“I have no doubt whatsoever that vaccination is an unscientific abomination and should be made a criminal practice.” G. Bernard Shaw
Sometime during the 1770s Edward Jenner heard a milkmaid boast that she would never have the often-fatal or disfiguring disease smallpox, because she had already had cowpox, which has a very mild effect in humans. In 1796, Jenner took pus from the hand of a milkmaid with cowpox, inoculated an 8-year-old boy with it, and six weeks later inoculated the boy’s arm with smallpox, afterward observing that the boy did not catch smallpox.
Further experimentation demonstrated the efficacy of the procedure on an infant. Since vaccination with cowpox was much safer than smallpox inoculation, the latter, though still widely practiced in England, was banned in 1840.
Louis Pasteur generalized Jenner’s idea by developing what he called a rabies vaccine (now termed an antitoxin), and in the nineteenth century vaccines were considered a matter of national prestige, and compulsory vaccination laws were passed. (Source Wikipedia)
The race was on.
The twentieth century saw the introduction of several successful vaccines, including those against diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. Major achievements included the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s and the eradication of smallpox during the 1960s and 1970s.
Maurice Hilleman was the most prolific of the developers of the vaccines in the twentieth century. As vaccines became more common, many people began taking them for granted. Unfortunately, safe vaccines remain elusive for many important diseases, including malaria and HIV.
And more importantly, the sad truth is that little attention is given to the hundreds of vaccines that are rushed through trials and approvals to the hands of nurses and doctors to be injected into a trusting public. The public remains unaware of just how many vaccines are later pulled from the shelf – months or even years later – due to “safety concerns”
For instance, debate continues in congress after years of irrefutable proof regarding the mercury in baby vaccines that many believe cause autism. Read more here.
One would hope that the medical community would have a crystal clear understanding of the disease they want to create a vaccine for – let alone the pharmaceutical companies…if the doctors don’t know, who is guiding the chemists who are designing vaccines for Lyme?
On June 4, 1999 The Center for Disease Control released a lengthy report; Recommendations for the Use of Lyme Disease Vaccine Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Over ten years ago the government was recommending a vaccine (LYMErix) when they didn’t have the first clue how the bacteria functioned in our body nor how to destroy it.
Not surprisingly, in February of 2002, less than 3 years later, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of the vaccine pulled it off the market blaming poor sales when in fact it was causing Lyme in people who had no previous symptoms and causing worsening of symptoms in those who were told it would cure them.
I think it is safe to assume that until the medical community can agree to the fundamental existence, behavior, diagnosis, treatment and cure for chronic Lyme disease, that there is not a chance that a truly safe and effective vaccine can be trusted by any pharmaceutical company – even if the government recommends it.
Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists are searching for a way to stop the spread of this horrific epidemic, from every angle possible and some look promising. We’ll keep you posted.