Vaccine Safety – Should We Trust Government With The Health of Our Children?

Vaccine SafethyWelcome my husband Pat as an author on this site. He brings his unique, wise and thoughtful perspective to the health issues we face. We hope this article on vaccine safety enlightens you and inspires you to learn more. Dr. Jo

Author: p.j. tillman

As a dad and granddad I was very concerned when California passed a law requiring (with very limited exceptions) vaccinations for school children for the 2016-17 school year.  The law leaves no room for a personal belief, or religious exemption.  I’m sure the vaccine manufacturers were happy.  Government forcing vaccines on the public was a step too far for me and I started digging into vaccines approved for the public in the United States.  As a retired lawyer I wanted to see what the evidence was, both for and against, vaccines.  More importantly, I was concerned about the future safety of my grandchildren and their children to come, as well as those of my extended family, and friends.  Little did I realize the battle raging on this subject of vaccine safety.  Based on my research thus far, one thing I am certain of is that government, pharmaceutical companies and main stream media are one in supporting the concept that vaccines are safe.  Many (but not all) health care practitioners also are so inclined.  I will share my findings in future posts.  Unless it is my opinion, I will strive to provide links or citations to support what I have written.  My first post on this subject was on August 7th, 2016.  A link to that post is:


Begun in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center, it became the Center for Disease Control (the CDC) in 1970.  Congress later added “and Prevention” to the title but retained “CDC” due to its name recognition.  Its main stated goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability.  I have no doubt many employed at the CDC are dedicated to that lofty goal.  Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration play significant roles in the approval, regulation and control of vaccines in the United States.  I am, however beginning to have significant concerns that both politics, and conflicts of interest, are driving important, critical decisions at the CDC particularly as they relate to vaccine safety.


In 2014 Dr. Thompson a senior scientist at the CDC admitted that he and others at the CDC omitted data from a 2004 CDC study on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and its possible connection to autism.  Dr. Thompson has stated the following:

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

“My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub group for a particular vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines.”

Dr. Thompson has also stated:

“That’s the deal . . ., that’s what I keep seeing again and again and again . . . where these senior people [at CDC] just do completely unethical, vile things and no one holds them accountable.”

— Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Brian Hooker in a recorded phone call, June 12, 2014

Prior to publication of the CDC study Dr. Thompson brought his concerns to the then Director of the CDC -Dr. Julie Gerberding.  As previously mentioned the study was published without the omitted data, which could lead one to believe there was a possible conclusion that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.  There are many who point to Dr. Thompson’s revelations as damning evidence about CDC practices.  There are others who dismiss the importance of the Dr.’s disclosures.  For a more in depth review of Dr. Thompson’s revelations take a peek at the following:

Dr. Gerberding served as director of the CDC from 2002 until 2009.  In January 2010 she joined Merck as President of Merck Vaccines.  On December 10, 2014 Merck announced her appointment as Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health.  Merck is the producer of the MMR vaccine and many others which have been approved by the CDC.

In May 2015 Dr. Gerberding sold 38,368 shares of Merck and Company for $2,340,064.32.  She still owns 31,985 shares valued at $1,950,765.15.

Folks, everyone may not agree, but to me burying important data from the public’s view and having a prior Director of the CDC become President of Merck Vaccines sure smells to high heaven.  At stake is our health and the health of our children.  Do your own research on vaccine safety.  This subject matter is too important to avoid.  Consider sharing information you believe to be valid with others.  Government, the pharmaceutical companies and the media will present one side only – we need to see the whole picture.

About Dr. Jo

Dr. JoDr. Jo delights in sharing the message of health. She believes disease is optional if you know how to take care of yourself. And she’s a great coach to help you reverse or prevent disease.

So she writes this blog to keep you up to date with information that may undermine your health if you are not aware of it. She also provides tips on healthy living, how to reverse degenerative diseases, delicious recipes, and ways to enjoyably change your habits to healthy ones.

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