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Stop unnecessary vaccination: eminent doctors, scientists to the PM

There have been 76 deaths till August 2014 from Pentavalent vaccination. This is unacceptable and the PMO must intervene and stop this unwarranted vaccination, instead of promoting it, says a letter sent by a group of academicians, practitioners and teachers of pediatrics and public health

 

Several eminent doctors and scientists have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's immediate intervention to stop unwarranted vaccination in public interest.

 

Highlighting the recent deaths of young children following Pentavalent vaccination (76 deaths till August 2014), the letter sent to the PM says, "We request this note from us may please be taken on record since the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has itself been involved in pronouncements of vaccine initiatives in the past few months. We feel it is our responsibility to place these scientific facts before the PMO so that it is aware of the facts and so that urgent and appropriate action may be initiated by you to direct the Ministry of Health to act in public interest and in accordance with basic precautionary principles. We hope we will receive an action taken report in the next two weeks".

The letter is signed by Prof Dr BM Hegde, former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr Vikas Bajpai from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Amitav Banerjee, Professor for Community Medicine at Dr DY Patil Medical College, Dr JP Dadhich, Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Arun Gupta, Paediatrician and Member of the PM's Council on India's Nutrition Challenges, Prof SK Mittal, former Professor of Pediatrics, MAMC and Head of Paediatrics at Pushapanjali Crosslay Hospital, Prof Ritu Priya, Prof at Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Dr Jacon Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, Prof S Srinivasan, former Director-Professor of Pediatrics, JIPMER and Prof KP Kushwaha, Principal and Dean of BRD Medical College.

"Expensive vaccines that have little utility are being rolled out without monitoring benefits or harms and which are causing deaths and serious adverse effects. As a result, in spite of official attempts at denial, the public are losing trust in the entire immunization programme. We, a group of academicians, practitioners and teachers of pediatrics and public health would like to draw your attention to the pattern of adverse events and deaths from the newly introduced Pentavalent Vaccine (DPT+ Hib + Hep B vaccine) which is proposed to be rolled out nationwide as a government policy," the letter says.

Alleging global pressure to roll out vaccination drives, the letter says, "We are aware that there is global pressure from international organisations and donors. These very international organisations have ensured that even the protocol used to investigate the deaths have now been changed so the deaths can be ignored."      


According to the letter, every few days one more child dies after receiving the Pentavalent vaccine.  


The Deccan Herald of 22 August 2014 reported two more deaths from Haryana with the Pentavalent vaccine. Last week it was a death in Ujjain. Today’s newspaper (Nai Dunia, Indore) reports a death in Shivpuri (MP). Yet as these deaths mount, it has been announced that Pentavalent vaccine is to be introduced in three more states. Already as per RTI reply there have been 76 deaths in India till August 2014 from Pentavalent adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
 
It says vaccines are a public health measure to prevent serious disease and deaths. That is how a common man perceives the role of a vaccine. Therefore, deaths in healthy children from vaccines are not acceptable. These deaths have become so frequent that in Tamil Nadu, in spite of official denials, people have stopped going for vaccination and the immunization uptake has fallen by 25% in the last 4 years. According to the District Level Household Survey – DLHS 4: 2012-13 (https://nrhm-mis.nic.in/SitePages/DLHS-4.aspx) immunization coverage across districts in Tamil Nadu, with over 85% full immunization (DLHS–3:2007-08) has fallen to 56%. At the same time, a study on Hepatitis B vaccine (now included in the Pentavalent vaccine) published in the latest issue of the journal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Indian Pediatrics shows the vaccine does not protect babies from infection, it added.

Here is the letter sent to the PMO...

 


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COMMENTS

Dr. Rakesh Goyal

2 years ago

This is published in NY Times -
‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/...

From the article -

These infants are born with bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics, and more than 58,000 died last year as a result, a recent study found.

Simple Indian

2 years ago

with the Medical Council of India (MCI) itself mired in various controversies, it can hardly be expected to take a bold decision in this matter. Besides, the record of self-regulating institutions in India is abysmal, to say the least. Malpractices and unethical practices by doctors has made medical practice lose its once revered status. Like teachers, doctors commanded respect but thanks to commercial considerations overshadowing their professional ethics/commitments, both these professions have become extremely business-oriented, rather than service-oriented.

Deepak Mahulkar

2 years ago

The reason for death perticularly in malnurished society is due to many reasons. Is it proved with lot of research that death reported above are due to preventive medicines?

Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Wish a speedy fully evaluated decision soon for India specially. Good luck team Prof Hegde

Peter Menon

2 years ago

76 deaths is 76 deaths too many. Nonetheless a pertinent question. Does anyone know exactly how many infants have undergone vaccination ? Another question - is there any conclusive proof that the vaccinations caused the deaths? Yet another question - do we know how much sickness and death is prevented by Vaccinations?

Surely till we know the answers to these questions it would be impetuous to conclude that vaccinations are bad and need to be stopped.

M S Prabhakar

2 years ago

It's very important that we:

1. Believe in evidence-based medicine (EVM) and hard facts;

2. Don't believe in dangerous half-truths and total nonsense.

It's all the more important because innocent, voiceless children are involved.

UNICEF/ WHO has researched extensively on this controversy and has published an excellent booklet for common folks (Download from: http://www.searo.who.int/india/topics/ro... )

REPLY

Jagannath Chatterjee

In Reply to M S Prabhakar 2 years ago

Are the WHO and UNICEF free from conflict of interest? If they were vaccines would have been discontinued ages ago.

M S Prabhakar

In Reply to Jagannath Chatterjee 2 years ago

Why do you ask me if WHO and UNICEF are free from conflict of interest? I don't represent them. India is a permanent member of the UN and according to information available from UN secretariat (see http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp... ), India's 2014 share of UN general budget is $18.8+ Million, which, as you know is paid by taxpayers like me. In return, we get services like the one I've cited in my original comment. As an ordinary Indian, I expect these studies to be unbiased and free from conflicts of interest. If you have reason to believe that WHO and UNICEF studies are biased with undisclosed conflicts of interest, it's a big scandal. You need to place the facts (undisclosed conflicts of interest) in public domain. Don't throw isolated pieces of research data that suit a particular hypothesis. Evidence-Based Medicine is based on modern science, probability, stochastics and statistics and is the best healthcare tool available since the evolution of modern western medicine.

Jagannath Chatterjee

In Reply to M S Prabhakar 2 years ago

Here is a link to my article on 'polio eradication' in India. As a group we are yet to get definitive answers from the WHO and UNICEF. And please let us stop talking about evidence based medicine in this era of large scale data and disclosure corruption. http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/in...

Notoevms Admin

2 years ago

Please see links in http://vran.org/health-risks/ (Vaccine Risk Awareness Network) for information on vaccine risks

Vijayabhaskar Pulla

2 years ago

How many deaths have been investigated to establish deaths of every infant thoroughly? It is also observed HiB reduced the incidence of pneumonia drastically atlas in UK from my practice i can say and there is evidence for it. The SIDS is well known cause of death unfortunately there is no cause we can find at least they must have been investigated by post mortem and thorough investigation to conclude the cause as vaccination. It would be dangerous to blame vaccinations when we have data from all over the world and scaring people about vaccination and thus bringing down the uptake. Remember the vaccination and autism scare with MMR which led to rise in measles because of the reduced uptake which was proved otherwise. The only way we can say whether it harmful or not is by thorough research to prove conclusively and research peer reviewed to conclude on recommending non usage.

REPLY

Jagannath Chatterjee

In Reply to Vijayabhaskar Pulla 2 years ago

It is strange that you cite the vaccine-autism link to champion the cause of vaccines. Dr Wakefield's findings in the form of a case study has been confirmed by more than 30 studies (including one in Pediatrics). The London based tabloid newspaper that instigated the case against Wakefield has subsequently been embroiled in a well publicized scandal and has been closed down. It is also well known now that the case against Wakefield was a pharma-politician killing to save the skins of prominent politicians. Subsequently ALL the CDC major studies disproving the vaccine-autism link have been exposed to be shams. People advocating vaccines have a lot of explaining to do and must be held accountable for their irresponsible behaviour and for harm to countless children all over the globe.

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