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UK Health Minister's Reply Undermines Media Claims About The Measles Outbreak and MMR

Earl HoweFrom the Child Health Safety site in the UK comes this post,  Dr Andrew Wakefield Not Cause of Welsh Measles Outbreak – Confirms UK Government Minister In Parliament.

It looks like British Health Minister Earl Howe has put egg over the faces of the British media regarding their claims that Dr Andrew Wakefield is to blame for recent UK outbreaks of measles. But they do not know it yet...

Minister Howe stated in relation to recent cases in 2012 that the highest proportion occurred in those under five years of age and that [CHS emphasis added]:  a “minority of cases in 2012 can be attributed to the fall in coverage with MMR vaccine in the early part of this century …” and that “… MMR vaccination uptake is currently at historically high levels.“ (emphasis added)

...the Department of Health is presiding over the ultimate legacy of their MMR vaccination campaigns: “vaccination failure“.  Measles vaccine failure is not new and will be likely to increase over the years.  The MMR vaccine is failing but the Department of Health and especially Professor Salisbury want instead to deflect blame to Dr Andrew Wakefield and historical events of over 14 years ago which most people it seems have forgotten about.

Read the full post at:
Dr Andrew Wakefield Not Cause of Welsh Measles Outbreak – Confirms UK Government Minister In Parliament.

Comments

Mark Struthers

"I am not against vaccines in general, but I don't think industry and public health officials have been honest about risks and benefits."

These words are highly relevant to Professor (Sir) David Salisbury, an academic paediatrician and current director of immunisation policy at the Department of Health in London. Those quoted words, which accurately reflect my own views, were written in a rapid response to the BMJ, by Allan S. Cunningham, a retired pediatrician from Cooperstown, New York.

http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f2095/rr/641029

In my view, honesty is always the best policy.


Bob Moffitt

From the full article:

"That the Department of Health should have kept the single vaccines until the position was clarified would have been the wiser course. The mandatory legal position under English and EU law is to apply the precautionary principle."

Ah .. yes .. that darn "precautionary principle" is also lacking in the United States .. as evidenced by so many examples ... such as .. HEP B within hours of birth .. followed shortly by 8 vaccines at 2 months, 8 vaccines at 4 months, 9 vaccines at 6 months, an additional 12 vaccines by 1 1/2 years of age.

It is routine for toddlers to receive multiple vaccines in a single visit .. which common sense suggests violates the "precautionary principle" each and every time.

AussieMum

It would be interesting to see how Australian's react once we receive news of this-"Measles outbreak!"

Isn't this our argument and all the more reason for a study between vaccinated and unvaccinated to occur to determine exactly who is infected!

However, which country would be prepared to take the first step, considering Governments all over the world have been lying to us about the safety of vaccines.

Elizabeth Gillespie

Letthembegot

Jenny

I couldn't agree more.

I am wondering why have we not heard from a single parent of an affected child on TV or Radio ? are they kids who have been vacc'd or not and what are the real numbers as the media are flouting a lot of hype. Also I spotted a headline but did not follow it up saying first possible measles death ??? The UK media are a disgrace on this subject imo.

Jenny Allan

The figures just don't add up!! The Welsh health authorities were previously 'putting it about' that mainly 'teenagers' were infected during this measles outbreak. This enabled them to 'blame' Dr Wakefield and that more than 10 year old MMR vaccine scare, which caused a temporary 'dip' in MMR vaccination figures.

Another MMR vaccination 'dip' can be attributed to ex Prime Minister Tony Blair's refusal to tell us whether or not his son Leo had MMR or monovalent vaccines. Most people came to their own conclusions. Why be so 'coy' when the 'greater good' depended on an MMR vaccine public endorsement by the Prime Minister no less?!!

However, the MMR vaccination rates soon recovered to levels which should have provided 'herd immunity', even to the minority of Welsh teenagers unvaccinated; (according to official figures only one in four teenagers is not FULLY vaccinated). We can assume some parents 'hedged their bets' and refused an MMR 'booster', but the single vaccination is claimed to provide measles immunity 90-95% of the time.

In the fullness of time the Welsh Health authorities will have to provide a proper breakdown of vaccinated/unvaccinated persons infected. I await this with interest.

Debra

As i have said before it is an insult to parents it makes them look as though they can not make their own mind up about vaccinating their children ,as we are aware concerns were noted before the 1998 LANCET PAPER

Angus Files

One doesn’t know what the other is saying……H-E-L-L-O!!! the Uk Government thousands of children are being disabled by your confusion and unsafe vaccine shedule

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