Re-energizing my passion for global immunizations through Shot@Life

October 25, 2013 BY Colleen Mattimore

This week, Shot@Life is at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. To highlight the partnership between AAP and Shot@Life, we bring you a post from Dr. Colleen Mattimore, a doctor who is bringing Shot@Life to families through the in-office program.

I consider myself a seasoned Vaccine Champion. For years, I have preached about vaccine safety to my office staff, my AAP chapter colleagues and local pediatricians. I have reassured parents who bring their questions and doubts to me. My car proudly wears a "Vaccines save lives" bumper sticker

During medical students' pediatrics rotation, I teach the history of vaccines. The lecture spans from the 1700s and Dr. Jenner's smallpox vaccine to today's "modern" vaccines. We discuss the past heroes of vaccine development: Drs. Salk, Sabin, and Hillman; today's heroes, like Paul Offit, who stand up for vaccines and debunk the myths; and the incidental heroes like Bill Gates through the Gates Foundation and their contributions to vaccine progress and history.

The lecture closes with modern "urban myths" and stories of vaccine refusers and hesitators. The discussion with my students is always passionate and lively: How can parents refuse? What can we do? And, of course, there is the power of the Internet. Parents have as much access to misinformation as they do evidence-based information.

How misleading and confusing it can be. And decisions about whether or not to vaccinate are influenced by today's "heroes"—not physicians and scientists but celebrities like talk show hosts and sports stars. Of course we discuss the travesty of Andrew Wakefield and his debunked claims linking vaccines to autism. As a pediatrician, professor, and community member, it all can be very discouraging.

Then I heard about Shot@Life. The appeal was instant. It was a collaboration of the UN Foundation, Gates Foundation, the AAP and others. Perfect. It uses the power of social media in a positive way, and, most importantly, it broadened my view of vaccines – the global impact and a stark reminder that vaccines do save lives. I read about the true modern champions of vaccines—vaccine workers trying to rid the world of polio among other preventable killers.

I brought the campaign to my colleagues and my office. My staff loves it. We have hung the posters in our waiting room. I bought the staff Shot@Life T-shirts and we wear them every Friday for dress-down day. All pay the minimum of a dollar to wear the Shot@Life T-shirts, and we donate the funds to the campaign. Parents comment on the staff "in green" and ask about the shirts. We spread the word.

Just the other day, I witnessed one of our nurses donating to the Shot@Life jug with the simple comment, "I just bought a baby a polio vaccine." How cool is that?! I look forward to spreading this simple yet effective message in my office because, after all, all children deserve a shot at being whomever they want to be when they grow up – hopefully, more than a few will choose to be a pediatrician!


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Submitted by Martha on: November 8, 2013 Vaccines save millions of lives every day. The resurgence of polio in Syria reminds us that our children remain just a plane flight away from a devastating disease. I am so grateful for Shot@Life which allows us to save millions of lives and prevent parental heartbreak in developing countries while at the same time protecting children here at home. Great post, Dr. Mattimore!
Submitted by AAP on: November 7, 2013 For reliable, science-based information about children's health from the American Academy of Pediatrics, visit or
Submitted by r0y on: November 1, 2013 What is the root cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Vaccines are the root cause of Autism (until recently occurring at a rate of 1 in 67…then 1 in 60, now spiking exponentially to as high as 1 in 38 in some regions – ‘individuals born in 2003 have 16.6 times the odds of an autism diagnosis compared with those born in 1992.‘). Officially, the rate of Autism amongst children has risen to as high as 1 in 50, based on the glaring testimony of 100,000 parents in the US. By 2015, the statistics will conservatively match that of 1 in 38. This is primarily due to accumulative damage from the Hepatitis B (Hep B), Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), Haemophilus-B influenza (HIB), Inactivated Polio (IPV), Influenza (seasonal), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) & Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots (an accumulation of multiple live viruses, excipient + heavy metal build-up)… – leading to Ischemia, a singeing/clogging of the delicate neural pathways from toxic overload which prevents vital oxygen from reaching the brain, literally inhibiting normal development, triggering what are termed “microvascular strokes” (‘as large white blood cells rush to attack the foreign particles injected into our bloodstream…surround tiny capillaries where the foreign particles land, clog and collapse the capillaries.’). Anaphylaxis, a system-wide allergic & functional breakdown, described as ‘a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen‘, and Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain & meninges (Meningoencephalitis) manifesting as ‘diffuse and/or focal neuropsychological dysfunction‘, inevitably follow. ‘Ischemia is known to lead to hyperexcitability of neural tissue.’ Charles A. Lantz, Ph.D. on the impact of Ischemia & resulting vertebral subluxation (misalignment of spinal bones) on neural function “Almost any vaccination can lead to noninfectious inflammatory reaction involving the nervous system. The common denominator consists of vasculopathy (disease of the blood vessels) that is often associated with demyelination (permeation of the critical “electrical” insulator of the brain cells).” Charles M. Poser, Harvard Medical School Department of Neurology, 1947 “Heavy metals & viruses in vaccines cause abnormal development in brain, long-term changes that put a child at high risk of neuro-degenerative diseases ie. Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s for the rest of their life; also they become hyper-sensitive to environmental toxins (Pesticides, Herbicides). Live viruses in vaccines are incorporated into your genetic material & passed on to your children. Many rare forms of cancer are now very common ie Pancreatic cancer. Lymphoma is now the number one malignancy in 30 year olds and rising. Asthma has seen a ten fold increase over last 2 decades. Type 1 Diabetes has also been linked to auto-immune disorder caused by vaccines.” Dr. Russell Blaylock
Submitted by r0y on: November 1, 2013 advent of cloned DNA vaccines & Synthetic Genomics, backed by proponents of the Trans-humanist & Bioethics movements (this is a post-Darwinian view, in which the species has the power to direct its own evolution), has opened a Pandora’s Box spelling the inevitable death of natural immunity. Chick-embryo based Influenza vaccine technology is gradually being phased out; replaced by Synthetic Cloned Cell line technology. The Industry line - “Although cost-effective, this production strategy is time, labor & material-intensive. Moreover, there is only a limited supply of 11-day-old fertilized poultry eggs at any given time, reducing Industry’s ability to respond rapidly to a sudden need for new vaccines.” The leader of this movement, T. Craig Venter, the founder of Sythetic Genetics Inc (SGI) has declared, “(We now have) the ability to routinely write the software of life. Synthetic technology is capable of preparing a DNA copy of any virus for which its nucleotide sequence is known (that’s the template of an organism’s nucleic acid – basic building blocks of life).” – the construction of any specified DNA sequence, enabling the synthesis of genes (units of an organism’s hereditary information) or entire genomes (the entirety of an organism’s hereditary information), a process involving synthesis of ‘a 1.08 million base pair Mycoplasma mycoides genome, constructed from four bottles of chemicals that make up DNA. This synthetic genome has been “booted up” in a cell to create the first cell controlled completely by a synthetic genome. The seed strain is the starter culture of a virus, and is the base from which larger quantities of the vaccine virus can be grown.’ Assembly line cloned cell production – This new approach uses mammalian cells (typically kidney cells – cancerous kidney cells are a wonderful incubator for viruses) to grow the influenza viruses – the same system will be adapted to other types of viral vaccines. ‘Cell-based vaccine production could more easily meet “surge capacity needs” because cells could be frozen and stored in advance of an epidemic or developed rapidly in response to an epidemic. Cell-based vaccine production dramatically reduces the possibility for contamination and promises to be more reliable, flexible, and expandable than egg-based methods. In place of eggs, cell-based vaccine production utilizes laboratory-grown cell lines that are capable of hosting a growing virus. The virus is injected into the cells where it multiplies. The cells’ outer walls are removed, harvested, purified, and inactivated.’ Vaccine Cell Substrates (casing of the cell used as raw material in the vaccine) are extacted from Animal strain Primary & Diploid cells or via continuous cell lines: 1. Primary cells are obtained directly from the tissues of healthy animals. Primary cells are more likely to contain adventitious agents (meaning cross-contamination/viral infections & mutations) than banked, well-characterized cells. 2. Diploid cell strains (derived from aborted fetal tissue) are established from primary cell cultures by expansion and cell banking. These types of cells have a finite life span and are not immortal like cell lines (those able to proliferate indefinitely either through random mutation or deliberate modification). Note: ”Human Diploid Cells are associated with an increased risk of a theoretical ‘oncogenic agent’ (an agent that causes neoplasms/cancer)’. 3. Some continuous/ Immortal cell lines include Vero cells (derived from African Green Monkey kidneys – patent owned by ‘Dyncorp’/Black Ops war merchants & run child kidnapping rings in Bosnia) and CHO cells (derived from Chinese hamster ovaries) – associated with accumulated genetic changes, cell line tumors & the potential risk of adventitious agents from residual DNA). NOTE: WHICHEVER ROUTE YOU TAKE INTO THIS TYPE OF VACCINE DEVELOPMENT INEVITABLY LEADS TO THE RISK OF CANCER

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