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last modified November 3, 2016 by strypey

Claims and Counter-claims about Vaccination

  Healths Harms/ Benefits

1. Vaccinations can make people very sick

 2011: CBS News - Feds Probe Post-Flu Shot Seizures Among Kids

 2. Vaccines can cause autism

 3. Andrew Wakefield proved the link between MMR vaccine and autism

 4. Wakefield's fraud was perpetuated to create supportive evidence for another MMR vaccine, and is in fact typical of the researchers that support vaccination

 5. People have died as a consequence of vaccinations

 5a. Vaccinations are the real cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ("cot death"), and other infant deaths

 6. There are toxic metals such as mercury and aluminium, and other toxic substances like formaldehyde and mono-sodium glutomate in some vaccinations, which are harmful to human health

 2012: US Centres for Disease Control, 'Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary'

 6a. these metals can cause illness in those vaccinated

 6b. the removal of mercury-based preservative thimerosal proves that there were health concerns

 7. If vaccinations prevent infection of the person vaccinated effectively, there can be no benefit to 'herd immunity' to them, but they can still be carriers

8. Deaths from many diseases were already declining before vaccinations were released for them

2010: International Medical Council on Vaccination - Graphic Reality: The Charting of Truth, Raymond Obomsawin, PhD

8a Prevention of non-lethal infection by Measles does not justify giving children a vaccine that can permanently maim or even kill them (see #5)

8b The 1979 pertussis epidemic was a global phenomenon, producing over 100,000 cases worldwide, and cannot be blamed on changes in Japan's vaccination program. Proving a connection would require a statistically significant difference in infection rates between vaccinated and non-vaccinated Japanese.

8c. In 1975, Japan stopped all vaccinations to children under 2, resulting in a huge drop in infant mortality

9. The bodies of babies under one year old do not produce antibodies, so vaccinations before that age cannot be effective.

9a. Multiple vaccines administered at the same time can overwhelm and compromise children's immune systems 

10. In healthy people, intestinal flora accounts for up to 80% of immunity 

11. It's not necessary to have all the vaccinations available, or to have them in the order prescribed by public health officials  

12. Babies in the womb are exposed to any bacteria present in their mother's bodies, including intestinal flora 

13. Vaccinated children are less healthy in general than unvaccinated children 

14. Fainting after vaccination can have serious long term effects 

1. Vaccinations do not make anybody very sick

 2. Vaccines cannot cause autism

 3. Andrew Wakefield's research has been debunked and is potentially fraudulent

 4. Wakefield's fraud is typical of the researchers who oppose vaccination

 5. The risk of being maimed or killed by vaccinations needs to be balanced against the risk of being maimed or killed by the illness being vaccinated against - Dr Jennifer Ashton, CBS News Medical Correspondent

 5a. Infant deaths are not caused by vaccinations

 6. The metals and compounds used in vaccinations are not harmful to human health

  6a. any metals present in vaccinations are harmless

  6b. the removal of mercury-based preservative thimerosal from vaccines has nothing to with any claims of health effects

  7. Vaccination must cover a high proportion of the population to create a 'herd immunity', where those for whom the vaccination is not effective (and those who are not immunised) are at less risk due to fewer potential carriers

8. Vaccinations were responsible for almost wiping out many diseases in industrialised countries

8a Although deaths from Measles were already tailing off in the US before vaccination, the overall number of cases dropped off massively when the Measles vaccination was released there

8b Vaccination for pertussis (whooping cough) in Japan dropped to 10% in 1976, this resulted in a major pertussis epidemic in 1979, with 13,000 cases, and 41 deaths (up from 393 cases and no deaths in 1974)

8c. There is no evidence of a causal link between the changes to Japan's vaccination schedule and the improvement in infant mortality

9. Vaccinating babies under one is important for getting parents into the habit of taking their children in for vaccinations

9a. There are no valid health concerns for giving children multiple vaccines simultaneously 

2002: US Institute of Medicine, 'Immunization Safety Review: Multiple Immunizations and Immune Dysfunction

10. Intestinal flora has no impact on immunity 

11. It's necessary to have all the vaccinations in the order recommended by public health officials 

12. The womb is a sterile environment, in which babies are not exposed to any bacteria

13. Vaccinated children are no less healthy in general than unvaccinated children 

14. Fainting after vaccination is probably not caused by the vaccine and is not a serious health concern, requiring patients to sit or lie down during and after injection of vaccine is all that is required to prevent lasting harm

1997: Braun et al, 'Syncope after immunization'

  Propanganda and Misinformation

  1. Science does not take political positions . People have the right to hold and express unorthadox or unpopular opinions, without interference by government, or their ability to make a living being attacked.

 2. Where they cannot use the threat of legal punishment, health authorities exploit fear and prejudice to bully parents into vaccinating their children.

"A special place should be reserved in Hell for people who want to kill or maim children by preventing them from receiving vaccinations." - Peter Bowditch

3. There are many medical doctors and people with strong academic credentials who are critical of vaccination, including those involved with the International Medical Council on Vaccination

 1. People who campaign against vaccination should be criminalised and imprisoned, or at least be kicked out of professional organisations.

 2. Health authorities run campaigns to inform people about the benefits of vaccination, and encourage uptake by making it easier to get vaccinations, to counteract the unscientific propaganda of "anti-vaccinationists.

3. Anti-vaccinationists are "loons", "quacks" or "conspiracy theorists". None of them are qualified to comment credibly on medical science

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