Reasons Why Parents Question Vaccination
some time now, members of the government and the medical industry
have tried to explain away the phenomenon of parental refusal to
vaccinate. Despite the governments own studies, such as Rogers
and Pilgrim; 1993, which shows that Older, highly educated
parents form the basis of the [sic] anti-immunisation lobby,
parents continue to be accused of being ignorant, uncaring and stupid
for refusing vaccines which the medical community claim will keep
their children healthy.
In an effort to set the record straight, the Australian Vaccination
Network, Inc., a national health lobby group and registered charitable
organisation which is contacted by more than 10,000 Australian parents
each year who question this procedure, would like to give you the
10 most common reasons why the parents who contact us have chosen
not to vaccinate.
Vaccines have never been tested.
gold standard of medical science is the double blind crossover placebo
study. This test has never been performed on any vaccine currently
licensed in Australia. In an astounding leap of logic, contrary
to all rules of science, vaccines are assumed to be safe and effective
and therefore, it is considered to be unethical to withhold vaccinations
for the purposes of testing them.
Vaccines contain toxic additives and heavy metals.
list of vaccine ingredients includes toxins such as formaldehyde,
a substance which the Queensland Poisons Control Centre has said
was unsafe at any level if injected into the human body;
carbolic acid, also a strong poison which was implicated in deaths
and serious injuries in a recent Sydney hospital mishap; aluminium
which is linked with the development of Alzheimers disease
and allergies; and Thiomersal, a mercury-based preservative which
is a known neurotoxin and whose inclusion in vaccination sparked
a series of Congressional hearings which saw the US Government and
the AAP (American Academy of Paediatrics) call for its immediate
withdrawal from any vaccine product and which was withdrawn over
two years ago in the USA from any over-the-counter medicines . It
was also withdrawn from the American Hepatitis B vaccines, Engerix
and HB Vax II, though their Australian counterparts which are still
being injected into children here today, are only just being made
mercury free or mercury reduced (though the old, mercury-laced stocks
will be used up rather than being withdrawn from use).
Vaccines are contaminated with human and animal viruses and bacteria
childhood vaccines, apart from the Hepatitis B (which is genetically
engineered and carries with it a different set of problems,) are
cultured on either animal tissue, a broth of animal and/or human
blood and blood products or the cell lines from aborted human foetuses.
None of these culturing methods is able to guarantee an uncontaminated
vaccine. In fact, it is well known that many foreign viruses and
bacteria can and do contaminate vaccines. Almost none of these contaminants
have been studied. The few which have been leave many parents concerned
about the long-term effects of injecting these substances into their
children. For instance, SV 40 (simian or monkey virus 40
just one of 60 monkey viruses known to contaminate the polio vaccines)
has been linked with cancers in humans; there is a chicken retrovirus
which contaminates the measles and mumps vaccines called Reverse
Transcriptase. This substance, an ancient non-human DNA code, is
thought to switch on the HIV virus and cause it to become AIDS in
humans; AIDS itself has been linked with a virus called SIV (Simian
Immunodeficiency Virus) which contaminated both the polio and smallpox
vaccines; the current MMR (measles mumps rubella) and other vaccines
which contain bovine (cow) blood products are thought to be able
to spread the human and always fatal form of mad cow disease, Creutzfeld-Jacobs
disease, more readily than eating contaminated meat , .
Vaccines can cause serious immediate side effects.
long as there have been vaccines, there have been reports of serious
side effects following their administration. These side effects
include (but are not limited to) convulsions and epilepsy, permanent
brain damage, anaphylactic (life threatening allergic) reactions,
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), retinal and brain haemorrhages
(now being confused with Shaken Baby Syndrome) and death.
Vaccines can cause serious long-term side effects.
to medical reports, children are now less healthy than they have
ever been before. More than 40% of all children now suffer from
chronic conditions , something that was unheard of prior to mass
vaccination. Vaccines have been associated with such conditions
as Asthma, Eczema, Food Allergies, Chronic Ear Infections, Insulin
Dependent Diabetes, Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autism,
Attention Deficit Disorder, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, Hyperactivity, Schizophrenia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer
and a raft of other chronic and auto-immune conditions which are
experiencing dramatic rises in incidence.
Vaccines do not necessarily protect against infectious diseases.
many years, parents were told that once a child was fully vaccinated,
they would be protected for life. That has now turned into a series
of lifelong boosters that are still not able to protect either children
or adults from infectious diseases. For the very real risk of both
short and long-term side effects from vaccines, parents are asked
to allow their children to be given vaccines that at best, will
provide a temporary sensitisation to illnesses and at worst, can
make their children more susceptible to both opportunistic and infectious
illness. As evidenced by the recent whooping cough outbreak in SA,
the only Australian state which actually records vaccination status
in cases of infectious illness, 87% of all those who contracted
whooping cough and whose vaccination status was known were fully
and appropriately vaccinated. In fact, Australian government statistics
have shown that the majority of outbreaks in Australia occur in
those who have been either fully vaccinated or were too young to
be fully vaccinated.
Doctors, as paid salesmen for vaccine products, are no longer considered
to be trustworthy arbiters of their safety and effectiveness.
are currently receiving several payments from the government to
push vaccines. These include $6 for reporting vaccinations to the
Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR), a national database
which tracks vaccination status in our children and which has been
called a backdoor Australia Card; $18.50 on top of their
Medicare rebate for vaccinating a child on time; and a bulk payment
at the end of each year based upon them having a practice vaccination
rate in excess of 80%. These payments can add up to many tens of
thousands of dollars in a busy inner-city practice.
As a result of this grossly unethical situation, doctors can no
longer be thought of as objective when it comes to this issue. Parents
no longer trust that their doctors will recommend that they vaccinate
simply because it is the best thing for their child rather than
the best thing for the doctors bottom line.
Pharmaceutical companies have paid for almost all vaccine research
as the tobacco companies paid for corrupt and incorrect research
which purported to show that tobacco and tobacco products were safe
for human consumption, so too the pharmaceutical companies have
paid for and produced almost all of the research into vaccines.
While the Australian government continues to spend literally hundreds
of millions of dollars a year in promoting and implementing vaccination
campaigns (an example is the $292 million earmarked for vaccination
against Meningococcal this year alone!) and little or no money on
independent research, parents will continue to mistrust the research
that has been performed by vested interests. After all, companies
are by their very definition commercial concerns which are motivated
by profit. There is nothing that would make a pharmaceutical company
intrinsically more ethical and therefore more trustworthy than a
In addition, it is a little-known fact that the Therapeutic Goods
Administration (TGA), the government body which licenses and registers
vaccines and other medical products, does not perform any tests
whatsoever to verify pharmaceutical company claims of safety or
Doctors and health professionals rarely if ever report vaccine reactions.
discussions with representatives of both ADRAC (The Adverse Drug
Reactions Advisory Committee) and the SAEFVSS (Serious Adverse Events
Following Vaccination Surveillance Scheme), the two government bodies
charged with keeping track of reactions to vaccines and other drugs,
the AVNs representatives were informed that less than 10%
of all adverse reactions are ever reported. This means that the
governments claims of vaccine safety are admittedly 90% incorrect.
In addition, the AVNs adverse reactions database currently
contains details on more than 800 serious adverse vaccine reactions.
Not one of these reactions was ever reported by the doctors or health
professionals involved. Parents cannot rely on data with that wide
a margin of error when they are dealing with the health and well-being
of their children.
- Some childhood illnesses have beneficial aspects and therefore,
prevention may not necessarily be in the best interests of the child.
for example, has been used in Scandinavian countries to successfully
treat such autoimmune conditions as eczema and many studies have
performed which show that children who do not contract measles naturally
as a child are more likely to suffer from certain cancers later
in life. In addition, recent studies have shown that contracting
the common childhood illnesses help to prime and strengthen the
immune system in a way that vaccinations just cannot do. This priming
means that children are much less likely to suffer from the now
common allergic and autoimmune conditions that plague them today.
Conditions such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. In addition, vaccinated
mothers cannot confer passive immunity to their children even if
they have contracted the wild form of the disease. This immunity
used to protect all children during their vulnerable first months
and years. Now, a vaccinated mother will give birth to a child who
will be susceptible to these infections when, prior to vaccines,
they would normally have been immune.
is a medical procedure. It should never, ever be mandated. Nor should
there ever be any coercion, financial or social penalties for those
parents who have chosen, as is their right under the law, not to
take the above risks on behalf of their children.
children continue to be among the healthiest children in our society.
They are no more the carriers of disease than any other healthy
person. It is the governments responsibility to do the necessary
research to ensure that procedures they are recommending for all
Australian families are as safe and effective as they possibly can
be. It is also their responsibility to keep vested interests honest.
On both counts, this government has failed in its duty of care to
our most vulnerable resource our children.
one of the many points raised above deserves critical examination
and public discussion and the parents who ask these questions deserve
respect, not vilification.
Wilson; Chronic Exposure and Human Health (1993), McFarland &
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New Scientist, 2/11/96 "Dirty Secrets"
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such as severe allergic reaction or even death.
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from: Australian Vaccination Network