Sandy Reider: There is no measles crisis

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Sandy Reider, MD, who is the medical adviser to the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice. He lives in Lyndonville.

While vaccination rates have never been higher, Vermont physicians and politicians are claiming that Vermont has a “disturbing low childhood vaccination rate,” stirring fear over measles, painting a perfect picture of vaccines always working and never causing harm, and finally concluding: “The time is now to mandate vaccination.”

However, a close examination of the Vermont 2013-2014 school data reveals that vaccination rates in Vermont are actually quite high, not “alarmingly low” as many allege. Our exemption statistics are misleadingly skewed by the number of children enrolled in kindergarten with “provisional” exemptions (i.e., those kindergartners who are not yet caught up with all the required vaccinations on autumn enrollment, but intend to be so within six months). With this in mind, the first grade numbers (96 percent MMR coverage in first grade public schools, rising to 98 percent by 12th grade) are actually more accurate proxies for vaccine coverage in kindergarten. Also, the number of students claiming philosophical exemptions has really not increased so much since the sharp jump from 2.5 percent to 5 percent following addition of chickenpox and hepatitis B to the schedule some years ago. If a child opts out of just a single vaccine they are, misleadingly, lumped into the philosophical exemption statistic with children who decline several or all vaccines.

As a primary care physician who has been practicing in Vermont for 44 years, I am old enough to remember how common measles used to be, and how little fear or alarm was associated with it. While never mentioned in vaccine promotional brochures, mortality in the United States from most childhood infectious diseases had already dropped precipitously (98 percent decline in the case of measles) prior to the use of vaccines. Better nutrition, refrigeration, sanitation, clean water, less crowding, and so on were most decisive, not vaccines. Measles in parts of Africa and other developing countries, or in overcrowded refugee camps, resembles more the difficult living conditions seen in the U.S. in the early 1900s, and is potentially dangerous. The risk/benefit may favor vaccination in those situations, but that is a very long way from Vermont today. Here, measles carries little risk for the average well-nourished child. Over the past decade there have been about 1,500 reported cases of measles in the U.S. (one in Vermont in 2011), zero deaths, but 88+ deaths following MMR vaccination, and over $3 billion awarded by federal court to parents of all vaccine-injured children.

There are also some problems with the measles vaccine itself. Cancer centers, such as Johns Hopkins and Sloan-Kettering, warn their immune-compromised patients to avoid any contact with individuals who have recently received any vaccine, like the MMR, containing live virus, because these vaccinated individuals can shed vaccine virus for weeks to months, putting others with compromised immune systems at risk. Measles vaccination may cause “vaccine measles” that is indistinguishable from wild measles. There is at least one reported case of a vaccinated child transmitting vaccine-strain measles to their healthy sibling. Many may recall that it was for this reason that the live Sabin polio vaccine was abandoned in this country in 2000 in favor of Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine.

While wild measles confers robust lifelong immunity, some individuals completely fail to respond to the vaccine (2-10 percent primary failure), while immunity in others wanes significantly (secondary vaccine failure), so that measles is increasingly a problem for adults, with many affected who have been fully vaccinated (note: it is now acknowledged by the CDC and our health department that vaccine failure was the driver behind the recent whooping cough outbreak, not unvaccinated children).

A hundred or so cases of measles in the U.S. does not by any stretch represent a public health crisis, though mainstream media coverage, thriving on sensationalism, would have us think so.

 

Also, because vaccine immunity fails or wanes over time, women vaccinated in childhood often lack sufficient antibodies against measles by the time they reach childbearing age, and as a result cannot pass this crucial protection on to their nursing infants. Ironically, more very young vulnerable infants are now at increased risk for measles as a direct consequence of the vaccination campaign against measles. “Herd immunity” here is a misnomer, better call it “vaccine herd effect.” With an ever-growing number of adults in whom vaccine immunity has failed or waned, it is easy to predict that there will be more and larger measles outbreaks in the future, blamed, incorrectly, entirely on the unvaccinated.

Finally, consider the following, not so uncommon, predicament: immediately following a particular vaccination(s), the child has a prolonged fever, a shrill cry, and loses muscle tone, but after a few days or weeks appears to recover. The parent then, rightly, determines not to repeat that vaccine, but is unable to obtain a medical exemption (parents report these are impossible to get because contraindications are increasingly narrow in definition). Lacking support from their doctor, and without access to the philosophical vaccine exemption, what choice remains for such a caring parent or guardian … homeschool, move to another state, jail ?

A hundred or so cases of measles in the U.S. does not by any stretch represent a public health crisis, though mainstream media coverage, thriving on sensationalism, would have us think so. And vested interests pushing mandatory vaccination, so willing to ignore the ethics of medical informed consent, appear delighted to take advantage of this.

Let’s support Gov. Shumlin’s decision to leave well enough alone, maintaining the critical right of parents to make medical decisions for their children, and adults for themselves.

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roger tubby
1 year 10 months ago

From what I have seen the preponderance of low measles vaccination rates are in private schools. Perhaps these schools are frequented by parents who buy into the don’t vaccinate camp.

If you are willing to keep your children segregated from the public schools, would you also please keep them and yourselves out of contact with the rest of the population?

While Dr. Reider thinks it’s OK to take the Salk polio vaccine, where does he draw the line? Tetanus, diptheria, cholera, smallpox?

Michael Matukonis
1 year 10 months ago

Here’s something to consider. I hope you read the article with an attitude to try to understand rather than to oppose. Most people, when exposed with information that “conflicts with what they know” will immediately ignore it. As I usually say, when trying to determine “where the truth lies” follow the money. Here’s the link.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/02/15/the-top-6-reasons-why-parents-are-choosing-not-to-vaccinate-their-kids/

Kathy Hennessy
1 year 10 months ago
Dr Reider, if you have been practicing for 44 years then you are not old enough to remember when measles used to strike fear into Americans. MMR vaccination began in the US 52 years ago and immediately resulted in a dramatic decrease in measles infections. Please remember that part of your obligation as a doctor is to understand correct medical history. To refresh your memory, read here: http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/189/Supplement_1/S1.long As for the claim about shedding, you should be more up to date on research before you write something. There are no cases on record of anyone getting measles from a vaccine… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

No vaccine shedding?
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/27/cid.ciu105
“This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naïve individual.”

John Greenberg
1 year 10 months ago
Jeff Moody: You quote the first sentence of the conclusion, but not the remainder. Here’s the whole thing. “This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naïve individual. Secondary cases had robust anamnestic antibody responses. No tertiary cases occurred despite numerous contacts. This outbreak underscores the need for thorough epidemiologic and laboratory investigation of suspected measles cases regardless of vaccination status. ” Where does it say that this is a case of vaccine shedding? The “index individual” had been immunized… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

I’m not a doctor or an expert. But it seems to me that if the source of the outbreak was a fully-vaccinated individual, then that means that the virus in all likelihood came from the vaccine. Someone else may be able to clarify.

Laura Condon
1 year 10 months ago

Kathy, let me help you with your math in your opening statement. If the good doctor has been practicing medicine for 44 years we can pretty safely assume he’s at least 65, certainly old enough to have had measles and know that no one used to be stricken by fear because of it.

4 months 14 days ago
I know very little about medicine. But I know about logic. If Mr. Reider is worried about recently-vaccinated people infecting a person with a weak immune system, I would think he’d be worried about a plain old measles case, from a foolish not-vaccinated person, much more. But that does not fit into the crazy anti-vaxx story. Mr. Reider needs to go to an old cemetery and think about all those seven year olds and fifteen year olds and three-year-olds who are lying six feet below his feet because there were no vaccinations. He will get free publicity from the fringe,… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

Thank you Dr. Reider.

ray giroux
1 year 10 months ago
Thank you Dr. Reider – finally someone with common sense and knowledge has finally spoken. It is called evolution. We are supposed to grow a strong and vibrant immune system, from generation to generation – building upon each generation to resist these diseases. Unfortunately, in our modern society, our food has become less nutritious, drugs have become more invasive – attacking the immune systems and changing our ability to fend off sickness. It all boils down to the money. It all boils down to our Government taking more and more control of our lives – spurred on by the sensationalist… Read more »
Jamie Carter
1 year 10 months ago

” Many sick people are being allowed into our country – unchecked.”

Actually immigrants are required to prove they have been vaccinated…

Krisann Robles
1 year 10 months ago

LOL! Not the illegal ones.

Amy Whitman
1 year 10 months ago

I agree with Dr. Reider, but I would like to point out to Ray that instead of taking a position of being anti-government, you might find it more useful to look at corporate corruption of our regulatory agencies and our legislators. Also look at the revolving door between corporations and those agencies. Corporate executives routinely move between corporations to civil service, where they work on behalf of the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and back out to the corporations again. This practice has broken public health and safety all over the place!

Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
We are afraid of the unvaccinated, but we have no apprehensions about the CDC. Is it because we believe there’s been an open and honest debate and they’ve come down firmly on the side of vaccines safe-at-any-speed? Not according to Dr. Bernadine Healy, who as Director of the NIH said in 2008 that there was a “culture of censorship” regarding the vaccine/autism debate. Is it because we’re assured there is no conflict of interest between the desire for vaccine sales and the studies the CDC produces? With the revolving door policy between the pharmaceutical industry and the CDC I don’t… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago
Thank you Vermont Digger for bringing balance to this difficult discussion. It should be a discussion. We don’t all need to agree but we need to stop demonizing & shaming people who want to maintain some control over what commercially manufactured substances go into their bodies. We have to consider that some, not all, of the drugs suggested are promoted by way of fear based public policy and pharmaceutical industry pressure. I work from the premise that reasoned discussion in a free society can hold respect for all points of view and back us off the cliff of a black… Read more »
Kathy Nelson
1 year 10 months ago
Interesting that Dr. Reider points out how those being treated for cancer (chemotherapy and irradiation) have had their immune systems destroyed and are susceptible to vaccine produced disease. Everyone should look at the case of Cassandra Callender, a seventeen year old who has been forcibly incarcerated in a hospital and forced to undergo chemo for a questionable diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/court-says-teen-girl-cant-refuse-chemo.html This young woman and her mother began to seek alternative treatments for her illness and were attacked by doctors, CT DCF and the CT courts. Cassandra was forcibly removed from her home, drugged, restrained, had a surgical drug… Read more »
Thomas Johnson
1 year 10 months ago

Excellent, well thought out article. A very important distinction between ‘herd immunity’ and ‘vaccine herd effect’, I hope it catches on.

Timothy D. MacLam
1 year 10 months ago

“As a primary care physician who has been practicing in Vermont for 44 years, I am old enough to remember how common measles used to be, and how little fear or alarm was associated with it.”

I am glad you are not my physician.

My father lost his hearing from the measles. My brother was so sick that our doctor was called to the house. His high fever was a mater of serious concern.

At their best, vaccinations protect people from people who do not care what their children might pass on to others.

Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
The issue isn’t that measles may have complications. The issue, in part, is that whereas your story is believed, the same courtesy is not extended to parental reports of vaccine injuries, such as this one: “My daughter was perfectly healthy until she received the first Gardasil vaccination at 18 years of age on March 23, 2008. Within 24 hours of the vaccine she began complaining of a terrible backache which lasted about a week. Then she started having fatigue, stomach aches, vision problems and overall body aches. She had her first seizure within a week after these symptoms. She got… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
How will forcing vaccination help? Let’s say all the unvaccinated kids get homeschooled. So does that mean they never go to the grocery store, or concerts, or parks, or ballgames, or the post office, and their parents never go to town meetings (or the grocery store)? And you never go to airports? Or the children’s museum or the playground? And you never walk down the street for fear of the unwashed? Never go to restaurants? How about all the adults whose immunity has worn off? Let’s just calm down about this. Some of us trust the government to guide us… Read more »
David Bell
1 year 10 months ago
“How will forcing vaccination help?” It reduces the number of people walking around at greater risk of getting and spreading an illness. “And you never go to airports? Or the children’s museum or the playground? And you never walk down the street for fear of the unwashed? Never go to restaurants?” No more so than people refused to go out when willfully ignorant cranks decide to ignore the risks of smoking and expose those around them to higher risks of lung cancer by smoking in those places. By your “logic” we should let the willfully ignorant smoke anywhere they wish… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
The real danger is that a massive PR compaign is designed to persuade us that vaccines are perfectly safe, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. The real danger is that citizens and medical professionals believe anything the CDC, an institution extremely cozy with the pharmaceutical industry, says– an industry that has no liability for vaccine harm and so it gets all of the profits and none of the liability (paid by taxpayers thanks to the VICP.) The real danger is that the pharmaceutical companies have snuggled up to the medical profession from the day they entered medical school, and… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
The point is, you may want to take away philosophical exemption, but many of us will still refuse to vaccinate our children. My children, for example, will get vaccinated over my dead body, and I can assure you there are parents out there who feel the same way. We already have “legitimate” unvaccinated among us: measles vaccine failures, older people whose vaccine has worn off, people who may be visiting from other countries or other states, children who haven’t been caught up. It’s high time to stop blaming parents for refusing vaccination, and time to look carefully at why they… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
No, by my logic we would not “let the willfully ignorant smoke anywhere they wish since they refuse to accept established medical facts about the dangers of second hand smoking.” By my logic, we would kindly ask that the medical profession review the established medical facts on the dangers of ethylmercury, and then kindly alert the public to these dangers, and then kindly refrain from giving ehtylmercury to our children, as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Public Health Service recommended back in 1999. And while they’re at it, they can kindly explain why they’ve sat back all these… Read more »
David Bell
1 year 10 months ago

“By my logic, we would kindly ask that the medical profession review the established medical facts on the dangers of ethylmercury”

This has already been done numerous times. You simply don’t like the results.

The same is true of the willfully ignorant who think their ignorance gives them the right to ignore anti-smoking laws because they reject medical science.

If you don’t like the comparison, stop being willfully ignorant.

Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

No, not only do you not like the results, but you haven’t even taken to time to look at them. That’s what I call willfully ignorant. I keep urging people to look at the science because the real science– not the muddled population studies offered up by the CDC– is clear.

David Bell
1 year 10 months ago

Seems my last reply was lost.

To re-iterate: I neither like nor dislike the results. I simply choose not to ignore the work of credible medical experts because a handful of cranks, quacks and charlatans disagree.

It is truly sad that this is your definition of “real science”.

Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
And here’s another testimony. Yes, I keep at it because I just don’t want anybody to get away with saying that vaccines are “incredibly safe” which is hogwash of the first order, and it’s high time Vermonters woke up about this: “Lauren’s dates of vaccinations were 2/4/08 (Lot #1448U); 4/16/08 (Lot #1757U); 8/18/08 (Lot #0067X). With her second Gardasil vaccination, Lauren also received Varicella 165U and Menactra U2559AA. Symptoms over this past year and a half have included: enlarged liver, gall bladder attacks, severe nausea, chest pain, severe abdominal pain, severe headaches, brain freezes, stomach ulcer, sensitivity to light. The… Read more »
jackie Simons
1 year 10 months ago

Thank you Dr. Reiner for examining this measles controversy in a sane, balanced light.

sandy reider md
1 year 10 months ago
I am glad my commentary stimulated some debate … we surely need to have one. As long as vaccine manufacturers, the CDC, and medical trade organizations can confine the vaccine discussion to pertussis, measles, etc, they can avoid talking about the likely connection of the current vaccine schedule to the ongoing epidemic of chronic disease in children. The mantra that the science on that score has been settled is not true. Furthermore, that sort of statement is antithetical to true scientific inquiry. They are, to put it bluntly, afraid of an honest discussion, as it could potentially do irreparable harm… Read more »
John Greenberg
1 year 10 months ago
Dr. Reider: “The mantra that the science on that score has been settled is not true. Furthermore, that sort of statement is antithetical to true scientific inquiry.” I realize that an op-ed piece is hardly the place for a plethora of references to scientific literature, but as you can see, the comments columns work a bit differently. Since I understand your point to be that there is legitimate debate in the scientific community about “the likely connection of the current vaccine schedule to the ongoing epidemic of chronic disease in children,” perhaps you’d be so kind as to provide us… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago

Search engines are really easy to use. My suggestion is that you put one to work in search of information regarding adverse effects of adjuvants, and preservatives in vaccines that have been shown to have damaging effects.

No one should have to do someone else’s research.

John Greenberg
1 year 10 months ago
James WIlley: “No one should have to do someone else’s research.” As a very general principle, I would fully agree with you, but I also see no point in re-inventing the wheel. Searching for information on the web is time-consuming; I know it because I do it every day. That’s fine when someone else hasn’t already done the very same set of searches, but it makes very little sense when they have. Arguments ad absurdum are perfectly legitimate; ad fatigationem, considerably more questionable. Anyway, in this instance, that’s NOT what I asked. It’s not MY research (or lack thereof) that… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago

Just punch in “no link between vaccines and autism” in your favorite search engine and you’ll get all the “supporting” links to your premise that you could ever hope to copy/paste into a forum like this.

My guess is that those were the key words used to generate that forum hogging list.

As long as the mega profit motive exists for the producers there will continue to be heavy influence and lobbying to continue their use in current adjuvant/additive laden form. And we all will continue to bear the resultant burden.

John Greenberg
1 year 10 months ago
James WIlley: Three points. 1) Your comment doesn’t respond in any way to the point I raised. Nor has Dr. Reider been moved to do so. Since you’re contesting the advice of most medical authorities — state, national and international — as Dr. Reider is here, it’s reasonable to request the evidence on which you’re relying. Put more baldly, why should I believe Dr. Reider rather than the CDC, Dr. Chen, etc.? Dr. Reider presumably believes he has good answers to that question. All I’m asking is that he provide them. 2) That’s particularly the case because, as you can… Read more »
Curtis Sinclair
1 year 10 months ago
There are over 100 studies that show no link between vaccines and autism. I found the list here: http://justthevax.blogspot.com/2014/03/75-studies-that-show-no-link-between.html Albizzati, A., Moré, L., Di Candia, D., Saccani, M., Lenti, C. Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders. Minerva Pediatrica. 2012. Feb;64(1):27-31 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22350041 Afzal, MA., Ozoemena, LC., O’Hare, A., Kidger, KA., Bentley, ML., Minor, PD. Absence of detectable measles virus genome sequence in blood of autistic children who have had their MMR vaccination during the routine childhood immunization schedule of UK. Journal Medical Virology. 2006 May;78(5):623-30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16555271 Ahearn WH. What Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About the “MMR Causes… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

And here are papers supporting a link between thimerosal and neurological disorders:
http://www.ashotoftruth.org/thimerosal-papers
Many of these are toxicological studies (often ignored by the CDC) whereas many of the no-link studies are population-based.

Curtis Sinclair
1 year 10 months ago
I just checked one of your papers. It actually shows that thimersol, even in massive doses had no adverse effect. “Squirrel monkeys were dosed intranasally with saline or thiomersal (sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate, 0.002 percent w/v) daily for six months. The total amounts of thiomersal given during the six months period were 418 mug (low dose group) and 2280 mug (high dose group). This was equivalent to 207 and 1125 mug mercury. The dose differential was achieved by more frequent administration to the high dose group. Mercury concentrations were significantly raised over control values in brain (high dose group only), liver, muscle… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago
“And it is easy to get vaccines without thimerosal. MMR doesn’t have thimerosal. In 2001 thimerosal was removed or reduced to trace amounts in all childhood vaccines except for one type of influenza vaccine, and thimerosal-free alternatives are available for influenza vaccine.” You neglected to add available at substantial added cost. The thimerosal preservative is present ostensibly to limit cross contamination of a multi-dose ampule, thereby ensuring the ability to bulk package the potions. Thimerosal free flu vaccines are a double joke because they haven’t matched the current outbreak strains of flu in years. BTW, the measles portion of the… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
Intranasal isn’t the same as injected in the reference to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/804725. And the last sentence is: “Nevertheless accumulation of mercury from chronic use of thiomersal-preserved medicines is viewed as a potential health hazard for man.” And concentrations significantly raised in the brain? That doesn’t sound harmless. No evidence of toxicity– well, maybe, it would be good to know how they measured this. Regarding http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12480426, it shows that mercury is in the blood after vaccination but below safe values– but funny that we’ve studied methylmercury to death while we seem to know so little about ethylmercury despite it’s presence in medicine… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago

The media tend to present information from government sources as unquestioned truth while marginalizing dissenting opinions and effectively controlling the terms of the debate:
http://www.safeminds.org/blog/2015/02/26/climate-change-researcher-weighs-use-science-ridicule-parents-question-vaccines/

David Bell
1 year 10 months ago

It’s not the media, it’s every credible medical organization on the planet.

You want the media to be “balanced” by putting respected researchers in a room with hacks on the lunatic fringe.

You want peer reviewed papers to be weighed against lies written by said hacks even after they have been shown as nothing but liars and frauds who deliberately falsified their work.

In the mind of a tin foil hat enthusiast, this constitutes “balance”. To everyone else it is merely proof the person stating this desire is severely unbalanced.

Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
Did you by any chance look at the studies I linked to that showed an association of neurological damage with thimerosal exposure? All hacks, liars and frauds there? All of them deliberately falsified their work? And Dr. Bernandine Healy, former head of the NIH who admitted the autism/vaccine link was biological plausible and decried the culture of censorship on the issue? She a hack, liar, and lunatic too? Deliberately falsified work … where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, the Thompson whistleblower case, and the huge controversy over the Verstraeten 2003 paper. But I know, all of us are… Read more »
Kathy Nelson
1 year 10 months ago

Mr. Bell, are you insinuating that Dr. Reider is a “hack”? Please state your qualifications, and reasoning, for making such an insinuation.

David Bell
1 year 10 months ago
Jeff, “Did you by any chance look at the studies I linked to that showed an association of neurological damage with thimerosal exposure? All hacks, liars and frauds there?” Yes, if you bothered to check any credible medical source, such as the American Medical Association, you would know there is no credible evidence that low doses of thimerosal in vaccines have been shown to be harmful despite decades of research and dozens of studies. “And Dr. Bernandine Healy, former head of the NIH who admitted the autism/vaccine link was biological plausible and decried the culture of censorship on the issue?… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
I don’t believe the AMA, WHO, and CDC are credible sources on this particular issue. They are too closely allied with an extremely powerful pharmaceutical industry that puts profits first, which is fine except that the watchdogs are in on the game too–yes, I’m crazy, but I have good reason to be suspicious and every thoughtful citizen should consider that possibility. I believe the science behind vaccinations has been corrupted almost beyond repair, and that we are being pushed to get more and more vaccines because of profits, not health. Now, call me crazy. We already have a vaccine mandate–… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
I know some of you think I’m nuts– that’s OK. Hold the insults for me and the rest of us and try to understand our concerns, as we try to understand yours. No, we don’t want measles any more than you do (at least I don’t.) We don’t want TB or polio or any of that. And contrary to some of the vitriol I hear, we care very much for our children and all children, or else we really wouldn’t give a crap. But … we do have serious questions about safety, and these are based on our understanding of… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
I will anticipate some criticism. One would be that ethylmercury just doesn’t act like “normal” mercury. Here is what a 2013 review of the science says: “Major databases were searched for human and experimental studies that addressed issues related to early life exposure to TCV [thimerosal-containing vaccines]. It can be concluded that: a) mercury load in fetuses, neonates, and infants resulting from TCVs remains in blood of neonates and infants at sufficient concentration and for enough time to penetrate the brain and to exert a neurologic impact and a probable influence on neurodevelopment of susceptible infants….” From “Low-dose mercury exposure… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago
In 2015, the Vermont Health Department purchased 25,000 doses of mercury-laden flu vaccine meant for our children. You may confirm this fact by visiting VTvaccine.org 2015 assessment, page 5 (http://www.vtvaccine.org/vtvaccine.nsf/documents/VVPPFinalAssessmentCalculationWorksheet2015.html/$File/2014-10-15%20VVPP%20budget%20and%20assessment%20worksheets%20(VVPP2015)%20v6.pdf); then check the CDC price list, coding for fluzone 49281-0621- 25 (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/awardees/vaccine-management/price-list/) and then check the Fluzone(R) Quadrivalent product package insert, page 17) – http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM356094.pdf. This scenario does not build parent trust. In my opinion (not a doctor, simply a parent): 12.5 ug per pediatric dose of thimerosal (49.55% w/v mercury) is not safe; it is criminally irresponsible. All the epidemiological studies in the world are no substitute for studying… Read more »
Don Dalton
1 year 10 months ago
Jennifer, According to the CDC website, it seems that children may get 25mcg of ethylmercury, and not 12.5. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccines.htm. Also note that Afluria, which contains 24.5 mcg of ethymercury, is not recommended for children before age nine because the “ACIP recommends Afluria not be used in children aged 6 months through 8 years because of increased risk for febrile reactions.” (And what does that mean? Febrile seizures?) See note for Afluria. Note that the package insert, according to the CDC, says it’s OK for 5-year-olds. How many nurses and doctors are going to check the CDC website against the package… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago
Hi Don, I checked again the list of taxpayer funded vaccines that were purchased for Vermont children in 2015 and do not see Afluria. There may very well be other products being purchased (by pharmacies, for example?) that also contain mercury, although most people think that mercury was removed, and still others are being told that the metabolite of thimerosal (ethylmercury) is safe because it is metabolized by the gut. This is an interesting topic, considering that there may be both neurological effects, as well as impacts on the healthy/normal functioning of the gut microbiome. Tangential to the original editorial… Read more »
Jeff Moody
1 year 10 months ago
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9481001 Acute encephalopathy followed by permanent brain injury or death associated with further attenuated measles vaccines: a review of claims submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. “A total of 48 children, ages 10 to 49 months, met the inclusion criteria after receiving measles vaccine, alone or in combination. Eight children died, and the remainder had mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders. The onset of neurologic signs or symptoms occurred with a nonrandom, statistically significant distribution of cases on days 8 and 9. No cases were identified after the administration of monovalent… Read more »
Eric Fisher
1 year 6 months ago
Here is a CDC quote on adverse reactions which gives CA alone about 24,000 seizure cases a year from measles vaccine alone. Just stuff they won’t tell you about. And think of all the reactions that are disregarded as to little to report or thought of as just going to happen even without vaccines being performed. Oh but we had 150 cases of measles in CA, so take away our civil rights to chose what we consider safe for our selves and kids. PS, I wonder how many kids died from the seizures or have associated brain damage…………just stuff they… Read more »
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