ST. GEORGE – Thanks to the efforts of a local mother, the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” will be shown in a St. George theater.
Jolene Stewart, the mother of an 11-year-old boy who suffers what she believes are vaccination-induced food allergies, wanted to see the movie without having to drive to Las Vegas. After doing some research, she began trying to get the movie shown locally by rallying friends and acquaintances through social media.
The film can be brought to smaller communities if enough tickets are presold through Gathr Films, which then arranges for a local showing. The required number of pre-sold tickets, 66–100 tickets, were sold for the St. George screening within two days, she said.
“Wednesday night we were given the ability to reserve tickets,” Stewart said. “By this morning, it had sold out,” Stewart said Friday.
The movie will be shown Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres Sunset Stadium, 1091 N. Bluff St., St George. Stewart is now working on getting another local showing of the film arranged.
See the video trailer top of this report.
Stewart is not against vaccinations, she said, but because of her own research and experience, she does not believe the current vaccine formulations are safe.
“There are potentially ways to make us safe,” Stewart said.
Stewart’s son developed an allergy within a couple of weeks of receiving a flu shot, she said, an issue that brings misery and inconvenience to her son and her family. After years of struggle with mysterious, golf-ball-size hives, she discovered that her son is allergic to food dyes and preservatives.
“I’ve seen how it has affected my child,” Stewart said. “He will not be vaccinated (again), nor will any future children.”
According to the Facebook page Bring “Vaxxed” to Utah, the movie is an investigation into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention purportedly destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism.
“It’s not an anti-vaccination movie,” Stewart said. “We want to petition the government to use certain criteria for safe vaccines.”
The film calls for the following steps:
- That Congress subpoena Dr. William Thompson and investigate what it calls the CDC fraud.
- That Congress repeal the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and hold manufacturers liable for injury caused by their vaccines.
- That the single measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine be made available immediately.
- That all vaccines be classified as pharmaceutical drugs and tested accordingly.
Read the film’s about page here.
The film is directed by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first linked vaccines and autism in an article in the medical journal “Lancet.” The article was later retracted by the “Lancet” editors, and Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in the United Kingdom.
According to a Snopes.com article about the movie, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement regarding the data in question, with instructions for accessing the study at the center of the controversy.
As the CDC noted, according to the Snopes.com article, the authors of that study suggested that the most likely explanation for the small correlation between autism and vaccination in young, African American boys was the existence of immunization requirements for autistic children enrolled in special education preschool programs.
To further explore the issue, Snopes recommends posts on Scienceblogs.com.
Ed. note: Views on vaccines vary and exceed the scope of this report.
- To request another local showing of “Vaxxed,” go to Gathr.us.
- To rent “Vaxxed” and stream it digitally, go here
- Facebook group “Bring ‘Vaxxed’ to Utah.”
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