Vaccine FAQ

If vaccines confer immunity, then why do already-vaccinated children have anything to fear from a measles outbreak?

Paul A. Offit is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day:

“In order to stop the spread of infections, a certain percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated, a phenomenon known as population or herd immunity. People who aren’t vaccinated or who can’t be vaccinated will be protected when surrounded by a highly vaccinated group, much like a moat safeguards a castle. The fraction of the population that needs to be vaccinated to provide herd immunity depends on the contagiousness of the infection. For highly contagious infections-such as measles or pertusis-the immunization rate needs to be about 95 percent.”

Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

No vaccine is 100% effective. No one makes that claim, yet the anti-vaxxers are always screaming that we do. For those few that the vaccine does not work for, herd immunity would still protect them if the immunization rates are high enough. Then you also have people like Ben.

Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes

If vaccines work so well, then why did Merck virologists file a False Claims Act with the U.S. government, describing the astonishing scientific fraud of how Merck faked its vaccine results to trick the FDA?

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA:

“It’s important to remember fact-finding hasn’t actually happened here. We don’t know if a jury or judge will find that the plaintiffs are telling the truth or acting out of some grudge. We don’t have Merck’s response on the facts yet: Merck’s documents mostly, though not only, addressed the reasons the claim should not move forward, what the relators failed to prove. We have a decision allowing the suit to proceed to fact finding.  So the first thing this means is that the relators and the other plaintiffs get their day in court, a chance to prove all the claims sustained – basically all of them besides the claims in Chatom v. Merck under the laws of states the current plaintiffs don’t belong to (and other plaintiffs can be added).

It also does not mean the vaccine is worthless, as some anti-vaccine sites claim. If the vaccine effective is, say, 70% rather than 95%, that’s still a lot higher than zero.

Does this mean that Merck falsified data? Well, with what we have, we don’t know. Maybe, though there are reasons to doubt it. And there are even stronger reasons to doubt the claim that this falsification, if it happened, made the vaccine less effective than initially claims.”

Look at the evidence presented, and read more here:

Merck, Mumps, Motions, Whistleblowers–the actual story

If vaccines don’t have any links to autism, then why did a top CDC scientist openly confess to the CDC committing scientific fraud by selectively omitting clinical trial data after the fact in order to obscure an existing link between vaccines and autism?

David H. Gorski is an American surgical oncologist, Professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializing in breast cancer surgery:

“Vaccination data were abstracted from immunization forms required for school entry, and records of children who were born in Georgia were linked to Georgia birth certificates for information on maternal and birth factors. Basically, no significant associations were found between the age cutoffs examined and the risk of autism. I note that, even in the “reanalysis” by Brian Hooker, there still isn’t any such correlation for children who are not African American boys

So is Hooker’s result valid? Was there really a 3.36-fold increased risk for autism in African-American males who received MMR vaccination before the age of 36 months in this dataset? Hooker [performed] multiple subset analyses, which, of course, are prone to false positives. As we say, if you slice and dice the evidence more and more finely, eventually you will find apparent correlations that might or might not be real. In this case, I doubt Hooker’s correlation is real.

There’s no biologically plausible reason why there would be an effect observed in African-Americans but no other race and, more specifically than that, in African-American males. In the discussion, Hooker does a bunch of handwaving about lower vitamin D levels and the like in African American boys, but there really isn’t a biologically plausible mechanism to account for his observation, suggesting that it’s probably spurious. There are multiple other studies, many much larger than this one, that failed to find a correlation between MMR and autism.

What [Hooker] has done, apparently, is found grist for a perfect conspiracy theory to demonize the CDC, play the race card in a truly despicable fashion, and cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the CDC vaccination program, knowing that most of the white antivaccine activists who support [him] hate the CDC so much that they won’t notice that even Hooker’s reanalysis doesn’t support their belief that vaccines caused the autism in their children.”

Read more here:

Brian Hooker proves Andrew Wakefield wrong about vaccines and autism

If mercury is a neurotoxic chemical (which it is), then why is it still being injected into children and pregnant women via vaccines? Why does the vaccine industry refuse to remove all the mercury from vaccines in the interests of protecting children from mercury?

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center:

“Thimerosal is no longer used as a preservative in any childhood vaccine with the exception of the influenza vaccine….  Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust, air, soil and water. Since the earth’s formation, volcanic eruptions, weathering of rocks and burning of coal have caused mercury to be released into the environment. Once released, certain types of bacteria in the environment can change mercury to methylmercury. Methylmercury makes its way through the food chain in fish, animals and humans. At high levels, it can be toxic to people.

Thimerosal contains a different form of mercury called ethylmercury. Studies comparing ethylmercury and methylmercury suggest that they are processed differently in the human body. Ethylmercury is broken down and excreted much more rapidly than methylmercury. Therefore, ethylmercury (the type of mercury in the influenza vaccine) is much less likely than methylmercury (the type of mercury in the environment) to accumulate in the body and cause harm.

Because the names of these two chemicals vary by only a single letter, it is difficult to believe they could be very different; however, if you think about ethanol and methanol (also known as ethyl alcohol and methyl alcohol), you will see that the difference can be dramatic – ethanol is what we drink at a party and methanol is added to the gasoline we use to fuel our cars.”

Read more:

Vaccines and Thimerosal

If vaccines are so incredibly safe, then why does the vaccine industry need absolute legal immunity from all harm caused by its products?

Paul A. Offit is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day:

“The purpose of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was to allow children to be compensated for vaccine damages without having to go through the expensive process of suing in state courts; to protect pharmaceutacal companies from litigation; and to encourage vaccine makers to continue to research and produce new vaccines. The government had taken the burden of litigation off the backs of the vaccine makers and put it on its own.”

From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“Can I file a lawsuit outside the VICP?

Most of the time, you must first file and have your claim processed with the VICP before a civil lawsuit can be filed against the vaccine company or the person who gave the vaccine. If you would like to file a civil lawsuit outside of the VICP, contact a lawyer for advice.”

Read more here:

What You Need to Know About the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

If vaccines are so safe, etc etc etc, vaccine inserts?

From Harpocrates Speaks:

“4. Contraindications

This part lists the known situations in which the product should not be used because the risks of using it outweigh the benefits that it provides. For example, if some ingredient causes a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction in people with that allergy, this section would state that those people should not get the product. That said, this section can only list known, proven risks. If it is just a theoretical risk, it should not be listed here. So, if it’s thought that it might cause an allergic reaction, but there hasn’t been any proof that it does, the allergic reaction should not be listed as a contraindication.

5. Warnings and Precautions

Any clinically significant adverse reactions that impact how the product is used are listed here. Whereas the Contraindications section notes where the product should not be used at all, this section makes not of those situations where the product can be used, but extra caution should be taken. For instance, if a patient is suffering from an acute viral illness, it might state the the product should not be given until one week after their symptoms go away. This section may also include information on how the product might interfere with lab testing. For example, it might cause a false positive reading if the patient is tested for a particular disease within three months of receiving the product. This is one section where evidence from outside of the manufacturer can come into play. As soon as there is enough reasonable evidence to support a causal connection between a risk and the product, it must be listed in this section. A causal connection does not have to be definitively proven, however, to be listed.

6. Adverse Reactions

Clinical Trials Experience – Adverse reactions listed in this section were observed during clinical trials conducted by the manufacturer, generally in the course of seeking FDA approval. This information includes how many people were exposed, how many suffered the reaction, and how that compares to a placebo or other comparator. Any adverse reaction listed in this section has good evidence for a causal connection.

Postmarketing Experience – Unlike the Clinical Trials Experience section, adverse events listed here are those that have been reported to the manufacturer, rather from robust clinical trials. The manufacturer must list adverse reactions for which there is some plausibility of a causal relationship. For example, if someone reported that their car caught on fire after they received the product, the manufacturer would not list “car fires” as an adverse reaction because it is entirely implausible. However, if someone reports that they had a heart attack after receiving the product, that would be listed, even if it is later found that the heart attack was caused by their lifetime of eating nothing but fast food and getting no exercise. This section will also include adverse reactions for which the manufacturer gets a lot of reports. Again, this doesn’t mean the product actually caused that reaction. If someone with an axe to grind got a whole bunch of people to report the same reaction to the company, it would probably get listed. A company will typically err on the side of caution and list something here if there’s even the slightest chance of the product causing the reaction, no matter how unlikely, simply to cover their butts. If they receive reports of an adverse reaction and fail to list it, that leaves them open to a law suit for failure to warn if someone else suffers that same reaction. When I talk about the insert being a legal document, this is where it can most come into play. The bottom line is that inclusion here does not mean the product really does cause the reaction, but rather that the manufacturer has received reports of that reaction. Whether those reports are true or not is irrelevant.”

Package Inserts – Understanding What They Do (and Don’t) Say

If vaccines are so great for public health, then why do these historical public health charts show nearly all the declines in infectious disease taking place BEFORE vaccines arrived on the scene?

Some of those graphs are made up, and some show death rates rather than infection rates.

David H. Gorski is an American surgical oncologist, Professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializing in breast cancer surgery:

“Let’s look at the Vaccination Library claims first. Notice that there are six graphs, four of which are for vaccine-preventable diseases for which widespread vaccination was undertaken, two for which it was not. All of them show decreasing death rates from various diseases. Wow! It seems like slam dunk evidence, doesn’t it? Vaccines didn’t save us! After all, death rates were declining years before the vaccine, and they were declining for the diseases that didn’t even need a vaccine!

Death rates.

Here’s the problem. It’s not surprising that death rates were declining before introduction of the vaccines. Medicine was improving. More importantly, supportive care was improving. For example, take the case of polio. Before the introduction of the iron lung and its widespread use, for example, if a polio patient developed paralysis of the respiratory muscles, he would almost certainly die. The iron lung allowed such patients to live. Some even survived in an iron lung for decades. No doubt improved nutrition also played a role as well.”

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“Vaccines didn’t save us” (a.k.a. “vaccines don’t work”): Intellectual dishonesty at its most naked

If vaccines are perfectly safe, then why did at least 13 people recently die in Italy after being vaccinated?

BBC News:

“European Medicines Agency experts found no evidence of a causal relation between the fatalities and the administration of the drug.

On Monday, Italy’s pharmaceutical watchdog AIFA also declared the drug safe.

Its suspension caused panic. More deaths were linked to the drug, but the AIFA said this was probably inspired by media coverage of the first cases.

Fluad is used for older people, especially those who are at an increased risk of health complications.

Novartis this week said it had a “robust” safety history.

A review of the two batches in question has “confirmed that they are in conformity with all production and quality standards”, the company added.

About four million doses of Fluad have been distributed in Italy. The vaccine has also been used in this winter’s flu vaccination campaigns in Austria, Germany and Spain.”

‘No evidence’ Fluad flu vaccine caused deaths in Italy

If vaccines are so trustworthy, then why did a pro-vaccine group in Africa recently discover — to its shock and horror — that vaccines being given to young African women were secretly laced with abortion chemicals?

David H. Gorski is an American surgical oncologist, Professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializing in breast cancer surgery:

“There’s no evidence to support the claims of the KCDA, and they aren’t even plausible, given what is known about the history of vaccines using hCG coupled to tetanus toxoid. Quite simply, such vaccine linking hCG to tetanus toxin are basically history, long abandoned. They didn’t even work very well as long term contraceptive, with their effect fading after three months, much less as permanent inducers of sterility. The Catholic Church and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are thus engaging in fear mongering. They might believe they are doing good, but they are engaging in activity that could very well lead to the preventable deaths of Kenyan babies, as young women are frightened away from receiving the tetanus vaccine by their rhetoric and highly dubious laboratory results.”

Fear mongering about vaccines as “racist population control” in Kenya

If vaccines are so safe to be injected into the bodies of children and pregnant women, then why do their own insert sheets readily admit they are manufactured with a cocktail of toxic chemical ingredients?

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

“Some parents are concerned about the safety of ingredients found in vaccines, specifically aluminum, mercury, gelatin and antibiotics. However, parents can be reassured that ingredients in vaccines are minuscule and necessary.”
Read more about each ingredient here:
Paul A. Offit is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day:
“Formaldehyde “is a natural product: an essential intermediate in the synthesis of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and of thymidine and purines (the building blocks of DNA). Everyone has about two and one-half micrograms of formaldehyde per milliliter of blood. Therefore, young infants have about ten times more formaldehyde circulating in their bodies than is contained in any vaccine. Furthur, the quantity of formaldehyde contained in vaccines is at most one six-hundredth of that found to be harmful to animals.”
“Various preparations of aluminum salts have been used in vaccines since the late 1930s. So, the safety of aluminum in vaccines has been assessed for more than seventy years. Aluminum salts act as adjuvants, enhancing the immune response. Inclusion of aluminum salts in vaccines that otherwise wouldn’t evoke a good immune response makes it possible to reduce the number of doses and the quantity of immunological components within each dose….. Aluminum, the third most abundant element on Earth, is everywhere. It’s present in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The single greatest source of aluminum is food; present naturally in teas, herbs, and spices, aluminum is also added to leavening agents, anti-caking agents, emulsifiers, and coloring agents, and is found in pancake mixes, self-rising flours, baking powder, processed cheese, and cornbread. Adults typically ingest 5-10 milligrams (thousandths of a gram) of aluminum every day. Babies are no different; all are exposed to aluminum in breast milk and infant formula. Infants exclusively breast-fed will have ingested ten milligrams of aluminum by six months of age; those fed regular infant formula, thirty milligrams; and those fed soy formula, one hundred and twenty milligrams. All recommended childhood vaccines combined contain four milligrams of aluminum…. Aluminum has been found to be harmful in only two groups of people: severely premature infants who receive large quantities of aluminum in intravenous fluids, and people on chronic dialysis (for kidney failure) who receive large quantities of aluminum in antacids. In other words, for aluminum to cause harm, a child’s kidneys would have to work poorly or not at all and the child would have to have received large quantities of aluminum from other sources, such as antacids, which contain more than three hundred milligrams of aluminum per teaspoon…. Because it’s unavoidable, everyone has aluminum circulating in the body, even babies, who have 1-5 nanograms (billionths of a gram) per milliliter of blood. Researchers have studied the quantity of aluminum in blood before and after receipt of aluminum-containing vaccines. No difference. The quantity of aluminum in vaccines is so small and the body eliminates it so quickly (about half of the injected aluminum is completely eliminated in one day) that it is undetectable following vaccination.”
If vaccines achieve absolute immunity, then why are as many as 97 percent of children struck by infectious disease already vaccinated against that disease?

As no vaccine is 100% effective, and the majority of people are vaccinated, or course you will find more vaccinated people catch it in an outbreak. Effectiveness and rates needed for herd immunity vary by vaccine and contagiousness of the disease.

Take pertusis as an example. It is effective approximately 70% of the time. Imagine you are in a room with 100 people, and one person has it and coughs right in everyone’s face. 90% of the room is vaccinated. All 10 of the unvaccinated are almost certainly going to catch it. Based on the 70% effectiveness rate around 27 of the vaccinated will also likely catch it. Those 27 will make all of the Natural News headlines, while the 63 vaccinated individuals who did not catch it will never be heard from.


If vaccines are totally safe and effective, then why did this five-year-old girl recently die from the very strain of flu she was just vaccinated against?

As stated many times, no vaccine is 100% effective. There is zero evidence that the vaccine caused any harm. The parents are even encouraging other to continue to vaccinate their children. This was a tragic event, and anti-vaxxers are terrible people for twisting it for their own gain.

“Kiera’s official cause of death was that she went into cardiac arrest after coming down with influenza A and pneumonia, according to the Clark County coroner’s office in Nevada, which did not examine her body after her death.

Driscoll told ABC News that Kiera got a flu shot, and they still want other parents to vaccinate their children.

“Vaccines help save lives, and they help keep other people from getting infected as well,” he said. “We always want people to be vaccinated.””

5-Year-Old Girl Dies After Catching the Flu, Even After Getting Vaccine

If the vaccine industry cares so much about children, then why does it call for the arrest of parents and the breaking up of families of unvaccinated children, begging for the state to seize custody of those children at gunpoint while incarcerating the parents in prison?

This is referring to a USA Today columnist. The “vaccine industry” has made no such statement.

Jail ‘anti-vax’ parents: Column