Is mandatory vaccine a good
thing? How about a dozen - or more - mandatory vaccines? While the
mainstream media doesn't pay much attention to it, there is
quite a bit of commotion about the proposed new law in New York
state (formally, Assembly Bill 10942) which would make all CDC (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended vaccines for
schoolchildren, infants and toddlers, mandatory.
The answer to whether mandatory immunization would be
a good thing, or not, depends on who you ask. The proponents
readily point out to how many lives have been saved by
eradicating epidemic diseases, which they seem to be crediting
entirely to the introduction of organized and mandatory
vaccination. At the same time, they tend to downplay adverse
health effects of vaccination, in good part due to such an enormous
benefit that it, according to them, provides.
But is it really all of this turn for the
better due to vaccinations? Not likely. In
fact, very similar degree of life-saving eradication or
suppression of epidemic diseases has been achieved in Europe,
and other industrialized parts of the world,
with much lower
level of public immunization than in the U.S.
The conclusion is rather obvious: for this lucky break we owe more
to improved living conditions, hygiene, medical advances apart
from vaccination, better general medical care, personal education,
level of public awareness, flow of information, and so on, than
to organized public immunization itself.
For some reason, not a single study that would evaluate rates
of incidence of these diseases in populations of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated
children, or adults,
has ever been
As for the adverse health effects directly resulting from
vaccination, they are real and - opposite to the credits - very
much underrated. There is a lot of scientific research and
evidence, spanning nearly three decades, positively linking
vaccination - primarily in the early months and years of life - to
seizures, brain swelling and other neurological complications,
"unexplained" diseases, like paralytic poliomyelitis, mumps-like
diseases, hepatitis, aseptic meningitis, sudden death syndrome,
And there is nothing surprising about it. Anyone
familiar with the ABC of how vaccines work knows that it
efficient immune system
in order to be safe and effective.
Even leaving aside a number of potentially toxic
chemicals and impurities contained in vaccines, the benefit-to-risk
ratio of vaccination is certain to reverse from favorable in
children with strong immune function, to negative in those whose
immune function is compromised.
Government's blanket assumption of the universal
vaccine safety - and directly related lack of efficient screening
for the risk factors -
are unacceptable and dangerous.
Many a parent has witnessed health of their children
adversely affected soon, or even immediately after vaccination, and can't reasonably or definitely
it is not immunization related. Not seldom, the link is rather
obvious. The official numbers are - expectedly? - nearly
For instance, VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event
Reporting System) has reported 2,142, deaths and 3,177 permanent
disabilities from vaccinations from 1991 to 2001. However,
according to FDA sources (Kessler, Wald and Shojan), only 1-10%
of the actual adverse effects are reported, with the rate most
likely to be less than 2%.
If so, the actual numbers for the last decade of the 20th
century are closer to
100,000 deaths and
150,000 permanent disabilities
caused by vaccination.
Part of the problem is that immunization requires well
functioning immune system in order to be both, effective and
safe. The present level of screening is not sufficiently
effective, and simply cannot provide needed level of individual
protection for those whose immune system might have a glitch, or
who have some other, unknown form of vulnerability to vaccine
ingredients. Can anyone ask you to take that risk, for yourself
or your child?
Yes, you can expect your child to be left alone if it
experiences adverse symptoms to a particular vaccine - that is
at present allowed with mandatory vaccines - but how do you tell which
particular vaccine has caused the symptoms if your child has
received a number of shots in a very short period of time,
sometimes several in a single day? And how do you track back to
the vaccine for possible longer-term effects?
And what do you do if vaccine caused damage is
Clearly, before we even come to answer whether
immunization should be mandatory or not,
it needs to be made safe,
protecting the right of the individual
- particularly small children and babies - not to be exposed to
a risk of unknown magnitude, or seriously hurt by a medical
intervention whose specific individual benefit is of rather
Flatly denying the possibility that
vaccination can have significant adverse health effects on
vulnerable individuals - which is where the
officials and medical establishment stand - is not helpful in making
this happen. Specific adverse
effects of individual vaccines should be objectively evaluated and
presented to the public. Directly related to it, the role of
immunization in curbing epidemic diseases should be objectively
determined, so that an individual can asses more realistically
what is the risk/benefit ratio of vaccination.
Simply put, the government can require vaccination
only if it can
guarantee the safety.
There is no excuse for playing a double game, as the
government does at present, by publicly stating that vaccination
is safe, while at the same time having established the National
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - which, ironically, is
financed from the tax paid by vaccine users themselves - and VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).
It is crucially important that all those with financial
interest in selling vaccines are
excluded from participation in
the legislative process.
Mandatory vaccine legislation has
been, and still is, heavily influenced - should we say corrupted
- by the lobbying of pharmaceutical industry, promoting its
And, finally, what should be mandatory is that
vaccines are made
free of contaminants
Just a couple of years ago, it took a lot of public
pressure - after the fact became known - to remove
preservative Thimerosal, approved and used in vaccines for decades by those
who should have known better.
The sad thing is that the main
reason for its use - obviously - wasn't safety, but lowering the
cost. For that same reason, vaccines still contain a long list of
contaminants and impurities, from
animal remnants (possibly contaminated with various animal
viruses and other microorganisms) and remnants of aborted
fetuses (diploid cells, see CDC
Vaccine Ingredients PDF file).
This illustrates better than anything that the
priorities of the government and pharmaceutical industry with
respect to recommended and mandatory vaccinations may be very different from what the average Jane
and Joe imagine. It is only good if we become aware of it.
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