Over the past week, we have been inundated with mainstream media stories about the measles ‘epidemic’ in Washington state where 68 have been infected. Nationwide, there have been 159 cases identified through February 21, 2019. (1)
An outbreak is defined as three or more cases. Of measles—an illness that is self-limited and benign for nearly all who got it. Before I go on, let’s remember how measles was regarded when I was growing up. Recall that the Brady Bunch became infected with measles. I do not recall newspaper headlines blaring about the Bradys serious illness. I don’t think the health department was on the episode investigating how the Brady’s became ill. Furthermore, I don’t remember Congress investigating why all the Bradys became ill. Nor do I have any memory of state legislatures trying to take parental rights away because the Bradys developed measles. I think Mr. and Mrs. Brady would have had something to say about that one!
Here’s what I remember about the Bradys measles show:
That was in a different era when measles was considered a rite of passage for nearly all children. In fact, children who naturally developed measles and recovered had lifetime immunity from future measles infections. Additionally, girls who recovered from measles would pass on immunity to their babies which would protect their children at the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Now, with nearly everyone getting the measles vaccination, all that protection is lost. There is no lifetime immunity since the antibody production from the vaccine declines over time. Furthermore, there is no protection for newborn babies in mothers who have been vaccinated. And, there is no herd immunity from the vaccine since the vaccine is incapable of providing it.
Perhaps Marcia Brady had it right!
Times were simpler in the Brady era. There was no fear-mongering from the Powers-That-Be over measles. Not so today. The headlines today might make you think that measles is as deadly as Ebola.
That is absurd.
But, just look at what is happening around our country after a small and predictable measles outbreak. There was a US Congressional hearing last week about the measles ‘epidemic’ and another one is scheduled in the US Senate next week. At these hearings, the Powers-That-Be are calling for mandatory vaccinations and eliminating parental choice when it comes to vaccines. As I previously stated, with the amount of media coverage this measles epidemic is receiving, I would not fault you for guessing that many must be dying from measles. In fact, no one has died.
Another fact: No one died from measles last year. In 2015, the first measles death in 12 years was recorded and it was found in a woman at autopsy who did not exhibit measles symptoms. It is important to point out that she was on immune-suppressive medications. (2) Please keep in mind that I am not trying to minimize anyone’s death. Any death is tragic. So is a death from the measles (MMR) vaccine. A search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) found 415 deaths from the MMR (or MMRV) vaccine since 1989. In other words, approximately 13 US children die per year from the measles vaccine. (3) And, keep in mind that experts think that only 1% of adverse vaccine reactions are reported. (4) And, there are other adverse effects from the measles vaccine. Seizure occurs five times more often in vaccination from measles than from measles infection. (5)
Fact: The year before the measles vaccine was introduced (1962) the death rate from measles was 0.2/100,000. In 2016, here are some statistics on the death rate:
• Heart disease (2016) is 168/100,000
• Suicide: 13.3/100,000
• Lightening strike: 0.02/100,000
• Drowning: 3/100,000 for children under five years
Measles epidemics STILL occur every two to three years even with vaccination rates around 90%. Why does measles continue the circulate? The primary reason is that the measles vaccine does NOT confer lifetime immunity to measles. Approximately 5-10 percent of those vaccinated are non-responders—they do not produce antibodies to the virus. And, nearly 10% who receive the vaccine stop producing antibodies within 10-20 years after the inoculation.
My friend, “Dr. Karl” from Philadelphia, recently called me and asked me what I thought about the measles epidemic in Washington state. I told Karl that it was only measles—what’s the big deal? Well, Dr. Karl, what say you about the pertussis epidemic in Los Angeles where 30 vaccinated students became ill with pertussis? (6) Perhaps we should stop vaccinating against pertussis as only the vaccinated became ill. The good news for those students is that they will have lifetime immunity for pertussis and the girls infected will impart immunity on their newborn children. Pertussis is a perfect example of a failed vaccine that has left our country in a mess since the vaccine wanes shortly after it is given.
Folks, we don’t live in Nazi Germany where medical procedures were done without consent. We don’t live in Communist countries where there is no choice. At least, I don’t think we do.
Some vaccines, like measles, can reduce the incidence of an illness. However, there are potential side effects from the vaccine. I suggest you do your research before you allow any doctor to give you any medical therapy. You are in the best position to make an informed choice about whether a vaccine is right for you or your children. Not the Powers-That-Be.
To All Our Health,
(5) JAMA. 2004:Jul.21;292(3):356