SmartVax: Weigh The Risks

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By Scott Laster, SafeMinds
July 26, 2011

SafeMinds has launched a new website, SmartVax, to change the discourse on vaccines in a manner that will create a positive environment where consumers are empowered and scientists are encouraged to pursue the necessary research on vaccine-injury and vaccine-effectiveness.  The website raises an important question: To what extent has an increase in vaccine-injuries changed the risks versus benefits of the USA vaccination program for young children?  The SmartVax website provides a Weigh The Risks analysis of the current vaccine risks versus benefits for American children which indicates that vaccine-injury risk (1 in 13 children) is currently higher than the injury risk of each disease.  The vaccine-injury risk was quantifiable for vaccine-induced asthma.  Since there were insufficient studies available to calculate other risks, this section provides discussions on the plausibility of vaccine-induced autism, vaccine-induced allergies, vaccine-induced ADHD, and vaccine-induced deaths.  The disease risk was calculated as the incremental risk to an individual child if that child is not vaccinated during ages 0 – 4 in two cases: 1) in a highly vaccinated population and 2) in a population with low vaccination rates:

WTR analysis results

The point of this analysis is not to argue against vaccination programs, since vaccines can provide valuable protection against disease injuries and deaths, but rather to dispel the unproven assumption that all existing vaccines’ benefits exceed risks in the USA today and to issue an urgent call to scientists for research to dramatically reduce vaccine-injuries. The SmartVax philosophy proposes that knowledge gained by understanding the mechanism of vaccine-injuries will lead to a smarter vaccination program that produces the best overall public health results.

Follow SmartVax on Facebook (HERE) and let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the online conversation there. If you find the information useful, please share the website information with prospective parents, family, and friends.

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