You may have noticed the recent media coverage regarding the measles cases that originated at Disneyland. With nearly blanket media coverage, the medical community has tenaciously pounced upon this event to promote the effectiveness of the measles vaccine and to attack those parents who have exercised their free right by law to not expose their healthy children to this practice. For me, it has been frustrating to see only one side of this debate presented to the public. Even more frustrating, these media stories promoting the measles vaccine consist mainly of cliches and soundbytes and omit factual science; in my opinion this is not un-biased newsgathering, but a deliberate and fraudulent misrepresentation of facts to strip the public's lawful right to conscientious objection.
Although these TV personalities and TV doctors mention the "science" of the measles vaccine, they never cite any; not one study, not one document, not one clinical reference - no legitimate science, nothing to back up their claim. With the help of my colleague, Dr. Tim O'Shea, an expert on the vaccination debate, I would like to share some facts that have not been forthcoming by those who carry the responsibilty to inform. Feel free to validate these claims for yourself and then use them to make your own well-informed decisions in regard to the MMR vaccine.
Science Fact #1 Measles is usually a mild, self-resolving disease.
Science Fact #2 No deaths from measles in the past 10 years. 108 deaths from the measles vaccine. (CDC: zero deaths from measles in past 10 years. VAERS: 108 U.S. deaths from measles vaccine, past 10 years).
Science Fact #3 The measles vaccine does not prevent measles.(Zhejiang province in China (population 54 million) has a 99% measles vax rate. Measles continues unchecked. Same in America, with a 85% rate. The vaccine simply does not work. Worse, it perpetuates the new mutated version of the disease, not just in the U.S., but worldwide). (PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24586717)
Science Fact #4 There is no single measles vaccine available in the U.S. (Everybody has to get the MMR shot: measles-mumps-rubella.The mumps portion of that vaccine has been in litigation in U.S. district court for fraud for 5 years. That case is undecided, but the MMR shot continues for every child, with the presumption of safety).
Science Fact #5 Measles was 95% gone before the MMR vaccine began in 1978. (U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Historical Statistics of the U.S. Part 1; Bureau of Census 1975. also Vital Statistics of the U.S., 1937-1992.)
Science Fact #6 We never needed a measles vaccine. (For over a century, measles has been a mild, self-limiting, immune-building disease of childhood. Parents wanted their children to get it so they would have lifetime immunity. Without the vaccine, measles would have faded away completely. With the MMR shot mandated in 1978, measles was resurrected but mutated to a different form - the atypical version. Manmade. This is likely what most of the new Disneyland cases have. Remember, they've mostly all been vaccinated. This is largely a group of vaccinated people!
Science Fact #7 The failures of modern medicine are apparent all around us. We have the worst overall health of any industrialized nation (despite being the most expensive). Our children receive twice the number of vaccines than any other country on earth. Auto-immune diseases in our children are at the highest level in recorded human history. Those are scientific facts, and they are undisputed. Is it not logical to ask why?
Science Fact #8 Far from a benevolent public health initiative, reasonable estimates place the global vaccine industry sales in excess of $50 billion per annum. (This pharmaceutical money is lavishly lathered upon doctors, researchers, legislators and the media). Unknown by much of the public, a compensation court has been in place to settle vaccine injury claims; this court has paid out over $3 billion dollars to families and is completely bourne by the taxpayers. (see: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreport.pdf ) The drug companies are completely shielded and exempt from all liability and prosecution for vaccine injuries and deaths. (Less than 10% of actual vaccine injuries are reported. Those that are reported receive no follow-up, some of which involve death or permanent neurological damage. No one knows how many thousands have died or suffered adverse reactions from the vaccines, since there was no reporting agency in place until 1991).(O'Shea, Vaccination is Not Immunization)
Science Fact #9 Children today receive 69 doses of vaccines for 16 different viral and bacterial illnesses.(including 36 shots before the child's 18 month birthday). In the year 2000, they received 34 doses of 11 different vaccines. This schedule has more than doubled and they want more. Those supporting forced vaccination are being dishonest by not acknowledging the exploding vaccine schedule while sounding alarms over small increases in overall non-medical exemptions.
In closing...the unvaccinated don't care what the vaccinated do, or what they read. But now suddenly the vaccinators want to take away the right of anyone to disagree with their beliefs, and even the right to study the issue. They demand to have their opinion on vaccines, but refuse to allow an opposite opinion, even though both postions are protected by law. In the end it comes down to this; Why do the vaccinated care if some go unvaccinated? Aren't their children protected? Don't their vaccines work?
Most un-vaccinators I have met are not anti-vaccine. They are in favor of any vaccines that have been independantly tested and found to be absolutely effective, with no chance of harm to the recipient. If this is not the case, they merely want to retain their lawful right to receive an un-biased informed consent and have freedom of medical choice. They are highly intelligent, have done thorough research and have concluded they are best suited to make the health decisions for their loved ones; rather than doctors, drug companies or the government.