Vaccine Skeptics Under Siege

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Vaccine Skeptics Under Siege

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Watch out. Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley have locked their sights on the next targets of a frightening free speech-squelching purge: independent citizens who dare to raise questions online about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

I'm vaccinated. My children are up to date. There's no dispute that vaccines have saved untold lives. But over the years, I've voiced my concerns about vaccine claims and government coercion in my newspaper columns and blog posts. These concerns include my objections to Gardasil mandates for schoolchildren in Texas and California; schools' threatening parents with jail time for refusing chickenpox shots for their kids; ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine; contamination issues at vaccine plants abroad; lack of data on vaccines' long-term and synergistic effects on children; and pharma-funded politicians' financial conflicts of interest.

In 2004, I recounted my family's firsthand experience with bully doctors who balked at even the mildest questioning of the wisdom of the newborn hepatitis B immunization. When my husband and I asked if we could simply delay this particular shot, as the vaccine is for a virus that is contracted mostly through intravenous drug use and sexual contact, my son's pediatrician angrily kicked us out of her practice.

Does this informed skepticism make me and other like-minded parents public health menaces, as the World Health Organization has proclaimed? Are we “sociopaths,” as a journalist at The Atlantic once sneered? Apparently so.

At a Senate hearing on last Tuesday, Washington state's public health secretary, John Wiesman, demanded that the feds launch a national campaign to counter “anti-vaccine” groups that are spreading what he condemned as “false information.” Weisman called for increased funding from the Centers for Disease Control to combat opponents of the state's push to prevent parents from opting their children out of immunizations for personal or philosophical reasons. Health officials have blamed vaccine critics' social media influence for recent measles outbreaks. So Wiesman further urged Twitter, Facebook and Google to “use whatever mechanism they have available to stop promoting pseudoscience.”

Let's be clear: Misinformation of all kinds abounds on the internet. The world's most influential “mainstream” media websites and celebrity social media accounts, for example, recklessly fanned the flames of the recent Covington Catholic High School and Jussie Smollett hate crime hoaxes. No one in Washington has called for the boycott of The Washington Post or TMZ over their false and misleading stories. But for some reason (hint: pharmaceutical big business), politicians and government bureaucrats are now hell-bent on deplatforming any and all dissenters who challenge mandatory vaccine regimens.

Under pressure from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Amazon pulled the documentaries “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” “Man Made Epidemic” and “Shoot 'em Up: The Truth About Vaccines” from its Prime Video streaming service. Last week, Google-owned YouTube moved to demonetize “anti-vaccine” channels, tweak algorithms to suppress vaccine “conspiracy” videos and combat “vaccine hesitancy.” Pinterest blocks users from using the search terms “vaccine,” “vaccinations” and “anti-vax,” no matter the quality of the results. Facebook plans to downgrade vaccine skeptics' content on newsfeeds, recommended user groups and ads.

Is there junk science on the “anti-vaccine” side? Sure.

But you can't address this issue without also addressing the problem with physicians and public health flacks who are unwilling to discuss the full risks of vaccines as well as their benefits; pro-vaccination groups that provide incorrect information about vaccines' duration of protection; physicians who refuse to care for children who are not “fully” vaccinated; and the comparative risk-benefit ratios of different vaccines.

As for efficacy, consider this new data: A recent whooping cough outbreak at the private Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles last week resulted in 30 students contracting the illness, all of whom were vaccinated. Of 18 unvaccinated students, none caught the disease. Will pointing this out on my Facebook and Twitter accounts to bring down the Silicon Valley ban hammer?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who happens to be a physician and parent himself, was the lone voice of dissent at the Senate hearing this week. While acknowledging that the benefits of vaccines generally outweigh their risks, he noted the plain truth that “it is wrong to say there are no risks to vaccines.” He added that over $4 billion has been paid by the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for adults and children who have been injured or died as a result of receiving federally recommended childhood vaccines.

Is it unacceptable fearmongering to raise that point? How about to share information on vaccine manufacturers' astonishing exemption from product liability? Or to point parents to new research findings on brain injuries caused by vaccines, which can be found at VaccinePapers.org? Or to link them to a recent statement by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which “strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines.”

When it comes to protecting our children, skepticism is always the best medicine. We need more free speech, not less. Those who seek to suppress debate and discussion in the name of the “public good” are the true health threats.


Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

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Witold Pilecki

The photo at the top of the article says it all for me “Medical Error”. According to a CNBC article dated February 22, 2018, a Johns Hopkins study puts the annual death rate for medical mistakes at 250,000 people in the US. Other un-named (there is a link in the article) studies claim the number of deaths from medical error to be as high as 440,000. The reason for the discrepancy is that physicians, funeral directors, coroners and medical examiners rarely note on death certificates the human errors and system failures involved. Yet death certificates are what the Centers for… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

My wife contracted GBS (Gillian Barre Syndrome) 2 years ago and was told by her Neurologist that it was caused by the flu shot that she recently received. If the “benefits outweigh it’s risk”, who will take responsibility for damages? what about the patient or their family? We are grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom has given us hope! We both have been EMT’s serving our rural area for over 21 years, and have had to endure mandatory inoculations over time. They are required for our continuing education within our system here in Wisconsin.

Will Flatt
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Will Flatt

You know, people don’t trust Big Healthcare and Big Pharma for a reason! And when you have globalist billionaires like Bill Gates going around saying that they want to use vaccines to depopulate 98% of the human species, and then learn that the UN’s WHO has already started doing this in places like Africa AND South America, where vaccines have been used to ‘coincidentally’ sterilize women, well then you REALLY START DISTRUSTING THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS. PEOPLE WHO ATTACK ANTI-VAXERS AND CLAIM THAT ‘HERD IMMUNITY’ MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS ARE SHEEPLE. NOBODY’S JABBING ME – OR MY KIDS. And… Read more »

Proctor
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Proctor

The whooping cough vaccine was changed around 1997 and is notoriously ineffective. Everywhere the newer vaccine has become common, whooping cough cases have increased significantly as a direct consequence.

A.x. Perez
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A.x. Perez

I am of the opinion vaccines work and are mostly safe. I am also of the opinion that excessively coercive government is deadlier than any virus.

Charles Moore
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Charles Moore

Blaming a measles outbreak on parents not vaccinating their kids?? Why don’t they turn around and look at the walking petri dishes that Obama started intentionally bringing into the country by the thousands (with diseases not seen in this country for generations) and then bused and dropped off into communities in the middle of the night? I think that vaccines were fairly safe and effective in the early days before they became a tool for the communists and NWO. What about the floods from Mexico and Central/South America that continue to come in illegally? One might also recognize how Bill… Read more »

willy d
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willy d

WV Bill: right on and don’t forget it is on our dime that we pay for from our insurance premiums that keep going up!!!!!!!!

Mark R
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Mark R

Having spent 46 years researching the vaccine issue and having had 3 children, now adults, I found little evidence from clinical studies to warrant the use of vaccines. I have close to 2,000 clinical studies from peer-reviewed medical journals in PDF format to date. There are hundreds of studies no one ever hears about, that the media NEVER reports on showing that vaccines: 1) do not protect against the “virus” it is supposedly made for 2) are responsible for serious, often life-threatening side effects 3) are associated with chronic diseases occurring later in life 4) in many cases actually suppress… Read more »

daces
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daces

As a member of the United States Court of Federal Claims and as an attorney who represents people injured in cases such as your wife’s, there is a Vaccine Injury Trust Fund against which you can make a claim. Seek out an attorney who represents people injured by vaccines. That said, the majority of childhood illnesses that would kill and maim thousands in the past have been eradicated by childhood vaccines. Vaccines protest all of us, not just those who receive them. They should be mandatory for all children with exceptions only for specific medical reasons.

Herb T
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Herb T

I’m confused! If your kid is vaccinated and mine is not, how does my kid represent a health threat to your kid? Bet that pharma and USG both lie and make mistakes but never admit it.

Tomcat14
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Tomcat14

It’s not about kid 1 who is vaccinated against kid 2 who is not. It’s about kid 3 who cannot get vaccinated because of an allergy or being imuno compromised. Herd immunity only works if the heard is healthy. We could eradicate more diseases if we get more people vaccinated. Small Pox did not just go away because someone prayed for it too. It went away because we got enough of the world vaccinated and gave Small Pox no place to survive. We have done it before we could do it again if we just worked together for a common… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Tomcat, it would seem that with over 7 billion people in the world, we are not lacking for human entities. Those that are too weak to survive shouldn’t be in the gene pool to start with.

Tim Bland
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Tim Bland

I just went for my biannual checkup and the doc asks every time if I got “my” flu shot. When I answer, “No,” he wants to know why, and I say because I don’t want it. They also keep asking me mental health ?s which I decline to answer. Virginia.

Ron
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Ron

My sentiments too Tim. It’s none of their business. If a doctor or medical institution asks if your depressed or such type of question, always say NO!.

WV Bill
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WV Bill

Several years ago I got the shingles shot. Last year I got the shingles. Last year I got the flu shot. Last year I got the flu. This year I got the flu shot. This year I got the flu. I just got my second in a series of the new shingles shot that is supposed to be more effective. Both hurt for four weeks and my arm stayed swollen for over a month. See a pattern here? Reminds me of the old saying something about the height of stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.… Read more »

Mark R
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Mark R

WB. No, you’re not stupid, just not informed/educated. We are trained to believe that the MD stands for “Medical Deity”. The media are co-conspirators in pushing for vaccines. Why did CONgress pass a bill preventing anyone for suing the vaccine manufacturers – they get a free pass. Try that in any other business and see what would happen. Ford Motors was sued decades ago for their Pinto causing deaths and other injuries. Should they have gotten a free pass too? Not one other company gets a free pass. Interestingly, here in MI, one cannot sue a drug manufacturer, physician or… Read more »

Brian's Winters
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Brian's Winters

My wife was a public health nurse in northern NJ
For.many years
I and my 3 daughters and sons in law and 7 grand children had every shot possible
None of the females or males got gardisil vaccinations

Jim Mackey
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Jim Mackey

Yeah I’m a biomedical scientist, have done things such as animal immunizations. I understand vaccine efficacy. I honestly don’t think this is a problem of vaccines at its root. I think the primary issue is people DO NO trust the big pharmaceutical companies, the government, and the marriage between the two bodies. Worth noting that the pharmaceutical industry is the biggest lobby in our government, hands down. Politicians don’t care about mending that divide though. Instead they pass laws mandating these preventative therapeutics and now suppressing dissent. It’s not going to help. If people believed in our government there wouldn’t… Read more »

WV Bill
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WV Bill

Is the government mandating that the illegal aliens sneaking across the border, or being welcomed with open arms by the dems, have their shots! They are bringing diseases and lots of health issues with them.