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Letter to the editor

Think hard about vaccines

To the editor: On April 29 I wrote a letter stating, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s published studies, that vaccines do not always work and then cited that injury can happen with vaccination even according to our government. Robin Barker wrote back on April 30 attacking not the facts I wrote but questioning “my” logic for things I didn’t write. Beyond hate and discrimination, there is danger in having blind faith in vaccines.

For example, Kami Schaal, who is a pro-vaccine nurse, refused to listen to her daughter about the Temple University mumps outbreak because her daughter was fully vaccinated (2019). Her daughter came down with mumps. Their family then had titers tested. Her son and husband did not have “immunity” and Kami had “immunity” to mumps, but she no longer had immunity to rubella so they all got the MMR booster shot. In the end, even with a booster shot and documented “immunity,” she and her family came down with mumps within weeks. Kami’s family suffered severe judgment from their community, because the health department refused to tell the truth that they were vaccinated in the letter sent out about the outbreak. Seems bias plays a huge part in our current vaccination policies.

Also, define “rare” when it comes to vaccine injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Health and Research Quality, vaccine reactions are common and less than 1% are reported (2011). “Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report …” (Lazarus 2011). Ask your doctors what training they have received in identifying vaccine reactions or toxicity. Do you think that bias might play a role in how they decide what a reaction is or if they report it? Have they personally read the studies or vaccine inserts? Are they familiar with the ingredients or how much a child receives with each vaccine and in combination? There are so many questions a parent could have.

Let’s promote having open conversations and stop hate and censorship with vaccination.

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