Vaccine Related Death of Children?

The following article outlines a very troubling tale…troubling for me and other parents like me, who have lost a child to cancer. In 1986 my 5 year old son, Jarrod, was diagnosed with ependymoma brain tumour.

After two surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments over the next 4 years, he passed away in 1990.

About 1 year ago, 30 years after his death, I happened to be doing some research on Covid-19 on PubMed and randomly decided to do a search for “ependymoma,” to see if any progress had been made in the treatment of the cancer.

Since the day of diagnosis the question “how/why does a 5 year old get brain cancer” has run through my brain..
The following is the study I came across, which sparked this article.

Cancer risk associated with simian virus 40 contaminated polio vaccine

S G Fisher 1L WeberM Carbone


Background: The presence of SV40 in monkey cell cultures used in the preparation of the polio vaccine from 1955 through 1961 is well documented. Investigations have consistently demonstrated the oncogenic behavior of SV40 in animal models. Early epidemiologic studies were inadequate in demonstrating an increase in cancer incidence associated with contaminated vaccine. Recently, investigators have provided persuasive evidence that SV40 is present in human ependymomas, choroid plexus tumors, bone tumors, and mesotheliomas, however, the etiologic role of the virus in tumorigenesis has not been established.

Materials and methods: Using data from SEER, we analyzed the incidence of brain tumors, bone tumors, and mesotheliomas from 1973-1993 and the possible relationship of these tumors with the administration of the SV40 contaminated vaccine.

Results: Our analysis indicates increased rates of ependymomas (37%), osteogenic sarcomas (26%), other bone tumors (34%) and mesothelioma (90%) among those in the exposed as compared to the unexposed birth cohort.

Conclusions: These data suggest that there may be an increased incidence of certain cancers among the 98 million persons exposed to contaminated polio vaccine in the U.S.; further investigations are clearly justified.

I was shocked at what I had just read….polio vaccine was contaminated with a monkey virus (SV40) which then found its way into the brains of children, increasing the risk of death by the brain cancer which took my son’s life.

But, how?
Polio vaccines were first given to children in 1954. I was born in 1952, and my wife in 1956. Both of us received polio vaccination prior to 1961.

Science has now shown viruses can be transmitted from mother to their children in utero. (see –

In 1996, Mauro Tognon, of the University of Ferrara and his collaborators reported that they had also found the virus in 45 percent of the sperm samples and 23 percent of the blood samples they tested from healthy people, suggesting that the monkey virus could spread through sexual contact or unscreened blood products. In 1998 the presence of SV40 antibodies in human blood samples was reported by Butel, who tested several hundred American blood samples and found antibodies to SV40 in about 10 percent of them. Butel’s laboratory also tested samples from children born from 1980 to 1995 — decades after the contaminated vaccine was removed from the market. A surprising six percent tested positive — offering evidence that the virus may now be spreading from person to person, including from mother to child. (from The Atlantic – )

So there is the scenario which haunts me….Were our polio vaccines contaminated? Did we pass on SV40 to our child who was born in 1981?

We will never know. However, the next time someone tells you all vaccines are safe, perhaps share with them that millions of people (likely about 3,000,000 in Canada) are now infected with a monkey virus that may, decades after having received the most famous and lauded of vaccines, kill their children.