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7/11/2007

Generation Rescue mounts high-profile campaign against over-vaccinating

An ad in Roll Call, a leading publication for congressional news and information, draws attention to a telephone survey showing that vaccinated boys had a 2.5 times higher risk of neurological disorders than unvaccinated boys, and calling for a national study to explore these disturbing results.

Generation Rescue commissioned SurveyUSA, an independent opinion research team, to interview parents in nine counties in California and Oregon. Methodology closely mirrored that used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish the national prevalence for neurological disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Based on interviews of 11,817 households, involving 17,674 children aged 4–17, data showed that all vaccinated boys, compared with unvaccinated boys, were 155% more likely to have a neurological disorder (relative risk RR 2.55); 224% more likely to have ADHD (RR 3.24; and 61% more likely to have autism (RR 1.61).

All vaccinated boys and girls, compared with unvaccinated children, were 120% more likely to have asthma (RR 2.20). No correlation was established for juvenile diabetes.

Attorney Clifford Miller writes: “This is not like a voter’s exit poll telling us there is a 3% ‘swing’ from one party to another. If we had results like this in an election poll, the party in government would be facing extinction.”

Generation Rescue writes: “For less than $200,000, we were able to complete a study that the CDC, with an $8 billion a year budget, has been unable or unwilling to do. We think the results of our survey lend credibility to the urgent need to do a larger scale study to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children for neurodevelopmental outcomes.”

Survey questions and data analysis are available at www.generationrescue.org/survey.html.

At a press conference in summer 2005, Dan Olmsted of United Press International asked CDC Director Julie Geberding whether the government has ever looked at autism rates in the unvaccinated population.

She responded: “In this country, we have very high levels of vaccination as you probably know, and I think this year we have record immunization levels among all of our children, so to (select an unvaccinated group) that on a population basis would be representative to look at incidence in that population compared to the other population would be something that could be done…. We’re careful not to jump ahead of our data, but I think we will be able to provide more accurate information in the next year or so than we’ve been able to do up to this point. And I know that is our responsibility.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has re-introduced a bill to compel the National Institutes of Health to do a study comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated populations (Dan Olmsted, Science Daily 6/26/07).

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