Dr. Kiki's Science Hour 38

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Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
Episode 38


Dr. Greg Poland, Director, Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic

This group conducts NIH-funded research investigating the immunogenetics of vaccine response, and also conducts clinical studies of novel vaccines and adjuvants in adults and children.

Dr. Gregory Poland is both a warrior and a healer. A world-renowned expert at designing vaccines to prevent infectious diseases, Dr. Poland embraces the warrior within to inspire and support the healer. He came to Mayo Clinic in 1988 because he felt that it was the medical center that fully understood and encouraged his work.

"I was born into a Marine Corps family, and I spent my childhood growing up on military bases. As I went through medical school and residency, I knew right then and there that the warrior I was meant to be was the warrior taking on infectious diseases, to prevent them—because I just have a really hard time with death.

Unwarranted death, the unexpected death.""Treatment is after the battle; it is taking care of the wounded. The battle is preventing infectious diseases," he says. "From a medical maneuver point of view, vaccines are the only thing that we do to every human being on the planet. We go to the remotest areas and we give people multiple vaccines. In our lifetimes, we will each receive 30 to 40 vaccines. What else is like that in all of medicine or science?"


How To Build A Better Vaccine

Immunization (vaccination) is a way to trigger your immune system and prevent serious, life-threatening diseases.

Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine can be licensed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness. However, like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects.

Myths and misinformation about vaccine safety can confuse parents who are trying to make sound decisions about their children's health care.Vaccination is a common, memorable event, and association of events in time often signals cause and effect. While some of the sickness or reactions that follow vaccination may be caused by the vaccine, many are unrelated events that occur by coincidence after vaccination. Therefore, the scientific research that attempts to distinguish true vaccine adverse events from unrelated, chance occurrence is important.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Vaccine

From 2 to 4 months old, babies begin their primary course of vaccinations. This is also the peak age for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The timing of these two events has led some people to believe they might be related. However, studies have concluded that vaccinations are not a risk factor for SIDS.

With babies receiving multiple doses of vaccines during their first year of life and SIDS being the leading cause of death in babies between one month and one year of age, CDC has led research studies to look for possible linkages. Results from studies below and continued monitoring reassure us about the safety of vaccines

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on Immunization Safety Review:

Vaccination and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy in 2003. The committee reviewed epidemiologic evidence focusing on SIDS, all sudden unexpected death in infancy, and neonatal death (infant death, whether sudden or not, during the first 4 weeks of life). The committee also looked for possible relationships between SIDS and the individual vaccines diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell pertussis (DTwP), DTaP, HepB, Hib, and polio; and specific combinations of vaccines. The committee did not find enough evidence to show vaccines cause SIDS.

Many parents would prefer to postpone the vaccination of their babies until these are older, by fear that their young immune system would be too weak or overwhelmed by the vaccines. In contrast, pediatricians insist that babies should be immunized as rapidly as possible after birth against the most dreadful microbes causing bacterial meningitis or whooping cough. These infections can cause irreversible damage or even kill the children.

During their first three months in life, newborns are protected by antibodies from their mothers’ blood. There is a lack of protection between three months and 24 months, when the immune systeme is fully developed. During this time, the children are extremely susceptible for infections, which indicate the urgent need for an early immunization.

The Other Side

SafeMinds has established the link between mercury and autism through the landmark paper, "Autism, A Novel Form of Mercury Poisoning." SafeMinds is the driving force pushing forward science that links environmental factors, such as mercury, to autism.


Our mission is to promote public awareness of the fundamental issues concerning the vaccination controversy. These issues concern the ethical as well as the scientific premises upon which mandated vaccine policy is predicated.

Researchers familiar with the biomechanics/effects of both adverse effects of vaccination and the symptoms that describe SBS note that within a period of approximately 12 days, the interactions of highly potent vaccines given in combination may bring about brain edema, hypercoagulability of the blood, and inflammation of blood vessels. These reactions, in turn, result in a shearing effect on subdural blood vessels and subdural hematomas, which mimick what is now thought to be Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Other facts of interest in this matter include

Vaccines like pertussis are actually used to induce encephalitis in laboratory animals.

There are thousands of pages of data on individual lots and "hot-lots" reported to VAERS. Vaccine reactions and injury are chronically under-reported. Less than 10% of events are reported to VAERS.

Shaken Baby Syndrome was not reported until 1974. Prior to 1970, vaccines were not routinely given or mandated.

After a 1979 Tennessee incident where numerous babies suffered severe reactions and death in association with a "hot-lot", vaccine manufacturers altered their distribution practices of vaccine lots by not allowing one lot to be geographically specific, or "clustered", thereby avoiding public notice when a lot becomes "hot".


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