A research study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals that, although parents overwhelmingly share the belief that vaccines are a great way to protect their children from disease, these same parents reveal issues concerning potential negative results of vaccines.
They specifically appear to question the safety of new vaccines.
The study is based upon a study of more than 1,500 parents that was carried out in 2009. About 12 percent of parents stated they had actually refused to permit their children to get a vaccine that a doctor advised.
Those parents had the tendency to avoid 4 vaccines:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, because of concerns about side effects.
- Vaccine for meningococcal diseases, because of the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune system condition.
- The shot for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), due to the fact that of potential autism risk.
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine.
The Vaccines That Worry Parents Most
Of those who said they had actually declined a specific vaccine for their child( ren), the greatest share of parents said their concerns were based upon something they had actually checked out, or heard, about the vaccine. A practically equal number stated they believed that the risk for negative impacts from the vaccine was undue.
The research study’s authors concluded that this finding suggests that existing public health education campaigns on vaccine safety have not been effective, and that officials ought to make a much better attempt at mitigating parents’ safety concerns.
The authors also recommended that making use of more recent social marketing techniques (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) might be potential techniques for getting the word out about vaccines.
It’s paradoxical that this research study found that health officials aren’t doing a good task at resolving parents’ concerns about vaccine safety. I occur to concur– however not for the same factors as this research study’s authors.
Contrary to what the research study concludes, parents ARE getting the message health officials want them to hear. From pediatricians to schools, to legislators to regional and nationwide news outlets, that vaccines benefit you and as safe as can be is coming through loud and clear.
The only problem is, this is the age of the Internet. Unlike the old days, when parents had to unquestioningly accept everything health authorities stated as truth, today they can believe on their own. If their 12-year-old athlete all of a sudden establishes a neurological problem and is bedridden after the HPV vaccine, they can get online and find countless articles and blogs about HPV negative reactions.
Or, most of the time, they do the research prior to their child gets a vaccine, by browsing the web and scanning expert journals, or checking out health websites like this one. Then, when they’re in their pediatrician’s workplace, they’re armed with a wealth of details that, for particular, they would not get otherwise. Much of that details relates to vaccine safety– or do not have thereof.
So the issue is not that parents have no idea the fact about vaccine safety. For public health officials, the real problem is that they DO.
Do You Know YOU Can Use Patient Compiled Vaccine Injury Database VAERS?
VAERS is a national surveillance database to which anybody can publish. It was developed in 1990 as a direct result of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, which requires health professionals and vaccine makers to report to the HHS specific adverse events that happen after the administration of routinely advised vaccines.
An important element of VAERS, nevertheless, is that anyone can both read and publish vaccine adverse occasions to this database. So if your doctor discount rates your issues when your child regresses or gets ill after a vaccine, you can report them yourself– and that’s what people are doing in record numbers.
You can go to Medalarts.org, which supplies a simple, effective internet search engine for searching for specific responses or vaccines in the VAERS database.
Medalerts likewise provides month-to-month analyses and yearly summaries for VAERS. For instance, if you go to the January, 2010 summary you can see that 2009 was a record-breaking year for the number of VAERS reports.
You will also see that Medalerts has actually graphed a 20-year history of several vaccine reports– and that the extremely vaccines parents voiced issues about in the Michigan study are a few of the ones with the greatest adverse reaction numbers.
So What are one of the most Dangerous Vaccines?
With over 70 vaccines consisted of, VAERS is an excellent tool that can help you easily identify which vaccines are connected with the most side effects. It is necessary to understand though that only a small fraction of the reactions are really reported. Studies have approximated that a maximum of 10 percent, to just ONE percent of side effects are ever reported, so the true side effects are quickly FAR higher than the stats show.
Still, the VAERS database reveals that, in the past 3 years, vaccine negative response reports in general have shot through the roof.
For instance, the top vaccine that parents in the Michigan survey were concerned about– the HPV vaccine– has 68 deaths and almost 18,000 events reported in conjunction with it.
No surprise parents are worried about this vaccine!
In less than a handful of years, unfavorable reactions reported on the HPV vaccine– primarily Gardasil, given that Cervarix was simply recently authorized for use in the United States– number in the thousands, and are growing.
The Graphs Tell the Story
If you return and look at the Medalerts graphs, you will see why parents are so concerned about several of the vaccines on the market.
Looking at the chart, you will see that the reports were relatively low in 1990, as they would be because that was the year VAERS started. You’ll notice a constant increase in reports through the years– then an abrupt spike beginning in 2007, when a number of new vaccines came out, such as HPV and rotavirus.
If you look at those spikes, along with the really greatest lines on the chart, you will see that right up near the top are the more recent vaccines parents said they are worried about– HPV, meningococcal (meningitis) and varicella. But according to Medalerts, the “old” vaccines, including MMR and polio, are maintaining a substantially high, but steady, level too.
So what are the other top vaccines that are being reported to VAERS? Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DPT), liver disease, pneumonia, varicella, HPV, shingles, meningitis, and rotavirus.
They are all vaccines that have remained in the news, and which I have cautioned about often times.
The Danger of Vaccines
Varivax. This is Merck’s Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine, meant for everybody over 12 months old, with caveats. This vaccine became available in 1995. Before that, chicken pox, while uncomfortable with rashes or blisters, was considered a relatively benign disease that children got, and after that got over it rapidly. Their bodies were then unsusceptible to the disease. Existed truly a requirement for Merck to make Varivax? Yes. Money.
MMR. (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Another one from Merck, this time a 3 in one. Once again, intended for everyone with cautions. This vaccine is gone over at length in the movie Vaxxed, including CDC scientist William Thompson, who had actually admitted the research showing a higher circumstances of autism in African American young boys after being injected with the MMR vaccine was buried. By the way, Merck also has a four in one vaccine called ProQuad, which is the MMR plus Varivax. Prevent that a person too.
Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot) the Swine Flu Vaccine (H1N1) and Bird Flu vaccine (H5N1– Avian). There are a variety of makes and products for the present 2016 Flu Season. When it concerns all flu shots, here’s a historic perspective of the damage these types of shots have currently inflicted. Like in the 1970s, when President Ford encouraged Americans to obtain their flu shots.
Anthrax Vaccine. Numerous thousands of American soldiers were offered experimental vaccines, consisting of anthrax, in the First Gulf War. Vicious and devastating side effects were also experienced by the families of the returning Veterans. As if diminished uranium wasn’t bad enough. ThinkTwice.org reports:
” U.S. soldiers [in the Persian Gulf War] were purposefully exposed to investigational drugs and vaccines … In still other cases, soldiers were exposed to biological agents or other unsafe substances that DoD was studying; the goal was to study the substances, not their result on humans …”
Zika Vaccine. This is a quite recent development for the disease spread out by mosquitoes. So what’s the buzz? Well, it seems to have run out of steam, according to FiercePharma.com:
” GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Johnson & Johnson … [have] concerns about the marketability of a Zika vaccine.” Even the World Health Organization (WHO) chimed in to state, “This is not viewed as a commercial market, a minimum of for the time being.”
US Supreme Court to Hear Case about Side Effects
Previously in March, the United States Supreme Court chose to rule on whether drug makers can be taken legal action against by parents who think their children were damaged by a vaccine. USA Today reported March 8 that Robalee and Russell Bruesewitz asked the court to intervene, after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law bars them from such matches.
The parents submitted the claim initially against Wyeth, after their child, Hannah, suffered devastating seizures within hours of getting her 3rd DPT shot. Hannah is now a teenager, and experiences recurring seizure condition.