Top 5 Vaccine Stories for December

A 'heavy' vaccine schedule gambles with your child's health.

1. Girl Dies Suddenly, Parents Question Flu Shot

Barton, VT. Parents are mourning the sudden death of their seven year old daughter. Kaylynne Matten passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 6, four days after receiving her flu vaccine. The girl’s parents have stated that the girl was previously healthy, up until receiving the shot. Kaylynne’s parents say she fell ill with what they initially believed to be a stomach bug. Things took a turn for the worse and Kaylynne’s mother found herself escorting her daughter to the hospital. Kaylynne stopped breathing while en route and could not be resuscitated despite her doctors’ best efforts.

Kaylynne’s mothers suspects that the flu vaccine may have contributed to her daughter’s death. She is hoping a medical examiners report can help clarify what may have caused Kaylynne’s sudden death.

2. Vaccination: The gambling game
Jakarta, Indonesia. With more and more people questioning the safety of vaccines, parents are becoming increasingly confused about whether they should proceed and have their children immunized or not.

Just recently, two toddlers from Jakarta passed away following their vaccinations. The incident has further fueled existing mistrust in vaccines. Some cite religious reasons as the basis for their refusal to vaccinate, while others question the “halal” status of the vaccines.

There are others still without religious reasoning for refusing vaccines. Many strongly suspect that vaccines are linked to an onset of autism in susceptible children. While science has yet to identify a mechanism by which vaccines trigger autism, some are confident there is a genetic component at work.

When considering vaccination, it is important to take into account the genetic uniqueness of your children and recognize that not all children respond to vaccination in the same manner.

3. National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Educates One Million Plus in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

New York, U.S. During the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York, the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) will be featuring an advertisement that encourages the public to make informed decisions about vaccines.

The 15 second ad will be boldly displayed upon a 5,000 square-foot TSQ full-colour LED digital screen. The megatron on which NVIC’s ad is appearing is one of the largest display screens in the area. An estimated one million people pack the area during New Year’s eve celebrations and the event is viewed on television by billions of people around the globe.

In 2012, NVIC will mark our 30th year of public education and consumer empowerment,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. “With so many health care options available today, becoming an educated health care consumer is essential and our pro-informed consent message will be seen by millions on New Year’s Eve.

NVIC has been instrumental in providing access to information that empowers consumers to make informed choices.

4. Dr. Andy: Is death of one soldier reason enough for vaccination?
U.S.A. The army is now planning to add the rabies vaccine to its lengthy list of immunizations required for soldiers in the central and southern commands. At over $200 dollars a dose, the shot is quite a costly one.

Rabies deaths are extremely rare. Only one or two deaths a year are attributed to rabies. It is no wonder some are now questioning the wisdom behind adding the vaccine to the required list.

One of the main reasons for the sudden focus on rabies vaccination, is the death of decorated combat veteran, Kevin Shumaker. He began treatment for rabies infection after being bitten by a stray dog in Afghanistan but didn’t finish the full course of injections.

Some feel however, that there are more efficient and less costly ways of preventing the illness in the first place. It is also said that immediate and proper wound cleaning can reduce the transmission of rabies by up to 90 percent. Prompt medical attention is also advised.

5. Unhealthy concerns: Vehari reports 4th polio case of 2011
Vehari, Pakistan. Muhammad Aslam is now questioning how his fully vaccinated son could have possibly contracted polio. His son, Shoaib, developed a fever and was unable to walk. Doctors soon determined that the boy was indeed suffering from polio.

I don’t understand how this could happen because I had my son vaccinated soon after his birth. The vaccine must have been faulty because I got all the drops and shots,” said the frustrated father.

Local residents are now also questioning the effectiveness of the vaccines.
What is wrong with the vaccines that people who have been immunized are still developing symptoms?” asks resident Rukhsana.

This marks the fourth case of polio in the area in just a year. Health experts are blaming the outbreaks on possible sewer contamination and residents increasing mistrust of vaccines.


Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver

About the author

Bunny St. Marie

Bunny St. Marie is a passionate health advocate and loving mother to three children. She enjoys freelance writing and has dedicated the past 5 years to researching risks surrounding vaccines. The discoveries of her ongoing investigation into vaccines motivates her to share her findings with other concerned parents.