Chicken Pox Vaccine: the Fine Print and Informed Consent

Statistics released by the CDC show that 11% of Idaho parents are choosing to opt-out of the chickenpox vaccine for their kindergartner. Idaho parents who choose to opt-out of the chicken pox vaccine have done so after careful risk versus benefit analysis. Research reveals that complications from the chicken pox disease are at a rate of 1.4 per 100,000 (.0014%). Injury or reaction from the vaccine is 1 out of 1,481. Clearly, informed parents realize that the vaccine is riskier than the disease. 

Moral Objection To Injecting Children With DNA From Aborted Fetuses

Moral opposition to this vaccine comes in light of the disclosure that the chickenpox vaccine is produced in lung tissue obtained from two surgically aborted human fetuses (Exp. Cell Res. 37:614-636, 1965; Nature 227:168-170, 1970). Merck’s own literature states the vaccine contains “residual components” of fetal lung cells from a fetus of 14 weeks old.
Informed consent, a fundamental tenet of ethical medical practice, dictates that citizens should have a choice whether or not they are injected with another person’s body cells. [Or anything else.]

fetus pictured above is between 14 - 16 weeks old the same age as the fetuses used as spare parts for the vaccines injected into our children.

Chicken Pox Vaccine Designed to Save $$ Not Lives

From the medical and health-care cost perspectives, chicken pox vaccine is a loser. Two studies, one funded by Merck, found that only if lost wages are included for a parent to stay home with a sick child is there cost advantage to using chicken pox vaccine (JAMA 271: 375-381, 1994; J. Ped. 124(6): 869-874, 1994).

While providing lifelong immunity, chicken pox disease [not vaccine] carries a very low risk of complications and death. Writing in the British medical journal, the Lancet (343: 1363, 1994), a voice of reason, Dr. Arthur Lavin, Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, presented concerns that “argue strongly against the licensure of varicella vaccine for healthy children.” Lavin asserted: “[Chicken pox] is not major in the sense of disease mortality or morbidity. Therefore, if healthy children were fully vaccinated it is unclear in what significant way the health of the children or the economic health of their families would be improved.

Summary:

  1. The chicken pox is a benign, self limiting childhood illness. 99.9% of children suffer NO complications and gain life-time immunity. Not a single Idaho child has died from the disease (or complications) in more than a decade.
  2. CDC reports that the Chicken Pox vaccine is NOT effective long term adding a second dose due to waning immunization rates.
  3. Chicken Pox vaccines can cause serious injury or even death. 1 out of every 1,481 children administered the VACCINE suffered adverse reaction.
  4. Complications from the chicken pox disease are EXTREMELY RARE. Complication occur in 1.4 per 100,000 cases of chicken pox in normal children.


1. Benign Childhood Illness experienced by the entire population as children PRIOR to 1995 vaccine introduction.

CDC reports there were  3,700,000 cases of chicken pox cases EACH YEAR prior to the vaccine and that there were 100 U.S. deaths each year (50 children and 50 adults)* the majority of those deaths had compromised immune systems or other health problems 

Before the vaccine the chance of complications resulting in death from chicken pox was .00002702 <source>1

For 99.9 percent of healthy children, chickenpox is a mild disease without complications. However, up to 20 percent of adults who get chickenpox develop severe complications such as pneumonia, secondary bacterial infections, and brain inflammation (which is reported in less than one percent of children who get chickenpox). Most children and adults who develop these serious complications have compromised immune systems or other health problems.

2. Chicken Pox Vaccine NOT effective long term with 'immunity waning' so that CDC now suggests a second dose. <source> 2

We give our children the chicken pox vaccine. This vaccine required by many schools and daycares carries a limited protection from the illness and is not guaranteed effective. The vaccine itself contains a LIVE VIRUS which is KNOWN to spread chickenpox to others.
How Effective is the chicken pox vaccine?

  • Chickenpox vaccine effectiveness is reported to be 44 percent for any form of the disease and 86 percent for moderate to severe disease;

Consider this. 

A close friend, has seven children at home. The teen was required to be 'updated' on his vaccines in Junior High because the CDC is now acknowledging that the vaccine 'wears out' over time. So, in order to continuing attending school activities, he received the chicken pox vaccine. Within days, his elder sibling came down with the illness. Unfortunately, she wasn't aware that she was sick until she was away from home on her Senior Trip to Disneyland. The vaccine cause her to expose her entire class and those around her at Disneyland to the illness.  Arriving back home, contagious, she then spread the illness to younger siblings, many had already been vaccinated with chicken pox vaccine in the past several years.

This one family's story prove that:

1. The chicken pox vaccine sheds and others do catch the chicken pox disease.

2. The chicken pox vaccine is not always effective.

3. Danger of complications from the chicken pox illness increased with age.

Most concerning is that Chickenpox is much more serious when caught by previously unexposed adults, when it can lead to pneumonia.Mass use of chickenpox vaccine by children in the U.S. has removed natural boosting of immunity in the population, which was protective against shingles, and now adults are experiencing a shingles epidemic.

From the story above its obvious, the vaccinated individual could spread the disease to the immuno-compromised, who can develop septicaemia or meningitis. 

4. The vaccine is one of convenience, not about saving lives.

Is chicken pox really dangerous? The current estimated death rate for chicken pox is only 1.4 per 100,000 cases (0.0014%) in normal children. It rises to 30.9 deaths per I00,000c ases (0.0309%) in adults.

As you can see,the death rate is still quite small. Although, it is FAR better to contract chicken pox as a child, than to wait until the adult years.

Its worth noting chickenpox illness is more of a concern of economics than of deadly outbreak. Children are banned from childcare during the long course of the contagious window of chickenpox, a parent has to take up to a week or more off work to look after their afflicted kids at home.  The CDC and local health departments use the 'time from work' reason to have children vaccinated.

5. Is the Chicken Pox Vaccine itself dangerous? YES.
Some children will have life long injury from the vaccine itself.

Chickenpox vaccine is already associated with adverse effects in one in 1,481 vaccinations.1

Using the MedAlerts search engine, as of September 30, 2015 there had been 3,358 serious adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in connection with chickenpox and varicella-containing vaccines since 1990. Over half of those serious chickenpox vaccine-related adverse events occurring in children six years old and under. Of these chickenpox-vaccine related adverse event reports to VAERS, 161were deaths, with over 60% of the deaths occurring in children under six years of age.
visit NVIC for more important information about Chicken Pox Disease and Vaccine. 

IDAHO PARENTS who choose to opt-out of the chicken pox vaccine have done so after careful risk verus benefit analysis. Idaho statue permits a parent's choice, however, the Idaho Health and Welfare department chooses to attempt to harass and intimidate parents with letters sent home to parents with wording such as; "I also understand that it is my responsibility to provide the school with proof of the vaccines above and that failure to do so will result in exclusion of my child from school."

Vaccine Tracking and Exemptions.

Contrary to the Health Department's propaganda, Idaho has vaccine exemptions available to all children attending school and daycare. Parents have become educated and according to the CDC numbers, 11% of parents choose to opt-out of the chicken pox vaccine for their kindergarten-aged children. These statistics come from Idaho's vaccine tracking database. Each child enrolled in school is entered into the database without a parent's acknowledgement. Learn more about how to opt your child out of the tracking system. https://healthfreedomidaho.org/iris-opt-out 

Supporting a parents right to informed consent is a key concern of Health Freedom Idaho. Support us as we protect your right to choose medical procedures for your child. JOIN us!


SOURCES:
1. http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Chickenpox/chickenpoxfacts.aspx as confirmed by CDC's own number: https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/surveillance/monitoring-varicella.html
2.0 https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/197/7/944/798673/Primary-Vaccine-Failure-after-1-Dose-of-Varicella
failure rate of chicken pox vaccine: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22659447

1. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/193060

Conditional entry letter - does NOT provide information to parents that vaccine exemptions are available: https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Health/Idaho%20Immunizations/School_Conditional_Admission_Form_English.pdf

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