The vaccine industry is fraught with conflicts of interest. Doctors, who are members of the American Medical Association or the American Academy of Pediatrics, have an inherent conflict of interest.  They belong to associations that oppose any non-medical vaccine exemptions.8,9  At the same time, they make money by vaccinating their patients.  Pharmaceutical companies and medical associations give donations to both local and national candidates.  Pharmaceutical  companies generate $50 billion in sales from vaccines, up from $750 million in 1986  before Federal law stopped individuals from being able to sue pharmaceutical companies; an increase of 67 times.10  State mandates insure a steady stream of income for pharmaceutical companies, no advertising needed.  Julie Gerberding, now Executive Vice President of pharmaceutical giant Merck, was director of the Centers for Disease Control, the agency responsible for overseeing vaccine safety and recommending vaccines, from 2002 to 2009.




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