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WHAT DOES PROQUAD TELL US ABOUT THE MMR?

4_horsemenBy DAN OLMSTED

Back in 2005, when the FDA approved the four-in-one live-virus vaccine ProQuad as safe and effective, manufacturer Merck had high hopes. "Based on the public health benefits realized following the introduction of other combination vaccines, such as M-M-R II, we expect PROQUAD to become a primary option for prevention of measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox," said Mark Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D., vice president of policy, public health and medical affairs, Merck Vaccine Division.

That was then. Now, because of a twice-as-high risk of fever-related convulsions, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has dropped its preferential recommendation for the four-in-one shot – measles, mumps, rubella (the MMR components) plus chickenpox. Read the story HERE.

As regular readers know, I first raised questions about ProQuad two years ago in a seven-part series titled Pox, focusing on two cases of autism in Olympia, Wash., following clinical trials leading up to the approval of ProQuad. Merck acknowledged they didn't report the cases to the FDA until after ProQuad was approved – just about the time I started asking, as it happened.

There's much more to say about ProQuad – including the fact that Merck last year "suspended" production citing shortages of the chickenpox vaccine, even as it keeps on cranking out the standalone chickenpox shot and the new shingles vaccine. Nobody I know in the environmental-biomedical community believes that after two decades and tens of millions in development costs, Merck ran out of just enough vaccine to fill ProQuad vials.
Then there's the media's stenographic approach to all this. Merck runs out of ProQuad vaccine? Gotcha. Seizures may scare parents but they don't really cause any problems? Ditto. The CDC committee tilts toward ProQuad while studies to determine seizure and fever risks are still under way, then backs away? No big deal.

I'm heading back to Olympia next week to speak at the state autism conference, and I'll do a follow-up story on the families I wrote about two years ago. But meanwhile the question I want to raise is this: What does the higher adverse event rate in ProQuad say about the MMR itself? I think it says that the more live viruses you brew in your cauldron, the greater the risk that once inside a baby's body they will interact in ways that cannot be predicted. ProQuad reflects on the MMR safety profile, in my view, and that should trigger a fresh look at concerns by so many parents that the MMR, as Jenny McCarthy puts it, is "the autism shot."

Andy Wakefield's comments two years ago after meeting with the Olympia parents seem ever more ominous: "It's actually heartbreaking, listening to these parents, for more than just the immediate reasons their child has met this fate. It's that you're staring into an abyss," Wakefield said. "You're listening to stories which reflect the fundamental misconception of vaccine manufacturers of what viruses are and what they do."
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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

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Charlene, I don't know when the MMR came out, but I was born in 1978 and received the MMR (not the monovalent shots) sometime in the early 1980s. I think the MMR would have been available for your grandson; however, what strikes me as odd is how young he was when he received it. Five months seems extremely young, even by the CDC's crazy standards. I am very sorry to hear about your grandson's illness, and I wish you the best of luck in recovering at least some of his health.

the vacine-autism link is one og the biggest cover-ups of all times. The pharmas no these shots are causing harm to kids but its all about the $$$$. The have too much money and will never admit it that they are responsible for all the injured kids...Really a tragedy

I have a 24 year old grandson with severe autism. As I remember, when he was 5 months old, which would have been 1985, he was given a measles shot which provoked seizures for which he was hospitalized. My daughter remembers this differently; she thinks it was the MMR shot. I don't think the MMR shot was available at that time. Can you give me a date when the measles shot first came on the scene, and when the MMR shot did?

If you have a three in one live virus MMR vaccine damaging lots of kids like our son, Eric, then it stands to reason a four in one vaccine like ProQuad will up the ante. The vaccine companies and the CDC love to experiment on the USA population. They don't care what happens with the results. Dr. Mengele is alive and well working at Merck.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele

I think it tells us that we parents have been right when reporting seeing issues following MMR shot. It begs the question ... is autism really a brain seizure in disquise? Autism is the result (vaccine cause) and throw in some genetic underlyings. This would help to explain why kids on the spectrum are so different.

One of my "favorite" quotes was from Maurice Hilleman (now deceased)of Merck. He said of the measles vaccine, "It provides high level and lasting immunity and is a paradigm for solving major medical problems without really understanding them." (http://www.vaccinationnews.com/scandals/2003/jan_03/current_overview_of_the_pathogen.htm )

That about says it all. Hubris to the nth degree.

Boy, Twyla, I couldn't agree with you more about the media and wrote about it more than once 1) "Tiptoeing Through The Minefield of Possible Vaccine Reactions - Mainstream Media's Sins Of Omission" (http://www.vaccinationnews.com/Scandals/Aug_30_02/Scandal31.htm )
2) "The Irresponsible Media Coverage of the Institute of Medicine Meeting on Autism and Vaccines" (http://www.vaccinationnews.com/Scandals/2004/Feb_17/Scandal72.htm )
3) "Has Dan Rather Once Again Failed To Responsibly Investigate An Important Issue?" (http://www.vaccinationnews.com/Scandals/2004/Oct_22/Scandal73.htm )

I am just giving the links, rather than copying and pasting the entire columns, because you lose the links from the column otherwise.

However, it does look like things are starting to change. More and more I'm seeing, not just news stories about autism and vaccines, but deaths of infants possibly caused by vaccines. That used to be almost unheard of. We can hope......

It is simply amazing to me that, given the results of this study, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has merely dropped its preferential recommendation of the MMR-with-chicken-pox shot instead of recommending against - or even forbidding - vaccinating for MMR plus chicken pox at the same time.

It is also simply amazing to me that the increased risks of febrile seizures is acknowledged, but the "experts" continue to insist that febrile seizures are harmless, and they continue to deny/ignore the many accounts of post-vaccine febrile seizures followed by regression into autism, often accompanied by inflammatory bowel disease.

My own neurotypical daughter suffered a febrile seizure several days after receiving the MMR and chicken pox vaccines on the same day. Fortunately, she did not suffer the degree of harm that many children have suffered. But I refuse to believe that a seizure with loss of consciousness, even if temporary, is nothing to be concerned about. And, after that her fever always spiked high very quickly with every routine illness. She got eczema when the weather was cold and dry. She had lingering coughs, constipation, and didn't sleep through the night until she was three and a half years old. It seems to me that this is an example of vaccine effects on a smaller scale. When will the authorities start listening to all these accounts?

What is even more amazing is that the press continues to be oblivious, with very rare exceptions, and swallows the CDC/pharma story hook-line-and-sinker, without doing further research, and apparently without using their own eyes, ears, and brains.

While I don't disagree that the MMR is a 'suspect' vaccine when it comes to triggering neurodevelopmental disorders, I think we also need to pay very close attention to the following in light of the reported ProQuad adverse events.

"They said there was five times more chickenpox antigen, the key ingredient, in the ProQuad shot than in the stand-alone chickenpox shot."

I repeat, there was five times more chickenpox antigen in the ProQuad shot than in the stand-alone chickenpox shot.

Having lived through some really scary stuff (TG nothing permanent) after the 'stand-alone' chickenpox shot, I can't help but wonder what that five time increase of a viral derivative is going to do to a fragile immune system. And yes, then add the MMR to that equation, and once again history may be made (but DEFINITELY NOT the kind of history one would want to make)..

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