Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

We’ve all heard how safe vaccines are. They don’t cause Autism, they don’t cause death, and they protect the general populace. In surfing through the various studies and professional opinions, I wonder just one thing. How many of the researchers involved have actually had a family member have a negative reaction?

What prompts this question is this article which is getting little, if any, play time in the Mainstream Media (Prevenar is also referred to as HIB):

Deaths of Four Children Prompt Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis Vaccine Halt

Japan has temporarily stopped using vaccines from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi-Aventis SA of France while it investigates the deaths of four children who were inoculated, the health ministry said Monday.

The decision to halt the vaccines against pneumonia, some types of meningitis and other infections was made Saturday. The government is hearing from experts at a meeting Tuesday, the health ministry said.

The four children, from under six months to 2 years old, died between March 2 and March 4. The deaths occurred the same day to three days after the vaccines were administered, the ministry said.

Those of us who wonder just what is being accidentally included in some vaccines know the routine. Child/ren dies, halt of specific vaccine usage is implemented, and “batch” issues arise. SSDD routine. Unless of course the collateral damage happens to your child or family member.

In November 2009, the Dutch Government banned the use of a specific batch of Prevenar when 3 babies died, although an average of 5 – 10 die each year. The article does not state whether that is country specific or not:

A single batch of the Pfizer anti-infection vaccine Prevenar (which is called Prevnar in the United States) has been banned by Dutch health officials after three babies there died within weeks of getting the shots.

The Dutch health institute RIVM has quarantined about 110,000 doses of the vaccine, which is widely given to newborns around the world to prevent pneumonia and related infections. Batch D66977 of the drug is the subject of the quarantine.

My concern is information reported such as on “WebMD” which include statements as:

While no major surprises were seen in the study, Prevnar “warrants continued surveillance,” the researchers conclude.

Can you hear the crickets? Where are the follow-up studies? What about the “Whistleblowers’ ” who provided information that indicated faulty manufacturing practices?

The release of this specific vaccine were based partially on a study that is now almost a decade old:

A study conducted by researchers Robert Wise, MD, MPH, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and colleagues analyzed data from the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) during February 2000-February 2002, the first two years since Prevnar was licensed.

This statement sums up many concerns of parents. Unfortunately, no one is listening:

And another question: why did the CDC’s policymaking committee vote to recommend “universal use” of Prevnar by all children before the FDA Committee even got a chance to review the data and take a vote about whether it should be licensed at all? The same thing happened with the ill-fated Rotavirus vaccine for infant diarrhea that was pulled off the market in 1999, less than a year after it was released, because it was causing bowel obstructions in babies. The CDC had voted to recommend that all babies get rotavirus vaccine weeks before the FDA Committee voted on scientific proof of safety and efficacy. And before the FDA Committee even got a chance to vote on Prevnar, Wyeth Lederle and Kaiser Permanente officials were being quoted in national press releases that Prevnar was an ear infection vaccine – when their own trial data showed that the vaccine only decreased a child’s chance of getting an ear infection by 7 percent!

The FDA has never licensed Prevnar as an ear infection vaccine but lots of doctors in America tell parents it is because that is how the vaccine has been promoted. No wonder Prevnar vaccine was the number one best selling new pharmaceutical introduced to the market in the year 2000 – generating more than $450 million for Wyeth Lederle that year.

There have been wide-ranging batch recalls :  Rotarix, H1N1, Measles, Rabies (animal lovers worry as well), Flu in ’07Gardasil in ’09, Lipitor , methotrexate, pet vitamins varieties of Tylenol and OTC cold treatments , 500 cold drugs,  – the list of various vaccines or medications seems to leave the “food safety” argument in the dust.

Even more amazing? After all the life changing reactions from the Gardasil insanity in our daughters (not to mention the 16 deaths reported in 19 months), the FDA approved it to treat every butt crack in the world (who can afford it of course). This PPJ article written by Marti Oakley has more detailed information on Gardasil.

A recent Supreme Court decision chose to listen to Industry instead of individuals in vaccine cases.

Here’s an idea. If periodically all of these vaccines and medications have “batch issues”, why not have the hundreds of thousands of Researchers, Manufactures, Office Personnel, WHO Officials and others who profit from the sale of them be required to enter a Lottery. Your number comes up – you take your chance on the batch.

After all – they are safe every time – right?