Multiple Deaths Linked to Childhood Vaccines

On 24th October 2010, the Sunday Times reported new evidence suggesting that forty children have died over the past seven years following a routine childhood vaccination. This was revealed after the Sunday Times sent a Freedom of Information (FOI) data request to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA). The FOI data revealed that childhood vaccinations are suspected to have caused forty deaths, of leaving two young children with brain injuries and causing more than 1,500 other neurological reactions, including 11 cases of inflammation of the brain, 13 cases of epilepsy and a coma.

In the article ’40 deaths linked to child vaccines over seven years’ by Sarah-Kate Templeton (…), Templeton reported that when asked about the deaths the MHRA appeared to play down the deaths, saying that they should be seen in the context of the 90m doses of childhood vaccines which have been given since 2003.

Fair enough, however, I would like to point out to the MHRA that this is approximately 6 deaths and 214 serious adverse reactions a year if taken on an average. Their figures also failed to take into consideration the hundreds of adverse reactions that are less significant or those left unreported. I feel the overall picture should be taken into consideration and the public should realize that this report only looked at the childhood vaccinations.
This week a report on the Mail Online website (…) revealed that the MHRA received nearly 8,600 reports of suspected adverse reactions to the swine flu jab during the pandemic last winter. Most reactions involved pain or swelling at the site of the jab, vomiting and headaches. Many of these adverse reactions were children receiving the swine flu vaccine. Were these reactions taken into consideration? Probably not as this is not a routine childhood vaccine.

The Mail said:

The Mail on Sunday revealed last week that Government experts are examining a possible association between the H1N1 swine flu jab and the paralysing nerve disease Guillian-Barre Syndrome.

The vaccine has also been linked to fevers in young children, temporary paralysis and narcolepsy.”

When revealing their figures, did the MHRA take into consideration the comparatively new vaccine the HPV vaccine Cervarix? The MHRA said on their website that 4,445 adverse reactions to this vaccine have been reported. Although, they suspect the total number of reactions to be over double this figure:

Suspected Adverse Reaction Analysis CERVARIX Human papillomavirus (…)

Total number of reports received: 4,445

Total number of suspected reactions: 9,673

Estimated number of doses administered across the UK: at least 4 million doses

I believe that the MHRA may have been somewhat economic with the truth when they revealed their data and the figures stated show a mere snippet of the problem, .By revealing data on childhood vaccinations in the schedule only, vital data could be kept from the public as many vaccinations are not included.

This is the childhood vaccination schedule from the (…) National Health Service website UK

2 months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis C

4 months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Meningitis C, second dose

Around 12 months:

  • Meningitis C, third dose
  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)

Around 13 months:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose

3 years and 4 months, or soon after:

  • MMR second jab
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster

Around 12-13 years:

  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months

Around 13-18 years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab

As we can see, the vaccines for flu, swine flu, rotavirus and chickenpox are not included in the schedule, therefore the side effects from these vaccines can be missed from the data given to the Sunday Times. Another point to consider is that many of the above vaccines were not in the vaccine schedule in 2003 for example Cervarix, and the 5 in 1 vaccine.

So which vaccines were included in the figures revealed to the Times? It is very easy to bend statistics to suit. I believe that the statistics that the MHRA gave to the Sunday Times revealed only the tip of the iceberg and that the true figures are still unknown.

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Christina England, BA Hons