"Ninty Seven plus percent of children don't have these defects, so, when you look at what the risk and the benefits to children are, and, you really weigh the risks, then the benefits far outweigh the risks that occur."I wrote a piece heavily criticizing AAP for throwing away three percent of the population to serious vaccine injury.
Andrea Keller called GMA to see if they would release the rest of the interview. They said their policy is not to release unused footage, but that the context of the conversation was Autism.
Daivd Kirby called AAP and asked for comment, and they said that Jenkins 'misspoke' and she was talking about minor vaccine reactions like "localized pain and swelling, and/or fever."
I spoke with the producer of the GMA piece this morning who interviewed Jenkins. She reiterated that they don't release unused interviews, but she was nice enough to read me the question that was asked and Jenkins full response.
The discussion was about autism and not minor vaccine reactions. The question was a version of 'can you rule out an association between vaccines and autism', and Jenkins answer was something to the effect of 'you can never rule out an association between anything and anything else, but we don't see an association.... but in the case of Hannah Poling...', (the interviewer had not mentioned Hannah). And that lead into her quote, "Ninty Seven plus percent of children don't have these defects, so, when you look at what the risk and the benefits to children are, and, you really weigh the risks, then the benefits far outweigh the risks that occur."
So ABC DID use the quote correctly and in context.
David Kirby reports:
"I was told [by AAP] that Dr. Jenkins misspoke when she referred to children with “defects.” What she was talking about is the subset of children who have adverse vaccine reactions such as localized pain and swelling, and/or fever."Jenkins was NOT talking about minor reactions and autism was the subject Autism and Hanna Poling WAS Jenkins reference point.
If Jenkins was misspeaking then that was a pretty out there misstatement. If someone was asked about about the percentage of people who get brain damage from boxing, how would one rationally include bloody noses in the answer?
I encouraged ABC to follow up on this and help us get a real statement from AAP (or CDC) on what they believe the percentage is for kids who are at risk serious vaccine reaction and autism.