Re: Vaccination a lot safer than alternative, Stratford Gazette editorial, Feb. 26
The anonymous author of the article demotes any question of vaccine safety or efficacy as coming from “fraudulent studies” or the lips of “Hollywood self-declared experts.”
Would Dr. Gregory Poland qualify as a Hollywood fraudster? Poland is the founder of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. In the journal Vaccines, he observed that there were 98 measles outbreaks in Canada in 2011. Over 50 per cent of outbreaks were in those who had already received two doses of the measles vaccine.
“This leads to a paradoxical situation,” he writes, “whereby measles in highly immunized societies occurs primarily among those previously immunized.”
Or how about the Netherlands’ National Institute of Public Health? Their 2013 study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases showed that infants of vaccinated mothers were more likely to acquire measles.
“This increases the risk of disease transmission in highly vaccinated populations.”
Parents can also look at the insert for the measles vaccine which states that it can cause encephalitis. “As a result of the use of the measles vaccine, we see fewer obvious cases of acute measles infections,” writes board-certified pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Palevsky. “Instead, however, we now have many more clinical cases of chronic brain inflammation, the very complication of a natural measles infection that the vaccine was supposed to protect against.”
Andrew Wakefield’s defense of his research linking the MMR vaccine to autism is all important to review. A talk he gave before the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is available on YouTube. Judge for yourself whether you think he is sincerely trying to protect children from harm or whether he has “deliberately skewed facts for financial gain.”
In September 23, 2014, a court in Milan awarded compensation for vaccine-induced autism. Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, another Italian court judged that the MMR vaccine had caused autism. In 2008, the U.S. federal government conceded that vaccines had regressed a young girl into autism. Courts all over the globe are finding a link between vaccines and brain damage.
People are skeptical of vaccines for good reason. I’d encourage parents to reference multiple sources including the National Vaccine Information Centre (www.nvic.org). We need to see 12- and 24-year studies of children on full vaccine schedules, measuring every aspect of physical and mental development. Until then, the science is not as convincing as the editorial suggests.
John C. A. Manley