Thursday, May 26, 2022

Aren't we tired of winning stupid prizes yet?

The Most Dangerous Vaccine.

(this article was written in 2002)

"60 Minutes II Correspondent Dan Rather reports that in evaluating the potential danger of smallpox, the Bush administration has faced a deadly dilemma: Do not vaccinate the population against small pox and leave millions of people vulnerable to one of the worst scourges known to man. Or treat people with a vaccine that is extremely effective at blocking the disease but can cause dangerous, sometimes fatal, reactions."

"The United States stopped giving mandatory smallpox vaccinations 30 years ago. Soon after that, doctors eradicated the disease from the planet. But now, the government has decided to bring back the vaccine because of fear that terrorists, or Iraq, could use the virus as a weapon. 

But smallpox was, or is, a terrible, virulent disease. It kills one out of every three of its victims. There is no cure.

The vaccine effectively immunizes against smallpox. But that protection has a price. Some people die from it; and others have serious reactions, some permanent. Scientists say it's the most dangerous vaccine known to man.

It could protect Americans from the unthinkable destruction of a smallpox attack. But the vaccine has a dark side. 

"We know if we immunize a million people, that there will be 15 people that will suffer severe, permanent adverse outcomes and one person who may die from the vaccine," says Dr. Paul Offit, one of the country's top infectious disease specialists, and he knows all about vaccines that prevent those diseases."

Obviously one death per million was a big deal back then. These stats seem dreamy by comparison to the COVID vaccine. But... what if people had been told like adults that in plain terms what the negative reaction rate was? Instead of treating people like throwaway trash. We all had to find this out from people we know that had problems. And then when we told the truth to others we got so much blowback. That we were spreading fear porn! Yeah... I'm bitter. If I knew someone who had died for THREE to FOUR month immunity? I can't even imagine how bitter I would be.

Apparently the smallpox vaccine is so dangerous that they don't recommend everyone getting a shot. Which is what should have been done for the COVID vaccine.

"Some of the people who shouldn't get the smallpox vaccine are those who have a weakened immune system, including those who are HIV positive, those who have gotten cancer treatments, and those who have a transplant," he says. Also included on that list are people with the skin-condition eczema, pregnant women and infants. Frieden's department has real-life experience with large-scale vaccination programs.

Now there is a very real concern about giving people a live vaccine when the possibility that COVID has damaged immune systems. And I don't know if this is true or not. We just have to wait for the data to come in.

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