Monday, February 20, 2006

Public Health Ponderings

It is interesting that a hitherto highly confidential (aka secret) Government document relating to adverse vaccine effects was forced to be revealed by a request invoking the powers of the Freedom of Information Act.

It transpires that eighteen babies and toddlers have died in four years following routine vaccinations.
The whole story is interesting, and can be found here , but one paragraph did cause me concern, namely :

"Experts last night said that the true figures for suspected fatalities and serious side effects could be much greater. Dr John Griffin, the former editor of the medical journal Adverse Drug Reactions, said: "For fatalities, it is probably only one in two which gets reported and for other side effects one in 10."
This means that almost 40 baby deaths could have occurred following jabs between 2001 and 2004, and 8,000 serious adverse reactions."

Admittedly this would still be a small percentage considering the numbers of vaccines administered to each child in Britain, but if it was my child suffering an adverse effect, I would be rather unhappy that I was not made aware of the scale of the risk.
When you take your child to the GP or clinic for vaccinations, how many of you are given the product information inserts to read before the needle goes in ? How many of you have been warned of potential side-effects ?

I am sure most will have been warned graphically of the potential risks of the diseases being vaccinated against, but not of the known and proven side-effects of the vaccines themselves.

I was one of the awkward ones the doctors dread, and insisted on having all the product inserts to read and discuss with my husband before we made decisions about vaccinations......

It could just be the tip of the iceberg.

I also wonder what other "highly confidential" reports about health and other issues could be revealed under the Freedom of Information Act should someone be inclined to request access to such data............

I know I am a cynic, but that comes of working as a health-care professional in the NHS until my last two children were born.
Sorry !
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, thank you.

I recall following the rather large debate over there some time back: I think it was to do with a double (or triple?) vaccine: my memory is failing. Is that what the report refers to, or is it vaccinations in general.

I knew a woman who refused to vaccinate after looking at the research. I don't know. If I ever have kids, I know I'd be at a loss with what to do. I want to protect them, but I'd want the full story as well.

God help us.