Vaccines are not vegan

If you’re concerned about vaccination, become informed.

Here’s a range of books that can help you to make an informed choice: 

  1. Vaccination And Immunisation: Dangers, Delusions And Alternatives; Chaitow, Leon, 1987,1990, C. W. Daniel Co. Ltd, England;
  2. Vaccination: a parents dilemma; Beattie, Greg; 1997; Oracle Press, Montville, Australia;
  3. Vaccination: the right choice?; Hickman, Maureen; 2000; Maureen Hickman, Ettalong Beach, Australia;
  4. Vaccination Safety Manual: For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners; Miller, Neil Z.; New Atlantean Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico;
  5. The Truth About Vaccination: How We Are Used As Guinea Pigs Without Knowing It; Halvorsen, Richard, Dr; Gibson Square, London.
  6. Don’t Get Stuck; Allen, Hannah; 1975; Natural Hygiene Press.
  7. The Blood Poisons; Lionel; 1975; Gateway Book Co.
  8. Vaccination; Honorof, Ida & McBean, E.; The Silent Killer; 1977; Honor Publications.
  9. Medical Nemesis; Illich, I.; 1975; Calder & Boyars.
  10. Every Second Child; Kalokerinos, A.; 1974; Thomas Nelson Ltd.
  11. Smallpox, A Healing Crisis and The Truth About Vaccination; Knaggs, H. Valentine; Provoker Press.
  12. The Truth About Vaccination And Immunization; Lily; 1951; Health For All Publishing Company.
  13. The Poisoned Needle; McBean, E.; 1974; Health Research.
  14. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor; Mendelsohn, Robert S.; 1984; Contemporary Books.
  15. Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective; Miller, Neil Z.; 1994; New Atlantean Press.
  16. Vaccination; Schiebner, Viera, PhD.; 1993; Self-published.
  17. Vaccination, The Hidden Facts; Sinclair, Ian.; 1992; Self-published.

Source: Bill Westerman N.D., Dip. App. Sc. (Counselling) Doctor of Natural Hygiene, Natural Hygienist

I would also add the book Dissolving Illusions by Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk, this is the only one I’ve read so far. Somebody posted that these books are too old, but the least we can do is read one, dissect it and talk about it, share our opinion on it, compare what is said with other sources. 

If these books, this information is false we discard it with the truth. But we have to at least analyze it. But what if there is truth in them already?

Christine Mataza, sub-county public health nurse, Kilifi, Kenya. 

I am in charge of nursing services in 33 rural health facilities in Kilifi sub-county. I ensure that the facilities do not run out of supplies and that services are delivered as they are supposed to.

About 82% of our population are fully immunised, something we are proud of. We are however concerned about those children that slip through the system. There are several reasons why this happens in our setting.

Our biggest challenge is that we work in a population with huge challenges. This county is one of the poorest in Kenya, with low literacy and high fertility rates. Contraception coverage among women who need it is 40%. We have a really big gap as far as family planning needs are concerned.

In this rural area, it is not uncommon to find a pregnant women in her 20’s who already has 2 children under 5 years of age. She may be too stretched to take those who need vaccinations to the health facility as often as is required. Some of these women may also not understand why a healthy child needs to get an injection. If we can convince these women that taking these well children for vaccinations will reduce their future hospital visits by a large fraction, they may push themselves to fully immunise their babies.

However, some mothers live as far as 20km from health facilities and distance is a real hindrance.  Bear in mind that this woman will have small children that will not be able to walk the distance to the facility and she may not have someone to leave these children with if she takes one for immunization. She may also need to work to feed her children and a visit to the health facility means a full day of work lost. 

Although we have outreach programs to reach those from far off places, we are not well resourced and therefore these services are not regular. If our outreaches remain uncertain, then women loss confidence in us and do not bother to show up.

Through government and other funding, there are about 15 health facilities that have been built within the area I am in charge of. But these are just structures, buildings with nothing  and no one in them. If these structures were operational, it would greatly reduce our burden of unvaccinated children. 

Despite our challenges, I am very pleased that these days we hardly see any cases of many vaccine preventable diseases. For example, the last time I saw a case of measles was 2008, that is 7 years ago. 

It gives me great satisfaction to vaccinate a child after delivery and then see that child graduate past 5 years of age without ever experiencing these vaccine preventable diseases. What more would I want?

Photo: Tabitha Mwangi. 

when i was younger and still believed in “boys germs” and “girl germs” i was somehow convinced that was what caused sexuality

girls germs were what made girls like boys and if a boy got too many then he’d be gay and vice versa

but i was also convinced that boys had to have some measure of girls germs (and vice versa) because i was vaguely aware of the concepts of immunisation

Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration in Nigeria is calm before storm as campaign promises vanish

by Baba Aye in Abuja                                                                

Muhammadu Buhari (Pic: Chatham House)

Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president of the west African state of Nigeria on 29 May—almost 30 years after he was overthrown as a military dictator.

Before he won he promised to fight corruption, defeat the Boko Haram insurgency and renew prosperity.He campaigned as a man of the people who had to borrow money to pay for his nomination form. This image was undermined when his wife wore a £35,000 watch to his inauguration.

But the fate of his All Progressives Congress (APC) will be determined by whether it can improve the lot of the working masses. It promised three million new jobs within a year. It offered a monthly cash transfer of £83 each to 25 million poor people if they send their children to school and get them immunised. It promised a massive housing scheme for working people and to double the number of doctors in three years.APC now has a majority in both the National Assembly and of the states’ governments so people expect results.

But it now says that it has discovered so much rot from 16 years of the previous government that no one should expect miracles.


The working class is not buying this. Mass anger could explode if drastic improvements in living conditions do not materialise soon.Public sector workers in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states have been on strike over unpaid salaries since the last week of May. These include APC-run states owing up to six months’ wages. The unions have demanded the government start negotiations for a new national minimum wage, even as petrol shortages have almost shut down the oil-rich country.Revenue is dwindling because of the global fall in oil prices and mindboggling corruption, so it is unlikely that the state could deliver APC’s promises.

And two other events point at the hollowness of Buhari’s anti-corruption stance. Two former state governors appear to have escaped serious corruption charges. Both men are stalwarts of the APC.But people are still most hopeful he will deliver over the defeat of Boko Haram, ending a conflict that has claimed almost 20,000 lives since 2009. He promised the military command would be relocated to the front until the insurgents were defeated.


Even if he succeeds in crushing Boko Haram that will not end the poverty that created the sect. And military victory is unlikely. Boko Haram has shown an ingenious ability to change tactics, recently reverting to its earlier methods of urban terror

.The first few days of the new government are a period of calm before what could be a huge storm. Different sections of the elite will try to harness the simmering distrust in their own interests. The need for socialist intervention and influence within the working class cannot be overemphasised.


Immunisation day!

Reuben got his needles today. He went well. Just a short cry.

He weighs 7.19kg and is 65cm long.

He was a bit grizzly afterwards, and tired. Currently pumping because he refused to eat off my left side all day cos of his gas/sore tummy too.

All that would be fine. Except now it’s 11:45pm, I’ve been awake since 6:30.

VillageReach - taking @Vaccines to the last mile & beyond

VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator developing new solutions to critical healthcare challenges in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, they work on the “last mile” of delivering vaccines, making sure they get where they need to be at community level.  

As a senior member of VillageReach’s Health Systems Group, Wendy Prosser is responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of health system programs in Mozambique where VillageReach has worked for more than a decade to improve vaccine delivery and supply chain system design. Curating @Vaccines this week, Wendy promises to ENTERTAIN while sharing what’s trending in the vaccine supply chain world, “cool” new tools, and “best of” insights from events and partners who make #vaccineswork.

Wendy has over a decade of global health experience in Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa and Cape Verde. Wendy holds a MPA in International Development and Global Health from the University of Washington.
Dorit Rubinstein Reiss and the Weakness of Vaccine Science - AGE OF AUTISM
By John Stone One of the problems that the phenomenon of Dorit Reiss points to is the fundamental lack of solidity of vaccine science: we are not talking about something like the laws of thermodynamics, the periodic table, the theory of relativity – instead it is something that has to be defended by a sequence of dodgy manoeuvres and obfuscations. The claims for the vaccine program which are being made are politically absolutist but there is no unchallengeable super-theory behind any of it, only a multitude of industrially manufactured products which may be neither as effective or as safe as their advocates claim, have usually not been as well tested as they should have been, and can only be defended by a bulwark unbalanced legislation backed up by endless institutional malfeasance. Pubmed, the index of peer review medical studies, is testament to this: even if there are many studies which are favourable to products it does not make anything about their findings immutable evidence, or proof of anything. They can only be provisional. Nor is the quality of all that evidence necessarily high despite sentiment that vaccines are a good thing. The 2005 Cochrane Review of MMR vaccine safety, concluded after having sifted 5,000 studies :

The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate. The evidence of adverse events following immunisation with MMR cannot be separated from its role in preventing the target diseases.

Indeed, this body of evidence was so poor that it was not even clear how most of the final 31 studies admitted to the review met the inclusion criteria.

There is a fundamental problem with vaccines, that although great claims are made for their effectiveness their harms are apparently instantly deniable, and there is no logic to this imbalance. If something does go wrong you will not only be met with immediate professional indifference and denial, the only recourse in establishing it is to take legal action. But such is the institutional bias that this is a vain hope in most countries, and even in the US where awards are made in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program with some frequency they usually end up by being “no-fault” concessions by the government.

And this is also the problem of Reiss: reality can be stage-managed in the mainstream media but the evidence of hundreds and thousands of wrecked lives are harder to suppress in the social media: there is no one – apart from usual medical spokespeople spouting the conventional wisdom  – who can be more authoritative. There are no underlying scientific principles, only a morass of flawed, limited studies and a host of bureaucratic decisions masking the legal reality that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe”  . Despite her grand debut as a vaccine advocate in Harvard Law Review   (standing in for Art Caplan) barely six months ago Reiss has ended up scrambling from one blog to another trying to block out the ever peeping reality that these products cause unaccountable injury and death. Caplan,confronted by Mary Holland, disappeared – if Caplan played a false move while in open debate it could have serious consequences, but Reiss is expendable (though also apparently, in retrospect, inexhaustible). If she has a somewhat uncertain professional status as a lawyer, as has been suggested, this may be part of the story too.

This looks refreshing. These girls are collecting water in Vietnam, where Unicef and partners are working to #BeatDisease and vaccinate children as part of a free and expanded immunisation programme. #Vietnam #vaccination #immunisation #disease #clean #water #fresh #refreshing #instadaily Photo: Unicef 2015 Schermbrucker

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for people against gay marriage

if he is Christian and he doesn’t support gay marriage that’s okay. he doesn’t believe in science. him having such a strong opinion on this aspect of Christianity should balance that he supports the whole bible. there’s no evolution in the bible meaning he doesn’t believe in science. Jesus could heal… you couldn’t be healed by scientific research because science isn’t really right? so if you don’t support gay marriage. if you stick by the bible so strongly. if you follow the bible. if you really are against this don’t go to the doctors. don’t get immunisations. don’t take medication. don’t go to the hospital. don’t get treatment. get Jesus to heal you. because science is wrong. it’s wrong. so if you are going to abuse other people belief on marriage and scientifically creating babies then stop receiving health care. because it’s science. you don’t believe in that so don’t take it. it’s not the way the world was built. wait for Jesus to heal you. wait. if you can’t have an open mind about gay rights, something that doesn’t affect YOU personally then go by the bible. stop taking that medication. Jesus didn’t make it. while you are against gays you are also against scientifically formulated medication by the bible so stop taking it. see how not having access to medication affects you. taking away someone’s health is the same as taking away someone’s love. everyone needs love, whether it’s different or the same for someone else. if they don’t need to love as the need then you don’t need medication because you go strictly by the bible. sorry God didn’t create medication. so you aren’t allowed access to a human right, don’t complain because you are blocking others rights to love.

Kenya: proving impact of vaccines against pneumonia

This week, the Wellcome Trust featured a video from the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Centre and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, on the impact of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-10) in Kilifi, Kenya. Here, they discuss the project and explain why the vaccine matters.

Around the world, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under five, accounting for approximately 15% of deaths. In 2000, it was estimated that more than 16,000 Kenyans, mostly children, died from pneumococcal infections.

In January 2011, following recommendations by the World Health Organisation and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, Kenya’s health ministry added PCV-10 to the country’s infant vaccine regime. Described as a ‘10-valent’ vaccine, it targets the 10 strains of pneumococcal bacteria that cause the serious, and often fatal, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). Newborns now receive PCV-10 in three doses, at six, 10 and 14 weeks.

As pneumococcal bacteria are carried in the nose of both healthy and sick people, the team looked at how prevalent the bacteria are in the population as an indicator of its carriage. Within six months of the vaccine being introduced, they saw a two-thirds reduction in the prevalence of strains targeted by the vaccine across the whole population.

The best indicator of the vaccine’s impact in the population comes from looking at invasive pneumococcal disease, a serious disease where the bacteria spread from the lungs to the blood. Before the introduction of PCV-10, the hospital in Kilifi saw roughly 40-50 cases of IPD a year. Since the vaccine, doctors have seen only one case in two years, and are pleased to say they believe they are at a point where the disease is under control.

Policy makers, experts and other stakeholders in Kenya and the East African Region gathered in Nairobi this week to hear the latest results from the on-going Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS) and to discuss the policy issues arising.

For more information on the PCV-10 vaccine impact study please visit the KEMRI website.

This blog was originally posted on the Wellcome Trust’s site, here.

so i gave immunisations to a little 11 month old today and she was the absolute cutest but she cried and hated me afterwards and was giving me an absolute death stare for the rest of the appointment :’(

but it’s okay because now she’s not going to get whooping cough and end up in hospital and i will happily be hated for that

god i just googled ‘bcg jag’ (i was checkin if it was the immunisation i thought it was) and google was like, betch, it’s jab, like it’s unaware that JAG is a far more suitable description of being stuck with a needle than JAB. JAG has that stabby feel down pat with that hard ‘g’

jag. you get your jags done at school, aight, don’t fuck with me. mess with the highland cow u get the horns

We love this beautiful picture of mum Ideita holding her 1-year-old baby girl, Hanane, at a Unicef-supported health centre in Chad. Hanane is due to receive polio vaccinations, vitamin A supplements and deworming tablets as part of a national polio campaign. #Chad #BeatDisease #polio #vaccination #immunisation #baby #mum #smile #love #instagood Photo: Unicef 2014 Nangyo

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Dr Clarisse @Vaccines

This week tweeting @Vaccines, you can catch Dr Clarisse Loe Loumou, a Cameroonian doctor and tireless advocate for child health and immunisation. Here, she introduces herself:

“I’m a paediatrician, with particular interest in malnutrition and immunization. For the past 14 years I’ve worked in public hospital in Cameroon, recently becoming head of a mother and child malnutrition unit.

For 20 years I have also been an advocate for child health and access to health care with Alternative Santé, a local Cameroonian association that help mothers and children. My civil society activities scale from local to national to global levels. I also represent worldwide civil society for immunization at Gavi’s Program and Policy committee.

I also head the implementation of a sub-Saharan francophone network for immunization and health system strengthening, which held its first workshop just 1 month ago.

This week, I will be tweeting about the big challenges civil society is facing for the coming years: how achieve a win-win combination of vaccines, new technology, and all the knowledge on immunization with government’s willingness to pay and organize strong health systems. Our final goal is immunization for all.”