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Don't Read This ... It Might Change Your Mind About Vaccines

Updated on April 23, 2017
Merck: Let us make you sick.
Merck: Let us make you sick.

I used to be like you. I was that mom who religiously took her kids to get their shots. I was the mom that carefully read that "informational handout" that was copied from a copy of a copy, the one kept in a worn out plastic sleeve in a drawer next to the sink in the examination room. The one the nurse shoves at you on her way out the door to get the vaccine, then snatches back from you when she returns 30 seconds later.

Hope you're a speed reader!

I was the mom that always answered "no" to the "do you have any questions" question. I thought I was smart. I know I was educated. But I was not educated about vaccines.

And let's be clear: The autism debate has made it easier for manufacturers to dismiss the very real dangers of their vaccines. The argument that vaccines cause autism, while compelling, is thin on evidence. The establishment keeps that discussion going in the media so it's easier to dismiss the proven negative side effects, including death, that their vaccines have caused.

It also makes it easier for them to conceal that sometimes, their vaccines don't work at all.

Mom of the Year, 2004

I was the mom that took every "expert's" advice and did everything I was told. And then, in 2004, my daughter contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome. It was an awful experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone (except maybe my worst enemy ... yeah, he can have it). Even though my daughter didn't get GBS from a vaccine - well, we don't think she got it from a vaccine - the experience scared me off those things forever.

Mostly, it was her pediatric neurologist that scared me. Okay ... back up. First it was the ominous signs in the hospital and then her pediatric neurologist said something to me that sent the proverbial chills up my spine.

About a month after my daughter got out of the hospital, the pediatric and vaccine clinics put out signs alerting parents that vaccines could trigger Guillain Barre Syndrome. I knew that wasn't a coincidence; her doctors had grilled me about her past vaccinations, and didn't believe me when I told them we hadn't recently been to the immunization clinic.

And then, at the end of a follow up visit to my daughter's neurologist ... he looked me dead in the eye and said, "They're not as safe as they want you to think. You shouldn't vaccinate her again." "They" meaning vaccines and "they" meaning the establishment.

And, ya know what? Doctors argue with me about that constantly. Even if they have had no experience with GBS, or ... ya know, clearly have no idea what they're talking about.

So ... despite the manufacturers themselves saying that my daughter should avoid certain vaccines, these clueless doctors think I should just barrel ahead with immunizations that could cause a recurrence of her GBS?

Lemme get right on that.

Our experience with GBS - aka, that time I thought my daughter was gonna die, but was only paralyzed from the waist down - was awful and I would hate to see another family to go through the hell we went through those few months.

I never researched vaccines before I let doctors inject my kids; to be honest, though, without the internet, that research would have been nearly impossible. I thought the doctors knew what they were doing, and that they could guarantee the efficacy and safety of those immunizations. But they don't, and they can't.

I'm only going to give you a small slice of information ... if you have young children, please research these vaccines and make your own informed decisions before immunizing your kids. The information is out there.

Know your rights; many states allow personal exemptions from vaccines for school-aged children. For the sake of your children, please don't blindly submit to vaccinations.

Mumps: The Flying Spaghetti Monster of viruses.
Mumps: The Flying Spaghetti Monster of viruses. | Source

Vaccines Are Dirty

Before I wrote this article, I wasn't aware of the rigid quality control involved in vaccine manufacturing. I knew it had to be clean and sterile, but it's a complicated business, making sterile products that keep viruses and bacteria - the very thing sterilization is supposed to kill - alive.

In 2004, the Fluvirin (flu vaccine) was contaminated with serratia marcescens bacteria.1 Serratia marcescens is the pink stuff that forms around the bottom of your dirty tub; the bacteria releases that pinkish stuff as it feasts on your leftover soap and shampoo. No big deal in your shower, but deadly if injected into your body.

Fluvirin was (and still is) manufactured in a plant in Liverpool, England. Then it's shipped to the United States, where it is checked for quality by the FDA. Thankfully, the FDA caught the contaminated vaccines before they were released to the public. The facility, run by the Chiron Corporation, temporarily lost its flu production license, causing a shortage of flu vaccines through 2006. It even had trouble getting that license back, because of its inability to achieve and maintain the standards for vaccine production.

The serratia marcescens bacteria came from improperly sterilized eggs in the facility. The flu vaccine is grown in eggs, so dirty eggs are a big deal. But dirty eggs weren't the only problem at the facility; there were numerous other disturbing quality control issues at the plant, including:

  • quality control workers wearing eye makeup
  • vaccines stored longer than the allowable time
  • incomplete or unfinished water reports from (supposedly) sterile environments, and, most disturbingly
  • failure to investigate major deviations in bacteria levels in their vaccines.

Again, it's lucky the FDA caught this contaminated shipment and halted distribution to consumers. Had it escaped detection, it could have sickened or killed tens of thousands of children.

Chiron Corporation, despite its many issues, was soon sold to Novartis, which continues to manufacture Fluvirin. This vaccine is available to children as young as 4; hopefully the FDA diligently protects our children from the laziness and incompetence of the workers in the newly named Chiron plant.

The herpes zoster virus looks like something that wants to hurt you.
The herpes zoster virus looks like something that wants to hurt you. | Source

Vaccines Aren't For Everybody

There have been a lot of dead/dying kids in my Facebook newsfeed lately, their photos captioned with blatant fear porn.

"If only my child/the neighbor's child/my grandmother/some random guy at the grocery story had been vaccinated against [insert disease du jour here], the child in the above photo [not necessarily my child] would be alive today!" Cue picture of an unconscious toddler lying in a hospital bed with a jillion tubes and wires snaked around him/her.

Okay ... everybody just calm down.

Contrary to Facebook wisdom, vaccines are not safe for or available to everyone. There are a lot of people who can't be vaccinated due to health issues, or because they're allergic to something in the vaccine, like eggs. Most of the kids in those Facebook posts were too young to be vaccinated against the disease that put them in the hospital, and no amount of activism is going to change that.

There is a minimum age for all vaccines; the shingles vaccine, for example, is only licensed for people over 50.2 Babies have to be 12 months old before they can receive the chicken pox shot. Tetanus shots are not given until 7 years old. There are numerous flu shots; several are only available to those 18 and older. One is only available to the elderly. Two of the vaccines that "protect" against bacterial meningitis cannot be administered before the child turns 2 years old; the third vaccine, Menactra, can be administered to younger children but is known to trigger Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Doctors generally follow vaccine schedules set forth by the CDC, although it is important to note that not all doctors have the latest information regarding individual vaccines. The MMRV (MMR + varicella (chicken pox)) is a good example; the risk of fever (febrile) seizures is higher with MMRV than with the non-varicella MMRII vaccine.3 This increased risk outweighs the benefits, but when asked to complete a survey, most doctors were unaware of the increased seizure risk.

Additionally, not all populations receive all available vaccines. For example, the adenovirus vaccine, which prevents (generally) mild cold/flulike symptoms, is available only to military personnel. And just try to get your hands on a smallpox or anthrax vaccine.

Serratia marcescens baterium.  This little guy could have killed thousands of children.
Serratia marcescens baterium. This little guy could have killed thousands of children.

Measles and Mumps and Rubella, Oh My!

To get you started, I'll focus on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine. In the United States, these vaccines are only dispensed together; in contrast, Japan gives each shot separately because they had what they deemed a national health crisis with the triple shot.

There are several different manufacturers of the MMR vaccine. In the United States, that manufacturer/distributor is Merck, and their latest version is called the MMRII.

Merck notes on their website and in package insert states that healthy people with the following conditions should not get the MMRII:4

  • hypersensitivity/allergy to any ingredients of the vaccine, including gelatin and eggs
  • illness with fever
  • pregnancy
  • history of cerebral injury
  • individual or family histories of convulsions, and
  • any other condition in which stress caused fever

The following adverse reactions have been reported, although Merck won't admit their vaccine caused them:

  • fever
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • rash
  • injection-site reactions
  • fever convulsions
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • severe allergic reaction
  • arthritis
  • low blood platelets, and
  • subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, "a progressive neurological disorder of children and young adults that affects the central nervous system (CNS)." Most of the people who contract SSP will die within 1-3 years of contracting the disease, and it has been linked to MMR vaccines generally.5

This site lists numerous other adverse side effects from the MMR vaccine that have been reported to Merck, most of which are quite serious. Predictably, Merck denies causality.

Merck, however, does recommend against giving the MMR and DTaP or oral polio virus at the same time, "... because there are limited data relating to the simultaneous administration of these antigens." 4

In other words, "It didn't work out in the lab and we'll get in trouble if we use children as guinea pigs."

Measles

Whoo! Do they ever make measles look scary! They imply that it was an efficient killer before the invention of the vaccine. This is not true. It was an unpleasant disease, to be sure, but the deaths attributed to measles have never, ever been high enough to warrant the extreme fear mongering by the establishment.

If you are a healthy person living in a developed country - and you probably are, if you're reading this article - your chance, or the chance of one of your loved ones dying from the measles is really low. Of all the people who get measles, only .2% die, and that's usually because they were already malnourished, gravely ill, or live in areas with poor sanitation. The most common side effect of wild measles? Diarrhea. So ... yeah, it would suck to be covered with a rash and have a fever and diarrhea, but there is a 99.8% chance that it ain't gonna kill ya.

It seems to be a vaccine given in the interest of economics; the amount of work missed caring for sick children and the financial burden on the medical establishment seem to be the primary incentives to administer the vaccine, considering that the vast majority of those who fall ill with wild measles will not suffer any symptoms more severe than a rash and fever.

The measles vaccine, however, and especially the triple shot, has been shown time and again to either cause debilitating side effects, like Guillain Barre Syndrome, or provide little to no protection against the measles. In some areas, the occurrence of thrombocytopenic purpora, the telltale red or purple spots common with measles, was more likely with the MMR vaccine than from wild measles.

Mumps

Mumps has been wholly uncooperative with those scientists trying to eradicate it.

One troubling side effect of the mumps vaccine has been aseptic meningitis, a (normally) mild form of viral meningitis that causes cold-like symptoms.6 It kills only rarely. The Urabe mumps strain has been shown to cause an increased risk of aseptic meningitis; although still used internationally, it is no longer used for vaccine production in the United States.

Other "bad" mumps strains:

  • Leningrad-3
  • Leningrad-Zagreb
  • Hoshino
  • Torii
  • Miyahara

The US and other markets have (so far) found success with the Jeryl Lynn mumps strain, without the aseptic meningitis side effect, but it is much more expensive to produce. Merck uses this mumps strain in its MMRII vaccine.

The MMR vaccine with the Urabe strain was banned in the United Kingdom in 1992 7 because of the large number of cases of aseptic meningitis. Strangely enough, this is the MMR vaccine that Andrew Wakefield said caused autism.8 They say now that it doesn't cause autism, but it was indeed a "bad" vaccine that caused an unacceptable number of cases of aseptic meningitis in the UK.

Japan also banned the MMR vaccine around this same time, in 1993, "after 1.8 million children had been given two types of MMR and a record number developed non-viral meningitis and other adverse reactions."9

This vaccine was determined, by both the British and Japanese governments, to be detrimental to human health. This is not "made up science;" time and again, vaccines have been proven to be dangerous.

Rubella, aka Abortion Soup

Rubella is a cute little virus.
Rubella is a cute little virus. | Source

The rubella vaccine seems to be one of the safer vaccines. It has been shown to cause temporary arthritis in older women, and should be avoided by women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

But wait until you hear what's in it!

The rubella vaccine was created back in the 1960s, from two (legally? illegally?) aborted fetuses ... fetuses that, thanks to Dr. Frankenstein wannabes, will live on forever as Wistar RA 27/3 and WI-38.

To be more specific, rubella-infected cells from one aborted fetus propagate in the lung cells of another aborted fetus. Then they suck out the new cells and, eventually, pump those aborted baby cells into the arms of unsuspecting patients. They tried using duck embryos and monkey kidneys, but those just didn't work out like the rubella-infected aborted human fetus. Darnit!

And then, in case the two aborted human fetuses weren't gross enough, Merck adds more abortion to the MMR soup in the form of fetal bovine serum. If you're not sure what that is, it's the blood they drain from aborted cow fetuses, most likely ripped from their mamas' bellies at the slaughterhouse.

And then ... all that is mixed up with recombinant human albumin, the sticky, gooey stuff found in human blood.

And Sometimes They Don't Work At All

One mumps strain has been scrapped altogether; not because it was dangerous, but because it didn't work.

The Rubini mumps strain was used in Switzerland in the late 1980s, and provided an immunity rate of about 12%. Yes, a whopping twelve percent.

The same strain was used in the MMR vaccine in Thailand in the late 1990s. It was shown to provide ... can you guess? I actually provided zero protection against mumps in that country.10

On Merck's website, they admit that no vaccine is 100% effective. Many epidemiologists admit that they are uncertain of whether vaccines provide "herd immunity" at the same level as wild diseases, if they provide herd immunity at all.

Other vaccines are even more unpredictable. Flu vaccine only works if scientists predict the correct strain for that season; in 2016, healthcare professionals warned for-profit pharmacies that they were administering the flu vaccine too early in the year, essentially rendering the vaccine useless. There is also a high risk of permanent disability or death from flu vaccines; the 1976 swine flu vaccine caused 500 cases Guillain Barre Syndrome and killed 25. 11

There are serious concerns that the Pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccine does not provide lasting protection against the disease, or may be losing its efficacy entirely. Although, outside of infants, pertussis generally doesn't cause more than cold-like symptoms.

It has also recently been proven that Tylenol, the over the counter medicine that wards off pain and fever - yes, plain old acetaminophen - can reduce the efficacy of all vaccines. They don't know how or why, they just know it does. 12

And that's what the whole thing boils down to. Scientists don't know how or why, and there is good reason to think that, all around, it might be a bad idea ... but let's keep doing it anyway! Hey! There's strong evidence to suggest that better hand-washing practices and sanitation are the reason for the decrease in these diseases, but no one makes any money off that, so better to keep on pushing these vaccines. Regardless of the toll they are taking on humans.

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