girls. (Full disclosure: “Narrow, short-sighted, dangerous” me has been contributing to Plan International, sponsoring one or more children in third-world countries, since the late 1980s, and my daughter has a Kiva account where she administers microloans to women in similar countries.)

According to FNC, it’s not “all about my precious children.”

So what is it about? It’s about “the health of the entire population.” Ah, I see! It’s not about my precious child, it’s about everyone else’s precious children. The (considerable) risks to my child’s health from vaccinating apparently don’t count, only the (rather low and remote) risks to other people’s children from not vaccinating. It is more important that measles be “eradicated” than that my (or your) healthy child remain healthy and avoid joining the two percent of the population with autism spectrum disorders, or the ten percent with asthma, or the eleven percent with ADHD.

raggedy AnnSo if my child doesn’t count, and your child doesn’t count, who exactly does count?

Only people who get “vaccine-preventable” illnesses I guess, since those are the ones our mainstream media talks about when the subject of vaccines arises. But what of the children that get hurt or even die from vaccine reactions? For all the attention that they receive you would think they’d never existed.

(Little known fact:  The original Raggedy Ann doll was created for a girl who died of a reaction to a smallpox vaccine at the age of 13. As a result, Raggedy Ann became a symbol of anti-vaccine activity.)

At the AutismOne conference this year it was my great pleasure to meet Karen Kain, mother of Lorrin Danielle Kain, who was injured by a “hot lot” vaccine at six weeks of age in 1994. After a life of tremendous physical struggle, Lorrin succumbed to her injuries and died in 2009 at the age of 15.

As Karen says, if vaccine injury was so rare, shouldn’t Lorrin be considered a hero for “taking one for the team?”

Yet that’s not how Lorrin was treated at any point along the way. Everyone wanted her to “go away.” Her petition in “Vaccine Court” was hotly contested. When Karen was finally compensated by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, she was told to keep her mouth shut.

Now if Karen were a different kind of person – one with a “narrow” or “short-sighted” view of the world perhaps – she probably would have kept her mouth shut. It was too late for her daughter; why wouldn’t she just take the money and disappear? Because that’s not the kind of person Karen is. Not only does Karen care about her child, she cares about your children, too. She does what she does out of love. She doesn’t want you to have to go through the same thing she went through. So she continues to go to conferences that bring up all sorts of difficult memories, she advocates for the rights of people disabled by vaccines, and she talks about her experiences. I defy anyone to read Lorrin’s story  and pretend that Lorrin’s life didn’t count.

It’s the same for us Thinking Moms (and Dad). It would be so much easier for all of us to keep quiet about our experiences. Who would voluntarily set themselves up as targets for all the “pro-vaccine wackos” in the world, some of whom — Bill Gates, vaccine manufacturers and the federal government  — have very deep pockets?

I’ll tell you who, someone who cares  – and cares deeply – about other people’s children as well as their own. We share our experiences and our research in an effort to improve the health of the whole population. Actually, that’s exactly what the word “Revolution” in our name means. Revolutions don’t happen on the individual level; they happen on a societal level.

If we, the Thinking Moms (and Dad), took a “narrow” view of the world, we certainly wouldn’t be using so many of our resources that could be making our own children’s lives better to start a freaking revolution. But knowing what we know, we can’t bury our heads in the sand and pretend that our children are the only ones that matter.

In the words of Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly’s iconic detective, “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”

I choose everybody.

Globally yours,

~ Professor

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41 Responses to Vaccines – A Global Perspective

  1. 😎 says:

    If your kid drowns in the bathtub it’s not the bathtub that needs to be taken away it is the parent THAT LET THEIR KID DROWN IN THE FUCKING BATHTUB sorry i just could not leave this absolutely painful article without asking yourself if you said that to yourself before you wrote it out or bothered to proofread. Also,I’m pretty sure “Americans are sicker…” is grammatically incorrect. If you think that vaccines have not advanced and improved and been tested countless times since the raggedy Ann doll was created, then I simply do not know how to explain how invalid that point is.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      “i just could not leave this absolutely painful article without asking yourself if you said that to yourself before you wrote it out or bothered to proofread.”

      And you’re asking about MY proofreading and grammar?

      Oh, I never said vaccines haven’t changed since the Raggedy Ann doll was created, though “advanced” and “improved” may be debatable characterizations. At the very least, we can all agree that there are VERY many MORE of them.

  2. c says:

    I take many articles from tmr and tmes and pass them out.
    This excellent piece is going out straight away. Keep ’em coming and everybody pass ’em out cause we need to counter all the ignorance.

  3. Christine says:

    Wow. I think that this is the very best article on vaccine choice that I have ever read…and we have read heaps. Thank you Professor (didn’t find your actual name) for being so intelligent and clear and RIGHT. Thank you thank you thank you to people like you who put yourselves out there for the rest of us. I am over here in Australia and we can still get a css exemption in addition to medical and religious…but who knows how long that will last. People are starting to figure it out and vaccinate less and this is resulting on more crackdown by the government. Reducing and/or taking away support payments for families if you can believe. Blows me away at the corruption. Anyways – just wanted to say I took the time to read this and it’s brilliant. Thank you again for being here.

    • Professor says:

      I agree, Christine. I think that the reason we keep hearing about efforts to “crack down” on vaccine choice is that we are making a difference. We’re being heard. The more people who say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” the more backlash we’re seeing. What they don’t realize is that their efforts to force compliance are having the OPPOSITE effect to the one their looking for. They are alienating MORE people and getting them to question the motives behind things like the birth dose of hepatitis B.

      And thanks for your words. I’ll keep writing if people like you keep reading.

  4. Lulu Schultz says:

    brilliant article…. why I made the choice 20+years ago to not immunise my children, very controversial in those days too. AND the have enjoyed extremely good health, which included measles, mumps, chickenpox and rubella…. naturally. Immunity built up by the illness itself ! it was hard work…. sleepless nights…. natural remedies and absolute faith in their beautiful bodies being able to heal themselves.
    BELIEVE in our power to heal ourselves….

  5. Kim says:

    Best article of vaccination I’ve ever read. Thank you so so much! I will keep spreading around even though many of my friends think of me as stupid, heartless, brain-washed weirdo.

    • Professor says:

      Thanks, Kim. I’ve been called all of those and sometimes it’s tough to not take it personally. The people who call you those names are not being rational. It’s their fear talking. If they really do the research, they will find that your position is intelligent, open-hearted and informed.

  6. Rainna says:

    This post is in my top 5 TMR posts! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you girls 😉
    Keep posting beautifully written, intelligent, fact-filled, straight from the heart, and most importantly posts full of TRUTH and I will keep keep sharing them with everyone I know and anyone I can get to pay attention! Thank you Professor

  7. Kiwismommy says:

    The problem with people like FNC is they follow the belief that reactions are 1 in a million and while unavoidable it is a price we have to pay. Until there are reactions and then 100% are denied as related to vaccines. Yes damage and death are possible, until it happens and then it is impossible. They will call it SIDS (a diagnosis meant for only when there is no other plausible explanation) even if a child is found dead less than 24 hours after 7 vaccines. 1 in a million is only believable if every reaction is denied. When civil juries found correlation we were told that “joe off the street juror” was not a doctor or scientist and only made decisions based on emotion. When vaccine court was established in the Federal Department of Justice we are told that the required proof need only be as light as a feather to receive compensation, despite 3 out of every 4 claims being denied. Even when there is compensation it is denied that there is a correlation it is simply more likely than not, like they are giving them some kind of gift and continuing the claim there is no proof of correlation. Many are denied because someone didn’t cross a “T” or dot an “i” not because the person didn’t have a reaction that is listed on the table of injuries that fell within the narrow time frame allowed. A parent will be accused in court “how come you didn’t go to the E.R. until day 3”, despite the parents testimony that they called their pediatrician 10 times only to be told the reaction was normal. But they are denied, blaming it on the parents.
    This, FNC, is why vaccine rates will continue to drop. If you want people to sacrifice their children for the good of the herd then the herd better step up to the plate. The herd better say “OK, all reactions will be taken seriously and investigated. If your child is injured they will be cared for without you becoming broke, destitute, and without insurance to care for your child. Our decisions will be non-confrontational and will not drag out for 10 years of your life, attacking you and forcing you to relive the worst day of your life the whole time. We will not place a gag order on you if you are compensated and we will alert the media of the sacrifice your innocent child had to make for the good of us all. We will be sure to use what we learn to make vaccines safer for others and we will treat the destruction or death of your child from vaccines with the same horror, revulsion, empathy, mourning, and prayers that we do for a child that contracted a case of the measles.” When all that happens, all the eye-witnesses to the horror we and our children have been subjected to might rethink their own decisions to join the growing number of non-vaccinators. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
    We will think of society when society thinks of us.

    • Professor says:

      Kiwismommy, I think you have hit the nail on the head with respect to the perception of the frequency of vaccine reactions. Many people really believe the party line that vaccines hurt a very small fraction of people. They are unaware of the synergistic and cumulative effects of a lifetime of vaccines and antibiotics in addition to all the other toxic exposures we have these days. All of those things add up to a generation of children that is much sicker than the children I grew up with, despite the fact that I grew up with chain smokers everywhere and leaded gas.

  8. Thanks again for keeping the information out there. Its exhausting knowing the world should work better for our kids but doesn’t.

    Keep it up. We’re listening and drawing inspiration from you.

    • Professor says:

      I agree about the exhaustion, Christy. Some days it’s all we can do to face the onslaught. But comments like yours help us to re-energize. Thanks so much.

  9. Student says:

    Great post, Professor! I’m learning… a lot!

  10. Lindey says:

    Just brilliant! One of the best TMR reads ever & that’s saying something!

  11. Adrianne Clarke says:

    You are one of my hero’s…major respect for what you guys are doing. You’re book helped to turn my husband around to the dangers of the vaccines (among other things). Of course at first he thought I was totally insane! Still trying to turn others around but most don’t want to hear it…SO frustrating!

    • Professor says:

      We’re very familiar with the frustration, Adrianne! But delighted to have you working with us. And thank you. 🙂

  12. MelissaD says:

    Thank you for such a well written response with so many good points. I get so tired of hearing about “all the horrible diseases” vaccines have saved us from. Both my father and mother-in-law had a few of them and are fine. Their vaccinated grandson with autism however is not fine. The commenter made a point that always fires me up – “it is not all about your precious children…” excuse me, but it sure is hell is. I honestly don’t give a damn about the global perspective. There is only one person I am truly and totally responsible for and that is my son. If I can help other people and save other children from his dismal fate then that is wonderful, but it is not my job to worry about everyone on the planet or the rest of the herd. My little lamb is the one who has been entrusted to this herder and he is the one I am most concerned with. Maybe if the rest of population stopped smoking, drinking, doing drugs and being overweight I would have more regard for their well-being. But, since so many people in our world take so little responsibility for their own health, why should “the health of the entire population” be my problem?

    • Professor says:

      Well, Melissa, I think we do have an obligation to be aware of the others we share the world with, as we are all connected. However, as a parent, my first duty is to my own child, and I cannot knowingly inject my child with something that has a good likelihood of hurting him or her. Most of the people who scream loudly about the “selfishness” of the non-vaxing parent are usually worried about their own children. If they have a right to think “selfishly” on the subject, then certainly all other parents do, too. Everybody counts or nobody counts.

  13. nostromo says:

    I notice you discuss some diseases with serious outcomes, death etc, but there are other more routine reasons that some people choose to have vaccines for diseases e.g. Flu vaccines and Chickenpox. I had my (Autistic) child vaccinated with the Chickenpox vaccine as I didn’t particularly want him to have what happened with my daughter who when she got chickenpox was sick for a week with high temperatures and fairly miserable. I gave it consideration, and factored in these thoughts that if he got Chickenpox this would probably happen:

    – He would be sick and miserable for a week (and not able to understand why)
    – Getting him to take fluids when he is sick is hard due to his Autism, and dehydration can be dangerous.
    – He used to regularly get Febrile Convulsions when he would get temperatures; freakin scary and potentially dangerous IMHO
    – Disruption to the rest of the family, sleep etc
    – Significant amount of lost wages for us in having to look after him.
    – Potentially more serious issue like heart or hearing damage (to be honest not really a significant factor).
    – Worry. Lots of worry on my part about my son.

    Or I could spend $50 on an injection and avoid that. In theory. I considered the risks I have heard of:

    – He could get Autism. Now I don’t know if thats true or not, but I do believe we’ve already got that angle covered 🙂
    – He could get a vaccine injury. This I do not doubt is a possibility, but you must acknowledge there is risk in walking out the door, and vaccine injury seems to fall into the long odds category to me.
    – It might not work. Maybe so, I didn’t really look too much into that, but to the best of my knowledge to seems to.

    So that was my thinking in weighing it up for us and my son, so we got him the shot a year or so ago. So far so good.

    Nothing to do with epidemic prevention or other peoples kids, just a personal choice.

    • Professor says:

      Nostromo, I have no problem with you having the ability to CHOOSE to vaccinate. Or to choose to vaccinate for chicken pox. I’m actually delighted that you could do so. It should be that way. Vaccination should be a choice, an INFORMED choice.

      In New York State where I live, one doesn’t have the option of choosing which vaccines you will get if your child attends school, because in order NOT to have the hepatitis B, or Gardasil, or the MMR or any other vaccine on the schedule that you object to, you MUST have a religious exemption. In order to keep that religious exemption, you may not choose to vaccininate for any reason. That in itself is wrong. I believe that people should have the right to choose whether or not they wish to vaccinate, or what they wish to vaccinate for.

      In addition, I believe consent should be truly informed, which is not the case now. The very fact that you think vaccine injury is in the long odds category means that you have not been fully informed. The odds are not that long for anyone, but for someone who is already neurologically impaired they go up significantly. I don’t know your history, but if there are any autoimmune conditions (asthma and allergies included) in your family, that also increases your odds quite a bit. Please make sure that you NEVER vaccinate a sick child or one that is on antibiotics.

      And keep in mind that if you don’t get chicken pox as a child, the vaccine’s immunity wears off before adulthood when the illness can be far more severe. Your child will require boosters to keep chicken pox away. Unfortunately, every vaccine exposure carried a risk and it seems to be cumulative. That’s another thing that should be weighed when making the decision.

      If you are considering the flu shot, PLEASE read the blog we posted on Tuesday by Dr. Kelly Brogan, and mine from earlier in the year called “Flu Shot Clinic.”

      • nostromo says:

        Thanks for the reply. I did get Flu shots for the kids last year as H1N1 was going around (or swine flu or something like that, details escape me now but it seemed to be important), I haven’t got them any this winter, and probably won’t bother, but I will have a read of the blogs.

  14. Irene says:

    Brilliant !

  15. Vera says:

    Thank you! This is a superbly written article full of true information and common sense. Thank you for taking a stand on this issue! I am a registered nurse who used to be one of those vaccine pushing people. No more. I researched each individual vaccine in an attempt to educate myself in ways that my school never did, and I was horrified. I’m mostly horrified that I as a nurse with a passion to help and not harm people had even promoted such a harmful device! God forgive me.

    • Professor says:

      Thank you, Vera. I LOVE it when we recruit the nurses. I have many nurses in my family and I know they have so much influence.

  16. goddess says:

    in tears here. amazing blog that needs to be shared with the world.


  17. Storm says:

    I think this may be one of the best pieces I’ve ever read on TMR, which is saying a lot because there are always fantastic entries. Thank you Professor for laying all of this out in such an informed and articulate way- very powerful!!

    • Professor says:

      Storm, given some of the incredible pieces we’ve posted in the last year and a half or so, I consider that high praise indeed. Thank you.

  18. david greenwood says:

    Awesome article

  19. Laura says:

    Thank you! I have saved this to my computer. I have always wondered why everybody else’s child is so precious, but mine is not?? If their children should be safe from naturally occuring disease, shouldn’t mine be safe from vaccine induced disease?? If a child injured by disease is a martyr, what is my child who was injured by vaccines?

    • Professor says:

      It should be obvious, shouldn’t it? Of COURSE your child is precious. Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you otherwise. And it’s YOUR job to protect him or her.

  20. Brenda says:

    You are an amazing woman- thank you!!

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