[SaneVax: Non-polio acute flaccid paralysis, clinically indistinguishable from polio, but twice as deadly. 47,500 new cases in India directly proportional to the number of polio vaccinations given? Is this another example of the medical premise ‘first do no harm’?]
As posted on ChildHealthSafety, 07 April 2012
According to a new paper published today in the April issue of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, polio vaccine appears to cause a clinically identical disease which is twice as deadly as polio and the WHO polio eradication programme should be halted: ‘Polio programme – let us declare victory and move on‘ [click title for full .pdf download] by Neetu Vashisht and Jacob Puliyel of the Department of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in Delhi [for online web version click here].
The paper records a failure to investigate NPAFP [non polio acute flacid paralysis] which is clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly. Data from India’s National Polio Surveillance Project shows the NPAFP rate increased in proportion to the number of polio vaccine doses administered. Independent studies show that children identified with NPAFP “were at more than twice the risk of dying than those with wild polio infection”.
India was polio-free in 2011, but that year there were 47500 cases of NPAFP. NPAFP has increased in incidence in areas where many doses of polio vaccine were used.
The authors report that, nationally, the NPAFP rate is now twelve times higher than expected. In the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — which have pulse polio rounds nearly every month–the NPAFP rate is 25 and 35 fold higher than the international norms.