A Fully Informed Choice… Part 3

**Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here**

Along with vaccination injections, there are immune globulin (made from the plasma of volunteers) and anti-toxin injections. They are available for many of the diseases for which vaccines have been produced (e.g. Rubella, RSV, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, varicella etc.). Such injections can be given either prophylactically (pre-exposure) or therapeutically (post-exposure).

This medical aid can be given irrespective of vaccination status. We have antibiotics readily available to our population that while over-prescribed and over-used – for example, given for viral infections when they are able to treat bacterial infections only – can also be lifesaving when needed. While medical advances such as these may not always be effective, they are readily available along with other treatments such as hospitalization if necessary (e.g. for breathing support, IV fluids etc.). The treatments we have available to us in hospitals now makes severe adverse events from disease far less common, and occurs mainly in those with predisposing health conditions or weakened immune systems.

Interestingly, there is medical literature which suggests that vaccinated populations are not only at greater risk of health issues (such as recurrent infections, allergies and autoimmune conditions) but also that some vaccinated populations suffer greater levels of complications from disease when they contract it after receiving (or develop it from) vaccination. This is not the expected outcome if vaccination were protecting the at risk populations from severity of disease. This literature is freely available, but not made public knowledge. The idea that vaccination rates must remain high for community protection (termed ‘herd immunity’) seems sound in logic. But there are major flaws to this belief. Firstly, the general population at any one time is not up to date with vaccinations to the number we are told is necessary for protection. This concept of herd immunity began when observing herds of cattle. But it was to do with naturally acquired disease, for which lifelong immunity is expected.

When vaccinating our children became mainstream, it was believed that vaccinations were a one time administration which would provide lifelong immunity as exposure to disease typically does. Unfortunately evidence is constantly emerging which shows not only does this fail to occur, but the length of time we believed vaccines to remain effective in providing protection for is drastically lower than first thought. As research continues, the period of time vaccines are claimed to remain effective at inducing antibodies continues to reduce, reflecting better understanding of the shortcomings of vaccine induced antibody production. Additional boosters are added frequently to the vaccination schedule to counteract this problem, which adds to the burden on the immune system with the accumulation of the toxins contained in these vaccines; and also causes repeated inflammation which can lead to major health conditions.

Secondly, the belief that vaccines are highly effective at preventing disease is also emerging to be largely unfounded. Vaccines are marketed as being effective in preventing the disease they are designed to protect against. Some vaccines (such as the pertussis vaccine) might lessen the number of cases confirmed in a population, thereby giving the appearance of lessened incidence of disease. However, the vaccine for pertussis is a toxoid containing vaccine, which may lessen the severity of symptoms once the disease is contracted. We expect that a lower number of confirmed cases could occur with mass vaccination, as the vaccine alters the immune response in order to lessen symptoms (thereby causing potential harm to the immune system as the body is unable to process the disease as usual). In addition, many healthcare professionals are hesitant to diagnose a disease in vaccinated populations. But we know that the vaccine does not lower the actual incidence of disease (which follows a cyclical pattern) and so despite vaccinations being administered the disease continues to be transmitted and infect both the unvaccinated and the vaccinated populations.

Many studies have shown high rates of both infection and transmission of pertussis, despite high or perfect vaccine coverage rates. When mothers were identified as the primary source of transmission, a policy was put in place to vaccinate new mothers. This had no effect on the number of infants contracting the disease. It did not statistically alter the number of infants developing pertussis, despite having identified mothers as the primary source of infection and vaccinating them. It is now being advised that adolescents and any adults in contact with babies or young children (such as healthcare workers, parents, grandparents and other family members) be vaccinated for this disease. This is suggested despite a lack of evidence for this policy.

The policy that our Government had begun in recent years to provide free pertussis vaccinations for adults and adolescents in the hopes of ‘cocooning’ infants has now been stopped. The policy was shown to lack any evidence in reducing the infant contraction rate. It has now been cancelled due to determining the ineffectiveness of the program. The vaccine producers state a very high level of protection, yet studies show that the disease is frequently contracted when populations are up to date with full vaccination coverage. Without knowledge of the way the pertussis vaccine works, parents may believe that the vaccine effectively reduces the incidence of disease, and provides their children with high levels of protection.



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