Every pediatrician knows that medications may affect each child differently; every child is unique and a knowledgeable doctor will offer medical treatment in accordance with that truth. Yet, when it comes to vaccines, most doctors adhere unwaveringly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) schedule despite any individual genetic differences and reactions that the child may have had to a previous vaccine.
This was not always the case. “In fact, for the first 40 years that pertussis vaccine was given to children in the DPT shot, pediatricians were told: ‘Do not give more pertussis vaccine to children, who develop seizures within 72 hours of a DPT vaccination.’ Convulsions were an absolute contraindication to more DPT shots …”
In 1986, Congress passed a law shielding doctors and vaccine manufacturers from all lawsuits from any vaccine reactions, injuries or deaths. And, information came out from medical associations that vaccine reactions, like seizures, were acceptable and normal. Even for children who had reactions to previous vaccines, doctors believed the schedule should still be followed and parents should not question it.
As you may have heard by now, a documentary about vaccines entitled “Vaxxed” has been playing in theaters across the country. It gained notoriety after it was de-selected from both the Tribeca Film Festival and the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. (At the end of this post you can watch the trailer and find links to where you can watch the full documentary.)
Ten years later, Dr. Thompson set out to reveal the truth about what he and the CDC did stating:
“Oh my god. I cannot believe what we did. But we did.”
After Robert De Niro publicly announced that the film had been chosen, Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Tribeca Enterprises’ Executive Vice President Paula Weinstein called the distributor to say they were pulling the film from the slate because “they had ‘issues’ with the content of the film.” When Rosenthal and Weinstein were offered documentation and access to the filmmakers to get clarification on whatever issue they might have, no specific request or answer was given as to what those issues were.
The film was also removed from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival’s line-up after Houston government officials contacted every major sponsor of the Festival and threatened “severe action against the festival if they showed it …
[costing them] … more than $100,000 in grants.” It was “the first and only time [that government officials] have ever called in 49 years.”
The Whistleblower: CDC Senior Scientist
“Vaxxed” documents the confession by Dr. William Thompson, senior scientist at the CDC, that his co-workers, supervisors and others in the upper echelons of the CDC led him to manipulate the findings of a study that was conducted to determine if there was a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. The study found that there definitely was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and he was pressured to change the data to hide that conclusion. Ironically, the study then became one of the most cited studies to back up the claim that there was no link to autism. Ten years later, Dr. Thompson set out to reveal the truth about what he and the CDC did stating: “Oh my god. I cannot believe what we did. But we did.”
“Let’s Find Out The Truth”
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) runs a listserv group email list consisting “of more than 100 prominent individuals and science research bodies.” Right after it was announced that Tribeca would screen “Vaxxed,” the listserv was used to arrange conference calls among “top scientists across the country to discuss how to respond [to the showing of the documentary]. Leading figures in the documentary world were also enlisted to add their objection to the showing.” According to Alison Singer, a member of the IAC listserv, the goal is to quash any attempt that “allows people to think that there’s something still to be discussed.”
Many who are now calling for a public discussion about vaccine safety originally held to that same belief – that there was not anything left to discuss. They did not see any need to do their own research, they trusted their pediatrician implicitly – because they were not aware of any reason to do or think otherwise. It was what they experienced that compelled them to dig deeper. “Vaxxed” interviews these individuals: scientists who have conducted their own extensive research; doctors who have witnessed reactions in their practice; and parents who vaccinated without question, only to watch their own child’s life-threatening reaction or regression into autism following vaccination. Robert DeNiro, who has shared that his wife attributes their son’s regression into autism to the MMR vaccine, is one of these parents and has been vocal about the need to have an open and honest discussion about vaccine safety. In a Today interview he said, “Let’s find out the truth. Let’s just find out the truth.”
In the last five years, several documentaries have been released highlighting the kind of information that the IAC listserv wants to discredit: “The Greater Good”, “Bought”, “Trace Amounts” and soon to be released, “Man-Made Epidemic.” These documentaries present information about vaccines that the mainstream media does not make available. “Vaxxed” adds to this conversation and prompts the audience to ask:
- Why did the CDC force one of its senior scientists to commit fraud and manipulate data to hide the conclusion that the MMR vaccine is linked to a higher incidence of autism?
- Why has there not been a full investigation by the US government of the CDC when there is a whistleblower?
- Why has there never been a study on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children?
- Why has there never been a study on the effects of administering multiple vaccines at one time?
- Why is a documentary being censored in the United States of America?
A Pediatrician’s Viewpoint
Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is a pediatric neurologist who treats many children with autism and other devastating developmental disabilities. She recently saw “Vaxxed” because “it is important to continually educate myself around these issues, no matter how uncomfortable or untouchable the topics may be.” In her review, she concludes, “It should be of great concern to each of us, including doctors, whether the CDC conducts and publishes reliable, unbiased science, because every doctor in the United States relies heavily on CDC data and recommendations to guide their practices.”
There are many ways to watch “Vaxxed.”
- Rent a 48-hour digital stream for $3.99
- Watch it on iTunes
- Purchase the DVD for $24.95
- Watch it at a theater near you
- Bring it to a theater near you via via Gathr, a Theatrical On Demand service.
Note: We’ve received reports that some online ticket purchasing sites have indicated days and times as being SOLD OUT, but seats were still available. To make sure, please call the theater directly.