Eight year old Anna cannot sit without support or cannot walk without
braces and a walker. Most of the time she sits in her wheelchair. Anna
was left paralyzed after she was injected with MMR (measles, mumps,
rubella) vaccine at 15 months of age.
Anna was the second of two children born to a family in Virginia. She
had been a bright, healthy baby and toddler and had started walking at
13 months. When it came time for her to get her first MMR shot at 15
months, the pediatrician told her mother to expect a mild reaction
anywhere from 10 days to two weeks after the shot that might include
cold symptoms or a rash.
Nine days after her shot, Anna had a runny nose and a low grade fever.
Her mother was not concerned about those symptoms but she was concerned
that Anna was very irritable. Although her cold symptoms eventually
disappeared, Anna did not return to the happy, playful toddler she had
once been. Instead she continued her strange behavior, crying and
wanting to be held constantly. Then Anna started tripping and falling
When Anna's mother called the pediatrician, he told her to put ice on
the leg where he had given Anna the injection and give her Tylenol.
Fourteen days after the MMR shot, Anna's mother took her child back to
the pediatrician. Although Anna had always loved to play and laugh with
her pediatrician, this time she screamed every time he tried to come
Over the next six weeks, Anna lost the ability to sit or walk. One
doctor suggested that she be seen by a psychologist to determine why
Anna was refusing to walk. When Anna's mother consulted a neurologist,
the neurologist immediately hospitalized Anna with a suspected diagnosis
of a tumor on her spinal cord. The MRI scan of her brain showed there
were lesions in the white matter of her brain. All other tests came back
Anna continued to deteriorate and lost all control of her trunk and
legs. When she tried to sit up, she would flop over like a rag doll.
Nearly every week she would run a fever for two to three days. Lab test
after lab test was performed to try to find out what had happened to
her. In a four week period, she endured seven spinal taps. During one
hospitalization, Anna turned completely limp and doctors feared she
would lose her ability to breathe on her own and would have to be put on
Eventually Anna was put on steroid therapy, which helped her to regain
her personality and stop her brain from further deteriorating. However,
she remained paralyzed in the lower body, with some upper body
involvement and was left with processing delays.
Today Anna attends third grade in a wheelchair. As she grows and becomes
taller and heavier, it is hard for her to keep the trunk of her body
upright. Anna loves to swim underwater because she says it makes her
In 1993, the US Court of Claims in Washington, DC officially
acknowledged that Anna suffered post vaccination encephalopathy
following her MMR vaccination as a toddler.
- As reported by the
National Vaccine Information Center
Stories like Annaís just sadden me so. What a horrible thing for a child
and parents to have to go through. And as I mentioned in Part 1 of this
article, this kind of atrocity is not an isolated case and is happening
all over the world.
It wasnít that long ago, 1987 to be exact, that the high dose EZ Measles
vaccine (10 to 500 times stronger than standard concentrations) was
administered to young babies in Haiti, Mexico, Senegal, and Guinea
Bissau. The rationale was that these radically high doses might permit
vaccination of babies younger than 9 months by overwhelming the maternal
antibodies, present at birth, which normally defeat the vaccines given
too early. In the US and other wealthy countries, measles vaccine is
withheld 15 months, by which time maternal antibodies have subsided and
the infantís own immune system has matured enough to respond to the
vaccine. In poor countries, where measles is a more dangerous illness
and maternal antibodies may be less persistent, the World Health
Organization (WHO) had long recommended measles vaccine at 9 months. The
high dose EZ studies were aimed at lowering the age to 6 months, which
would theoretically protect more babies. Well, it didnít work. Babies,
especially girls, given the high dose vaccine died in significantly
great numbers, 6 months to over 3 years after the vaccination. And
because this deadly vaccine caused broad immunosuppression, the babies
didnít technically die of measles, but rather by things like diarrhea,
malnutrition and pneumonia that are commonly known for killing babies in
poor countries. Thus, the vaccine had sort of a stealth killer effect
and the deaths it caused disappeared into the background mortality.
By the time these failed studies were halted in June 1992, the high dose
EZ vaccine had been given to many thousands of Third World infants, and
WHO had a contract ready for another 250 million doses. Wow! Had these
doses actually been administered, an estimated 15 to 18 million babies
would have died, and their deaths would never have been linked to the
It all seems like such a waste of time and life when you consider that
respected Ph.Dís like Viera Scheibner tell us that vaccinated children
contract the very diseases against which they are vaccinated at the same
or higher rate than unvaccinated children. According to Dr. Scheibner,
"Vaccines, like any other noxious substances, do not immunize when
injected into the blood stream, but rather they sensitize. This was
known more than 100 years ago and was well described in medical journals
like The Lancet. The upsurge of allergies in children in the past 50
years is the result of repeated multiple injections of the foreign
antigens in vaccines. An exaggerated reaction to measles virus or
subsequent measles virus vaccine is just another example of
sensitization by vaccination.
Asthma and other autoimmune diseases are also widespread side effects of
vaccination. Animal viruses contained in the vaccines cause lingering
upper and lower respiratory tract infections, such as otitis media and
bronchiolitis leading to the development of wheezing and asthma.
Increased incidence and mortality due to these diseases is also well-
documented in medical papers."
Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine
Information Center, sums it up beautifully in her statement made at a
workshop on Risk Communication and Vaccination on May 13, 1996. "During
the course of our research into more than 50 years of medical
literature, we discovered that scientists and doctors had discussed
among themselves for decades how vaccines can cause injury and death
both in lab animals and in humans. Vaccine manufacturers, providers and
policymakers knew that vaccines were being created out of viruses and
bacteria grown in potentially contaminated human and animal tissue
cultures, and that substances such as mercury derivatives and sodium
chloride and aluminum were being added, and that, although heat and
formaldehyde and other chemicals were being used to theoretically
detoxify or render the viruses and bacteria incapable of causing harm,
there was no guarantee, only hope, that an unknown number of healthy
vaccine recipients would not die or be injured. But they never bothered
to tell the people who were being vaccinated. This failure to
communicate what medical science does and does not know about vaccine
risks was, quite simply, perceived as fundamental betrayal of trust by
those who were being asked to take the risk. "
Every uninformed parent Iíve spoken to is horrified when I tell them I
didnít vaccinate my son. They look at me like a child abuser, quick to
tell me how the number of children that vaccines save far outweigh the
number of those who have been injured or killed. Talk about the ultimate
in corporate propaganda, media hype, and misinformation! And part of
that misinformation, whether intentional or not, lies in the lack of
reports filed by doctors. For example, the National Vaccine Information
Center (NVIC) reported that in New York alone, only one out of forty
doctorís offices (2.5%) confirmed that they report a death or injury
following vaccination. I find this rather alarming when you consider
that adverse event reporting is vital to ensure the health and safety of
I do not think, however, that these same uninformed parents I speak of
would disagree with me when I say that all vaccines or lot numbers that
demonstrate an inordinate number of adverse events should be reported to
the public. But, you see, that rarely happens since, once a vaccine has
been licensed, there are no requirements for manufacturers to continue
investigating the product. And my research further shows that health
officials generally do not admit that a particular vaccine causes
serious adverse events until such time as they have another product to
replace it. This has been the case with the pertussis vaccine. Only
after the acellular vaccine was available, did they openly admit that
the whole cell vaccine caused brain damage. Ergo, the effect of
suppressing the adverse event data was two-fold: those who could have
been protected against vaccine-induced brain damage were not and they
were denied compensation because there was "no evidence" to support that
the vaccine could cause such adverse events.
Even the World Health Organization will tell you that thereís no such
thing as a "perfect" vaccine which protects everyone who receives it AND
is entirely safe for everyone. They even have a list of specific errors
which can lead to "adverse events following immunization" (AEFI): Too
much vaccine given in one dose, an improper immunization site or route,
syringes and needles that are improperly sterilized, vaccines
reconstituted with incorrect diluent, wrong amount of diluent used,
drugs inadvertently substituted for vaccine or diluent, vaccines
prepared incorrectly, e.g., a vaccine that hasnít been shaken properly
before use, contaminated vaccines or diluent, vaccines stored
incorrectly, contraindications ignored, e.g., a child who experienced a
severe reaction from a previous dose of DTP is re-shot with the same
vaccine, and reconstituted vaccines not thrown out at the end of an
immunization session and then reused at a subsequent one. What a
In closing, it seems to me, as a society, if we expect people to take
measures for the benefit of all, then vaccine manufacturers need to
adequately compensate the families who have struggled with vaccine-
related injuries and deaths. If not, what incentive will they have to
produce safer products? According to Alan Phillips, an independent
investigator and writer on vaccine risks and alternatives, there are a
number of truths and myths that surround this controversial subject:
VACCINATION MYTH #1: "Vaccines are completely safe..."
VACCINATION TRUTH #1: "Vaccination causes significant death and
disability at an astounding personal and financial cost to families and
VACCINATION MYTH #2: "Vaccines are very effective..."
VACCINATION TRUTH #2: "Evidence suggests that vaccination is an
unreliable means of preventing disease."
VACCINATION MYTH #3: "Vaccines are the main reason for low disease
rates in the US today..."
VACCINATION TRUTH #3 "It is unclear what impact vaccines had on
infectious disease declines which occurred throughout this century."
VACCINATION MYTH #4: "Vaccination is based on sound immunization
theory and practice..."
VACCINATION TRUTH #4: "Many of the assumptions upon which immunization
theory and practice are based have been proven false in their
VACCINATION MYTH #5: "Childhood diseases are extremely dangerous..."
VACCINATION TRUTH #5: "Dangers of childhood diseases are greatly
exaggerated in order to scare parents into compliance with a
questionable but profitable procedure."
VACCINATION MYTH #6: "Polio was one of the clearly great vaccination
VACCINATION TRUTH #6: "Vaccines caused substantial increases in polio
after years of steady declines, and they are the sole cause of polio in
the US today."
VACCINATION MYTH #7: "My child had no short-term reaction to
vaccination, so there is nothing to worry about..."
VACCINATION MYTH #8: "Vaccines are the only disease prevention option
VACCINATION TRUTH #8: "Documented safe and effective alternatives to
vaccination have been available for decades but suppressed by the
VACCINATION MYTH #9: "Vaccinations are legally mandated, and thus
VACCINATION TRUTH #9: "Legal exemptions from vaccinations are
obtainable for most - but not all - U.S. citizens."
VACCINATION MYTH #10: "Public health officials always place health
above all other concerns..."