October is National Bullying Prevention Month and I think most of us both as individuals and parents see the need for light to be shed on the epidemic of bullying. Everywhere that we look we see another heartbreaking example of a child who lost or gave up his life due to the pressures and pain of bullying. Often in situations (such as with children who identify as being gay or transgender) where they are simply “different” than all of the rest.
I would like to take a look at another prime example of bullying that often occurs in the community of parents and individuals who practice alternative medicine. This is the bullying by the vaccine Industry on those parents/ individuals who choose not to vaccinate.
As with any tactics or ploys by bullies The Vaccine Industry uses several ploys in its attempt to pressure “non-vaxers” to be the same as the rest of the population. One of the most used ways of pressuring is the “Risk Of Death” argument, not only will you be quite possibly responsible for killing your child if you delay or refuse vaccinations, but you are possibly going to be at fault for the death of someone else’s child.
Dr. Offit is a co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine, Dr. Offit’s passionate advocacy for immunization has made him frequently target the anti-vaccine movement. His new book, “Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All,” will be published by Basic Books in January. He says, “Parents are bombarded with false stories about the dangers of vaccines, and the result is that some are backing away from vaccinating their children.”This is tragic, because it leaves children vulnerable to deadly diseases, and it lowers the immunity of the entire community. The pertussis epidemic in California is just the latest example of a disease that has taken a foothold thanks to low immunization rates. In 2008, 11 children around San Diego were infected with measles after an unvaccinated child returned home from Switzerland with the infection. In 2009, five children in Minnesota contracted Hib meningitis – a vaccine-preventable infection – and one died. Several cases and at least two deaths were also reported in other states.”
Sounds Scary doesn’t it ? Scary enough to reconsider vaccinations ?
In the summer of 2010 there were three reported vaccine related deaths when a new Hib vaccine was introduced in Pakistan. According to an expert on the committee investigating the Pakistan deaths, one child died within half an hour of receiving the vaccine and 2 others died within 12 to 14 hours. No alternate cause of death was found for any of the deaths but the experts misleadingly suggest that ‘two cases were diagnosed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) but we (the experts) were not sure of the third case’ . Yet in no case was the vaccine blamed for the deaths.
A closer look shows that the panel actually changed the ADVERSE EVENTS FOLLOWING IMMUNIZATION (AEFI): CAUSALITY ASSESSMENT normally utilized by the WHO( WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) in these situations and created an entirely new criteria for investigating vaccine related injuries and deaths
Because the Panel worked closely with WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, both groups are responsible for using an arbitrary, non-standard and unvalidated approach to causality assessment.
Now had these deaths been caused by the actual disease itself instead of the vaccine, we could rest assured that they would be held up on a pedestal as a reason for vaccinating your child.” See what could have been prevented had these children been vaccinated…”
The only way to stop the bullying is with education. Unbiased (yes it is hard to find but it can be found) intense, hours of education. As with any example of bullying we need to educate not only ourselves but others about the risks. Until it is shown for what it is the bullying will only continue.