Your March 28th editorial "Be informed about immunization issues" raises more questions
about "immunizations" than it addresses. Why didn't any of the 15 MDs and CNMs who signed the
editorial address the issues raised in my February 16th editorial piece
"Vaccinations - Do they even work and at what price?" They refer the wary consumer to what
they call reputable organizations such as the AAP and CDC. But what you will never find on
these web sites are the following facts:
1) The rotavirus vaccine was approved by the FDA and recommended by the ACIP, AAP and CDC
despite an increased rate of intussusception, a rare bowel disease, occurring in initial
vaccine trials. According to the CDC's own previously published studies, intussusception
occurred 30 times more in recently vaccinated infants than in those who were unvaccinated.
Despite the clinical proof of this vaccine being unsafe, the CDC and FDA sanctioned its
widespread use in 1998. It was finally pulled off the market this past fall but not until
dozens of infants who received the rotavirus vaccine had to undergo surgery to correct
this rare bowel disorder.
2) Thimerosal (ethyl mercury) is a preservative used primarily in triple antigen vaccines
and only in vaccines containing inactivated viruses. Thimerosal was banned by the FDA in all
over the counter medications in 1997. It has never been banned as a preservative in vaccines.
Due to consumer concern over the cumulative effects of this heavy metal and known neurotoxin,
the CDC now recommends that thimerosal-free Hep B be given to newborns (and ONLY to newborns)
since there is not enough thimerosal-free vaccine to meet "consumer" demand.
3) Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver that is prevalent in the homosexual community and
among drug users who share needles. It is a blood-borne pathogen that is practically nonexistent
among those who are heterosexual and drug-free. The number of cases of Hep B vaccine-induced
disabilities and death are over ten times the number of people who
have contracted this disease naturally.
4) A common ingredient in many vaccines (Hep A, MMR and varicella) is human diploid cells.
These human diploid cells are derived from the cultures of viruses grown in aborted fetal
Before receiving any vaccine. read the packet insert. Many doctors are reluctant to give these
to you even though it is imperative if you are to have informed consent. The information sheets
they pass onto you will not contain the ingredients or side-effect information you need.
A Community Vaccination Forum is being held at the Sandpoint Community Hall on Friday. April
21 st. 2:30 - 4 PM. The flyer advertising this event has only been seen at the Panhandle
Health District. The Bonner General Hospital and local physicians' offices. Rather than have a
town, hall meeting in which Vaccination Liberation members and concerned chiropractors and
naturopaths are invited. the flyer tells us that our questions and concerns can be discussed
with Dr. Joyce Gilbert and Dr. Sherilyn Smith, a pediatric infectious disease "expert".
It is our hope that as many concerned citizens as possible will attend this event.
Ingri Cassel, President
Vaccination Liberation - North Idaho Chapter