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Dr. Offit on the HuffPo... Write a message to Dr. prOffit

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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I am sure David Kirby is chomping at the bit.. there are over 450 comments to Pauly-boy.. I hate this man so much.. He make s me puke a  little in my mouth...

He wrote an article for the Huffington Post.. Check it out:

Don't Risk Going Unvaccinated

Paul A. Offit, MD

This past year the United States witnessed a measles epidemic that was the largest in more than a decade. About 135 people, mostly children, were infected with measles; some of those children were hospitalized with severe dehydration and others with pneumonia caused by the virus.

Why did this happen? The answer can be found in a study published in December 2008 in the American Journal of Epidemiology that received little attention from the media. The authors, epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, examined school children in Michigan whose parents had chosen not to vaccinate them. They compared clusters of unvaccinated children with clusters of documented whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks. Not surprisingly, the clusters overlapped. The authors concluded: "Geographic pockets of vaccine exemptors pose a risk to the whole community."

This is exactly what had happened during the measles epidemic in 2008. Almost all of the children who caught and transmitted measles were unvaccinated. The authors of this study had provided an insight into the obvious. If parents choose not to vaccinate their children, not only do they put their own children at risk, they put others at risk. Because no vaccine is 100 percent effective, some vaccinated children can still get pertussis. Others at even greater risk include children who haven't completed the entire series of pertussis vaccines or those who can't get vaccines because they are receiving steroids for asthma or chemotherapy for cancer.

The findings of the Hopkins researchers would have been somewhat more tolerable if the choice not to vaccinate was because of legitimate problems with vaccines. But the reason that some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children is based on the mistaken notion that vaccines cause autism; or that vaccines cause diabetes or multiple sclerosis or asthma or allergies; or that vaccines weaken or overwhelm the immune system; or that vaccines have not been adequately tested. Many studies have addressed these concerns and should have reassured parents. But there appears to be a rift between studies that exonerate vaccines and the public's knowledge of those studies.

This latest study is not the first piece of evidence that a choice not to vaccinate is not a risk-free choice. In 2005, a 17-year old unvaccinated girl visited Romania, caught measles, returned to her home in Indiana, and proceeded to infect at least 34 more people, most of whom were also unvaccinated.

These outbreaks have not, apparently, been sobering. If anything, the number of parents choosing to delay or withhold or separate vaccines is increasing. So what will it take? Certainly, as more and more children contract measles and pertussis, deaths from these diseases will follow. And it's not a leap to believe that we could see other deadly diseases, like polio and diphtheria; both of which still occur commonly in some areas of the world; and both of which are only a plane ride away from causing outbreaks in relatively unvaccinated communities in the United States.

We can only hope that parents have not been lulled into a false sense of security by the success of vaccines -- or that our inattention to history will not cause us to relive it.

Paul A. Offit, MD is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the author of Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure.

 

 


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Paul,

I am in no way expecting a response. I don't think you have the courage to face the families and parents and their children that you have slandered and injured with your own Vaccine and your policies regarding vaccines.

Part of me wanted to ask you .. how you sleep at night, and how you have convinced yourself that the dramatic increase in ND and Autism and the Drmatic increase in the Vaccine Schedule have NO correlation?

I sleep soundly at night. I wake each morning to bright eyed, healthy, UNVACCINATED children. They are hardly sick.. they have NEVER had an ear infection. They don't have vaccine damage like many of their friends do.

You like to say that an infant could tolerate 10,000 vaccines in one day. I have a thought about that..
You first..

Prove to us that they are safe. Prove to us that all the parents who have vaccine injured children are LIARS, and FRAUDS. Prove to use that their is transparency.. open your accounts and let us have a look.. Like you care.. You are set for life now that you sold off your "death-vaccine"... I mean RotaTeq...

You have no respect for parents or the damage you have caused.  I don't worry b/c will will soon expose you and your cronies and finally a Vaxed/Unvaxed study will be done and we will see the impact of Over-Vaccination on an entire generation of children..

~Elizabeth  of Las Vegas

 


 

Harris L. Coulter, PhD. - "Crib death" was so infrequent in the pre-vaccination era that it was not even mentioned in the statistics, but it started to climb in the 1950s with the spread of mass vaccination against diseases of childhood." 




 




 

by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

 Wow. No one read this? Huh... I thought people would be chomping at the bit to comment to the Devil himself.. Guess I was wrong! LOl..

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