September 29, 2005

Risks of Hep B Vaccine

I am not a fan of the Hep B vaccine. Chandler had two major adverse reactions to it. The 'birth dose' at two weeks left him with three months of 'colic' and fevers and years of bowel problems, and his dose at 18 months left him speechless. This was all the more sad for me when I found out that Chandler is not even at risk for hepatitis B as he is neither an IV Drug User nor sexually promiscuous. Here is a press release from Europe this week:

27 September 2005.

Multiple Sclerosis Risk to British Babies

- Newly Revealed By Previously Concealed Evidence

London, England & Versailles, France [27] September 2005/Romeike/ Strong scientific evidence confirms British infants will be exposed to an unacceptably high risk of complications, including multiple sclerosis, if the British Medical Association's (BMA's) recent universal infant hepatitis B vaccine recommendation goes ahead. Whilst other evidence is embargoed, Dr. Marc Girard, a specialist in the side effects of drugs and commissioned as a medical expert by French courts, has been able to publish a scientific review of the unembargoed evidence of the vaccine's hazards (Autoimmun Rev 2005; 4:96-100). Dr Girard shows that French health authorities suppress studies demonstrating serious risks. France was the first country to implementuniversal hepatitis B vaccination in 1994.

Legal and ethical concerns also arise over the BMA's recommendation because those at high risk from the hepatitis B virus are not infants but promiscuous adults engaging in unsafe sex and intravenous drug abusers. There is no clear individual clinical benefit of universal hepatitis B vaccination. The duration of any protective effect is uncertain whereas the vaccination carries with it risks of numerous chronic auto-immune disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, lupus, rheumatism, blood disorders and chronic fatigue. In contrast, the BMA's 10th May 2005 press release stated children were at risk of hepatitis B infection from:

* biting and shared toys

* shared toothbrushes and razors

* mother to child transmission during birth

Dr Girard said:

"The BMA's recommendation is a surprising and unexpected change of heart given the scathing public scepticism in the British Medical Journal in 1996 to a pharmaceutical company promotion advocating universal infant hepatitis B vaccination (BMJ 1996; 313: 825). It is all the more surprising because whilst the risk factors for babies have changed little, there is now impressive evidence that for a preventive measure, hepatitis B vaccine is remarkable for the frequency, variety and severity of complications from its use. The toxicity of this vaccine is so unusual that, even if crucial data are regrettably concealed or covered by Court order, scientific evidence is already far higher than normally needed to justify severe restrictive measures."

In addition, just days ago (20 Sept, 2005) the European Medicines Agency EMEA) announced the withdrawal of hepatitis B containing Hexavac vaccine, claiming concerns over efficacy. Hexavac had 4 months earlier been associated with sudden infant deaths (Zinka et al. Vaccine 2005 May 18). Hexavac combines hepatitis B vaccine virus with other routine vaccine components. The EMEA's reasons for withdrawal are questionable. Efficacy trials are normally performed before vaccines are licensed.

Other research supporting Dr Girard's findings includes research on UK data showing a 3.1 increase in the relative risk of multiple sclerosis after hepatitis B vaccination (Neurology 2004; 63:838-42).

Clifford Miller, British lawyer, graduate physicist, co-author of a recent peer reviewed critique of flawed medical evidential practice and former university lecturer said:-

"British Doctors administering hepatitis B vaccine to infants could face criminal prosecution if fully informed consent is not obtained.Civil prosecution for damages is possible over 21 years later if the injured survive as adults."

"English and European law requires the application of the precautionary principle. With such strong scientific evidence of harm it is unclear why the BMA's recommendation was made, nor why universal infant hepatitis B vaccination is reportedly being considered by the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation."

"This is not the first time the BMA has executed a spectacular `U' turn. Up to 1987 they consistently recommended against mumps vaccination. In 1988 that conflicted with new government policy and the objection was quietly dropped. The BMA's links with the pharmaceutical industry are also a concern. The next government proposal in the pipeline is to vaccinate against chickenpox, the mildest known of all routine childhood diseases and for which the UK Department of Health has ready prepared stories claiming it is a killer."

"The British public should be concerned their children's safety rests with independent researchers from overseas who can face harassment, obstruction and official vilification for their work."

In his new paper now in press and available on line (Med Hypotheses, doi 10.1016/j.mehy.2005.08.012), Dr Girard and co-author Y. Comenge review the various mechanisms likely to account for the biological plausibility of auto-immune disorders such as demyelinating diseases and other hazards of this vaccine.

Because of the significance and scope of these observations and related cross- correlations, Dr. Girard suggests that even in high-endemic countries, the risk/benefit ratio of this unusually toxic vaccine must be carefully re-assessed. Regarding the health situation in the UK, the conclusion not to vaccinate is obvious.


About Dr Marc Girard:-

Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant: Glaxo, Aventis & others

Court Appointed Expert: Includes Bayer/Baycol cholesterol drug litigation

Medical Doctor: Qualified 1983, trained: Hopital des Enfants Malades,

Paris, France

Masters in Mathematics 1976: Universite d'Orsay, Paris, France

References Used in Press Release:-

"Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis B vaccination: Adding the credibility of molecular biology to an unusual level of clinical and epidemiological evidence" Comenge Y; Girard M (Med Hypotheses, doi 10.1016/j.mehy.2005.08.012)

(Text available in electronic form on request.)

"Autoimmune hazards of hepatitis B vaccine" Girard M (Autoimmun Rev 2005; 4:96-100)

(Text available in electronic form on request.)

"BMA calls for universal childhood vaccination against hepatitis B" Press Release (10 May 2005):

"Medicine and the media: Shire Hall Communications and the case for hepatitis B immunisation" BMJ 1996;313:825 (28 September 1996) :

"European Medicines Agency recommends suspension of Hexavac" Press Release - 20th September 2005

"Unexplained cases of sudden infant death shortly after hexavalent vaccination." Zinka B, Rauch E,

Buettner A, Rueff F, Penning R. - Vaccine. 2005 May 18;

"Recombinant hepatitis B vaccine and the risk of multiple sclerosis - A prospective study" Hernan MA, Jick SS, Olek MJ, Jick H(Neurology 2004; 63:838-42).

"Flawed Evidence Denies Drug Victims Justice" - Press Release, Romeike/PA

"On Evidence, Medical and Legal" Dr D W Miller, Clifford Miller: - 10; 03- 70. J AmPhys Surg -

========== Contact information

Dr. Marc Girard
Address: 1 bd de la Republique 78000-Versailles (France)
Mobile phone: 00 33 6 82 94 54 62
Telephone: 00 331 39670110
Fax : 00 331 396700111

Mr. Clifford G. Miller
Address: Burnhill Business Centre,
50 Burnhill Road,
Kent BR3 3LA (UK)
Mobile: 00 44 7941-976021
Telephone: 00 44 208 663 0044
Fax: 00 44 208 663 0011


Anonymous said...

My friend just delivered a beautiful 9 pound 13 oz baby boy on the 17th. She asked me what I thought of the Hep B vaccine. I told her my son had it when he was born. After I left the hospital I did a little web surfing about the subject and I had to give her a frantic call back telling her "No! Don't let them give it to your son." I guess I should consider my 9 year old a very lucky boy to have suffered no ill affects from the vaccine. I know that the number of newly reported autism cases is on an alarmingly high increase. Thank-you for sharing your experience with this vaccine, and take comfort in knowing that it has served a purpose. Her son won't be given the vaccine.

Anonymous said...

my daughter is 8 months old, she recieved the hep b shots as well... i was unaware at the time and hope and pray to god she will be ok... i am pregnant for the second time and i will NOT be giving my child the hep b vaccine... thank you...

Unknown said...

My son died 41 days after receiving thehep b vaccine in the hospital. 2 weeks before he died he began crying uncontrolably. Developed a rash covering his body, had decreased appitite and seemed to be in pain. I took him to the doc of aug 31st. His doc notes state I complained of these symptoms. Also he had been constipated x 3 days. He also had thrush. He was given an antibiotic for that and I was told to try giving him lactofree milk, because of his uncontrolable screaming. He died on sept 5th.5 days later. I truely believe his body tried fighting this vaccine. But after developing thrush his immune was too weak. His death was labeled as SIDS. I know something was wrong with my son. I knew he hurt. Looking back at his one month pics, I see his red face (from the rash) and he is screaming in the pic. I cry knowing I am looking at a pic of my son slowly dying. I do believe that diseases are aweful and I see how vaccinations ar4e nessicary. Parents have the right to be informed of pros and cons and make that decision. As for me I lost my son to this deception and don't believe my son would of been sharing needles or having unprotected sex with at risk ppl. He didn't deserve to die for something he wasn't at risk to get anyway.

Please email me if you have stories like this.

Ginger Taylor said...

I am so, so sorry.

I hardly know what to say.

It all makes me so angry. Our babies didn't deserve this.

Anne said...

We just recently discovered that our 2 year old has Autism. We have five children and one has already been diagnosed with Aspergers.

I delayed vaccination with my second for a number of reasons and then learned that I wasn't the only one who had concerns about their baby getting so many shots.

I started researching, and decided to stop vaccinating with my second child, and did not give vaccinations to any of my other children.

Then yesterday I realized that the only vaccine my two year old might have had was the HepB in the hospital. They gave him Vitamin K and did blood tests, etc. It's entirely possible that they did it routinely as you have to opt out of that shot, not opt in.

I'm wondering if just that one vaccine might have made the difference for him. Thank you for posting this. HepB is a ridiculous vaccine to give to a newborn.