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A Measles Death, Vaccines, and the Media’s Failure to Inform
by Jeremy R. Hammond | Jul 5, 2015
Last week, it was widely reported in the mainstream media that the autopsy of a woman who died of pneumonia earlier this year in the state of Washington found that she had been infected with measles, making this the first confirmed case of measles-related death in the US since 2003. Playing its usual role, the mainstream media is up in arms, blaming the death on parents who choose not to vaccinate their children and telling parents that to not vaccinate is irresponsible. Rather than journalists doing their job by asking hard questions about public policy and seeking out the answers, they choose to act as nothing more than a mouthpiece for government health departments and dutifully tow the official line on vaccine policy.

[Editor's Note/warning: Graphs in this article with a label on the right side vertical axis labled
Deaths/1000 cases should be labled
Deaths/1000 REPORTED cases or even better
Deaths/10,000 live births.

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Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral
17 April 2017 Cover Story (edition of Outlook India Magazine)
Immunisation is a nexus controlled by big private vaccine makers, ­mostly ­foreign, that decides your baby gets 15 shots more for the doctor to make ­money. Even if the vaccine is useless—not to talk of the huge mark-ups.

There is no vaccine against the venal mind. No imm­unisation ever invented gives us a complete coat of armour. The law is only good enough to catch the more obvious type of visible corruption. When it’s raised to a more abstract and institutionalised level, where it forms the very operating logic of a system that surrounds you with good words, it simply becomes the natural order of things. But once in a while, a crack dev­elops in the consensus and the light filters through. The evening of January 20, when the lonely dissenting voice of Dr Vipin Vashishtha was sought to be banished by the Ind­ian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), was one such moment. What showed through in that light was the entire unholy architecture of India’s immunisation programme.

The evening did not go well for Dr Vashishtha, ex-convenor of the academy. In the late hours, his fellow members had him thrown out unceremoniously from the IAP general body mee­ting. The reason: Dr Vashishtha had blown the whistle on the silent collusion of interests between paediatricians and vaccine manufacturing companies. It’s a nexus that enables these companies—Indian and multinat­ional—to push expensive vaccines into the market, some of them not even answering to a real need. The market is worth thousands of crores, and boo­m­ing. And doctors make unwarra­nted profits in the process, at the cost of the unk­n­o­wing public.

The Indian Academy of Paediatricians decides which vaccines are to be introduced—all private doctors go by its charter. And the nexus begins right there.

The IAP, the nodal private sector body, directly influences 10-15 per cent of all immunisation in India—and though that makes it seem limited in scope, this is only in terms of volumes. In value terms, the market is almost as big as the state-run immunisation programme. And the IAP’s charter of imm­unisation, followed by all private paediatricians, exists like a quasi-official model of health­care to be aspired to by everyone. Immunisation via the public health agencies is a more regula­ted territory, but still the creeping influence on it is not hard to divine—this is beca­use the overarching coalition of global int­erests that pulls the strings from remote boardrooms is the same on the public as well as private sector.

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‘Free’ Vaccines Aren’t Free Of The Foreign Hand
17 April 2017 (edition of Outlook India Magazine)
The perils of India’s growing dependence on vaccine imports and private manufacturers

How many vaccines does a newborn need? Does a child need vaccination regardless of how minor the ailment or rare the disease? Even doctors don’t offer a clear answer. More than 85 per cent of the total vaccines sold in India are administered through state-run programmes under the central government’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). Aiming to immunise all newborn children, the programme started off with six essential vaccines and, over the past few years, introduced three more—rotavirus, Pentavalent and pneumococcal vaccines—while the mumps vaccine is in the process of being added. Battling overstretched resources and poor coverage, the programme has also drawn flak for yielding to the influence of international bodies, leading to certain vaccines being introduced that allegedly don’t match the profile of immunisation needs on the ground. For instance, every year, five lakh children die due to vaccine-preventable diseases and another 89 lakh are at risk, because they are either unimmunised or partially immunised.

So is public money being spent for private profit through the welfare-oriented, ‘free’ immunisation programme? “The UIP is funded by taxpayers’ money, so when any vaccine is introduced for mass immunisation, it has to be proved that the disease burden (spread of the disease) and the vaccine’s quality actually call for rolling out a state- or nation-wide programme for it,” says Dr Jacob Puliyel, head of paediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in Delhi and a member of the National Technical Adv­isory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).

Half of the 40 members of the WHO committee that changed the protocol for adverse effects ­following ­immunisation represented vaccine-manufacturing firms.

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The Zika Fraud Is Just Another Pharma Scare
April 11, 2017 By Dr. Mercola
In October 2015, Brazil experienced an unusual increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological condition in which the baby's head size is much smaller than normal.

The increase was reportedly linked to Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that typically causes only mild symptoms or, in 1 out of 4 people affected, no symptoms at all.

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Vaccination and the Growing Rates of Childhood Food Allergies
April 7, 2017 NVIC
We all know of someone that has a food allergy because it has become such a common condition that people suffer from, particularly children. According to the non-profit organization Food Allergy Research and Education, researchers estimate that 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Approximately 9 million adults and 6 million children have food allergies.1 These figures highlight that food allergies are a growing public health concern.

Read rest of story here: http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2017/04/vaccination-and-the-growing-rates-of-childhood-food-allergies/
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