Tall Tales and Other Vaccine Myths

Catherine J. Frompovich

Autumn finally has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere in 2010 along with admonitions to get the annual flu vaccination to prevent contracting any of the various strains that now circumnavigate the globe, including one or two that may have resulted from scientific ‘tinkering’.

Daily, if not hourly, prompts appear on radio and television about going to a local pharmacy or other health care facility to get immunized. The fear campaign has begun in earnest and, naturally, we need to wonder about the scientific facts associated with vaccine research and flu vaccines, in particular. So let’s examine some of the tall tales and other vaccine myths that also circumnavigate the globe as part of media flu hype and spin.


Are parents aware that the Flu shot [is] not effective in preventing flu-related hospitalizations in asthmatic children? In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that [was] presented on Tuesday, May 19, [2009] at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.physorg.com/news161971715.html) Did you realize that study found children who were vaccinated for flu had three times the risk to be hospitalized when compared with children who were NOT vaccinated for flu?

Furthermore, a U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health PubMed website posting offers this:

The effectiveness of influenza vaccine over multiple influenza seasons in children less than 5 years of age has not been well studied. This is especially important to assess because of the recent recommendation for routine influenza vaccination in childhood. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19490957

Pregnant Women

Pregnant women are being prodded into getting vaccinated against flu, which may be problematic for them. According to the CDC’s VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System in effect since 1990), there are numerous pregnancy interruptions coinciding with the H1N1 flu vaccine. If FDA—or anyone, for that matter—doubts that flu vaccine can impact pregnancy negatively, here are some of the VAERS case report numbers: 359268, 359924, 362094, 363299, 364445, 364781, 365103, 365373, 366045, 366245, plus many, many more!

Some of the classic pregnancy/prenatal admonitions include not indulging in tobacco smoking and alcoholic beverages; avoid cleaning cat litter boxes because exposure to cat urine or feces can cause Toxoplasmosis (see http://www.pregnancyquestionsandanswers.com/questions/qu_676-why-is-cat-urinelitter-hazardous-to-a-pregnant-mother-why-is-it-recommended-to-stay-clear-of-the-cat-box-should-this-be-done-before-pregnancy-or-afterwards.html ); avoid contact with pesticides and other toxic chemicals because of their possible teratogenic effects (malformations in a fetus); and maintain a healthful diet rich in nutrients to provide the growing fetus with needed nutrients.

Why then, if pregnant women are given the above caveats, are they told they must receive neurotoxic mercury (Thimerosal), formaldehyde, and other toxic adjuvants in flu vaccines that, in turn, will cross over the placenta and impact the growing fetus? Visit this web site for an eye-opening look at what is contained in vaccines. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf Did you notice the fine print on the third and fourth lines of the title:

Includes vaccine ingredients (e.g., adjuvants and preservatives) as well as substances used during the manufacturing process, including vaccine-production media, that are removed from the final product and present only in trace quantities.

Seven influenza vaccines are listed on this CDC site. Five out of seven contain antibiotics; four out of seven contain formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) or formalin (an aqueous form of formaldehyde); four contain mercury (a neurotoxin capable of causing CNS and brain damage) as Thimerosal; and one contains a most controversial ingredient, Polysorbate 80 (visit this web site: http://organichealthadviser.com/archives/polysorbate-80-in-swine-flu-vaccines-infertility-in-humans). If the information put forth in the rat studies on polysorbate 80 holds true, child-bearing-age women ought to reconsider seriously getting a flu vaccine if they don’t want to become infertile. The Fluarix® vaccine package insert states,

“FLUARIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic [cause mutation(s)] potential, or for impairment of fertility.” [Emphasis added]

One flu vaccine even contains MSG, something many folks are allergic to and avoid for various reasons.

All the above needs to be considered not only by pregnant women but also by those considering pregnancy—and most of all—the U.S. FDA, CDC, and HHS because their media spin is not keeping up with scientific research and reports. In particular, if CDC’s VAERS reports validate pregnancy terminations and/or spontaneous abortions are coinciding with receiving the flu vaccine are accurate, then there are close to two hundred pregnancy terminations caused by the flu vaccine on record. This potential association needs to be investigated IMMEDIATELY not only by federal and state agencies, but the U.S. Congress needs to investigate them, too.

Senior Citizens

United States seniors have been pummeled since 1980 with fear advertisements to get vaccinated against seasonal flu. The vaccination rate in that age range has jumped from 15 percent to 65 percent while Alzheimer’s disease statistics have run parallel within that time frame. Interesting observation?

According to an Internet post on Squidoo,

Some researchers and doctors believe that an increase in Alzheimer’s is an adverse reaction to flu shot vaccinations, again because of mercury and other metals that are used in manufacturing. According to one doctor’s research, people who had five consecutive influenza vaccines between the years 1970 and 1980 were ten times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than individuals who had none, one or two. Since Alzheimer’s does not develop immediately after a vaccination, researchers are unable to prove that it is an adverse reaction to flu shot ingredients. http://www.squidoo.com/FlushotsincreasesAlzheimers

Currently over five million people in the USA suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s only half of the statistic because Alzheimer’s impacts spouses, children, and other family members, too. To realize the sad statistics about this mind-eroding disease, visit http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/report_alzfactsfigures2010.pdf . Since 2002 there’s been a 10 percent increase in Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis

Direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s amount to more than $148 billion annually. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=14331 We can expect that figure to rise exponentially with all the Baby Boomers becoming Medicare participants who are cajoled into getting annual flu shots.

If according to the Dallas News online report that Swine flu vaccine for kids recalled over effectiveness (December 16, 2009) rings true (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/121609dnmentflurecall.44382cd.html), shouldn’t we start to wonder what’s going on at both ends of the age spectrum when so many in the population are coming down with mental anomalies like autism in young children and Alzheimer’s in senior citizens. This phenomenon was not documented in the medical literature prior to the 1980s when Big Pharma started placing heat on government health agencies that vaccines were the next best thing since sliced white bread. And everyone today knows the story about sliced white bread.

The Devil in the Details

Even though pharmaceutical vaccine manufacturers feel they are providing a preventive health measure, one has to wonder about the Devil in the Details that most consumers don’t know about and ought to: toxic adjuvants or ingredients that should not be injected into anyone, particularly the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth, which often contains 225 mcg of aluminum as amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate. Read these sad parents’ story [Be warned of upsetting photos of child] http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/02/managing-editors-note-below-is-the-story-of-iam-gromowski-a-boy-who-lived-47-days-after-his-hepatitis-b-vaccination-thank.html

If that story doesn’t convince you or pull at your heart strings, then check out http://www.vaccineriskawareness.com/Hepatitis-B-Vaccine-Kills-Baby.

A DPT shot often contains between 170 and 625 mcg of aluminum, a neurotoxin, depending upon manufacturer.

An adult Hepatitis B shot often has 500 mcg of aluminum.

A Hepatitis A shot can contain anywhere from 225 mcg to 450 mcg of aluminum, depending upon manufacturer.

A Pneumococcal vaccine can contain 125 mcg of aluminum.

A child’s DPT, Hepatitis B and Polio combined vaccine contains a whopping 850 mcg of aluminum. Any wonder infants and toddlers have screaming fits after vaccinations?

A Tuberculosis shot can contain 750 mcg of MSG.

The above adjuvants are in addition to numerous others such as mercury (Thimerosal), formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, squalene, and a ‘shopping list’ of other toxins that, when injected into an infant who weighs less than 25 pounds, may promote adverse Central Nervous System reactions due to toxic chemical interactions. You may remember your chemistry teacher in high school warning you about mixing various chemicals in a beaker. Similar interactions occur within human physiology only FDA, CDC, HHS, et al. fail to recognize it as vaccine-related damage. What they prefer to do is accuse parents of child abuse, or Shaken Baby Syndrome, and claim vaccines are safe.

How can Big Pharma make such outlandish claims when their vaccine package inserts tell you that they haven’t done testing that proves or disproves any possibility of damage? Do you know why they don’t do those tests? In most instances, real and bona fide objective scientific testing and results would prove their vaccines injurious not only to laboratory animals but also to humans and, in particular, infants and toddlers because of neurotoxins.

Perhaps vaccines could be ‘safer’ if they contained only the killed viral antigen and a salt-water carrier. However, killing the antigen requires a toxin to do that, whereas live antigens pose serious health risks. The live polio vaccine taught some pretty serious health lessons about vaccinating with a live antigen, so vaccine makers like to stay away from them.

However, there are some attenuated vaccines in which the pathogen is still alive but less virulent. They include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, yellow fever, the nasal-spray flu vaccine (both seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1), and rabies for both humans and animals. Incidentally, it’s the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) combination vaccine that is being associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

One last thought about multi-antigen vaccines or combination vaccines. Sometimes five or more disease antigens are present in one shot, as in the DPT, Hepatitis B and Polio combined vaccine discussed above. One has to wonder and question what toll these antigens take on an infant or toddler when in nature a child—or anyone for that matter—would never be exposed to five diseases at one time. That alone puts too much stress on the human organism and immune system. That’s not rocket science and by backing off multi-vaccine shots, there just may be a way of eliminating vaccine damage.

Interesting Resource: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/10/-the-h1n1-flu-vaccine-debate-should-you-or-shouldnt-you.html

Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine J Frompovich is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting. Catherine is an editor and writing consultant who helps authors get into publication. For numerous semesters she taught several writing courses for a suburban Philadelphia school district’s Adult Evening School. Her passion is assisting and guiding authors into print. Catherine’s latest book, A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will be available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook sometime in July 2012. Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).