Yes, it's all still inconclusive. But some 
"alternative" ideas are being excluded from 
consideration. Which of course makes me suspicious.

By the way, I thought I did answer you. Yes, I 
would take a tetanus vaccine. But I wouldn't 
recommend ANY vaccines for infants.

Jim West and I are not the same person, though 
some people might believe that since neither of 
us have been spotted in the same place at the same time.


At 12:25 PM 2/22/2016, Chandler wrote:
>Thanks for the reference, Mitchel.  That 1991 
>report does show some reason to fear that one 
>vaccine may incur risk of encephalopathy.  It 
>doesn't include any evidence one way or the 
>other on whether the Zika virus can cause birth defects.
>Neither does it incline me to avoid all 
>vaccination.  Excuse me for reminding you--- 
>you and Jim West never responded to my challenge 
>on this list to name one vaccine you favored as 
>a public health measure.  Human papillomavirus vaccine, say.
>But back to the birth defects reported from 
>Brazil.  You did us a service a couple of moths 
>ago by pointing to controversy among those 
>studying the outbreak.  Not surprising that the 
>evidence was inconclusive early in the 
>game.  Isn't it true that the evidence is still inconclusive?
>On 2/22/2016 11:04 AM, Mitchel Cohen wrote:
>>US National Center for Biotechnology 
>>Information published book in 1991, CONFIRMING 
>>that TDAP vaccines DO CAUSE microcephaly.
>>Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella 
>>Vaccines: A Report of the Committee to Review 
>>the Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines.
>>Among symptomatic cases, presumed causes are 
>>frequently grouped according to the timing of 
>>the suspected insult as occurring pre-, peri-, 
>>or postnatally. Prenatal factors are thought to 
>>account for 20 to 30 percent of cases. This 
>>category includes cerebral anomalies, 
>>chromosomal disorders, neurocutaneous syndromes 
>>such as tuberous sclerosis, inherited metabolic 
>>disorders, intrauterine infections, family 
>>history of seizures, and microcephaly (Bobele 
>>and Bodensteiner, 1990; Kurokawa et al., 1980; 
>>Ohtahara, 1984; Riikonen and Donner, 1979).