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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vaccine Prevemntable Death - Gavin Norton

Another heartbreaking story that shouldn't really have happened!  It is for children like this that we insist on herd immunity.  It's a wonder that this is even a debate in this day and age. It takes a deranged type of sicko to intentionally put the smallest and defenseless of us at risk like this.  And why the anti-vax pro-disease nutters may not think that this is what they are doing, it really is.  They are equally as responsible for these deaths as if they had coughed on this young child themselves.  Their misinformation and lies is what leads to these deaths.
Age at death – 10 weeks
Cause of death – Pertussis (whooping cough)
Vaccination status – Unvaccinated due to young age
What happened – When Gavin was born his parents felt “absolute joy — just elation.” Unfortunately that was not meant to last. Gavin was taken away from them by the dreaded killer, whooping cough.
When Gavin was 2 months old, the Nortons planned a vacation to celebrate Christmas with family in Utah. To be safe, Gavin’s mom, Natalie, took him to his doctor for a general check up. Gavin was given the green light for the trip.
About a week into their Utah trip, Gavin developed a cough. Concerned, the Nortons took Gavin to a doctor who told them it was respiratory syncytial virus — a virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. The pediatrician said the baby would be sick for about a week, recover for another week and then get well, but the parents were told to watch out for rapid breathing, increased heart rate and a decrease in appetite.
However, Gavin’s condition quickly declined. He was rushed to the emergency room at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
“It was horrifying and very scary,” Richie Norton described. “But at the same time, we just had all the faith in the world that he was going to be fine … but that’s not the way it happened.”
At 8 weeks of age, little Gavin was diagnosed with whooping cough. At 10 weeks his littel body gave up the fight. Gavin was born on Oct. 24, 2009, and passed away Jan. 7, 2010.


  1. Herd immunity originally only required that a substantial percentage of a population needed to be vaccinated to reduce an infection rate. In more recent years, however, it has taken on a new meaning in which everyone must be vaccinated to protect a given population. Why? Because a vaccinated person can still be infected by a non-vaccinated person who has contracted a disease. What does this mean? It means there was no immunity provided in the first place. Herd immunity can only happen if the vaccines work. When vaccines that don't work are forced on a population, the only effect is a reduction of their immunity. The author of this article is so horribly offensive that I challenge him to prove the validity of the herd immunity concept in light of the recent mumps outbreak, the Swine Flu scam (where people actually got the disease from the vaccine), and others. What protection does the herd have when any individual can still be infected after taking a vaccine? NONE.

  2. chuckchurchman, you are so wrong that it seems that your post is coming from some bizaro world region of space where everything is opposite of what facts tell us. You realize that the death of this child was due to the lack of adults around him getting a simple booster because the child himself was too young to receive it.

    Here is some education on the subject: http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/lecture/lec1181/index.htm

    And if you want actual scholarly papers on the subject, Google can help. Note that ACTUAL scholarly papers support herd immunity.


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