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Double-Whammy! Doctors Demonize Vaccine Choices as FDA Licenses New Combo Vaccine

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  • A study by the Oregon Health Authority and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control concluded that about 10 percent of parents in Portland, Oregon are making independent decisions about how many vaccines their babies should get and when they should get them. Public health doctors refer to such parents as “shot limiters,” and it has become fashionable in medical journals and media circles to demonize these parents
  • On June 14, the FDA awarded GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a license to sell MenHibrix, a new vaccine that combines two meningitis vaccines into one shot, without asking the agency’s own vaccine advisory committee for an opinion, despite the fact the FDA had rejected the license in 2010 and 2011 because GSK had trouble proving the vaccine actually worked
  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is rumored to vote on a recommendation for the MenHibrix in October

By Barbara Loe Fisher

On June 13, 2012, a study conducted by government health employees working at the Oregon Health Authority and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was published in Pediatrics, a medical journal owned by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


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