First up is this blog from Science-Based Medicine on the morbidity and mortality rates of childhood vaccines.
Next is an article a friend of mine found on the website of Borough of Riverdale, NJ a link to this poorly researched blog here, that dubiously claims to support “Vaccination Choice.” Now where have we heard this little gamut before? Oh yeah, here. And although I couldn’t find the link on Riverdale’s website to this blog, I did find a link to this blog, Live Free or Die, which was very prominent on the sidebar of the Borough’s site. So it is odd to find this disclaimer once you click on the “Live Free or Die” link:
This webpage deals with purely political issues that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone within the government of the Borough of Riverdale, it represents merely the musings of the editor, an attempt to present viewpoints not usually available in the establishment media. Read to educate in order to act. The U.S. House of Representatives is the single most powerful legislative body established under our Constitution. The political, social and economic philosophies that influence the make up of the membership of Congress will guide the direction of our country for generations.
And apparently based on the carefully chosen links on this blog, the aforementioned editor of this blog is both an anti-vaccine proponent and a global warming denier:
Vaccinations. Are they Safe?
UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict
The CDC is in the vaccine business. Under a 1980 law, the CDC currently has 28 licensing agreements with companies and one university for vaccines or vaccine- related products. It has eight ongoing projects to collaborate on new vaccines. Vaccines
Anyone considering a flu shot should become informed about the substances coming through that needle, and should be determined to investigate the safety and efficacy issues that are still unresolved. Mercury in Flu Shots
On an Ohio radio show Nov. 25,2003, a doctor stated “If you have taken the flu shot more than 8 times in the last 10 years you have an 80% chance of getting Alzheimer’s.”
Flu Shots = Alzheimer’s?
September 26, 2007 — The elderly may receive little to no benefit from annual influenza vaccinations, according to a review of current evidence study reported in the October issue of Lancet Infectious Diseases. Annual Flu Shots May Be of Little Benefit to the Elderly
Is Global Warming for Real?
Notice the address of some of these links indicate they come from the Riverdale, NJ official website. So call me crazy but I don’t think it’s appropriate for such controversial material to be presented on the town borough’s own official website as even with a disclaimer it can appear as though these positions ARE endorsed by the town’s officials…
–especially when those views run contrary to all of the scientific evidence:
“From time to time, rumors circulate that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative once used in several vaccines (and still used in some flu vaccine), could contribute to ASDs. However, valid scientific studies have shown there is no link. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the CDC, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) agree that science does not support a link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism.” -American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/Immunizations.cfm)
“The author concludes that recent studies have found no association between MMR vaccination and autism. The frequent embryologic neuroanatomic abnormalities found in children with autism lessen the likelihood that MMR immunization is a major risk factor. The Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine and a special American Academy of Pediatrics panel have concluded that evidence does not support MMR immunization as a risk factor for autism.” -RICHARD SADOVSKY, M.D., American Academy of Family Physicians (http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020301/tips/14.html)
“On May 18th, 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its eighth and final report from its Immunization Safety Review Committee. Based on a thorough review of clinical and epidemiological studies, neither the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal nor the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine are associated with autism, says the new report. Furthermore, the hypotheses regarding how the MMR vaccine and thimerosal could trigger autism lack supporting evidence and are theoretical only. Further research to find the cause of autism should be directed toward other lines of inquiry that are supported by current knowledge and evidence and offer more promise for providing an answer, said the committee that wrote the report. The American Medical Association (AMA) lauds the process that went into the creation of this scientific report and applauds the IOM and the CDC for their strong efforts in continuing to ensure the safety of the vaccines that are administered in the United States through post-market surveillance and studies such as this.” -American Medical Association (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/13703.html”
“Some people believe increased exposure to thimerosal (from the addition of important new vaccines recommended for children) explains the higher prevalence in recent years. However, evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association. Furthermore, a scientific review* by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that “the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.” CDC supports the IOM conclusion.” –Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal.htm)
“There is much debate regarding the correlation of childhood vaccines and the occurrence of autism in children. The weight of currently available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism. We recognize there is considerable public interest in this issue.” -U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Resources (http://www.hhs.gov/autism/)
http://www.csicop.org/si/2007-06/novella.html – Neurologist critiques of Kirby
I sense something is rotten in the town of Riverdale, NJ and I’ll do my best to keep my eye on Riverdale and its mysteriously unnamed anti-science blogger. I plan to try and contact as many of involved parties as possible with my complaints and I hope you’ll do the same. Thanks Brian for bringing this story to my attention.