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Harvard Public Health on Minnesota Measles Outbreak

House-of-nonsenseNONSENSE:  "This outbreak is notable not just because of its size, but because it was sparked by anti-vaccine groups, who targeted Somali-Americans.

Hello and welcome to Harvard Chan: This Week in Health. It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017. I’m Noah Leavitt.


CDC mishandles viruses and causes outbreaks.  Live virus vaccination causes outbreaks. We, the vaccine safety community, have far more limited powers.   (Insert eye roll.)   "Target" the Somali community? The Somali's were inundated with a diagnosis that DID NOT EXIST in their language and our community reached out to help them. 

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The Minnesota measles outbreak

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Kathryn Craig

It has long been known that the Somali communities abroad are overrepresented when it comes to autism. About ten years ago I met a woman doing her Master's thesis on the high autism incidence in the Somali Canadian community in Toronto. Her thesis is probably still somewhere in the basement of Ryerson University.
The first large group of Somali refugees went to Sweden, where they called autism "the Swedish disease". That's because they had no experience with it in Somalia.
Instead of denigrating this population, public health officials should be studying it. Kate C

Grace Green

I think the significant thing in this report is that Dr. MM says the Somali community had no experience in their country of origin with either the diagnosis or the treatment of autism. She doesn't say they had no experience of the disease! The problem is those doctors and others who think that a disease is just a diagnosis, it doesn't exist before you get the diagnosis, there are no signs or symptoms which a parent would notice. I myself have autism, but I don't have a diagnosis. There are even those who comment here who have said that means I don't have the condition. Please, people, we need to stop seeing doctors as gods who know everything about us when we know nothing. The disease is what it is, and the diagnosis is what others choose to say about it.

Birgit Calhoun

Maybe they should look a bit longer at risk assessment. I would like to see more compassion and a little less righteousness. Where is genuine honesty?

Cherry Misra

One of the great drivers of the autism holocaust/vaccine holocaust is evident here. So much concern for measles ; zero for autism and other vaccine injuries. Why? Marie McCormick tells us the equivalent of " That's not my department !"
But I think this is a lesson for us. Whenever we can, we should focus on the high rate of chronic illness among American children, Sick today- Very healthy when I was a child, 60 years ago- despite all the bottle -feeding that was prevalent then. Why? Ms McCormick Why?

arawn

"And in particular, when in 2008, I believe, a group of Somali parents in Minnesota discovered that they seemed to have a disproportionate number of children being treated for autism in the schools, they became alarmed. And Dr. Wakefield swung into action and convinced them that it was the MMR vaccine that was causing this autism. Subsequent studies have shown that there is no increased rate of autism in Somali parents. But you can also understand their alarm. I mean, these are not families, I’m sure, who had much experience– either with the diagnosis or the treatment of autism- in their home countries. It probably didn’t occur. And so here was this disease, or this neurodevelopmental disability, suddenly appearing among them. And no one can tell them what caused it. And if you want a Nobel Prize, figure out what causes autism."

^ The level of cognitive dissonance is frightening.

Shelley Tzorfas

I used to respect Universities and Ivy League schools but I have reluctantly changed my views. I now know that pharmaceutical companies give out offers like "Who is willing to do a study that Autism has increased because more children live near highways?" The universities fight for the bid. The ones who are chosen receive Millions of dollars. In a few years the NYTIMES and other papers and periodicals release research that shows "Autism has Increased Because More Children Live Near Highways." The Grants are seemingly dependent on the outcomes. Additionally I recently read (LATIMES, 2015) that the Hepatitis B shot was made or patented by UC. You know the one given to all newborns in the US for an illness the baby could NOT get unless she was having sex or an IV drug user sharing needles? The very one that USHERED in the Autism Epidemic in 1991?

michael

The liars-in-chief seemed resemble the designated hitters in baseball.

Lets see, who hasn't been the designated "hit piece" liar for a while. Why IOM's Marie "slam-the-door" McCormick.

They rotate in and out of the line-up.

From the 2004 IOM "slam-the-door on vaccination safety and research" Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. In the executive summary is this:

“In the committee’s first report, which reviewed the hypothesized causal association between the MMR vaccine and autism (IOM, 2001a), the committee concluded that the evidence at the time favored rejection of a causal relationship at the population level between MMR vaccine and autism. The committee’s conclusion did not exclude the possibility that MMR could contribute to autism in a small number of children because the epidemiological studies lacked sufficient precision to assess rare occurrences; it was possible, for example, that epidemiological studies would not detect a relationship between autism and MMR vaccination in a subset of the population with a genetic predisposition to autism. The biological models for an association between MMR and autism were not established but nevertheless not disproved.”

This is exactly what Thompson's data showed a "subset of the population"--black males and by biologically plausible genetic extension Somalis.

Marie McCormick--Today's designated "liar-in-chief"

nhokkanen

Never forget this statement by Marie McCormick:
“[CDC] wants us to declare, well, these things are pretty safe on a population basis... we are not ever going to come down that [autism] is a true side effect,” she said about vaccines at the infamous 2001 IOM committee meeting.
http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/chapter6.html

Followed by Kathleen Stratton saying: “The point of no return, the line we will not cross in public policy is pull the vaccine, change the schedule. We could say it is time to revisit this, but we would never recommend that level. Even recommending research is recommendations for policy. We wouldn't say compensate, we wouldn't say pull the vaccine, we wouldn't say stop the program.”

McCormick’s mouth is her own worst enemy. In 2013 she attempted to explain why neuroimmune-damaged children with autism would benefit from more man-made assaults on their immune systems.
Marie McCormick & Public Health’s “Protection” Racket
http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/03/marie-mccormick-public-healths-protection-racket.html

Of McCormick and her misguided ilk I said, “The vicious cycle of government mandated vaccine-induced immune dysfunction is like a mob shakedown – first you take a pounding from one group of white-coated wise guys, then their union goons insist that you need protection. You pay… dearly.”

Rae

"...leaves them demented and dead by teenage years"?? Who even talks like that? To hear it coming out of the mouth of someone representing Harvard is incredible for the botched language alone, never mind all the accompanying misinformation.

Jenna

Full of so many lies I had to just quit reading it and go over to the Vaxxed Facebook page to cheer myself up.

Marie-hope you are happy that you've helped ruin the lives of many children, including mine.

annie

THE MMR IS UNDER LITIGATION!!!

Cripes almighty! Why can't even that basic fact get mentioned ever?!

Marie McCormick is Depraved and Indifferent

Do the Somali-Americans have grounds for a lawsuit against Marie McCormick for lying about their autism risk? She says that subsequent studies show they have no higher risk--but that's a lie. Their risk is more than double that of the rest of the country, and 12% higher than Minnesotans of Caucasian heritage. And their risk of autism along with severe intellectual disability was more than three times as high.

She also didn't mention the Mayo Clinic study, which revealed their antibody response to the rubella portion of the MMR is twice as high as that of Caucasians.

Shouldn't someone in her position be held accountable for lies that encourage people to take unnecessary risks? Depraved Indifference?

Bob Moffit

It gets harder and harder to hear a "sock puppet".. prime example being .. Marie McCormick, Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Harvard Chan School .. continue to spew the same gobbly-gook "theories" of "vaccination" .. unchallenged ... as usual .. by the "useful idiot" who "interviewed her".

I wonder if Ms McCormick has any compassion for the 15 children .. all under the age of five .. who DIED as a result of being administered a "contaminated" MMR vaccine in the Sudan? Are we supposed to simply accept the DEATH of those poor .. innocent toddlers .. as "collateral damage when the best of intentions go horribly awry"?

I wonder how many similar DEATHS from "contaminated MMR vaccines" occur EVERY DAY .. in fully developed countries .. including the USA .. because the vaccines were not maintained at the required refrigeration .. or .. were improperly administered through "human error"?

In the fifteen years I have been aware of the dangers of "contaminated vaccines" .. I have read of only ONE instance where a principal of a public school was severely condemned for destroying the vaccine supply AFTER the school had lost electric power for a few days. Critics believed the principal had acted irresponsibly for destroying the vaccines .. which required the school district to find the funds to replenish their vaccine supplies.

Indeed ... DOES ANYONE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO RANDOMLY VISIT PEDIATRICIAN OFFICES THROUGHOUT NYS .. AS THEY DO FOR NUMEROUS OTHER BUSINESSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ... TO MAKE CERTAIN THE VACCINES HAVE NOT YET EXPIRED, ARE PROPERLY STORED, HAVE BEEN PROPERLY REFRIGRATED .. (ESPECIALLY FOLLOWING POWER OUTAGES) .. PROPERLY ADMINISTERED, ON AND ON.

NYC takes great pride in regulating public restaurants .. indeed .. going so far as posting the "rating" of each restaurants to alert consumers whether or not that restaurant has been found in violation of public health rules.

How about devoting the SAME effort to alert consumers whether or not pediatrician offices have properly trained staff, properly maintained vaccines, followed basic adverse event reporting procedures .. on and on?

I suspect veterinarians and barber shops receive far more attention by public health agencies.

angusfiles

Great to see the academic hub of the world engages in the ancient blame game and scores a bad mark again blaming the messengers of the news rather than sitting up and maturely looking at the problem
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A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered drawer...Harvard shame on you.

Pharma for Prison

MMR RIP

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