A Reminder: Merck Strategy Chief, Former Vaccine President, Former CDC Chief told CNN Vaccines Cause Autism

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Former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding.
Please note that after she left her position at the CDC, she went on to take a lucrative position as President of Merck’s Vaccine Division.

Managing Editor’s Note: We ran this post in February, 2011. It seems Jan – Mar is the PR lead up to autism “awareness month” whereby Americans must be reminded (with a hammer to the head) that vaccine injury does not happen, nor is autism association with vaccination. Dr. Paul Offit’s books debut each winter like the Groundhog wriggling out of his grotto – Offit’s goal of course is to protect vaccination while smearing autism and vaccine safety community members. This year even Autism Speaks – The Blue Bomb of autism told Americans to vaccinate their children, amidst the measles hype.

Dr. Julie Gerberding was the Head of the CDC. She left, and within a year, became President of the Vaccine Division for MERCK (makers of the MMRII and Gardasil vaccines.)  In December she received a promotion to Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health. Read that title again. “Strategic communications.” Think about the intense media hype around the 100+ cases of measles, a disease that was so common and non-threatening that TV sitcoms like The Brady Bunch and Married with Children poked fun at transmission.   Here’s some strategic communication from our John Stone – it was Dr. Gerberding who…

It wasn’t Andrew Wakefield who said vaccines cause autism Mr. Gates, it was Julie Gerberding…and she told Sanjay Gupta.

By John Stone

“Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism. “

Julie Gerberding, present head of Merck’s vaccine division speaking to Sanjay Gupta on the subject of the Hannah Poling case when she was still head of the Centers for Disease Control.

The one thing Sanjay Gupta’s interview with Bill Gates on Friday did not do was add to informed, intelligent discussion about vaccine safety. What we undoubtedly had was a commercial for Bill Gates’s global vaccine program, and the repetition of a lot of unpleasant allegations about Andrew Wakefield which do not bear examination. Perhaps the single point that he most has to answer if he wants to say that kind of thing is to explain how Wakefield could have changed data under the noses of 12 senior specialist/consultants, who then failed to say anything about it for 13 years or more, despite the continuing controversy. And by the way Gupta has to answer it too. Just because these things were claimed in a once respectable medical journal does not mean that they are remotely credible. What Gates says contradicts what Gerberding told Gupta, and what Wakefield told Gupta.  It was also not what he heard from John Poling (HERE). So Gupta should not be sitting there like a block of wood saying nothing: it leads to mistrust.

Let’s just examine briefly the implications of what Gerberding said in that interview three years ago.  According to a CDC study from 2006 (HERE) 33 out 1800 infants (nearly 2%) suffered a fever of 39.5 or higher, although there was no long term follow up. By now it is also established the mitochondrial dysfunction is a common feature in autistic children and much higher than in the general population (JAMA Mito Dysfunction in Autism, and Mitochondrial dysfunction can connect the diverse medical symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders, Novel plasma phospholipid biomarkers of autism: mitochondrial dysfunction as a putative causative mechanismMitochondrial dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders: a population-based study). Commonly adverse reactions are not monitored or investigated in any detail – it is left to families to bring legal actions – if they dare, or have the energy left. So actually we have no means of tracing the impact of vaccines on this issue. As Bernardine Healy, a former National Institute of Health director, warned on CBS news you cannot actually rule it out unless you study sub-groups (CBS News HERE).

However, despite all the obstacles the US vaccine court has paid out more than $2b on MMR and DPT related claims since 1988 (HERE), although claimants are well advised to stress neurological impairment rather than autism, which is a non-specific  psychiatric diagnosis (HuffPo HERE).

The most likely reading is that only a tiny percentage of cases ever get compensated, but even if they were the only cases Gates would be guilty of perpetuating a fairy story: on the best reading vaccines are only relatively safe, meanwhile the fact that they can cause autism has been conceded by the US government both on the legal and scientific front: a more pertinent question in the circumstances is “how often?”.

One thing I regret about Gates’s intervention is the blood libel against advocates of greater vaccine safety and caution: such events have not happened to his children so perhaps he should not really comment. Of course, it is very easy to design studies that do not find anything. Cochrane’s review of MMR sifted 5,000 studies, reviewed in detail 31 epidemiological studies (supposedly the best) and declared them to be “largely inadequate”, against which the failure to detect any connection between the vaccine and autism must be measured. The bare faced hostility manifested against ordinary citizens reporting damage is suggestive of a bullying and unscientific attitude towards facts.

Gates has for long been reckoned one of the richest men in the world, and the most successful, if not the best, manufacturer of computer software. The success, above all, has been in making sure virtually everyone has to have his products. He now seems poised to try and repeat the success with vaccines, but unless he employs a lighter hand it is unlikely to be without much human damage.

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  • Anonymous1

    Bill Gates’ vaccines? Considering how virus ridden his software tends to be/get, I would want NOTHING to do with any vaccine that idiot puts forth.

    • disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Bill Gates isn’t involved in vaccine production beyond his investments in the pharmaceutical industry, and his yearly purchases of expired vaccines to be used in his third world eugenics programs.

  • Cara

    Bill Gates belongs to a group that seeks radical population reduction of the earth. He has been video taped speaking at one of their conferences and stating that he will use “abortion, birth control and vaccines” to achieve that goal.
    Draw your own conclusions.

  • Another Thought Criminal

    Neat fact about bill gates, his dad helped found planned parenthood.

    • sharonsj

      This useless video clip does not support your claim. The first birth control clinic was founded in the 1920s by Margaret Sanger and in the 1940s it and other clinics merged to became Planned Parenthood. Bill and Melinda Gates (not his father) are donors. Neat fact: you will believe anything that fits your delusional world view.

      • Another Thought Criminal

        Sorry you don’t know how to find information yourself; direct quote from bill gates on Bill Moyers; Gates answered, “When I was growing up, my parents were always involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood.”

        Here’s a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ6mjx4J7dM

        I’m sorry you can’t find out any information for yourself. But I guess that helps you from having any views; delusional or not.

        • disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Do you believe everything that King Bill says?

      • disqus_3BrONUAJno

        If not for delusional world views, some people would be hopelessly autistic.

    • disqus_3BrONUAJno

      He headed it. That’s difference from founding it.

      • Another Thought Criminal

        Helped found it. The guy’s died of old age, when do you think he was running it? I sent you the quick little 30 second clip because you complained the video didn’t back up the statement of him founding planned parenthood; that only his kid was involved. I knew they weren’t related. The point is that the gates’ family has been involved in wanting to kill people off for generations. william h gates sr. was big involved in the eugenics programs. His dad was a banker and the gates are insiders with the rockefellers. They want the world for themselves. If bill gates cared about people’s carbon footprints, why is his 10,000 times higher than the average American?

        Anyway, again, you can find this info out yourself if you really care.

        • disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Having worked in the media, I understand why anything from them, by itself, constitutes hearsay.
          It is obvious that Bill and Melinda Gates are dedicated eugenicists.

  • disqus_3BrONUAJno

    This is another one of those EXTREMELY annoying pseudovideos.
    Some geek needs to set up a website for all of these to go onto so they don’t test our patience and waste our time.