Originally published December 29 2014
Vaccine companies want to use text messages advertise immunizations
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The vaccine industry is toying around with the idea of nagging parents via text messages to get their children vaccinated. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics evaluated the effectiveness of texting parents with reminders about flu shots, revealing that many parents respond favorably by dragging their kids down to the clinic to get jabbed.
Since apparently not enough parents are voluntarily taking their children to get first- and second-dose flu shots in accordance with government-recommended guidelines, researchers from Columbia University's Medical Center and Mailman School of Public Health decided to conjure up new ways to manipulate and persuade more of them to comply with official vaccine recommendations.
With more and more evidence emerging to suggest that flu shots are ineffective and unnecessarily risky, the vaccine industry is having an increasingly tough time convincing people to get them. So it is now resorting to a propaganda technique that "educates" parents about the importance of flu shots through their mobile phones.
A randomized, controlled trial involving children from 660 families living in New York City revealed that so-called "educational" text message reminders about flu shots are highly effective at persuading parents to get their children vaccinated, especially when the vaccine is a second-dose flu shot.
Parents who received educational text messages about flu shots as part of the study were 72.7 percent more likely to give their child a second dose of the vaccine, as opposed to 66.7 percent of parents receiving "conventional" text message reminders. Children from families who received written reminders only were 57.1 percent more likely to get a second dose.
Most parents would avoid vaccinations if it weren't for aggressive pro-vaccine propaganda When asked why they decided to comply, 60.8 percent of parents admitted the text messages were a, or in some cases the, primary reason. For 70.1 percent of parents, the text messages prompted them to vaccinate their children sooner than they otherwise would have.
With vaccine compliance on the decline, the drug industry is being forced to come up with new methods of marketing that peddles fear as education. If they weren't constantly being hounded by doctors, pediatricians, billboards and public service campaigns to get their children vaccinated, many, or perhaps most, parents would probably just skip them altogether.
Some might attribute this to collective laziness, but the truth of the matter is that vaccines aren't really all they're cracked up to be. Many parents, whether they would admit it or not, inherently know this, or at least recognize that vaccines aren't as effective as claimed. In fact, this is becoming common knowledge in some circles.
This year's flu shot is a perfect example. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently admitted that it doesn't target the primary circulating strains, which has prompted many doctors' offices to stop administering it.
"The flu vaccine never works for most of us, and this year it's going to be even worse," stated holistic family physician Dr. David Brownstein.
In the future, should vaccine text messages become the norm, just remember -- there has never been a single published study proving that children vaccinated for the flu fare better than unvaccinated children. Most vaccines have also never been proven either safe or effective, though the average doctor probably wouldn't admit this. Just look at the package inserts for most vaccines and see for yourself how they generally come with a high risk of adverse events, while providing little or no benefits.
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