By: Dr. Mercola (Mercola.com)
A wide range of vaccine stories have been featured in the news over the past few weeks – many, no doubt, published to propagandize the updated 2013 vaccination schedules for children and adults1, 2, 3 and to promote the seasonal flu vaccine.
Ironically, if not tragically, while increasing amounts of research highlight the many dangers of vaccinations and their ineffectiveness, the US government keeps insisting that everything is fine, “just get your shots and don’t worry about it. We know what we’re doing!”
But do they really? The evidence is overwhelmingly negative in this regard.
And, while suddenly paying lip service to vaccine safety, vaccine policymakers ignore the safest and most effective strategies that can naturally strengthen your immunity to help you stay well or move through illness with fewer complications if you do get sick.
For example, there are many far more effective ways to help prevent the flu and other flu-like diseases, such as dietary interventions, making sure your vitamin D and gut flora are optimized, being more meticulous about washing your hands, getting enough exercise and sleep, cutting back on processed foods and sugars, and ensuring your diet includes plenty of sulfur and zinc.
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Waned Over 2011-12 Season
Propaganda scare tactics still do work, as demonstrated by the 25 percent uptick in 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine sales reported by Novartis.4 This despite the fact that not just one, but three recent studies published in the journal Eurosurveillance5, 6, 7 strongly challenge the claim that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu.
According to CIDRAP:8
“All three studies suggest that during the 2011-12 flu season, the vaccine provided modest protection at first, but its effectiveness dropped sharply after 3 or 4 months.
A multicenter study by researchers in eight European countries indicated that overall vaccine effectiveness (VE) against influenza A/H3N2 in the first months of the season was 38%, but after mid-February, it dropped to -1%. ‘The concept that vaccine protection can be so short-lived provides a challenge for public health policy,’ says the British report.”
Ludicrous Claim of the Week: Following Vaccine Schedule Required to Ensure Vaccine Safety
But that’s not the only challenge facing public health policy. Over the past few years, the science simply hasn’t held up when it comes to vaccinations in general.
Multiple scandals involving fraud and conflicts of interest have surfaced, and studies are increasingly showing that vaccines don’t work all that well. In response, government health agencies, who are now little more than poorly disguised mouthpieces for the pharmaceutical industry, are beefing up the propaganda.
But despite blanketing the media with carefully chosen sound bites, repeated almost verbatim by multiple media outlet sources, the “evidence” of safety and effectiveness they bring to the table is flimsy at best.
One sound bite you’ll keep hearing again and again now is the ludicrous claim that the best way to ensure vaccine safety is to strictly follow the vaccine schedule.
Take Mary Anne Jackson for example. Dr. Jackson is the Division Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, MO. Reading her statements to the New York Times, it is crystal clear that she is taking her cue cards directly from the Institute of Medicine’s dubious new report.9 As reported by the New York Times:10
“The timing is specific for a reason. ‘We want to prevent the vaccines from competing against each other… Sticking to the schedule also ensures that a child’s immunity is likely to be maintained. These alternative schedules that are springing up have no data behind them,’ Dr. Jackson told me. ‘They’re not rigorously tested. It’s impossible to test all of them.’
…the most obvious problem with the exodus of parents from the recommended vaccination schedule is that it makes vaccine safety more difficult to monitor. ‘We want to drill down as far as we can, and make vaccines as safe as we can,’ said Dr. Jackson. ‘We’re not going find the one-in-a-million serious adverse event if you have thousands of different vaccine schedules out there.’”
To me, all of this sounds like both illogical and dangerous reasoning. They’re essentially saying everyone needs to participate in the experiment in order to tease out potential harms. This is not safety. This is human experimentation. Safety of a vaccine should be addressed PRIOR to being added to the vaccine schedule. Ditto for the safety of giving multiple vaccines at the same time. Read More