"An educated consumer is our worst customer"
Back in the day here in the Northeast, there was an off-price clothing chain called Syms. The owner was Sy Syms, and he introduced himself in all of his TV ads, which ended with "At Syms, an educated consumer is our best customer." Well, an educated consumer is the vaccine industry's worst customer, as evidenced by a global drop in vax uptake. The article below features vaccine profiteer and fellow autism parent Dr. Peter Hotez, whose rampant promotion of vaccination includes a memoir that is quite to the point, "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism." Any information about vaccine dangers, side effects or the people injured is considered "propanda." By whom and for what end?
Propaganda is defined as follows: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
Side effects, errors, product problems, exist in all medicines, surgeries, vaccines. Talking about side effects is hardly biased, it's informative. Exactly what "political cause" would be we promoting by telling readers or viewers that vaccines can and do harm? The "Guardianship for our kids forever until we die" party? Some party.
Every group is allowed to "wake up" in this MeToo era except for those struck down by vaccines. The bias belongs to the industriesm public relations attack dogs and the mass media. In fact, it is discrimination and harassment. "Propagandist film...." sounds like something out of the McCarthy era. I am proud yet bereft that my girls' names are on the VAXXED bus. Look for Vaxxed II soon. KIM
Vaccine coverage continued to decline in parts of the developed world last year, resulting in 60,000 measles cases in Europe — the most this century — and a record number of pediatric flu deaths in the U.S. In several Western U.S. counties, up to 30% of children have not received their full vaccine schedule — a trend that's been worsening since 2009.
The big picture: This drop-off in vaccinations owes primarily to parental exemptions for non-medical reasons, typically because of false beliefs that vaccines cause autism or illness. There are signs the anti-vaccine movement's misinformation campaigns will strengthen in 2019, leading to further declines in vaccine coverage and possibly more outbreaks of infectious disease.
- Released in 2016, the propagandist film "Vaxxed" accused the CDC of covering up evidence that vaccines cause autism and propelled the anti-vaccine movement. A sequel is slated for 2019.
- Political action committees in the U.S., Italy and elsewhere are ramping up populist rhetoric about parental freedoms to enact legislation making it easier to obtain vaccine exemptions.
- Launched in the fall of 2018, Children’s Health Defense has emerged as an influential new anti-vaccine organization. It focuses on American children, but its reach could extend abroad.
- Social media continues to amplify misinformation from hundreds of anti-vaccine websites.
Where it stands: The response to the anti-vaccine lobby by U.S. and European government agencies has been modest, leaving much of the defense of vaccines to academics. This situation will have to change if outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue or increase. Read more if you care to here.