“It’s That Bad”: In an Embarrassment to Harvard and Yale, JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS and the American Academy of Pediatrics Publishes Another Great Example of Junk Science – Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy
by James Lyons Weiler
I AM CALLING ON ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS AT UNIVERSITIES AND MEDICAL CENTERS IN THE US TO MOVE TO HAVE THEIR UNIVERSITIES DROP THEIR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS UNTIL THIS INCREDIBLY FAKE STUDY IS RETRACTED. I AM CALLING ON ALL STATE UNIVERSITIES TO DO THE SAME.
You would think now that they know that the public knows that they cook vaccine safety studies, and how they do it, the people from
Immunization Safety Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington; Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, Oakland, California; Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, Oregon; Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, Wisconsin; Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, California; Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, Massachusetts; and Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, Colorado
who conducted the latest study to attempt to convince the public that TdaP vaccination during pregnancy is safe would try to either do better science, or better hide their bad science.
Instead, they stuck w/the tried and true formula: use covariates as confounders, exclude bad outcomes, do not measure fetal deaths…
Here’s the garbage study: Infant Hospitalizations and Mortality After Maternal Vaccination: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2018/02/16/peds.2017-3310.full.pdf
You won’t believe this.
I’ll start with excluding bad outcomes:
“We also excluded infants of multiple gestation pregnancies…”
NO REASON GIVEN – AND WOMEN W/MULTIPLES WILL SURELY STILL BE VACCINATED (TRANSLATIONAL FAILURE)
“infants born before 34 weeks’ gestation…”
OK. STOP. REALLY. PRE-TERM BIRTHS ARE A VERY SERIOUS CONCERN. WHAT IF TDAP USE IN PREGNANCY CAUSES PRE-TERM BIRTHS??? I’m sure pregnant women would like to know. IT GETS WORSE:
“…and infants with major birth defects because these infants are at a higher risk of hospitalization and death.”
WHA? WHAT?? INFANTS WITH MAJOR BIRTH DEFECTS??? THAT’S THE F*CKING POINT OF THE STUDY!!!! OH, AND THEY WERE JUST GETTING STARTED:
“Furthermore, we excluded all infants who died during their delivery hospitalization because cause of death in these infants is often…” [YOU HAVE THE RECORDS, HOW OFTEN??] – BUT WAIT –
‘…a perinatal complication (such as placental abruption) that would likely be unrelated to maternal vaccination”….
I’M GOING FOR MY PITCHFORK ABOUT NOW. WE KNOW THAT ISSUES WITH THE PLACENTA EXIST DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH THE UNFOLDED PROTEIN RESPONSE AND ER-STRESS, but that’s only part of the issue…
THIS IS NOT SCIENCE. CIRCULAR REASONING RULES. VACCINES ARE SAFE, SO LET’S NOT DO A VACCINATED VS. UNVACCINATED. VACCINES ARE SAFE, SO LET’S IGNORE THE DATA THAT WE HAVE ALREADY COLLECTED TO DETERMINE IF VACCINES ARE SAFE – BECAUSE VACCINES ARE SAFE.
“Additionally, infants who die during the birth hospitalization may be less likely to be enrolled in the VSD and captured in our data.”
WELL, THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH VACCINE ADVERSE EVENTS REPORTING THEN, DON’T WE???
AND THEN THIS GEM:
We also excluded infants with external causes of death (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision [ICD-10] codes S00-T98 and V00-Y98) and infants with external causes of hospitalizations (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision [ICD-9] codes 800-999, E800-E999) due to injury and poisonings because these are unlikely to result from a maternal vaccination. ICD-10 coding was not available for hospitalization diagnoses in the United States during the time of this study.
WAIT, YOU HAD ICD-10 FOR EXTERNAL CAUSES OF DEATH, BUT YOU LOST THE BOOK FOR ‘HOSPITALIZATION DIAGNOSES’???
LOOK AT THE FIGURE, THEY ALSO EXCLUDED CASES THAT HAD MULTIPLE VACCINES. YOU CAN BET THEY WON’T NOT GIVE MULTIPLE VACCINES TO PREGNANT WOMEN (TRANSLATIONAL FAILURE).
They also excluded >16,000 who had no prenatal care. Why exclude them? Oh, they didn’t take folic acid, and were not exposed to pertussis by health care workers who are silent carriers because they vaccinate against pertussis every 10 years.
THEY EXCLUDED THE UNVACCINATED.
THIS IS HARVARD? THIS IS YALE?? They should ask their faculty with their names on this garbage to request that the ‘study’ be withdrawn.
But, not to worry. The exclusion criteria were approved by…
THE US CDC.
And I never even got to the over-correction (model over-fit) and use of covariates as confounders. What’s the point?
If I were a pregnant woman, and I was offered Tdap or influenza, I’d get up and leave and find another ob/gyn. Or I’d home birth. Yikes.
And I’d leave a copy of this blog article for them.
JUNK SCIENCE KILLS.
No apologies for yelling or profanity. CDC, just stop. You’re hurting people.
JLW, allison park, pa Tuesday, March 13, 2018