Vaccine Choice Canada V-Bulletin
  October/November 2016
Dear VCC Members & Friends,
November 13-20 is Vaccine Awareness Week - a week dedicated to raising attention to vaccines and informed consent.  Freedom of thought and religious belief are under attack. 
  • Flu Vaccine Reality Check
  • Are Flu Shots Safe in Pregnancy?
  • New Polio Like Syndrome – Enterovirus EV-D68
  • Alberta – Our Next Battleground?
  • Measles Fear Mongering
  • Update of VCC Activities
  • Whole Life Expo 2016 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Vaccine Injuries Ignored
  • Sobering Thoughts
  • In the News
Flu Vaccine Reality Check
Flu season is upon us again, and despite the abysmal failure of last year’s flu vaccine formula to prevent influenza, the public is mercilessly bombarded with flu shot propaganda.  Despite the volumes that have been written by various analysts about the ineffectiveness and dangers of influenza vaccines, it continues to be flogged by the medical industry.
Over 200 viruses can to cause ‘flu like’ symptoms, of which only a small percent (10-15%) are attributable to influenza viruses. Most influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) are NOT influenza and cannot be differentiated by your doctor,  cannot be prevented by a flu shot, and require a laboratory analysis to determine whether it’s influenza or one of the many other viruses that cause flu like miseries. Even if everyone got a flu shot, only a small percentage of people would be ‘protected’ from influenza while the seasonal malaise known as ‘the flu’ caused by many other pathogens would merrily carry on.
An excellent CBC investigative piece by science writer Kelly Crowe a few years ago, exposed the duplicitous statistics used to inflate incidence of deaths from influenza. While health officials claim that 2,000 to 8,000 deaths are caused by influenza each year, no one actually knows how many die from influenza as “death estimates are not based on body counts, lab tests or autopsies.” The numbers are based on computer models that vastly overestimate the deaths.  Even during the 2009-2010 pandemic year, she writes, “The final count: 428 deaths, which is much closer to the seasonal average of around 300 recorded in the vital statistics tables.”
Flu Vaccines are Ineffective and Risky
Our tax dollars buy over $100 million of influenza vaccines each year, while globally, annual sales reap upwards of $4 billion for vaccine manufacturers.
In 2009 when the H1N1 pandemic vaccine was fast tracked in response to a hyped-up epidemic that never happened, it caused hundreds of cases of narcolepsy in European children, a devastating incurable neurological disorder, and unknown numbers of cases in Canada.   Estimated cost to buy and distribute the vaccine to Canadian taxpayers was over $1.5 billion, not including medical costs of treating Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) and other injuries following H1N1 vaccination.  83 cases of the severely debilitating disease were identified in Quebec alone. Recovery from GBS can take years.  Some never recover.
Last year at this time, we reported that a new influenza vaccine was being tested on Canadian babies, ages 6-72 months. The vaccine is potentized with the oil based MF59 adjuvant never before used in children’s vaccines. Oil based adjuvants ramp up immune response and can lead to autoimmune injuries.  With no post-marketing experience of its use in young children, the true picture of side effects was not understood prior to its release.
In Canada this year, there are 10 licensed influenza vaccines to choose from. (Scroll to Appendix A at link for type of vaccine and ingredients). This includes the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) FluMist® Quadrivalent, a nasal spray flu vaccine containing 4 strains of the influenza virus designed for use in children ages 2-17. A claimed advantage of the nasal spray vaccine is avoiding pain of injection. 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently pulled FluMist Quadravalent® from it’s list of influenza vaccines for the 2016-17 flu season. Why?  Because the CDC advisory panel found that for the third straight year, the live nasal spray annual flu vaccine failed to protect U.S. children,  prompting their panel of experts to advise doctors to stop giving it to patients.  They found its effectiveness in the 2015-16 flu season was only 3 percent compared to 63 percent for injectable influenza vaccines. 
Strangely however, the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which sets annual flu vaccine policies, disagrees with the CDC assessment. Apparently the CDC conclusion that the live flu mist vaccine shows “no protective benefit”, hasn’t phased the NACI from endorsing  the live attenuated influenza vaccine in children except for this caveat; The current evidence does not support a recommendation for the preferential use of LAIV in children and adolescents 2-17 years of age.” In other words, it’s available for use, but they’re not pushing it.  
The provinces and territories plan to continue the use of the live nasal spray influenza vaccine.  Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, said that his priority is increasing the number of children being vaccinated in Ontario. What about safety and effectiveness, the two REAL priority concerns dogging influenza vaccines?
Influenza Vaccines Increase Risk of Contracting Other Viruses
While health officials analyze flu vaccine efficacy data, they’re not talking much about the negative health effects of injecting people year after year with viral vaccines.  Recent studies show that influenza vaccines given annually can increase susceptibility to other respiratory viruses, increase susceptibility to pandemic viruses, and reduce the immune system’s ability to mount a protective response to variations in the virus as discussed in this sobering analysis and here in this CTV article, Serial Flu shots may limit body’s ability to fight virus in future.
This important article reviews some of the recent studies raising the alarm on the dangers of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) and its ability to change the microbial balance, which can provoke the rise of other pathogenic organisms.
LAIV enhance the colonization of other pathogenic bacterial organisms that can cause disease.  Why is this of concern?  LAIV vaccination reverses normal bacterial clearance from the nasopharynx and significantly increases bacterial carriage densities of the clinically important bacterial pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae (serotypes 19F and 7F) and Staphylococcus aureus (strains Newman and Wright) within the upper respiratory tract of mice. Vaccination with LAIV also resulted in 2- to 5-fold increases in mean durations of bacterial carriage. Furthermore, we show that the increases in carriage density and duration were nearly identical in all aspects to changes in bacterial colonizing dynamics following infection with wild-type (WT) influenza virus.”  
One of the studies discussed shows that “increasing the bacterial load in the nasal cavity of colonized individuals as well as inducing an inflammatory response in naive “contact cases” facilitates the spread of pneumococci.”  This of course raises the concern of viral spreading/shedding and, “increasing numbers of older folks who have been exposed to S. pneumoniae via this vaccine.”
No doubt the CDC is well aware of the new research which shows that live virus influenza vaccines drastically alter the normal balance of organisms which colonize the nose and throat, and that this upheaval in microbial balance promotes and increases the spread of other pathogenic organisms rather than prevent infection.  Is this increase in the carriage of pneumococcal and streptococcal organisms THE main reason the CDC dumped the live nasal spray vaccine this year?
Not only do influenza vaccines cause infectious illnesses, they can also impair immunity for months. Could reports of children getting ill and dying from influenza despite being vaccinated be an indicator that these vaccines may weaken or impair the immune system from being able to respond appropriately when encountering the virus?  Another child death is reported here.
This excellent article discusses the “obvious concern that immune impairment caused by the vaccine can increase susceptibility to other infections that are much more dangerous than influenza, rhinovirus or coxsackie.”
Are Flu Shots Safe in Pregnancy ?
Increasingly, pregnant women are under pressure to submit to flu shots and DTaP vaccination to protect the fetus. While it is believed that vaccinating mothers during pregnancy will impart protective antibodies to whooping cough and influenza in the early weeks and months of life, it is a theoretical concept. Very little is known about the safety of vaccinating pregnant mothers, but a number of doctors have been writing about their concerns. Kelly Brogan MD writes,The assumption that vaccine-induced antibodies that pass through the placenta would pass for protection has never been demonstrated.” Medical doctors David M. Ayoub, and F. Edward Yazbak write, “The ACIP policy recommendation of routinely administering influenza vaccine during pregnancy is ill-advised and unsupported by current scientific literature, and it should be withdrawn. Use of thimerosal during pregnancy should be contraindicated.”
NVIC founder, Barbara Loe Fisher in her compelling critique of policies promoting vaccination during pregnancy writes, “Drug companies did not test the safety and effectiveness of giving influenza or Tdap vaccine to pregnant women before the vaccines were licensed in the U.S. and there is almost no data on inflammatory or other biological responses to these vaccines that could affect pregnancy and birth outcomes.”  Furthermore human toxicity and fertility studies are inadequate, nor is it known if the vaccines can cause fetal harm. It is however documented that fetal deaths have occurred following after vaccination.
Vaccinating  pregnant mothers is justified by the medical industry because of fear that an infectious illness can trigger immune activation during pregnancy which can lead to permanent damage to the infant’s brain resulting in autism, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses in the child. 
However, infectious illness OR immune activation during pregnancy can lead to these brain injuries. Unquestioningly, vaccination causes immune activation.  That is what vaccines are supposed to do!  According to this author this is proven beyond any doubt:The evidence that immune activation causes autism in humans is diverse, consistent and compelling.” 
A far better and safer way to reduce risks of infectious illnesses during pregnancy is to take adequate vitamin D3, C & A, zinc, magnesium and other nutrients that improve immune function.
New Polio Like Syndrome – Enterovirus EV-D68

A carefully cultivated myth says that polio was vanquished by vaccination and that paralytic diseases in children are past history. We now know however, that polio wasn’t vanquished, it was redefined. We also know that aggressive live oral polio vaccine campaigns led to thousands of cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in India each year with a much higher death rate than occurred with polio.  We also know that a number of viruses, vaccines and/or autoimmune conditions can cause paralytic illnesses like transverse myelitis and Guillain Barre syndrome.  
In the last few years, Accute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) a serious paralytic disease with polio-like symptoms including strokes and paralysis related to enteroviurs D-68,  has emerged as a new threat.  AFM is causing a surge of paralysis and death in children.  6 year old Daniel Ramirez died on September 30, 2016 after getting “required shots for school”, including a flu shot.  According to a November 5, 2016 post on the VaxTruth facebook page, Daniel's parents “repeatedly told the doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital that he got very sick after vaccination, but the doctors repeatedly denied that vaccines could be playing a part in his illness. They refused to consider vaccines as a factor.” Those “required shots” would have included the combo shot containing inactivated polio vaccine.
Inactivated Polio vaccines (IPV) and Oral Polio vaccines (OPV) are made using DNA fragments of Enteroviruses and Coxsackie viruses, including DV-68 and D71. The DNA fragments can combine and attach themselves with nanoparticles of aluminum adjuvant and Polysorbate 80 and are then carried to various parts of the body.  “These viruses have been implicated in the outbreaks of Acute flaccid Myelitis since at least 2013”, says the post.
What’s also very relevant to this discussion is that history may be repeating itself.  Provocation Polio is a well know phenomenon where paralysis sets in after puncture with a hypodermic needle injecting vaccines, or even antibiotics.  Acute Flaccid Myelitis and routine vaccination is nothing new writes Marcella Piper-Terry in her excellent recap of the history of Provocation Polio. While the virus that is associated with the more recent hospitalizations of children is Enterovirus D68, it is not polio, but is a very similar virus and belongs to the family of enteroviruses, which includes polio virus.  A CDC update says that as of Sep 30, 89 cases of the unexplained neurologic illness have been confirmed in 33 states, mostly in children.  At least two cases of sudden, partial paralysis in young children have been confirmed in Canada, and may be linked to EV-D68.
Alberta – Our Next Battleground?
An announcement last week from the Alberta government stated it has introduced a Bill to amend the Public Health Act.  If passed, the bill will increase government’s power to track down unvaccinated children in school and daycare, exclude children from school in the event of a disease outbreak and will require non-vaccinating parents to attend a vaccine education session prior to filing an exemption form.  “Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be counseled on the benefits of immunization and asked to sign a form if they continue to resist.” says a CBC article.  
Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann, who has been pushing for mandatory vaccination for several years now says updating vaccination records is “a better approach than taking a more aggressive stance to improve vaccine rates. If you really become antagonistic over this sort of a policy, you can alienate a lot of people," said Swann. "And then you'll really get a lot of pressure back from the Internet, parents who've had adverse experiences with a vaccine.”
Measles Fear Mongering
Just a week prior to the Alberta government’s announcement, a Global News headline read, “Calgary doctor calls for mandatory measles vaccinations in wake of new study”. The article raises unfounded fears about a rare complication of persistent measles infection known as SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis) that leads to severe brain injury and death.

Dr. Ellen Burgess, a professor at the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary bases her call for mandatory measles vaccination of schoolchildren on a recent oral presentation of unpublished research delving into 17 cases of SSPE in California following a U.S. measles epidemic between 1988-91. Twelve of the cases had measles prior to 15 months of age and had also received measles vaccination in the same time frame, constituting an unusual exposure to both the wild type virus and attenuated vaccine virus.
It is well established that young children are at increased risk of neurological injury on exposure to both wild measles virus and measles vaccination. This article discusses the neurological injuries that can result when an immature or defective immune system is unable to inactivate the measles virus, whether it is the wild virus or the live-attenuated virus in a vaccine.
The Canadian Pediatric Society did an assessment study of the risk of SSPE arising from a measles outbreak that occurred in Canada in 1990–1992 when 10,000 cases of measles were reported. They assessed SSPE risk was as follows: 1 case every 2 years in Canadian children or 2 cases of SSPE for every 7,178 cases of measles.  Why does this doctor choose to spread fear when Canadian data provides us with a realistic risk assessment that is in no way comparable to the California situation that occurred 25 years ago?

Medical history is very clear that prior to mass vaccination, babies were well protected into the second year of life by the strong cross placental immunity imparted by their mothers who themselves had measles in childhood. In the pre-vaccine era, children normally got measles between ages 5-14 conferring on them the benefit of lifelong immunity.  In contrast the measles vaccine immunity passed on by today’s vaccinated mothers wanes more quickly, leaving babies at risk earlier in life.  The measles epidemic of the late 1980s struck the babies born to the first wave of measles vaccinated mothers who were unable to impart the strong natural immunity that had previously protected children from the disease in infancy. Today, the two groups at most risk of contracting measles are infants and young children in the first few years of life, and untold numbers of adults whose vaccine derived immunity has waned over time, leaving them susceptible to the disease. 
Responding to Dr. Burgess’s misleading interpretation of the current risk of SSPE, VCC Board member Nelle Maxey undertook an extensive search of the medical literature to determine the true history and incidence of SSPE in Canada and its current risk. Her letter questioning  Dr. Burgess’ interpretation of the research, and extensive analysis can be found here. Maxey writes, “Beating the fear drums of SSPE misery and death to justify mandatory vaccination of school children seems not only inappropriate, but also highly unethical.”  She cautions, “It is this kind of “sleight of hand” with the facts that results in the public mistrust of the medical establishment’s recommendations regarding vaccines.”
As a medical doctor, and instructor at a University, Dr. Burgess ought to know that an epidemic that happened a quarter century ago in another country which resulted in a small cluster of SSPE cases, is not a legitimate basis for suspending our informed consent rights and imposing draconian vaccination policies on all Canadians. 
Update of VCC Activities
When the Ontario legislature introduced a legislative amendment last spring that would require parents attend a mandatory ‘vaccine education session’ prior to being allowed to file a vaccine exemption, we anticipated it would be pushed through quickly.  We were surprised and elated however when, just prior to the end of the spring legislative session in June,  the government announced it would postpone 2nd reading of Bill 198 to the fall.  Fall came and still there was no hint of any movement on the Bill. A surprise move by the Wynne government to ‘prorogue’ parliament, meant that all business from the previous legislative session on the table died.
Had our Petition, presented twice to the Ontario Legislature and personal meetings with MPPs, made a difference? Was the government backing off because they were worried that Bill 198 might provoke more opposition, perhaps even encourage more people to refuse vaccines for their children?  Delegates at the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) thought so.  Some worried that their push for mandatory vaccination might backfire and result in increased public resistance to vaccination.
As of this writing, Bill 198 has not been resurrected. If or when it is, we’ll be ready to counter it.  Thanks to the dedicated VCC volunteers who continue to collect petition signatures, we are increasing public awareness of the threat to our informed consent rights, including the right to refuse vaccination.  If or when the Ontario government decides to reintroduce this legislation, we’ll have many more thousands of signatures from well informed citizens who oppose any interference with our basic Charter protections of freedom of conscience and religion.
Canada is signatory to the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights . This international treaty affirms the right of all people to exercise informed consent and to refuse unwanted medical treatments.  The treaty upholds basic human rights in an age of rapid advances in science and its technological applications.
Article 6 on Consent states, Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.” 
Comprised of complex bio chemical compounds, vaccines are powerful drugs that carry a risk of injury and death for some. Once injected, vaccines trigger a cascade of poorly understood biomedical events at the cellular level which cannot be deactivated or neutralized should something go wrong. As stated so well by Mary Holland in her speech at the UN, “Following the medical precautionary principle, the default position for vaccination must be recommendations, not compulsion.”  
Whole Life Expo 2016 – Toronto, Ontario
Vaccine Choice Canada’s booth at the 30th anniversary of the Whole Life Expo was a resounding success. Hundreds of people stopped by to sign our Petition against Ontario’s proposed mandatory vaccine “education sessions”, ask questions, share personal stories and ideas on how to protect our right to refuse vaccination in Canada.   
Unfortunately, the myth that unvaccinated children cannot attend school in Ontario is still alive, mainly due to misinformation disseminated by public health officials and the corporate controlled mainstream media.  Fortunately, we were able to give parents accurate information about the availability of legal exemptions for children under Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act and the Child Care and Early Years Act.  Many parents who have chosen not to vaccinate, described how their unvaccinated children are bright, happy, healthy, are rarely sick and quickly recover from infrequent illnesses.
We’d like to express our deep appreciation to the Toronto volunteers who helped out at our booth: Josephine, Joel, Margaret, Nicky, Skylar, Jim, Heather, Rita and John, and to Heather Fraser and Jim Amar for their outstanding presentations.  Heather’s lecture on Saturday, ‘Vaccinations, Allergies and the Erosion of Informed Consent’, and Jim’s talk on Sunday, ‘Mandatory Vaccine Laws – What’s In Store For Ontario’, were both very well received. Video and audio of their presentations can be purchased here. Get a FREE Digital subscription to Vitality magazine, the sponsors of the Whole Life Expo here.
Vaccine Injuries Ignored
According to U.S data, influenza vaccines cause more severe reactions and injuries than any other vaccine.  Canadian data in our Vaccine Safety Report reveal a similar grim picture. While U.S. vaccine injury victims can apply for compensation, Canada turns a blind eye to the plight of its vaccine victims.
Every year, the U.S. vaccine injury compensation system releases stats on the number of people compensated for injuries following vaccination. Injuries from influenza vaccines top the list. A September 2016 report report on compensating vaccine injuries reveals that, “89 of the 113 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines combined.”  
In Canada there is no federal vaccine injury compensation system (except in Quebec).  If you are vaccine injured, you are on your own and have virtually no recourse through the government or the courts as these flu vaccine victims discovered after suffering devastating injuries.
Our Vaccine Safety Report released earlier this year, analyzes recent data from the dual vaccine adverse events reporting system run by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.  Our Report found that in Canada from January 2011 to September of 2015, there were 1388 reports of serious vaccine adverse reactions reported to the Canada Vigilance (CV) data base.  Of these, influenza vaccines accounted for 298 serious adverse reaction, ie. the highest number of reports of any other vaccine. See pages 14 -18 for more details and comparison with vaccine adverse reaction reports from other countries.  
These reports account for only a small fraction of vaccine injuries that occur.  It has been estimated that as few as 1-10% of vaccine injuries find their way into official government reports. Few realize that as many as 55,000 people a year in Canada could be experiencing serious injuries following vaccination. The definition of a serious adverse event is one that results in death, a life threatening event, hospitalization, disability or birth defect.  Our analysis of available date from the Canadian Adverse Events Following Immunization Surveillance System (CAEFISS) database,  found that, the vaccines most frequently associated with serious adverse events were pneumococcal, meningococcal and influenza vaccine.
Sobering Thoughts

Today we face an uncontrolled epidemic of neurological and immune system disorders in our highly vaccinated children for which mainstream medicine has no answers. The number of brain injured children currently on the autism spectrum is conservatively estimated at 1 in 45 children.  MIT researcher, Stephanie Seneff projects that 1 in every 2 children will be at risk of autism by 2025. She says, “I've identified three or four different toxic chemicals that I think are crucial to the autism epidemic, and these are specifically the aluminum and mercury in the vaccines, but also glutamate in the vaccines… conjunction with glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup, the pervasive herbicide that is being used in huge amounts on the GMO Roundup Ready crops today.” Independent research done by Moms Across America recently found that some vaccines are contaminated with glyphosate.
In this article, Immunologist and diabetes researcher, Barthelow Classen, MD discusses his concerns, “The number of vaccines given to children has continued to rise to a point where we have reached a state of immune overload in roughly the majority of young US children….. The best data indicates that vaccine induced chronic disease is now of a magnitude that dwarfs almost all prior poisoning of humans including poisoning from agents like asbestos, low dose radiation, lead and even cigarettes.”
It’s been understood for some time that commonly used chemicals contaminating our food, air and water are capable of causing neurodevelopmental damage to children, especially in utero and the early years of life.  The challenge facing parents today is how best to protect their children from the environmental assaults coming from all directions, including vaccine toxicity injected into the child’s fragile microenvironment.  It will be a daunting task.

Vaxxed Showings in Ontario
Sharon-Hope United Church
18648 Leslie Street (North of Green Lane) in Sharon, Ontario
Sunday November 20 @ 2 PM
Free Admission - Donations Welcome
Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Arts
Vaxxed Documentary Film November 27, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:45pm
Richmond Hill, Ontario
In the News......
The slaughtering of our constitutional rights: “Vaccine defenders trample all over individuals’ rights to informed consent for medical procedures, both inside and outside the doctor’s office.”
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