To
Sri Panna Choudhury
President
Indian Academy of Pediatricians
Mumbai

Dt: 14.08.09

Dear Sir,

Sub: Consent of Parents before Vaccinating Infants.

Namaskar. Please note I have been directed to write this letter to you by very eminent physicians of India who wish to remain anonymous at present.

This has reference to the telephonic conversation I had with you yesterday. I wish to report that a colleague of mine had his wife admitted to a local hospital for delivery. A baby boy was born to him on the 9^th of August. On the 12^th of August the baby was prescribed the Hepatitis-B vaccination.

My colleague is well aware of the controversial nature of this vaccine and it’s after effects and also that it is not included within the UIP. He thus made a decision not to allow this vaccination to the administered to the infant.

“WHO considers that it should be a priority to include this vaccine in national immunization programmes, particularly in countries where mortality among children aged 50/1000 live births or where >50,000 children die annually”. (No authors cited.) Drug Action Forum – Karnataka’s (DAF-K – is a member of AIDAN) feel that the WHO recommendations seem dictated by needs of increasing demand for vaccines and profits for manufacturers rather than the needs of public health.- extract for letter to WHO
ALL INDIA DRUG ACTION NETWORK (AIDAN)

SWAMI RAMDEV. The many miraculous cures he promises, and the \"scientific\" evidence he cites for them, offer a window into the sad state of scientific research in Ayurveda. Charaka, the legendary healer and complier of Charaka Samhita, the ancient textbook of Ayurveda, does not mince words when it comes to the subject of quacks. He calls them \"imposters who wear the garb of physicians... [who] walk the earth like messengers of death\". These fake doctors are \"unlearned in scriptures, experience and knowledge of curative operations, but like to boast of their skills before the uneducated\". Wise patients, Charaka advises, \"should always avoid those foolish men who make a show of learning.\"
Ayurveda under the scanner
by MEERA NANDA, FRONTLINE, 21 April, 2006
The fact that Oral Polio Vaccine can create polio in otherwise healthy children is still kept out of public discussion even as GOI went ahead with the programme 11years ago in 1995. Both IMA and the NPSP now acknowledge that Vaccine Associated Paralytic Poliomyelitis (VAPP) \"is an issue\". The complex classification system that NPSP chose to adopt resulted in masking allinstances of childhood paralytic diseases in India including VAPP related deaths, cVDPV and non-polio paralysis cases, in favor of \"confirmed polio cases\' that never formed more than 3% of the AFPcases chosen by NPSP.
Need to revisit the Oral Polio Vaccine initiative in India
by Dr.Samatha Potu, Narayana, Satya Ayurveda Vaidyasala, 05 February, 2007
Since the time they were introduced around 220 years ago vaccines have been credited to be a medical marvel, having stopped killer acute diseases on their tracks and providinghopes of similarly tackling other diseases like AIDS, and also chronic autoimmune disorders like cancer, diabetes, even ending obesity and the nicotine habit.
Vaccines : Untested, Unsafe and Unnecessary
by Dr Leo Rebello & Jagannath Chatterjee, , 27 March, 2007