This story is making the rounds on unreliable “news” sites like Natural News. Back in October, the BBC ran a story on how the fear being stoked about tetanus vaccinations is unfounded. But are Kenyans listening.
Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.
According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.
But the government says the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.”
And Dr. Collins Tabu, head of the Health Ministry’s immunization branch, told the Kenyan Nation, that “there is no other additive in the vaccine other than the tetanus antigen.”
Dr. Ngare told LifeSiteNews that several things alerted doctors in the Church’s far-flung medical system of 54 hospitals, 83 health centres, and 17 medical and nursing schools to the possibility the anti-tetanus campaign was secretly an anti-fertility campaign.
Life Site News is a conservative, pro-life website. This piece reeks of conspiracy theories, bias and a religious pro-life message.
Catholic priests have been telling their congregations to boycott a campaign that begins on Monday to vaccinate women against tetanus.
Tetanus is regarded as a big threat to babies in Kenya, with a new-born child dying every day of the infection.
According to Kenya’s health ministry, about 550 babies died of tetanus in Kenya last year.
There is no additional information about the test that supposedly showed the antigen. One set of tests from a very biased source is certainly not enough to dismiss an entire campaign to stop such a dangerous but preventable illness. The World Health Organization has approved the vaccine. This sounds like baseless propaganda. Unless more and better evidence comes to light, there is no reason to buy that it is true. Sadly, people in Kenya might rather be “safe than sorry” in their own misguided thinking based on this information, thus resulting in decreased immunity and subsequently, deaths.
Why should we be listening to Catholic priests on the issue of tetanus vaccinations? Why are other Catholic leaders not condemning this irresponsible action?
Tip: Society for Science Based Medicine