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CDC, doctors push unproven vaccine 'cocooning' scheme hatched from pseudoscientific quackery

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: cocooning, vaccinations, family members

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(NaturalNews) The latest vaccine scam being peddled on the public by US health authorities involves vaccinating parents and family members against certain infectious diseases in order to supposedly prevent transmission of these diseases to babies that are too young to get vaccinated themselves. However, the practice, known as "cocooning," has admittedly never been scientifically proven to work in the first place, and in all honest terms is nothing more than unsubstantiated quackery.

A report recently published in the journal Pediatrics by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) claims that cocooning can help prevent babies from becoming infected with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, as well as influenza. But Dr. Herschel R. Lessin, one of the authors of the report, admitted recently that the concept has never been scientifically tested, and nobody can say for sure that it actually works.

"It's a relatively new concept," Dr. Lessin is quoted as saying by Reuters Health. "I don't know that anyone has looked at whether it works."

In fact, the only studies that have actually been conducted on cocooning have had to use made-up estimates and calculations rather than actual tests. In other words, scientists just created some numbers and percentages, which they then used to say that cocooning might work. And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is always quick to endorse any program that promotes vaccines, took the opportunity to immediately endorse cocooning, despite a complete lack of evidence that it even works.

Officials in Canada are not taking the bait, however, as they say the cost of administering vaccines as part of a cocooning program, assuming they even work in the first place, far outweighs any supposed benefits. Even if cocooning might work in some cases, which has never been proven, it would take vaccinating a million people or more just to save one child from death, which would cost millions of dollars.

Many vaccination concepts have absolutely no basis in science, but are used to get as many people vaccinated as possible

It is mind-boggling to think that many vaccine advocates support vaccination concepts like cocooning or "herd immunity" on the false basis that they are rooted in sound science, when they are really nothing more than fairy tale myths. And yet these same folks are quick to malign anyone who questions or opposes such vaccination nonsense, accusing them of ignoring and denying science.

The real goal of the new report, though, is not necessarily to prevent infant deaths, or to even back up the cocooning theory with a semblance of sound science -- the purpose is simply to "get everyone immunized," these being the exact stated words of Dr. Lessin, who admitted openly his opinion that "immunization is the greatest thing in the history of mankind." So who needs actual science when your personal faith in vaccines is already set in stone?

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