Is the Tdap vaccine safe for pregnant women and their babies? That’s a really good question every single woman who gets pregnant will eventually have to face. I’ve kept my distance with my stance on this vaccine for some time, but when I saw a study in Pediatrics this month that was an embarrassment to all that is science and the good common sense of the female brain, I couldn’t keep my thoughts to myself. (Good thing I have a blog for times such as these.)
So here’s the answer:
The Tdap vaccine is ONLY safe if you’re manipulating the data in your studies, so you can deceive people into thinking that it is.
Let me show you a PRIME example of how they do this. The study I’m about to show you was done by the very educated people from Yale, Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente (<– I laughed just typing this as if the study won’t already be biased), the CDC … and the list goes on.
The study was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (a puppet for the pharmaceutical industry) and was funded by the CDC, who has major conflicts of interests with the pharmaceutical company that makes the vaccine whose safety is in question by this study. (No surprise there.) The goal of the study was to determine whether Tdap increases the risk of infant hospitalization or death in the first 6 months of life.
They performed the “study” and then EXCLUDED from their DATA the following: multiples, women with no prenatal care, the unvaccinated (which um … are your legit controls), babies missing gestational ages, premature infants, babies with birth defects, babies without hospital records, babies who died during hospitalization, babies with 16 external causes of death, babies who were hospitalized, and babies whose mothers received other live vaccines during pregnancy.
Let me break this down for you: The “researchers” excluded everything that they thought would be unlikely to be caused by maternal vaccination (based on their own subjective opinions) even though the babies were born to mothers who had been vaccinated with Tdap. Problem here?
But wait, it gets better … of the remaining babies, the study attributed all deaths to anything but the vaccine. The conclusion? Tdap is SAFE.
Why is this a problem?
- Because these “researchers” excluded all of the groups that would have changed the results of this study. (That’s 87,413 infants.)
- The women (aside from the unvaccinated) who were excluded all had the Tdap vaccine and will still be recommended the Tdap vaccine in the future based on the results of a study they were excluded from.
- All of the babies who were born prematurely, were hospitalized, or who died were also excluded. What if these babies were born prematurely, hospitalized, or died because of the Tdap vaccine?
- Of the included babies who died, none were deemed to have “laboratory confirmed” pertussis. Yet, it’s a well-known FACT that you can die from a vaccine without having the disease it’s designed to prevent. Just because a baby who died didn’t have pertussis, doesn’t mean the vaccine didn’t cause the death.
- Vaccine adverse events were under-reported.
- 4,644 babies that were included were hospitalized for a respiratory cause (which includes pertussis).
This is bad science. This isn’t even science. It’s fake science of the kind where we create a hypothesis and do whatever we have to do in order to make the data conform to it … even if it’s WRONG.
Here’s what the study should have said: Tdap is not safe. It has never been proven safe. It is not effective and has never been proven effective. It has never been properly studied, should never have been approved, and should not be pushed on any pregnant woman. Tdap causes spontaneous abortions, pre-mature births, fetal deaths, and is a class C drug.
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
It literally blows my mind how anyone could read a study like this and not face palm at least 500 times. There’s science and there’s “junk science.” We must learn to recognize the difference.