CDC has seldom been big on transparency

“Unfortunately, CDC officials have a long history of limiting transparency and being less than honest with the American people about what it does and does not know about vaccine risks. [In July 2014], a Rand Corporation study, commissioned and funded by DHHS, was published proclaiming that vaccines are very safe. What was not made clear to the public was that the study was designed and peer reviewed by high-level CDC officials, including the CDC’s director of immunization safety.

This is a big problem for parents, being ordered to give their children every government-recommended vaccine, no exceptions and no questions asked. [In September 2015], the National Vaccine Information Center [renewed its] call for oversight of vaccine safety to be removed from the Department of Health and Human Services.

It is a conflict of interest for DHHS to be in charge of vaccine safety, and also license vaccines and take money from drug companies to fast track vaccines and partner with drug companies to develop and share profits from vaccine sales, and make national vaccine policies that get turned into state vaccine laws, while also deciding which children will and will not get a vaccine injury compensation award.

That is too much power for one federal agency. That is putting the fox in charge of guarding the chicken coop, especially when it has been known since the first vaccine for smallpox that vaccination can cause brain inflammation and a wide spectrum of brain injury symptoms, like developmental delays and disabilities.

It is very telling that Congress and the US Supreme Court have declared that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe,” and completely shielded drug companies from vaccine injury lawsuits. In America, if you or you child get hurt by a vaccine, you can’t hold anyone who developed, regulated, recommended, marketed, mandated, administered, or profits from the vaccine accountable in a civil court of law in front of a jury of your peers.

[The] statement [last year] by a CDC senior scientist admitting that vaccine risk data is being withheld from the public is just one more piece of evidence that parents’ questions and concerns about vaccine safety are legitimate. Congress should act now and take vaccine safety monitoring away away from DHSS. The health of our children is at stake.”

— Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

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