According to a patient survey published in “Drug Safety,” doctors frequently ignored or dismissed patients’ complaints about side effects of statin drugs. This study offers strong suggestion that this pattern of dismissal extend to other drugs, including vaccinations, as well.
This pattern highlights the problem of the severe under-reporting of adverse drug reactions, leading both doctors and patients to believe that drugs are far safer than they really are. In reality, as many as 90 to 99 percent of all serious side effects are never reported, and therefore never included in the equation.
Adverse side effects following vaccinations should be reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). However, like all other adverse event reporting, it is still voluntary.
It is estimated that fewer than 10 percent of adverse events after vaccinations are ever reported to VAERS, perhaps even as low as one to four percent.
Most doctors will simply deny the possibility that a vaccine has harmed a healthy patient, and when the vaccine is mandatory, their denial can run even deeper. Most frequently, in the case of mandated vaccines, the strategy used is to highlight the seriousness of the disease, while denying the potential complications from the vaccine itself.
Meningococcal disease and the Menactra vaccine is one such case in point.
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial inflammation of the covering of your brain and spinal cord that can lead to brain damage, loss of limbs, and death. It is, however, a very rare disease, affecting between 1,400 to 2,800 American adults and children each year.
There are 13 meningococcal organism subgroups, and five serotypes (A, B, C, Y, and W-135) are responsible for nearly all cases of the disease worldwide. In the United States, serotypes B, C, and Y cause the majority of cases.
Sanofi licensed the Menactra vaccine in 2005, and the CDC immediately recommended it for universal use in all 11- to 18-year olds. Menactra protects against serotypes A, C, Y, and W-135, but not B, which causes one-third of all cases in the U.S. and more than 50 percent of the cases in young infants.
Therefore, Menactra actually offers zero protection against meningococcal disease 30 to 50 percent of the time, depending on your age.
Many adverse effects were found during Sanofi’s clinical trials, and two deaths have been reported to VAERS since its release. Within its first year, five cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) were also reported to VAERS, which prompted the FDA to issue a warning for parents and doctors to monitor for signs of GBS after administrating the vaccine. By October 2006, 15 cases of GBS had been reported.
With the current push for the HPV (Gardasil) vaccine, it should also be noted that adverse event reports in cases where Gardasil and Menactra were administered simultaneously have skyrocketed.
When Gardasil was administered at the same time as Menactra, reports of:
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome increased by 1,000 percent
- Respiratory problems increased by 114 percent
- Cardiac problems increased by 118 percent
- Neuromuscular and coordination problems increased by 234 percent
- Convulsions and nervous system problems increased by 301 percent
National Vaccine Information Center August 14, 2007 (Free Full Text PDF Report: Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Safety: Analysis of Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System Reports)
American Journal of Public Health 1995; 85:1706-9 (Free Full Text Report: The Reporting Sensitivities of Two Passive Surveillance Systems for Vaccine Adverse Events)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Free Full Text Report: VAERS: Usefulness and Limitations)
MedWatch October, 1996 (Free Full Text Report: The Clinical Impact of Adverse Event Reporting)
The article above, written by Barbara Fisher, a speaker on vaccination and informed consent issues, is well worth reading in its entirety, as it is loaded with helpful reference links to various studies and sources of information.
The Menace of Menactra
The primary risk group for meningitis is college students. However, the medical community fails to stress that the primary reason for why most outbreaks of meningitis occur among these students is the near universal decline in their nutritional status, combined with the stress of a new environment and disrupted sleeping habits.
Nearly all college students are required to live in a dorm and eat the sub-nutritional junk food served, which almost always causes the student's health to decline.
College students do not get meningitis because they didn’t get an (ineffective) vaccine. They get it because of their lifestyle.
If you are the parent of a college student, or are a student yourself, it's important to know the facts about the meningococcal vaccine. The vaccine has not been tested to see if it causes cancer or infertility, for example, and previous studies have found that the meningitis vaccine can cause diabetes.
You can help protect yourself from meningitis simply by boosting your immune system naturally by:
The fact is that no matter what you have been led to believe, if you study this issue very carefully you will likely come to the same conclusion that I have, namely that vaccines have significant risks to do more harm than good. The rates of many chronic illnesses, such as cancer, have actually increased dramatically since their introduction.
Guard Your Children Against Gardasil!
Fortunately, Merck has stopped promoting the mandatory use of Gardasil, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. But the marketing slogan “I want to be one less,” can still be heard blaring on the TV every day, across the United States, urging young girls to become one less cancer victim.
It was probably no coincidence that their turn-around came at the same time that reports from the National Vaccine Information Center began surfacing, reporting side effects like fainting and dizziness.
Since those initial reports that halted the implementation of mandatory Gardasil vaccinations, the adverse effect reports have multiplied. As of May 31, 2007, a total of 2,227 adverse events have been reported to VAERS after the administration of Gardasil. In December 2006, an average of four reports were filed per day. By May 2007, the reports had increased exponentially to 15 per day. And remember, these most likely account for less than 10 percent of all actual adverse events taking place!
Astonishingly, VAERS reports that involve Gardasil now account for 15 to 20 percent of all VAERS reports filed. This is noteworthy because Gardasil accounts for less than 15 to 20 percent of ALL vaccinations given, including all infant vaccines and influenza vaccines.
There should be no doubt that there are some serious dangers associated with this vaccine. There are even some concerns that Gardasil may cause infertility, a risk issue most young girls are completely incapable of taking into account.
Fortunately, HPV is virtually 100 percent avoidable without an unnecessary, ineffective, and very expensive vaccine.
Bear in mind: this year, some 11,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, which can be caused by HPV, and about 3,700 will die from it. BUT, according to Merck’s own literature, Gardasil does not protect you against some “non-vaccine” HPV types, so this vaccine doesn’t come close to wiping out cervical cancer.
In comparison, 16 times more American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer (178,480), and 11 times more will die from it (40,460).
Cervical Cancer Virtually 100% Avoidable
Cervical cancer is well documented to be caused by an infection acquired through sexual contact. So it is behaviorally avoidable. According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, the use of condoms reduces the incidence of HPV by 70 percent.
By comparison, Gardasil counteracts four varieties of HPV that cause 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts.
According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America (more than 6 million women contract it annually), yet your immune system is usually strong enough to clear up this kind of infection on its own.
Raising the Bar on Insanity
In addition to that, the bar for insanity has recently been raised a few notches with the brand new recommendation to give the HPV vaccine to young boys, regardless of the fact that they don’t even have the prerequisite anatomy.
It is my belief that this is an obvious and reprehensible attempt to sell more of their ineffective and potentially dangerous Gardasil vaccine. After all, if Merck pulls this off, they will have doubled Gardasil’s target market, with a corresponding doubling of their profits as well.
If news reports like these make you think twice about vaccinating your children, they should. If you're on the fence at all, I strongly encourage you to carefully consider all the evidence before moving forward.