Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?

Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? – book reviews

From the Anti-Vaccination Literature

Miller makes a case for extreme wariness when comtemplating vaccination because it could be responsible for a multitude of childhood disorders not clearly linked to the act of inoculation. Childhood behavior disorders, hyperactivity and learning disorders, he is convinced, can be attributed to the increased volume of vaccinations.

The writer also reminds us that statistics showing a decline in disease after the introduction of vaccines are not true. “Many of the vaccines were not the cause of a decline … Increased nutritional and sanitary measures probably deserve credit. Some diseases may also have their own evolutionary cycles; the virulent nature of the virgin disease,” he explains, “is transformed into a tame illness as members of the population are exposed to it and again ‘herd’ immunity.” Other critics maintain that epidemics always work in cycles and that such diseases as smallpox, the Spanish influenza, and polio, had run their course and declined. The book features graphs to prove the point.

Miller cites case histories of vaccination causing brain damage and post vaccinal encephalitis. He also quotes Dr. Jonas Salk, testifying in 1976 that the live-virus vaccine was the principal, if not the sole, cause of post-vaccination polio causes in the 1960s. (Salk’s vaccine consisted of killed viruses; his rival convinced the government to endorse live viruses).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently admitted that the live-virus vaccine has become the dominant cause of polio in the United States today. (Reference: Clinical Infectious Diseases, pp. 568-579.)

In the case of diphtheria, the book reveals that 50 percent of all people who contract the disease have already been fully vaccinated. In the case of measles, statistics show that the death rate for measles dropped by more than 95 percent (in 1915) after an epidemic and before the measles vaccine was introduced.

COPYRIGHT 1994 Vegetus Publications

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