Vaccine opposition in Estonia is on the rise. The Republic of Estonia has only 1.3 million inhabitants but hundreds, if not thousands, of Estonian parents, are now expressing concerns and voicing vaccine opposition.
The concern is not over all vaccines, per se, but over the safety and necessity of the current vaccine recommendations in Estonia.
Over the last few years, Estonians have become more aware of vaccine side effects. According to Estonian news, nearly half of school-age children are not fully vaccinated.
To shed light on vaccine opposition, vaccine safety, and safe vaccination, a beloved TV journalist and mom, Carmen Pritson, has been working with the Estonian non-profit organization, Parents of Vaccine Injured Children, to produce a series called “Openly and Honestly about Your Health.”
Watch the trailer:
I was interviewed via Zoom by TV journalist Carmen Pritson.
She asked me questions about children’s health, vaccine opposition, vaccine safety, and safe vaccination. We talked about the rise in C-section birth (Pritson has had two), the way the medical system derails women from achieving their breastfeeding goals, and why certain vaccine recommendations are not promoting children’s health and well being.
Pritson began the interview by admitting that she had no idea that vaccine opposition and vaccine safety concerns were such controversial topics. In a country that prides itself on openness, the series has already been subjected to censorship.
“I am not anti-vaccine and I am not pro-vaccine. I’m just interested in learning more than our family doctors can tell us,” Pritson explains.
Is there anything valid about vaccine opposition?
Pritson used to vaccinate herself and her family against the flu. But she and her children got influenza nonetheless. So in the last two years, she’s realized a flu vaccine may not be necessary.
She was astonished to realize that once her family stopped doing the flu vaccine everyone was much healthier.
Indeed, influenza vaccine efficacy varies greatly from year to year. During the 2017-2018 season, the vaccine was only 38 percent efficacious.
These numbers are discouraging. And research done in Canada suggests that getting the flu vaccine more than one year in a row results in lowered protection against the flu. This finding has been seen in earlier studies. It may be the main reason for the high rates of flu vaccine refusal among medical professionals.
Though Pritson and her team told me there is a strong push to give pregnant women vaccines, in Estonia pregnant women do not receive any vaccines. In America, by contrast, most pregnant women get three: a vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and—if the pregnancy spans more than one flu season—two influenza vaccines.
As I said in the interview, and as Cindy Schneider, M.D., also explains in this article, giving pregnant women vaccines can provoke a dangerous inflammatory response.
“Millions of women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant in the near future now face the annual decision of whether or not to receive a flu shot. This is not a decision that should be made without careful consideration of the new data available,” Schneider writes.
“While intended to protect pregnant women and their babies, influenza vaccines may inadvertently be doing more harm than good.”
Estonians concerned about over-vaccination
Even the most staunch defenders of the current vaccine recommendations acknowledge that there are risks involved with vaccines. The Supreme Court argued in 2010 and ruled in 2011 that vaccine side effects are sometimes “unavoidable.”
Vaccine opposition in Estonia and around the world comes from this fact: Even when necessary and used properly, vaccines can be unavoidably unsafe for some children and adults.
The dangers posed by over-vaccination are not necessarily immediate. Vaccine injury can be cumulative and happen over several years.
As independent researcher Neil Z. Miller explores in his excellent book, Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies, and as my co-author, Paul Thomas, M.D., and I explore in some detail in our book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, there is high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific research linking vaccines as a causative factor in brain and immune damage, including encephalitis, encephalopathy, and auto-immune disorders.
Pritson herself has first-hand experience with vaccine-induced injuries. Her good friend’s daughter became autistic after vaccination.
Present at the birth, Pritson spent a lot of time with the baby during her first months. She was “a curious girl with very clear eyes [who] suddenly became sort of a lump that had no control over her body anymore. After the vaccine she also developed a serious skin rash and fever,” Pritson says.
The doctor prescribed antibiotics, but the girl’s condition did not improve. Later a different more evidence-based pediatrician told the parents that it was not safe to give this child any more vaccines.
Open conversations about health, vaccine safety, and vaccine opposition
The interview series will be available in both Estonian and English. It will feature doctors, scientists, researchers, and other specialists who are knowledgeable about vaccines and related topics.
Interviews will include information about vaccine ingredients, vaccine efficacy, vaccine necessity, vaccines and autoimmune disorders, vaccines and cancer, delaying vaccines, and vaccine opposition.
“I want to talk about this, because I’m interested in this topic. It’s as simple as that,” Pritson says.