Ok, this paper is much more contraversial then my last one.

We don't vaccinate our children. I have done lots of research and find it much easier to believe that vaccines are doing more harm than good. We're trading mumps and meases for cancer and leukemia.
You don't have to agree with me but don't bash me, please. I don't think you're horrible for vaccinating your children. You're doing what you think is right and I'm doing what I think is right.

Tricia Henry

English Comp 1A Wed 6:30-9:30

Research Paper



Poliomyelitis (polio) is a contagious disease caused by an intestinal virus that enters through the mouth and implants in the throat and intestines. The virus attacks the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Some who contract polio do not get sick at all. Others have mild symptoms which include fever, headache, sore throat, and vomiting. But, neurological complications, such as stiffness of the neck and back, weak muscles, pain in the joints, and paralysis of one or more limbs or respiratory muscles, can also occur. In some severe cases, due to respiratory paralysis, polio can be fatal. Many believe the vaccine is responsible for the near eradication of polio but the statistics say otherwise. The vaccine causes more harm than good. Because of these reasons, the vaccine for polio should be discontinued from use in the United States.

In 1955, the first polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was licensed. It was an inactivated, or killed vaccine (IPV). Dr. Albert Sabin developed a live, but weakened, vaccine in 1961. It was given orally (OPV). According to the Center for Disease Control, “with the appearance of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines, the disease began to disappear, and there is no longer any wild polio in the country”(1). The CDC claims that it is because of vaccines that we no longer have polio in the United States. It is true that the last case of wild polio in the United States was in 1979. In 2007, only 1,310 cases of polio were reported worldwide. Of those 1,310, all but 106 of them were found in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan (WHO 1-3). Out of the more than six billion people on the planet only 1,310 people came down with poliomyelitis last year, none of them anywhere near the United States.

“According to Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, medical investigator and pediatrician, there is no credible scientific evidence that the vaccine caused polio to disappear” (Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective? 14). Mendelsohn also says, “It also disappeared in other parts of the world where the vaccine was not so extensively used” (How to Raise a Healthy Child 228).

“From 1923 to 1953, before the Salk killed-virus vaccine was introduced, the polio death rate in the United States and England had already declined on its own by 47 percent and 55 percent, respectively. Statistics show a similar decline in other European countries as well. And when the vaccine did become available, many European countries questioned its effectiveness and refused to systematically inoculate their citizens. Yet, polio epidemics also ended in these countries” (Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective? 14).

Another reason for the decline in the reported cases of polio is the change of the definition of the disease. Dr Bernard Greenberg, attributed the dramatic decline in polio cases to a change in reporting practices by physicians. His testimony was used as evidence for the congressional hearings on polio vaccine in 1962.

“Prior to 1954 any physician who reported paralytic poliomyelitis was doing his patient a service by way of subsidizing the cost of hospitalization and was being community-minded in reporting a communicable disease. The criterion of diagnosis at that time in most health departments followed the World Health Organization definition... This change in definition meant that in 1955 we started reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic poliomyelitis with a longer-lasting paralysis. Furthermore, diagnostic procedures have continued to be refined. Coxsackie virus infections and aseptic meningitis have been distinguished from paralytic poliomyelitis. Prior to 1954 large numbers of these case undoubtedly were mislabeled as paralytic poliomyelitis. Thus, simply by changes in diagnostic criteria, the number of paralytic cases was predetermined to decrease in 1955-1957, whether or not any vaccine was used”(qtd in Immunization Decision 39-40).

In some places, there were more cases of polio reported after the mass inoculations in 1955. Vermont reported a 266% increase in cases of polio, Rhode Island – 454%, and Massachusetts – 642%. (Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective? 14-15). All of this raises questions as to the validity of the CDC's claim that the vaccine caused the disappearance of polio in our country.

The United States government recognizes that vaccines can cause damage. They set up a fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There is a Vaccine Injury Table, which is set up to make it easier for those injured to receive compensation. Here they recognize the OPV causes paralytic polio, vaccine-strain polio virus infection, and other acute complications or sequela (including death) of the before mentioned events. They state that IPV causes anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock, and other complications (HRSA 1-2). The United States stopped using OPV in the year 2000. They only give the IPV, which they state has no serious side effects beyond anaphylaxis, which is basically an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, weakness, hoarseness or wheezing, a fast heart beat, hives or rashes, dizziness, extreme paleness, or swelling of the throat.

According to Mendelsohn,

“While the myriad short-term hazards of most immunizations are known (but rarely explained), no on knows the long-term consequences of injecting foreign proteins into the body of your child. Even more shocking is the fact that no one is making any structured effort to find out. There is growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced” (Mendelsohn 211).

Cancer and leukemia are autoimmune diseases. It occurs when the body's defense mechanisms cannot tell the difference between organs and foreign invaders. It begins to destroy itself. There is a possibility that these vaccines that are meant to ward of diseases, cause different ones. We do not really know what kind of damage these vaccines might have in the long run. There have been no long-term studies on the matter. These days, children can get as many as 21 vaccines before they start the first grade. There are about 200 more vaccines in the pipeline. It has gone beyond what anyone can possibly defend on scientific grounds. Pumping more vaccines into such small bodies without understanding such basics as how they will affect immune system function over time borders on the criminal.

No one wants polio. It is a horrible, and sometimes debilitating, disease. The United States government, the CDC, WHO, doctors and human beings everywhere want to see polio eradicated but the vaccine currently on the market will not do the job. The vaccine for polio should be discontinued from use in the United States. Perhaps with it off the market, they will finally do some research and possibly find a more safe and effective way to eradicate this disease.

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Oct. 16, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Way to go!  Good for you for picking such a great topic!  I'll come back and read it all when I have more time.

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Oct. 18, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Awesome paper!  Chris wants me to write a persuasive paper on vaccines that he can use as an example in his speech class.

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