The Attack On Pregnant Mothers Escalates, by Suzanne Humphries, MD

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Obstetricians and primary care physicians throughout the world will no-doubt be lauding the result of a recent publication, “Neonatal outcomes after influenza immunization during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial,” which can be downloaded free at the time of this publication HERE, and the abstract can be viewed HERE. This study will be cited by doctors, advisory panels, and pharmaceutical drug reps. as they work to increase vaccination rates and sales using pregnant mothers as receptacles.

Expectant mothers will be told that getting a flu shot while they are pregnant is not only safe, but will protect from one of the possible consequences of influenza while pregnant – low birth weight.

How many doctors will ever read the abstract, let alone the full text? In the hectic environment of medical practice, they will take someone else’s word for it, and reassure unsuspecting mothers that the vaccine is the way to go.

There are several serious problems with this study, the least of which is that it was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and several pharmaceutical companies. Bill did, after all declare this the “decade of vaccination,” after delivering a check in the amount of 10 Billion dollars to make it happen. Much of his donation is hitting India and Africa in order to purchase oral polio vaccines and vaccine delivery trucks to reach remote villages. Now, influenza vaccines for pregnant mothers is on the way into the pipeline. Rumor has it that he is a candidate for a NOBEL PRIZE, for providing millions of infants and children with live oral polio vaccines. Well, it seems the fetus is now on his radar and this new article displays the misinformation typical of the rally to inject pregnant mothers with untested vaccines. This article references the main study, which was also funded by his foundation.

Before too many doctors take the infotainment in this study at face value, let’s review some of the issues in design and interpretation.

Problem number one: This study is headlined as a “randomized controlled trial.” Most unsuspecting doctors, upon seeing the title will think that this study met bench-mark gold-standard design criteria for validity. After all, we’ve been told that the best way to test an intervention is through this type of study.

By definition, a randomized controlled trial is: A study design that randomly assigns participants into an experimental group or a control group. As the study is conducted, the only expected difference between the control and experimental groups in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) is the outcome variable being studied. The variables being studied should be the only variables between the experimental group and the control group.

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