Pro-Vaccine Arguments

In this section I will explore the arguments of pro-vaccinator’s against actual medical evidence.

Diseases are disappearing as a result of vaccines.

Both disease rates and death rates from diseases were decreasing prior to vaccination, and in some cases, figures showed an increase in disease after vaccination was introduced, for instance, in this US graph for Diphtheria disease and death rates:

If you notice, when the vaccine was introduced in the 1920’s, the disease and death rates spiked on the graph, before reducing again, suggesting a relation to the vaccine.

All diseases have become milder throughout history, and mortality rates have reduced and it’s nothing to do with vaccination. For instance, in the 14th century the Bubonic Plague (‘the black death’) killed 25 million Europeans in just 5 years. Now that’s an epidemic! Now people no longer die of it, and there was no vaccine to credit it’s decline.

Typhus also disappeared without any vaccine, as did Scarlet Fever.

The Archives of Pediatrics, in 1951, stated:

‘The decline in diphtheria, whooping cough and typhoid fever began fully fifty years prior to the inception of artificial immunization and followed an almost even grade before and after the adoption of these control measures. In the case of scarlet fever, mumps, measles and rheumatic fever there has been no specific innovation in control measures, yet these also have followed the same general pattern in incidence decline.” Claims about the historical life-saving impact of immunization programs appear to be assumptive and not factual.’

McCormick W.J., Vitamin C in the Prophylaxis and Therapy of Infectious Diseases; Archives of Pediatrics, Vol. 68, No. 1, January 1951.

The above graph shows the decline of Scarlet Fever, starting in the 1880’s, which occured without any vaccination.

Yet vaccination is taking the credit for the decline of many diseases, when evidence suggests that the natural pattern for the diseases would be to reduce in numbers and severity anyway.

The second paragraph of the pro-vaccinator’s argument is true. Deaths were declining, and the reason was better sanitation and nutrition.

One of the main arguments that the medical profession use to get parents to consent to vaccination is the fear that the child might DIE of a vaccine-preventable disease, and they say that vaccination is to prevent deaths, save lives etc. For instance, Professor Ian Frazer, inventor of the HPV vaccine, said

“Everybody has the right to say no, that is their right but they also have the right to get cervical cancer and they also have the right to die, it goes with the territory.’

He is selling his vaccine to parents by saying their daughters will die if they don’t have it. No parent would accept a vaccine for an illness they thought their child would easily recover from. So in fact, the declining death rates are of more importance than the declining disease rates.

Vaccines really work!

Here are dozens of referenced medical studies which show that diseases are occuring in the vaccinated:

Manghani DK, et al. Pleomorphism of fine structure of rabies virus in human and experimental brain. J Neurol Sci. 1986 Sep;75(2):181-93. PMID: 3760910; UI: 87010723.
Identification of the Negri bodies in the brain of an 8-year-old boy who died 8 days after a paralytic illness and 20 days after a dog bite, and who had received 9 injections of Semple’s anti-rabies vaccine, provided evidence that he died of acute rabies encephalitis and not of post-vaccinal allergic encephalomyelitis.

“Reemergence of invasive haemophilus influenzae type b disease in a well-vaccinated population on remote Alaska” (Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 179, no. 1, January 1999, pp. 101-106.

“High incidence of breakthrough varicella observed in healthy Japanese children immunized with live attenuated varicella vaccine (Oka strain),” Acta Paediatrica Japonica, vol. 39, no. 6, December 1997, pp. 663-8: the rate of varicella [chicken pox] occurrence among vaccinees was found to be much higher than rates reported previously by other authors. “Varicella vaccine seems to be effective in modifying the symptoms of varicella, but not potent enough in protecting from VZV infection.”

The characteristics of poliovirus strains circulating in Ukraine in 1982-1994″ (Mikrobiol[ogie] Z. vol. 60, no. 2, March-April 1998, pp. 44-49 [article in Russian]): “The long-term use of the live poliomyelitis vaccine has not stopped circulation of virulent polioviruses.”

Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop., vol. 28, no. 4, Oct-Dec 1995, pp. 339-43 “Clinical and epidemiological findings during a measles outbreak occurring in a population with a high vaccination coverage” : “The history of previous vaccination [in very early childhood] did not diminish thenumber of complications of the cases studied. The results of this work show changes in age distribution of measles leading to sizeable outbreaks among teenagers and young adults.”

Clin. Invest. Med., vol. 11, no. 4, August 1988, pp. 304-9: “Measles serodiagnosis during an outbreak in a vaccinated community” ( from a group of 30 measles-sufferers displaying IgM antibodies during the acute phase of illness, 17 had been vaccinated for measles. All 17 experienced measles again, showing IgM antibodies indicating acute infection. “A history of prior vaccination is not always associated with immunity nor with the presence of specific antibodies.”

Boulianne N, et al.(1991) [Major measles epidemic in the region of Quebec despite a 99% vaccine coverage]. Can J Public Health. 1991 May-Jun;82(3):189-90. French. PMID: 1884314; UI: 91356447.

The 1989 measles outbreak in the province of Quebec has been largely attributed to an incomplete vaccination coverage. In the Quebec City area (pop. 600,000) 1,363 confirmed cases of measles did occur. A case-control study conducted to evaluate risk factors for measles allowed us to estimate vaccination coverage. It was measured in classes where cases did occur during the outbreak. This population included 8,931 students aged 5 to 19 years old. The 563 cases and a random sample of two controls per case selected in the case’s class were kept for analysis. The vaccination coverage among cases was at least 84.5%. Vaccination coverage for the total population was 99.0%. Incomplete vaccination coverage is not a valid explanation for the Quebec City measles outbreak.

Edmonson MB, et al.(1990) Mild measles and secondary vaccine failure during a sustained outbreak in a highly vaccinated population. JAMA. 1990 May 9;263(18):2467-71. PMID: 2278542; UI: 90230400.

A prolonged school-based outbreak of measles provided an opportunity to study “vaccine-modified” mild measles and secondary vaccine failure. Thirty-six (97%) of 37 unvaccinated patients had rash illnesses that met the Centers for Disease Control clinical case definition of measles, but 29 (15%) of 198 vaccinated patients did not, primarily because of low-grade or absent fever. Of 122 patients with seroconfirmed measles, 10 patients (all previously vaccinated) had no detectable measles-specific IgM and significantly milder illness than either vaccinated or unvaccinated patients with IgM-positive serum. Of 108 vaccinated patients with seroconfirmed measles, 17 patients (16%) had IgM-negative serology or rash illnesses that failed to meet the clinical case definition; their mean age (13 years), age at the time of vaccination, and time since vaccination did not differ from those of other vaccinated patients. The occurrence of secondary vaccine failure and vaccine-modified measles does not appear to be a major impediment to measles control in the United States but may lead to underreporting of measles cases and result in overestimation of vaccine efficacy in highly vaccinated populations.

Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 179, April 1999; 915-923. “Temporal trends in the population structure of bordetella pertussis during 1949-1996 in a highly vaccinated population “Despite the introduction of large-scale pertussis vaccination in 1953 and high vaccination coverage, pertussis is still an endemic disease in The Netherlands, with epidemic outbreaks occurring every 3-5 years.” One factor that might contribute to this is the ability of pertussis strains to adapt to vaccine-induced immunity, causing new strains of pertussis to re-emerge in this well-vaccinated population.

“Vaccination against whooping-cough. Efficacy versus risks” (The Lancet, vol. 1, January 29, 1977, pp. 234-7): Calculations based on the mortality of whooping-cough before 1957 predict accurately the subsequent decline and the present low mortality… Incidence [is] unaffected either by small-scale vaccination beginning about 1948 or by nationwide vaccination beginning in 1957… No protection is demonstrable in infants.”

Bentsi-Enchill AD, et al. Estimates of the effectiveness of a whole-cell pertussis vaccine from an outbreak in an immunized population. Vaccine. 1997 Feb;15(3):301-6. PMID: 9139490; UI: 97227584.

D. C. Christie, et al., “The 1993 Epidemic of Pertussis in Cincinnati: Resurgence of Disease in a Highly Immunized Population of Children,” New England Journal of Medicine (July 7, 1994), pp. 16-20.

The Lancet Volume 353, Number 9150 30 January 1999 Risk of diphtheria among schoolchildren in the Russian Federation in relation to time since last vaccination
In 1993, the Russian Federation reported 15229 cases of diphtheria, a 25-fold increase over the 603 cases reported in 1989.1 The incidence rate among children 7-10 years of age (15·7 per 100000) was twice that of adults aged 18 years or over (7·9 per 100000).4 81% of the affected children aged 7-10 years had been vaccinated with at least a primary series of diphtheria toxoid, and most had received the first booster recommended to be given 12 months after completion of the primary series.

Need I go on? Medical journals have been jammed full of these failure reports in vaccinated populations since vaccines were invented, only in those old days, the vaccine simply would have been called ‘spurious’ if the recipient got the disease (i.e. that one was a dud. Don’t worry, vaccination still works).

While vaccines are not 100% effective, more cases will occur in vaccinated than in unvaccinated children during outbreaks, only because there are more vaccinated than unvaccinated children.

When vaccines were first introduced, we were told one shot was for life. The same was true for the MMR. Then they introduced a booster and now in some countries they have an additional shot at 12 years old.

My question is, if a child does not become immune from one dose of vaccine, why would he become immune from a second dose? If it didn’t work the first time, there is no reason to assume it would the second time.

It is true that there are more vaccinated children than unvaccinated, and therefore more vaccinated children are getting diseases (it still does not look good for vaccination, since those children were supposed to be ‘immunized’).

According to Bailey GVJ, Narain R, Mayurnath S, Vallisliayee SRS, GuldJ. Tuberculosis prevention trial, Madras Inj J Med Res 72 (suppl)Jul 1980:1-74, there was the world’s one and only double-blinded trial on BCG vaccination where one group was totally unvaccinated and one group had the BCG vaccine.

There were more cases of TB in the vaccine group! This suggests that it is not just that there are more vaccinated than unvaccinated, but that the vaccine may actually be causing TB.

The trial was abruptly stopped and such a trial on any vaccine has never been repeated because doctors say to leave a child without vaccines would be ‘unethical’. I think the real reason is they would get more results like the BCG trial and they don’t want to know that vaccines cause disease.

Infection has a greater risk of causing harm than immunization.

There IS greater harm from a vaccine than the disease, because:

1. Not every unvaccinated person will get the disease, but EVERY vaccinated person is at risk of vaccine induced complications.

2. Vaccines don’t just contain parts of a virus, they have toxic chemicals in them. For instance, the HPV vaccine has sodium borate in it which is ant powder and not meant for internal use. These chemicals can injure just on their own without even considering the vaccine virus.

3. Some of the diseases are mild have symptoms less severe than the vaccine. For instance, here are the symptoms for Chickenpox as written on the NHS’s website, NHS Direct:

‘Chickenpox is a mild, but highly infectious disease that most children catch at some point. It is most common to catch the disease between March and May. It takes 10-21 days for the symptoms to show after you have come into contact with the virus. This is called the ‘incubation period’.

Chickenpox is most common in children who are between 2-8 years of age, although you can develop chickenpox at any age. You are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until roughly five days after. Therefore, you, or your child, should stay at home until all of the blisters have fully crusted over, and this usually happens 5-7 days after the first blister appears. After the last blister has burst and crusted over, you are no longer infectious.

Chickenpox spreads in tiny droplets of saliva and nasal mucus, by sneezes and coughs from an infected person. The virus is already in these droplets, which is why it spreads so fast.

Once you have had chickenpox, you will very rarely catch chickenpox for a second time. This is because your body develops immunity to the chickenpox virus, which stops you from becoming re-infected. ‘

And here is a manufacturer’s data sheet for Varivax Chickenpox vaccine and the side-effects (Sanofi Pasteur MSD):

Common side effects include:
Pain, tenderness, soreness, erythema, swelling and pruritus at the injection site,
varicella-like rash, upper respiratory infection, irritability, rash and fever.
Rarely, serious side effects have been reported and include thrombocytopenia,
pneumonia, pulmonary congestion, encephalitis, anaphylaxis, cerebrovascular
accident, convulsions, Guillain-Barré syndrome, transverse myelitis, ataxia,
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme and Henoch-Schönlein
purpura. The vaccine virus may rarely be transmitted to contacts of vaccinees
who develop a varicella-like rash.

Which one do you think sounds more serious?

While levels of antibody in the blood decline over time following both natural infection and vaccination, immune memory persists. Most vaccines produce immune memory that lasts a very long time, if not for life.

That is nonsense. Vaccine immunity is based on antibody count and nothing else. If the body had ‘immune memory’ to vaccination, it would then produce antibodies as a result. It is a documented fact that these wane weeks or months after vaccination, which is why adults are encouraged to have tetanus vaccine every 10 years because of declining antibodies. The ‘immune memory’ spoken about by scientists may in fact be nothing more than over-sensitization to vaccine agents. It’s highly debatable whether it really occurs with artificial vaccination or whether whole-body immunity can only take place via natural immunity.

Waning antibodies to shots are also the reason why boosters are introduced, and why the UK government is now giving some babies two doses of MMR at once, because they say that it’ll ‘protect’ the babies from those babies who have not had MMR.

Not only does vaccine immunity wane, but if a mother has booster vaccines during pregnancy, she can put her child at risk of disabilities. In the paper, Adverse Outcomes Associated with Postpartum Rubella or MMR Vaccine, F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP and Kathy L. Lang-Radosh, MS, it states:

‘We identified 60 rubella-susceptible mothers who were revaccinated in the postpartum period with either the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or the monovalent rubella vaccine and whose children later received MMR vaccine. Forty-five of these women have children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); another ten women have children with autistic symptoms, ADD/ADHD or other developmental delays; and four women have children with other health problems, mostly immunologic. These outcomes raise concerns about the practice of postpartum vaccination and suggest that an immune mechanism may increase children’s susceptibility to ASD.’

Another point is that aquired immunity from vaccination cannot be passed from mother to child through breast feeding. Only immunity from the natural disease can be passed on to a child. Now children are getting measles at an earlier age because they are no longer protected by maternal antibodies. (‘Wave of Infant Measles Stems From 60’s Vaccinations’, Albuquerque Journal, November 1992, P.B3).

The only true immune memory comes from infection and re-challenge with the natural disease, or passively through breastfeeding.

Adults won’t be at risk of catching these infections, immunity doesn’t wear off.

MMR does not confer long term immunity!

Here is a piece in Pulse doctor’s magazine

‘ By 2000, cases of mumps were steadily rising, increasing by 30 per cent per year compared to 1999. In some places, such as Leeds and Bradford there were increases of nine times and 30 times the number of cases between the years 2000-2001 (3). ‘One third of those affected were aged over 15, just the worst time for boys to get it. In Northern Ireland 95 percent of confirmed cases were between the ages of 9 and 19.’

(Mumps outbreak shows need for MMR booster, Pulse 1 Dec 2001).

‘Immunization’ schedules for adults are becoming more and more complicated, because vaccine immunity doesn’t last. For instance, in some countries we have DTaP for adults, MMR and MR boosters, DT boosters, polio boosters, and with the new HPV vaccine for teenage girls, they don’t even know how long immunity lasts. It has been suggested that immunity lasts about 4 years – that is for a 3 dose course!
The Hep B vaccine for UK health workers (and given to US and Irish babies) is given as a booster every 5 years because it wears off!
Flu vaccines are given every year because they are considered to only work for one year.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released the 2007-2008 recommended immunization schedules for adults in the US.

The schedule includes 11 different types of vaccines for adults, including:

* Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap)

* Human papillomavirus (HPV)

* Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

* Influenza

* Herpes zoster (shingles)

Key changes in this year’s recommendations include:

* Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination is recommended for all adults that have no apparent immunity to the virus

* Zoster (shingles) vaccination is advised for all adults 60 years of age and older, regardless of whether they have had a prior shingles episode

* HPV vaccine is recommended for women over the age of 26, who have not already completed the three-dose series

It is recommended that flu vaccination be administered to anyone with the following medical conditions:

* Chronic disorders of the cardiovascular or pulmonary systems, including asthma

* Chronic metabolic diseases, such as diabetes

* Renal or hepatic dysfunction

* Immunosuppression, including suppression caused by medications or HIV

* Pregnancy during flu season.

For Tetanus and TB, the body does not produce natural antibodies to either of these diseases. If you cannot get natural immunity, if you cannot get natural antibodies, how can you get vaccine induced ones? The immune system cannot produce antibodies to these illnesses.

Why do vaccines contain formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, or other toxic chemicals?

Formaldehyde causes cancer (see above response to ‘do vaccines cause cancer’?). Aluminium has been linked to breast cancer, memory loss, dementia and other conditions (see ‘Vaccines and How They Are Made’ page).

It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that mercury is not toxic to babies!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mercury can cause:

* Impairment of the peripheral vision
* Disturbances in sensations (“pins and needles” feelings, numbness) usually in the hands feet and sometimes around the mouth
* Lack of coordination of movements, such as writing
* Impairment of speech, hearing, walking;
* Muscle weakness
* Skin rashes
* Mood swing
* Memory loss
* Mental disturbance

Mercury Exposure

Health problems caused by mercury depend on how much has entered your body, how it entered your body, how long you have been exposed to it, and how your body responds to the mercury. People are at risk when they consume mercury-contaminated fish and when they are exposed to spilled mercury.

Elemental (metallic) mercury and its compounds are toxic and exposure to excessive levels can permanently damage or fatally injure the brain and kidneys. Elemental mercury can also be absorbed through the skin and cause allergic reactions. Ingestion of inorganic mercury compounds can cause severe renal and gastrointestinal toxicity. Organic compounds of mercury such as methylmercury are considered the most toxic forms of the element. Exposures to very small amounts of these compounds can result in devastating neurological damage and death.

For fetuses, infants and children, the primary health effects of mercury are on neurological development. Even low levels of mercury exposure such as result from mother’s consumption methylmercury in dietary sources can adversely affect the brain and nervous system. Impacts on memory, attention, language and other skills have been found in children exposed to moderate levels in the womb.’

See for a paper on side-effects caused by mercury exposure.

Even vaccines which are sold as thimerosal free, have trace amounts of thimerosal in them (see ‘Mercury Free Vaccines Still Have Mercury In Them’ page).

It is a total myth that babies can handle ‘a tiny bit’ of thimerosal. According to Merck vaccine manufacturer, their data sheet on thimerosal states:

‘HAZARD SYMBOL T+ (VERY TOXIC). Criteria: Inhalation, swallowing or absorbtion through the skin in very small amounts can cause considerable damage to health and may sometimes be lethal.’

See here for a copy of the document:

Do vaccines contain blood, serum, animal tissue or fetal tissue?

Human Albumin IS a human blood product, therefore vaccines contain human blood.

They say vaccines don’t contain animal products, then admit they are made using them and may be in the vaccine in trace amounts. In manufacturer’s data sheets, monkey kidneys and other animal ingredients are listed clearly. They do contain animal products. There is no such thing as a vegetarian vaccine.

They admit vaccines contain human fetal tissue, and this is used as a culture in exactly the same way as animal cultures are used.

Is breastfeeding and good nutrition a good alternative to vaccination?

Your breast milk provides EVERYTHING your baby needs for survival. Nature did not make a mistake. Studies have shown that breast milk can protect against all the diseases currently vaccinated against.

Breast milk immunity does not stop when you stop breast feeding. Studies have also shown them to last for years after you cease feeding.

Children who have been breast fed are also less likely to get allergies, cancers, diabetes, heart disease and weight problems as adults, so the benefits are for life.

Doctors and drug companies will try to make you feel as if you need them for the survival of your baby. You don’t. You are all he needs.

‘If a mother breast feeds whilst she is ill, she will have antibodies to her illness in her breast milk, and these will pass onto her baby and protect him from contracting the illness.
This is especially important in the first few months of life when the baby’s antibody and immunity system is still forming.
At the time of baby’s first vaccinations at 2 months, the baby will still not have developed a mature immune system or even have enough quantities of his own antibodies to cope with it.
This is thought to be a reason why some babies react badly to vaccinations and why over 70% of SIDS cases occur in bottle fed, vaccinated babies. These babies will not have had the added benefit of mum’s antibodies to help them fight vaccine toxins.

The best protection your baby has against illnesses is from you! The IgA (antibody) you produce against infectious disease is made during the latter part of your pregnancy, during the birth and through the whole time you are breast feeding him.
This will protect him against polio. Rather ironically, the first study done into the anti-polio properties of breast milk was by Albert Sabin, inventor of the live oral polio vaccine.
He infected mice with polio virus type 2 and then took breast milk from 71 American women and fed it to the mice. The milk had an 84% success rate at neutralising polio virus.
It also neutralised many other viruses such as yellow fever, dengue, japanese encephalitis and west nile virus – regardless of whether the mother had been exposed to any of these illnesses or not. (3).

About 80 percent of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. Breast-fed babies are protected, in varying degrees, from a number of illnesses, including pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections, influenza, ear infections, and German measles. Furthermore, mothers produce antibodies to whatever disease is present in their environment, making their milk custom-designed to fight the diseases their babies are exposed to as well. (14).

According to Dr. Penny Stanway:

Breast feeding could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children who die around the world because they are bottle-fed.

Breast fed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday because they are less likely to get life-threatening illnesses and if they do get ill, they are better able to cope with it. (21).

Breast feeding protects against gut disorders, chest infections and urinary infections.
Infective diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia are also more common in bottle fed infants.

“In other infections, such as Haemophilius Influenzae B, breast feeding for longer than 6 months has been found to have a protective effect (Takala et al, 1989).” (15).

A study showed that a bottle fed baby is more likely to be admitted to hospital – regardless of its parents social status. Bottle fed babies of less educated mothers were also four times more likely to catch infection than their breast fed peers.
Hib are RSV are also more common in formula fed babies. Haemophilius organisms stick to cells on the breathing passages.
Breast milk contains sugars known as oligosaccharides. These are absorbed into the body and they line the lungs where they prevent harmful organisms from doing damage. Formula fed babies are denied this protection. (4).
Here are some more studies which have shown how your milk protects your baby from disease:

Tropical Paediatrics, 1989, reported that breast milk samples contained significant amounts of antibodies to pertussis (whooping cough), Hib, strep B and meningitis.
“The IgA antibody levels were higher than in both maternal and infant serums…samples may indicate a protective role for breast milk against the four infections of early childhood.”

That means that not only does your breast milk protect – IT IS BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE THAN A VACCINE. (5).

Journal of Epidemiology, 1997, reported that breast milk protects your baby against Hib for up to 10 years after lactation has ceased.

“For each week of breast feeding, the protection improved.” (6).

According to Pediatrics, 2005:

Research in developed and developing countries of the world, including middle-class populations in developed countries, provides strong evidence that human milk feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia,diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants. In addition, postneonatal infant mortality rates in the United States are reduced by 21% in breastfed infants.
Some studies suggest decreased rates of sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of life and reduction in incidence of insulin-dependent (type 1) and non–insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus, lymphoma, leukaemia, and Hodgkin disease, overweight and obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and asthma in older children and adults who were breastfed, compared with individuals who were not breastfed. Additional research in this area is warranted.’

(Taken from my book, ‘Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation’, see Vaccine Books page for details).

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