A few minutes ago I was checking out an article from the Orange County Weekly, which seems to want to blame Dr. Bob Sears for outbreaks of pertussis and measles. For the record, more than 50% of measles outbreaks in the last few decades have been vaccine-strain measles and somewhere between 80%-90% of pertussis cases have occurred among those who are fully and “appropriately” vaccinated. That’s because (1) the MMR is a “live-virus” vaccine and those who receive it are contagious for 3-4 weeks after vaccination; and (2) the DTap is causing outbreaks of pertussis because it’s a partial coverage vaccine, which has attempted to wipe out one strain of pertussis bacteria. In that attempt, the DTap is CAUSING increased incidence of illness that is the result of parapertussis – for which the vaccine DOES NOTHING to prevent.
But that’s not what this is about.
This is about deception.
As I was reading the comments following the article referenced above, one commenter made the claim that there is no “credible” evidence that the DTap causes brain damage.
WHAT??? That’s a big fat load of…. well, you know.
So, I did what I always do when people claim the DTap is safe and effective. I hopped on over to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s list of vaccine manufacturer’s inserts. My intention was to respond to Mr. Uniformed (or more likely, Mr. vaccine manufacturer employee) with the link to the Tripedia insert and a very pointed comment about the fact that on page 11 of said insert, Sanofi Pasteur themselves listed encephalopathy, seizures, SIDS and autism among the adverse reactions that were temporally associated with the administration of the vaccine. The Tripedia insert states that these adverse reactions were included “because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting.”
Well… Guess what?
When I got to the webpage, the Tripedia insert was gone. POOF!
Like it never existed.
Thankfully, I have some pretty awesome friends who are old hats at researching the truth about vaccines. One of them (I love you, Dawn H.) had the foresight to take a screenshot of page 11 of the Tripedia insert.
In this instance, it actually would have been okay if Dawn didn’t have the screenshot, because I have the insert printed out; as I’m sure many of my vaccine-saavy friends have also done.
The point of this post is this: When you are conducting your research regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, you need to be sure you have that information archived somewhere.
You never know when it will disappear. Like it never existed in the first place.
My question: So, Sanofi Pasteur… now that you’ve made the insert go away, does that mean all those children who died from SIDS or who have lifelong brain damage as a result of your vaccine also disappeared?
Of course they didn’t. The proof is in their grieving parents.
Shame on you. And shame on all of those who work so hard to make the evidence disappear so parents won’t have the information they need to make informed decisions about whether or not to use your products.
Parents: Do your research. Save the evidence. Trust No One.
NOTE: Within minutes of posting this article, I was directed to this link, which still lists SIDS, Encephalopathy, and autism among the reported adverse reactions to Tripedia. Please SAVE this informaion – screenshot it – or print it out. You don’t know when it will be gone.
NOTE: This is another site where the Tripedia insert is still available.
EDIT: (8/13/2012) – Since I wrote this post on Saturday (2 days ago), several people have notified me that Tripedia was discontinued in 2011. Some of those people have postulated that the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health may have removed the Tripedia Manufacturer’s Insert for this reason. If that’s the case, I would like to know why they still have TriHIBit and ActHIB inserts on their site. Both of these (actually they are the same insert, listed separately in two places) give instructions for combining the ActHIB vaccine for Haemophilus Influenzae type B with the Tripedia vaccine, for one injection containing FOUR vaccines: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis and HIB. Is it really the case that Tripedia was discontinued? Or is it just no longer being made available UNLESS it is combined with the HIB vaccine? Is this another case like what happened when it was suggested that the MMR vaccine may be causing autism, and may be safer if separated? That suggestion was followed by the manufacturer’s decision to STOP making the separate vaccines available at all. They removed the choice so there could be no comparisons between children who received the vaccines separately vs. those who got the MMR. Is history repeating itself now, with Tripedia?
ActHIB and TriHIBit inserts BOTH say to refer to the Tripedia insert for information about adverse reactions. The insert for ActHIB and TriHIBit tells the reader NO LESS THAN SIX TIMES – “refer to the Tripedia insert” – yet when you go looking for it on the Bloomberg site, it’s not there. Why? If they are not going to list the information where you can find it, they need to include the Tripedia adverse reactions in the ActHIB and TriHIBit inserts. If they fail to do that, it does indeed look like they are trying to hide the facts that their vaccine is responsible for the deaths and lifelong severe injuries of children. For ease of reading, here is the information from the Tripedia insert:
• As with other aluminum-containing vaccines, a nodule may be palpable at the injection sites for several weeks. Sterile abscess formation at the site of injection has been reported.3,36
• Rarely, an anaphylactic reaction (ie, hives, swelling of the mouth, difficulty breathing, hypotension, or shock) has been reported after receiving preparations containing diphtheria, tetanus, and/or pertussis antigens.3 …