By Jim Moody, Esq.An internal draft CDC Media Strategy, made public
copy of the internal draft-
DRAFT Brief SWOT Analysis & Vaccine Safety Communication/Media Strategy
In the United States, vaccination against childhood diseases are at all time highs, while most cases of vaccine preventable diseases are at or near all-time lows. Immunization against disease is widely recognized as one of the most effective techniques of preventive medicine. However, last year in the United States, the number of reported adverse events associated with vaccination was greater than the number of reported cases of vaccine-preventable disease.
With the disappearance of a perceived threat in the United States from these diseases, the safety of routine childhood vaccination is increasingly under fire. Assaults against routine vaccination are occurring in the United States and in many developed nations worldwide (e.g., United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, and states of the former Soviet Union). In the United States, the arguments against vaccination appear to be increasing in numbers and velocity (e.g., Money, La Times, New Yorker, Today Show, Cleveland Plain Dealer). In addition, the voice against vaccination is becoming more organized and seems to be moving toward the reversal of state school-entry immunization laws, which act as the public-health safety net to ensure high levels of vaccination among children in the United States.
In the United States, as elsewhere, the critics of vaccination fall into a few predictable categories:
Concerns range from the belief that vaccines are not effective to concerns that vaccines do measurable harm today and long-term. Although these arguments may develop from divergent perspectives, these groups tend to share and reinforce each other’s motivations. And, with the increase use of media advocacy by small organized special interest groups to promote societal change, the possibility of critics against vaccination gaining strength and voice in public health policy decisions at local, state and national levels warrants serious consideration. For example, in Japan and Sweden, the anti-vaccine movement’s message diffused from small organized groups to mainstream popular acceptance, which led to changes in vaccination policy and severe drops in vaccination levels and increased morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Some of the concerns put forth by critics of routine vaccination include:
To date, no federal or international public health organizations have put forth a coordinated, effective communication strategy to counter these claims. In the past, public health authorities have often acted paternalistically while making public health immunization policy. However, community acceptance of immunization demands that we take a stand to not only explain the risks of complication due to natural disease, but also toward unfounded arguments or adversaries of vaccination.
The following assumptions are held in the development of this communication strategy:
The following analysis provides some of the strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats facing the implementation of joint federal/private partner vaccine safety communication plan.
Japan and Sweden have increased morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases?
I sure would love to see the write-up which says that. Anybody got any papers on Japan and Sweden's mortality rates? Were those deaths found only in 90 year old's who died from the flu or pneumonia?
"“Most vaccine adverse events are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. These can often be controlled by taking acetaminophen before or after vaccination."
This article always comes to mind when I read something about giving a kid tylenol before or after vaccination. Of course, this media has been blacklisted by the pro-vax camp...
Bob Sears also advocates for not using fever reducers and anti inflammatories before or after vaccines that the child has not had before so that symptoms of an adverse effect will not be masked thus opening the child up to more severe reactions with subsequent jabs. I do not consider Dr. Sears to be anti vax, quite the contrary, I think his campaign for an alternative vaccination schedule increases the vaccination rate in the population, albeit over a longer period of time- much to the dismay of Offit and his ilk (I do not understand
I can't find the one I originally had in mind but here's another one that I had bookmarked:
Back to the topic at hand...I believe that the drug companies are paying people to stay on the web and debate the vaccine issue. It is very obvious to me. So this article doesn't surprise me at all.
I have read a good bit on the subject but unfortunately I didn't bookmark them because they were from the blacklisted doctors and media that I've learned never to use in debate. But sometimes I still do :). I saved this one from Mercola, it fits your patient needs...
Here is one you may like, but it's pediatrics: