A growing number of parents are rejecting giving flu vaccinations to their children and question the safety and effectiveness of many vaccines in general despite attempts by mainstream media to paint them as uninformed and ‘swayed by fake news’
A growing number of parents in Wales and beyond are rejecting campaigns by the authorities to try and impose vaccinations on their children.
The issue has come to the forefront again recently due to a campaign by the health service in Wales to try and urge flu vaccinations on all children aged 2-10 years. Several parents are refusing the flu vaccine and other similar vaccines because of concerns about safety and effectiveness, whilst also questioning the need and purpose of giving the flu vaccine to children in the first place.
According to Magda Taylor of the Informed Parent, the main concerns by an increasing number of parents who have researched the flu vaccine are:
- That the flu vaccine (Fluenz Tetra) has a ‘Black Triangle’ status which means that the short and long-term safety and general effects of the vaccine have not been comprehensively studied and are therefore inappropriate for blanket immunisation campaigns in schools.
- That the same flu vaccination has been withdrawn in the United States in 2016-17 and 2017/18 (under the name Flumist) because of claims by the CDC in the USA that it is ineffective. The flu vaccine has been withdrawn in Belgium also. The United Kingdom is one of the few places to try to encourage vaccination as comprehensively
- As can be seen on the official list of ingredients of the vaccines, the flu vaccine contains four tiers of the avian influenza live virus which have been genetically modified (GMO).
- The flu vaccine also contains pork gelatine (which may also create problems for Muslims and Jews) and an element of gentamicin antibiotic. The ‘live’ vaccine also contains what is known as ‘Viral Shredding’ which it is alleged can lead to the live virus in the flu vaccine spreading, potentially causing more cases of flu among other children in some cases.
Magda adds that parents also are unhappy that schools are being used as places for vaccination and that parents have a right to keep their children at home on vaccination days to avoid their children being vaccinated accidentally and also to avoid catching the flu which may be derived from any viral shedding of the vaccine as is alleged is possible.
Parents also makes the simple point that there is no need for the blanket plan to give the flu vaccine to all children in the first place and emphasise the fact that, for most people and healthy children, the flu has always been something that naturally occurs from time to time. Flu is usually straightforward to nurse without the need for chemical-containing vaccines with questionable efficacy.
Together with many different people and groups, the Arnica group also has similar views. Arnica is a network of groups of parents from all over Wales and Britain who are concerned about vaccinations in general.
Annother article on The Sovereigner shows how figures given out by Public health Wales and the media for a 2012-2013 Swansea measles outbreak, were often exaggerated, with reported/unconfirmed cases being incorrectly reported as confirmed cases, creating fear and panic and resulting in a mass blanket MMR vaccine programme for children in Wales. Questions have also been raised about the contents and effectiveness of the triple MMR jab.
More information can be found on the subject on these sites:
Arnica: https://www.arnica.org.uk /(with several parent groups for Wales)
Informed Parent: https://www.informedparent.co.uk/
eMC / The electronic Medicines Compendium: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3296/smpc (eMC: The electronic Medicines Compendium-this is the company that NHS Direct Wales uses as its official information point about vaccinations and their ingredients, and which is authorised by medical agencies of the United Kingdom and the European Union as well.
Vaccine Knowledge Project: http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/nasal-flu-vaccine (Centre Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford where all vaccines ingredients can also be seen )
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