Dec 22, 2012

Mandatory Polio Vaccination Bill Linked to School Enrollment in Khyber

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Via: Dawn
Speaking on a point of order in the House, cleric-turned-politician from Mansehra Mufti Kifayatullah said he would table private member’s bill in the House during the ongoing session for making polio vaccination mandatory for admission to schools. He said the bill stated that parents should be bound to produce anti-polio vaccination certificate while seeking admission for their children to government and private schools in the province. The lawmaker criticised the government over the killing of vaccinators and failure to arrest the culpable people and declared it the government’s inefficiency.He urged the government to provide health workers carrying out anti-polio vaccination campaign with proper security.
 Mr Kifayatullah proposed that the government stop sending vaccinators from door to door and make arrangements for vaccination of children against polio in mosques. During the session, lawmakers from both the treasury and opposition benches condemned the killing of polio vaccinators in the province. Ironically, health minister Zahir Ali Shah and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti remained absent from the session throughout the discussion on the matter. On a point of order, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Javid Abbasi warned that health of around 800,000 children would be affected if anti-polio drops were not administered to them. He said the government should explain to the people its strategy for running vaccination drive. Awami National Party member Saqibullah Khan Chamkani said UN should stop the US from using health related campaigns for espionage in the province.He also said UN and international community should help Pakistan at this critical moment instead of asking government to suspend immunisation campaign. He said the involvement of the world’s big powers in the immunisation campaign and vested interests had put lives of Pakistani children at risk.
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Mother Questions Vaccinations has Newborn Seized by Police

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Via: NaturalNews
 Another shocking case of tyrannical, overzealous social workers and hospital staff has unfolded in Pennsylvania, where a mom who just gave birth in an ambulance to a healthy baby girl was threatened by a government social worker and accused of not allowing her child to receive "medical treatment." (A claim which is factually false.) In reality, the new mom, exhausting from giving birth in an ambulance, was merely asking questions and trying to determine how her newborn daughter was being treated by hospital staff. A social worker named Angelica Lopez-Heagy continued to threaten the mom, who persisted in asking polite questions to try to determine what she was being accused of. In response, the social worker demanded, "Since you're not going to cooperate, I'll just go and call the police and we can take custody of the baby."
 The social worker then demanded that the mom and dad sign a "safety plan" that would contractually bind them to whatever medical procedures the hospital tries to push on all newborns, including multiple vaccines. The term "safety plan" is really just a linguistic mind trick for the agenda of damaging newborns with vaccines so that they become repeat customers of the medical industry. Vaccines, as NaturalNews readers well know, routinely cause kidney damage, neurological damage and gastrointestinal damage, all of which produce huge long-term profits for hospitals, doctors and drug companies.
 When the mom said she wanted her attorney to look over the document before she signed it, the nanny state social worker invoked her previous threat and called the police. The police then took custody (kidnapped) the daughter while hospital workers claimed the newborn was suffering from "illness or injury." (Completely fabricated to justify their kidnapping.) Then they forcibly vaccinated the baby without her mother's consent! This was all "approved" by the social worker, Lopez-Heagy. Note that even though the hospital stole her baby away, if the baby ends up being vaccine damaged, the entire burden of long-term health care costs for that damage will fall squarely on the mother! In fact, the mom might even be accused of "child abuse" if the vaccine damage side effects in any way resemble physical abuse (which often happens, as vaccines can cause bruising, swelling and brain damage).
 Hospital workers then proceeded to kidnap her daughter and kick the mom out of the hospital, taking "possession" of the newborn child and forcing the mom and husband to sleep in the Wal-Mart parking lot, only allowing her to re-enter the hospital every three hours to breastfeed (and I'm shocked they even allow breastfeeding. Isn't that illegal RAW milk?).
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Stockpiling H5N1 Avian Flu Vaccines: The Pandemic Perfected

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Via:100WAPI
(WASHINGTON) -- A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today. H5N1 currently does not spread as easily among humans as it does among domestic foul, but flu experts have feared it could mutate and potentially lead to a pandemic. In infected humans, the virus is highly dangerous. The World Health Organization says since 2003, there have been 608 bird flu cases -- 359 of those cases resulted in death, according to MedPage. Although the FDA isn't required to follow through with the advisory panel recommendations, it generally does, MedPage reports. GSK, who has worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in developing the H5N1 vaccine, is hoping the agency will move forward on the panel's approval to stockpile the vaccine.
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Dec 21, 2012

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H5N1 Research Moratorium Ending: Here comes a new Pandemic!

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Via: Sciencemag
The end of a historic, 13-month-long global debate over the safety and wisdom of H5N1 avian influenza research may finally be in sight. Speaking after a 2-day meeting here, U.S. government officials said today that they are moving rapidly to adopt a new policy for reviewing certain studies involving the H5N1 virus, in a bid to identify high-risk research before it begins. Scientists said the long-discussed move will enable them to soon lift a landmark moratorium on certain kinds of H5N1 research that they voluntarily imposed in January. The controversy was triggered by two studies that showed how to make the virus transmissible in mammals, potentially sparking a deadly human pandemic. Some influenza researchers working outside the United States said that they may even declare the moratorium dead before the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) adopts its new review policy, expected no earlier than next month.
 "I suspect that we will be seeing a lifting of the moratorium on the part of people who are not NIH-funded," Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said today at the end of a special meeting dedicated to debating, fine-tuning, and test-driving the proposed H5N1 policy. Many of the 39 influenza researchers who arranged the moratorium, he said, have been "patiently waiting for this particular event. … I would not be surprised if they [now say]: 'OK, we've heard it all.' … Some are going to go ahead with their experiments if their country and funder allow it."
 "We will be discussing lifting the moratorium very soon. … I'm sure I am going to be seeing lot of e-mails about this tomorrow morning," said virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who led one of the research teams that helped spark the controversy and also helped organize the moratorium. "It would be really nice if all 39 of us agree to lift it, or at least 37 or 38. But I think some researchers outside the United States are going to decide to resume" their paused studies even without unanimity, he said.The latest debate unfolded before some 200 people, including many of the world's top H5N1 researchers, who gathered in an auditorium on the NIH campus to discuss the draft review guidelines. The rules are supposed to help NIH reviewers decide what kinds of H5N1 research the agency should, and should not, fund. Meeting participants also applied the draft, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released on 27 November, to four hypothetical studies.
 The moratorium and the new rules apply only to a small range of experiments, so-called "gain-of-function" studies, in which researchers use gene engineering or other techniques to make naturally occurring H5N1 viruses more lethal or able to jump to new hosts, such as mammals. Many researchers say that such studies are essential to understanding how the virus might mutate into a form that is capable of sparking a deadly human pandemic, but others argue that the risks of such research outweigh its benefits. The issue came into stark focus in late 2011, when two research teams created H5N1 viruses capable of infecting ferrets. That work sparked a global controversy over whether the results should be published and whether funding agencies should do more to identify problematic studies before they begin.
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Rumors of Plot to Sterilize Muslims with Polio Vaccine Spark Killings

47,500 Cases of Paralytic Polio Caused by the OPV
Via: WorldnewsNBC
Pakistan may be one of the world's three remaining polio-stricken countries but Sartaj Khan has decided that the government-sponsored vaccination campaign is much more sinister than it appears. "These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation," said Khan, a 42-year-old lawyer in the city of Peshawar. "The [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out. "Khan is not alone in the belief, propagated by extremist groups, that is gaining currency in the Pashtun belt of northwestern Pakistan: The government’s anti-polio campaign is a ruse by the Americans to sterilize or spy on Muslims. Many also believe that much like the Pakistani physician, Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA run a fake vaccination program to establish the presence of Osama bin Laden, the army of health workers employed to vaccinate the country’s children are also on the United States’ payroll. The belief has turned deadly: Nine anti-polio workers have been killed by gunmen on motorcycles this week. Some of those killed were teenage girls. Following the violence, the United Nations pulled back all staff involved in the vaccination campaign and officials suspended it in some parts of the country.There are ranks of parents whose awareness is low and suspicions high when it comes to the deadly virus: A November World Health Organization study found that 41 percent of those polled had never heard of polio — and 11 percent refused to vaccinate their children.
 The reality is that polio can paralyze or kill within hours of infection. It is transmitted person-to-person, meaning that as long as one child is infected, the disease can be passed to others. Nuclear-armed and militancy-struck Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries still struggling with polio.  Extremists have opposed vaccination programs in Afghanistan and Nigeria, although they haven’t resorted to the sort of violence seen in Pakistan. According to the World Health Organization, there were 213 new cases of polio worldwide in 2012, including 56 in Pakistan.
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Vermont Whooping Cough Outbreak involves 90% Vaccinated Kids

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Via: Vtdigger
Vermont is experiencing the most severe outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, in documented history. While state numbers show the vaccine’s inefficacy in the Green Mountain State, top health officials say there’s no better solution. The 568 cases the state has so far recorded this year are double the previous high of 283 cases set in 1997. To address the situation, the Department of Health administered more than 3,200 TDaP — or tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis — vaccinations for free on Wednesday, and the state is encouraging all Vermonters to get vaccinated. The outbreak has also rekindled a passionate debate over how to best address immunization and whether legislation mandating vaccines in school-aged children is necessary.
“The vaccination is the best way we have in public health to protect pertussis,” said Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist. But the pertussis vaccination is also one of the least effective immunization regimens that are commonly prescribed. According to the CDC, the TDaP vaccination protects seven out of 10 people, and the DTaP — diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis — vaccination used on children has an efficacy rate of 80 percent to 90 percent during and after the five-shot process. After five years, the CDC estimates the efficacy rate drops to 70 percent.
 A New England Journal of Medicine study found that a child’s chance of contracting pertussis increases 42 percent every year after the fifth dose. The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted similar research and came to the same conclusion: The DTaP vaccination wanes in efficacy. In August, the state found that 90 percent of 178 Vermont kids between the ages of six months and 18 years who contracted pertussis had received at least one dose of the vaccination. About 80 percent of those children had received five or six doses. Since then, the state has not recorded how many people who have contracted pertussis were vaccinated, and the state doesn’t plan to use these numbers to make policy. “We know that pertussis can occur in vaccinated people, and our efforts are focused on increasing vaccination rates and tracking cases,” said Kelso. “Whether a case was vaccinated or not wouldn’t change anything we’re doing.”
 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), roughly 93 percent of Vermont’s kindergartners have received the DTaP vaccination and about 90 percent of kids over the age of 10 have received the TDaP vaccination. Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen. VTD File Photo/Alan Panebaker
Commissioner of the Department of Health Harry Chen said that although the vaccination has a lower efficacy rate than others, it still provides a higher level of protection to communities and can help mitigate the effects of pertussis if contracted. “There’s no perfect vaccine, but it is the best thing we have to prevent pertussis,” he said. “So, even if after nine or 10 years it’s only (70 to) 80 percent effective, it’s still the best we have. Certainly the CDC will look at new vaccines. But, until then, our best strategy is to get everyone vaccinated.”
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Dec 20, 2012

Vaccine Insert Links

Vaccines are Toxic
Via: Examiner
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm101580.pdf
"Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine." This means that we cannot get a reliable estimate on how often the listed above adverse events occur.
What else can vaccine package inserts tell us? Find out the information on each vaccine package insert at the links listed for each one below.
Prevnar, the Pneumococcal Vaccine:
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine:

Bird Flu Causes Death of Thousands of Chickens in Bantul

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Via: Thejakartapost
Bird flu has likely caused the death of thousands of chickens in Bantul, Yogyakarta, over the past two months, said the head of the regency’s Agriculture and Forestry Agency, Edy Suharyanta, on Wednesday. He said that the chickens died suddenly without showing any symptoms, similar to death caused by the bird flu, adding that some areas in Banten are endemic to the virus. Sumarwanto, a resident of Srigading, Banten, said that some 100 chickens died suddenly during the past two weeks and that they did not show any symptoms prior to their death.
 “They still looked healthy in the evening. Then the next morning, they would suddenly die with their heads turning red,” he said. While the mass and sudden deaths indicated a bird flu outbreak, Edy said that the agency still had to wait for the laboratory tests’ results to determine the exact cause of the deaths. Bird flu is still considered a serious pandemic threat because of its continued presence in poultry in numerous countries, its tendency to quickly mutate and change, its ability to infect humans and its continuing high mortality rate. Since 2005, a total of 192 cases of bird flu have been recorded in Indonesia and have caused 160 fatalities.
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7 Polio Vaccine Workers Gunned Down Linked to CIA Fake Vaccine Program

47,500 Cases of Paralytic Polio Via OPV
Via: CBSNews
Gunmen shot dead a woman working on U.N.-backed polio vaccination efforts and her driver in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, just a day after similar attacks across the country killed five female polio workers. The killings are a major setback for a campaign that international health officials consider vital to contain the crippling disease but which Taliban insurgents say is a cover for espionage. In Wednesday's attack, the woman and her driver were gunned down in the northwestern town of Charsadda, said senior government official Syed Zafar Ali Shah. He said gunmen targeted two other polio teams in the same town, but no one was wounded in those attacks.
 Earlier in the day in the northwestern city of Peshawar, gunmen shot a polio worker in the head, wounding him critically, said Janbaz Afridi, a senior health official. There were also attacks Wednesday on polio workers in the cities of Charsadda and Nowshera, but no casualties were reported there. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is endemic. UINCEF and the WHO said Wednesday that the organizations would implement, "additional security protocols to ensure the safety and security of their polio workers." But Bushra Arain, chair of the All Pakistan Lady Health Worker's Welfare Association - the national body which represents the workers actually do the majority of the field work for the vaccination program, told CBS News on Wednesday that all field work was being halted. "The government has to take full responsibility for our security," Arain told CBS News' Bokhari. "We will not do any field work. If the assassins are not arrested before the 22nd (December)... we will hold a large protest in Islamabad." Janbaz Afridi, a senior health official, said the latest attacks took place in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera cities.
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Dec 19, 2012

Tampa Hospitals Vaccination Stations at the Elevators and Parking Garages

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Via: TBO
Vaccination stations at the elevators and parking garage were less-than-subtle reminders to workers coming and going from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center campus that it was time to get ready for flu season. For three weeks, these strategically placed mini-clinics made it easy for the hospital's 4,200 employees to stop and get a flu shot. No vaccination? Prepare to wear a surgical mask at work throughout the entire season. Moffitt's policy that employees protect themselves and patients from flu exposure has worked far better than asking nicely for volunteers, said Michele Talka, Moffitt's director of human resource operations. Nearly 92 percent have complied with the policy, now in its second year. "We tried incentives and bribes and convenience but could never get enough," she said of previous efforts that couldn't get participation to jump above roughly 60 percent.
 Though it may not be directly tied to new federal vaccination reporting rules that start Jan. 1, more hospitals nationwide are requiring clinicians, office workers and volunteers to get flu shots. Some go so far as to make objectors wear surgical masks or dangle a deduction on employee insurance premiums as an incentive. Even those local hospitals that don't mandate flu shots, such as Florida Hospitals, HCA Hospitals and the BayCare Health System, "strongly encourage" employee participation. "Anything we can do to prevent the disease is good," said Bruce Flareau, president of BayCare Physician Partners. BayCare, an 11-hospital network with more than 20,000 employees, held 50 free vaccination clinics this fall. Participation jumped 7 percent this year, to 50 percent. Across the United States, health care professionals working with and near the sick are more likely to want to prevent flu, show statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Far more health care workers, 62.9 percent, have been vaccinated this year compared to the general public, 41.8 percent.
 The frailty of hospital patients is a reason why the CDC this year is highlighting how many health care professionals get flu shots. Officials say the preventable disease can spread quickly in health care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices. A CDC report released this month shows that hospitals have the highest overall employee participation, at 83.4 percent. More than 65 percent of ambulatory center and physician office workers get them, while nearly 49 percent of workers at nursing homes receive flu shots, the report said. "You're also protecting someone who can't get vaccinated," said Dan Jernigan, deputy influenza division director at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.
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14 More Connecticut Hospitals Mandate Employee Flu Shots

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Via: Courant
Despite resistance from some employees, more state hospitals this year are making flu shots mandatory for all workers, and some have even suspended or dismissed a handful who have not complied. This year, 19 of the 29 acute care hospitals in the state require that all employees get flu vaccinations. It's a sharp increase from last year, when there were only five. State health officials did not name the hospitals.There has been dissent from some employees. At Waterbury Hospital, dozens of employees initially refused to get a flu shot, but after being threatened with unpaid suspension and possible dismissal, only two full-time employees had failed to get a vaccination or exemption by Wednesday. They have been suspended. "There are a few hardcore people who are holding out, and that's their prerogative," said Steven Aronin, chief of infectious diseases at Waterbury Hospital. If those employees get the shot, he said, "they can come back immediately."
 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals that require flu shots for employees had 95 percent compliance, while those that didn't had vaccination rates of 68 percent. Religious and medical exemptions are allowed at most hospitals that have mandatory vaccine policies. Employees with a history of adverse reactions to the shot, have certain allergies or have a compromised immune system can get the medical exemption. Religious exemptions vary. Children's Medical Center requires a note from the person's spiritual leader, explaining objections to the vaccines. At Hartford Hospital, the employee can write their own note explaining their objections. Those who do get exemptions must wear masks during flu season.
 Earlier this year, the Connecticut Hospital Association adopted a statewide policy endorsing mandatory flu vaccination for hospital staff. Nationally, Nancy Foster of the American Hospital Association said more hospitals appear to be implementing mandatory policies. Her organization doesn't specifically recommend mandatory programs, but noted that hospitals should do what's necessary to get high vaccination rates. "Patients have compromised immune systems often because of whatever they came to the hospital for in the first place or because of medication, so they're more vulnerable," Foster said, adding that for those at risk, influenza can lead to pneumonia. "It can be fatal for the elderly and the young." Susan MacArthur, director of infection prevention at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, said Waterbury Hospital seems to be going through the "growing pains" that her hospital went through last year when it began its mandatory vaccine program. "Last year, we had many more questions and pushback," MacArthur said. The hospital eventually dismissed five employees who refused the vaccination and who hadn't qualified for exemptions. This year was much easier, she said, although, two per diem employees who didn't get the shot were dismissed. "This year, everyone just rolled up their sleeves and got a shot," she said. "It's that first year. No one likes change."
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Tampa Hospital Get Flu Shot or Wear a Mask

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Via: TBO
Vaccination stations at the elevators and parking garage were less-than-subtle reminders to workers coming and going from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center campus that it was time to get ready for flu season. For three weeks, these strategically placed mini-clinics made it easy for the hospital's 4,200 employees to stop and get a flu shot. No vaccination? Prepare to wear a surgical mask at work throughout the entire season. Moffitt's policy that employees protect themselves and patients from flu exposure has worked far better than asking nicely for volunteers, said Michele Talka, Moffitt's director of human resource operations. Nearly 92 percent have complied with the policy, now in its second year. "We tried incentives and bribes and convenience but could never get enough," she said of previous efforts that couldn't get participation to jump above roughly 60 percent.
 Though it may not be directly tied to new federal vaccination reporting rules that start Jan. 1, more hospitals nationwide are requiring clinicians, office workers and volunteers to get flu shots. Some go so far as to make objectors wear surgical masks or dangle a deduction on employee insurance premiums as an incentive. Even those local hospitals that don't mandate flu shots, such as Florida Hospitals, HCA Hospitals and the BayCare Health System, "strongly encourage" employee participation. "Anything we can do to prevent the disease is good," said Bruce Flareau, president of BayCare Physician Partners. BayCare, an 11-hospital network with more than 20,000 employees, held 50 free vaccination clinics this fall. Participation jumped 7 percent this year, to 50 percent.
 Across the United States, health care professionals working with and near the sick are more likely to want to prevent flu, show statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Far more health care workers, 62.9 percent, have been vaccinated this year compared to the general public, 41.8 percent. The frailty of hospital patients is a reason why the CDC this year is highlighting how many health care professionals get flu shots. Officials say the preventable disease can spread quickly in health care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices.
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Pediatricians Fight Ban on thimerosal (Mercury) in Vaccines

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Via: FoxsNews
 A mercury-containing preservative should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, U.S. pediatricians said Monday, in a move that may be controversial. In its statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed calls from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that the preservative, thimerosal, not be considered a hazardous source of mercury that could be banned by the United Nations. Back in 1999, a concern that kids receiving multiple shots containing thimerosal might get too much mercury - and develop autism or other neurodevelopmental problems as a result - led the AAP to call for its removal, despite the lack of hard evidence at the time. "It was absolutely a matter of precaution because of the absence of more information," said Dr. Louis Cooper, from Columbia University in New York, who was on the organization's board of directors at the time. "Subsequently an awful lot of effort has been put into trying to sort out whether thimerosal causes any harm to kids, and the bottom line is basically, it doesn't look as if it does," Cooper, who wrote a commentary published with the AAP's statement, told Reuters Health.
 In a 2004 safety review, for example, the independent U.S. Institute of Medicine concluded there was no evidence thimerosal-containing vaccines could cause autism. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to the same conclusion in 2010. With the exception of some types of flu shots, the compound is not used in vaccines in the United States, which are distributed in single-dose vials.
And nobody is arguing that should change, according to Dr. Walter Orenstein, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and a researcher at the Emory Vaccine Center in Atlanta. But in countries with fewer resources - where many children still die of vaccine-preventable diseases - it's cheaper and easier to use multi-dose vials of vaccines against diphtheria and tetanus, for example. Thimerosal prevents the rest of a multi-dose vial from getting contaminated with bacteria or fungi each time a dose is used.
 Researchers estimated it could cost anywhere from two to five times as much to manufacture vaccines for developing countries without thimerosal, and both transporting vaccines and keeping them refrigerated would be much harder as well. "If we had to take the thimerosal out of those multi-dose vials, we're having a hard time completing the task of getting every kid immunized now, that would add a tremendous burden," Cooper said - and more children would probably die as a result.
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Dec 18, 2012

No Flu Shot, No Job: Banner Health New Policy

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Via: KPHO
Banner Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel said the hospital system's nearly 37,000 employees are all in compliance with the company's new mandatory flu shot policy. However, Bessel did admit there are some part-time employees that are not allowed to return to work until they are in compliance with the new rule. "There are some employees that are not working now because they have not either got the vaccine or been exempted," said Bessel.
 In September, Banner Health announced that the company was mandating flu shots for all of its 37,000 employees in seven states, including Arizona. The company began enforcing the new policy on Dec. 1. "If you're unable to comply with the policy, we have a process we will follow that will include not being able to work," said Bessel. Banner Health released the following statement to CBS 5:
"Every employee is important to Banner Health, but we cannot compromise on providing the safest experience for our patients. A number of Banner employees have been placed on unpaid leave because they have not complied with Banner's policy requiring employees to receive the flu shot or file a medical or religious exemption. Banner is working with these employees to bring them into compliance and they will have until Dec. 7 to receive their flu shot or file an exemption. It is our hope that these individuals will choose to comply with the policy."
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Flu Vaccines Recalled Contaminated with 'Protein Aggregates'

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Via: GPonline
The MHRA asked the company to undertake a 'precautionary recall' of two batches of Agrippal vaccine, but stressed there was no evidence of safety concerns. The recall came after visible 'protein aggregates' were detected in one batch for the Italian market during a routine inspection by Novartis. The company said it had availability to replace all recalled doses. An MHRA statement said: 'At the request of MHRA, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics is executing a precautionary recall of the above batches. 'Based on the information available, there is no evidence of any new safety concerns or of any impact on efficacy. No adverse reactions which may be associated with this issue have been reported to Novartis in connection with these batches.'
 The MHRA said there was no need to revaccinate people who have received flu vaccine from these batches. Remaining stocks should be quarantined and returned to the original supplier, it said. A spokeswoman for Novartis said: 'During a routine pre-release quality analysis of one batch of Agrippal for the Italian market, Novartis identified visible protein aggregates in one batch of vaccines which was not released to the market.
'The protein aggregates are not uncommon in vaccines and have no impact on their safety or efficacy. Individuals already vaccinated with Agrippal in the UK should not be concerned and there is no need for revaccination.'
The affected batch numbers are 126201A and 126102. Both contain pack sizes of 10 pre-filled syringes with the expiry date of 31 May 2013, and were first distributed on 9 and 17 October 2012 respectively. The recall comes after manufacturer Crucell voluntarily halted deliveries of two batches of flu vaccine to the UK in October on patient safety grounds.
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Mutated Avian Viruses Transmitted to Humans More Easily

Mutating Bird Flu Virus
Via: DNAindia
 While the officials of animal husbandry & fisheries department are stressing on checking the spread of the avian influenza to within Hesaraghatta, experts say it is important to know the extent of mutation of the virus that affected the chickens, turkeys, ducks and emus to put in place adequate measures. Experts say mutated viruses have a higher capacity to infect birds and humans, and even as bird to human transmission is rare, the authorities are ignorant about the capacity of a mutated virus to infect human at a faster rate than before.
 “The only implication of mutation is the lack of immunity among people. This means that a mutated virus has a higher capacity of affecting many more compared to the original virus. However, whether the mutated virus would be more dangerous is debatable (in the absence of precisely knowing what the mutation is),” said Dr Hemanth HR, consultant, critical care medicine, BGS Global Hospital. However, the doctor assures that this doesn’t call for worry as human-to-human transmission of avian flu virus is, as of now, known to be extremely rare. “Avian flu gets transmitted from bird-to-bird easily. Even a bird-to-human transmission is not uncommon, specially among people who work in the poultry,” he said.However, scientists at High Security Animal Disease Laboratory who spoke to DNA on condition of anonymity, said as they were not able to establish the extent of mutation, it would be difficult to determine the capacity of the virus to cause human infections and also precisely how it would do that.
 But there is hope. Whether the virus is mutated or not, the treatment largely remains the same. “While more people are susceptible to a mutated virus, when it comes to treatment, both the original and mutated virus are treated similarly as per anti-viral medications are concerned. However, if there are vaccines available, it will be different for original and mutated virus,” said Dr Rajeev Moger, consultant, internal medicine, Apollo Hospitals. HSADL scientists, too, say that existing vaccines were developed using strains of the original H5N1 avian influenza virus. But the virus had much mutated after that, rendering those vaccines useless.
Moreover, while the symptoms of avian flu is similar to any other category of flues, the treatment is more or less the same for all of them.
No bird left to be culled at CPDOTI
 The department of animal husbandry and fisheries deployed 15 rapid response teams for cleaning the sheds at the Central Poultry Development Organisation & Training Institute (CPDOTI) on Thursday. All the birds at CPDOTI were culled along with those which were suspected to be affected by the avian influenza virus in a one-km radius around the institute. Surveillance work in the 10-km radius of the surveillance zone, which includes 68 villages in Hesaraghatta, is in progress. On Thursday, 74 more serum samples and 74 more cloacal samples (samples of openings to intestinal urinary and reproductive tracts) were collected and submitted to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal for investigation. Small eateries make a killing over bird flu
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Turn in your GUNS for a Free Flu Shot?

Joseph Stalin once said; “one man with a gun can control 100 men without” this statement rings in my head as I write this article on the current ‘goods for guns’ campaign being conducted in Worcester, Massachusetts over the past ten years. Citizens are encouraged to turn in their firearms in exchange for a gift certificate ranging from 25$-75$ which can be redeemed at the Wegmans grocery store outlet. In addition to disarming their citizens Worcester has also sweetened up the deal with a free toxic injection called ‘the flu shot’. The influenza vaccination that is given on a yearly schedule here in the United States contains higher levels of mercury than regular vaccines having a total of 1 microgram per milliliter as opposed to the MMR vaccine which has .5 micrograms per milliliter as stated in the ‘Mercury Free Act’. Perhaps this is one of the contributing factors that has caused the United States of America to become one of the leaders in developmentally disabled children. Read the rest....

Dec 17, 2012

Justices to Weigh Vaccine Challenger's Bid for Fees

Vaccine Court No Jury
Via: Courthouse News Service
 A woman whose vaccination challenge spurred a minor reform of federal law will have to persuade the Supreme Court that her attorneys' fees demand merits consideration. Claiming that vaccinations for hepatitis B caused her multiple sclerosis, Dr. Melissa Cloer sought benefits under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
 Congress had established the program with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Vaccine Act of 1986 in response to a rising number of such lawsuits. Though the program denied Cloer's claim, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims affirmed, Cloer found a bit of relief from the Federal Circuit. Summarizing its August 2011 ruling nearly a year later, the appeals court said that Cloer's challenge "prompted a change of law in a limited way that potentially opens the door to certain Vaccine Act petitioners who otherwise would have been precluded from seeking redress." On that basis, the court said Cloer could have a case for attorneys' fees and remanded the issue. The U.S. Supreme Court granted the government's petition for certiorari last week, giving no comment on the case, as per its custom.
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Yale Chickenpox Outbreak Involved Mostly Vaccinated Students

Toxic Injections
Via: Thetimesherald
A recent chickenpox (or “varicella”) outbreak in the Yale Public Schools dstrict illustrates several important issues. Chickenpox is a vaccine-preventable disease that was quite common, but most people are unaware there can be severe and life-threatening consequences. Susceptible women entering child-bearing years are very worrisome because of the risk for congenital varicella syndrome.
 In Yale, one child had a prolonged hospitalization, one adult was infected and (at least) one pregnant woman was exposed. In five weeks, 27 cases were reported in the Yale outbreak compared to 24 reported cases in all of St. Clair County in 2011. When a large percentage of a population is vaccinated, the entire community — vaccinated and unvaccinated — receives additional protection. “Herd immunity” is a primary justification for mandatory vaccination policy in the United States. Schools are a prime venue for the transmission of vaccine-preventable disease. Active school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they interact. State governments are solely responsible for school vaccination requirements — not the federal government. The allowance of exemptions to required immunizations is provided in connection to school or day-care enrollment; an exemption does not pertain to the circumstance of an outbreak and outbreak control measures. Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978, section 333. 5115 gives local health officers the authority to enforce these decisions, including the exclusion of unimmunized and immune susceptible students from school in the event of communicable disease outbreaks.
 The current MDCH immunization waiver form explicitly states that in the event of disease occurrence, exclusion of unimmunized individuals may be undertaken as a disease control measure. In the Yale outbreak, 57 of 519 students (greater than 10 percent) initially were excluded from Yale Junior High School. Although cases appeared in other schools, the junior high experienced the highest number of cases. Those who could prove immunity or received a vaccine were allowed to return. Ultimately, 11 have remained excluded. The time of exclusion is 21 days from the last case reported because of the prolonged lag time the infection can take to appear.
 We are aware and concerned that some parents are signing waivers to required immunizations as a matter of expediency in the school registration process without truly careful consideration of the importance of vaccines and the benefits in preventing these important illnesses. The waiver rates for St. Clair County are higher than the state average (seven percent) and have been increasing in the past several years. We urge each school district to re-evaluate its waiver policies to ensure “personal bias” and convenience are not creating a dangerous situation for its students and staff.
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Global pediatric vaccine market to hit $23B by 2015 - FierceVaccines

Poison Darts
Via: Fiercevaccines
The global pediatric vaccine market will likely hit a value of more than $23 billion by 2015, a market analysis shows. GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) leads the charge with nearly a quarter of the global market. From 2005 to 2011, pediatric vaccines doubled their market share, according to a Renub Research analysis, and will continue to shoot upward. Analysts can attribute much of that growth to blockbuster vaccines such as Pfizer's ($PFE) Prevnar 7 and Prevnar 13, Glaxo's Rotarix and Merck's ($MRK) Rotateq. Pediatric proprietary vaccines will probably lead the vaccine market with just less than 60% market share by 2015, the report says. Some vaccines will slacken the upward trend; boosters and enhanced pediatric vaccines, for example, will slow in terms of growth because of lower margins and the maturity of the markets. But DTP vaccines--diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis--stay on the rise. Pediatric hepatitis and polio vaccines followed behind.
  Five major companies dominate the global pediatric vaccines market: Glaxo, Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, Pfizer and Novartis ($NVS). Glaxo sits a length ahead, largely thanks to its influenza products Fluvarix and Hiberix. Vaccines are available for 20 different diseases, 10 of which are recommended for use in all children in the United States. Despite the gamut, though, 2 million children die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by those vaccines. Unsurprisingly, many of the deaths occur in poor countries.
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Why has Dengue Virus Mutated into a Stronger Version?

Man-made Enhancements?
Via: Expressindia
 New Delhi The mosquito-borne dengue virus has mutated several times over the years, leading to five outbreaks of the disease in the Capital since 1996, doctors said. This comes at a time when scientists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were preparing tests to identify this year’s dengue strain.
 “There are four strains of the virus, commonly categorised as dengue-I,II, III and IV. It is a myth that the virulence of the disease is determined by the strain. Any strain can lead to aggressive forms of the disease. Since most people don’t have immunity against new strains, a greater number are affected,” Dr Shobha Broor, the head of microbiology in AIIMS, said. She said type-II has been responsible for most cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) the world over. This is the most aggressive form of the virus and usually causes dengue shock syndrome. The four strains can show a wide range of symptoms — from simple fever to haemorrhages and shock syndrome, which can prove fatal if not treated properly.
 Dengue-I, which is most common, is termed as the “classic”, while type-II is known for haemorrhagic fever and shock syndrome.A patient having type-III or IV dengue shows severe symptoms, but generally don’t suffer from shock or haemorrhagic situations. “Analysis of dengue cases from 1960 in the country, including sporadic incidents in the 1970s and 1980s, reveal that type-I and III have been the most common strains, particularly in Delhi. It is important to understand that the severity of symptoms can be caused by any strain, if ignored,” a senior virologist in NCDC said.Delhi health officials said two of the three deaths recorded in the city this year were from the shock syndrome. They said haemorrhagic fever was also seen in the three cases.
 The first case of haemorrhagic dengue confirmed through serological tests was recorded in 1988, an official said. The first virological analysis was done in 1996 and dengue-II was found to be the most prevalent strain in samples screened in AIIMS. Though there were reports of outbreaks in 1970, 1982 and 1988, no “culture confirmed” or laboratory recorded cases of haemorrhage or shock syndrome were recorded. The next widespread incidence of dengue was in 2003 when all four strains of the virus were detected in patients.
In 2005, isolates of type-I and III were seen, while combined infection where both strains were present in a patient was also detected. A year later, doctors and virologists found type-III as the most common strain. In 2010, when a spurt in dengue cases were reported, type-I was found to be the common strain. This year, AIIMS has already tested 1,000 samples of which 194 have tested positive for the IgM antibody. Biochemical polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are currently being conducted on the samples. These strains mutate into sub-types over the years. “In 1996, a different genotype of dengue strain was detected. It was genotype 4. In some 1,967 samples, genotype 5 was found,” Dr Broor said. Concurrent strains — infections of more than one strain at the same time — were observed in 2006. This led to different manifestations of the disease.
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Dec 16, 2012

Mumps Outbreak At California College Involved 75% Fully Vaccinated

Aviod the Toxic Shots
Via: EVDN
Before reading the information below understand that they are claiming that unvaccinated people are the problem when really the underlining message should be that vaccines don't protect you against the real world wild viruses. Notice that 75% of the students infected had gotten the recommended two doses of the vaccine which did nothing other than to damage and weaken the bodies own immune system making them more susceptible to the virus in the wild and turning them into carriers of the virus spreading it to others through means of 'herd immunity'. 
Via: buzzfeed
Mumps outbreaks have been making headlines for several years now, with some pointing to declining vaccination rates as a possible cause. Now a California outbreak apparently started by an unvaccinated young man reveals that even people who have had the vaccine may be at risk. The outbreak, documented in a CDC study released last week, ran from August 2011 to January 2012 and eventually sickened 29 people. All were connected in some way to a California university, which is unnamed in the study but appears to be UC Berkeley.
 The CDC study traces the California outbreak back to an unvaccinated 21-year-old man who had recently been to western Europe, where mumps is more common. However, many of those who later got sick had actually been vaccinated — 22 of the 29 had gotten the recommended two doses of vaccine. Mumps outbreaks are becoming more common, says epidemiologist Dr. Mark Dworkin, who specializes in vaccine-preventable diseases. One possible reason is that while two doses of mumps vaccine are now recommended, many people today were vaccinated at a time when just one was the standard, and those people may have lower immunity. The drop in vaccination rates sparked by fears of vaccine-related autism could be a factor as well — one report found a nearly 4% drop between 2008 and 2009 in the number of 2-year-olds with private insurance who were fully vaccinated. Says Dworkin, "People who aren't vaccinating are maintaining a pool of [susceptible people] who are fueling these outbreaks."
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Monsnato's Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria

Super Bacteria
Via: Greenmedinfo
Could Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup be leading to the overgrowth of deadly bacteria in animals and humans consuming genetically-modified food contaminated with it? This question follows from a new study published in the journal Current Microbiology titled, "The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro," which found that the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, known as glyphosate, negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of poultry in vitro. The researchers presented evidence that highly pathogenic bacteria resisted glyphosate, whereas beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible to it.
 Some of the beneficial species that were found to be suppressed by glyphosate were Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. The pathogenic species which were found to resist glyphosate toxicity were Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum. The researchers stated that "A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community."   Even more alarming was their observation that the toxicity of glyphosate to the most prevalent beneficial species, Enterococcus, "could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in Clostridia botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these bacteria on clostridia."  Clostridia are a class of anaerobic bacteria including some of the most dangerous known to man, such as C. tetani and C. botulinum, which produce tetanus and botulin toxin, respectively.
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Hospitals Making Employee Flu Shots Mandatory

Choice should be Mandatory
Via:Dispatch
Local hospitals are finding that mandates are the best way to boost flu-vaccination rates among their workers. This fall, Mount Carmel Health System became the most-recent central Ohio hospital system to require employee flu vaccinations. By late January 2013, OhioHealth said it will begin to hold accountable any employees who disregard a similar mandate that it first told them about during the 2011-12 flu season. Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital began requiring employees to get the vaccine three years ago following the H1N1 flu scare.
 “The concern was, no one knew how severe this would be,” said Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious-disease specialist at Children’s. Even well-meaning employees could spread the flu virus before realizing that they had symptoms, he said. Mandates significantly increased vaccination rates at both hospitals.Coverage at Children’s was 96 percent during the 2011-12 flu season, up from 61 percent four years earlier, before the mandate took effect. Wexner Medical Center’s vaccination rate reached 85 percent during the 2011-12 flu season. That’s up from 34 percent during the 2008-09 flu season, but the earlier rate is likely an undercount because it doesn’t include employees who received flu vaccinations outside the workplace. By comparison, OhioHealth and Mount Carmel reported 2011-12 vaccination rates of 60 percent and 53 percent, respectively.
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GMO Foods Are Creating New Allergies

Are they genetically modifying the world?