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Vaccine: Have we learned nothing?


VACCINE controversy is not new, and damage has been denied ever since Edward Jenner introduced the smallpox vaccine at the end of the 1700s. Fast forward to 1962 when conscientious mother Rosemary Fox took her eight-month-old daughter Helen to her GP’s surgery for her polio vaccine, thus condemning her happy, healthy baby to a lifetime of sickness and convulsions.

By 1973, 11-year-old Helen had a mental age of three, but doctors and government refused to recognise she had been damaged by the inoculation. Rosemary and 600 other families with the same experience began a campaign for vaccine damage recognition, supported by prominent MPs and scientists, which lasted 27 years and resulted in the government setting up the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS), a compensation programme for those rare cases suffering more than 60 per cent injury from vaccines.

In 1973, the government’s point of view was that the severe damage caused to some children by smallpox, polio or measles vaccinations was a small price to pay for freedom from the disease. It’s the same story we are currently hearing with Covid vaccination and have heard previously with vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV) which was blamed for seizures and paralysis; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) blamed for brain damage and heart inflammation; the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) linked with bowel disease and autism; and the swine flu vaccination that caused some cases of the neurological sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

Despite this, the BBC are still on a mission to airbrush any inconvenient vaccine truths from history. In Tuesday’s Science Storiesthey broadcast the tale of Lady Mary Montagu, an English aristocrat who in 1718 experimented on her five-year-old son Edward by scratching his leg and applying pus taken from a smallpox blister. It was the first type of vaccination, before Jenner’s 1762 cowpox version, and worked for Edward, but others who tried it became ill with the disease.

In 1883, Dr Thomas Richard Allinson, a controversial doctor and founder of Allinson’s wholemeal flour, who was eventually struck off because he shunned medicine for good diet, fresh air and exercise, tried to raise awareness of vaccine harms.

He wrote in the Vaccination Inquirer: ‘I shall not attempt to entertain you with statistics but try and inform you concerning the attitude of the medical fraternity toward this question of vaccination. In the first place, you must recollect that the medical profession is a great trade union and we stick together more closely than any other profession. 

‘If one makes a mistake, the others are ready to hide it. Many coroners are medical men, and when a case occurs that is not favourable to the profession, it is more or less dexterously slurred over.

‘Jenner introduced vaccination nearly a hundred years ago. He said – or others said for him – that people who contracted cowpox could never contract smallpox, in spite of innumerable proofs that smallpox does follow cowpox.

‘If a person be vaccinated and does not take smallpox, it is held that he has been saved from smallpox by his vaccination; but if he does take smallpox, then it is said there must have been something wrong with the virus, or some defect in its administration. In short, whatever is wrong, vaccination must be right.

‘It is forgotten that they do not possess the means of comparing the vaccinated community with an unvaccinated one. When there is no epidemic there is no smallpox, and vaccination is credited with the exemption; but when an epidemic occurs, then we discover that the vaccination previously accounted protective, is either grossly defective, or is not equal to resist smallpox of a specially virulent type.

‘The only knowledge of vaccination I had was from a medical lecture explaining the nature of the process and the usual effects that follow it. Yet so firmly was I persuaded of its efficacy, I took the opportunity of protecting myself; I vaccinated myself on the leg; but it laid me up. 

‘I had cold shivers and was thoroughly upset and had to give up work for a time. I afterwards suffered from swollen glands. It took nearly a year before the “marks” became the colour of the natural skin, and even now, if I am at all out of sorts they feel irritated. I have become an opponent of vaccination out of my own experience.

‘During the epidemic of 1871, visiting hospitals and seeing in private practice that nine-tenths of the smallpox cases had already been vaccinated. The worst case I have ever seen occurred three weeks after re-vaccination. On the other hand, I have known cases of unvaccinated persons sleeping with those suffering from the disease and not contracting it.

‘And then the money we make out of it! There is 1 shilling or 1 shilling and sixpence for each vaccination, and a bonus for good work. [Doctors in the UK currently receive £25 for every patient double jabbed with a Covid vaccination.] Then private cases—anything from say sixpence to a five-pound note. Seeing how it pays, you certainly must not go to the parties paid for disinterested advice. If you want the truth on vaccination you must go to those who are not making anything out of it.If doctors shot at the moon every time it was full as a preventive of measles and got a shilling for it, they would bring statistics to prove it was a most efficient practice, and that the population would be decimated if it were stopped.

‘Smallpox had begun to fall off last century before vaccination was heard of; and what caused it to fall off? Forms of disease prevail and disappear, replaced by other forms. What has become of the black death? What has become of the sweating sickness? Improved sanitation has done away with them; and the same agency may be credited with any reduction that may have taken place in the mortality from smallpox.’

The similarity of these words written 140 years ago and today is uncanny. If it wasn’t for ye olde language used, this could have been written by any of our growing group of doctor warriors such as Dr Jayne Donegan, whose research on vaccine harm is encyclopaedic, and Dr Sam White, recently suspended by the NHS for expressing his concerns about the covid vaccines.  

Dr Allinson, who spoke out against colleagues and government, had this advice for the public then that still resonates now: ‘My aim has been to show that you have a powerful body to fight in the medical profession. We cannot be stirred without great effort. We are a kind of Juggernaut; we have to be dragged; we will not go. Let each one take his doctor and try and instruct him. Send him the literature of the subject; he may not read it, but he may. Every little helps.’

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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