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Measles in the United Kingdom The “Wakefield Factor”By F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP

Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been persecuted and vilified ever since he published an article in Lancet in February 1998 and answered questions about MMR vaccination at a press conference in London.

Of all the insults and accusations leveled against Dr. Wakefield, the most painful must have been that because of his research, children in the United Kingdom and elsewhere were more likely to come down with measles and die.

Dr Wakefield’s recommendation for single measles vaccine in preference to MMR was made after his extensive review of the quality of safety data in relation to measles-containing vaccines and the revelation, by a senior member of the UK Department of Health, about the licensing of knowingly unsafe MMR vaccines by the UK authorities. [1] His position on the relative paucity of good safety data for MMR compared with the single measles vaccine has since been endorsed by the Cochrane Collaboration.[2] It is important to note that at the time of The Lancet publication and beyond, Dr Wakefield strongly endorsed the use of single measles vaccine. Despite false allegations to the contrary by The Lancet editor, Dr Richard Horton[3], single vaccines were available in the UK when Dr Wakefield made this recommendation.

In order to protect the MMR vaccine programs the option of single vaccines was later removed from parents wishing to vaccinate their children, but concerned, quite reasonably, over the safety of MMR.

In the UK, the government withdrew the importation license for single vaccines a few months after Dr Wakefield’s 1998 press conference. Well worth noting is the fact that Merck ceased supplying the single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in the United States over ten years later, in October 2009[4].

Because of inconsistent testing results and non-availability of pre-1998 data, it is near impossible to define a trend or to draw conclusions regarding confirmed measles cases; yet the relatively few confirmed cases of measles in the UK received an inordinate amount of publicity that always included extensive blame of Dr. Wakefield, particularly as his GMC hearing approached.

While this was happening in England, multiple measles outbreaks were being reported worldwide, sometimes in highly vaccinated populations.

Official statistics from the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency show that:

  • The number of reported measles cases kept dropping after1998 and only exceeded the 1998 figures ten years later, when there were outbreaks worldwide
  • There were strikingly far fewer reported measles cases in the UK in the 10 years that followed Wakefield’s paper than in the 10 years that preceded its publication

The reporting of measles cases in the United Kingdom was not affected by Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s research.


Measles in the United Kingdom

The role of the Health Protection Agency (HPA)[5] is “to provide an integrated approach to protecting UK public health through the provision of support and advice to the NHS … The Centre for Infections at Colindale is the base for communicable disease surveillance and specialist microbiology …”

According to the HPA, “After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives and promoting good health.”[6]

The HPA lists in a single master table[7], the annual totals from 1982 to 2009 for England and Wales, of all “Statutory Notifications of Infectious Diseases (NOIDs)”.

Selected measles information for the years 1988-2007 from that particular HPA Master Table is listed in the following table.

Table I - HPA: Measles Reported Cases – England and Wales


10 Years     Pre-Wakefield











Last 5














10 Years    Post-Wakefield











First  5














The MMR vaccine was licensed and the MMR vaccination program was launched in the United Kingdom in 1988.

There were 188,483 reported measles cases in the ten years preceding the Wakefield paper compared to 28,289 cases in the following ten years, an 85% decrease.

Although increasing uptake of the MMR vaccine could account for much of the early decline, the fact that there were 43,010 reported measles cases in the five years preceding the publication compared to 13,981 cases in the following 5 years, a decrease of 67%, suggests that there was no “Wakefield Factor”, at least insofar as an impact on reported measles cases is concerned. 

If one postulated that the UK MMR vaccination rates near-reached targeted levels 3 years after the launch of the vaccination program and compared the 7-year periods before and after the Wakefield paper, the following would also be obvious: There were only 18,825 measles notifications in the 7 years following the publication of the paper in early 1998 compared to 62,950 measles notifications in the previous 7 years.

The fact that the number of notified measles cases decreased from 1998 to 1999 to 2000 to 2001, the 4 years immediately after the Wakefield publication and press conference, when maximal impact should have been noted clearly speaks for itself.

The same holds true when calculated as cases per 100,000 of population.

Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Head of the Immunization Department at the Health Protection Agency, Center for infections, and a member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, was never a fan of Dr. Wakefield. A staunch defender of the MMR vaccination program and the author / co-author of eight publications on MMR vaccination and autism between 2002 and 2005, she never once revealed in her many addresses that reported measles cases had decreased after The Lancet paper.

Neither did Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer nor Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunization at the UK Department of Health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists infectious diseases reported by all nations.

The following table lists that data[8] for the ten years before and after the Wakefield paper as reported by the UK Health Authorities, possibly the HPA.

Table II - WHO: Measles Reported Cases – UK and Northern Ireland


10 Years     Pre-Wakefield











Last 5














10 Years    Post-Wakefield











First  5














An attempt at explaining the above somewhat inconsistent numbers will follow. The fact remains that the reported cases of measles in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland did not increase and actually decreased in the years immediately following the 1998 publication by Wakefield et al in The Lancet. 

This is further supported by Jick and Hagberg of the Boston University School of Medicine Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program[9] who identified all children in the UK General Practice Research Database diagnosed with measles from 1990 to 2008 and recently reported (June 2010) that “…Since 1996, the incidence of measles has fallen …”

Reported cases of measles[10] decreased 15 to 44% in England and Wales between 1998 and 2007. They also decreased from year to year during 5 of the 6 years that followed the Wakefield paper in spite of the frenzied publicity.

Trying to make sense of the number and percentage of confirmed measles cases in the UK since 1998 is a challenge. As evident in the following table, the number and percentage of confirmed cases spiked in 2002 and again in 2006-2007.

Table III - HPA: Measles Reported and Confirmed Cases – England and Wales






































% Confirmed












A comparison of the data for the 2002 and 2007 spikes illustrates the difficulty to draw conclusions. While reported cases rose from 3,187 to 3,670, an increase of 15%, confirmed cases jumped disproportionately from 319 to 990, an increase of 210%.

Looking at the 2002 spike and comparing 2001 with 2002, reported cases increased by 42% from 2,250 to 3,187 while confirmed cases increased by 355% from 70 to 319. 

Comparing the first quarters of both years was also helpful.

There were 741 notified measles cases and 569 (72%) tested. Only 3 had a positive saliva test, a yield of 0.5% from weeks 1 to 13 of 2001.[11]

During the same weeks of 2002,[12] there were 1,199 notified cases and 1,386 (116%) tested cases. The following explanation was provided by the Public Health Laboratory Services (PHLS) for this strange situation: due to the increase in confirmedmeasles in this quarter many oral fluid tests were submitted early for detection of IgM antibody for suspected cases, some of which were not subsequently notified, thus more samples were submitted than notified in this period.”

[No lucid comment on the above statement is possible.]

In any case, of the 1,386 tested cases, 91 or 6.6% were positive, a yield 13 times greater than in the first quarter of 2001. Because 9 cases had recently been vaccinated, PHLS recorded the confirmed saliva-tested cases as 82. Unlike in Q1 of 2001, PHLS then added 44 “other lab confirmed cases” to push the number of confirmed cases to 126 for the quarter. 

In spite of all the changes and lack in conformity, there were fewer confirmed cases of measles[13] in England and Wales in 2005 than in 1999. Also noteworthy is the fact that the percentages of confirmed cases remained low during the four years that immediately followed the publication of the Wakefield study.  

The fact that there were only 2,089 notified cases and 78 confirmed measles cases in 2005, while the same diagnostic modalities as in 2002-2004 were in use, strongly suggests that seven years after the Lancet publication, the so-called Wakefield Factor was still not much of a factor.  

A careful look at the first quarter of 2005[14] may help shed some light on the issue of case confirmation in the United Kingdom by saliva testing. In week 1 to 13, 2005 there were 591 reported cases of measles of which 575 (97.3%) were tested. In only 20 (3.5%) the saliva test was positive.

The same was true for rubella: Of 299 cases of clinical rubella reported by physicians during the quarter, 220 had a saliva test performed and only 2 (0.9%) of the 220 tests were positive. 

The results for mumps testing were much different. During the same quarter, 5,945 cases of mumps were reported, 3,356 or 56.5% were tested and 1,381 (41%) were positive by the saliva test.

Clearly, the validity of measles, rubella and even mumps reporting is suspect.

A similar picture was also evident in the second and third quarters of 2005.[15] [16]

Oral fluid testing (saliva) for measles, mumps and rubella began in the UK in 1995.[17] It is worth noting that until 1998, the health authorities continued to provide counts of reported and not of confirmed measles cases to the World Health Organization. (See WHO table above). 

It is important to point out that the increases in reported and confirmed cases of measles during 2006 and 2007 were part of the global increase in measles activity still going on and will be discussed in the next section.

Considering measles-related deaths in the UK and according to information provided by HPA[18] and updated April 13, 2010: “In 2006 there was one measles death in a 13 years old male who had an underlying lung condition and was taking immunosuppressive drugs. Another death in 2008 was also due to acute measles in unvaccinated child with congenital immunodeficiency whose condition did not require treatment with immunoglobulin.  Prior to 2006, the last death from acute measles was in 1992. All other measles deaths, since 1992, shown above are in older individuals and were caused by the late effects of measles. These infections were acquired during the 1980s or earlier, when epidemics of measles occurred.”


Measles outbreaks worldwide

Measles outbreaks have been occurring worldwide since 2006 even in highly vaccinated countries.

In Saudi Arabia[19], where infants routinely receive a monovalent measles vaccine at age 9 months and two MMR vaccines, at age 1 and again at age 4-6 years and where vaccination rates with measles-containing vaccines have consistently been between 95 and 98% during the last 6 years, there were 4,648 cases of measles in 2007 compared to 373 cases in 2005, 807 in 2006, 157 in 2008 and 82 in 2009.

So in 2007, in spite of the superior vaccination rates in Saudi Arabia, there were 4,648 reported cases of measles in an estimated population of 27.6 million. In the same year, there were 3,670 reported cases of measles, of which 990 were confirmed, in the United Kingdom, estimated population 61 million.[20] 

In Switzerland, the MMR vaccine has been licensed and used since 1985 when a catch-up vaccination was also recommended for teenagers aged 12 - 15 years. A second dose of MMR was recommended in 1996. Vaccination coverage for at least one dose by age 2 remained stable at around 82% during the decade of the nineties. It increased to around 87% in 2005 - 2007. For eight-year olds, the MMR vaccination rate was 90% while for adolescents, it was at 94%. Full vaccination with two doses of MMR reached 71 to 76% in Switzerland.

There were on average 50 notified cases of measles a year in Switzerland (population 7.5 million) from 1999 to 2006 except for 2003, when there was an outbreak of 612 cases.

From November 2006 to September 2009, Switzerland experienced a full scale epidemic with 4415 reported measles cases. The incidence rates of 15 per 100,000 in 2007 and 29 per 100,000 in 2008 were reportedly the highest in Europe.[21]

Switzerland and Saudi Arabia use serum and not saliva testing to confirm measles cases. 

Measles outbreaks are still going on worldwide regardless of vaccination rates as evidenced by a CDC Update to Travelers dated September 9, 2010[22] stating: Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. An estimated 10 million cases and 164,000 deaths from measles occur worldwide each year… Measles outbreaks are common in many areas including Europe …”

In England, any report of a small cluster of measles was an opportunity to blame Dr. Wakefield and his research, particularly as the much advertised GMC hearings got underway. [23] [24] [25]

Even a single confirmed case of measles in an unvaccinated or under-vaccinated English child always signaled an avalanche of blame by many who should have remembered that it was not Andrew Wakefield who banned the importation of the single vaccines in 1999

Meanwhile, Autism Spectrum Disorders have increased in Great Britain at an alarming rate. As described in an article on March 2, 2006, there were 3,484 schoolchildren with autism in Scotland in 2005, compared to only 820 in 1998, a four-fold increase.[26]

More recently, (June 2009), Professor Baron-Cohen et al[27] estimated the prevalence of autism-spectrum conditions in the UK to be 157 per 10 000.


For the last 12 years, Andrew Wakefield has been abused and attacked for having dared say that research was needed to rule out an MMR vaccine-autism connection in a small subset of genetically predisposed children. His suggestion to have single vaccines available until such research was done was also harshly and consistently criticized.  

Wakefield accusers have never mentioned the fact that the UK Department of Health stopped the importation of the monovalent measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in order to force parents to accept the MMR, giving those who were concerned about its safety and unwilling to go the triple-vaccine route, difficult choices: To buy the single vaccines at private clinics in England, to take a train ride to France to get them a little cheaper or … to do nothing.

The most painful insult hurled against Dr. Wakefield must have been the allegation that his research caused measles epidemics and killed children.

The unrelenting press coverage, the explosion in the number of autism cases in the UK and the reports by some parents that their children regressed after MMR vaccination were in all likelihood more responsible for the drop in MMR vaccination rates than an article in The Lancet and a statement at a press conference in 1998. 

Another important but rarely mentioned factor, was that young parents who saw how shabbily families who had children with MMR-related regression and GI disorders were treated by the authorities, how their legal aid was curtailed and how thousands went  uncompensated, decided to forgo the vaccination altogether rather than take a chance.   

However, whatever the reasons for the drop in vaccination rates in England, it appears that when measles outbreaks occurred in the United Kingdom in the last twelve years they also occurred in Europe and elsewhere in the world, often in well vaccinated populations.   

The evidence presented here is clear: According to official UK Government reports, the number of notified measles cases decreased from 1998 to 1999 to 2000 to 2001 and there were fewer cases of the disease during the ten years that followed the Wakefield paper than in the previous ten years.

It is impossible to draw reasonable conclusions concerning the number of confirmed measles cases in the United Kingdom during the last twelve years. What seems clear is that increases coincided with worldwide measles activities or sudden changes in diagnostic techniques and classification.  

According to HPA statistics, there was no “Wakefield Factor”.

It is time to stop blaming Andrew Wakefield and start putting the blame where it belongs.


1.      Wakefield AJ in Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines – the Truth Behind a Tragedy. 2010.   New York. Skyhorse                             Publications. pp65-75

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27.   Baron-Cohen S, Scott FJ, Allison C, Williams J, Bolton P, Matthews FE, Brayne C . Prevalence of autism-spectrum                                     conditions: UK school-based population study. Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;194(6):500-9.

Acknowledgement: The assistance of a distinguished Israeli vaccine researcher who prefers not to be named is greatly appreciated. 

Conflict of Interest: I am a proud and grateful supporter of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP
Falmouth, Massachusetts



This is a great piece, thank you so much.
I get that question constantly "But, what about of those people that have died because they were not vaccinated with the MMR?"

Hmmm, now i have the perfect answer. I will send them this article.


It's an accepted fact, I think, that vaccinated women don't pass on measles antibodies to their newborns, while women who had natural measles infection did. Why is that? Is it because immunity from vaccination doesn't last very long and adult women no longer have these antibodies? Or is it because the absence of measles outbreaks means that antibodies aren't present in high enough levels to be passed to the infant? Something else?


AutismGrandma, thank God there are people studying the guts of children with autism at University of Guelph and Western University. Your grandchild's history is very scary and all too common by the sounds of it.


Dr. Yazbak should be invited by the news media to discuss this valid information, but unfortunately since Big Pharma controls this, it won't happen. The majority of factual information regarding vaccines is here at AoA and elsewhere on the internet, but most people don't research online until thier child is vaccine injured. There are so many dedicated people like Dr. Yazbak that could present their evidence to a Congressional Investigation, but does anyone here know how to make that happen? There must be some other congressmen who also have vaccine injured in their family and could work with Dan Burton. This vaccine fiasco makes Watergate look like a game of marbles, and there has to be another "Deep Throat" out there somewhere....

What amazes me is that the vast majority of Measles cases occurs in the vaccinated, but the medical system refuses to recognize that obviously the MEASLES VACCINE DID NOT PREVENT MEASLES in all these children. There is actually a high probability that the Measles vaccine CAUSED the measles in many of these children, a definite contributing factor being the live virus Mumps and Rubella combination, and complicated by the fact that the MMR in the USA is given at the same time with other vaccines in combination. Additionally, the previous multiple vaccines weakened the immune system and made these children vulnerable to the live Measles vaccine.

My grandson was covered head to toe in a measles rash overnight after his last batch of vaccines which included MMR. He also immediately developed massive acidic diarrhea that literally ate his skin away before we could even get the diaper changed. He screamed all night after the shots with a 105 degree fever, and kept screaming constantly for over 6 months. It was a year later before he could sleep more than a few hours without waking up screaming from intestinal distress. [We finally discovered Colostrum, small amounts of baking soda, Slippery Elm, and Georges Aloe Vera has the laxative component removed; otherwise regular aloe vera made his diarrhea worse] He has chronic intestinal inflammation to this day almost 4 years later, although greatly improved by the above listed therapies.

Thankfully he finally started eating solid food again, but that took an entire year of various natural therapies to make that happen. Whenever we tried to coax him to eat in his high chair he just screamed and threw the food on the floor. However he still does not eat like a normal child, very picky and won't eat too much of anything. He is still on a bottle, but thankfully that is how he receives 90% of his nutrients. Everything in that bottle is organic food based nutrition and the only protein he can tolerate is Sun Warrior Rice Protein, as it is highly absorbable and non allergenic; although every single bottle and all of his food requires digestive enzymes [Houston TriEnza] He is highly allergic to milk and wheat so he is also on a gluten free casein free diet. He can't understand why the other kids can eat regular pizza, regular cookies etc. so he gets frustrated when anyone else is eating what he can't have. All this NO DOUBT FROM THE MMR.

After those last vaccines he also immediately lost his ability to WALK. He struggled to get up on his feet but he just fell down like a "drunken sailor". Then the head banging and arm flapping started. I prayed for Diving Guidance and Thank God for Jenny McCarthy on Larry King Live---if it wasn't for all of the information online about Defeat Autism Now therapies my grandson would not be recovering like he is. Thanks to the Mercury in the flu shots and all that Aluminum in all the other 27 vaccine doses, his myelin sheath was stripped off his nerves. Methyl B-12 and Glutathione gradually resolved his de-myelination issues so that he could walk again, and this also finally resolved his head banging and arm flapping.

My grandson also lost his ability to TALK after that last batch of vaccines including MMR. We had his stool tested right after that and we were shocked to see that he had ZERO healthy intestinal flora in his intestines, which we couldn't understand because we were already giving him probiotics, and he had not gotten any antibiotic drugs, so we can thank the vaccines for also wiping out ALL of his healthy intestinal flora. Over the following 3 years we tried 10 different probiotics and a lot of other nutritional therapies, but we only got 3 words out of him in 3 years. He would only occasionally say "Mama" and "Kitty" and then finally "Grandma" and that was IT. Finally we were recommended to Klaire Labs TherBiotic Complete, and bingo he started talking the first day. It was worth everything we did for him over that 3 years to finally see that happen, but I am still praying about his intestinal issues and wondering if he will ever even have NORMAL POOP. He is almost 5 years old so what are we going to do when he loses interest in his bottles---how are we going to get all the nutrients into his body? Thanks to MMR he has serious mal-absorbtion so it takes a truckload of various nutritional products to keep him growing and physically healthy.

Yes, we can thank the MMR and other vaccines for ALL OF THIS. The vaccine industry is 100% responsible for my grandson's vaccine injuries and Autism. Dr. Wakefield is only responsible for trying to help MMR injured children and for trying to ask for more studies to determine if his suspected link could be supported. The vaccine industry is using Dr. Wakefield as a scapegoat to blame for all of the misery and suffering that THEY HAVE CAUSED.

The mythological "Wakefield Factor" is really the "GlaxoSmithKline Factor". Thank you GSK for MMR. We really appreciate it.

Jake Crosby

Thank you Dr. Yazbak, this should be circulated everywhere - sent to Bill Gates first and foremost!

Amanda Blinn

Big Pharma will have to shut down the internet to stop the truth.

Julia C.

Wow! So it turns out, Andrew Wakefield is more effective than the MMR at preventing measles! That was unexpected.

Angus Files

This article below from my own town(its more like 500 not 50).I have spoken to several parents and every parent I spoke to has said that "they cant understand it as our kids have been vaccinated against Mumps/MMR)One parent said to me that the doctor would not register a yellow card (bad vaccine alert) as it was only mumps symptoms???Another said the vaccine wasnt stored properly hence why it never worked and the kids caught mumps?? And so it goes on, and on...

13 January 2011 Last updated at 16:51
Mumps outbreak hits young people in Oban

The mumps virus is spread through saliva and transmitted by coughs and sneezes
Young people in Oban are being advised to ensure they are vaccinated against mumps after an outbreak in the Scottish west coast town.
NHS Highland said about 50 cases had been identified, mainly among teenagers and those in their early 20s.
It is believed returning students and increased social events over the festive period may have contributed to the spread of the virus.
Mumps is spread through saliva and is transmitted by coughs and sneezes
Symptoms include swelling on the angle of the jaw on one or both sides of the face.
Often there are several days of earlier symptoms, which could include fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches and loss of appetite.
Doctors have said that teenagers in Oban who have not had all their MMR jabs should make sure they are up to date with vaccination.

Raymond Gallup

The numbers speak for themselves.

This and other information will be forthcoming once I receive another source of information from another Federal government agency through a Freedom on Information Act (FOIA) request.

This from the US Dept of Education

Yearly increase in the number of children with autism age 6-21 in US Schools Since DSM IV (1994 to present)

Year Students
1994 22,780
1995 28,813
1996 34,082
1997 42,487
1998 53,561
1999 65,391
2000 78,717
2001 97,847
2002 118,603
2003 140,920
2004 166,302
2005 193,481
2006 224,415
2007 258,095
2008 294,302
2009 335,199

david burd

Fantastic contribution, thank you Dr. Yazbak,

The U.S. CDC with its weekly MMWR papers gives the 1990-1998 U.S. mortality rate of 1.7 measles deaths per 1,000 reported measles cases.

From the U.S. CDC:

"United States, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, various issues):

Year # cases # deaths rate
1990 27786 64 (2.3 per 1000)
1991 9643 27 (2.8 per 1000)
1992 2237 4 (1.8 per 1000)
1993 312 0 (0.0 per 1000)
1994 963 0 (0.0 per 1000)
1995 309 2 (6.5 per 1000)
1996 508 1 (2.0 per 1000)
1997 138 0 (0.0 per 1000)
1998 89 0 (0.0 per 1000)

The average annual rate of reported deaths to reported cases during this time period (1990-1998) was 1.7 deaths per 1000 cases."

It seems to me that reported measles cases should be quite accurate to actually HAVING measles simply because the visual symptoms are so dramatic. So, I admit to confusion as to the accuracy of "confirmed" cases shown in your reporting.

However, what seems clear to me are several things. First, out of the 220,000 (or so) reported cases by both the UK and WHO authorities during the 20 documented years in UK, there were but 2 or 3 deaths that were "measles-related" which figures to be a mortality rate of maybe 1 per 70,000 reported cases (and also having serious co-morbidities). So, it certainly appears that with effective treatments, death by measles is extremely rare. Hurrah for proven therapies (or just good nursing, rest, and nutrition).

So, CDC's death rate of 1.7 per 1,000 reported cases makes no sense whatsoever when the UK rate is but 1 death per 70,000. However, CDC endorsing a 1.7/1,000 mortality rate DOES make sense if their mission is to keep the public flimflammed and fearful in order to coerece everybody into getting their (unneeded and extremely dangerous) MMR shots.


Thank you Dr. Yazbak for speaking in support of Dr. Wakefield.. having his peers come out in support is tremendous. We need more doctors to speak out.

It's incredible how the public is being mislead about infectious disease threats. Fear sells.

I checked the Measles rates reported to the CDC in the US and was stunned to find 16 Rubella cases reported in 2008...meanwhile 1 in 70 boys in the US has autism. Polio is virtually eradicated. It's all smoke and mirrors.


WHO: Polio cases and OPV3 coverage graph

John Stone

Also to mention that there were considerable anomalies in the reporting of the second measles death in the UK. I compiled this note at the time in JABS Forum with the advice of Ed Yazbak:-

To return to something I mentioned in passing last week. The report of a death in the UK from measles is anomalous:-

"The first death from acute measles infection since 2006 has been reported. A 17 year old with underlying congenital immunodeficiency was admitted to hospital with respiratory distress and pneumonia on 20 April following contact with a case of measles. The patient deteriorated and was transferred to ITU a week later with respiratory failure, but subsequently died (five weeks later). Serum samples and nasopharyngeal aspirates taken at various times have confirmed that the patient had infection with a strain identical to the measles strain (MVs/Enfield.GBR/14.07 genotype D4) that has now been circulating in the UK for over a year." [1]

The 17 year old does not seem to have had "clinical measles". They kept testing him to show viral serum reactions but they do not mention that he had measles (clinically).

They cannot argue that he had an "overwhelming viremia" and died BEFORE he developed measles because the incubation period of measles is 2-3 weeks and he lived over 5 weeks. Pharyngeal aspirates confirm the presence of the virus but not that the patient has the disease. A positive serum test would only be significant if there was a 4-fold increase in titer [2], but if this was the case you might expect that the HPA would mention it, whereas they only record the presence of the virus.




Thank-you for publishing this. I have always wondered, what, exactly, was the figure of all these "measels deaths," and had never ever seen it in the course of reading about all this. Now I believe their reported figures, probably cited in order to justify the marketing of the product, about as much as I believe reported flu rates - that is to say I don't believe them at all. Either someone made a good bit of money on a bogus saliva and serum tests or actual measels rates are way way lower than anyone thought they were.

Jenny Allan

Dr Yazbak states:-
'In the UK, the government withdrew the importation license for single vaccines a few months after Dr Wakefield’s 1998 press conference. Well worth noting is the fact that Merck ceased supplying the single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in the United States over ten years later, in October 2009'.

I can only state the position as it applied to my possibly MMR damaged Grandson's wee brother sibling, born in 2000. Obviously there was NO WAY this precious child was receiving the MMR vaccine.(In the UK, vaccines are NOT mandatory).

However, like Dr Wakefield we are NOT anti vaccine, just pro SAFE vaccines. This meant obtaining single doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines for this little boy, since our UK Government (in its wisdom!!) withdrew the NHS single vaccines options in the UK shortly after the 1998 Lancet article was published.

To achieve this, we had to obtain six vaccinations in total(including boosters). There was a big demand post Wakefield Lancet article for private vaccinations, and a number of private health clinics set up vaccination centres throughout the UK. Each vaccination (then) cost £100+ with accommodation and travel costs on top of that. It was a lot of money and not every family could afford it. We regard it as money very well spent!!

The single mumps vaccine has now been completely withdrawn in the UK. This has caused a 'quandry' in now adult males who were too old for MMR in infancy. They now have to take their chances with MMR or risk catching Mumps and subsequent sterility.

Jenny Allan

Dr Yazbak says:-
'Of all the insults and accusations leveled against Dr. Wakefield, the most painful must have been that because of his research, children in the United Kingdom and elsewhere were more likely to come down with measles and die.'

Thank you Dr Yazbak. I have been commenting about this issue for some time. I pray that your excellent article will at least 'educate' a few 'deaf ears' within the political and medical establishments.

My two daughters were born in 1967 and 1968. My elder girl was vaccinated against measles by our family doctor in 1968, when she was eighteen months old. At that time measles was a new addition to the child vaccination programme in the UK. I was warned to expect my daughter to be 'fractious' after a few days and the possibility of a rash. Both of these 'side effects' were noticed within three days of being vaccinated, but were very mild and my daughter soon recovered. There were no permanent 'ill effects' from the vaccine.

When my younger daughter was eighteen months old in 1969, I asked our doctor to administer the measles vaccine. His response surprised me. This is what he said:-
'I've had more problems with that measles vaccine than I've ever had with the measles!!'
Shortly after that one of two measles vaccines was withdrawn from use. My younger daughter then received the other measles vaccine. I noticed no reactions or side effects this time. When she was three years old my younger daughter contracted a very nasty dose of....the measles!! This seems to concur with Dr Yazbak's observations about measles occurring in vaccinated populations. The single measles vaccine continued to be used in the UK until 1988 with few further problems. Later, it was joined by single rubella vaccinations for girls.

Thankfully then, a potentially harmful measles vaccine was withdrawn as soon as the adverse reactions were noticed. I think it is absolutely disgraceful on the part of the UK government in 1988, to have insisted on implementing an MMR vaccine which was already known to be causing problems in Canada and was soon withdrawn there. This vaccine contained the Urabe mumps virus strain. In the UK the emerging problems with this vaccine were simply officially 'covered up'. At least one baby died shortly after receiving the MMR but his parents (and the coroner) were told it was unlikely to be the vaccine. Large numbers of children contracted aseptic meningitis before this dangerous version of MMR vaccine was withdrawn in 1992.

In the 1998 Lancet article Dr Wakefield simply advocated a return to single vaccines until MORE RESEARCH was carried out. I am sick and tired of hostile news and media outlets blaming Dr Wakefield for those TWO UK measles deaths; (both children had severe co morbidities). The California Pertussis deaths have also been blamed on Andrew Wakefield although MMR is NOTHING to do with Pertussis!! It is also manifestly unfair to blame Dr Wakefield for a dip in MMR vaccination rates. My autistic Grandson received the MMR in 1993 and believe me, there was widespread concern about the MMR vaccine in the UK LONG BEFORE the Wakefield et al paper appeared in the Lancet. There was also a considerable amount of pre 1998 news coverage of this issue.

Meanwhile, hundreds of children whose autism and/or poor physical health might well have been caused by the MMR vaccine are ignored and their parents and anyone else who DARES to express support for Dr Wakefield and his colleages is vilified.

John Stone

This is, of course, the test case with regard to Bill Gates laying thousands of deaths at Andrew Wakefield's door. In the optimal case (ie MMR in the UK) government agencies can only locate 2 deaths in the 13 years which have elapsed, when around 7,000,000 people will have died in the entire population.

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