Nurse Congressional Testimony
on Hepatitis B Vaccine
Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources
of the Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
B VACCINE HEARINGS SCHOOL NURSE PERSPECTIVE
by Patti White, RN, May 17, 1999
and Members of the Subcommittee:
a school nursing perspective for the congressional hearings to be
held on May 18, 1999 regarding the safety of the hepatitis B vaccine
that is being mandated for newborns and now older children in America.
We ask you to please consider the following information and submit
it into the congressional testimony. As nurses we continually see
more and more damaged children entering our schools, and we are
very concerned that a major portion of that damage may be due to
the hepatitis B vaccine's assault on the newborn neurological and
is Patti White, R.N. I am a registered professional nurse and the
district health services coordinator for a multi-school district.
I am writing on behalf of the school nurses in our district. We
have very grave concerns about the hepatitis B vaccine.
past three or four years our school district has noted a significant
increase in the number of children entering school with developmental
disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and/or
serious chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma and seizure disorders.
Each of the past four years has been worse than the year before.
There is only one common thread we have been able to identify in
these children: they are the children who received the first trial
hepatitis B injections as newborns in the early 1990s.
As the hepatitis
B compliance rate in newborns has gone up in our community, so has
the percentage of damaged children. This is very alarming. Because
of having so many damaged children we have tried to find the long-term
clinical trials that ruled this vaccine "safe and effective". We
discovered through an exhaustive Medline search that the FDA based
its decision to approve hepatitis B vaccine for administration in
the first hours of a newborn baby's life upon clinical trials and
upon post-marketing surveillance studies in which patients and their
doctors were asked to report any adverse effects they noticed within
4-5 days after each injection [4 days for SmithKline, 5 days for
being reported in increasing numbers as occurring after hepatitis
B vaccination appear to be autoimmune and neurological in origin.
Such problems take weeks to months to produce noticeable symptoms,
and cannot be spotted in a 4-5 day observation period. These are
the only clinical studies that have been done by Merck or SmithKline.
There is not one long-term study that we could find.
and FDA have no idea what the long-term effects will be on the newly
developing neurological and immune systems of the infants who are
injected with this vaccine. They seem to only be concerned with
denying the connection between these damaged children and the hepatitis
B shot they received within a few hours of birth. The CDC even admits
the lack of study and states they do not even know how long the
vaccine will be effective. We found this amazing since the vaccine
was developed for a population at risk for hepatitis B: IV drug
users, high-risk medical professionals and those who are involved
in high risk sexual practices.
(before mass immunizations began), the USA had the third lowest
infant mortality rate in the world. By 1986, the USA dropped to
17th place. In 1995 the USA dropped to 23rd and now the USA has
dropped to the appalling position of 24th in the health of its children.
But the USA is now first in vaccine compliance through government
grades are overwhelmed with children who have symptoms of neurological
and/or immune system damage: epilepsy, seizure disorders, various
kinds of palsies, autism, mental retardation, learning disabilities,
juvenile-onset diabetes, asthma, vision /hearing loss, and a multitude
of new conduct/behavior disorders.
come to believe the hepatitis B vaccine is an assault on a newborns
developing neurological and immune system. Vaccines are supposed
to be making us healthier, however, in twenty-five years of nursing
I have never seen so many damaged, sick kids. Something very, very
wrong is happening to our children. The census of ill children treated
in our health rooms each day has increased by 300% in only four
In our last
school nurse meeting we discussed whether the combination of so
many vaccines/viruses at one time (hepatitis B vaccine at the same
time of the DPT, OPV or MMR) is causing the infant's immune system
to be overwhelmed and unable to mount a sufficient defense response.
We are advocating clinical studies to determine: Is the combination
of all these viruses at one time an assault on an infant's immune
and neurological system that increases the chances for adverse reaction
AND what are the long-term neurological and immune system responses
to these vaccines. We are all continuing to research this issue
and will be happy to share the many resources we have found with
you. I hope you will do the same as you open up this issue.
talked many times about the possible cause(s) of the continuing
increase in pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), such as autism.
From the literature we have found, we should expect a rate for PDD
of about 2-5 in 10,000. In our community the rate in 1st and 2nd
grade is about 1 in 150 and in kindergarten, 1 in 100.
nurses, we have had many parents calling and asking how they can
exempt their children from the hepatitis B vaccination (HPB). Many
of them have spent long hours in study and research perplexed over
this issue. For the past six months we have been studying documents,
books and research articles published by internationally respected
doctors and scientists that cause us grave concern. You must understand
that we began this study to reassure our parents and show them the
truth about how safe vaccines are.
our sincere, honest, dedicated study has caused a complete reversal
of our once strongly held beliefs. Instead of being able to reassure
the parents, we have found ourselves being drawn deeper and deeper
into this unbelievable controversy over vaccines that is raging
among physicians, scientists, researchers, parents, and the government.
We pray you will have the courage to shine the light on this controversy
through these hepatitis B hearings.
own experience with the hepatitis B vaccine made me much more open-minded
to the information we have been receiving from parents, teachers
and other nurses in our community. I personally have had to research
this on my own to determine if I have been enforcing a policy that
is actually harming more children than it will ever help. I have
spent countless hours reading books, vaccine-hearing testimony,
research papers, medical journal articles and Internet web-sites
from around the world. I did not come to my decision easily or lightly,
I assure you. Twenty-five years of total belief in something does
not shake that easily.
I have repeated
the well-rehearsed refrain "Be Wise; Immunize" thousands of times
during those years and reassured countless parents that they were
doing the right thing by vaccinating their precious children . .
. even the ones who came to me with serious doubts and reservations.
I will now have to live with that.
We are all
now faced with a moral dilemma: will we protect the "sacred cow
of conventional vaccine philosophy" or will we stand up and speak
out for the "health and well being of innocent children"? We choose
children. We wonder, which will our government choose?
the hepatitis B vaccine was developed for those at risk of disease,
including IV drug users and sexually promiscuous individuals, efforts
to require administration of the vaccine to most, if not all of
the U.S. population is very controversial. The increasing number
of adverse reaction reports connected with this vaccine exacerbates
the controversy. The controversy stems to a great extent from our
lack of understanding of the mechanisms of the immune response to
the hepatitis B surface antigen and lack of long term follow-up
of individuals who have received the vaccine. In a January 27, 1999
press release, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) released
figures which show that the number of hepatitis B vaccine-associated
serious adverse event and death reports in American children under
the age of 14 outnumber the reported cases of hepatitis B disease.
research we discovered a copy of the grant proposal submitted recently
to the National Institute of Health by Dr. B. S. Dunbar, who has
worked in autoimmunity and vaccine development for over twenty years
and was honored two years ago by the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Dunbar is working with a team of veteran vaccine researchers
from all over the world. Their grant is requested for the purpose
of studying the hypothesis that: hepatitis B recombinant vaccine
does cause adverse autoimmune reactions in genetically susceptible
individuals. This study will also provide new insights into the
predictability of determining adverse side effects of the hepatitis
B vaccine in individuals at risk as related to their histocompatability
subtypes. Their study of auto-immune diseases/symptoms caused by
the hepatitis B vaccine include: lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid
arthritis, vascular disorders, Guillain Barre syndrome, demyelinating
disorders such as optic neuritis (blindness), Bell's palsy, demyelinating
neuropathy (multiple developmental disorders), multiple sclerosis,
diabetes mellitus and chronic fatigue syndrome to mention the most
of internationally respected vaccine researchers headed up by Dr.
Dunbar also point out that, "The studies (for the approval of HPB)
were not designed to assess serious, rare adverse events; the total
number of recipients were too small; and the follow-up was too short
to detect rare or delayed, serious, adverse reactions." Finally
they point out that "overall the number of examples of adverse neurologic
outcomes following receipt of hepatitis B vaccine are of concern,
particularly those resulting in demyelinating neurologic disease."
"In view of these observations. . . it is medically crucial to evaluate
the nature of the autoimmune reactions (i.e. risks) associated with
the hepatitis B vaccine and to determine if individuals who will
have these adverse reactions can be identified in advance of receiving
the vaccine". There are critical questions that must be addressed
to establish the risk/benefit of the current hepatitis B vaccines
in the United States. These questions are particularly important
in view of recent mandates to vaccinate all children including newborn
have called for a moratorium on hepatitis B vaccination until some
of these questions can be answered adequately. The NVIC reported
"Newborn babies are dying shortly after their shots and their deaths
are being written off as sudden infant death syndrome. Parents should
have the right to give their informed consent to vaccination and
Congress should give emergency, priority funding to independent
scientists, who can take an unbiased look at this vaccine, instead
of leaving the search for truth in the hands of government officials
who have already decided to force every child to get the vaccine".
We agree completely. The NVIC can be contacted at http://www.909shot.com
for further information.
school district's confidential health statistics show at least 20%
of our children (K-3) have significant neurological damage and/or
chronic illness. The last three years have shown an acceleration
in the numbers of children who are entering our schools with these
"developmental disorders". (Could these be the same infants who
received the first trial doses of hepatitis B as only a few hour-old
newborns?) As school nurses, working with these damaged children
on a daily basis, we pray this is not true. If it is, the ramification
to this generation of children is unthinkable!
not pause, call for a moratorium on these poorly tested, rapidly
approved vaccines, and allow independent American physicians and
researchers to study them before blindly injecting an experimental
vaccine into an entire generation? (We have found the only ones
declaring the vaccine's safety are the ones who are making millions
of dollars from its sales, whose employment depends on it or the
ones being supported by the drug companies vast number of grants
and fundings. The independent researchers seem to be coming up with
an entirely different report.)
producers have nothing to lose since our U.S. Congress has made
them immune from responsibility or liability for injuries caused
from their vaccines. The push is on for them to create more and
more vaccines. There are huge amounts of money being made by these
people who no longer worry about the consequences of their inadequate
clinical trials. The United States government has had to pay out
nearly a billion dollars in damages to families who can prove their
children have been damaged or killed by vaccines, and there are
thousands more cases pending.
as medical professionals, that we are doing a great disservice to
our country by forcing government mandated vaccines on all children.
Please research this and we pray you have the courage to speak out
and tell the nation what you find.
Patti White, RN
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