To all nurses planning to give the H1N1 vaccine to pregnant women - page 3

just a note for those looking to download the article. the embargo period was officially passed this morning (9/30) and the article has officially been released by neurotoxicology today, but... Read More

  1. by   Cherybaby
    Quote from CrunchRN
    Seriously y'all?

    I am not taking my practice advice from one annonymous internet nurse on this forum.

    I will weigh all info that comes out and then my practice will be dictated by the properly assigned authority in the matter.

    Oh no, wait, duh..........................sure - I will do just whatever the original poster who I never heard of told me to!:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle

    I really don't see where there is room for sarcasm on this topic. It is for an exchange of ideas and information. What you do or don't do ultimately rests with you, of course, but it couldn't possibly hurt for you to hear both sides of the argument and make an informed decision.
  2. by   ozoneranger
    Dr. Bernadine Healy is the former head of the National Institutes of Health, and the most well-known medical voice yet to break with her colleagues on the vaccine-autism question.

    In an exclusive interview with CBS News, Healy said the question is still open.

    "I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational," Healy said.

    "But public health officials have been saying they know, they've been implying to the public there's enough evidence and they know it's not causal," Attkisson said.

    "I think you can't say that," Healy said. "You can't say that."

    Healy goes on to say public health officials have intentionally avoided researching whether subsets of children are “susceptible” to vaccine side effects - afraid the answer will scare the public.

    "You're saying that public health officials have turned their back on a viable area of research largely because they're afraid of what might be found?" Attkisson asked.

    Healy said: "There is a completely expressed concern that they don't want to pursue a hypothesis because that hypothesis could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. "First of all," Healy said, "I think the public’s smarter than that. The public values vaccines. But more importantly, I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show."

    As an example, Healy points to the existing vaccine court claims.

    CBS News has learned the government has paid more than 1,300 brain injury claims in vaccine court since 1988, but is not studying those cases or tracking how many of them resulted in autism.

    The branch of the government that handles vaccine court told CBS News: “Some children who have been compensated for vaccine injuries…may ultimately end up with autism or autistic symptoms, but we do not track cases on this basis.”

    "What we’re seeing in the bulk of the population: vaccines are safe," said Healy. "But there may be this susceptible group. The fact that there is concern, that you don’t want to know that susceptible group is a real disappointment to me. If you know that susceptible group, you can save those children. If you turn your back on the notion that there is a susceptible group… what can I say?"
    Last edit by ozoneranger on Oct 3, '09