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The recent news articles to hit the mainstream media in the past week finally states what public health officials and epidemiologists have known for some time: those vaccinated against pertussis are carrying and spreading the bacteria and are responsible for most of the outbreaks.
This news raises the question:
Should we hold those vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine, legally liable for outbreaks?
And, if you look up scholarly articles about previous outbreaks of measles, you'll find academic papers on an entity termed "the paradox of measles"; a paradox because those vaccinated are the ones contracting the disease whilst the unvaccinated in many communities with outbreaks, are unscathed.
In addition, the rise in shingles over the past decade or so, is due to the chicken pox vaccine. This link is not denied in academic literature and was even predicted by mathematical biologists and epidemiologists, and was confirmed by another study funded by the CDC.
If vaccinated children and adults are capable of spreading disease, shall we hold them and their parents legally liable for outbreaks? Shall we mandate 'unvaccination' as a requirement for public school? Since we can't 'unvaccinate,' shall vaccinated children be kicked out of public school?
While the above statements seem absurd, they are equivalent arguments bioethicist, Art Caplan has and continues to make.
Caplan believes parents of unvaccinated children should be held legally liable for outbreaks of disease.
Mind you, Caplan is no regular academic bioethicist, he is a bioethicist who has made a good deal of money for writing pro-industry speak.
If you read about Art Caplan and his direct financial conflicts of interest, you'll also read Art believes these financial conflicts can be managed while producing unbiased work. He and his previous institution of employment, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioethics received mega fees from major pharmaceutical companies and the department of vaccine bioethics at U Penn was massively funded by the big vaccine producers.
In addition to the DTap rendering recipients colonized with pertussis bacteria, consider the following;
a) Recently vaccinated children must be kept away from cancer patients lest they shed vaccine virus.
b) The oral polio vaccine was the cause of all polio cases in the US for several decades until, finally, the vaccine industry had a vaccine to replace it with.
c) The nasal flu vaccine renders the recipient shedding viruses for several days.
d) The rotavirus vaccine is shed in the recipient's stool causing diarrhea in other children.
The above examples are just a few of how the recently vaccinated can shed pathogens and hence spread diseases.
So while the mainstream media is waking up to the realities of vaccination and outbreaks, shall we turn on all those who chose to vaccinate and make them pariahs?
I think the freedom to choose the risks vs benefits of vaccinating should be left to the consumer and not dictated by those with conflicts of interest.