Rss Posts

Rss Comments



Washington Post: Edging toward an end to exemptions

Jan 26

Here’s the Washington Post….(Of course injecting all kinds of toxins into children can’t hurt them. That isn’t the issue here.)  I posted comments.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are putting others at risk

The parents who are against vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and other childhood diseases have proven a point – and it’s a scary one. They are no longer just putting their own kids at risk. By taking their unvaccinated children to the happiest place on earth and touching off a measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaxxers put hundreds of other children in jeopardy, too.

Measles on this level hasn’t been seen in the States since the 1970s. So far, the disease has spread to 11 states and Mexico, infecting about 70 people in less than a month. Also making a comeback: whooping cough and diphtheria.  . . .

It’s all about fashionable philosophy, not changes in medicine.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine wigs out some parents because about a decade ago, people started to claim a link between immunization and autism, fueled by the studies of a now-disgraced British doctor, Andrew Wakefield. Problem was, study after study refuted Wakefield’s autism research. And in 2011, the British medical establishment withdrew its endorsement of Wakefield’s study and labeled his data bogus. . . .

When I interviewed health officials in 2011, when the anti-vaxxer movement began to take hold, they said people like McCarthy were the bane of their education programs.

One health-policy professor joked that they would have to compete with something like “CDC Barbie.”

There are few cases in which doctors have decided that a child would not do well medically by being immunized. . . .

But in thousands of schools nationwide, a third category has been added – a “philosophical” exemption for children from the vaccination requirement. The parents of about 3 percent of children in the United States have claimed that exemption, declaring themselves opposed to vaccinations.

An additional 7 or 8 percent are disorganized, do-nothing parents who would rather take the easy out than go through the pain and effort of appointments, needle-sticks and paperwork. So about 10 percent of U.S. schoolchildren aren’t vaccinated against the diseases that once killed millions. . . .

Now the problem gets to the part where you bring up that quote about your rights ending where mine begin.

Whatever wackadoodle philosophy you might be embracing today – frutarianism or Bokononism – is cool as long as it doesn’t hurt those around you, right?

Refusing to immunize puts the rest of us at risk. And unless there is sound science and the guidance of a good doctor, it’s a pretty bogus way to hedge a bet in that game of parenting roulette. . . .

The anti-vaxxer movement is being fueled by parents who refuse to trust government, big pharma, family physicians and decades of sound science.


What about these non-vaccinating parents?  Why don’t’ we hear from them? What about all the parents whose children were perfectly healthy until they were vaccinated?

Couldn’t the Washington Post interview any of the INDEPENDENT doctors and scientists who do see a serious problem with our ever-expanding vaccine schedule?

It seems the Post wasn’t interested.  Parents!  You need to investigate this critical issue for yourselves.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Fox 8 NC: “…and then they went away”

Jan 26

We have, as a nation, learned to accept that children can be born healthy, develop normally and suddenly disappear into autism.
Those things happen.  More of the mystery of autism

Fox News Central with the exiting of Alisyn Camerota wouldn’t cover this kind of story, but here’s something from Fox 8, the affiliate in N.C. 
There is no comment section here or I would have overwhelmed them with THE SCIENCE, THE FACTS AND THE TRUTH.
This story makes me angry.  THE MOTHER BLAMES THE SHOTS FOR AUTISM?  Silly mom, all the science is in. 
Seriously, no one cares what cares autism.  No one cares about the rate.  BUT ultimately, we’ll all be paying for the autism generation.
Here’s someone from the local health dept. in North Carolina:.
‘That link has always been questioned, but there’s never been any proof that saysit actually causes autism,” said Smith. “When we talk to parents generally, they’re okay with getting their child vaccinated when they discover the protection against those diseases outweighs the risk of getting those vaccines.”

Thomasville mother blames immunization shots for daughters’ autism |
Jamie Hallman, a Thomasville mother of three, is working with other Triad moms to get vaccine reform in Washington.
VIDEO: “We did everything the doctor recommended.”  Shots on the first day of life. 
Vicki Smith with the Guilford County Health Dept.: “That link has always been questioned but there’s never been any proof that it actually causes autism.”
Smith says a lot of parent worry “about the health risks with vaccines.”
The mother in the story with the twin daughters with autism believes that there are “too many, too soon.”

“Hallman urges other parents to educate themselves before getting their children vaccinated. Now, she works with her doctor to get her kids their

**Jan 24, 2015, NPR: By Dimming Its Lights, Museum Opens Doors For Kids With Autism

Jan 26

He’s one of the many children and young adults in the Northwest who have some form of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD: In the Seattle School District, 10 percent of the special education population has ASD, and in nearby Bellevue, that figure is 17 percent. And because overstimulation can be painful for children with autism, many parents with autistic children avoid crowded, sensation-filled situations altogether — which can mean missing out on fun outings. But some museums, including the Pacific Science Center, are recognizing the problem, and toning down the sights and sounds. One Saturday each month, the museum opens up early for families with ASD — like the Hiners, here before official hours begin. . . . Other museums and organizations across the country have similar programs, from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to the Dallas Museum of Art. Even NASCAR holds events where autistic children go to the track to watch a live race from a quiet room.

Museums are just now “recognizing the problem.”  Why hasn’t anything been done in the past? Either we as a nation have always neglected this significant population OR we never had a substantial number of kids like this before.  And why aren’t museums opening their doors for middle-aged and older people with autism? All the special accommodations we’re seeing from autism-friendly restaurants, movie showings to Sensitive Santas are FOR CHILDREN. All of this is proof that something is dramatically different with the health of our children.

Sample from the last two days… The AAP recommends that “all children should get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella…”

Jan 25

This is just a small look at the news reports on measles and non-vaccinating parents from Jan 24 and 25.
If autism is not a real problem and no one knows if more kids really have autism and if all the science shows no link to vaccines, then all these frightened parents are just silly.  See how that works?
(Barbara Loe Fisher is included in the Toledo Blade and others.)
While the poor have long had lower rates of vaccinations because of their costs, the ranks of children who haven’t had their shots have been climbing in other categories because of fears that immunizations may hurt developing bodies and even lead to autism — concerns that have been debunked in numerous studies
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: You know, it really relates to the fact that this happens because children are not vaccinated. . . .
And then, because of the movement of – anti-vaccination movement and children not getting vaccinated, particularly when it is concentrated in certain areas, where there are a higher percentage in certain parts of the country. . .
Because the evidence that was put forth years ago about various adverse events associated with measles vaccination, from different types of disease to autism, have been completely disproven by a number of scientific bodies, independent bodies, that have shown that.

Toledo Blade Anti-vaccine trend concerning

“What if the health officials are wrong?” asked Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center. She started the nonprofit organization in 1982 and it now consists of a Web site and a network of supporters across the country.

Some of the people who have opted out of immunizations for their children have done so because they believe now-discredited research, Dr. Grossman said.

“I think there’s people both smart and not so smart, rich and poor, that are getting misinformation about vaccines. They are being told that it’s dangerous – that the preservatives are bad – that it can cause autism. They’re getting all kinds of wrong information,” he said.

Ms. Fisher’s objections are based on a belief that her child was injured when he was given the DPT vaccine that is meant to combat diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough, and tetanus

The leading U.S. pediatrician group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico.The American Academy of Pediatrics said on Friday that all children should get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella between 12 and 15 months of age and again between 4 and 6 years old. . . .The outbreak has renewed debate over an anti-vaccination movement in which fears about vaccines’ potential side effects, fueled by debunked theories suggesting a link to autism, have led a small minority of parents to not inoculate their children.


As a physician, I have dedicated my practice to educating people about the importance of getting vaccinated against preventable diseases. Unfortunately, media hype over the last several years has spread an irrational fear of vaccines that persists today.

Multiple studies showing zero correlation between vaccines and autism have done little to quell the fear. Unfortunately, it may take outbreaks like the ones we have witnessed in recent days for people to sit up and take notice. Poll: Measles and Vaccines
(Central OR) Bend  Bulletin Disgraced doctor whipped up vaccine fear

(OUTRAGEOUS)…CBC (CANADA) NEWS: Flu shot doesn’t work/reduces effectiveness/get it anyway…INSANITY

Jan 25

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
“This year’s flu shot isn’t very effective. And some researchers are also saying that repeat vaccinations can lower the year-to -year effectiveness over time.”

Dr. Michael Gardam wants officials to be honest about the flu vaccine.   I don’t think that’s every going to happen.
Dr. Danuta Skowronski has been Epidemiology Lead for Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) for approximately 15 years.

“This year the vaccine was so mismatched in healthy adults, it offers almost no protection.”
Skowronski: “Maybe not zero, but it’s certainly far from the kind of protection that we typically expect.”
CBC: “There’s another inconvenient truth emerging.  Research is showing that getting the shot one year might make the next year’s vaccine less effective.”
Dr. Michael Gardam (Infectious disease specialist): “That’s an uncomfortable thing for people to hear, but it definitely seems to be a real effect.”
CBC: “For more than a decade scientific papers have reported unexpected findings of lower effectiveness with repeated vaccination–a strange negative effect of prior year vaccination on current year, but flu experts can’t quite explain this curious effect of repeated vaccination.”
Gardam: “For some reason prior vaccination is taking up the attention of your body’s immune system; it’s busy elsewhere.”
CBC: “During the flu pandemic in 2009, this epidemiologist discovered that the regular flu vaccine doubled the risk of infection from the pandemic strain. . . . The findings have since been confirmed.” 
Skowronski: “We have to deal with these findings; we have to confront them bravely if we want to better understand and better prepare for the next possibility that this could happen. . . . These findings are just so new, so emerging, that policy makers . . . have not had the chance to fully digest them or understand the implications. 
Gardam: “It still doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t get their flu shots.  It does mean however that we should be honest about how much benefit they’re potentially going to be getting.”  
Gardam continued, “It’s something. . . that is very confusing.” 
The news anchor asked if this could make people trust the experts less. 
Gardam: “I think that’s why we have to be very honest and clear about the potential shortcomings of this vaccine.”   He still believes the shot is “better than nothing.”

** What will it take to convince parents to vaccinate?

Jan 25 gives us a non–vaxxing mom who’s seen the light.  Jay Gordon, “a Los Angeles pediatrician known to be sympathetic to vaccine-resistant parents,” who says the MMR is safe.

In addition, makes it clear that parents will go to any length not to vaccinate.

Two of her three children went to the Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades (which had a 75% MMR immunisation rate last year). A third went to public school, but was spared the risk of being sent home in the event of an outbreak because Henney found a doctor willing to falsify her immunisation records.

None ever went to a pediatrician. Henney relied instead on natural medicines, a chiropractor and acupuncture. She actively sought to expose her daughter to chicken pox, preferring what she called “natural immunisation” by contracting the disease to a vaccine.

Henney said she did not reject the concept behind all vaccines – she understood the appeal of eradicating formerly common childhood diseases like measles – but felt they were too dangerous because of “toxins” like formaldehyde, mercury and aluminum (ingredients that the scientific community has deemed to be safe).

“Vaccines are a great idea,” Henney said, “but they are poisoning us, adding things that kick in later in life so they can sell us more drugs.”

And of course, couldn’t find a doctor with serious concerns about the MMR.  (I posted the three comments below.)

 Disneyland measles outbreak leaves many anti-vaccination parents unmoved

Anti-vaccination suits part of the political left, which has long been suspicious of the lobbying power of the pharmaceutical industry and its influence on government regulators, and also the fringe political right, which has at different times seen vaccination, fluoridisation and other public-health initiatives as attempts by big government to impose tyrannical limits on personal freedom.

Everyone, however, seem to view the Disneyland outbreak as an important event – a reason either to rethink some of the doubts they have about vaccination, or to dig in and resist even harder.

Certainly, the medical community has been urging wavering parents to get their children vaccinated, and not just in the media. Parents at the main public high school in Santa Monica, a community with a strong anti-vaccination streak, received a note from the school nurse this weekend warning them that unimmunised students risked being banned from school for up to 21 days, the incubation period for measles. Some schools in Orange County, nearer Disneyland, have already issued such orders to unimmunised children.


Here’s what informed parents know about vaccine safety:

…Neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability for vaccine damage — they’ve been protected by federal law.  Instead victims have to appeal to a federal program where they’re up against government lawyers defending the government’s vaccine schedule, using government money.  Few people ever receive compensation.  Those that have report it took between seven and fourteen years.

The current vaccine schedule has more than tripled since 1983 without a single study on the cumulative effect.

…Officials refuse to call for the one study that could settle the debate over vaccine safety immediately.  There has never been a simple study comparing the health outcomes of fully-vaccinated and never-vaccinated children.  If never-vaccinated kids also have the same health problems that vaccinated ones have-namely, autism, learning problems, asthma, diabetes, severe allergies, seizure disorder, sleep disorders–the proof of no would be there for all to see.  (And with so many parents now too scared to vaccinate, the study group is out there.)  Unless and until this study is done, questions of safety remain unanswered.

…In 2008 it was announced that medical experts at Health and Human Services had conceded the vaccine injury case of Hannah Poling, the young Georgia girl who regressed into autism immediately following routine vaccinations.

..In 2011 it was revealed that the federal government compensated 83 cases of vaccine injuries that included autism over the last two decades, all the while officials were adamant that there is no link.


Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Claiming that the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine prevents measles while ignoring the possible side effects won’t convince parents.

A study was just released from Kaiser Permanente showing all these pockets of unvaccinated children in California.

And if officials really wanted to convince the public that vaccines are safe, they should study these children to compare their health with fully vaccinated kids.

Do these unvaccinated children have the same chronic conditions plaguing the general childhood population–diabetes, seizure disorder, asthma, allergies, bowel disease and a two percent rate of autism?

Parents have asked for this research for years and officials have refused.  Unless and until such a study is done, the safety question remains unanswered.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

May 1, 2014, journalist Lawrence Solomon wrote about the effectiveness of the measles vaccine.  It seems, according to one of the top experts on immunizations, Dr. Greg Poland of the Mayo Clinic, the immunity of the measles vaccines wears off.

Why isn’t the press talking about this?

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Wall Street Journal: (Pharma Rep) Dr. William Schaffner warns about unvaccinated vectors

Jan 23


School Officials Working to Stem Spread of Measles

Unvaccinated Students Being Sent Home From Schools Where Measles Identified

 Vanderbilt University’s Dr. William Schaffner proclaims, “The vaccine is wonderful. . . . This is a nearly perfect vaccine.”  He claims the protection is LIFELONG.
Schaffner’s message to parents “Please, please vaccinate your child. The vaccine is safe.  It’s wonderfully effective.  It will protect your child throughout their
life. . .”                                                                                                                                                                                 
William Schaffner is mentioned in my book for his appearances in defense of vaccine on network news shows.  There I note that Schaffner is “a member of the data-safety monitoring boards for Merck and Sanofi Pasteur and occasionally consults for Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Dynavax.”
Shaffner is an industry rep and the Wall St. Journal doesn’t tell the public. 
The WSJ introduces him as merely “an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.”
That’s fraud.  Imagine of the interviewer had said,“Today we have Dr. William Schaffner who has worked for some of the world’s leading vaccine makers to explain why you should vaccinate your child against measles.”

Washington Post blames Andrew Wakefield for Disneyland/measles outbreak

Jan 23

This is insane.  The media reporting frenzy on measles and exempting parents and the dangers they represent is the worst hysteria I’ve seen.
Terrence McCoy at the Wash. Post is a pathetic reporter, really.
Why don’t any of these people ACTUALLY TALK TO ANDY?  He’s the most accessible person in the world.  No one ever wants to do that.

Jan 23, 2015, The Disneyland measles outbreak and the disgraced doctor who whipped up vaccination fear

Just before 7 p.m. last Thursday, as the Disneyland measles outbreak was emerging, the Los Angeles Times published an outraged editorial. It didn’t blame Disneyland, where the outbreak originated before going on to infect 70 people across six states. Nor did it blame any public agency. Instead, it took aim at a buoyant movement that won’t “get over its ignorant and self-absorbed rejection of science.”

The faction was the anti-vaccine movement – its holy text a retracted medical study, its high priest a disgraced British doctor named Andrew Wakefield. “The prospect of a new measles epidemic is disturbing,” the editorial said. “So is the knowledge that many ill-informed people accept a thoroughly discredited and retracted study in the journal Lancet that purported to associate vaccination with autism.”

MEDIA MEASLES MADNESS: Losing our minds over measles (10 stories)

Jan 22

 (Right now there are 1,463 current stories on vaccine exemptions on Google News.)

There’s no pretense that there are two sides to this issues.  The media is hell-bent on trashing exempting parents and defending the MMR vaccine as safe and necessary. 
Imagine a few more weeks of hysterical coverage on the dangers we all face because of non-vaccinating parents.  
Will not vaccinating be considered criminal?
Will vaccine mandates become federal law?
Jan 16, 2015, Los Angeles Daily News: Require vaccinations; end ‘personal exemptions’ for fashionably foolish parents
These irrational attitudes have taken hold with particular force here in California, especially in the better educated, more affluent areas, like Los Angeles’ Westside and coastal Orange County. As a result, measles and whooping cough now occur in places like Santa Monica, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, where childhood vaccination rates have fallen to the same levels as the South Sudan and Chad. . . . The “personal belief” exception under which so many California parents now claim the right to withhold infectious disease vaccinations from their children is far more tenuous than any of the foregoing examples. It is, in fact, less a matter of “conscience” as we traditionally understand it than it is a self-indulgent form of fashionable foolishness. A mature conscience is the product of reason prudently applied, reflection and discernment that tests belief against the world as it actually is. The sort of “personal belief” that withholds childhood vaccinations is most often the product of a few hours rummaging through the lacy fringes of the Internet and conversations over lattes at the local Starbucks. . . .
California needs to revisit and abolish the “personal belief” exemption when it comes to childhood vaccinations. Better yet, we ought to have a state law that requires parents to vaccinate all their children by the end of their first year and provides sufficient assistance for those who might find that financially burdensome. At the very least, no public or private school should be allowed to enroll any student who cannot provide proof of vaccination against the communicable childhood diseases.Jan 22, 2015, San Francisco Chronicle: Disneyland measles outbreak spreads to Bay Area Most of the people who have become infected were unvaccinated. Because of the threat of infection, public health officials said people who aren’t vaccinated – either because they can’t get the vaccine or they choose not to – should avoid public places where large groups of people, especially international travelers who may carry measles, congregate. . .

The measles vaccine prevents infection in 99 percent of people. Generally children get two doses of the vaccine, one at age 12 to 15 months and a second before starting kindergarten. . . .

Jan 22, 2015, NBC Bay Area: Measles Cases Confirmed in Three Bay Area Counties: Alameda

Video: “This growing national concern.”
Others have delayed getting their children vaccinated because they still believe now-discredited research linking the measles vaccine to autism.“Some people are just incredibly selfish” by skipping shots, said Dr. James Cherry, a pediatric disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.As cases mount, several newspapers have criticized the anti-vaccine movement.
Jan 22, 2015, NPR: Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

The measles outbreak comes after years of increases in the number of parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated. In California, the rate of kindergarten parents choosing the “personal belief exemption” to refuse vaccines doubled from 2007 to 2013. While the statewide rate of personal belief exemptions reached 3.15 percent, geographic clusters had significantly higher opt-out rates.

But that steady increase in vaccine refusals was halted with the current school year – likely due to a new California state law. This school year is the first when parents who chose to opt out needed to meet first with a health care provider to discuss vaccines and vaccine preventable illnesses. The goal is to dispel misinformation and fear of vaccines. The opt-out rate dropped from 3.15 to 2.54 percent, nearly a 20 percent decrease.

That change in vaccine refusals may be too late to make a difference in this outbreak, but state officials are nonetheless pleased. “That may change the number of people opting not to vaccinate out of pure misinformation,” Chavez said.

Jan 22, 2015, Arizona Republic: Lawmaker: Schools should post vaccination rates online
A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites, including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.“Large populations are refusing to vaccinate their children,” said Rep. Juan Jose Mendez, D-Tempe.Mendez authored House Bill 2466, which would make public schools post the immunization rate among their pupils and whether each school employs a nurse or has another employee perform that role. If a school lacks a nurse, the bill would require it to post the qualifications of the person doing that job.Arizona law requires schoolchildren in different grades to receive certain immunizations. However, the law allows parents to opt out by citing personal beliefs or medical reasons.

The opt-out rates have climbed in recent years, a shift that health officials and immunization advocates can put schools and communities at risk for diseases such as whooping cough and measles once considered eradicated.

Jan 22, 2015, Washington Post: Vaccine deniers stick together. And now they’re ruining things for everyone
California requires kids to get vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella, but state law provides a loophole – parents can get a “personal belief waiver” if they think there’s a link between vaccines and autism and other harmful effects. That’s even though studies have continuously found vaccines to be safe. . . .
Now, it doesn’t seem that anyone’s actually done the science on that one, but Mnookin’s point here is obvious – the anti-vaccination movement is fueled by an over-privileged group of rich people grouped together who swear they won’t put any chemicals in their kids (food or vaccines or whatever else), either because it’s trendy to be all-natural or they don’t understand or accept the science of vaccinations. Their science denying has been propelled further by celebrities, like Jenny McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and actress Mayim Bialik, who is also a neuroscientist and even plays one on TV. . . .
No one has put it more succinctly than James Cherry, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, who told the New York Times, “There are some pretty dumb people out there.”
That county has been at the center of a nationwide movement against immunizations based in part on an erroneous belief – and a discredited study – linking vaccines to autism. . . .
One in three Americans, according to one recent poll, believe in a link between vaccines and autism, despite the absence of evidence. . . .
The only potential good that might come out of the outbreak, wrote L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik yesterday, is “a much-needed jolt of reality” to the “dolts” who shun vaccinations and officials who grant them exemptions from immunization laws.
Jan 22, 2015, WBAL Baltimore: Measles outbreak put spotlight on vaccinations

“This is a call to action for all parents to make sure that your kids are vaccinated. Every parent should be doing this anyway, but knowing that this outbreak is happening in other states, this is a chance to make sure that your kids’ records are up to date,” Wen said.

Wen said parents don’t vaccinate because there is a lot of misunderstanding about vaccines.

“People think vaccines cause autism, among other things. This is not true. This is a complete myth and parents need to know that vaccines will protect their children again diseases, like measles, but also they have to vaccinate children to protect the community as well,” Wen said. . . .

Adults who are not sure if they have been vaccinated or if they need a booster can get a simple blood test to let them know their status.

Jan 21, 2015, LA Times: Disneyland measles outbreak: Cases not limited to the unvaccinated

The outbreak has generated increased concern about the rise in the number of parents who do not immunize their children. Orange County is home to several upscale communities where a higher than average number of parents have opted to not fully vaccinate their children because of their personal beliefs. Experts say it’s a problem when 8% or more decline vaccines that keep diseases such as measles from spreading.

A Times analysis published last year found that 9.5% of kindergartners at Capistrano Unified in south Orange County in 2013 were exempted from vaccinations because of personal beliefs; the rate was 14.8% at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified. The rate statewide that year was 3.1%.

Health officials said they are much more concerned about those who are not immunized than about the cases of those who got sick despite being vaccinated.


Jan 22

It seems Fox News has now forgotten all their past coverage by Alisyn Camerota on the link between vaccines and autism.  Camerota reported on Hannah Poling and the 83 cases of vaccine induced autism compensated by the federal government.  Now she’s gone from Fox and they’re on the attack.  Non-vaccinating parents don’t have a right to have their children out in public or in public schools. Fox News medical consultants Dr. Manny Alvarez and Dr. Marc Siegel deny that vaccines carry any serious side effects.  Vaccine injury isn’t even a part of the discussion.
All that is talked about is that parents don’t have a right to put everyone else at risk by not vaccinating their children.  This is worse than not putting a child in a car safety seat.  When it comes to vaccines, exempting parents are putting everyone else in danger as well.
Fox News wants the federal government to step in.
This is very frightening. If Fox News is talking like this, you can bet that CNN, the New York Times and everyone else in the mainstream news will be joining them.
Jan 22, 2015, Measles outbreak fuels vaccine debate
Anchor: “Getting the measles shot if the only way to prevent yourself from becoming sick, but some parents have been opting out, which means their children have not been vaccinated.”
Dr. Marc Siegel:  “Let me be clear on this: I see no vaccine debate whatsoever.  Period.  This is the greatest vaccine that’s ever been created in the history of vaccines. We stamped out measles in the United States in 2000.  It was incredible because measles is the most contagious virus known to mankind.  . .  It’s so much more contagious than the flu.  . . .  This is a million times more contagious than ebola.”
Siegel was asked what his message to parents who are following “celebrities who have jumped on the anti-vaccination bandwagon.”
Siegel”  “Celebrity medicine?  Your celebrities did not go to medical school.  . . . In California, there are 13,000 parents who are taking a personal belief exemption, allowing their kids to go to school without that second MMR vaccine. . . .
I think these parents are putting children at risk in schools.  I think schools should consider not allowing these kids in.  . . .Why should my child be at risk because your child isn’t vaccinated?”
Siegel went on to say that 10 percent of adults who think they’re immune because they were vaccinated, aren’t.
Siegel: “The vaccine can wear off.”  Siegel went on to recommend that if anyone is travelling to Disneyland, they should get a booster.
Both Siegel and the Fox anchor agreed that not vaccinating is “irresponsible.”
Jan 21, 2015, Pockets of unvaccinated children putting public at risk?
Fox News video coverage on “epidemic” of measles linked to Disneyland.
News anchor: “Are pockets of unvaccinated children putting everyone at risk?”
Fox News lines up three pro vaccine doctors to sound off on the dangers of unvaccinated children.
Dr. Manny Alvarez:  “The main concern is the trend that we’re seeing in many communities where a lot of parents are choosing not to vaccinate.  . . . The measles vaccine, in order for it to effective, the community needs to be vaccinated over 90- percent.  When you have pockets now–dozens of children that do not get vaccinated–they put themselves at risk and they put the community at risk.”
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie: The problem with measles is it’s so contagiousThe attack rate is 70 to 90 percent–meaning that if you’re exposed to somebody with measles, you have a 70 to 90 percent chance of getting measles yourself.  Also measles droplets can remain in the room hours after a person has coughed and left the room.  So if your child is not fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve not gotten the 12 month and the four year vaccines for measles, you really have to keep them away from anyone who could potentially have it.  And that’s almost impossible to do.”
Anchor: “Even if we are vaccinated for measles, we can still get sick can’t we for being around people that are carrying the disease?”
Dr. Frank Esper: “No vaccine is ever 100 percent effective. When you vaccinate yourself, you’re not only protecting yourself against getting very serious disease from measles, but you’re also protecting everyone else around you.  You’re protecting those neighbors, those classmates–those people who may not be able to get the vaccine due to medical conditions.  . . .
The anchor brought up the “wave of parents” over the last five to 10 years who are exempting their children.  She asks if they should have the “personal liberty” to make choices for their children and put the community at risk if they’re “going to public parks and public schools.”  She brought up the difference in waiver laws from one state to another.  She asked, “Should there be a federal regulation for parents to say that if your kid is in public areas, they have to have certain vaccinations because of the return of certain diseases like measles?”
Alvarez: “. . . If we get into the philosophical argument, whether vaccines are safe or not, they are safe.  I think for parents not to vaccinate their children, it’s basically, they’re putting their children at risk for something major happening.  . . . If this is the trend that many communities are going to have for opting out because they have some weird belief–and I say weird because it is weird to me–that they’re not going to protect their children, then maybe we need a federal mandate.”
Gillespie: “. . . This goes from just being a personal decision to really a public hazard if you’re not vaccinating your child.”
Esper: “If we continue to see the trends that we are seeing right now, with measles as well as whooping cough–these vaccine preventable diseases, we will need something from the top down to make sure everyone stays vaccinated. . . . “
Anchor: “Should parents be asking  about, are there children in the class that are not vaccinated?  Are they even going to have access to that information to know if their children are at risk?” 
Alvarez lamented that that information is not readily available.
What about the past reporting from Fox News on the vaccine-autism controversy?
Who can forget Dr. Marc Siegel on Fox News on Sept 10, 2010, announcing that thimerosal  has “actually now been removed from the MMR vaccine”? 
Autism advocate, Becky Estepp, had to educate Dr. Siegel that the MMR, as a live virus vaccine, could never contain something as deadly as mercury in the form of thimerosal.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to the symptoms of one girl’s autism, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The family of Hannah Poling, 9, of Athens, Ga., is entitled to compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund, but the amount of money has yet to be determined. Government officials still say vaccines are not the cause of autism, but advocates think the settlement of the Poling family’s court case proves otherwise. In a court document, the government said vaccines aggravated “a rare underlying metabolic condition that resulted in a brain disorder with features similar of autism spectrum disorder.”
Alisyn Camerota: “It is the first ever court award in a vaccine-autism claim.  The family of nine-year-old Hannah Poling will receive 1.5 million dollars, just in the first year alone, just after a decision that the vaccine for mumps, measles, etc., aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder that Hannah had, that did not cause her autism, . . . but resulted in it.”
Camerota interviewed Dr. Alvarez about Hannah Poling who agreed that her “genetic disease,” (mitochondrial disorder) was “exacerbated by the vaccine.” 
Camerota pointed out that “no one knows how many other kids have that underlying mitochondrial disease” and Alvarez agreed, “That’s right.” 

Alisyn Camerota: “Last week we told you about the landmark case of the nine year old girl, Hannah Poling, who was just awarded more than one and a half million dollars for developing autism as a result of receiving vaccines for mumps, measles and other childhood diseases.”
A group of parents are saying the Federal government has paid off multi-million dollar settlements for dozens of families whose kids suffered brain damage after receiving children vaccines. As you know the Federal government has denied any connection between autism and vaccines, does this seem like a cover up? One parent speaks out on the autism settlement. 
Research scholar Mary Holland on government settlements given to children with autism

– See more at:


Switch to our mobile site