Monday, May 2, 2016

Religious Exemption at Risk in New York

Dear Friends,

How important are “rights” to you? Religious rights? If they are, then read on for the 2016 New York State Legislative session is ready to take those rights away from you.

Assembly bill 08329 and Senate bill 06017 are bills to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination in New York State. These bills are in the forefront because of the 2015 “measles outbreaks” in California, and because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is pushing for it. Lawmakers usually do what the CDC recommends. Also, The March of Dimes has come out in support of this bill—not a surprise for they have supported the use of vaccines for over 75 years.* Ironically, 99% of public school students are fully immunized and 88% of private school students.**

Thus, the aim of these bills is to put ultimate control of our lives in the hands of the government and the medical profession, where virtually 100% agree that vaccinations should happen and for all age groups.

According to the Cochrane Collaboration (a global, independent network funded by the World Health Organization, Wikipedia, Wiley, Guidelines International Network and others), the MMR vaccine is associated with aseptic meningitis, but not autism. However, in their February 15, 2012 article “Using the combined vaccine for protection of children against measles, mumps and rubella,” their conclusion is that “The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre-and post marketing, are largely inadequate.”***

I would like to focus on the historical perspective by referring to the work of one who I consider the first whistleblower in regard to vaccines: In 1967 Sir Graham Wilson, MD, wrote THE HAZARDS OF IMMUNIZATION. He stated:
“...The woeful record I present of the accidents attendant on immunization...have never been reported in print, either through fear of compensation claims, or of giving a weapon to anti-vaccinationists...”, p. 4.
I am not surprised at this, nor should you be. For over 20 years, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has commented on the lack of research into the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. And, apparently, when such research is done and shows negative effects that jeopardize the pro-vaccine movement, it is suppressed. 

So, if you want to fight to protect our rights, now is the time for you to take Action.

Rita Palma of My Kids, My Choice,**** and Jim Gilmore of Autism Action Network***** have been going around NYS trying to organize people to contact their lawmakers. This needs to be done by June 1 for after that the Legislative Session goes by very fast and it is too late. It is time for good people to take a stand, otherwise, we're boiled frogs.

If anyone lives in the 48th Senate District (St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego Counties) with Patty Ritchie as the representative and the 116th Assembly District (River District) with Addie Russell as the representative, contact me at bonnie@nyvic.org.

Bonnie Franz

* “Bill would eliminate religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations,” The Legislative Gazette, January 27, 2016
** “Thousands of N.Y. Children lack immunization,” Press and Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York, June 15, 2015
*** http://www.cochrane.org/CD004407/ARI_using-the-combined-vaccine-for-protection-of-children-against-measles-mumps-and-rubella
**** http://www.mykidsmychoice.com
***** http://www.autismactionnetwork.org  Email: jgilmore@autismactionnetwork.org

Sunday, July 19, 2015

“News” stories abut the measles' “epidemic”

Note: Apologies to Bonnie and readers. This blog entry was supposed to be published in March, 2015, but, unfortunately, it also dropped through the cracks.

Dear Friends,

Here it is March and we have been getting a steady stream of “news” stories abut the measles' “epidemic” with new scares of a measles worldwide “pandemic.” The stories have been in numerous newspapers, along with editorials promoting vaccines; many TV shows, including The Doctors and Dr. Oz; magazines such as Bottom Line—you name it, and there was probably a story dealing with vaccination.

Perhaps you've heard the stories about measles' parties in California—with doctors coming out against them—while at the same time admitting that a case of measles will bring life-long immunity. (The Doctors TV show, March 4, 2015).

Or, maybe  you've heard that it is primarily rich parents in California who didn't get their children vaccinated.   How selfish they are—putting others at risk!!! Or, the stories of it being mostly poor or uneducated parents refusing vaccines for their children.

This has led to lawmakers now taking advantage and  going after philosophical and religious exemptions—leaving only the medical exemption.  Even in the Congress, it is mostly Democrats, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein sponsoring legislation for Forced Adult vaccination! (Years ago, I was told by a NYS legislative aide that the Democrats initiate vaccination legislation and then embarrass Republicans to go along with it—the idea being that Republicans don't care about the health of our children—a sad commentary on both political parties).

(Back around 1998, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics voted to work to do away with the religious and philosophical exemptions—seems like they will finally get their way—they are better organized and more persistent than we are).

If you go back to December of 2014 there were a few news articles about mumps--”Mumps invades the NHL,” Watertown Daily Times, December 12, 2014.   Or the March 1 issue of Bottom Line with the small article headline “The Mumps is Back.”  That little article ended with “Teens and young adults may need a booster if mumps appears in the community.”

In reviewing my files I came across a letter I sent to the Editor of the Watertown, NY Daily Times, April 7, 1992 referring to the news reports of measles outbreaks at that time—then officials were blaming nurses for not properly storing the vaccines.  The information I gave in that letter remains  true today.

“Some facts ( I wrote in 1992) left out of any discussion of vaccine failure are that even a properly-administered live measles vaccine lasts up to 15 years, Mumps vaccine lasts for at least 10 ½  years and the rubella vaccine doesn't really work.  The Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases stated those facts as early as 1985...”

Thus, the bottom line remains that anyone who has received the MMR vaccines is susceptible throughout their lives to the diseases and the government and medical profession will take advantage of any new outbreak to scare people into getting constantly revaccinated  instead of reevaluating the vaccine program.  They can get away with it because there is no knowledge of the history and there is not enough outcry against it.

Until next time,
Bonnie P. Franz

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Past and Present

Note: Apologies to Bonnie and readers. This blog entry was supposed to be published in early 2015, but, unfortunately, dropped through the cracks.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2015!

I thought it might good to start the New Year with some reflection. It has been over 40 years since I began to pay attention and then get active in the choice in vaccination movement. And, boy, has there been changes — more vaccines and more doses of vaccines, forced on all ages! From the womb to the tomb.

When I was a child in the 1950's, the vaccines required for school entrance were DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) vaccines. In elementary school, I remember having to get the polio vaccine. My mother brought me to our family doctor for the shot because she didn't trust mass vaccination at school, even though it was free. When I entered college (1965) I got the smallpox vaccine (it was discontinued in 1972) and a tetanus booster.

By the 1960's when my nieces and nephews came along, so did the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines. Since then, as many of you know, more vaccines and more doses have become the norm.

Beginning in the 1980's opposition to vaccines became better organized and in 1982 we had the founding of Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT) because of children damaged by the DPT shot. The name was later changed to the National Vaccine Information Center and it was, and still is, the only nationwide, grass-roots parents' group dedicated to vaccine choice and safety (www.nvic.org)

I became involved with the DPT organization in 1984 in Endicott, New York and met a number of parents whose children were brain damaged or died from the DPT shot. They came from all over the State for support and help. This also became the beginning of meeting parents who wanted to avoid vaccines for their children.

Beginning in 1997, the National Vaccine Information Center had their first conference in Virginia. These were followed by conferences in 2000 and 2002 and again in 2009. At one of the earlier conferences I met members of New Yorkers for Vaccine Information and Choice (NYVIC) and became involved in the work they were doing.

In the 30 years since my Endicott involvement, there have been a small number of children who were unvaccinated (about 1% of the population). We are now in the second generation of unvaccinated children — so now I have some questions:
1) Did you obtain an exemption from vaccination for your children?
      a) When?
      b) Was it difficult for you to obtain?
2) Were there any problems in school?
3) Were there disease “outbreaks” and
      a) if so, did you keep your child out of school or
      b) did you get them vaccinated?
4) Did your child(ren) ever get the diseases? How did you handle it?
5) Did you become active in the movement?
      a) Why or why not?
      b) How?

For the unvaccinated young adults:
1) Do you have the same belief about vaccination as your parents?
2) Have you taken any vaccines?
3) Which ones?
4) Why?
5) Are you looking for vaccine exemptions for your children?
6) Are you vaccinating your children?
7) Did you have any problems in college or on your job about not vaccinating? How did you resolve it?
8) Are you active in the vaccine choice movement?
      a) Why or why not?
      b) How?

I've looked a little bit at the past and the present. But, now, on to the future!
My resolution is to write more of what is happening regarding vaccination in New York State — after all, some things never change!

What do you think needs to be done in 2015 for the free choice in vaccination movement? What are you willing to do to help make change possible?

Best wishes and until next time,
Bonnie Plumeri Franz

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Polio vaccine and unintended consequences

Dear Friends,

Below is some more information from my files on the polio vaccine. Over the course of the last year, I have pretty much shared with you what I consider the most important information from my files. I hope this is of help to you.

Vaccination has always been a controversial issue and will continue to be. Just look at the news recently on the flu vaccine and especially on Dr. Wakefield and the MMR vaccine.

High on a recent survey was public concern for vaccine safety. Although the following installment has to do with the “unintended consequences” of the polio vaccine, there are current reports of adverse effects of the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine pushed over the last 3 years for girls and women, and now males. What we always need to remember is that there are ALWAYS consequences to all vaccines.

As a child growing up in the 1950’s, I remember the fear generated by stories of polio and the pictures and TV coverage of children and adults in the iron lung—helpless and boxed in. It is easy to understand why parents allowed their children to get polio shots. After all, there was so much good the shots would do.

However, as with so many things, the solution—-a vaccine—-created problems which the scientists and government kept from the public.

If parents of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s knew that the polio vaccine would cause polio, some cancers (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung, brain, and bone) and possibly AIDS, would they have vaccinated their children? Would they have been so compliant with having their children line up for shots or sugar cubes?

Why are the parents of 2011 willing to still bring their children to doctors and clinics for shots?

Below are some stories about the consequences of the polio vaccines.


April 13, 1991 Vol. 17-15 of the Canada Diseases Weekly Report discussed requests to use OPV for unlicensed uses by provincial programs:
“The use of live oral polio vaccine (OPV) or any other live vaccine for treatment of warts or recurrent herpes simplex infections is totally inappropriate. There is no theoretical justification for such therapy and the only controlled trial showed no benefit in treating recurrent herpes with OPV. There is a potential for serious side effects particularly if recipients or their contacts have unrecognized immunodeficiency.”


In the November 29, 1991 issue of Science there was a brief article “Polio Vaccine Ruling”:
“A U.S. District Court judge has ruled the government liable for injuries caused over several decades by oral polio vaccine, asserting that the federal Division of Biologics Standards (DBS)—-now known as the Office of Biologics Research and Review—-violated its own regulatory standards… This case is only the latest in almost two decades of court battles over Albert Sabin’s vaccine.”

Maryland judge J. Frederick Motz wrote “…DBS officials arrogated to themselves the power to define what constituted an acceptable risk, thereby undermining the rule of law and threatening long-term public confidence in the regulatory system itself. The government cannot simply now rewrite history to retell events as it wishes they had unfolded.”

The attorney for the plaintiffs, Marc Moller, stated “…the government’s willingness to play footloose with the law whenever it was comfortable to do so would not have been exposed but for our piece of litigation.”


The April 13-19, 1992 issue of The Washington Post National Weekly Edition had an article by Tom Curtis “Did a Polio Vaccine Experiment Unleash AIDS in Africa?” with the subtitle “The virus probably passed from monkeys to humans”:
Mr. Curtis believed that AIDS could be traced to an early polio vaccine program, namely, that in Africa, using the polio vaccine devised by Hilary Koprowski of Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute. Koprowski was “… the first to administer live, weakened polio virus to human beings, initially in 1950… Starting in 1957, Koprowski’s Congo vaccines were the first ones administered to a large human population, sprayed into the mouths of hundreds of thousands of Africans. There was virtually no follow-up, which Koprowski blames on the Congo’s subsequent independence and civil war.”

“After SV40 was discovered, vaccine makers switched from Indian rhesus monkeys to African green monkeys. But in the early 1980’s, researchers discovered that many such monkeys were infected with a retrovirus related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the one that caused AIDS in humans. This retrovirus cousin of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus(SIV),could have been present in any vaccine made from the tissues of these monkeys before 1985, the year when sophisticated testing was instituted.”

“Although they switched monkey species, scientists continued to put unknown monkey viruses into the human population.”


“New Polio Shot May Be Safer” was a brief in The New York Times of August 11, 1993:
“A new, beefed-up version of the old polio vaccine, based on killed virus, may provide better protection against this disease and, at the same time, prevent the rare cases of paralytic polio that occur among the recipients of the currently used Sabin vaccine… The new vaccine, based on an inactivated polio virus but with enhanced potency, is approved for general use and is often used to prevent polio in people with immune disorders.”


“Scientists Adapt Inactivated Polio Virus to Create ‘Vaccine Cocktail’” was the page one headline of Sept. 2, 1994, of the Watertown (NY) Daily Times:
“An inactivated polio virus could be turned into a ‘vaccine cocktail’ against many diseases by loading it with gene fragments from other viruses… This might make it possible to use the manipulated polio virus as a carrier for vaccines against AIDS, influenza, pneumonia and other contagious diseases that take root in mucous membranes.” The study was reported in the journal Science… ”in the Science study…” reported manipulating a polio virus so that it contained genes from part of the cholera, influenza, and HIV viruses. None of the engineered genes can cause disease…”


The July 25,1995, issue of The Washington Post had a health article by Steve Sternberg: “Which Polio Vaccine Is Really Better?” The article came out within a month after Salk’s death:

“For more than a decade, the only polio cases originating in this country have come from one source: Sabin’s polio vaccine, which is squirted into an infant’s mouth… As a result, the nation’s most influential vaccine advisory group decided on June 29 that the time for change has come. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agreed to draw up a new strategy…”

“Salk made his by killing the virus with formaldehyde. Still, using Sabin’s live-virus vaccine confers a public health benefit, that-–until now—-has outweighed its risks, at least in the minds of many experts… Once the oral vaccine’s strain of virus has taken hold in the gut, two things happen. White blood cells are primed to destroy any wild polio virus that might later enter the intestinal tract. Also, vaccine recipients begin to shed weakened virus in their feces, a process which may last weeks or months. Any susceptible person who comes in contact with these germs—-by changing diapers, perhaps—-may also build an immunity to the ravages of the disease.”

(P.S. - or “catch” polio as in the case of a Midwest farmer who sued the government, which denied it. He lost everything in the 1980’s, including his life. The family’s story was on “60 Minutes” and done by Morely Safer. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that the truth came out. He and his family were right. The vaccine caused his polio. But he still lost his lawsuit, his farm and his life.)


“When the Vaccine Causes the Polio” by Christine Gorman in the October 30, 1995, issue of Time, stated “One in five American children is unvaccinated for polio. These children, or anyone with a weakened immune system, could contract the disease.”

“After weighing the risks and benefits, the CDC panel decided to split the difference. Their recommendation, which is slated to become official policy in 1996, is to inoculate infants twice with the killed-virus and then twice more with the live-virus vaccine.


“Inactivated polio vaccine for the United States: a missed vaccination opportunity” by Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal of October, 1995 (Vol. 14, No. 10):
He discussed his support for the IPV vaccine change in the immunization schedule. He cited the June, 1995, meeting of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices that had been followed by a 2-day symposium organized by the Institute of Medicine, and the CDC.

“Soon after the beginning of studies with OPV, a phenomenon became evident that is now better understood through analysis by the tools of molecular biology: reversion to virulence. Attenuation of live polio virus strains by passage in cell culture was the result of relatively few mutations, which have now been identified. When the attenuated strains multiply in the intestinal tract of vaccines, reverse mutation occurs normally in the RNA genomes. Unfortunately, the revertants have a selective advantage for replication in the intestinal cells and soon outgrow the original attenuated mutants. These revertants have altered properties, including some increase in neuro-virulence.

“The herd effect of OPV is based on the intestinal immunity induced by the live virus and by spread of the vaccine strains to unvaccinated children. That spread occurs is beyond question, but the estimation of its importance is disputed. In United States inner city populations, a CDC study suggested that 10% to 20% of unvaccinated children had been vaccinated by contact.”


New York magazine of November 11, 1996, had an article by Pat Wechsler, “A Shot in the Dark” subtitled: "When a vaccine became available that would eradicate polio, a panicked government rushed it to the public. But did it act too quickly? Early batches of the vaccine were contaminated with a monkey virus that now may be linked to cancer. And New York is one of the areas most at risk.”

“Scientists have been aware since the late fifties that this virus—-later identified as Simian Virus 40, or simply SV40—-caused deadly tumors in laboratory hamsters. But they are only now finding the footprints of SV40 in humans in rare lung, bone, and brain cancers… experts increasingly fear that the rogue monkey virus may play a direct role in causing cancer in some adults.”

“Tests of stored vaccine—-conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 1963--revealed that 19 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and most of New England, received heavily contaminated shipments of vaccine between May and July 1955. That translated into close to 4 million children being inoculated with high levels of SV40… there is strong probability that a significant number of the batches produced between April 1955 and March 1963 were tainted. So far, however, the Food and Drug Administration has not been forthcoming…”

“Unless one is an animal handler or a lab technician—-or has spent time in the jungles of India or the Philippines—-there is only one confirmed way to be exposed to SV40: the polio vaccine, often handed out free of charge by the government.”


The first major epidemic in the US was recorded in NYC in 1916—-9,023 cases and 2,448 deaths. 1952 peak year—-60,000 people contracted the disease and 3,000 deaths with thousands paralyzed.


In June, 1955, Dr. John Enders, a Harvard virologist who had won a Nobel prize for his work on developing a polio vaccine, suggested that “It was indeed the technique for producing the vaccine that was flawed.” He also warned that “beyond the risk of failing to kill the polio virus, the defective technique raised the risk of including other agents whose presence may or may not be recognized.”


In 1957 another great name, Dr. Maurice Hilleman who joined Merck laboratories, “…became the first person to name and describe an unknown virus from the monkey renal cells that turned out to be SV40.”

“As early as 1960, some batches were tested and found to be contaminated with SV40. The public was never told.” Officials were afraid of starting a panic, for “If you added to that the fact that they found live [monkey] virus in the vaccine, there would have been hysteria,” Hilleman said.


Janet Butel, a prominent researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, was quoted: “In hindsight, we had a piece of data that should have shown us something… But at the time, the risk-benefit ratio of using the vaccine was huge.” Ironically, the government didn’t mind keeping a harvest of cranberries from market because they were exposed to a pesticide that caused cancer in lab rats.”

“Scientists are not prone to public speculation, but some privately suggest that humans may have begun to transmit SV40 among one another in the same ways its original monkey hosts have done for generations—-through some form of contact, sexual or otherwise. Whatever the answer, it is clear that after decades of silence, the secret about SV40 and the polio vaccine is now out of the box.”


“Shocking STAR medical file: “POLIO VACCINE AND CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” was the title in the tabloid's November 26, 1996, issue: “Even more frightening, some scientists believe the virus may have already mutated and can be transmitted through human contact—-ultimately causing an epidemic similar to AIDS.” The article then went on to list the 34 states that received contaminated batches.


On January 27, 1997 the Office of Vaccines Research and Review sponsored a “SV40 Workshop: Summary and Future Directions.”

The workshop was sponsored by US government groups from the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, the FDA (6 governmental agencies provided taxpayer funding).

One item I found interesting in the summary was that SV40 was present in the adenovirus vaccines from 1956-1961. This is a vaccine usually given to our troops.


“Book Revives Theory AIDS Virus Began in African Polio Vaccine Tests” was an article in the December 2, 1999, Watertown (NY) Daily Times:
“This provocative theory seemed far-fetched when it first came to public attention in an article in Rolling Stone in 1992. Most AIDS experts dismissed it after a scientific committee reviewed the theory and deemed the probability very low. But that panel based its conclusion in part on a published finding that was later shown to be in error.”

“In ‘The River’ (Little, Brown), Edward Hooper suggests that an experimental oral polio vaccine might have been made with chimpanzee tissue contaminated with an ancestor of the virus that was to cause AIDS… Hooper…has done a prodigious amount of research since 1990… he builds a case based entirely on circumstantial evidence that he accumulated in hundreds of interviews and exhaustive library research.”

Still even if the vaccine thesis is disproved, Hooper’s research has embarrassed scientists. He has found that leading researchers kept sloppy records and that prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals published reports that omitted crucial details.”


“Betrayed by Polio Vaccine” by Glenn Coin was the Syracuse (NY) Post Standard headline of October 8, 1999:
His article told the story of 2-month old Zachary Strain who got his oral polio and then a few weeks later developed a fever and polio, nearly paralyzed from the neck down.

“Doctors don’t know for sure if the disease is polio… Doctors are certain Zachary has been infected with an enterovirus, a family of hundreds of viruses that includes polio… Still, one infectious disease expert cautions against assuming Zachary has polio unless laboratory tests are definitive.”

(My update—Zachary died on January 22, 2002. His obituary read that he contracted polio from a vaccine he received in May, 1999 but died of pneumonia.)


The Herald-Sun, Durham, North Carolina of Sept. 12, 2000, had an article “Lab tests find no link to polio vaccine, AIDS”:
“Independent laboratory tests in London found no evidence to support the theory that an experimental polio vaccine used on about 1 million Africans in the 1950’s inadvertently triggered the AIDS epidemic… The prevailing theory is that a hunter became infected after being scratched by a chimp when trying to capture it or after cutting himself while butchering the animal. However, some experts suspect that polio vaccine made with contaminated chimpanzee cells may have been the culprit.”


Brian Vastag wrote “At Polio’s End Game, Strategies Differ” in the JAMA of December 12, 2001, Vol. 286, No. 22:
“…originally the primary partners—-WHO, the CDC, UNICEF, and Rotary International—-had planned an abrupt end to international immunization. But last year’s outbreak of vaccine-induced polio on the island of Hispaniola…fractured that plan.”

“Polio experts have known for decades that OPV, which uses a live-attenuated virus, can cause polio. In fact, as far back as 1977 the Institute of Medicine noted that vaccine-caused polio outstripped natural cases in the United States… But on Hispaniola, the virus did what had been predicted but never seen, namely ‘backmutating’ to a communicable strain…As this new virus spread across the island, it shed from the unimmunized population, growing meaner and meaner with each hop. After 2 or 3 years, it had regained its virulence.”

“One option…is a ‘big bang’ worldwide immunization push followed by country to country voluntary vaccination… Another strategy calls for switching the entire world to IPV for a set period, allowing OPV strains to die off while maintaining population immunity.”


In the July 19, 2002 issue of The Wall Street Journal, the science journal column by Sharon Begley was devoted to “Are Tainted Vaccines Given to Baby Boomers Now Causing Cancer?”

She recounts some of the history of 1961, but she jumps ahead to 1999 when Dr. Herbert Ratner, a former public health official in Oak Park, Illinois, invited Dr. Michele Carbone of Loyola University School of Medicine over for coffee. Dr. Ratner had refused to give the Salk polio vaccine for he felt it wasn’t safe. He saved 7 vials in his basement refrigerator for 44 years and gave them to Dr. Carbone who investigated the possibility that the SV40-contaminated vaccines caused some cancers.

“Amid dueling data, some facts are uncontested. An estimated 2/3 of the polio vaccines—the oral Sabin and the injected Salk—administered from 1955-1962 contained SV40… Contaminated vaccine was also given to children and some adults in Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany, and possibly Russia, Mexico and other countries.”

Some cancers caused by SV40: lung, brain, bone, blood. The experts claim that the cancers are rare, except “With non-Hodgkin lymphoma, we’re no longer talking about rare malignancies. This cancer has spiked 82% in the U.S. since 1973…”

“Today’s children are at no risk from polio vaccine; it’s now grown in SV40-free cells.”


COMMENTARY:

It boggles my mind that since 1977 the IOM knew polio vaccine caused polio, so its "safety" was questionable. Yet the IOM seemingly did nothing to protect the public, but did all in order to protect vaccinations from public rejection and uproar.

Since then it has gotten worse, as government has institutionalized vaccines (President Clinton’s Executive Orders in the 1990’s—Interagency Cooperation) and now vaccines are being job-mandated.

The rush for a quick fix led to a rejection of alternative solutions, such as nutritional, and ignored the cases of polio and cancer caused by the vaccine to be factored into the “risk/benefit” analysis.

To me, the polio vaccine is the prototype for what we see today. Researchers come up with a product, ignore or deny some results and possible alternatives. They present a rosy picture for vaccine outcomes.

Then, when the problems undeniably surface, still deny. Then, after public memory is numbed, they admit errors, but come up with new solutions based on new technology that has not been carefully studied, deny possible risks…

I see this happening again with the HPV vaccine and also genetic engineering.

Unfortunately, the public still accepts forced vaccination because we don’t want to make the real changes in our behavior and attitude that might be necessary. For whatever reason, the majority of us are still willing to line up to get whatever vaccine is being promoted for our health because the government and science “say so” and celebrities generally promote and endorse vaccination.

Public “concern” over vaccine safety is not enough; we need public action and more than just the few hundred people who write letters to lawmakers, newspapers, or show up at rallies and conferences. We still have not reached the tipping point for meaningful change regarding mandatory vaccination policies--just look at State legislative calendars each year with proposed new vaccine mandates.

Bonnie Plumeri Franz

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Polio

Dear Friends,

The summer season has begun and I thought it fitting to share with you information from my files on polio. This “installment” will be on some of polio’s early history, namely beginning in the 1950’s. But, first, a little history from a 1985 nursing book: “First recognized in 1840, poliomyelitis became epidemic in Norway and Sweden in 1905… Incidence peaked during the 1940’s and early 1950’s, and led to the development of the Salk vaccine… The disease strikes most often during the summer and fall... Among children, it paralyzes boys most often; adults and girls are at greater risk of infection but not paralysis… Prognosis depends largely on the site affected.”

In a brochure entitled “Photoluminescence Therapy (Ultraviolet Light Therapy)” from the Alternative Healing Center in Syracuse, NY, the following information was interesting:
“Photoluminescence therapy was developed in the early 1920’s as a means of treating people afflicted with the polio virus. The process used a small quantity of an afflicted person’s blood which was exposed to ultraviolet light. In the 1950’s the Salk vaccine wiped out polio and as a result photoluminescence treatment was shelved… The process has once again been resurrected by the Foundation for Blood Irradiation, which had originally been founded in the 1940’s.

“This technique was applied extensively and with excellent results during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, such as Viral Infections: hepatitis, atypical pneumonia, polio, encephalitis, mumps, measles, mono, herpes; and Bacterial Infections: septicemia, pneumonia, peritonitis, typhoid fever, wound infections; and Severe damaging inflammatory processes such as bursitis, nephritis, iritis, uveitis, pancreatitis; and diseases due to inadequate peripheral circulation and other conditions."

(The Healing Center is no longer around. I understand that the NYS Health Dept. got after them, but you can google “blood irradiation” and see if you can find such practitioners. Unfortunately, I understand that traditional medicine frowns upon such.)

The February 10, 1956, issue of The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada, stated “Salk Vaccine Reported 85 Per Cent Effective.”

“… in the next few months, before the onset of the 1956 polio season, the children who last year received their first two shots will get their third booster shot which will protect them for an indefinite period of years… Among the more than 880,000 who received one or more injections, there was not one case reported within 30 days of vaccination, the period during which polio, if it was to have been caused by the vaccine, might have turned up. Within the study group only five cases of paralytic polio were reported in 600,000 vaccinated children and all five came down with the disease at least two months after being inoculated.”

Prevention magazine of October, 1959, had a section on milk and meat that discussed its involvement with polio: “Polio is a summertime disease, which comes at a time when children are taking too much sweet sodas, and ice-cream, which is fearfully upsetting to their calcium and phosphorus blood balance. And the milk is pasteurized, thus inactivating much of its calcium… So, these children who ate little meat and who probably ran around a lot and perspired, lost much of their body’s salt. Their vegetable diet then caused an additional loss of salt in their blood, thus depleting it to the danger point… Instead of going at it from the wrong end, by vaccines, they (the March of Dimes) should begin to look for the things that produce the climate in the body that is preferred by the virus — the diet, the question of meat as a preventive, and the opposite effects of sugar and milk as a cause.”

December, 1959, Prevention magazine had an article “Vitamin E for Post-Polio Disorders”:
“Chronic polio patients often experience pains or numbness in their extremities similar to those which result from poor circulation.” The article discussed a Dr. Jacques from Canada who was working with some such patients and he gave his patients 800 I.U. of Vitamin E per day for “Conventional therapy was attempted, but to no avail.” The Vitamin E treatment was also helpful with some female polio patients who had menstruation difficulties because of the polio infection.

“Why not try vitamin E for hot flushes, painful or irregular menstruation, etc., before using drugs that are known to have severe side effects?”

“Nutrition as a Treatment for Polio Victims” was the article in the November, 1960 issue of Prevention magazine. The article discussed a Dr. George Boines of Virginia who told how he improved on the recovery rates of Sister Kenny, the Australian nurse, who promulgated a different attitude toward polio-paralyzed limbs (massage, whirlpool baths, etc). “Dr. Boines believes the problem raised in the body by polio is a disturbed nutritional absorption by the muscles and a loss of protein… A special effort must be made to insure sufficient protein intake… Added to Dr.Boines’s special interest in a sufficient supply of protein for the polio patient is his concern for the proper condition of the patient’s capillaries. This he insures by prescribing a daily dosage of 600 mg. of Vit. C and 600 mg. of hesperidin, a bioflavonoid, for each patient.”

The article quoted a C.W. Jungblat in the “1939 Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Microbiology” in NY. “… a study of the natural history of poliomyelitis suggests a vitamin C deficiency as one of the chief predisposing agencies.”

“If there is such a thing as sectional areas of polio epidemic in our cities and states, can’t it be that these poorer areas suffer, not from a lack of Salk vaccine, but a lack of vitamin C-rich foods and C supplements?”

“We have recently come upon some information indicating that tonsils and appendixes are important weapons against infection. We wonder how many polio victims have had their tonsils [or] appendixes removed and how much such an item may have to do with national polio incidence.”

That same 1960 issue had “The Slow Death of The Salk Vaccine.” This is an article that has much of the same insight and arguments against vaccines as has been going on for the last 40 years. It is interesting to read with the hindsight of recent history. Do you see a pattern?

“In the October 16, 1959, Public Health Service report on polio we find that of 3,389 paralytic cases whose vaccination records are known, 595 of paralytic polio were recorded among persons who had received three or more shots of Salk vaccine, another 302 had had two shots.”

The article quoted a Dr. Harold Farber in the April 9, 1960, issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). His opinion was “… that of a probable 6,000 paralytic cases expected by the end of 1960, 1,000 are likely to have had the three shots.”

The New York Times of April 24, 1960 was quoted “Abut 2/3 of the polio cases are among unvaccinated persons,” implying 1/3 of the cases were among those who were vaccinated!

“The point of all this is that the expected, the promised immunity from paralytic polio which is implied or guaranteed for those who have had the Salk vaccine simply does not exist… persist in creating the impression that the child who has been vaccinated with the Salk vaccine is guaranteed safe from paralytic polio. The actual fact is that there is no absolute proof that the vaccine works in humans at all, and no scientific assurance whatsoever that your child with 3 or 4 or 5 shots of Salk vaccine is any safer after receiving them that he was before.”

“Unfortunately, the Salk vaccine is not willing to take the rap when the polio rate rises, in the same way it is willing to take the bows when it falls. When polio goes up, the authorities say it’s because not enough people have availed themselves of the shots. Yet in 1956, when the rates went down the polio experts assured us that the decrease occurred only because so many people had had their vaccine shots.”

K.A. Brownlee had an article in the Journal of the American Statistical Association (50:1005, 1955) that was quoted in Prevention’s article. “… 59% of the trial was worthless because of a lack of adequate controls. The remaining 41% may be all right but contains internal evidence of bias in favor of the vaccinated…”

The article goes on to discuss the “new” oral polio vaccine discovered by Dr. Albert Sabin who was quoted in the July, 1960, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Sabin said “… that the vaccine has proven itself and that polio can be eliminated from the United States by the summer of 1961 if the vaccine is approved by the Public Health Service.”

Finally, the article asks questions that we still ask today about any vaccine — and that still go unanswered.

“We don’t know yet how much Salk vaccine is good for how long, yet we’re urged to take it. We don’t know about the safety of the injections of Salk polio vaccine for tiny babies; we just do it, taking a chance that it will be all right…”

The article quotes a statement made at the 2nd International Conference on Live Polio Vaccines that was reported in the Medical News (June 22,1960): “There is a dangerous virus sometimes present in the kidney cells of monkeys used to make the polio vaccines for humans. ‘Virus-infected culture fluids used to prepare killed poliomyelitis or adeno- virus vaccines are commonly contaminated with simian agents…’”

“Could it be that a postponement of the okay on the Sabin vaccine was dictated by powerful drug firms who would be left high and dry with millions of unsalable Salk doses if the Sabin vaccine were approved at once?

“It is our guess that the Sabin vaccine will be approved, and the Salk vaccine will be allowed to fade peacefully into the background… Its shortcomings will never be truly explored. The story of the money thrown away on it, the people fooled by it, the faith wasted on it, will never be told.”

The March 4, 1993 issue of The New York Times, had an obituary of “Albert Sabin, Polio Researcher, 86, Dies.”

The obit went on with columns of information on Dr. Sabin. A few highlights:

“Before coming into wide use in this country, the vaccine was tested in millions of people in 1958 and 1959 in the Soviet Union, where it proved widely successful. In the United States the vaccine was tested earlier on prisoners who volunteered for the experiments and before that on Dr. Sabin himself and members of his family.”

“The Salk vaccine received a temporary setback when public health officials reported that a few children, about one in a million inoculated, were developing polio because of the virus. Dr. Sabin, however, never admitted that his vaccine was responsible.”

“In the swine flu episode of 1976, when the Federal government feared an epidemic, he first supported but later denounced the Federal policy of vaccinating all adults against the flu virus… Dr. Sabin made Federal officials unhappy by saying he doubted there was as much danger from the swine flu as the public was being led to believe.”

Although he helped Brazil in 1974 with their polio outbreaks, he later said “…the Brazilian government had falsified data in the early 1970’s to give the World Health Organization, a United Nations agency, a falsely optimistic picture of polio eradication in that country. He estimated that in 1980 there was 10 times as much polio in Brazil as was being reported and that efficient vaccination efforts were being blocked by bureaucratic interference.”

Dr. Sabin “…proved that the virus first invaded the digestive tract and later attacked nerve tissue.”

Among his other accomplishments listed were these: Research on pneumococcus bacterial infections; research on the relationships between human cancer and viruses. While in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, he helped develop a vaccine against dengue fever, a disease that was striking the troops. He developed a vaccine against Japanese encephalitis virus. He isolated the virus that caused sandfly fever and showed that ordinary mosquito repellent would provide protection against the disease. He also studied the parasites that cause toxoplasmosis, as well as the viruses that cause encephalitis. He was the first to identify a virus called echo 9 as a cause of human intestinal illness.

Beginning in the 1980’s some people who had polio, the disease, began experiencing problems of fatigue, loss of stamina. Too many of those people were thought to be lazy. By the mid-80’s the March of Dimes was sending out information to doctors about “Post-Polio Syndrome.”

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) had an article on April 12, 1993, by Dianne Piastro about a recent conference on Post-Polio. She quoted Patti Strong, a presenter at the conference, and here is some of what she said:

“Several symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome are overwhelming fatigue, new muscle weakness, pain, intolerance of cold, and looking better than you feel… Over a 30-year span, we permanently depleted fragile muscles and nerves… the new motto: ‘conserve it to preserve it.’”

The article talked about support groups, and the current information I have found is www.post-polio.org. The Post-Polio Health International support group is located in St. Louis, MO, and they have periodic conferences.

The March 30, 1997, issue of the Syracuse Herald American had a column by Mario Rossi “Post-polio syndrome requires treatment, not more research.”

As an aging polio survivor, he stated “… what can and does happen is that the initial effects of polio impact on one’s whole well-being and thus affect him through the years... Physical degeneration initiated by polio is not sporadic, episodic or incidental. It is continuous, although at widely differing rates among victims. And it requires symptomatic treatment rather than a causal approach because post-polio is a syndrome, not a disease, and polio itself never strikes again.”

Commentary:

So much for the optimism that polio would be eradicated. And, since 1998 we know that the vaccine caused cases of polio and necessitated a change in the polio vaccine schedule.

As I review my files, I am reminded how some things never change, namely, the approach of the medical profession and government in seeing that vaccines are to be given to all, no matter what. And then, to deny the consequences.

History repeats itself and instead of each generation reinventing the wheel, we need to take new actions that change the history.

Bonnie P. Franz

Sunday, May 2, 2010

World Groups and Vaccination

Dear Friends,

It’s been quite a while since I last sent you an installment from my files. Previously, I wrote primarily about U.S. government agencies involved with vaccinations. However, as you could see (I hope), they are intertwined with academic institutions, religious groups, foundations, community organizations, etc.

This installment continues in that vein, but, this time, the focus is on international groups involved with vaccination. However, there is still a U.S. Connection. Here are some world-wide groups for you to know about:

INTERNATIONAL:

World Health Organization (WHO) part of the United Nations (www.who.int)
WHO is the public health arm of the United Nations. They coordinate international public health (such as the recent H1N1scare). They also spur the development of vaccines.

Also part of the United Nations Is UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund; the name was changed to omit “emergency,” but the acronym remained). It is subject to the authority of the Social & Economic Council of the U.N. UNICEF focuses on HIV/AIDS and children, immunization, child survival and development. It also provides technical and financial support for vaccination efforts, such as to Bangladesh in March, 2010, targeting 20 million children under age 5 for vaccination.

Global Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI) was founded in 1991 when the UNDP (United Nations Develoment Programme), UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Fund), the Rockefeller Foundation, WHO, and the World Bank agreed to launch the CVI as a focused effort to accelerate vaccine development and use.

The International Vaccine Institute, an umbrella of the Global Children’s Vaccine Initiative was established in 1996 at the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme under the Vienna Convention of 1969 and in 2001 had 33 countries and WHO sign on to it. It is governed by an independent Board of Trustees (from around the world, esp. the US) and is located in Seoul, Korea. Korea serves as the Host Country and also a generous supporter of the IVI. It has strong links with the WHO and GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is a new international organization, dedicated to preventing infectious diseases through science. It “… is developing computerized, large-linked population databases for evaluation of putative vaccine side-effects … will contribute to the global effort to develop and introduce new vaccines.” (www.ivi.int).

The above groups have conferences, workshops and meetings quite frequently during the course of a year and an aim is international cooperation regarding vaccines.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) was officially launched in January, 2000. It is a new alliance created to continue and build upon the work of the earlier Children’s Vaccine Initiative, which had been launched in 1990. “ In GAVI, the pharmaceutical industry’s participation as a full partner is an innovation. The Global Fund makes its funding decisions based on the recommendations of the GAVI Board… The Global Fund was created with an initial grant of $750 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…The Global Fund serves as a new experiment in the field of international public health… The GAVI partners consider immunization to be a key element of public health… Among its objectives the Alliance has are: Expanding the use of all existing safe and cost-effective vaccines, accelerating the development and introduction of new vaccines; making immunization coverage an integral part of the design and assessment of international development efforts, including deep debt relief…

”… The Global Fund provides new and under-used vaccines with safe immunization equipment and provides funding to help governments strengthen their basic immunization service. WHO plays a big part in the Alliance, because it is the lead organization in global public health and develops global policies and strategies for immunization and vaccine development… If polio is eradicated by 2005, it has been calculated that US $1.5 billion per annum will be saved on immunization costs alone…Immunization reduces the social and financial costs of treating diseases, offering opportunities for poverty reduction and greater social and economic development. (from an April, 2002 fact sheet, No 169).

In February, 1993 The International Business Communications Council supported seminars presented by the International Pediatric Association, The Children’s Health Fund; Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and the Japan Pediatric Association -- “Meeting the Needs of the World’s Children: An American-Japanese Child Health Exchange.”

World Vaccine Congress— (www.terrapin.com). There have been at least 8 annual events, 2010 being held in Lyon, France. The 2008 one was held in Washington, D.C. Their 16-page brochure stated: “World Vaccine Congress Washington 2008 is the largest, most established and most dynamic vaccine conference in North America … this congress will put you face-to-face with over 100 of the World’s most compelling and influential scientific and business leaders in vaccines. It is the only programme in North America to successfully bring their renowned perspectives on vaccine market dynamics to the senior executive community…” The list included: vaccine manufacturers, biotechnology companies, governmental organizations and contract services organizations, law firms, drug delivery companies, investment arms and venture capital, management and technology consultants.

The brochure for their 2008 conference began: “The golden age of vaccines!

The global vaccine market continues to ride high on the wave of renewed interest and investment from government and industry stakeholders… Historically, vaccines have been far less attractive than other pharmaceutical markets. They have been seen as a mature product group that has not taken to driving new technologies to further advances, as a result the market has not generated strong revenues and hence the therapeutic area has remained in a period of languished growth for decades… But over the past decade, several trends has converged to revive the market, not least important, the non-profit sector. Led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the organization has fostered public-private partnerships that enable vaccines to penetrate markets in poorer nations. The result: a new wave of investment in vaccines. Among investors and the broader public, vaccines are suddenly hot.”

“The financial prospects for the vaccine business have never looked better. This improved economic outlook has not been lost on pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and the broader investment community. The new wave of vaccine products represent enormous profit potential for companies and investors. Industry once again sees vaccines as money makers.”

Child Survival—World Development was a newsletter of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development, of the Carter Presidential Center, but administratively affiliated with Emory University. It had been published since 1985 but ended in January-March, 1996 because “Each of the sponsoring agencies of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development now publishes an annual report, and most have other periodic newsletters or magazines that report on many of the same stories or issues that we have historically covered.” UNICEF provided funds for the newsletter and it went worldwide.

“Health issues for Europe” was a January 29, 1994 editorial of The Lancet.

“The Maastricht Treaty, in force since Nov. 1, 1993, could have far-reaching effects on European public health policies. In particular, Article 129 covers public health activities at Community level and their relationship to work in member states and other international organizations, and gives a legal basis for a planned framework for action in the area of public health. This document is intended to govern the direction of Community policies for years to come.” The article went on to cover various health problems in Europe, including “falling immunization rates and other effects of social and political upheaval in Eastern Europe.” Apparently many health initiatives were sponsored by the European Union or the WHO. Such an EU initiative that is intended to facilitate rapid transfer across Europe of computerized information, includes a project on health in which WHO participates… Whether their interests are clinical, academic, or policy making, European medicine needs a rational approach to international collaboration in health, investing in it where this will be more cost-effective than national actions (or inaction).”

European Medicines Agency is the top drug regulatory body for the European Union.

Junior Leagues International (www.ajli.org): Founded in 1901, Junior Leagues are organizations of women volunteers developing community leadership. There are 292 Junior Leagues in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and U.S. with 160,000 members. In the 1990’s, 230 Leagues across the four countries participated in the “Don’t Wait to Vaccinate Campaign.”

Kiwanis (www.kiwanis.org) is “a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” They have been around since 1915. Since 1962 they are in more than 96 countries with 8,000 clubs. In 2000 many communities heard PSA announcements from Kiwanis regarding immunization. Although each Kiwanis club chooses its service objectives, many supported vaccination efforts because they relied on the Kiwanis International Priority One Advisory Council (composed of 43 national organizations). They consulted with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics and pro-vaccine researchers. The council consistently supported vaccinations and as long as there is strong consensus by the members of the Council on vaccination, Kiwanis will continue to do so. They currently have partnered with UNICEF for the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.

Rotary International (www.rotary.org): Founded in 1905, there are over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries with a membership of 1.2 million. Their motto is “service above self” and they have a “Four-way test:

1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Since 1985 Rotary has cooperated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and UNICEF to immunize every child in the world against polio (PolioPlus program; End Polio Now). Rotarians actively work with traditional rulers, religious leaders and local celebrities to promote the importance of immunization, as well as helping implement “national immunization day” campaigns. They have received a challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that resulted in $555 million to support immunization campaigns in developing countries.

The April, 1997 issue of ALIVE magazine, out of Canada, had an article “Health Care—or Warfare? It’s a Thin Line” by Lynn McLean, BSc. She discussed the economic dependence of the medical doctors, province of Quebec and Canadian government on pharmaceutical transnational companies. She went on to discuss “Global Agendas”:

“Meanwhile, the federal government is considering signing dangerous agreements with the United Nations Security Council (UN). Some examples: The Declaration of Alma Ata (ensuring pharmaceutical health care is primary health care globally); the UN Codex proposal to set worldwide dietary supplement controls; a mandatory vaccination commitment; and the Child Rights Act, which allows governments to usurp parental rights in making health choices for children. All of these are designed to set a global health agenda.”

COMMENTARY:

First, let me state my admiration that so many initiatives from the U.S. have spread around the world. To me, it is a tribute to the spirit in our country that people would organize service groups to help others and that those groups spread internationally.

It also shows the influence of our business and social elites for good --or ill.

Another observation: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the agencies of the United Nations are focused on spreading immunizations, no matter what.

I think too many people have worried about “one world government” in the wrong frame. If there is anything close to a One World government, it appears from what little I know from the above that the government is going to be from the framework of global public health, with the heavy involvement of the United Nations and the U.S. CDC. For people who thought they could move some place else to avoid vaccines, I hope the above makes you forget the idea, for it is, in my opinion, futile. What is needed is for people to take a stand where they live – and to support research into adverse vaccine effects, for the research done by any of the above groups will be flawed, intentionally or not, because there is too much invested in spreading the gospel of global vaccination.

Personally, I think the research needs to be geared to mimicking the Childhood Immunization Schedule and dosing in order to see the cumulative effect of all those chemicals in one body. Only then will we be able to see whether or not the infant’s body can withstand the chemical onslaught.

Bonnie P. Franz

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

U.S. Agencies Involved with Vaccination

Dear Friends,

A Healthy and Happy New Year to one and all!

As we have another opportunity to live into one more year, it is my hope that among the many daily responsibilities we have, that each of us will resolve to take at least one action a month regarding voluntary vaccination. You will soon see and understand why.

I have decided to start the New Year of my installments with one on U.S. Agencies involved with vaccination. Although we usually hear predominately of a few (such as the CDC), there are many—in fact, the whole government, for in the 1990’s, President Bill Clinton signed an order that all agencies of the government promote vaccination. That “interagency cooperation” filtered down to the states, and an Interagency Memo was sent to New York State agencies by the governor. I am certain other state governors did the same.

In addition to Government agencies promoting vaccines, they link up or fund “parent groups”—now called “astroturfs” and not really “grass roots” groups as they have been traditionally defined. (The National Vaccine Information Center is truly the only nationwide grassroots parent group on vaccination).

When you consider, then, all these people actively working FOR vaccines, you can see what our side is up against! Besides having passionate people pushing vaccines, Congress gives out $400 Billion each year in Federal aid to State, local and tribal governments (according to articles on the 2010 Census) and a large amount of that goes for vaccinations and vaccine research, public health departments, etc.

Below are some of the groups that are on the Federal or governmental level and intertwined with them:

The Department of Health & Human Services is the umbrella for the governmental agencies that deal with immunizations. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is the prime one we hear about. But then there is: The National Immunization Program, which puts out “Immunization Action News” and is part of the CDC, but can be quoted separately when we read news articles. (In the 1990’s, Walter Orenstein was director of the National Immunization Program and pushed President Clinton’s Comprehensive Childhood Immunization Initiative (CCII). They also put out kits every year for “National Infant Immunization Week” in April. The kits include community guides for activities, working with the media and collaborating with business and “charting your success.” The kit provides immunization facts in a number of languages, posters, and print ads.

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (part of the Public Health Service) provides “guidance” to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CDC Director. ACIP is composed of 15 members selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Many of their members then go on to work for drug companies or they are working on developing various new vaccines, etc. –the “revolving door.” They develop written recommendations for routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population. They are the ONLY entity in the Federal government that makes such recommendations. Their next meeting is February 24-25 at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., N.E. in Atlanta. They meet 3 times a year (February, June, October), and the meetings are open to the public.

The National Vaccine Program was established in 1986 by the Public Health Service Act to achieve optimal prevention of infectious disease through immunization and optimal prevention of adverse reactions to vaccines. That group coordinates among Federal agencies and has global partners, such as WHO (World Health Organization—United Nations); non-governmental groups such as the Gates Foundation; consumer groups and academic institutions. This was part of the government reaction to the nationwide efforts of the National Vaccine Information Center (then known as Dissatisfied Parents Together) to get the government to do various things regarding vaccine reaction to the DPT shot.

Institute of Medicine issued a report in 1993 “The Children’s Vaccine Initiative: Achieving the Vision” that recommended the federal government establish a National Vaccine Authority which “…would facilitate the development and distribution of vaccines in the United States and around the world." This was supported by Sen. Edward Kennedy, author of the Comprehensive Childhood Immunization Act of 1993.

Women in Government/Legislative Business Roundtable was founded in 1988 “as a bi-partisan, non-profit educational association for elected women in state government." In 1989 the Legislative Business Roundtable was added to Women in Government to bring women legislators together with noted speakers and representatives of the business community to address issues of mutual concern and to promote collective problem-solving through public/private partnership. They hold seminars around the country for women lawmakers. In 1993 with the Clinton Vaccine promotion, they held a number of such seminars for which I have their brochures. The participants in the Atlanta seminar agreed that immunizing children by 24 months of age was essential, and local, state and national groups had to work together to educate and ensure that children are vaccinated by age 2 and to establish a tracking system.

“Immunizations give individual protection, but more, they protect the community,” Walter Orenstein, M.D. Said. (At that time he was the Director of the Division of Immunization at the CDC.) He advocated we look to what was being done in England—“First, in England a nurse can immunize in the home as long as the parents have given consent…” The idea of the registry was to register each child at birth, then to send reminders to the parent and clinic when the child needs vaccinations. “Physicians also receive incentive awards for providing immunizations. Before the cash bonuses were installed, only about 50% of the physicians met their percentage goals; with the incentives more than 3/4ths met their targets, Dr. Orenstein explained.”

At that same seminar, Kay Johnson of the March of Dimes stated, “People need to understand that birth and immunization records are vital records. We need you as state legislators to let them know we’re not infringing on their privacy; we’re not going to check on them to see if they beat their child—there are other systems in place for that; we are not going to turn them in to any authorities; what we’re doing is protecting their children… We will protect confidentiality.”

Merck and Aetna Insurance Company also gave presentations at all the seminars. One Tennessee legislator said “It’s time we as state legislators got tough. It’s time we started demanding accountability on the part of the provider and the parents. Parenting is a responsibility. Providing a medical home is a responsibility and tracking that child has to be a priority. The states can take care of these problems.”

At the New York City seminar held on March 12, 1993, they also agreed on a tracking system and “providing education in all languages necessary.”

Zeil Rosenberg, M.D., Director of Family Health for the NYS Health Department, promoted establishing community-based outreach programs… We mustn’t forget that working with the clergy is very important. Churches are willing to help out. We know the majority of people, whatever their race or creed, turn to churches, and churches generally find ways to override the language barrier.” New York City reported on some initiatives to make the public aware of vaccination: “Teen workers, under supervision, went door to door; community and family awareness was generated via clergy, providers, schools, block parties, fiestas, etc… other aggressive outreach including the use of bullhorns became important…”

The Women in Government Roundtable is primarily responsible for women lawmakers around the country introducing and promoting legislation to mandate the HPV vaccine.

All Kids Count is a “…national organization supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of immunization monitoring and follow-up systems. The Task Force for Child Survival and Development in Atlanta (and associated with the Carter Center) administers All Kids Count in its role as the National Program Office. The director was William Foege, MD, formerly of the CDC. Its national advisory committee included Rosalynn Carter for The Carter Center; Betty Bumpers, for Every Child By Two; Dr. Walter Orenstein, MD, for the CDC’s National Immunization Program; Kay Johnson , formerly with the March of Dimes and by 1997 with George Washington University Center for Health Policy Research, and others. Their website is www.allkidscount.org.
Some quotes from their newsletters:
“…computerizing the current immunization record keeping system is a must if we are to fully immunize all children.”
Their Winter, 2000, issue said “The biggest savings of the registry resulted for its adult population, which is also included in the registry to provide information about influenza and pneumococcal immunizations.” Also included in that issue “…Older and more educated parents tended to be more skeptical of the benefits of registries. Women were more likely than men to believe that registries are beneficial for their children. African-Americans were more likely than Caucasian respondents to enroll their child in a registry if their doctor recommended it.”

Partnership for Prevention is a national non-profit promoting health and disease prevention. It is an alliance of private and voluntary sector organizations “whose purpose is to promote the cause of prevention. We seek to complement the efforts of the U.S. Public Health Service, states and local governments, and others striving to meet the ambitious goals of Healthy People 2000 (there is one for 2010, and 2020), the nation’s objectives for the decade of the 1990’s.” Members of its board included Mrs. Betty Bumpers (From Every Child By Two), Dr. William Foege, Kay Johnson, Donald Vickery, M.D. and others.

In the early 1990’s they put out two publications: “Childhood Immunizations: Steps to a Healthy Future: An Agenda for Legislative Action” which included the following: background on childhood immunization, barriers to preventive care, access to immunization, development of improved vaccines, compliance with vaccine recommendations (pushing the tracking system) and policy recommendations. “With a spirit of teamwork, and a sincere commitment, we can reach the solutions together.”

“Adult Immunization: An Issue Analysis and Proposal for Action on Adult Immunization as a National Preventive Strategy. “There is no well-organized, widely accepted advocacy effort at the national level to promote adult immunization coverage as there is for children… a notable achievement was the creation of the National Coalition for Adult Immunization in 1988 which has promulgated a set of
“Standards for Adult Immunization Practice… There is widespread agreement that a concerted effort needs to be made to bring the facts regarding the lack of adult coverage to the attention of physicians- in-training, practicing physicians, and other health care providers and facilities… There is a lack of immunization programs for adults in public and private settings, including work sites, hospitals, schools, and colleges…Having standing orders for vaccinating adults in institutional settings, clinics and offices can enhance vaccination rates… Comprehensive systems for obtaining data on adult immunization are severely lacking… Periodic surveys of adult immunization status conducted through employers could greatly increase the awareness of these underimmunized populations and help motivate those needing these protective services to seek them through public and private sources.” The vaccines promoted for adults at the time were influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria, and MMR.—all called “adult vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Every Child By Two: The Carter/Bumper Campaign for Early Immunization, formed by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers (wife of former Senator from Arkansas). Produced an undated packet (but done in the early 1990’s), printing provided by Gerber, that included the following:
“Every Child Needs a Medical Home”-community-based building blocks for developing local programs, reaching more children through Medicaid.” Under the section ”What You Can Do,” were the following suggestions: Ask your State Health Officer to provide you with a copy of the State Immunization Plan. Ask for a report on the implementation status of your state’s Immunization Action Plan (IAP). In order to apply for funding available from the CDC for delivery of immunization services, each state developed and submitted an IAP; meet with key people—the state health officer, the immunization program manager, the Medicaid Director and representatives from state agencies such as WIC, AFDC, and Maternal and Child Health—“interagency cooperation;” Help start a statewide coalition to develop public/private partnerships that can provide volunteer support for immunization programs.

Under the section “Plan for Success in Your State” were the following suggestions: “Network with the people in your state most likely to have the clout to support the effort to reach Every Child By Two; involve others—public/private partnerships and State legislators; spouses of mayors and members of Congress.

Children’s Defense Fund is the children’s group founded by Marian Wright Edelman that also had Hillary Clinton on its Board of Directors for years. They have groups in NYC (c/o The Robin Hood Foundation), Minnesota, Texas, South Carolina, and 3 groups in Ohio. The CDF is involved with everything that has to do with children, especially Head Start and immunizations. In the CDF Reports of January, 1994, Mrs. Edelman said “Child advocates can play a vital role by organizing local coalitions to plan and oversee community immunization campaigns. Besides protecting children from preventable diseases, immunization campaigns strengthen communities by forging new relationships among citizens’ groups, the business community, local government, and the public health system. These relationships can lead to other community efforts for children in the future.” The CDF is also responsible for coordinating the “National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths in October … now a vital part of the children’s movement.” This effort involved people of all faiths to support CDF and its goals.

Catholic Health Association is one such religious group supportive of the goals of the Children’s Defense Fund, especially promoting Catholic hospitals and parishes to provide immunization projects. The January, 1993, issue of their newsletter, Immunization Update, listed a number of activities planned by Catholic hospitals. Among them were joining forces with the Junior League, WIC, Every Child By Two, and listing the usual immunization groups that put out guidebooks, brochures, public service announcements (PSA’s), videos, fact sheets, etc. In their August, 1993 edition, they reported on D.A. Henderson, who “has been named to head President Clinton’s immunization campaign.” This “Immunization Czar” as he was called, stated that “…he sees immunization as an important step in broader healthcare reform. ‘If we can develop a system for immunizing children, we will have the beginning of a more rational system for primary healthcare.’”

COMMENTARY:
As you can see, there are many groups that have an interest in promoting vaccinations and the laws to do so. They network with other groups that want to improve our lives and thus, are willing to help the Government achieve its goals. No wonder none of them want to hear our side of the issue!!

Initially, vaccines were promoted to parents and the public as helping to protect our children. Adverse reactions to vaccines were denied by the Government and the medical profession. But there was reached a time (1986) when they could no longer deny adverse reactions. However, they had to save the vaccination program. And that they did and continue to do.

As more parents have become aware of the hazards of vaccination, either because of personal experience or because of researching the issue, the stakes of the vaccination program have become too high. So, over the past few years, an approach of these pro-vaccine groups has been to portray those who are against forced vaccination as “being selfish.” We and our children are threats to them. We are also portrayed as being “ignorant.” We are “they.” These kinds of attacks will continue more frequently and forcefully in the years to come, especially as all vaccinations and more will be included in Health Care legislation and “reform.” For those of us who belong to an organized religion that will support all these vaccine efforts, it will be especially painful.

It is my hope that in 2010 those on our side of the issue will use the strategies of our opponents and do our own networking, actions and raising money on a larger level. That means we need YOUR voices and your influence. Although I think it is remarkable what a comparatively small group of us around the country has been able to do over the years, we are always reacting to what they come up with. We will never really succeed until our group of activists is even one tenth the size of theirs and being pro-active instead of reactive. We cannot allow the pro-vaccine advocates to define us in the negative and generally untrue way they do. Their stake in the issue is that the public will lose trust in them, and they can’t have it. So there is really little reliable research being done on vaccine reactions. That is also why they have to negatively attack us. However, that is little consolation as we try to rally and motivate our supporters and defend our position.

We ARE intelligent, want ALL children to be healthy, and we believe that when given ALL the information, WE can make intelligent decisions and choices. The major thing is that WE disagree with THEM on what and how to do the best for our children.

So, in 2010 what will YOU be motivated to do for our cause?

Bonnie P. Franz