Mumps outbreak on campus prompts vaccination clinics

A young man with mumps. Photo: Creative Commons

UC Berkeley students are being encouraged to get a booster shot after an outbreak of mumps afflicted 20 students.

The Tang Center at Cal will be offering free MMR vaccines from noon to 6 pm on October 6, and from noon to 6 pm on October 14th.

“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps,” university health officials said in a campus-wide email sent out on Tuesday. “University Health Services and the City of Berkeley’s Public Health Division are working closely with the California Department of Public Health to limit spread of the disease.”

Students who came down with the mumps were clustered on the Clark-Kerr campus, about a half-mile south of campus, and in the Cloyne student housing north of campus, according to the Bay Citizen.

Before this recent outbreak, Berkeley had only had six reported cases of mumps since 1990, according to city officials.

Because a significant number of people in the Berkeley community has not been immunized for mumps, there is a higher likelihood that an outbreak can propagate and infect more people.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically start with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by a swelling of the salivary glands. Currently, there is no specific treatment for mumps. Supportive care should be given as needed. If someone becomes very ill, they should seek medical attention. Patients should call their doctor in advance so that they don’t have to sit in the waiting room for a long time and possibly infect other patients.

There is useful information on the disease on the Center for Disease Control website. For those resisting giving the MMR vaccine, it is important to know there is no scientific evidence to link the MMR vaccine with autism.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vladislav.davidzon Vladislav Davidzon

    More decisive than absence of scientific evidence linking vaccine to autism would be evidence clearly disproving such a link.  This is the same kind of non-sense put out by the “conventional” (aka toxic pesticide) food lobbies – “no link proven” can easily mean “we paid our scientists to do very focused research that could never possibly prove a link” or some similar line. 

    I am not saying that vaccines are unsafe.  I am saying there is no proof that they are safe.  Let us remember that there was a time when people were told asbestos had no definitive link to cancer either.  The precautionary principle must be the guide here, not non-sense PR statements from companies making (literally) a killing off drugs.

  • linh

    Let’s try the experiment where we knowingly infect ourselves with polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and see how safe that is?  Reducing herd immunity by foregoing sane preventative measures (with decades of clinical data proving efficacy and safety) is exactly that.

  • ed jenner

    You know what is not safe? Getting polio, smallpox, rubella, mumps, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis, tetanus, diptheria, pertussis, rabies, etc. Look up the number of cases & deaths pre- vs. post-vaccine. Vaccines are THE major success story of biomedical research over the past century.

    I’m a grad student studying immunology. I’m not pushing an opinion for the benefit of myself of some company. I giving it because myself and all the amazing faculty I work under are thinking the same thing right know: vaccinate your freaking kids people!!! Anti-science conservatives and hippie natural health liberals alike – vaccinate!!! Your ignorance & conspiracy theories are putting the health of other individuals at risk.

  • Berkeleyborn132

    The folks who are not giving their kids vaccines are the leaders in an experiment called “reduce the human popluation”. I guess for folks that lived with these diseases in the past, they saw the value of vaccines, because they knew the consequences. I am appalled at parents who are willling to put other kids at risk by not giving their kids vaccines-they should be held legally liable for any injury caused by others due to their gross negligence…

  • http://www.facebook.com/vladislav.davidzon Vladislav Davidzon

    Please note what I clearly stated:  “I am not saying that vaccines are unsafe”.  I am saying there needs to be a more open dialogue on the role of the precautionary principle when it comes to vaccines.  It is a profoundly personal decision that each parent must make for themselves.

    Science is an evolving theory of our understanding of the world.  There was a time when asbestos was considered perfectly safe and later proved to cause cancer.  There was also a time when the only indoor air quality research done was by RJ Reynolds tobacco to disprove the negative impact of indoor smoking.  Science has been proven wrong numerous times before, as its supposed to be, as a living, evolving theory of understanding and research.  A little humility would go a long way in minimizing harm.

    Is it really that unthinkable to think the same may happen again?  There are obviously risks involved with the vaccines, as admitted by the medical establishment, and there is also numerous people who have come forward suggesting that the risks are dramatically understated and are in reality far more grave. 

    There needs to be a more open, public, reasoned debate on the issue of vaccines and broader potentially negative impacts of western medicine. There is a lot of really really good things that has come from the western medical system, but also a lot of really really bad things.  I am suggesting that many of the bad things could have been avoided with a little more humility and open debate.

  • linh

    Compare risk of vaccines to risk of the infectious disease the vaccines are meant to protect against.  We have data on death rates for infections in populations before the advent of vaccines and afterwards and it’s pretty clear. When there are a large number of parents who make the “personal choice” of not vaccinating their kids, they’re not just putting their own children at risk, but putting the entire community at risk. Infectious diseases spread more readily when the immunization of the population drops below a certain level.

  • Abitcrunchy

    Yeah – get YET another shot for mumps!  See how long THAT ONE lasts.  Gosh, when will the sheeple wake up???   Well at least these kids who got it don’t have to worry about getting it at even an older age…an age where the immune system is weaker.  I just hope some of these pharma-indoctrinated doctors have enough sense to treat this with Vitamin A instead of steroids, NSAIDS and anti-pyretics.  UGH! 

  • Abitcrunchy

    “”no link proven” can easily mean “we paid our scientists to do very
    focused research that could never possibly prove a link” or some similar
    line.  ”

    That is exactly what it means.  I wanna know why people don’t demand that proof of  1 in 100 never vaccinated kids with autism…how simple is that?  Oh but way to logical for the greedy.

  • Abitcrunchy

    The only thing infectious about Polio is the live Polio vaccine which they discontinued in this country because it was causing more Polio than it prevented.  Doesn’t stop them from using it on a regular basis ten years later though…but only in underdeveloped countries.  How folks got this brainwashed is easy to see.  Why they spread their lies without looking for proof is deplorable!

    If you defecate into the same water source as you drink from — then you MIGHT get Polio.  If ya expose yourself to the fecal matter of someone recently given the live virus Polio vaccine, then ya might get Polio.  If you find yourself a farm where DDT is still used then you WILL probably get Polio.  Get the facts!  Stop spreading pharma lies…or are you also benefiting from those lies by investing in pharmaceuticals?

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003433

    http://www.whale.to/a/nkuba.htm

    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/news/apr1409polio-jw.html

    http://www.harpub.co.cc/overview.htm

  • Abitcrunchy

    Really?  And that is because you ASSUME that vaccines protect you from being a CARRIER!  They do not.  Be able to prove what you say or don’t say it.  Local health records PROVE that these diseases were on the decline way before the vaccines were introduced.  On the decline because of our cleaner environment and appliances that keep us safe from spreading diseases…and of course, kids not sleeping 4 to one bed with Grandma sleeping in the same room made a huge difference too.

    How old are you?  Did you die from chickenpox, measles or mumps?  No one else did either.  But you take a kid to a modern day ER with one of these diseases and you may be very well signing their death certificates.  You see, it’s not these diseases which are deadly, it’s the doctors who are trained to FREAK out when they see one of these NON-FATAL (as described in many MMWR’s from the past) diseases!  But find a doctor who knows better…it won’t be a young one I can assure you of that.  No, because their textbooks in medical schools are totally controlled by the pharmaceutical industries.  Healing is no longer the goal, making you sick enough to require MORE of their dope is the goal these days.  Only doctors are so brainwashed that they are incapable of thinking outside the box.  The pharma-box!

     

    CDC’s MMWR in 1967:

     

    “For centuries, the measles virus has maintained a
    remarkably stable ecological relationship with man.  The clinical disease is a characteristic
    syndrome of notable constancy and only moderate severity.  Complications are infrequent, and, with
    adequate medical care, fatality is rare.” 
    (MMWR Vol. 82, No. 3, March 1967)

     

     

    Doesn’t it seem strange that with all this medical
    technology later (in 2011) measles is all of a sudden the scary,
    *always-deadly* measles!

     

    Really?Wake up people!

  • Abitcrunchy

    Yes, and like you – they were brainwashed to believe that vaccines work.  As the obvious goes – they don’t.  They wane.  They cause adults to get childhood diseases that they should have had as a child.  Vaccines are for convenience.  The lie about saving lives pertains to malnourished children with vaccine damaged immune systems!

    Let me ask you this – how many of the 70 doses on today’s schedule did YOU get as a child?  And you aren’t dead yet???  How can that be?

  • Abitcrunchy

    You don’t even know that smallpox and polio was eradicated once we started installing indoor plumbing.  So really – what do you know about it?  Stop spreading lies, hearsay and group-speak!  Stop supporting the pharma mafia – they are KILLING YOU!

  • Abitcrunchy

    This is nothing more than an advertising campaign.  If the first shot and all its boosters didn’t protect these kids from mumps then how in the world do you people expect another shot will protect you?  And for how long?

  • Survivor’s-daughter

    My mother’s family most certainly had indoor plumbing and separate bedrooms for everyone in the 1940s in their nice middle class home in the LA suburbs; that didn’t stop my mom, uncle and pregnant grandmother from contracting polio, being quarantined, and (years later) continuing to suffer the effects of Post-Polio Syndrome. This was 1948; the vaccine wasn’t developed or distributed until the 1950s.

    Do your research. Read something other than paranoid rants from Jenny McCarthy and Mothering magazine.

  • Bruce Love

    The scientific consensus seems to be that indoor plumbing made the polio problem worse, not better.   When sanitary conditions were much worse, more mothers carried antibodies that would help protect infants at a young age.  Those children were more likely to be exposed early to the live virus while protected by those antibodies, and in response their own immune systems would learn to produce those antibodies.

    With improved sanitation, that casual immunity was lost.   More people were first exposed to the live virus at an older age, and Post-Polio Syndrome became much more common.

    The vaccinations are a way to provoke the kind of immune system training that comes more naturally when sanitation practices are much, much worse.

    Not to make light of your family’s experience, but clearly, indoor plumbing is a plot by big-pharma.

  • Berkeleyborn132

    abitcrunchy-you are obviously a zealot-no amount of information will change you mind. Say hi to Typhoid Mary for me..

  • Anonymous

    The Autism “epidemic” may be in part due to broadening of diagnostic criteria.
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/117/4/1028.abstract

    “Vaccine Related Injuries” turn out to be not vaccine related.
    http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13164&page=1

    Vaccines don’t cause SIDS (More vaccine injury myths)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17400342

    Vaccines do not contribute to allergies, etc, giving lie to the “Too Much Too Soon” trope.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110304091458.htm
    Vaccines don’t cause autism.
    http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/4/456.full

    Thimerosal Doesn’t Cause Autism:

    Fombonne E (2008). Thimerosal disappears but autism remains. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 65: 15-6.
    Madsen
    KM, MB Lauritsen, CB Pedersen, P Thorsen, AM Plesner, PH Andersen, PB
    Mortensen (2003). Thimerosal and the Occurrence of Autism: Negative
    Ecological Evidence From Danish Population-Based Data. Pediatrics
    112:604-6.

    The MMR Does not Cause Autism:
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/1/e139.abstract

    Vaccines don’t cause autism:
    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2898%2924018-9/fulltext

    ..In the New England Journal of Medicine:
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa071434

    And, Finally, someone with more tact than I:
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/ff_waronscience/all/1

    What do you people need? Do you want the Angel Gabriel to come down from heaven and personally tell you that vaccines don’t cause Autism or many other things that are attributed to them? Stop putting other peoples’ lives in danger because, like Michelle Bachman, you subscribe to the “Journal of Stuff Some Lady Told Me.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6KQTJGAQAZXMNEIKG5LM2IHZU Tizzielish

    I had mumps, measles and chicken pox as a kid and so did pretty much every kid I knew.  When I had a child in the early eighties, I had her get all the shots her pediatrician suggested.  I was aware of parents who opted out of vaccinations.   I considered not having my child get all those vaccinations. Of course I considered whether or not vaccinations put my precious child at risk but, in the end, I had her receive vaccinations. I don’t know what is right about vaccinations.  I guess I don’t believe the MMR vaccine causes autism.  I definitely don’t trust drug companies: obviously their agenda is to sell drugs to make money.

    I wish this article had some information about why it is a threat to the UC Berkeley student community that twenty young adults recently had the mumps.  It’s not all that serious a disease, is it?

    I have a vague memory that mumps in adult males might cause fertility. Is that accurate?

    I very specifically remember having the mumps. I felt an achey stiffness in my neck, I felt lousy and, all in all,  it was not a serious illness. I loved staying home from school with my mom, getting a little pampering and attention.

    So, what’s the need for UC Berkeley to urge students to get mumps vaccinations?  I am open to accepting  the call for these vaccinations is a good thing but I’d like some info on why?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6KQTJGAQAZXMNEIKG5LM2IHZU Tizzielish

    To cover my bases, I just went to the link for the Center for Disease . . . . it does not explain why it is good public or economic policy to invest society’s money and resources in avoiding what sounds like a relatively minor illness.  Unless you think drug company profits is a social good?

  • Anonymous

    “More decisive than absence of scientific evidence linking vaccine to autism would be evidence clearly disproving such a link. ”
    You cant prove a negative

  • Bruce Love

    It’s not a disease to be taken lightly if Wikipedia is any indication:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumps#Prognosis

    Yes, fertility problems in males, spontaneous abortions in females, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Tizzielish,
    People who don’t think their kid is going to die if they get these diseases are probably right.  A lot of healthy, fit kids will be just fine–of course, they could also have a genetic predisposition to problems, or an immunodeficiency or a co infection that you don’t know about. Do you really want to gamble with it? 

    I got minor cases of chicken-pox 3 times…supposedly impossible. I was not vaccinated. The problem is not so much  that your kid will die of chickenpox if they get it. The problem is that if your kid gets it and is spreading around the chickenpox, they might give it to grandma in the form of Shingles. Or to mom and dad, who have never had it, or to the pregnant lady down the street, or to the cancer patient next door or the guy with HIV upstairs, or to the baby who is too young to get vaxed. Those  people are generally protected from the disease by herd immunity. They aren’t if you don’t vax, If you and your neighbours don’t vax, they have a good chance of dying so that your kid can have a ten-thousanth of a point less a probability of getting side effects that might not actually exist at all!
    And finally, in response to the big pharma gambit, lemme give you a newsflash:Most people working for the pharmaceutical industry are normal people working for a living like you and I. A lot of them got into the industry because they want to help people. Sure, the companies themselves have the goal of making money. All companies do. But don’t besmirch people in the pharma industry. Keeping the bigwigs and the shareholders in check is why we have government regulation. Pharma companies don’t make much money at all on vaccines. Lifestyle drugs are where the money is.

    So, in short, you want to stick it to the man, fine, but when your kids don’t get their shots, your need to stick it to the man endangers people I love. I have a huge problem with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vladislav.davidzon Vladislav Davidzon

    You have missed my point.  In order to make a sound decision, you have to be fully aware of the statistical dangers of the vaccines.  The best science has told us so far is that “there is no proven link”, which in the past has been used as follows:  “there is no proven risk that asbestos causes cancer”.  In other words, I am stating that science is presently unable to provide us with accurate data as to actual dangers, only stating that no danger has been demonstrated. 

    No danger demonstrated on vaccines is not the same as vaccines are not dangerous.   Do you see the critical and huge difference?  Again this is the same as saying 20-30 years ago that there was no danger demonstrated from smoking or from asbestos.  The danger showed up 20-30 years later, and boy was the danger profoundly severe.

    I am not saying that the vaccines are dangerous.  I am saying they have absolutely not been proven safe, and there is indeed anecdotal evidence that certainly justifies skepticism and a full, vigorous, public debate.  After all, people’s lives are on the line here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6KQTJGAQAZXMNEIKG5LM2IHZU Tizzielish

    Did you actually read my post before you attacked me?   I said I had my child vaccinated.

    I asked questions.  Asking questions is not challenging the concept of vacinations.

    I did not besmirch people in the pharma industry.  your whole post is full of muddied rhetoric and you seem to be responding to arguments you made up in your head, not to what I wrote.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I did read your post. I was responding mainly to:

    ” To cover my bases, I just went to the link for the Center for
    Disease . . . . it does not explain why it is good public or economic
    policy to invest society’s money and resources in avoiding what sounds
    like a relatively minor illness.  Unless you think drug company profits
    is a social good?”

    I was answering why it is a good idea to get your kids vaccinated for a minor illness, and responding to your insinuation that the only reason for that would be to line the pockets of big pharma (as if encouraging mumps vaccinations had only the purpose of enriching the drug industry!) Besides, that, Mumps is not a minor illness. It depends entirely on who you are. I’ve heard of people who lost their eyesight to it. For you it might not have been life threatening. An anecdote: For me, Chickenpox was annoying. For my sister, it turned her into a zombie for two weeks. We had the same upbringing and  the same diet, and both of us have fairly robust immune systems.
    On top of that natural variation, you have those especially vulnerable groups above.  We need to protect them because they can’t get vaccines.
    You were wondering why UCB ought to encourage kids to get vaccinated for mumps. I told you why. I was using the term “you”, not to refer to “you” specifically. I apologize for the offense.

  • Jesse Townley

    I’m glad to see the strong reaction in favor of science. Just because Big Pharma pulls some underhanded moves (for instance prioritizing lifestyle drugs over life-saving drugs, and extending patents by any means necessary), doesn’t mean that everything they touch is corrupt.

    History is very clear on the successful track record of vaccines, as well as the importance of herd immunity. Not vaccinating oneself & ones offspring also endangers the rest of us.

    Jenny McCarthy has a LOT to answer for. I wish I was a fan of hers before she glommed onto that fake U.K. autism study just so I could boycott her & say that she lost a fan. Oh well…

  • John Seal

    C’mon people, this is Berkeley…vaccinate, educate, organize!

  • berkopinionator

    Mumps is not minor. It can cause meningitis and encephalitis. These are bad! 

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1648314/pdf/archdisch00872-0183.pdf

    Vaccinate. Wash your hands. And, don’t share drinks.
     

  • USENET

    BL, do you ever sit out a debate because you don’t know jack sh*t about the topic?

    On-the-fly research doesn’t count, time to quit being the arm-chair a*hole expert on everything.

    If you had any historical experience with USENET you’d know that you are following a long-standing role… every newsgroup has somebody like you.

  • http://a-million-gods.blogspot.com/ Avicenna

    Because Vitamin A doesn’t do anything for the mumps. Infact of the drugs mentioned only NSAIDs are of any use, steroids are not given for the bloody mumps! The last thing you want to do is give something that suppresses the immune response during an infection!

    And NSAIDS are antipyretics. Paracetemol is vital. 

    And do you even understand how much nonsense you have just said? If their immune system is weaker then it doesn’t matter if they have got the disease or not. When your immune system is strong it means it has had exposure to diseases that are common and so responds quickly to them. A vaccinated person has a “strong immunity”. 

  • I had Mumps

    Mumps is one of the least defensible vaccines in the schedule. Prior to the vaccine being developed it was not even a reportable disease. There was near universal infection, with huge percentages having asymptomatic cases, as detailed in the CDC pink book. The more serious complications, meningitis, etc., are completely recoverable except for hearing loss at a rate at 1/20,000. A small percentage of people reached adulthood without immunity, when they are at risk for a more dangerous case of adult mumps. Because the vaccine is not 100% effective, and/ or wears off in some people, the unintended consequence of mass vaccination is to have shifted the infection occurrence away from the well tolerated pediatric cases to more potentially damaging adult cases. A more sane policy would have been to restrict mump vaccination to people who reached adulthood without immunity.

    The Mumps vaccine was combined with the Measles because there was almost no voluntary uptake of the individual Mumps vaccine. As a child I recall our family Dr. offering the shot for my younger brother, (I had already had Mumps), at our annual exam. My Dad’s reaction? “I am not going to put him through a shot for Mumps, that’s ridiculous. What’s next, are they are going to have a shot for Chicken Pox?”

    Vaccination proponents represent that combo shots and multiple vaccines in a single visit do not potentiate each other and increase reactivity.   Somehow this category of pharmaceutical product is not subject to drug interactions.  However, the recent experience of adding the Chicken Pox to schedule seems to refute that, according to the CDC.

    The MMR by itself causes a seizure 1/3500 doses, add a Chicken Pox shot at the same visit you get a seizure 1/2500 doses. Use the MMRV Proquad combo shot and you get a seizure every 1250 doses.

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/combo-vaccines/mmrv/vacopt-faqs-parent.htmVaccine injuries are not astronomically rare. The United States’ patchwork of health care providers, hospitals, and emergency rooms makes vaccine injury tracking problematical. Like most subjects’ health care related, Canada does a superior job of tracking injuries. What does Public Health Canada say?
    “A serious adverse event following immunization is any adverse event that is life-threatening, or results in death, requires hospitalization, prolongs an existing hospitalization or results in residual disability.
    Serious adverse events following immunization are rare. In any immunization campaign, from regular childhood vaccines to seasonal flu shots, the reported rate of serious adverse events is on average about 1 case for every 100,000 doses distributed.”
    “The 1 in 100,000 rate is based on tens of millions of vaccine doses distributed over several years. This rate is based on the administration of several different types of vaccines, some of which have higher or lower rates of adverse events. Rates can also vary by age.”

    “The average rate of serious adverse events, which is 1 per 100,000 doses distributed, has been calculated based on several years of data. It is also calculated on completed immunization campaigns, when we have total numbers of vaccine adverse events reported, and all investigations into serious adverse events have been completed.”
    http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/h1n1/vacc/addeve-eng.php10 injured or even dead children every million doses means that not all who claim vaccine injury are mistaken or lying. 1/100,000 is a small individual risk. Projected out over the 10’s of millions of doses administered annually it is a measurable risk, exceeding that of commercial airline travel.  The CDC Pink Book lists a 50/1,000,000 hearing loss as the permanent damage to naturally acquired Mumps.All vaccines are a risk / risk / benefit calculation.  Is causing 285 to 800 seizures, and 10 Serious Adverse Events offset by preventing 50 cases of Mumps deafness?Isn’t trying to make all vaccination equally important, putting Chicken Pox or Mumps at the same level as Polio ultimately going to undermine the entire system?

  • Richard

    Abitcrunchy? How about a bit misinformed. Vaccines have
    nearly eliminated polio and have actually eliminated smallpox. What a gift to
    mankind! This gift is not recognized by the anti-vaccination lobby. They have
    benefited from this gift because other, more enlightened, people have accepted
    the gift. The vaccine opponents have been given a free ride. They are smallpox
    and polio free because other people have done the responsible thing and gotten
    vaccinated.

    In
    1953, the year I contracted polio, there were approximately 32,000 documented
    cases of polio in the United States and more
    American children died of polio than any other communicable disease. The year before there were more than
    58,000 documented cases of polio in the United States. Just imagine how many
    hospital wards we would need now, more than fifty years later, if there had
    been no vaccine.

    Polio
    is still endemic in parts of the world. Last year, in the World Health
    Organization’s European region, there were more than 700 new cases of polio.
    This was a region that was declared “polio free” just a few years ago! We are
    all, infants and adults, just one airplane flight away from this scourge. Some
    people might think they are safe because it is, “over there.” But one person
    traveling “over there” can quickly bring it, “over here.” A traveler
    can contract the polio virus
    and be unaware that he or she is infected. The infected person can get on an
    airplane and return
    to their home, or continue their travels to other “polio free” countries. This
    highly contagious
    disease can quickly spread to unvaccinated children and adults.

    How
    would you feel if you knew you were responsible for the paralysis or death of
    your family members, friends, or neighbors? Is it worth the risk? Or do you want to stick your head in the sand and ignore the facts?

    Richard
    Daggett, President

    Polio
    Survivors Association

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Dachel/100000492400392 Anne Dachel

    Several things should be noted here. First of all, we’re given the website for the CDC and we’re told that there’s no scientific to connect vaccines to autism. Nothing is said about the fact that the CDC has endless financial ties to the vaccine makers. Hundreds of employees have conflict of interest waivers because of money connections to the industry they’re overseeing. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, a longtime denier of any link between vaccines, is now head of the vaccine division at Merck.
    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Dachel/100000492400392 Anne Dachel

    Frances Dinkelspiell didn’t tell readers that like any medical product, vaccines can have side effects. Readers need to know that if a person is damaged by a vaccination, they can’t sue either the doctor or the vaccine maker. They have been protected by federal law. Instead, parents have to go to a special, “Vaccine Court” where they’re up against government lawyers defending a government program using government money. Few parents ever get their day in “court.” Despite this, the U.S. government has paid out over $2 billion for serious vaccine damage, including death, since 1986. We are now learning that the Court has recognized autism as part of the damage.
    Recently HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism. Seeing these children who were born healthy and were suddenly and dramatically affected by their vaccinations should give us all pause. http://www.ebcala.org/news/videoAnne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Dachel/100000492400392 Anne Dachel

    Recently HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism. Seeing these children who were born healthy and were suddenly and dramatically affected by their vaccinations should give us all pause.
    http://www.ebcala.org/news/video
    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Dachel/100000492400392 Anne Dachel

    Readers should educate themselves about the safety ever-expanding vaccine schedule http://njvaccinationchoice.org/docs/genrescue.pdf It needs to be noted that several MORE VACCINES have been added to the schedule since 2008. There has never been a study on the cumulative effect of so many vaccines, so soon, on the health of a child.
    See the book, Vaccine Epidemic http://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Epidemic-Corporate-Coercive-Government/dp/1616082720 and the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/http://www.nvic.org/.
    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Dachel/100000492400392 Anne Dachel

    Tens of thousands of parents report that their children were born healthy and were developing normally until they received certain routine vaccinations. Suddenly they got sick with things like seizures, bowel disease, and sleep disorders. Many stopped talking and lost learned skills, ending up with an autism diagnosis. Doctors say autism has no known cause. The only thing they’re sure of is that their ever-expanding vaccine schedule isn’t to blame and they have lots of pharma-funded studies to prove it. One percent of children now have autism, including almost two percent of boys. No official knows why and they have no idea how you can prevent your child too from ending up on the autism spectrum. These facts should wake everyone up.Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/
    One percent of children now have autism, including almost two percent of boys. No official knows why and they have no idea how you can prevent your child too from ending up on the autism spectrum. These facts should wake everyone up.Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

  • Richard

    Anne Dachel wrote several replies to the
    thread about vaccinations. I feel I must respond.

     

    After analyzing over 1,000 research papers, a
    report issued by the IOM (Institute of Medicine), in August of this year, found
    no evidence linking vaccines to autism and very few other health problems
    caused or clearly linked to vaccines.

     

    According to a committee of experts who reviewed
    the scientific studies, evidence was found of several health outcomes
    associated with vaccines. All adverse reactions were rare and temporary.

     

    Parental concerns regarding serious health
    problems linked to childhood vaccines have been triggered by suggestions that
    this is the case. In many instances, these concerns are promoted by those who
    have a vested interest in anti-vaccination lobby groups.

     

    Solid evidence is required in order to
    establish a cause-and-effect relationship between an agent and a health outcome.
    The committee reviewed several kinds of evidence, such as clinical, biological,
    and epidemiological research. Suggested vaccine-related adverse outcomes are
    not backed by proper evidence, or when evidence was found, it was contradicted
    by conflicting results, making it impossible to draw any conclusions, the
    experts wrote.

     

    Anne Dachel is the media editor for a website
    called “Age of Autism,” which is part of the anti-vaccination lobby. She is all
    over the internet and print media, spreading the conspiracy theory of medicine.

     

    I am a survivor (just barely) of polio. I spent
    six months in an iron lung, and three years in a rehabilitation hospital. I
    know how devastating polio can be. The year I contracted polio, more children
    died of this disease than of any other communicable disease.

     

    What ended this scourge? A vaccine! As recently
    as 1967, the World Health Organization (WHO)
    estimated that two million died of smallpox in that year. What ended this
    scourge? A vaccine!

  • I had Mumps

    Richard- this story is about Mumps. Is it reasonable to require a vaccination when the vaccination risk is equal to or may even exceed the risk of the disease? As is almost certainly the case with Mumps?

    The Mumps vaccine is administered by injection, which is by definition an invasive medical procedure, with its own measurable risk profile separate from the medication being injected. Do you think any responsible Health Care Provider would represent that it is possible to inject 1 million doses of anything- insulin, B-12, or even saline solution for that matter, without an injury? In the real world accidents, mistakes, and errors occur. You cannot even guarantee sterility of the injection site, illustrated by the recent recall of Triad “sterile” wipes.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41694606/ns/health-infectious_diseases/t/fda-knew-problems-plant-made-tainted-alcohol-wipes/

    http://www.jsonline.com/business/118240054.html

    Is it reasonable to represent that every single dose of every single vaccine administered is perfectly manufactured, packaged, transported, stored, reconstituted, diluted, prepared for injection and injected in the proper fashion at the proper dose to the correct patient?

    If so, then why is this perfection impossible in any other human activity? Read the 1999 Institute of medicine report “To Err is Human”, which details that some 100k people are killed by medical mistakes annually in the US, including 7,000 medication errors. These are not unfortunate outcomes of properly performed procedures, but errors causing mortality.

    Is it reasonable to represent that every single dose of every single vaccine administered is perfectly manufactured, packaged, transported, stored, reconstituted, diluted, prepared for injection and injected in the proper fashion at the proper dose to the correct patient?

    If so, then why is this perfection impossible in any other human activity? Read the 1999 Institute of medicine report “To Err is Human”, which details that some 100k people are killed by medical mistakes annually in the US, including 7,000 medication errors. These are not unfortunate outcomes of properly performed procedures, but errors causing mortality.

    http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/1999/To-Err-is-Human/To%20Err%20is%20Human%201999%20%20report%20brief.pdf

    Is it possible that the near hysterical defense of vaccine safety is resulting in inadequately investigated adverse events? That because an injection is thought to be a vaccine, it is incapable of causing harm? And then little or no follow up is initiated?

    How many “vaccine” injuries are actually simple medication errors, where the incorrect medicine is injected because that office prepares syringes in a central room and the child received a shot intended for another patient? (Medication mix-ups are very common) Or a vaccine concentrate that is to be diluted 1/10 is administered full strength? Or the child moves during the process and the injection goes into a vein instead of intramuscularly? Or the vaccine is diluted with another medicine instead of an inert material? Or the vial is mislabeled, or contaminated during storage or overheated during shipping or etc., etc.,?

    Gross medical errors such as performing surgery on the wrong side of the body, or even amputating the incorrect body part occurs at a measurable frequency.

    Penicillin administered therapeutically in clinical settings kills 400 people a year. Insect stings & bites 40 or so. Food allergies, where a subset of the population is so sensitive to substances that other people enjoy without issue kill 150 – 200 people a year. http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx

    Does it seem reasonable that injected medications could be safer than food?

    The point here is that many vaccine safety claims exceed that achievable injecting saline solution. There can be no intelligent discussion of this topic if some participants are in denial about the reality of Vaccine Injuries. You can’t say, “Well, of course vaccines aren’t 100% safe, nothing is”, and concede that conceptually injuries could occur, but then deny that they exist in real life. The World Health Organization doesn’t pretend vaccine injuries are impossible, here is their manual. They differentiate between vaccine reactions and “program errors”, or administration mistakes.

    There are 8 million kids under 2 years old that will receive 20 plus vaccines this year, 160 million doses. Even if the injury rate is the unreasonably low 1/1,000,000 then where are these 160 children? Or if it is the PHC number of 10/1 million, it is 1600 kids. The sheer volume of doses is exceeding any realistically achievable safety standard. In this context shouldn’t vaccination policy be to only vaccinate for serious diseases?

     
    Is it possible that the near hysterical defense of vaccine safety is resulting in inadequately investigated adverse events? That because an injection is thought to be a vaccine, it is incapable of causing harm? And then little or no follow up is initiated?

    How many “vaccine” injuries are actually simple medication errors, where the incorrect medicine is injected because that office prepares syringes in a central room and the child received a shot intended for another patient? (Medication mix-ups are very common) Or a vaccine concentrate that is to be diluted 1/10 is administered full strength? Or the child moves during the process and the injection goes into a vein instead of intramuscularly? Or the vaccine is diluted with another medicine instead of an inert material? Or the vial is mislabeled, or contaminated during storage or overheated during shipping or etc., etc.,?

    Gross medical errors such as performing surgery on the wrong side of the body, or even amputating the incorrect body part occurs at a measurable frequency.

    Penicillin administered therapeutically in clinical settings kills 400 people a year. Insect stings & bites 40 or so. Food allergies, where a subset of the population is so sensitive to substances that other people enjoy without issue kill 150 – 200 people a year. http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx

    Does it seem reasonable that injected medications could be safer than food?

    The point here is that many vaccine safety claims exceed that achievable injecting saline solution. There can be no intelligent discussion of this topic if some participants are in denial about the reality of Vaccine Injuries. You can’t say, “Well, of course vaccines aren’t 100% safe, nothing is”, and concede that conceptually injuries could occur, but then deny that they exist in real life. The World Health Organization doesn’t pretend vaccine injuries are impossible, here is their manual. They differentiate between vaccine reactions and “program errors”, or administration mistakes.

    There are 8 million kids under 2 years old that will receive 20 plus vaccines this year, 160 million doses. Even if the injury rate is the unreasonably low 1/1,000,000 then where are these 160 children? Or if it is the PHC number of 10/1 million, it is 1600 kids. The sheer volume of doses is exceeding any realistically achievable safety standard. In this context shouldn’t vaccination policy be to only vaccinate for serious diseases?

     
     

  • Robert Hutchins

    My wife and I  used to believe in vaccines, until we experienced the consequences of a vaccine reaction with one of my children, first hand. I would not wish that upon anyone.