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Anti-vaxxers accuse Peppa Pig of ‘brainwashing’ kids following book about character having jab

Anti-vaxxers have blasted Peppa Pig for ‘brainwashing’ children after an episode about the famous cartoon pig getting a health check was turned into a book, which also sees her getting a vaccination.

Furious parents have accused the animated favourite of promoting vaccinations in the popular storybook before denouncing the Covid jab as a ‘toxic injection’ that is the equivalent of ‘child abuse’.

The fury was sparked following the novelisation of an episode of the cartoon, Peppa Gets a Health Check, that debuted on television screens last year and comes weeks after the NHS started Covid vaccinations for younger children.

In the animated episode, Mummy Pig takes her daughter, Peppa, to see a doctor – who measures her height and weight, looks in her ears, listens to her heartbeat, and asks questions about whether she likes broccoli – as well as taking note of the loudness of her ‘oink’.

But in the book version, Peppa Gets a Vaccination – which appears to be virtually the same plot –  Peppa is also told by the polar bear character medic: ‘Now it’s time for your vaccination, do you know why we have vaccinations Peppa?’

Alongside regular vaccinations for children, which include Diptheria, hepatitis B, Hib, polio, tetanus, whooping cough, the NHS has rolled out the Covid vaccination programme to children aged 5-11 from April 2022. 

Almost five million children in this age group are eligible for two doses of the vaccine following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended children can benefit from a ‘non-urgent’ offer of the vaccine.

However, official figures released last month showed one in eight (12.8 per cent) Covid jabs earmarked for youngsters aged between five and 11 in Wales have already had to be dumped – and insiders also told MailOnline the problem is unlikely to be unique to Wales.

The statistics, which also show the weekly vaccine uptake for children aged five to 11 is under 10 per cent, are based on the number of doses that had to be binned out of all the jabs the country has received. 

Government sources said while the exact reason for the jabs needing to be binned is not clear, children failing to attend appointments had exacerbated the issue.

Anti-vaxxers have blasted Peppa Pig for ‘brainwashing’ children after a cartoon episode about going to the doctors to have a vaccine was turned into a book called Peppa Gets a Vaccination  (Pictured)

The book features Peppa receiving a vaccination and was a novelisation of an episode called Peppa Gets a Health Check, that debuted on television screens last year

The book features Peppa receiving a vaccination and was a novelisation of an episode called Peppa Gets a Health Check, that debuted on television screens last year

Furious parents have accused the animated favourite of promoting vaccinations in the popular storybook before denouncing the Covid jab as a 'toxic injection' that is the equivalent of 'child abuse' (Pictured)

Furious parents have accused the animated favourite of promoting vaccinations in the popular storybook before denouncing the Covid jab as a ‘toxic injection’ that is the equivalent of ‘child abuse’ (Pictured)

The book comes after official figures released last month showed one in eight (12.8 per cent) jabs earmarked for youngsters aged between five and 11 in Wales have already had to be dumped (file image)

The book comes after official figures released last month showed one in eight (12.8 per cent) jabs earmarked for youngsters aged between five and 11 in Wales have already had to be dumped (file image)

The book sees the famous cartoon character holding what appears to be her personal child health record – also known as the red book – that is given to new parents once their child is born. 

It was published on September 30 last year – 10 days after the NHS rolled out the vaccination programme to children aged 12-15.

The book continues: ‘Peppa put her hand up. “Yes! They stop us from getting ill, and that helps people around us, too.”‘

The doctor impressively replies: ‘That’s right. Sometimes vaccinations are given as a little spray in your nose and sometimes a tiny pinprick in your arm’.

In the animated version, Peppa is asked to jump up and down before the doctor asks: ‘Is Peppa up-to-date with her vaccinations?’ before Mummy Pig replies: ‘Yes, she is.’

The book sees the famous cartoon character holding what appears to be her personal child health record - also known as the red book - that is given to new parents once their child is born (pictured)

The book sees the famous cartoon character holding what appears to be her personal child health record – also known as the red book – that is given to new parents once their child is born (pictured)

A graph showing the UK's weekly Covid vaccine uptake by age for the first dose

A graph showing the UK’s weekly Covid vaccine uptake by age for the first dose

A graph showing the UK's weekly Covid vaccine uptake by age for the second dose which  5-11 year olds receive 12 weeks after their first dose

A graph showing the UK’s weekly Covid vaccine uptake by age for the second dose which  5-11 year olds receive 12 weeks after their first dose

A voice-over then says: ‘A vaccination stops you getting ill.’

Children have to be immunised for several diseases from the time they are eight-weeks old up until before they reach 18. 

What vaccinations do children have in the UK?

Children have to be immunised for several diseases from the time they are eight-weeks old up until before they turn 18. 

The current UK children’s vaccination programme includes: 

Eight weeks old:

Diptheria, hepatitis B, Hib, polio, tetanus, whooping cough

Pneumococcal infections

Rotavirus

Meningococcal B

Three months:

Diptheria, hepatitis B, Hib, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (2nd dose)

Rotavirus (2nd dose)

Four months:

Diptheria, hepatitis B, Hib, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (3rd dose)

Pneumococcal infections (2nd dose)

Meningococcal B (2nd dose)

Age one:

Measles, mumps, rubella

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C

Pneumococcal infections (3rd dose)

Meningococcal B (3rd dose)

Age three and four months:

Diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio

Measles, mumps, and rubella (2nd dose)

Age five and over:

Covid-19 vaccine

Age 12-13:

Human papilloma virus (HPV)

Age 14:

Tetanus, diptheria, polio

Meningitis, septicaemia (blood poisoning)

Source: NHS

On average, a child in the UK is vaccinated over 17 times to protect them against different diseases including whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection of the lungs and breathing tubes, and measles, mumps and rubella.

However, in a blog on the Health Advisory and Recovery Team website, Peppa is accused of being ‘unwittingly and unethically weaponised in a ‘drive by’ vaccine product placement advertisement’.

HART describes itself as ‘a group of highly qualified UK doctors, scientists, economists, psychologists and other academic experts’ who ‘came together over shared concerns about policy and guidance recommendations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic’.

The description on their website cites ‘concern’ over ‘the lack of open scientific debate in mainstream media and the worrying trend of censorship and harassment of those who question the narrative’.

In the blog, an unnamed poster cites the episode and subsequent book, claiming that Peppa and Mummy by-pass the informed consent stage of the medical procedure.

The blog describes the alleged stunt as ‘hogwash,’ adding: ‘This not-so-subtle change begs various questions.

‘Why would one go to such lengths to take an existing story and republish it under a new title?

‘This second version of the story was published on 30 September 2021, the same month which saw the UK Chief Medical Officers’ inexcusable and unexplainable decision to proceed with Covid-19 injections for 12-15 year-olds.

‘Unfortunately, UK authorities have a track record of using misleading information to promote these injections.

‘Who would have thought Peppa Pig, the loveable and effervescent porcine character that has been a huge favourite of many a youngster for the last couple of decades, might be utilised by big pharma in an attempt to normalise a potentially dangerous and most likely unnecessary medical procedure?’

And online, Peppa’s trip to the docs has been subject to more scrutiny.

On the Amazon page for the curly pink tale, some 42 per cent of its reviews are just one star.

Jo Lovetees blasts: ‘Disgusting brainwashing of our children.

‘This is so wrong. Let’s encourage our kids to take medical treatments still in clinical trial phases with no long term safety data, no studies into effects on fertility, when in the UK alone over 1600 people have died from the covid shot and over one million adverse reactions (just look up the government Yellow Card reporting system).

‘These are a mere 1-10% of the actual figures. Our kids don’t need toxic injections, or face masks, it’s child abuse. Just stop, leave our kids alone.’

Jo’s review has been marked as ‘helpful’ 434 times.

Children have to be immunised for several diseases from the time they are eight-weeks old up until before they reach 18. Pictured: The Peppa Pig book

Children have to be immunised for several diseases from the time they are eight-weeks old up until before they reach 18. Pictured: The Peppa Pig book

On the Amazon page for the curly pink tale, some 42 per cent of its reviews are just one star (pictured)

Another angry parent, Z Hart, who titled his review 'indoctrination at its finest' adds: 'Sick world we're living in' (Pictured)

Another angry parent, Z Hart, who titled his review ‘indoctrination at its finest’ adds: ‘Sick world we’re living in’ (Pictured) 

In another review, Matt Stevens asks: ‘Is this some sort of sick joke?’

Another angry parent, Z Hart, who titled his review ‘indoctrination at its finest’ adds: ‘Maybe one where Daddy pig has some adverse reactions or Grandpa pig dies alone in a care home slowly poisoned by Midazolam?

‘How about teaching children that? Sick world we’re living in.’

Another reviewer, Jim, adds: ‘Very bad taste given the current circumstances.

‘Daddy pig is a complete half wit so probably would rush out to get his kids ‘vaccinated’ with any old ‘vaccine’ which has no long term safety data for a virus that has little to no effect on children and looks like it doesn’t reduce transmission which is the whole argument.

‘Absolutely disgraceful! I am never letting my kids watch or read any of this crap after this.’

Hasbro, the parent company behind the Peppa Pig series, and Penguin – who publish her books – have been contacted for comment by MailOnline.

Just 18% of parents with children under five want them vaccinated against Covid, US poll shows 

Only a small minority of parents with children less than five years old would vaccinate them against Covid, a survey has found — as many scientists doubt shots are needed for the age group.

Just 18 percent of those questioned said they would ‘definitely’ get their child two doses of the vaccine if it was approved for use in the age group.

For comparison, almost two in five parents said they would refuse to get their child inoculated or only do so if it was required.

More than 1,800 parents took part in the survey by health pollster the Kaiser Family Foundation, including 181 with children younger than five years.

It comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers approving Moderna’s jab for children aged six months to five years. Pfizer is also expected to apply for its shot to be used in the age group later this month.

Many scientists have raised concerns over vaccinating children, however, because they face only a small risk of serious illness from the disease.

Most parents — 38 percent — said they planned to wait until other children had got the vaccine, before deciding whether to take their own for the vaccine.

Some 11 percent warned they would not take their child for the vaccine unless it was required by their state.

But a total of 27 percent said they would not get a child less than five years old the vaccine under any circumstances.

The survey was carried out between April 13 and 26, which was before Moderna applied to have its jab approved for use in the age group.

 

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