Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fox Host/Guest Dismiss Concerns Flu Vaccines Autism Controversy

Fox News morning host interview of guest discussing the controversy over the swine flu vaccine stated it's unproven there is any relationship between flu vaccines given to children and autism...

The guest didn't challenge and said parents have to weigh the "risks" of a vaccine and the potential benefits of the vaccine.

Host then cited many celebrity parents who warn about dangers of flu vaccines and autism. Are they to be believed, or listened to regarding flu vaccines

Guest replied listen to your doctor not celebrities...

Unfortuately, the pair made it seem as though celebrities who raise concerns about flu vaccines for children are to be taken with a grain of salt, just because they are celebrities.

Last time we checked, celebrities have as many rights as anyone else and in particular have the right to want all of the facts and information about medical products as the rest of us.

Unfortunately, Fox News did not do the public a service by having guests on who might have included any celebrity parents or doctors who might have supported claims of potential connection regarding autism and a preservative known as "thimerosal" contained in children vaccines of the past.

Our site only wants the truth, and Fox News didn't provide a balance on the controversy surrounding flu vaccines containing "thimerosal" for children and pregnant women.

Of course, medical decisions are best made by the consumers and parents should have all of the factual information they can acquire and make decisions based on as much information as possible.

Fox News hasn't given us a balance of information, hopefully that will be corrected in follow-up segments...

the following are all for informational purposes only

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Allegheny General physician to work on study of swine flu vaccine
By Allison M. Heinrichs
Publication: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Date: Friday, September 11 2009
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An Allegheny General Hospital physician will weigh in on a national clinical trial that began Thursday to determine the safety and potency of H1N1 swine flu vaccine for pregnant women.

Dr. Sharon Kiely, medical director of quality and patient safety at Allegheny General, will help analyze the rush results of the clinical trial, meant to protect pregnant women and unborn babies, both of whom are among the most vulnerable to the novel flu strain. The vaccine is expected to be released to all pregnant women and other priority groups by mid-October.

"Pregnant women do have a higher incidence of hospitalization with the flu," said Kiely, a member of the advisory council to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "If you get into the hospital, then you must be very sick, and obviously pregnancy is a vulnerable time in a woman's life. You want to do everything you can to protect the woman and her unborn child."

Though pregnant women make up 1 percent of the population, they account for 6 percent of swine flu hospitalizations. Their compromised immune systems make them more susceptible to any disease, and their lungs and hearts are under added stress from pregnancy, said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the institute.

"It's very important for pregnant women to take very seriously any illness they get during this flu season," Fauci said.

Other groups who will get first access to the swine flu shot include health care workers, people 6 months to 24 years old, caretakers of babies younger than 6 months, and adults ages 25 through 64 with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes.

The vaccine is made with a dead, inactive virus, so people cannot get swine flu from the shot, Kiely said. It doesn't include thimerosal, a preservative that can cause an allergic reaction and that some believe is associated with autism, though no convincing scientific evidence exists of such a link. The vaccine manufacturing process and the formulation is similar to that of the seasonal flu shot.

A total of 120 healthy women who are 14 to 34 weeks pregnant and 18 to 39 years old will enroll in the clinical trial at six medical centers nationwide: St. Louis University; Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.; Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville; Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, and Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies in Seattle.

Autism activists question H1N1 vaccine
By Ben Wermund

Daily Texan Staff

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Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Health experts are warning about the serious long term effects of a vaccine expected to become available within the next few months that would combat Swine Flu, a virus associated with more than 430 deaths this year.

Doses of the vaccine could contain two controversial compounds: thimerosal and squalene, said Peter McCarthy, chair of the Texas Health Freedom Coalition, a natural health lobbyist organization.

A growing number of scientists and researchers believe that a relationship between the increase in cases of autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and speech or language delay and the increased use of mercury-containing thimerosal in vaccines is plausible and deserves more scrutiny, according to the National Autism Association.

According to the association, the U.S. Department of Education data from 1992-1993 in comparison to 2000-2001 indicates that there has been an a 644 percent increase in autism cases among all U.S. children.

McCarthy said thimerosal has been included in the H1N1 vaccine despite protests by public health officials.

“It’s the same path that’s been trod multiple times before,” McCarthy said. “Why are we including a compound that includes mercury?”

But the risks associated with Swine Flu far surpass those associated with the vaccine, making the vaccination a necessity, said Dr. Pat Crocker, emergency medicine chief at Dell Children’s Hospital.

“All in all, even if the severity of the illness doesn’t get any worse than it is now, and it’s still a relatively mild illness, you’re still better off getting the vaccine than not,” Crocker said. “Even when you consider the side effects, you’re several times safer getting the vaccine, particular if you’re 24 years and younger.”

McCarthy said squalene, another compound included in the vaccine, contains aluminum.

Overexposure to squalene, which already exists in the human body, could potentially lead to autoimmune disorders, said Matt Baral, an associate professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Some swine flu vaccinations contain thimerosal many link to Autism
September 27, 11:50 AMBirmingham Autism & Parenting ExaminerJennifer Terry

The Trouble with Vaccinations
Debating Thimerosal, Mercury, Viral Mutations

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Why Does the Vaccine/Autism Controversy Live On?
Research has soundly disproved the alleged connection, yet fears about vaccines continue to be a major risk to public health.

by Chris Mooney
From the June 2009 issue, published online May 6, 2009

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The Great Vaccine Debate: Why Some Parents Just Say No
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Vaccine additives include a number of potentially toxic substances, including formaldehyde and 2-phenoxyethanol (both known carcinogens), aluminum (associated with asthma, seizure disorders, and cognitive dysfunction), and monosodium glutamate (associated with neurological effects). Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, was removed from most childhood vaccines in 2001. For many years, parents of autistic children have believed that it was thimerosal in vaccines (particularly the MMR vaccine) that precipitated autism in their children. While the CDC maintains that there is no convincing scientific evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, Public Health Service agencies, the AAP, and vaccine manufacturers agreed in 1999 that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure. However, it is still used in flu shots, tetanus boosters, the hepatitis B vaccine, and the meningitis vaccine, to name a few...


Neurology Today:
3 July 2007 - Volume 7 - Issue 13 - pp 1,10
doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000281158.49315.1f
Federal Vaccine Court Opens Controversial Autism Proceedings
Samson, Kurt

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✓ A current legal challenge by parents alleging that the thimerosal in the MMR vaccine caused autism in their children is compared to an earlier case involving the 1976 swine flu vaccine and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

After more than a decade of controversy, parents of autistic children who blame mandatory vaccines for causing or exacerbating pre-existing neurological symptoms are finally getting their day in court.
On June 11, the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., began three weeks of proceedings to hear arguments on both sides of the issue - whether parents should be awarded compensation for their autistic symptoms they charge were caused by the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine - part of the standard immunization package required for school admission.


updated 8:24 a.m. EST, Sat February 14, 2009
Autism ruling fails to convince many vaccine-link believers

By Madison Park

A special court's Thursday ruling that no proven link exists between autism and certain early childhood vaccines seems to have done little to change the sometimes-passionate opinion fueling the debate.

Thousands of parents have sought compensation saying, early childhood vaccinations triggered their children's autism.

Amanda Guyton, a mother of a 6-year-old boy with autism, was "incredibly happy" with the decision and said it reaffirmed her belief that her son's autism has nothing to do with vaccines.

"We're ready for them to get on real research like educational strategies and help for kids," she said. "An awful lot of money and effort and time were spent on vaccines when three or four studies said no, there isn't a link."

Meanwhile, John Best, the father of a 12-year-old boy with autism, said: "The whole thing stinks."

Guyton and Best were not involved in the cases, but were following the news because of their interest in autism.

Three families -- the Cedillos, the Hazlehursts and the Snyders -- had sought damage awards from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for their children who have autism, a disorder that the parents contend was triggered by the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella combined with vaccines containing thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. Watch Campbell Brown's take on the controversy »

The panel of "special masters" ruled that these petitioners had not presented sufficient evidence to prove that the childhood vaccines caused autism in their children.

A vocal segment of autism parents has contended that childhood vaccinations recommended by the government cause the disorder. Health agencies and the scientific community have disputed that notion. In defending its conclusion that no link exists, the Institute of Medicine cited five large studies that have failed to prove any connection between autism and thimerosal and 14 large studies finding no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

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