While the general public was distracted by race issues and natural disasters, the California legislature quietly passed a bill on May 14, 2015, requiring all children to be vaccinated. Religious or personal beliefs are no longer accepted for exemption. Other states may soon follow. Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars from vaccinations, which begs the question, whose interests are these legislators protecting – ours or Big Pharmas?
The event that precipitated the vaccine debate and panic among the populace was the measles outbreak of 125 people at Disneyland. There was a lot of unfounded blame put on unvaccinated individuals. Yes, unvaccinated people can contract measles but so can people who have been vaccinated. According to the CDC, about one out of every 13 people who have been vaccinated with the measles vaccine and the booster is not immune. About the same number of people who already had the disease are also not immune.
According to Dr. Susan Humphries, of the 110 California residents that were tracked, some of them were too young to be vaccinated (under 12 months old), some were too immunocompromised to get vaccinated, the rest included people who were vaccinated with various doses (from 1-3) and 18 people who were unvaccinated because they opted out.
Vaccinated are not immune
A large number of vaccinated people are still susceptible to measles because they either had only one dose of the live MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine). Or they were inoculated between 1963 and 1967 by a “killed” measles (virus) vaccine (KMV), which was ineffective and later abandoned in favor of the live virus. (I read from two sources that the live measles vaccine wears off by 9% per year but was unable to verify this from the CDC or World Health Organization [WHO] literature).
Measles refers to rubeola, also known as “English measles.” One cannot get the measles vaccine by itself. You have to get it in combination with the mumps and rubella vaccine, which is made by the pharmaceutical company, Merck. Measles is a viral infection that can be spread by physical contact or through the air via respiratory droplets. One bout usually confers immunity for life. Measles is characterized by a rash that lasts about seven days, a fever that lasts three days, light sensitivity, a runny nose and sometimes a cough. If the cough is severe, it could lead to pneumonia.
Is it really life-threatening
It is rare in developed countries for measles or any of these three diseases to be life-threatening or cause serious consequences, except in two cases. One case is a pregnant woman who neither had the rubella virus (“German measles” – normally a milder form of measles than rubeola) nor was vaccinated for it. If she contracts it while pregnant, it could cause miscarriage or birth defects.
The second exception is a post-pubertal male who has not had mumps or the mumps vaccine. If he contracts mumps, there is a chance he can have testicular inflammation or infertility. (There have been questions by the FDA as to the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine and recent allegations of research fraud against Merck).
The last measles deaths in the U.S were sometime between 1985 and 1992, which occurred in 0.2% of cases. The other neurological conditions that have been mentioned in connection with measles are encephalitis (brain inflammation). And SSPE (Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis – a fatal brain disorder.) Encephalitis is rare. The CDC says 0.1% or 1/1,000 measles patients get it. But a number of experienced pediatricians question this figure and thinks it’s more like 1/100,000 worldwide. SSPE is extremely rare (1/million) and there have not been any cases in the U.S. since the 1980s.
Mercury or thimerosal is no longer added to the MMR vaccine, although a cause/effect relationship was never proven for autism. Some doctors claim it was proven and this research was suppressed. Thimerosal is still added to the flu vaccine and in a number of pediatric vaccines, the mercury has been replaced with the heavy metal, aluminum. A number of them also contain formaldehyde and polysorbate 80. The current MMR vaccine contains human albumin, cow fetus serum, and chick embryo proteins.
Public health officials want children to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine to protect pregnant women from being exposed to rubella and adult males from being exposed to mumps. Doctors need to follow public health policy but some also believe vaccines should be given on a case-by-case basis and should be spread out more. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, among other doctors, questions the safety of giving three live viruses in one vaccine.
Parents differ in their views as well. Some parents can’t afford to take off work if their child is sick and want all the vaccines. Some parents don’t trust the pharmaceutical companies, only believe in natural immunity and don’t want any vaccines. Other parents want to be able to pick and choose the vaccines which fit their children’s needs.
They base their decisions on:
- Timing – some parents don’t want so many vaccines given so close together within the first six months of life.
- The seriousness of a preventable disease.
- The ingredients in the vaccines.
- Risks of getting a particular disease, based on:
- The general health of their child.
- Whether or not their child is breastfed or in daycare.
- How much and where the child and/or family members travel.
- The effectiveness of the vaccine as well as the side effects. (The same neurological conditions that may be caused by the measles virus may also be caused by the vaccine. In addition, according to a pediatrician, Robert Mendelsohn, slow viruses, which are found in all live vaccines and particularly measles vaccine, can hide in human tissue for years. Dr. Mendelsohn claims they emerge later to form encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, and as the potential seeds for cancer.)
Something more concerning
The Alliance for Natural Health is much more concerned about tuberculosis (TB) than measles. It points out that we’ve only had 178 cases of measles this past year in a population of 320 million. Nobody in the U.S. has died from it in 23 years. In comparison, in 2011, 536 Americans died from TB and 9,500 cases were reported in 2013. Yet, there is no publicity about TB. Interestingly, there is no vaccine for TB and thus no money to be made for pharmaceutical companies. Something to think about.
In conclusion: People who are not vaccinated are not responsible for the spread of measles. Not all vaccines are the same in regards to safety or efficacy. One size does not fit all when it comes to the health of our children. And we should question who has the most to gain from vaccinations.