Conflicts of interest taint vaccination debate, more research is needed

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dear Editor,

I am responding to the McCook Daily Gazette’s editorial on April 25 and a follow up article the next day with comments by McCook’s Public Health Nurse.

Both of them as well as I are concerned about the annual occurrence of measles in the USA although this year there have been more cases than usual. The Gazette editors rip social media and, what they call, anti-vaxxers.

The dumbed-down propaganda being plastered across mainstream media on an almost daily basis would have the public believe that anyone who questions any aspect of vaccination is ignorant, selfish or both.

The incontrovertible fact is that those participating in this mass tarring and feathering are not honest enough to admit that many of the people classified as “anti-vaxxers” are actually “ex-vaxxers” whose dutiful adherence to current vaccine policies led to a serious vaccine injury to themselves or a loved one.

Vaccinations cannot exist without immunity to liability that was passed by Congress in 1986. Congress recognized that there would be injuries and deaths from vaccinations and the Supreme Court agreed with this assessment when they confirmed the constitutionality of legal immunity for the drug makers.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation program was created by Congress at that time which taxes each shot to fund the program. So far, this has resulted in the awarding of over $4 billion for vaccine injuries.

Mandating of certain vaccines became common across the country, including in Nebraska where McCook’s very own Ben Nelson was governor when the freedom to a personal belief exemption was removed resulting in forced vaccination.

The editorial says that anti-vaxxers trust their children’s health to a former Playboy model. I had never heard of this and found out that Jennifer McCarthy has a vaccine-injured child which is why she is so passionate about vaccine safety to the point she formed a non-profit rescue organization for injured children.

It is unfortunate and beneath the dignity of the Gazette to belittle her. More pediatricians today are coming forward with their observations that the recommended CDC schedule of vaccinations can cause injury, including autism.

A board-certified pediatrician who also has a PhD in early childhood education states he used to be a vaccine bully until he saw one of his patients severely injured by vaccines.

He now makes the observation that his unvaccinated patients are healthier than his vaccinated ones. Freedom to choose and informed consent must be reestablished. One only need to read Merck’s MMR insert to see that it can cause vasculitis, pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus, encephalitis, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, arthritis, pneumonia, ear nerve deafness, and optic neuritis to name a few.

There are studies that do link vaccines to autism which used to have an incidence of 1 in 10,000 children and last year reached the level of 1 in 36.

One pediatrician discovered that a modified vaccine schedule eliminates most of these autism cases while an unvaccinated child rarely is autistic. Victims of vaccine injuries must be respected and heard if there are to be responsible public health policies and practices.

I am concerned that the Gazette expresses concern over what are now over 700 cases of measles this year in a country of 327 million, but is quiet about the over 12,000 cases of mumps that occurred in 2016 and 2017.

Could it have to do with MMR’s maker Merck being involved in a law suit since 2010 alleging fraudulent claims for its effectiveness?

We must require vaccines to go through the same rigorous approval process as other drugs before being approved for use in our children. There must be mandatory reporting of vaccine adverse events because currently only about 1% are recorded in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Everyone involved with vaccine approvals must be free of conflicts of interest. There must be research to determine what makes some individuals more susceptible to vaccine injury and there must be fully informed consent with individual rights to refuse vaccination.


Dr. Mike Nielsen,

McCook, Neb.

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