July 28, 1999
A scandal in mandatory mass vaccinations of infants is beginning
to surface. Vaccine-caused injuries have just forced the Clinton
bureaucrats to make four sensational announcements that bugle temporary
retreat from their plans to force all American children to submit to
government-dictated medical treatment.
On July 15, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) halted the use of the oral rotavirus
vaccine, which is given to infants to prevent one of the major causes
of diarrhea, after reports that the vaccine caused a bowel obstruction
in some infants that required surgery to repair.
The bowel obstruction, called intussusception, results when one
portion of the bowel slides inward, like a telescope, into another part
of the bowel and causes blockage. A previously healthy infant suddenly
screams in paroxysms of pain.
In its initial trial, the rotavirus vaccine appeared to cause
intussusception at 30 times the average rate, but the government
pretended that those injuries were insignificant. Instead of testing
further, the CDC and the vaccine manufacturer subjected babies to more
than a million doses of this unnecessary, expensive, and inadequately
While the risk of intussusception may have been mentioned on the
package insert, it was not on the vaccine information statement given
to parents. The arbitrariness of government vaccine mandates is shown
by the fact that, for the previous year, CDC was demanding that the
vaccine be given to all infants, and now suddenly a CDC spokesman is
saying, "No one should now be giving rotavirus vaccine to anyone."
The second sensational vaccine announcement came on July 9, when
the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the AAP issued a joint
statement cancelling their previous recommendation to inject all
newborns while they are still in the hospital with the hepatitis B
vaccine. PHS and AAP now recommend that vaccination of newborns be
limited to those who are at risk of getting hepatitis B from their
Their remarkable backtracking from the universal mandate for
newborns must have resulted from the widespread publicity given to the
many cases of vaccine damage causing lifetime injury or death reported
on ABC's 20/20 and at the May 18 hearing conducted by the U.S. House
Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources. PHS
and AAP continue to recommend the hepatitis B vaccine for infants at 2
to 6 months of age, even though few of them are at risk.
Meanwhile, 42 states require the hepatitis B vaccine for
schoolchildren, although teachers and health care workers are not
required to receive it. The legislator who sponsored the hepatitis B
mandate in Ohio admitted that he did so at the request of a vaccine
manufacturer lobbyist, while Governor Christine Whitman is trying to
impose a New Jersey requirement administratively without legislation.
In another announcement the same day, PHS-AAP issued a joint
statement that revealed the risk to children of vaccines containing
mercury and called on the FDA to "assess the risk of all mercury-containing food and drugs." A mercury product called thimerosal is
used as a preservative in many vaccines, even though the FDA last year
banned its use in over-the-counter products for safety reasons.
Under the current CDC schedule, most infants receive a total of 15
doses of mercury-containing vaccines by the time they are six months
old, many given simultaneously. The fact that the FDA has prohibited
the use of thimerosal for most products, but continues to allow its use
for vaccines, sounds like political corruption in the vaccine approval
The National Vaccine Information Center has been criticizing the
use of mercury in vaccines for many years. Contact lens solution
bottles routinely advertise that they contain "no thimerosal," yet any
damage to adults from contact lens solutions must be minuscule compared
to the same product ingested or injected into infants.
The fourth announcement came on June 17, when government officials
voted to withdraw their recommendation for the use of the live
poliovirus vaccine, and to recommend the "exclusive" use of the
inactivated poliovirus vaccine. Since 1979, the only polio cases in
the United States have been caused by the live vaccine because, taken
by mouth, it travels through the child's body and can cause polio in a
parent changing the diaper.
The unjustified delay in converting to the safer polio vaccine is
due to mandatory vaccination laws that require the public to use a
certain product. The government still demands that babies be given
four doses of polio vaccine, even though, according to Surgeon General
David Satcher, M.D., "The Western Hemisphere was certified by the World
Health Organization (WHO) as polio free in 1994, and no case of polio
has been reported in this region since 1991."
We are long overdue for a Congressional investigation into the
validity of research and licensing standards for vaccines, the results
of clinical trials (if any), the motivations of the vaccine
policymakers, and the lobbying activities of the cash-rich
pharmaceutical corporations whose profits depend on universal mandates
rather than on sales to those at risk for various diseases.