RSV Roulette

Should pregnant moms get the new RSV shot?

How do we know if vaccines are safe?

We test them.

How are they tested?

First, they are tested in animals – guinea pigs, primates, mice, horses, pigs, sheep, and cattle.

Then they are tested on the intended target. In the case of a vaccine against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the primary target is infants.

Researchers have been attempting to create a vaccine against RSV for more than 60 years, but none has ever been safe or effective. One vaccine expert, Fernando Polack of Johns Hopkins University, has been quoted in the journal Nature as saying, “There are some vaccines that came very easily, but developing a vaccine for RSV is very tricky.”[i] The creation of a safe and effective RSV vaccine has been so difficult that Dr. Robert M. Chanock, the researcher who first identified RSV in 1956 and worked for many decades on a vaccine, joked in 2001 that the public could expect one to be perfected on “March 32nd.”[ii]

But a vaccine for RSV is big business. RSV is cited as “the single most important respiratory tract pathogen for infants and children.”[iii] Why is that? It’s the leading cause of hospitalization in infants, though hospitalization is a rare occurrence, and “99% of deaths occur in resource-limited countries,” according to experts.[iv] It’s widely accepted that almost all kids get RSV before they are 2 years of age, with most severe outcomes occurring before the child is 6 months old. So the fear factor on this disease is high and the market is 100% of children. RSV is a seasonal virus (rather than occurring in occasional outbreaks), with at least one injection recommendedannually, if not boosters, as well. And if the RSV vaccine is put on the ACIP recommended childhood schedule, those who make and give the shot won’t have to worry about lawsuits because of the 1986 Act.

Unlike some other diseases, an RSV infection doesn’t guarantee a person will never get it again, though it’s widely accepted that after developing natural immunity, any subsequent infection will be milder than the first one. And RSV is usually mild in most of the population. You can bet the profits from an RSV vaccine would be tremendous. The global public health nonprofit PATH is tracking 137 trials right now (which you can download from their website).[v]

All attempts at an RSV vaccine have failed thus far, some with deadly results.

In one of the first RSV vaccine trials conducted by researchers at NIH, Pfizer, and two medical welfare organizations in Washington D.C., the researchers described: “Infants between 2 and 7 months of age who attended a Child Health Center [in Washington D.C.] were selected for administration of vaccine after parental consent was obtained. The infants lived at home and came from a population of relatively low socioeconomic status families, primarily Negro.” [vi] Children from Junior Village, a Washington D.C. facility for “homeless but otherwise normal infants and children,” who had been removed from their homes due to parental death, drug use, incarceration, or poverty (and were regularly experimented upon and abused, according to vaccine experts and news reports) were also included in the RSV vaccine experiment.[vii]

The results of the experiment on these poor children was disastrous. The experimental vaccine not only failed to prevent RSV infection; it also greatly increased the severity of the disease. Today this is known as Antibody Dependent Enhancement, but in the 1960s, the researchers declared, “These findings were entirely unexpected,” and “paradoxical,” even though similar enhancement of symptoms after experimental vaccines had already been observed in trials for four other types of diseases. Even today, with a century of vaccine research, it’s not widely known that rather than stopping a disease as the public is told, a vaccine can sometimes make the effects of a virus worse – even deadly – when it otherwise wouldn’t have been.

In that 1966 study, because of the unexpected enhancement of severity of symptoms with RSV infection after vaccine failure, two children died.[viii] Interestingly, the researchers observed the most severe illness happened in the first six months of life, “when maternally derived serum antibody is present.”

What happened when the researchers saw that the vaccine made children more sick and more susceptible to the disease they were trying to prevent? Let the record (peer-reviewed, published research) speak for itself: “On December 29, 1966, the injection of RS virus vaccine was stopped for reasons to be recounted later.”

What is the state of RSV vaccine research today?

Many expect an RSV vaccine to finally be available for the public in 2023. But the dismissive 1966 statement is eerily similar to GlaskoSmithKline’s (GSK) recent hesitation in response to stopping administration of its experimental maternal RSV vaccine. GSK has been experimenting with developing an RSV vaccine that would be injected into pregnant mothers, referred to as “maternal immunization,” (MI). After injecting the shot into over 10,000 pregnant women,[ix] the company “voluntarily paused enrollment and vaccination” after a “routine safety assessment” by the Independent Data Monitoring Committee tasked with oversight on the trial. Why? We don’t know.

“The Company will provide a further update on the RSV maternal vaccine candidate in due course.”[x]

There have been no more statements from the company since its February 2022 announcement. The FDA claimed it would take 75 years before it could release Pfizer data on the safety and efficacy of the COVID shots,[xi] while people around the world were subject to shots in arms and forced to rely on passive surveillance of VAERS and anecdotal evidence that has only increased in frequency and severity. How long does GSK want?

In the end, the ultimate testing ground for the safety of vaccines is us. You, me, and our children. It happens after shots are authorized or licensed by the FDA and released for sale to the general population, which you can read more about in Stand for Health Freedom’s article “Our kids are post-market data.” Essentially, the largest part of the experiment is done on the American people, and more so the faster the pharmaceutical is developed.

Where are we now with RSV vaccines?

After six decades of failures in hundreds of trials, researchers are now turning to the new technology of mRNA delivery systems. Pfizer, GSK, and AstraZeneca with Sanofi claim to be close to a vaccine now for the elderly, for infants, or for pregnant mothers.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recently heard a summary of the safety and efficacy information available on GSK and Pfizer’s RSV vaccine for older adults, and also AstraZeneca and Sanofi’s “Nirsevimab” RSV vaccine for infants, in trials called “Medly” and “Melody.”[xii] (The presentation was made at the same October 2022 meeting where ACIP recommended the COVID shot to be put on the childhood schedule, indefinitely protecting manufacturers against lawsuits for injury or death from COVID shots before they are even licensed by the FDA.) Nirsevimab’s trials include approximately 3000 infants (including 615 preterm). The drug is intended to be administered at birth for those children born during RSV season, alongside Hep B administration (no information about administering two shots at the same time in a newborn infant was presented to the CDC). The vaccine is expected to go to ACIP vote for recommendation June 2023, provided the FDA licenses it by that time.[xiii] It is currently in Phase III of its trials.

As of January 2023, Pfizer is closest to a vaccine for pregnant mothers.[xiv]

How dangerous is RSV?

Most children have RSV infection before they are 2 years old. The most severe and potentially life-threatening cases of RSV happen in the youngest infants, before the age of 6 months, as it can obstruct or prevent an infant from breathing through their nose, and their lungs and chest are tiny. Studies show 99% of deaths in infants happen in resource-limited countries where it is harder to access emergency care. In summary, all kids acquire natural immunity with almost no issues and the most dangerous cases of RSV happen in the youngest children in the most impoverished countries. This information amounts to informed consent and should be shared by medical providers with parents deciding whether risks of the shot are worth any potential benefits.

RSV was first identified in 1956 by researcher Robert M. Chanock at Johns Hopkins University. He started his career with oral polio vaccine researcher Albert Sabin. Chanock then moved to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), eventually becoming director of the Infectious Disease Laboratory in 1968. He was the first to identify RSV, which was notably similar to a virus found in monkey cell cultures used for polio research called Chimpanzee Coryza Agent (CCA).[xv] The only other species that is known to have RSV was also the species used for polio vaccine research and Chanock worked on both vaccines. Interestingly, Chanock was also involved in research with coronaviruses and, according his NIAID biography, “was responsible for the initial isolations of coronavirus.”[xvi]

Chanock was involved in the invention of the RotaShield vaccine against rotavirus that was pulled from the market after infant deaths and illnesses were reported to VAERS. He thought the CDC was wrong on their safety data.[xvii]

Recently, there’s been an uptick of reporting of RSV in infants. Some believe it’s a side effect of either the COVID shots or the isolation from lockdowns due to COVID policy. Parents are being told to fear the “triple threat” of RSV, influenza, and COVID during the winter cold season. The decision to use an experimental medical intervention will be in the hands (and hearts) of mothers and fathers.

Should pregnant mothers or new moms opt for an RSV vaccine, when available?

Parents must weigh the risks and benefits, becoming educated through medical professionals, their own research, and considerations of what’s right with their family and their faith.

There’s no vaccine for RSV yet, for any age group. The world’s best scientific minds for over 60 years of research have turned out hundreds of experimental candidates that have been unsafe and ineffective. But now, Pfizer has claimed to have created a safe and effective RSV vaccine for the absolute most sensitive and vulnerable of populations: pregnant mothers. It’s yet another new immunization milestone, led by Pfizer. Maternal vaccines are intended to vaccinate a child in the womb before they are born.

As of January 2023, the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends three shots in pregnancy (Tdap, Influenza, COVID), and is already training its doctors on the promises of two more that are still being researched: RSV and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).[xviii]

Five steps to informed consent for pregnant moms:

  1. Check out the FDA’s Lists of Pregnancy Exposure Registries for any pharmaceuticals you may be considering.
  2. Know that if there is an injury or death, manufacturers and doctors do not take care of your child — you do. Learn about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP, a.k.a. “vaccine court”).
  3. Ask your doctor what they know about the safety of the shot. How many years of data exist for safety? Ask them to explain how it’s safe (especially if there is only a year or two of data). What safety evidence do they have? Ask every question you can.
  4. Remember you can always get a shot later, but you cannot undo a shot once it is done. It’s okay to wait for more safety data to come out.
  5. What if we allow mild RSV infection as infants? Maternal antibodies through pregnancy and breastfeeding lessen the symptoms, leading to natural immunity, which works better than vaccination throughout life. And it’s far safer. We also have reports that measles infection early in life prevents cancer.

Understand how to do a risk-benefit analysis.

The best risk-benefit analysis goes beyond scoring points for “good” or “bad” outcomes. It also considers the likelihood that the good or bad will happen and the intensity of each. When a mother considers a medical intervention she should ask herself:



Pregnancy is a special, sacred time. Mothers are the gatekeepers of life on earth. The decisions a mother makes in pregnancy and in the first moments of a child’s life lay the foundation for that child’s experience on the planet. Mothers face a lot of pressure to make the right decision, “following the science” so their child will be as healthy as possible. So it’s important they understand they have choices and they can ask questions.

No parent wants their child to suffer, but we can’t give in to fear when deciding what is best for our children. Mothers must ask questions. Be curious. Follow your intuition. Keep asking questions until your mind is clear and your heart is moved. Being curious and informed is the best way to keep your baby (and your body) safe.


Steps you can take


Step One: The FDA is meeting January 26th to discuss how many and how often COVID shots should be available to Americans. However, their job is to make sure pharmaceuticals are safe and effectiveWith more VAERS reports than all other vaccines combined, and “breakthrough” vaccine failure expected, on a shot that doesn’t stop transmission anyway…do you think the FDA is doing its job? There is still time to tell the FDA what safe and effective means before their meeting. Say as little as, “Stop the shots,” or write a novel-the most important thing is adding your voice.


Step Two:  The White House used Big Tech to silence the voices of Americans asking questions or criticizing covid policy. The only question–how far did it go–is coming out in lawsuits and investigations by the new US House. Let the truth-seekers know we are backing them 100% by signing the SHF petition at the button below.


Step Three: Knowledge is power. Keep in the know quickly with SHF’s free printable resources on topics like the COVID shot for kids, the CDC’s immunization schedule, religious rights in health care, and more. (If you’re feeling fired up, print a stack to leave at your local coffee shop, auto shop, doctors office or other places people gather.)

References & Sources

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[viii] To read more, and keep up to date on state laws, check out for a great user-friendly list of proof-of-vaccination requirements throughout the 50 states, complete with interactive map and timelines.

















References & Sources

[i] Mullard, A. Vaccine failure explained. Nature (2008).


[iii] Kim, H. W., CANCHOLA, J. G., Brandt, C. D., Pyles, G., Chanock, R. M., Jensen, K., & Parrott, R. H. (1969). Respiratory syncytial virus disease in infants despite prior administration of antigenic inactivated vaccine. American journal of epidemiology89(4), 422-434. Available at, accessed January 10, 2023.


[v] RSV Clinical Tracker,

[vi] Kim, H. W., CANCHOLA, J. G., Brandt, C. D., Pyles, G., Chanock, R. M., Jensen, K., & Parrott, R. H. (1969). Respiratory syncytial virus disease in infants despite prior administration of antigenic inactivated vaccine. American journal of epidemiology89(4), 422-434. Available at, accessed January 10, 2023.

[vii] KAPIKIAN, A. Z., MITCHELL, R. H., CHANOCK, R. M., SHVEDOFF, R. A., & STEWART, C. E. (1969). An epidemiologic study of altered clinical reactivity to respiratory syncytial (RS) virus infection in children previously vaccinated with an inactivated RS virus vaccine. American journal of epidemiology89(4), 405-421. Available at, accessed January 10, 2023.

[viii] Mullard, A. Vaccine failure explained. Nature (2008).












Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Associate Director, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with our State Directors in each state, she ensures that SHF has calls-to-action for health-freedom bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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