Readers respond to "Saving Juju"

In a sea of fear-based, magical thinking regarding vaccine safety, your article was breath of fresh air.

Comment by Pareidolius
from Santa Rosa

It is long past time for public health officials to support pending federal legislation that seeks to fund a scientific, independent study of "vaccinated vs. unvaccinated" populations to ascertain, once and for all, if both populations have suffered the same inexplicable increase in chronic autoimmune disorders.

It defies common sense that public health officials have not yet done this study...especially if their vaccines are as safe and harmless as they insist they are.

Comment by Bob Moffitt
from Sloatsburg, New York

How many scientific studies will be enough to convince parents that autism is not caused by vaccines? There is not an unlimited pot of gold out there to conduct research for autism causes, and we have spent more than enough on a witch hunt begun by Andrew Wakefield based on faulty data and perpetuated by washed-up ex-Playboy models. How can anyone advocate for a large study of unvaccinated children...who on earth is crazy enough to think that thousands of children should be placed at risk of serious diseases by remaining unvaccinated? Dozens of credible studies have been conducted on the vaccine/autism connection—all of which deem that vaccines are safe. Enough is enough—children are not indispensible!

Comment by sarah jane
from watertown

It never ceases to amaze me that a clear case of a doctor's failure to diagnose Haemophilous influenzae (Hi) of any serotype at an early stage and the concomitant harm caused to the child is somehow the undocumented failure of some other unidentified specific individual or individuals to vaccinate their children, even in cases like the lead one in this story, where no linkage can be established.

Had the doctor initially properly tested for evidence of bacterial infection and the specific organism, then early intervention with the appropriate antibiotic would have probably resulted in a speedy recovery of the child.

Yet all the blame and focus is on a witch hunt against those who rightly hold that they have the right to decide which vaccines, if any, their children receive and when, if ever, they receive them.

Moreover, the article spends almost no time discussing the article's title, "Rare Hib disease increases in Minnesota," but does attempt to lay the blame for the medical malpractice that Brendalee Flint initially received not at the initial treating physician's door where it apparently belongs but rather at the door of some unidentified and unidentifiable group ("the anti-vaccine movement").

Factually, there is no "anti-vaccine movement" in Minnesota—if there were such, then, like the real and identifiable anti-abortion movement, at a minimum, there would be groups of people picketing every major pediatric practice in Minnesota—and there appear to be none.

Thus, the "the anti-vaccine movement" is just another straw man designed to deflect public attention from the very real problem that our current vaccines are, as a group, neither safe enough, nor effective enough, nor, in almost every case, truly cost-effective enough, and the medical establishment, public health officials, the government, and the vaccine makers are quite content with these realities.

This article is simply propagandistic yellow journalism.

Comment by Paul G. King, PhD
from Lake Hiawatha

I don't understand the gist of this article anyway. Why blame the parents who believe there is a connection between vaccines and autism, when the child in this article was vaccinated and the vaccine was tainted? It makes no sense.

Comment by Maurine Meleck
from SC

My sympathies, but my guess is that this child was vaccinated and this is what ultimately killed her—not the "super HIB mysterious bug." Vaccines weaken your immune system. Had this child not been previously vaccinated for other things, she would probably still be alive today.

Comment by Dawn
from Quincy

First off, I would like to start by saying that some people who have written in have had some valid points, and some not so much. I don't think people have taken the time read the whole article: Juju is doing well and still alive! Another point is that the doctor never misdiagnosed Juju—Juju's mom had only talked to the nurse on the phone before she brought Juju into the ER. This is my niece, and I feel that before you make a comment you should really read the whole article!

Comment by ronica