These Weird New Tricks Are Being Used to Vaccinate Your Child

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many different vaccine operations in third world countries.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many different vaccine operations in third world countries.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many different vaccine operations in third world countries.

A recent report has stated that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (the foundation with more money than sense), has plowed $100,000 into the development of small pink and blue silicon bracelets to remind mothers living in developing countries that is time for their child to be vaccinated.

According to Change Generation, children require twenty vaccinations by the time they are four to keep fit and healthy. Each bracelet has a series of numbers representing the months of the year and a series of symbols representing the vaccinations required.

Each time a mother visits the clinic to have her child vaccinated, the nurse punches through the symbol representing the vaccine and records the dose.

Change Generation reported that local nurses were continually walking from village to village, trying to locate mothers whose babies had missed their vaccinations. Cornell University student Lauren Braun decided that a solution to the problem was needed and specifically designed the silicon bracelets to accommodate. Change Generation states:

“If the pilot is successful, Braun (who manufacture the bracelets) will apply for a phase two grant worth another $1 million. That would allow her to invest in more pilots (she is keen to try it in Africa) and develop more bracelet sizes. The current version is one-size only, and too small for some older babies with thicker wrists and ankles.”

Braun stated to reporters that she is now interested in speaking with the pharmaceutical industry about public-private partnerships, as she believes that this is the way to reach scale quickly as the bracelets are a simple and cheap way to get more kids vaccinated. [1]

More Tricks to Get Parents to Vaccinate

Greeting Cards in your Mailbox

Mothers worldwide are being constantly bombarded with vaccination reminders. In April 2013, I reported that one vaccination initiative being used by twenty-seven states across the US was to send every new parent a “congratulations on the birth of your baby” card. [2]

Governors from twenty-seven states across the US had teamed up with Hallmark Greeting Cards to send every new parent a card following the birth of their baby. These cards include a personal message from the governor of their state, a detachable growth chart and an up-to-date immunization schedule.

Let us examine some of the other ways that governments help pharmaceutical manufacturers peddle their wares onto unsuspecting parents.

Text Messaging

In 2010-2011, a group of US researchers carried out a study to discover whether or not more parents had their children vaccinated if they were sent vaccine reminders by text.

A randomized trial took place in four community-based pediatric clinics affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center during the 2010-2011 influenza season. The trial was designed to evaluate whether or not sending text messages to low-income urban parents encouraged them to have their children vaccinated.

Parents of children and adolescents in the intervention group received a series of five weekly, automated influenza vaccine reminders by text to their cell phones.

Published data states that both the intervention and usual care groups received the usual care: an automated telephone reminder and access to informational flyers posted at the study sites.

Results found little difference between the two groups. However, because the vaccination rates rose by 3.7% in the group that received continual text messages, the study was hailed a success. [4]

Although this scheme was hailed a success, we need to question why the group receiving the texts also was required to receive the automated telephone reminders and the promotional flyers? Was this really necessary?

Television Programs Aimed at Children

In 2009, the animated children’s television program Sid the Science Kid, aimed at small children, aired an episode designed specifically to encourage children to be vaccinated in the US. The episode titled Getting a Shot: You Can Do It! was particularly appealing with its bright and colorful characters and catchy songs.

For those of you who are blissfully unaware, Sid the Science Kid is a computer-generated children’s television program aimed at the under-fives. The central character is a small boy named Sid, who tries to discover more about his surroundings by asking question and using basic scientific principles.

The episode surrounding the topic of vaccination began with Sid and his friends explaining to impressionable young children and their parents watching the program that receiving a vaccination was ‘a really good thing.’ The whole episode was geared to make the topic of vaccinations into an exciting adventure.

Sid began by stating:

“Hey scientists, it’s me, Sid. My grandma’s a nurse and so she is giving me and my friends a shot. So, my friends and I are going to discover that when you think like a scientist, getting a vaccination is a really good thing.”

The vaccination that Sid and friends received was the flu vaccination and the whole program was little more than a marketing tool to make vaccinations sound really exciting to young children. Considering the episode has had over three million hits on YouTube, it was obviously a huge success. [4]

The US is not the only country featuring the subject of vaccinations on children’s television. The UK’s BBC has also covered this topic on CBeebies recently. Anna Watson from Arnica UK expressed her views very clearly in the The Economic Voice regarding the episode titled Inject to Protect. She wrote:

“A man in a white coat smiles, offers an injection to a puppet ‘child’ who is alone. ‘Inoculation is the perfect medication,’ he tells the child after dancing and singing with a syringe. (Cut to a nurse telling children elsewhere that if they are vaccinated with the MMR they won’t get the measles, mumps and rubella.) ‘Will it hurt?’asks the boy. ‘Well, it might,’ says Dr. Ranj, ‘But you can cry if you want to.’ Without waiting for an OK, the doc injects the boy, who then says, ‘I‘m not sure I’m ready for my injection,’ but the doc marvels, ‘I have already done it.'” [5]

Sadly, I cannot give readers a link to this episode, as it is a BBC television program and currently unavailable to view on the Internet. I can, however, provide a link proving that this program did exist. [6] There is also an example of this delightful program on the CBeebies website, during which they sing the ‘Get Well Soon’ song, complete with dancing vaccination syringes. [7]

Tricks Used to Market Vaccines to the Public

Vaccination advertisements can be found everywhere these days. They appear in newspapers, magazines, on television, in movie theaters and on public transport. Here are several ways I discovered pharmaceutical manufacturers and governments advertise vaccines to the public.

Advertising at the Movies

Imagine taking your child to watch a film during the summer vacation and being bombarded with adverts for the HPV vaccine Gardasil! Well, that is exactly what happened to parents in the US when they took their children to see The Incredible Hulk in 2008.

This was because just like the parents, Merck had decided to take their advertisements to the movies. A spokesperson from Merck told CNBC News that the Gardasil ads would be shown at screenings of The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, The Happening, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, among others. [8]

‘How to Be a Superhero’  Campaign

Last year, UK’s National Heath Service, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, ran a massive advertising campaign. The campaign claimed that if parents wanted to become their child’s superhero then they needed to vaccinate them with the recommended childhood vaccinations.

For weeks, the town of Portsmouth was plastered with posters of colorful superheroes telling parents the benefits of vaccination.

The campaign was extremely impressive, with videos and ads boasting the following captions:

  • Be a hero!
  • Protect your child!
  • X-ray vision and super strength are all very good, but you can be a hero by doing just one simple thing for your child: Get them immunized!
  • Childhood vaccinations like the MMR may not sound as exciting as saving the planet, but they are really important and prevent serious illness and even death!
  • Vaccinations help protect your child against all these evil characters – Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Polio, Meningitis C, Pneumococcal Infection, HIB, and HPV!
  • Don’t forget, vaccinations are safe! Without them your child is at risk!
  • NHS Portsmouth is determined to immunize as many children as possible … We need your help to do this.
  • Remember, vaccination could save their life.
  • So, go on, Mum; go on, Dad, be a hero, protect your child.
  • Speak to your nurse today. [9]

However, is giving your child a vaccination really the way to become your child’s superhero? You need to ask yourself, Why are the pharmaceutical industries and governments targeting the minds of our children by using advertising in this way?

Advertising at the Grocery Store

Even the supermarket is seen as a golden opportunity to bombard us with vaccination reminders. Long gone are the ads for candy and cream cakes enticing us to indulge. These have since been replaced with ads for the latest must-have vaccination. [10]

However, as we are bombarded with vaccine reminders in what appears to be in every area of our daily lives, are these ads a welcome reminder to have you or child vaccinated or an unwanted intrusion?

One angry shopper demonstrated on film the vast number of advertisements promoting the flu vaccination at his local store. As we see him walk up and down each aisle filming the ridiculous number of ads, I am sure that many of us would agree that the quantity that he observed was excessive. [11]

Conclusion

Let’s face it – vaccinations are big business. Wherever we go or whatever we do, the pharmaceutical industries have arrived there first with their vaccination propaganda. Whether we believe in vaccination or not, the majority of us would likely agree that vaccinations are probably the most advertised commodity on our planet.

Year in and year out we are faced with ads for the flu vaccine, the HPV vaccine and the MMR. Ads appear on billboards, in our stores, in magazines and at the movies. The pharmaceutical industries and our governments have even stooped to an all-time low by peddling their wares to preschool children on children’s television.

The brainwashing of young children is disgusting. For pharmaceutical industries and governments to manipulate impressionable young minds and encourage their parents to believe they are a failure if they have not vaccinated their children is an appalling abuse of power.

 

 

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  • Greenfutures

    I read recently of the marketing strategy used by, I think, US Flu jab merchandisers who pay their staff bonuses if they sell target amounts of the jab – and the more they sell, the better the bonus. And, yeah, it seems to be an “over-the-counter” drug there.
    Hey, bonuses for reaching targets for jabs administered. Now where have I heard that one before?!

    Chris Hemmings

  • Lucy Hill

    Similar tactics are used with Disease as with War

    Those who profit from war first fund terrorism, creating an unstable region, they use this as a pretext for war then make serious money from the war itself.

    Big Pharma profit from disease, first they inject us with disease (vaccination) meaning that many of us then rely on pharmaceutical treatments for the rest of our lives, making Big Pharma big money!

    Both are examples of capitalism at it’s worst.

  • Ed

    Too bad for them NOT ONE parent who knows the TRUTH will buy into their b.s.!!!!!!!!!!

  • rhonda

    Bombard Hallmark stores with a greeting card stating that we boycott their stores until this affililation ceases.

  • http://www.mycatholicblog.com/ Janet Dubac

    Wow I just noticed that there are an awful lot of weird campaigns for vaccination. But, the hallmark card and the super hero campaign is way over the top I think. They are like forcing the parents to vaccinate their children.

  • Roxanne

    So true – the creation of the false flag operation whether it be political
    or re. health – all brought to you by the military pharmaceutical media industrial complex.

  • Roxanne

    Good point – Give Hallmark a piece of your mind.

  • Cricket

    I agree these tactics are disgusting! My 2 yr old granddaughter and I watch the Sprout network every day, which recently added Sid the Science Kid to their lineup. Now that I know this particular show propagandized vaccines a few years ago, I’ll be sure to change the channel when it airs. It’s no loss to us because this show is one of her least favorite to watch. If “Caillou”, on the other hand, tries to manipulate us on this topic I’m in big trouble! We as parents (and grandparents) have to be diligent in our efforts to be one step ahead of this evil vaccine-pushing agenda by teaching our children the meaning of propaganda.

  • Milky Mummy

    I am British and I can confirm that awful CBeebies show is still playing on our screens. The show is called ‘Get Well Soon’ and the smug doctor is called Dr. Ranj (google him – as well as loving vaccines, he also believes formula is as good as breast milk. Yes, I know it’s difficult to believe but he is actually a doctor and not an actor.) My 13 month old son was watching the TV a few weeks ago when the ‘Inject To Protect’ episode came on. I had to quickly turn it off; he was totally taken it with all the dancing and singing, even swaying to the music. Disgusting, vile tactics – aiming propaganda at children who aren’t even old enough to know what it means. I wrote a letter of complaint which was duly ignored.

  • thisismyspamemail

    I don’t give them a piece of my mind but I do boycott Hallmark greeting cards. I’ll never buy another one from them again.

  • algis

    I have no tv at home, less bullshit to enter the house

  • White Elk Clearwater

    A stinking trick like these is being pulled on the people in Israel now. The government with WHO pushing the buttons is running a massive campaign of Oral Polio live virus vaccines.

  • aielesse

    Crayola is a subsidiary of Hallmark.

  • No Vaccines

    Excellent point. Here is a link. I’ve read that the same virus is showing up in the water supplies in Syria. Why is it bad for it to be in Syria’s water but not for it to be in Israel’s?

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.543337

    So who does the polio vaccine actually protect?
    Parents have been asking questions since the current campaign to revaccinate children against polio began, and the Israeli Health Ministry does not always provide acceptable answers.By Natasha Dornberg | Aug. 25, 2013

    “I am the poster child for the Health Ministry’s current campaign to revaccinate children aged 9 and under against polio. If I am not the poster child, I am the mom of two poster children. But I’ll introduce them to you in a moment.

    The Health Ministry – through well-baby clinics nationwide – includes poliomyelitis in its regular vaccination schedule for all children. Since 2004, Israel’s children have received four doses of inactivated polio vaccine – the injected vaccine known as IPV. Prior to 2004, all children whose parents brought them for vaccinations got two kinds of polio vaccine: IPV, and a weakened live-virus vaccine administered orally and known as OPV.OPV was taken out of circulation in 2004 in Israel and the rest of the developed world due to its undesirable side effect: it has been linked to actually causing paralytic polio. The attenuated vaccine is administered orally and is shed, still live, into sewers (among other places). The Health Ministry has released strict hygiene guidelines for anyone in contact with or changing diapers of kids who are given OPV.

    Now – in the face of the wild polio virus in our sewers – the ministry is opting to bring OPV back into the mix. And by “mix” I do mean that literally. Because the ministry only suggests OPV vaccines for children who have already received IPV – after all, in unvaccinated kids it has been associated with actual polio, including in Israel in the years 1984-1988. Israel’s sewers are regularly tested for polio and it was found in 2004 and 2007. At that time, no one launched a massive campaign to revaccinate all of Israel’s children.

    OPV will not be administered to any children who have not already received IPV. The ministry isn’t interested in the portions of the population who have opted out of vaccine programs to date: the ultra-Orthodox are skeptical, the Bedouin are uninterested, and a growing portion of educated, urban parents are opting out of the vaccine schedule.

    Parents have been asking questions since the campaign began, and the ministry is not always providing acceptable answers.

    OPV will not be administered to children who have an immediate family member who is immunocompromised. The ministry itself is concerned it could endanger parents who are also cancer patients. Having protected these cancer patients by not administering OPV to their children, how do they protect cancer patients from the kid next door? How is the shedding limited to the household?

    The ministry assures the public it is safe and well-tested to administer OPV to children who have already received IPV. Centrally, the ministry says the version of OPV associated with actual cases of polio had three strains of polio, the most aggressive of which was removed from the current version in 2009.

    A grassroots parents’ campaign is seeking information about this new two-strain live polio vaccine. First and foremost, parents are asking to see the results of clinical trials showing the efficacy and safety of this new OPV. The Health Ministry has a Facebook page where it has been diligently interacting with parents, responding to concerns. But it has systematically evaded any questions about research on this version. Sometimes it says this vaccine has been in use for decades; sometimes it says this is a new, two-strain vaccine.