Vaccination Report: Why hepatitis B vaccine for all children?

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Vaccination Report: Why hepatitis B vaccine for all children?

Nineteen states have passed laws requiring three doses of hepatitis B vaccine for all healthy children. Most 12-hour-old newborns can't leave the newborn nurseries of hospitals without being injected with hepatitis B virus vaccine.

Why?

Not content with using the hepatitis B vaccine in high risk populations such as IV drug users, prostitutes, prisoners and sexually promiscuous adults for which this vaccine was created, drug companies and officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have targeted vulnerable newborns in the first moments of life to find a larger and more reliable market for their produce.

Using the justification that babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B disease have an 85-95% risk of developing chronic hepatitis B infection and promoting the idea that injecting all healthy babies with hepatitis B vaccine will protect them when they are teenagers and become sexually active, CDC officials have convinced state health departments to add hepatitis B vaccine to the list of mandatory vaccinations.

But a quick check of the CDC's own statistics, drug company product inserts and medical texts such as "Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine" and "The Merck Manual," as well as a 1994 report from the Institute of Medicine, tell a different story from the one promoted in CDC press releases.

Consider the following facts:

1. Hepatitis B is spread by direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood and semen.

Question: How many babies does this apply to?

2. In 1995, there were less than 300 cases of hepatitis B disease reported in the U.S. in children under 14.

Question: Who did the cost-benefit analysis to justify injecting three-and-a-half million newborns with hepatitis B virus to try to prevent 300 cases? A drug company executive?

3. Hepatitis B is most prevalent in the Far East and Africa (10% of the population) with the lowest incidence in the world being in the U.S. and western Europe (0.1% to 0.5%).

Question: So why does EVERY American child need to get vaccinated to solve a problem in the Far East and Africa?

4. Ninety-to-ninety five percent of hepatitis B cases recover completely after three-to-four weeks of nausea, fatigue, headache, cough, arthralgia, jaundice and tender liver and are left with permanent immunity. The case-fatality ratio is low, approximately 0.1% to 1.4%.

Question: Why has the CDC felt it necessary to scare the public into believing hepatitis B virus is deadly enough to justify making every American take the vaccine?

5. In 1994, the Institute of Medicine reported that there is compelling scientific evidence to conclude that hepatitis B vaccine can cause shock that can end in death. Because either no studies or too few studies have ever been conducted to investigate the impact of hepatitis B vaccine on the body, a determination could not be made as to whether or not hepatitis B vaccine causes Guillain-Barre syndrome; central demyelinating diseases of the brain such as transverse myelitis, optic neuritis or multiple sclerosis; acute or chronic arthritis or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Question: What, precisely, DO public health officials know about this vaccine?

6. The CDC states: "Between 30% to 50% of persons who develop adequate antibody after three doses of vaccine will lose detectable antibody within 7 years."

Question: What was that about vaccinating our newborns to protect them when they get to be teenagers?

7. According to a hepatitis B vaccine manufacturer. "The duration of protective effect [of the vaccine] is unknown at present and the need for booster doses is not yet defined."

Question: How many think this drug company statement is a set-up for a very profitable future one that will recommend booster doses for every American throughout life?

8. Before the hepatitis B vaccine was widely used, in 1989 there were 23,419 cases of hepatitis B disease reported in the U.S. with 711 deaths. In 1994, there were 12,517 cases reported and the CDC stated "Hepatitis B continues to decline in most states primarily because of changes in high-risk behaviors among injecting drug-users."

Case closed.

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Get involved. Help Americans fight for the right to choose the kind of preventive health care we want for ourselves and our families!

The Chiropractic Journal.

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By Barbara Loe Fisher

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