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Anti-Vax Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Why do some folks think that the 2019 novel coronavirus is a man-made patented virus that is being spread to push a mandatory vaccination program?

A new anti-vaccine conspiracy theory is born, this one about the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Robert F Kennedy, Jr leads Children’s Health Defense…

Yup, the usual suspects.

Anti-Vax Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

As you are likely aware, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. It has since spread outside Wuhan, including at least one case in the United States.

Why is this a concern?

Some of the other human coronaviruses that have been recently discovered cause severe disease, including MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.

So what’s the new conspiracy theory?

A patent for a poultry vaccine is not evidence for a conspiracy theory about the 2019 novel coronavirus.
A patent for a poultry vaccine is not evidence for a conspiracy theory about the 2019 novel coronavirus.

That someone attenuated a coronavirus (weakened it) to use it in a vaccine and that this attenuated coronavirus somehow became the 2019 novel coronavirus that started the outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How do we know that this isn’t true?

“Preliminary analysis showed that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) clusters with the SARS-related CoV clade and differs from the core genome of known bat CoV.”

Cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus, Wuhan, China

For one thing, it isn’t the same virus that is described in the patent!

Folks should also know that animal vaccines for coronaviruses aren’t new. Why didn’t any of them revert and cause outbreaks?

“In the early 1950s, the first IB vaccine was developed in the USA using the van Roekel M41 (Mass) strain.”

Cook et al on The long view: 40 years of infectious bronchitis research

What about the idea that we will soon be getting a new Chinese coronavirus vaccine?

Here's how the game is played. It is all about conspiracy theories with these folks...
Here’s how the game is played. It is all about conspiracy theories with these folks…

Several biotech companies have already said that they will be working on a 2019-nCoV vaccine, but it is important to note that despite years and years of work, we still don’t have vaccines for MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.

SARS-CoV has been around since 2002…

While development of a quick 2019-nCoV vaccine will be great if this virus gets out of control, that doesn’t seem to be the way things happen…

Know what else isn’t new?

Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

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Why Do We Combine Vaccines?

Do you know why they combine multiple vaccines into a single shot?

Have you ever wondered why we combine vaccines? It's not a conspiracy...
It’s not a conspiracy…

Not surprisingly, your answer likely says a lot about what you think about vaccines

Why Do We Combine Vaccines?

Combination vaccines aren’t new.

The DPT vaccine was one of the first vaccines to be combined and that was way back in 1948. Before that, protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis came from three separate injections.

Want your child to get single antigen vaccines instead of a combo because you think they are getting too much in a combination vaccine? Keep in mind that the original DTP vaccine contained 3,002 antigens in each dose. And now, they get about 650 antigens from all of the vaccines they get during their whole childhood!

Which combination vaccine came next?

No, it wasn’t MMR.

How many antigens did kids get with this old schedule?

When the first polio vaccines came out, kids got three separate vaccines against the three strains of polio. They were later combined into the single polio vaccines.

And to reduce the number of injections even further, from 1959 to 1968, Quadrigen, a DTP/Polio combination was available!

And then came the MMR combination vaccine in 1971, combining protection against measles, mumps, and rubella into one shot.

Are you starting to see why we combine vaccines?

It helps reduce the number of injections that a child receives at one visit.

It has nothing to do with trying to hide any proof of a vaccine injury, after all, most parents still get their kids the same vaccines, whether or not they are combined.

Is it to save money?

In general, combination vaccines are about the same price as individual vaccines. Some are a little more and some are a little less.

It is typically easier to order, store, and administer a combination vaccine than each of the individual vaccines separately though, which can save moey. Using combination vaccines may also help to reduce errors.

Still, combining vaccines has never been about anything more than reducing the number of shots that kids have to get to be protected.

“So, at a doctor’s visit, your child may only get two or three shots to protect him from five diseases, instead of five individual shots. Fewer shots may mean less pain for your child and less stress for you.”

CDC on Combination Vaccines

Combination vaccines allow kids today to get 10 vaccines to protect them against 14 vaccine preventable diseases, but as few as 23 individual shots by age five years.

“Combination vaccines were associated with improved completion and compliance and should be encouraged among children who are undervaccinated or who received single-antigen vaccines only.”

Kurosky et al on Effect of combination vaccines on completion and compliance of childhood vaccinations in the United States

And it helps to keep vaccination rates up!

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Vaccines and Profiting Pediatricians

Why do some people think that pediatricians are only in it for money, working to maximize profits over the health and safety of the kids that they care for?

As they traditionally rank among the lowest paid medical doctors, even with the millions in vaccine bonuses they supposedly get, if pediatricians are only in it for the money, they are doing it wrong...
As they traditionally rank among the lowest paid medical doctors, even with the millions in vaccine bonuses they supposedly get, if pediatricians are only in it for the money, they are doing it wrong…

The usual suspects…

Vaccines and Profiting Pediatricians

Even if you believed that the average pediatrician would put profits over the health and safety of their patients, your next thought should then be why on earth would they ever vaccinate anyone…

Consider the rotavirus vaccine.

We hear a lot about the cost savings from decreased hospitalizations and ER visits because of the rotavirus vaccine.

“During the pre-rotavirus vaccine era, it was estimated that 410,000 physician visits; 205-272,000 ED visits; and 55,000–70,000 hospitalizations were attributable to rotavirus infections in U.S. children, costing approximately $1 billion annually.”

It is important to remember that for every visit to the emergency room, many more visited their pediatrician.

“National diarrhea-related healthcare visits during rotavirus season decreased by 48% (95% CI: 47%-48%) in 2008 and by 35% (95% CI: 34%-35%) in 2009 compared with the mean rate from the 2005 and 2006 rotavirus seasons.”

Yen et al on Decline in rotavirus hospitalizations and health care visits for childhood diarrhea following rotavirus vaccination in El Salvador

And now they don’t…

Pediatricians also see fewer kids with ear infections thanks to Prevnar and we rarely see a child with chickenpox.

“There was an overall downward trend in OM-related health care use from 2001 to 2011. The significant reduction in OM visit rates in 2010-2011 in children younger than 2 years coincided with the advent of PCV-13.”

Marom et al on Trends in Otitis Media–Related Health Care Use in the United States, 2001-2011

If the idea is to keep kids sick, then why vaccinate and protect them from diseases that would fill up our offices with sick kids?

“Using household-reported data we found a pattern of increased use of well visits and decreased sick visits across the last decade and half, resulting in a net decrease of roughly a third of a visit per child since 2002. The pattern was consistent for privately and publicly insured children. Multiple factors likely account for these trends, including the possibility that greater use of well visits and improvements in medicine may be helping to improve child health.”

Trends in Pediatric Well and Sick Visits, 2002-16

And contrary to the very warped idea that pediatricians vaccinate kids to promote vaccine injuries that keep kids sick, we know that propaganda about the unhealthiest generation is just that – propaganda.

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Is the Samoan Measles Outbreak Fabricated?

Why do some folks think that the Samoan measles outbreak is fabricated?

There are actually folks out there pushing the idea that the measles epidemic in Samoa is fake or fabricated.

It’s more than the usual suspects.

Understanding the Anti-Vax Response to Measles Deaths in Samoa

It is because wild conspiracy theories are the fuel of the modern anti-vaccine movement.

No one should be surprised either that they have invented 101 different theories about why kids are dying in Samoa.

It can’t simply be that they are unvaccinated and that measles is a life-threatening disease! That would interfere with their whole world view that it is okay to leave their own kids unvaccinated and unprotected because they think that vaccines are dangerous, aren’t necessary, and vaccine-preventable diseases aren’t that big of a deal.

Is the Samoan Measles Outbreak Fabricated?

And that gets us to the idea that the measles outbreak in Samoa is fake or unnatural.

Zach Vorhies spread the UNICEF vaccine conspiracy theory.
Zach Vorhies spread the UNICEF vaccine conspiracy theory.

Was the measles outbreak in Samoa started by shedding from vaccines sent by UNICEF in early October?

Folks who spread the UNICEF vaccine conspiracy leave out the fact that the first cases were in September...
Folks who spread the UNICEF vaccine conspiracy leave out the fact that the first cases were in September…

Wait, why did UNICEF start sending measles vaccines to Samoa in October?

Yeah, that’s right. The first cases were actually in September, triggered by visitor from New Zealand in August.

There were 22 dead children at the time, but Erin Marie RN, just for fun, was spreading the conspiracy theory that the epidemic was caused by a vaccine strain of measles.
There were 22 dead children at the time, but Erin Marie RN, just for fun, was spreading the conspiracy theory that the epidemic was caused by a vaccine strain of measles.

Anyway, the strain in Samoa is D8, not A as you would expect if it was a vaccine strain.

And the idea that the outbreak was fabricated by Merck to sell more vaccine?

Remember the CDC price list conspiracy?

That seems reminiscent of the CDC price list conspiracy that anti-vax folks were pushing last year…

UNICEF gets vaccines at a steep discount.
UNICEF gets vaccines at a steep discount.

No one is making any money on the vaccines being used in Samoa anyway.

Folks in Samoa put out a red flag to let vaccination teams know that they needed to get protected.
Folks in Samoa put out a red flag to let vaccination teams know that they needed to get protected.

But they are forcing people to get vaccinated, right?

Taylor Winterstein thinks Samoa is turning into Nazi Germany because they want to stop a measles epidemic...
Taylor Winterstein thinks Samoa is turning into Nazi Germany because they want to stop a measles epidemic…

Even those who have been made to think that the vaccines are toxic?

When folks turned away vaccination teams they weren't forced to get vaccinated...
When folks turned away vaccination teams they weren’t forced to get vaccinated…

Nope.

While there is a vaccine mandate, no one is being forced to get vaccinated.

Most were very happy to get vaccinated and protected!

What about the rogue strains of mutated measles that Bobby Kennedy warned the Prime Minister about?

They aren’t causing the measles epidemic in Samoa

Jim Meehan doesn't think that the measles epidemic is natural...
Jim Meehan doesn’t think that the measles epidemic is natural…

Again, neither are vaccine strain measles.

Yes, let's get to the bottom of this and call out each and every person that is scaring parents away from vaccinating their kids in Samoa.
Yes, let’s get to the bottom of this and call out each and every person that is scaring parents away from vaccinating their kids in Samoa.

What about the idea that kids are only dying in Samoa because it is a third world country?

Well, it’s not. It is a developing country and more people with measles are dying everywhere, as we see more and more cases.

“This would be news if outbreaks of similar intensity occurred in first world countries, such as the United States or the European Union. But they don’t. Nor do they occur in a similar scale or severity. This means that hygiene, nutrition, refrigeration, and potable water—items many in the modern world take for granted—are the real delta between measles deaths in the Third World versus mild measles cases in the first, which come and go, and rarely result in fatalities.”

Measles Hysteria – from Samoa to the Congo

While we are lucky that there have been no measles deaths in the last few years in the United States, there have been 100s in Europe.

Can you blame the 8 measles deaths in Italy on poor nutrition?

And the deaths are not because kids have been getting Tylenol or not been given vitamin A.

Remember when our state Legislatures worked to protect us from infectious diseases, instead of trying to pass laws that make it easier for kids to skip or delay their vaccines? Remember the 55,622 cases of measles and 123 deaths in the United States measles epidemics between 1989 and 1991? Did we not have good hygiene and nutrition then?
Remember when our state Legislatures worked to protect us from infectious diseases, instead of trying to pass laws that make it easier for kids to skip or delay their vaccines? Remember the 55,622 cases of measles and 123 deaths in the United States measles epidemics between 1989 and 1991? Did we not have good hygiene and nutrition then?

It is because they are not vaccinated and not immune to measles!

Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and are very obviously necessary.

Don’t spread anti-vaccine propaganda that helps contribute to these kinds of outbreaks and epidemics.

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