Vaccine Choice Canada V-Bulletin
  October 2015
Dear VCC Members & Friends,
Canadian babies are new test market for adjuvanted flu vaccine
Increasingly parents are questioning whether it’s safe to inject their baby with as many as 7or 8 vaccines at each pediatric “well baby” visit in the first year of life.  Starting at 2 months of age and repeated again at 4 and 6 months with follow up boosters in the second year of life, babies in Canada can receive up to 41 doses of 14 vaccines in the first 18 months of life.  In some areas of the country hepatitis B vaccine is also injected at birth and repeat doses are given in the early months of life.  

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that children get a flu shot every year!  Babies however, are to be injected with influenza vaccine starting at 6 months of age, with a second dose repeated at 18 months. It is well known that children under age 2 don’t mount a vigorous immune response to influenza vaccines, that it provides no benefit but HUGELY increases the risk of succumbing to other respiratory viruses as shown in this study;

  • Influenza vaccines provide no benefit.
  • Influenza vaccines cause a hugely increased number of respiratory illnesses.
  • Influenza vaccines—and very likely other vaccines—harm the innate cell-mediated immune response, which results in a significant increase in infectious disease incidents.
They’ve known for 10 years that influenza vaccination of children under 2 is ineffective and does not reduce symptomatic cases.  In this article, Influenza Vaccination Of Infants: A Useless Risk, Dr. Ed Yazbak MD summarizes the Cochrane Collaboration review of studies which found that the efficacy of the flu vaccine and reduction in laboratory-confirmed cases, is “similar to that of a placebo.”

In the seemingly endless quest to manipulate children’s immune systems to accommodate the voracious appetites of the vaccine industry, Big Pharma has developed a new pediatric influenza vaccine that is boosted by a powerful oil based adjuvant, never before used in babies.  It is design to pack a wallop to the infant’s immune system to overcome its resistance to responding to influenza vaccines.   

Adjuvants are formulated compounds, which when combined with vaccine antigens intensify the body’s immune response.  They are used to elicit an early, high and long-lasting immune response. For decades many vaccines have been boosted with aluminum based adjuvants which are now implicated in triggering autoimmune disorders. With government approval, the vaccine industry is now poised to foist an experimental oil based adjuvanted vaccine on Canadian babies who are the targeted test population.  

Earlier this year, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada announced the approval of Fluad PediatricTM, the first adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine for children ages 6 months to less than 2 years. The adjuvant, known as MF59® is comprised of a “biodegradable oil”, squalene, that is mixed with sodium citrate dehydrate and citric acid monohydrate and the surfactants, polysorbate 80 and sorbitan trioleate.  Polysorbate 80 is well known as a chemical vector that can cross the blood brain barrier and is “used in pharmacology to assist in the delivery of certain drugs or chemotherapeutic agents across the blood-brain-barrier.”  The adjuvant is intended to override this resistance and force the baby’s immune system to mount a vigorous immune response to the new influenza vaccine.

This is the first time the MF59® adjuvant has been approved for use in babies.  Canada approved this vaccine on the basis of a single study of 6,100 children.  Excluded from the study was a true placebo control group receiving no vaccines. The clinical trial report details the adverse events and indicates only healthy children were included in the study. Novartis admits in its product monograph that “there is no post-marketing experience with FLUAD Pediatric™ in infants and children” which means that a true picture of side effects and injuries won’t be revealed until the vaccine is released for injection into children under age 2.

Fluad has been licensed for older adults in Europe since 1997. It contains a larger dose of MF59® adjuvant than the pediatric version of the vaccine.  It is now being marketed to the 65 and older crowd in Canada, whose immune systems like those of young children don’t respond well to influenza vaccines. In the U.S. the FDA has recommended approval of the MF59® adjuvanted Fluad vaccine for use in the elderly but not yet for children.   

In 2014 Italy reported 19 deaths of seniors after they received Fluad, and the country temporarily suspended two batches of the vaccine.  A few years earlier in 2012, CBC reported that Canada was following the lead of several European countries in suspending the distribution of Novartis’ influenza vaccines, Fluad and Agriflu after discovery of “tiny clumps of virus particles in some batches of flu vaccines made at the Novartis production facility in Italy.”

Tricking the immune system

For decades, vaccine developers have been tinkering with various substances to trick the body into heightened immune responses.  The most effective adjuvants are formulated with oils but have long been considered too reactive for use in humans. Immunologists have known for decades that a microscopic dose of even a few molecules of adjuvant injected into the body can cause disturbances in the immune system and have known since the1930’s that oil based adjuvants are particularly dangerous

Scientists theorize that oil based adjuvants have the ability to “hyperactivate” the immune system, and in doing so, create chaos by inducing such an extremely powerful response that the immune system goes haywire and starts attacking elements it would normally ignore.

Adjuvants can break “tolerance”, meaning they can disable the immune system to the extent that it loses its ability to distinguish what is “self” from what is foreign.  Normally, the immune system ignores the constituents of one’s own body.  Immunologists call this “tolerance”.  But if something happens to break “tolerance”, then the immune system turns relentlessly self-destructive, attacking the body it is supposed to defend.

Until now, aluminum adjuvants have been the primary stimulants added to vaccines to ramp up immune response. Although in use for many decades, there are no rigorous studies demonstrating the safety of injecting these neurotoxic substances into the human body nor have the toxic effects been studied in babies and young children.
However, in this article, Canadian neuroscientists review the impact of aluminum adjuvants on the central nervous system and show that there is abundant research showing that aluminum (Al) vaccine adjuvants are some of the most neurotoxic substances injected into children in the first two years of life. Worldwide children are routinely exposed to these toxicants which can and do induce adverse neurological and immunological effects.

The highest quantities of aluminum are injected into the infant’s fragile micro-environment during the most rapid period of brain growth in the first two years of life. “In spite of the observation that long-term cumulative exposure from Al [aluminum] adjuvants in adults can result in adverse autoimmune and neurological outcomes, children worldwide continue to be exposed to a much greater Al burden from vaccines.”

Medical research is also now revealing that aluminum containing vaccines can trigger complex autoimmune disorders known as ASIA (Autoimmune/inflammatory Syndrome induced by Adjuvants) resulting in chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, diabetes mellitus, thrombocytompenia, vasculitis, guillain-Barre syndrome and demyelinating disorders.  As reported in this article, “Aluminum’s neurotoxicity is well documented, affecting memory, cognititon, psychomotor control, damages the blood brain barrier, activates brain inflammation, depressed mitochondrial function and is shown to induce allergies.”

If the routine injection of neurotoxic vaccine aluminum adjuvants into babies isn’t sinister enough, giving a green light to this new genre of injected oil based immune stimulants greatly magnifies the risk of damage to the child’s developing brain and immune system. It exacerbates the already excessive load of neurtoxicants young children are injected with in today's bloated vaccine schedule, added to which is the burden of pervasive chemical contaminants in our environment.  It signals a dangerous inability of government regulators to protect children’s health from the rapacious pharmaceutical industry.

Conflicts of Interest in Canada’s Vaccine Regulatory Approval System

In Canada, the NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunzation) is charged with reviewing the science and recommending approval of vaccines.  All 9 voting members  have direct or indirect financial or intellectual interests related to the advisory body's mandate, including ties to pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines.  This includes endorsement of Fluad PediatricTM by well known former NACI member, Dr. David Scheifele, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Vaccine Evaluation Center, Child and Family Research Institute who has received funding from Pfizer, GSK, Novartis and Merck.

Are these conflicts of interest and close ties to Pharma the reason why Canada has become the first country (as far as we have been able to determine) to approve this new experimental vaccine for our precious babies?

The  NACI also admits that it has “insufficient data” and that the effects on young children of a multi-strain adjuvanted vaccine administered for more than one season, are “unknown”. We are told that, “There are currently no data on the effects of long-term or repeated administration of adjuvanted influenza vaccines in children.”

The European Medicines Agency, when asked to approve Fluad PediatricTM, concluded in 2012 that “The overall benefit-risk balance of Fluad Paediatric is negative” and “is not approvable since major objections still remain, which preclude a recommendation for marketing authorisation at the present time.”

We’re told by government vaccine regulators that, “Before a vaccine can be submitted to Health Canada to be considered for approval, sufficient scientific and clinical evidence must be collected to show that it is safe, efficacious and of suitable quality.” Why then, are these basic cautions now being abandoned to fast track an experimental vaccine to Canadian children?

Given the unknowns and obvious dangers of releasing  this vaccine for injection in Canadian babies, why would the NACI recommend Fluad PediatricTM when the statement’s Safety section states, “There are currently no data on the effects of long-term or repeated administration of adjuvanted influenza vaccines in children. The most significant experience with an adjuvanted influenza vaccine in children was the AS03 adjuvanted H1N1 pandemic that has been associated with an increased risk of narcolepsy. A study published in December 2014 comparing two adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine products has suggested that the underlying immune mediated mechanism may not be initiated by the adjuvant, but by another component of the vaccine, specifically the H1N1 viral antigen.  However, the pandemic vaccine was a single strain adjuvanted vaccine administered only during one season, and it is unknown what effects a multi-strain adjuvanted vaccine or an adjuvanted vaccine administered for more than one season may have in young children.”

The NACI Literature Review of Pediatric FluadTM from June of 2015 states, “Taken together, the limited body of evidence identified in this review suggests that ATIV [adjuvanted trivalent influenza – Fluad] is likely both more immunogenic and more reactogenic than UTIV [unadjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccines] among children 6-72 months of age. There are insufficient data to assess whether ATIV is more effective than UTIV or LAIV in practice or to make an informed risk-benefit analysis.”  Under “Evidence Gaps”, their review states, “Evidence on efficacy and effectiveness of ATIV in children aged 6 to <72 months is limited to a single clinical trial (V70P5) with concerns around the reliability of the results.”

As was the case with PENTA (the first 5 in 1 experimental vaccine that caused thousands of severe reactions and injuries including 15 deaths), the Canadian government seems content to have Canadian babies used as the test population for this dangerous new vaccine. This will then open markets for this vaccine to be used for babies in the US and other countries around the world.

Parents Between a Rock and a Hard Place

What can parents do when faced with the intense pressure to vaccinate their precious children with all the existing and newly developed vaccines ?  On the one hand there’s the fear that the so-called ‘vaccine preventable’ diseases could strike their child at any time if they don’t accept the ever expanding vaccine schedule so aggressively pushed by the medical system.  On the other hand they worry that too many vaccines injected too early in life may be at the root of the epidemic of chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders afflicting huge numbers of children today.  

In her rousing speech, The Health Liberty Revolution to Save our Children at the recent CDC protest rally in Atlanta,  Barbara Loe Fisher said,  “CDC officials and pediatricians cannot explain why, today, everybody either has a child or knows a child who was born healthy, then suddenly regressed physically, mentally and emotionally and joined the ranks of the walking wounded. They cannot tell us why so many children were once healthy, got vaccinated and were never healthy again. They refuse to do the good science to find out why the bodies of so many highly vaccinated children are on fire, riddled with chronic inflammation that is at the root of most brain and immune system disorders, including ADHD, epilepsy, allergies, asthma, autism, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, cancer, schizophrenia and depression."

Those who have taken the time to read the published science based articles, mostly ignored or suppressed by monopoly medicine ask, “Have we traded ordinary childhood illnesses which the vast majority of children recovered from, then gained the benefit of lifelong immunity and a strong immune system, for an epidemic of chronic neurologic and immune disorders that impose a life sentence of disability and suffering?”   

Unfortunately, the majority of parents still don’t have enough basic information about what vaccines actually do in the baby’s body to make a well informed decision that is in the best interest of their child’s health, both in the short and long term.  Their pediatricians and doctors are of little help, because the majority of medical practitioners are themselves in the dark about the biochemical cascade of events triggered in the young child’s body when injected with a bolus of vaccines.  

This is the cross over point to independent research that all concerned parents come to when they realize that doctors are unable to answer their basic questions or respond with patronizing platitudes and outright hostility.   

Key points to grasp – What parents aren’t told about vaccines:

- The science is not settled.  There are no studies that have evaluated and compared the long term health outcome of fully vaccinated people with those who have never been vaccinated. The human immune system is one of the most complex systems in physiology. “The immune system remains a black box”, say immunologists“We can’t even be sure how to tell when the immune system’s not working right, let alone why not, because we don’t have good metrics of what a healthy human immune system looks like.”

- Vaccines are complex biochemical compounds that by definition are drugs.  Once injected, they can cross the blood brain barrier, disrupt normal function of the immune system, and derail normal brain development.  Once injected, they cannot be deactivated or removed.  Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock MD lays out the dangers of excessive vaccination during the early years of brain development in this article.    “Excessive vaccination can result in brain inflammation and brain swelling that can be prolonged, even lasting years, if not decades”

As discussed above, many vaccines contain polysorbate 80, a chemical used by drug makers to ferry certain drugs across the blood brain barrier into the brain. What vaccine ingredients is polysorbate 80 ferrying into the young child’s brain that should not be there but can persist and stimulate ongoing brain inflammation and with it, the growing list of neurological disorders afflicting children today?

- As explained by neuroscientist, Lucija Tomljenovic in a discussion of How Vaccine Adjuvants Affect the Brain, it’s been known for 30 years, that there is a “significant connection between the immune system and the central nervous system. If you overstimulate the immune system at the periphery, especially in the critical state of early development, you are going to influence the brain in a negative way, and by doing so, you can create irreversible damage.” When the immune system is repeatedly over stimulated in the first few years of life, which vaccines are designed to do, critical windows of brain development are easily derailed.  Despite this basic knowledge, immunology has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the immune system works.

-Over 100 years ago the Nobel Prize was won by Charles Robert Richet who discovered that proteins cannot be injected into mammals (humans included) without risking severe allergic reactions which can result in anaphylaxis, even death of the organism. “We are so constituted that we can never receive other proteins into the blood than those that have been modified by digestive juices. Every time alien protein penetrates by effraction [injection], the organism suffers and becomes resistant.”
This important article provides evidence that food proteins in vaccines cause sensitization in humans and are driving the explosion of allergies today.
Numbers of anaphylactic children continue to increase. This week, North American parents of anaphylactic children were sent scrambling for replacement injectible epinephrine when news of a recall of the Sanofi brand, Allerject, hit the media.  Children with anaphylaxis must have epinephrine available at all times in case of an inadvertent exposure to a life-threatening allergen.
-All vaccines contain myriad protein particles from many sources and components.  The human body can only receive proteins as food through the digestive process where proteins are disassembled into their component amino acids which are then assimilated by the body.  As an example of how toxic injected proteins can be, consider that snake venom is mostly comprised of proteins. "Proteins constitute 90-95% of venom's dry weight and are responsible for almost all of its biological effects."  Most venom can be swallowed or ingested without harm, but once injected, the body ‘s reaction to the complex of proteins can be extreme and life threatening.  

- Many vaccines contain aluminum in order to stimulate the immune system to respond aggressively to the protein particles of the disease antigens.  Aluminum adjuvants also stimulate the immune system to respond to all the other biochemical ingredients contained in the vaccine, thus setting up the potential for allergic reactions to multiple vacine ingredients.  Until recently, aluminum based adjuvants were the only ones used in vaccines.  Now, drug companies are experimenting with highly reactive oil based adjuvants which have already proved dangerous triggering horrific diseases like Gulf War Syndrome, and narcoplepsy following the AS03 adjuvanted H1N1 pandemic vaccine. The AS03 squalene based adjuvant is also used in Cervarix, an HPV vaccine and is known to ramp up a large immune response.

- Vaccines commit ‘antigenic sin’ by reprogramming the immune response to disease pathogens and narrowing the ability of the immune system to protect the body from similar invaders. As explained by Dr. Suzanne Humphries MD, “When a person gets an infectious disease for the first time, the body’s immune system uses its innate powers, which mostly involve cellular immunity. In the process, it prepares for the future. The next time that same infectious agent comes around, the body will use its memory of the first experience so that it can react faster.  But after a vaccine, when the natural microorganism comes along later, the body will act according to how it was programmed by the vaccination and that is what is meant by original antigenic sin (OAS).”
-In the first 2-3 years of life, (including during pregnancy), the baby’s immune system is set at a default position requiring a non-inflammatory state in order to protect the developing brain. When this essential non-inflammatory state is perturbed by excessive inflammation triggered by multiple courses of vaccines in the early years of life, the resulting chaos can permanently alter and sabotage the normal blueprint of brain and immune system development. The fundamental research to help parents understand this basic biology and learn how to protect their children’s health from government and big pharma overreach can be found at these sources:
-Nature has already provided us with the ability to protect our young. Breastfeeding in the first two years of life provides the child with THE critical immunological lifeline that has evolved over millennia to protect the baby from a myriad of infectious diseases. Breastfeeding in the first two years of life has been designed by nature and evolved over millennia to protect the baby from a myriad of infectious diseases.  Breastfeeding insures the development of the strongest and most resilient immune system that sets the stage of optimal health for the lifetime of the child.  Breastfeeding is every child’s birthright and is the foundational key to restoring vigorous and vibrant health in our children today.
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