Harvard Medical School Doctor: Vaccine Science is Not Settled

Harvard Medical School Doctor: Vaccine Science is Not Settled

In 2016, I wrote an opinion piece suggesting that many medical doctors vaccinate their patients out of fear. I noted that many doctors do not entirely agree with the vaccine schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or are unconvinced that the science of vaccination is settled, but many of these physicians are reluctant to share their concerns because they are afraid of damaging their reputation, and so they remain silent.

Of course, there are independently-minded doctors who are willing to express their concerns about CDC vaccine policies and views promoted by medical trade associations and government agencies. Pro-vaccine pediatricians Bob Sears, MD and Jay Gordon, MD, who have been labeled as “anti-vaxxers” and “quacks,” are given those labels because they are not fans of mandatory vaccination laws and simply prefer to be respectful of the informed consent rights of their patients when it comes to vaccination.1 2 3

There are many other doctors like Sears and Gordon but they generally prefer to fly under the radar because it’s just not worth the trouble of being overly outspoken on vaccines, unless it’s all positive and in agreement with vaccine policies endorsed by their peers. John Abramson, MD of Harvard Medical School is one of the best examples of this tendency toward caution when doctors speak about vaccination.1

Dr. Abramson is the author of the national best-selling book Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine. His bio states that he has served as a family physician for 22 years. He was twice voted “best doctor” in his area by readers of newspapers in his community and was chosen three times by his peers as one of “a handful of best family practitioners” in Massachusetts. He has been a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 16 years.4

In other words, this is a topnotch veteran doctor with a stellar reputation and who works for an institution ranked 1st last year among the best medical research schools in the United States.Certainly Abramson is no “quack.” You would think that someone of Abramson’s stature would be able to say whatever he wished on any medical topic within his purview—that there would be no hesitancy on his part because he had earned that right to speak freely.

A few years ago, Abramson was asked at one of his lectures if he would care to give an opinion on the “push toward compulsory vaccination, in absence of clinical trials, and in violation of the Nuremberg Code.”6 7 Abramson responded:

I would have to take the coward’s way out. I can’t talk on that issue. The pharmaceutical industry watches everything I do, and if I take a stand that I can’t defend… But the bottom line is that I think, what the science is, is incomplete. There is no question about it. And the politics of it, as the way it’s done, as a legal matter, and the inability of people who are injured by vaccines to sue for compensation, preventing plaintiffs’ lawyers from getting to the scientific data, it’s big problems. And, uh, that’s really all I can say. Because again, everything I say in public, uh, is well read. So I apologize.7

Abramson’s words are chilling. The fear is evident in his first sentence. The coward’s way out? He can’t speak to the issue of compulsory vaccination because he is being watched? It’s straight out of Orwell’s 1984.

Interestingly, Abramson did manage to admit that he believed that the science of vaccines is “incomplete.” He basically acknowledged that vaccine science is not settled, and there was “no question about it” in his mind. That is significant, particularly coming from a well respected doctor who perceives such a threat from industry and Big Brother that he felt compelled to apologize.


1 Cáceres M. Many Doctors Vaccinate Out of Fear. The Vaccine Reaction May 23, 2016.
2 Gorski D. What do we do about politicians and physicians who promote antivaccine misinformation? Science-Based Medicine Feb. 9, 2015.
3 Jaxen J. Dr. Sears Emerges With Full License to Practice, No Admission of Wrongdoing. The Vaccine Reaction July 18, 2018.
4 John David Abramson, MD. Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy.
5 Best Medical Schools: Research. U.S. News & World Report 2018.
6 Abramson J. Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine. 2004.
Taylor G. Harvard’s Dr. John Abramson’s Honest Answer on Compulsory Vaccination. YouTube.com (published Mar. 25, 2016).

12 Responses to "Harvard Medical School Doctor: Vaccine Science is Not Settled"

  1. Bev   August 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    The fact that he cannot speak freely should worry everyone , no matter where you stand on the vaccine question. That he recognizes there IS a question is significant as well .

  2. Jeffrey Dach MD   August 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Pediatricians Allowed to “Game the System”

    This brings us to the financial incentives to pediatricians offered by insurance companies for vaccinating our children. The Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance document explaining these financial incentives can be found Here . Pediatricians are raking in 40-80 thousand dollars a year from these kickback schemes.

    Illegal Kickback Fraud and Abuse

    I would argue this type of financial incentive to pediatricians is a form of illegal kickback prohibited by the anti-kickback laws. This type of financial arrangement gives a “green light” to the pediatricians to “game the system” to maximize financial gain by increasing the volume of a procedure. This is fraud and abuse which should be prosecuted by the Office of Inspector General.

    for more: https://jeffreydachmd.com/2018/08/financial-kickbacks-to-pediatricians-for-vaccination-harms-children/

  3. Dianne Jacobs Thompson   August 20, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Vaccine “science” WAS settled…in the early 1800’s. There was no science behind vaccination. It failed miserably and succeeded only in committing deception, death, devastation in it’s wake and disability. Even that quack Jenner knew …but gov’ts only saw the enormous profit potential and ignored the reality. The truth is out there for anyone with the motivation and willingness to dig deeper, beneath the pharma-fabricated fairytales. REVISIONIST HISTORY is the smorgasbord of myths we are spoon-fed on since childhood. A good starting point is “THE HISTORY AND PATHOLOGY OF VACCINATION” by Edgar Crookshank, MD, 1889. Or more modern text, free online https://1796web.com/pdfs/The-Poisoned-Needle.pdf The site http://whale.to (search VACCINES) has an enormous collection of reprinted articles on vaccines. Researching the actual history on the smallpox vaccine should be a wake-up call for anyone.

    https://globalfreedommovement.org/5-historical-vaccine-scandals-suppressed/ quack/Jenner



    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp020177 pro-vax doc with warning

    My research started in 1986 when my child got a flesh-eating disease from her first and only vax …so virulent that her dad and I got infected every area of broken skin (scratches, mosquito bites, a hang nail) from direct contact. The reaction started within an hour of the forced tetanus vax on a military base where she was slightly injured after falling on a plastic above-ground water pipe. My wake-up call? –the screams of my child when the first hard, green grape-like blister pushed through unbroken skin, just before she exploded with necrotic sores all over her body. We all recovered from acute disease …thanks to a naturopathic protocol, not medical. But it took months for “screaming syndrome”–indicative of brain inflammation in older children, to slowly end. One single vaccination. Age 5. The thought of what vaccines do to infants with incompletely evolved immune systems, blood-brain barriers, and myelin nerve sheath development is terrifying.

    • Mason   August 22, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Thank you for your opinion about vaccines. You couldn’t have said it better.
      Bottom line is : All medical procedures, including vaccinations, come with serious health risks and should always be a choice. No mandates.

  4. Linda   August 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

    We have been forced into a free speech ghetto. Next, it will be the gulag or the gas chamber. I’m surprise Dell Bigtree’s channel, The HighWire, hasn’t been taken off of Utube. Everyone should subscribe and support him. He is going What I would call God’s work and I’m not even a very religious person.

  5. Linda   August 22, 2018 at 10:12 am

    We have been forced into free speech ghettos. What’s next, gulags or the gas chamber? We must be able to participate in a free discourse of ideas in order to refine our ideas and learn. Dell Bigtree is doing what I would call God’s work, and I’m not even a very religious person. I’m surprised his Utube channel, The High Wire, hasn’t been taken down. Everyone should subscribe to The HighWire and support Dell’s work.

  6. Nychouse   August 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks Meg! 🙂 It has been fun.nyc house

  7. sheldon101   August 22, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    This is the opinion of a family doctor who admits he has no expertise in virology or vaccines. I have relatives who are family doctors with many years of experience and I know more about vaccines than he does as to their safety and usefulness.

    The fact that the doctor is a graduate of Harvard Medical School doesn’t change those facts except for those gullible enough to think that it does or those who include it an attempt to give his lack of expertise some burnishing as the author does here, unless the author can somehow prove that Harvard Graduates get special training in vaccines.

    Saying that vaccine science isn’t settled also doesn’t mean anything. I doubt if you can find any expert on vaccines that will say that vaccine science is settled. Experts know better. Again, this is an attempt to say something while actually having nothing to say.

    Usually, articles here make an attempt to say something useful. This one doesn’t and that’s sad.

  8. Sci-reader   August 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Another good source of information is the book, Dissolving Illusions, by Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk, in which the authors use the original reference material from the 19th century to show that the smallpox vaccine was a disaster, and used original references from the 1950’s and 1960’s to show that the polio vaccine did not eradicate polio.

  9. Disgusted   August 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    The health system is a fraud. What they are doing is pushing drugs on the unsuspecting public: keep as many people as possible, taking as many drugs as possible and as often as possible, in a word, so as to maximize profits. There is a reason why there aren’t new antibiotics drugs: because they don’t make money for the system. Antibiotics are victims of their own success at curing diseases. To cure a patient it takes hardly a week on antibiotics. Obviously there is not much profit in that. Most people are either naïve or powerless to this grand scheme at manipulation for pecuniary, social and political gain. If applied correctly the vaccines like many other medicines probably work but they are abused (mainly through over prescription). It has nothing to do with science; it has all to do with profits.

  10. Steve   September 3, 2018 at 1:18 am

    The fact that there is such a thing as a vaccine injury fund should tell you all you need to know.

  11. Jay   October 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Steve: “The fact that there is such a thing as a vaccine injury fund should tell you all you need to know.”

    That and the fact that, to date, the federal vaccine injury board has paid out over $4 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) in injury claims AND they are notoriously stingy in paying off claims! The pharmaceutical houses which manufacture vaccines are required to pay into the funds, but they are getting off very cheaply when you consider what they could be paying out in lawsuit claims.


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