You’ve seen the fear tactics on the news and floating around the facebook world. Every year it seems we’re told, “The most recent outbreak of measles or pertussis is the biggest since…” Then follows the same old claims, “Outbreaks are occurring because of the unvaccinated!”, “The only reason you have the privilege of not vaccinating is because everyone else does!”, “Science has proven that vaccines are safe and effective, you must be anti-science!” We’ve been programmed into thinking that we need “herd” immunity.
I am not an “anti-vaxxer,” nor am I “anti-science.” I am, however, against flawed science, lies, and misinformation.
“Herd immunity,” we’re told, requires 80-95% (depending on the disease) of the population be vaccinated to protect babies and the immune compromised who cannot be vaccinated. If we do not keep vaccination levels high, deadly diseases will come back.
This herd immunity theory originally came about in 1933 by a researcher named A W Hedrich. He discovered that when 68% of a given population developed natural immunity to measles, epidemics disappeared from that given community.(1) Unfortunately, when it comes to vaccine-induced herd immunity, the science is flawed. You see, naturally acquired immunity lasts a lifetime, however, vaccine-induced immunity does not, hence all the added boosters over the years.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, “That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, (the baby boomers) have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population has been unprotected for decades.”
“If we listen to present day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccinations rates fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection.”
Are we really that naive to believe that these “outbreaks” are because of the small percentage of unvaccinated children? Let’s ignore the evidence from medical journals clearly documenting that measles and pertussis outbreaks are found in highly vaccinated populations. Here are a few examples:
In 1984, a measles outbreak in an Illinois high school found 100% of students had been vaccinated.(2)
In 1985, a measles outbreak in Texas was documented with 99% vaccinated and 1% unvaccinated.(3)
In 1986, 90% of 1300 pertussis cases in a Kansas outbreak were in appropriately vaccinated persons.
-Neil Miller, Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? Fifth Printing, 1994, p. 33.
In 1988, a measles outbreak in a college in Colorado found 98% of students had documentation of adequate measles immunity.(4)
In 2010, the largest outbreak of pertussis (reportedly) in over 50 years occurred in California. 81 percent of these cases occurred in people who were FULLY vaccinated.(5)
In 2012, a pertussis outbreak in Vermont found 90% of children had been vaccinated.(6)
But we’re still being told vaccines are effective and the public is still believing it.
I saw the latest propaganda piece floating around today. It’s titled, “The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic.” It goes on to show a graph of measles and pertussis outbreaks worldwide from 2008-2014. The most disturbing part of the article read, “The lesson of all this is that vaccination is not an individual choice to be made by a parent for his or her own offspring. It’s a public health issue, because the diseases contracted by unvaccinated children are a threat to the community.” This is complete and utter ignorance. Interestingly, the article failed to provide details about these so-called “outbreaks.” First of all, define “outbreak.” How many persons were vaccinated/unvaccinated? How many resulted in death? I’d like to see a graph showing those affected by vaccine injuries in the past 6 years! Talk about devastating.
Let’s take a step back here and actually do some research.
I’ll start with measles. Are you aware that mortality rates dropped before the measles vaccination program even began?
1920- 469,924 cases reported, 7,515 patients died (1.6%)
1955- Measles death rate <0.03/100,000 (less than 3 in 10,000,000)
1963 – Measles Vaccination Program begins
Dr. Alexander Langmuir, MD, who created the epidemiology section of what is now known as the CDC stated, “To those who ask me, ‘Why do you wish to eradicate measles?, ‘I reply with the same answer that Hillary used when asked why he wished to climb Mt. Everest. He said, ‘Because it is there.’ To this may be added, “..and it can be done.” He was well aware that mortality rates had already declined when he described measles as a “…self-limiting infection of short duration, moderate severity, and low fatality…”(7)
Does measles pose a risk? Sure, it does. More so in developing countries who lack adequate nutrition and care. In healthy, well-nourished children, measles has low mortality rates and no complications. Vitamin A actually reduces morbidity in all children. Why must we be scared into thinking vaccination is the only protection? Why not more educating on increasing the level of health in our children and learning how to care for them if they do contract a disease such as this?
Have you ever visited the VAERS website? If not, you should. We're told by our doctors and scientists that vaccines are safe. VAERS tells a different story. In 2011, 2,585 adverse reactions were submitted as a result of the MMR vaccine, 271 of them serious. Serious meaning "Life-Threatening, Hospitalized, Disabled, and/or Died.” In 2012, 2,529 adverse reactions were submitted, 264 of them serious. I looked back further in the early 2000s and found even higher reports. It is estimated that only between 1 and 10% of the total number of reactions are actually reported each year. So these numbers are potentially higher. And they really want vaccine decisions taken from the parent and left to the government? THAT is outrageous!
Let’s take a look at pertussis.
Pertussis is most dangerous in younger babies and that is certainly reason to be concerned. However, as usual, many doctors resort to scare tactics when it comes to this disease instead of knowledgeable advice. Have you noticed that anytime the media brings up the issue, they show a video of a young baby on his or her back during a coughing spell? Is it not common sense that leaving babies with pertussis on their backs is irresponsible and dangerous? I mean, really! There is successful treatment for whooping cough, but don’t expect the medical establishment to fill you in on it as it does not provide big Pharma any financial gain. Interesting to note, babies under 1 year rarely got pertussis before the vaccine came into play. This is because prior to vaccination, babies were protected by their mother’s placenta and breast milk. This is most likely not the case anymore as mothers are vaccinated and therefore unable to pass these antibodies to their babies.
So, vaccination for pertussis is pushed and pushed, without mention of the failures associated with it. According to Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC, “The vaccination isn’t 100 percent effective. So there are some cases where a person may get whooping cough even though they have been vaccinated.”(8) Oh, but it’s because YOU didn’t vaccinate YOUR child. Right.
“The vaccine is not going to eradicate pertussis,” said Dr. Peter Cieslak, Medical Director of the Oregon Immunization Program. “It isn’t good enough to wipe out the disease, and it’s going to be around indefinitely.” Did you read that? Ok, then in the same breath he says, “So the message we want to get out is to do what you can to protect yourself and get vaccinated because we’re going to continue to be exposed to it in the future.”(9) What? So, the vaccine is a failure, but you need to get vaccinated? Am I missing something?
Let’s once again ignore the evidence which clearly shows pertussis centers in vaccinated communities.
For example, in 2010, a spike in whooping cough cases appeared at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael. Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California stated, “GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) has never studied the duration of the vaccine’s protection after the shot given to four to six-year olds. We have a real belief that the durability (of the vaccine) is not what was imagined…We started dissecting data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in FULLY vaccinated children. That’s what started catching our attention.”(10)
More recently, it has been reported that the acellular pertussis vaccination is enhancing B. parapertussis colonization. The DTaP vaccine given five times to children under age 6 and booster doses for teenagers and adults does NOT protect against whooping cough caused by B. parapertussis. Just last year, vaccine-resistant pertussis strains were found in Philadelphia. According to Dr. Jennifer Vodzak, an infectious disease specialist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, “Of 30 samples analyzed, 18 (60%) showed a variant that conferred resistance to the current vaccine formulation.”(11)
Furthermore, according to VAERS, the danger of severe reactions and deaths from the DTaP vaccine far outweigh the danger of pertussis itself. For instance, from 2004-2008, 111 deaths from pertussis were reported to the CDC. In the same years, over 2500 serious reactions were reported to VAERS in association with the DTaP vaccine, 229 of them were deaths. Certainly puts things into perspective a bit!
As of May 2013, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has paid out 2.7 billion for cases involving injuries among all vaccines with the DTaP causing more disability, illness and highest risks, even exceeding MMR. Take a look here and you’ll find the balance in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund is nearly $3.5 billion.
Why are we not given this information from our doctors and public health authorities? According to Shawn Siegel, “Obviously, if vaccines can kill and cause serious and debilitating lifelong damage – which they can and do – the vaccine administrator must provide that information to the client, in unambiguous fashion, regardless of the estimated size of the risk. It’s an ethical mandate that must be fulfilled, but it never is…Conscious denial of critical information is disinformation.”(12)
I encourage everyone to dig in and research for yourself. Don’t just simply believe the latest article being passed around meant to scare people. Dig deeper. Question things. Read. Think. Weigh the risks and the benefits. Then make an educated decision.