06 January 2012

Diseased Books and the AVN

There can't be much more heart breaking than loosing a child, but when you use this as a springboard to push an agenda that will only bring death to more children, then my sympathy will disappear very quickly.

Stephanie Messenger works closely with Meryl Dorey and the AVN (Generally known as the Anti-Vaccination Network), and have authored together yet together another antivax book
On the webpage that sells her book (that I won't link to) she make 3 pronouncements:-

A few simple facts for people to check out:

1. Japan stopped vaccinating young babies and their SIDs rate plummeted to near none. SIDS in Australia mostly happens at 2, 4 and 6 months – a coincidence – I think not, some will definitely be vaccination deaths!
 This is actually entirely false, the Japanese do vaccinate children, but have a different schedule
 yes they don't use the MMR but 3 single injections, and use the oral Polio tablet, not an injection

                                         Mandatory Vaccines in Japan:

3 Months - DPT (Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)  then again at 4 months, and 6 months & 18 months
3 Months - BCG (Tuberculosis)
6 Months - Polio - and again at 18 months
3 Years - MR (Measles and Rubella) - Total of 3 shots given over a period of several weeks / months

Heath care in Japan is extremely good, and this will be one reason that SIDS is much lower than in other counties. SIDS has been failing in all countries according to SIDS and KIDS  Japan and The Netherlands have the lowest incidence, while noticeable the highest incidence is among peoples with a high number of smokers such as Native Americans and New Zealand Maori. 

Again from SIDS and KIDS is a report that demonstrates that immunisation decreases the risk of SIDS

2. The U.S.A. has paid out billions in compensation for vaccine injury. Why do doctors here deny it is happening – are they scared of being sued?
Yes the USA has paid out $Billions, but then just see how much courts award most legal claims in the USA. The actually numbers of verified clams are quite low, recently in the hundreds compared to the amount of those people who actually get vaccinated. The USA started these special courts as the drug companies stopped manufacturing the vaccines after loosing a few court cases.

Here is the latest January 2012 Vaccine Compensation Report from the USA.
It's noticeable that 2011 was a record year for payouts, but note that it takes 2-3 years for the clam to be processed, and there is also the adults and the resent nationwide flu jabs.
Total payouts for 1989 - 2012 (so far) $2,366,649,931.96

In the UK 1997 - 2005  £35 Million has been paid out due to Vaccine Injury

Note the no-one is saying that vaccination is 100% safe, that is why these vaccination courts where set up, but it's the simple case that so many more people would die if there were no vaccination.

According to the WHO, There are only 19 countries in the world that do have No-fault Compensation for Vaccine Injuries, and I do think it is something Australia should look at implementing. It's not a conspiracy, it's just something that needs to be done properly.

3. There is absolutely NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF a raised antibody level equals immunity. Apparently doctors want scientific proof of reactions, yet there is no scientific proof a raised antibody level gives immunity. There is proof it does not, when most of the cases of whooping cough are in the vaccinated as they are for this current epidemic.
Answered here in Clinical Infectious Diseases, as it's an actual Scientific Journal written by someone who is actually a Professor of Pediatrics, and not a dodgy website like whale.to, or anything with the word natural in the title, it takes a bit of reading and understanding. Yes it's a bit heavy going, but you can skip to the conclusion.

Whooping Cough needs a booster, just like Tetanus, it does wear off, and the unvaccinated are copping it as well.

Measles :- From the World Heath Organisation

  • Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
  • More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2008 worldwide.
  • In 2010, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 72% in 2000.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. An estimated 164 000 people died from measles in 2008 – mostly children under the age of five.
So....not harmless at all.

Some still believe that vaccines cause autism, and it has been refuted quite thoroughly, for example, here is an actual study done by real scientists in Denmark.
When I say "Real Scientists" I mean those with a real degree, and not someone who graduated from the University of Google.

So why do people still hang on to this belief?
Autism is genetic, so it has to come from the parents, so rather than face this fact, it's easier to go into denial, and blame someone, anyone else.

Some more on Stephanie Messenger at Anti-vaxxors

But on the on the hand, if you actually find Melanies Marvellous Measles a good read, you can follow it up with these wonderful offerings from  http://www.blissfulblightbooks.com/

Soon to follow is Rachel's Remarkable Rubella and Hillary and her Hilarious HPV

Thanks to Reasonable Hank for the heads up on this awful book.

The AVN have had some interesting exposure recently, recently at Woodford, and just yesterday a slight issue with their magazine and accounts.AVN Accounts info can be read here and a synopsis of Woodford can be read at Dave the Happy Singer.

Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio. Melinda Gates


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