Monday, August 24, 2009

Swine Flu: Live Vaccine for Children Safety in Question

Stay informed about the dangers of the upcoming SWINE FLU VACCINES.  Remember that HOMEOPATHY has a track record for successfully treating flu epidemics during the past 200 years.

ISIS Press Release August 17, 2009

Live Attenuated Swine Influenza Vaccine for Children Safety in Question

The live attenuated swine flu vaccine intended for millions of children has dangerous side effects and is genetically unstable, risking generation of new pandemic strains should mass vaccinations go ahead.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

This report has been submitted to Sir Liam Donaldson, UK Chief Medical Officer, and to the US Food and Drug Administration Please circulate widely, with all the hyperlinks included, to your elected representatives, wherever you are

The swine flu vaccines being prepared for release to combat the current pandemic will be fast tracked without the usual clinical trials to ensure their safety. Five different companies were contracted to produce vaccines worldwide - Baxter International, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis. Sanofi-Aventis and AstraZeneca - using a range of technologies from traditional chicken egg production to cell culture [1] (
Fast-tracked Swine Flu Vaccine under Fire , SiS 43).

Most of the vaccines will not contain live virus and will be delivered by injection. However AstraZeneca will produce a genetically engineered live attenuated vaccine through its global biologics unit, MedImmune, using cell culture or eggs [2]. The MedImmune vaccine will be used primarily for children, to be delivered as a nasal spray. The nasal spray vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza has been fast tracked for global distribution [3].

The live-attenuated vaccine appears more effective than the inactivated virus vaccine, but it resulted in significantly higher rates of severe adverse events. Furthermore, there is evidence that the live vaccine is highly genetically unstable in warm body cells and that has not been thoroughly evaluated in the children vaccinated .

Live attenuated versus inactivated influenza vaccine

MedImmune sponsored a safety and efficacy trial of the nasal spray live- attenuated, cold adapted (see below) influenza vaccine compared with inactivated vaccine on infants and young children 6 to 59 months of age [4]. . The study was conducted at 249 sites in 16 countries; US (49 percent of subjects), 12 countries in Europe and Middle East (45 percent), and 3 countries in Asia (6 percent).

A total of 7852 children completed the study. The results showed that there were 54.7 percent fewer cases of culture-confirmed influenza in the group that received live attenuated vaccine than in the group that received inactivated vaccine (153 cases, 3.9 percent vs 338 cases, 8.6 percent). For all culture-confirmed symptomatic influenza (both vaccine and non-vaccine strains), the overall attack rates were 5 percent in the group that received live attenuated vaccine and 10.0 percent in the group that received inactivated vaccine, indicating that neither vaccine was particularly good at preventing illness from non-vaccine strains. These results broadly confirm those of a comprehensive review carried out in 2006-2008, which could not provide safety analysis [5].

It is important to note that the MedImmune study explicitly excluded children with a history of hypersensitivity to any component of the live attenuated vaccine or the inactivated vaccine, known immunosuppressive condition , medically diagnosed or treated wheezing within 42 days before enrolment, a history of severe asthma , body temperature higher than 37.8 C within 3 days before enrolment and the use of aspirin or salicylate-containing products within 30 days before enrolment. The conditions italicized are precisely those considered especially at risk from swine flu and identified as ‘priority groups' for receiving the vaccine by the UK government, which intends to vaccinate the entire UK population starting in October [6], and there is already evidence that the inactivated flu vaccine tripled the risk of severe events in children with asthma [7]. These findings are confirmed in the Medimmune study, which exposes the highly inadequate safety considerations in the UK government's mass vaccination programme.

The results showed that among previously unvaccinated children, wheezing within 42 days after the administration of dose 1 was more common with live attenuated vaccine, primarily among children 6 to 11 months of age, which had 12 more episodes of severe wheezing (3.8 percent, compared with 2.1 percent, p=0.076). Furthermore, rates of hospitalization for any cause during the 180 days after vaccination were significantly higher among the recipients of live attenuated vaccine who were 6 to 11 months of age (6.1 percent compared with 2.6 percent, p = 0.002).

The authors stated [4, p. 694]:“Until additional data are available, the observations related to medically significant wheezing and rates of hospitalization will restrict the use of live attenuated vaccine in children younger than 1 year and in children 12 to 47 months of age who have a history of asthma or wheezing.”

With that proviso, perhaps, they concluded that an “evaluation of the risks and benefits indicates that live attenuated vaccine should be a highly effective, safe vaccine for children 12 to 59 months of age who do not have a history of asthma or wheezing

Immunizing school children finds favour with governments because it provides herd protection for the population and is considered more effective than immunizing elderly and high risk patients [8]. The MedImmune nasal live attenuated influenza vaccine for seasonal and pandemic influenza is called FluMist.

Producing live attenuated influenza vaccine

Influenza virus infection depends on two genes coding for haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). HA and NA are on the surface of the virus, and are therefore targets for vaccination. Because classical reassortment methods (see [1]) for producing influenza vaccine are time-consuming and cumbersome, a new , more efficient and faster “reverse genetics” method was devised that assembles RNA virus from the genes on DNA plasmids. For vaccine production, eight plasmids -containing the HA and NA genes from pathogenic influenza strains plus six genes from a non pathogenic master strain - along with additional plasmids encoding proteins necessary for replication and transcription, are transfected into cell lines [9]. Virus can then be harvested from these cells for the production of inactivated or live attenuated vaccine. ` Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) was originally derived by cold adaptation of an influenza type A strain by serial passage at sequentially lower temperatures in chick kidney cells. During that process, multiple gene mutants were selected for cold adapted (ca), temperature sensitive (ts) and attenuated (att) phenotypes of master donor viruses (MDVs). The MDVs represent the live attenuated virus backbone that are updated for annual influenza or pandemic influenza HA and NA genes from disease strains The vaccine seed strain selected in the process is then used to produce quantities of live attenuated vaccine. No preservatives are added to the vaccine produced from the vaccine seed strain [10].

The Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell line was chosen to produce quantities of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). The MDCK cell line was compared with the Vero cell line derived from kidney epithelial cells of the African green monkey and other cell lines derived from foetal lungs of humans or Rhesus monkey. Both MDCK and Vero cell lines supported high level production of LAIV for some strains of the virus while the other cell lines were less productive. However, only the MDCK cells produced quantities of all of the LAIV strains [11].

Problem with genetic instability of LAIV

LAIV replicates primarily in the ciliated epithelial cells of the nasopharyngeal mucosa to induce mucosal immune responses. LAIV viruses do not replicate well at the warmer temperatures found in the lower airways and lung. In the course of replication, all LAIV viral proteins would be presented to the immune system in their native conformation and the resultant immune responses mimic those of natural infection with influenza virus [10].

A potential problem was observed in studies of LAIV as it encounters restrictive temperature in the lung. The viral polymerase function is reduced and virus replication, assembly, and release become impaired [12]. The morphology of the temperature restricted virus was affected and the virus particles contained high levels of heat shock protein. Impairment of the viral replicase is a matter of concern because replicase may create new pandemic strains. Restrictive replication of LAIV at the restrictive temperature occurs in multiple steps in the virus replication cycle [13]. Shedding of LAIV is observed in individuals between 5 to 49 years of age up to 11 days after vaccination, and vaccinated individuals were advised to avoid contact with severely inmunosuppressed individuals for a week after vaccination [14].

Millions of children may soon be vaccinated with LAIV. But there is a large deficit in scientific studies on the molecular biology of LAIV exposed to restrictive temperature. The restricted viruses are genetically unstable and may result in gene alterations that serve to seed pandemic strains of influenza. This possibility must be thoroughly investigated before we expose millions more people to such live viruses.


  1. 1  Ho MW and Cummins J. Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine under fire ISIS Report 27/07/09 ; also SiS 43 (in press).
  2. 2  MedImmune pandemic flu vaccine 2009
  3. 3  MedImmune making significant progress in development of live attenuated nasal spray vaccine for novel influenza A (H1N1) 2009,
  4. 4  Belshe RB, Edwards KM, Vesikari T, Black SV, Walker RE, Hultquist M, Kemble G, Connor EM; CAIV-T Comparative efficacy study group. Live attenuated versus inactivated influenza vaccine in infants and young children. N Engl J Med 2007, 356(7), 685-96.
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  7. 7  “Swine flu latest from the NHS”, NHS choices, 13 August 2009,
  8. 8  Flu vaccination may triple risk for flu-related hospitalization in children with asthma, 25 May 2009,
  9. 9  Glezen WP Universal influenza vaccination and live attenuated influenza vaccination of children. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2008, 27(10 Suppl), S104-9.
  10. 10  WARF Improved reverse genetics method to produce influenza virus, 2009
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Gardasil & Swine Flu Vaccines: Inconvenient Truths

Gardasil & Swine Flu Vaccines: Inconvenient Truths

By Barbara Loe Fisher

The summer of 2009 revealed two inconvenient truths about vaccination:
first, the Gardasil vaccine is not as safe for girls as the government,
medical organizations and Merck have said it is; and second, the H1N1
influenza pandemic is not as serious as health officials are telling us it
is. Which means that fast tracked swine flu vaccines children will get in
schools this fall may end up being more risky than getting the flu.

Doctors Question Benefits & Merck Marketing Tactics

On August 19, the Journal of the American Medical Association published two
important articles written by doctors questioning whether HPV vaccine
benefits outweigh the risks of recommending it for all young girls. The
intellectually honest doctors publicly criticized the aggressive marketing
of Gardasil vaccine by Merck and certain Merck-funded U.S. medical
organizations and asked for more scientific evidence that universal HPV
vaccination is necessary, safe and effective.

Bad Outcome Report After 1 in Every 1,855 Gardasil Shots

In the third article, written by government health officials, it was
revealed that 1 in every 1,855 Gardasil shots is followed by a bad health
outcome report to the government's Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.

These bad health outcomes reported after Gardasil shots include lots of
girls suddenly passing out and having seizures within minutes or hours of
getting vaccinated and suffering head injuries and broken bones when they
hit the floor. In fact, there is a larger than expected rate of girls
passing out after getting Gardasil vaccine.

Girls Passing Out & Having Car Accidents

Back in 2007, the National Vaccine Information Center warned that many girls
given Gardasil shots were losing consciousness within minutes or hours. Some
girls have left doctors offices and fallen unconscious while driving and had
car accidents......

Monday, August 17, 2009

Banning PVC's in school supplies for our kids!

Important information on PVC's in schools supplies for our children - and a petition you can sign now to help ban it

Ever notice those PVC free labels on products and think... I should know what that's about, but I haven't got the time to find out? Me too. Turns out that polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is a major source of phthalates, yes, the same dangerous plastic softeners we successfully banned from children's toys last year!

Phthalates have been banned in children's toys, but they're still legal in PVC school supplies our children come in contact with on a daily basis. Phthalates harm children's health and development by interfering with natural hormone functioning and have been linked to birth defects in baby boys, testicular cancer, liver problems and early onset of puberty in girls-a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.

Since the 2008 law banning phthalates in children's toys does not cover school supplies, it's up to us to act! That's why we're launching a petition to manufacturers and retailers of school supplies that contain PVC. We know that massive consumer pressure from moms and our allies will convince manufacturers and retailers of dangerous school supplies to switch to safer alternatives.

Sign our petition for PVC-Free School Supplies! Send a strong message to businesses who make and sell PVC school supplies - we want PVC- the poison plastic- out of all the products our children use!

Why worry about PVC-free school supplies? Many children's school supplies, such as lunchboxes, backpacks and binders, can be made out of PVC-a toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment. PVC contains dangerous chemical additives including phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, which can be toxic to your child's health. These toxic additives can leach out or evaporate into the air over time posing unnecessary dangers to children. Evidence is mounting about the health risks of PVC, why would we put it in school supplies? 1

Children are at risk from even small exposures to these toxic chemicals. That's why it's important to tell manufacturers and retailers we want PVC-free school supplies. Sign our petition for safer school supplies today!

We'll deliver your petition to the people making and selling these dangerous products, and urge them to change the way they make their products. Until they change their ways, you can use these tips below from the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice's 2009 Guide to PVC-Free School supplies to avoid dangerous PVC products when back-to-school shopping.

Here's some school supply shopping tips you can start using today:

  • PVC Labeling: PVC products are often labeled with the words "vinyl" on the packaging, such as vinyl 3-ring binders. PVC can also be identified by looking for the number "3" inside, or the letters "V" or "PVC" underneath, the universal recycling symbol. Just remember, bad news comes in #3's, so don't buy PVC!
  • Backpacks: Avoid backpacks with shiny plastic designs as they often contain PVC and may contain lead.
  • Art Supplies: Modeling clays are often loaded with phthalates. Look for clays made without PVC and phthalates like Crayola Air-Dry clay.
  • Notebooks: Avoid notebooks containing metal spirals encased in colored plastic. The colored plastic coating on the metal spirals usually contains PVC. Select notebooks with uncovered metal spirals to avoid PVC.
  • Paper Clips: Stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.
  • Shoes: Crocs are PVC free, however many similar shoes (or 'knockoffs"), like the Kamid Doodle, are made with PVC. Many of the charms for Crocs are also made with PVC. All Nike, Puma, and L.L. Bean shoes are PVC free.

Here's to a happy- and healthy- new school year!

- Ariana, Joan, Kristin, Donna, Mary and the whole MomsRising team

P.S. - We want to make sure every parent has access to this easy to this important information. Can you forward this to other parents you know?

1 Thanks to our partner The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice for allowing us to share their guide with MomsRising members. To download the complete 2009 Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies, which has even more tips for products including lunchboxes and food storage containers, click here.