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Box B:   Anti-vaccination movements past and present

 

Box A: Anti-vaccination arguments, past and present

Vaccines cause idiopathic illness

1878 The National Anti-Compulsory Vaccination Reporter (Cheltenham, England)—Among the dangerous illnesses following the vaccine process are diphtheria, erysipelas, and not unfrequently abscesses. [To which we may add diarrhoæ, bronchitis, convulsions, &c. B Ed. [1878]] On the whole it is a greater evil to humanity than small-pox itself!

2001 Anti-vaccination websites—The documented long term adverse effects of vaccines include chronic immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer, and other conditions, many of which barely existed 30 years ago before mass vaccination programs. (www.unc.edu/~aphillip/www/chf/myths/dvm27.htm)

Unholy alliance for profit

1878 — Medical despotism, founded in a wicked desire to rule over others … has given birth to the Vaccination Acts, which deny to parents the right to keep their own children in health …Friends, this medical despotism is a hard, materialistic, infidel thing … But it could have had no influence except through Parliament. It is by its unholy alliance with Parliament that it has been able to bring forth its dangerous brood.

2001—With an ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [US Government]] recommendation in hand, vaccine manufacturers use the government to say "you must buy my product and inject it into your body, even if it kills you or causes brain damage." (http://whale.to/v/belkin.html)

Vaccines as poisonous chemical cocktails

1878—The mind that cultivates small-pox by vaccination is now engaged in the suppression of small-pox by saturating the small-pox with carbolic acid, which is a virulent poison. This poison being absorbed by the absorbents enters the blood, and the natural secretions are tainted by it.

2001—The vaccines contain not only live viruses but also very significant amounts of highly toxic substances such as mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde. Could this be the reason for the upsurge in autism, ADHD, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lupus and other chronic disorders? (http://web.archive.org/web/20011019140710/http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.06.04/rimland.htm)

Cover up

1878—Vaccine partisans are afraid of the "search after truth," and they fear the unveiling of error. Therefore do they close their eyes to facts and their ears to enquiry.

2001—The cover-up of immune system failure following vaccination is reminiscent of the tobacco industry’s continuous denial and misinformation campaign about the dangers of cigarettes. (www.healthy.net/asp/templates/article.asp?PageType=Article&ID=539)

Towards totalitarianism

1878— The vaccination law not only insults every subject of the realm, but it insults every human being … We must war against all despotism, injustice and tyranny wherever they exist.

2001—The Orwellian spectacle of monopolistic and oligopolistic pharmaceutical manufacturers subverting government agencies to ram unsafe products down children’s veins is a violation of the basic principals of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. (http://whale.to/v/belkin.html)

Vaccine immunity is temporary

1878—If the duration of protection be limited, as we are now told, to somewhere between 3 and 7 years, how long can the repetition of the short-lived protection be expected to guard us?

2001—Immunity, after the disease, is lifelong, you can’t get it again. This [hepatitis A] vaccine (83% effective) requires multiple boosters throughout life. Vaccine manufacturers make a regular income on each person receiving the vaccine. This vaccine changes the epidemiology of the disease! (http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/mccfhc/hepAFACTS.htm)

Vaccines are ineffective

1878—The universal belief and hope of the early enthusiasts that the cow-pox would stamp out small-pox, is probably now held by no man of sense or discernment. Epidemics still continue to break out, and the sternest compulsory laws neither reduce their number nor their intensity. 

2001—VACCINATION TRUTH #2: "Epidemiological studies have shown that vaccination has been unreliable as a means of preventing disease." (www.unc.edu/~aphillip/www/chf/myths/dvm12.htm)

Healthy lifestyle alternative

1878—Is not vaccination a substitute, necessarily futile, for faithful obedience to the sacred laws of health, whereby alone health can be conserved and disease prevented?

2001— … personal hygiene and diet stop diseases, folks, not injecting virulent free-floating genetic material into your veins with all kinds of poisonous cancerous carrying agents which is what vaccines are. (www.gval.com/loglia.htm)

 



 



 

Box B: Anti-vaccination movements past and present

Anti-vaccination activity

Late 19th century—Anti-vaccinationists campaign against smallpox vaccination, citing vaccine safety issues, vaccine failures, infringement of personal liberty, and an unholy alliance between the medical establishment and the government to reap huge profits for the medical establishment at the expense of the public

Late 20th century—Anti-vaccinationists campaign against vaccination, citing vaccine safety issues, vaccine failures, infringement of personal liberty, and an unholy alliance between the medical establishment and the government to reap huge profits for the medical establishment at the expense of the public

Anti-vaccination literature

19th century—Anti-vaccinationists distribute information in a wide variety of formats, including newspaper articles and letters, books, journals, and pamphlets to warn against the dangers of vaccination

20th century—Anti-vaccinationists distribute information in a wide variety of formats, including newspaper articles and letters, books, journals, and pamphlets to warn against the dangers of vaccination

Anti-vaccination membership

19th century—Typical membership:1 4

1. Those who feel smallpox vaccination is ineffective

2. Persons who believed their relatives had suffered injury or death due to vaccination

3. Persons opposed to compulsory vaccination as an infringement of basic human rights

4. Proponents of alternative medical practice and theory, especially homoeopaths. Herbalists, chiropractors, and hydropaths 20th century—Typical membership:

1. Those who feel that some or all vaccinations are ineffective or unsafe

2. Persons who believe their relatives had suffered injury or death due to vaccination

3. Persons opposed to compulsory vaccination as an infringement of basic human rights

4. Proponents of alternative medical practice and theory, such as homoeopathy, herbal therapy, and chiropractic Government hearings

19th century—The Royal Commission of the British Government [1889-1896], investigating the grievances of the anti-vaccination movement, hears testimony on vaccine safety and effectiveness from a large number of anti-vaccinationists and pro-vaccinationists

20th century—The United States Congress [106th Congress, 1999-2000] House Committee on Government Reform, investigating the grievances of the anti-vaccination movement, hears testimony on vaccine safety and effectiveness from a large number of anti-vaccinationists and pro-vaccinationistsw1

Medical establishment response to anti-vaccinationists

19th century—Fearing the outbreak of new epidemics due to a drop in vaccine uptake (smallpox), medical authorities call for stronger efforts to increase vaccination rates

20th century— Fearing the outbreak of new epidemics due to a drop in vaccine uptake (pertussis, measles), medical authorities call for stronger efforts to increase vaccination rates

Effects of anti-vaccination ideas

19th century—Anti-vaccination activity leads to drop of smallpox vaccination rate in Stockholm, Sweden to just over 40% of the population by 1872 (uptake approached 90% elsewhere in Sweden). Epidemic in Stockholm in 1874 leads to rise in vaccine uptake and an end of major smallpox epidemics in Sweden7

20th century—Anti-vaccination activity, raising concerns over vaccine safety, leads to drop in pertussis vaccine uptake in United Kingdom from 81% in late 1960s to 31% by mid-1970s. Pertussis epidemics followed; rise in uptake to 93% ends epidemics w2

 

  1. United States House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform. http://web.archive.org/web/20011215074423/http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/index.htm, www.house.gov/reform/cj/hearings/99.9.28/index.htm, and www.house.gov/reform/cj/hearings/99.5.18/index.htm (accessed 4 Dec 2001)
  2. Gangarosa EJ, Galazka AM, Wolfe CR, Phillips LM, Miller E, Chen RT. Impact of anti-vaccine movements on pertussis control: the untold story. Lancet 1998;351:356-61.