By Teresa Conrick
Measles. If you were born before 1957, you do not need to get a measles vaccination. That would be an MMR vaccine, as measles vaccine is not available as a single, live, virus vaccine but instead is a triple, live, virus vaccine with both Mumps and Rubella attached with it. This is according to the CDC and the NYT as they report in this blog
“If you were born before 1957, you probably don't need the vaccine. Why 1957? The measles vaccine was first produced in 1963, so people who were children before the late '50s or early '60s were almost certainly exposed to measles and have lifelong immunity.”
“Lifelong immunity”…….we do not hear that term anymore as vaccination has replaced it. Instead, children today are needing 1,2 and possibly a 3rd dose of MMR according to this article about Mumps, another childhood illness that seems to be making a comeback. The reason -- “Either today’s mumps strains have evolved to elude the immune response triggered by the vaccine, or protection from the vaccine simply wanes over time.” Either way, it looks like the MMR vaccine is not a perfect fix yet discussing that has set off a chain reaction in our communities. We seem to be witnessing a new type of civil war -- the “pro-vaxx” vs the “anti-vaxx.” Instead of a Mason-Dixon line, this line defines those who want medical choice (Vaccine Exemptions) vs those who don’t. Let’s look at some facts.
In the olden days, measles was a part of childhood. Children in the Victorian days died at an increased rate and up into the 1940’s, but as antibiotics became the go to medications for bacterial infections, deaths diminished. The knowledge that measles can lead to bacterial infections, like pneumonia , has been significant in our understanding of these viral illnesses. Bacteria became the killers, just like in influenza. Measles can be fatal but that is more often in developing countries .
Credit for this photo - my thanks to https://qz.com/651644/a-19th-century-disease-is-on-a-dramatic-rise-in-the-uk-what-do-we-know-about-it-so-far/
Both scarlet fever and measles, well-known Victorian diseases, could kill as each had no nemesis to target it before the birth of antibiotics. Don’t get me wrong, as measles did have some complications later too -- “From 1985 through 1992 , diarrhea was reported in 8% of measles cases, making this the most commonly reported complication of measles. Otitis media (ear infection) was reported in 7% of cases and occurs almost exclusively in children. Pneumonia (in 6% of reported cases) may be viral or superimposed bacterial, and is the most common cause of measles-related death.”
In the 20th century , most measles-related deaths were due to secondary bacterial pneumonias;
Most measles-related deaths among soldiers (WW1) were caused by secondary bacterial pneumonias.
If measles patients could be protected from bacterial respiratory pathogens that are novel to their immune systems, the clinical courses of their infections would likely be less complicated and their chances of surviving much improved
Because measles virus particularly infects the mucus-secreting intestinal cells, the massive cellular immune stress of measles may disorder the host’s tolerance of their own bacterial microflora; such disruptions may enable invasion of the gut wall by normally tolerated bacteria with subsequent inflammatory reactions and chronic malabsorption.
That last one has an eerie connection to what has been described in many who have an autism diagnosis, like my daughter, and the increasing research on the dysfunction of the autism microbiome. The study by Wakefield and twelve other brilliant doctors and researchers of gastroenterology, neurology, psychiatry, and radiology, done in 1998 , showed concerning connections, and those connections led to a debate that continues today:
Onset of behavioural symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another. All 12 children had intestinal abnormalities,.......
Disruption of this matrix and increased intestinal permeability, both features of inflammatory bowel disease,17 may cause both intestinal and neuropsychiatric dysfunction.
by Shel Silverstein (excerpt)
“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox……
Vaccines are a big part of Public Health. So are antibiotics. The former is intended to prevent illness and disease; the latter to stop and cure illness and disease. Here is some information per CDC regarding the history of measles and vaccination for it:
Measles is an acute viral infectious disease. References to measles can be found from as early as the 7th century. The disease was described by the Persian physician Rhazes in the 10th century as “more to be dreaded than smallpox.”
In 1846, Peter Panum described the incubation period of measles and lifelong immunity after recovery from the disease. Enders and Peebles isolated the virus in human and monkey kidney tissue culture in 1954. The first live attenuated vaccine was licensed for use in the United States in 1963 (Edmonston B strain).
...Measles virus is rapidly inactivated by heat, sunlight, acidic pH, ether, and trypsin. It has a short survival time (less than 2 hours) in the air or on objects and surfaces….
Measles in developing countries has resulted in high attack rates among children younger than 12 months of age. Measles is more severe in malnourished children, particularly those with vitamin A deficiency. Complications include diarrhea, dehydration, stomatitis, inability to feed, and bacterial infections (skin and elsewhere).
Here is information from The National Vaccine Information Center on measles and vaccination:
In 1979, public health officials launched an effort to eliminate measles in the United States through vaccination, with a goal of eradication by October 1st, 1982.23 In 1982, there were a record low 1,697 reported cases of measles in the United States 24 and while public health officials conceded that the goal of elimination had not been met, they publicly stated that it was “right around the corner”.25
A resurgence of measles in the United States occurred between 1989 and 1991, when reported measles cases increased 6- to 9-fold over the previously studied period between 1985 and 1988. During this resurgence, more than 53,000 cases of measles occurred as the result of 815 separate outbreaks.26 132 deaths in the U.S. were suspected to be associated with measles during this outbreak.27 As a result of the large increase in number of reported measles cases, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices changed its measles recommendation, and all children were advised to receive an additional dose of measles vaccine prior to school entry.28
Reported measles cases dropped by the early 1990’s and in an eight-year period between 1993 and 2001, there were 1804 cases of measles reported in 120 outbreaks. 29 After only 15 measles cases were reported between 1999 and 2001, public health officials declared that measles was no longer endemic in the United States.30 In 2000, with only 86 reported cases of measles, 31 the CDC declared measles to be eliminated in the United States.32
Between 2000 and 2007, the U.S. recorded an average of 63 cases of measles a year. The numbers increased again in 2008 to 140 reported cases 33 before decreasing again in 2009 34 and 2010.35 Measles cases increased again in 2011 to 220, with the majority linked to travelers returning from, or visiting, other countries, including those in Europe and Southeast Asia.36
In 2014, there were 667 reported measles infections in the United States with the CDC reporting many to be associated with a large outbreak in the Philippines.37 An Amish community in Ohio experienced an outbreak that included 383 cases. 38
In January 2015, a multi-state measles outbreak linked to a California amusement park occurred, affecting 147 individuals. No known outbreak source was determined, however, the CDC believed the infection to have resulted from an international traveler as the particular strain was reported by the CDC to be identical to a strain that caused a large outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.39
The 2015 measles outbreak prompted a media firestorm, with newspapers and health officials blaming the parents of unvaccinated children, calling them ignorant, anti-science, and worse.40
The reality is that vaccines are not always the miracle cure that they are intended to be. There can be complications. And failure.
Every medicine we see that is advertised has a long list of complications for some or all who take it. Vaccines are no exception. Let’s take a look at that failure.
Secondary measles-vaccine failures are more common than was more previously thought, particularly among individuals vaccinated in early life, long ago, and among re-vaccinees.
Measles Outbreak Associated with Vaccine Failure in Adults During February–August, three of FSM's four states reported measles cases: Kosrae (139 cases), Pohnpei (251), and Chuuk (3). Two thirds of cases occurred among adults aged ≥20 years; of these, 49% had received ≥2 doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV).
Despite the existence of an effective measles vaccine, resurgence in measles cases in the United States and across Europe has occurred, including in individuals vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine. Host genetic factors result in inter-individual variation in measles vaccine-induced antibodies, and play a role in vaccine failure.
A measles outbreak occurred in New York City. All cases had prior evidence of measles immunity. Symptoms were consistent with measles. Laboratory results indicated secondary immune responses. This report documents measles transmission from an individual with verified secondary vaccine failure.
A recent, news story shows us how the science of “Vaccine Failure” is being denied and instead, sensationalistic propaganda is being reported….
Five cases of measles confirmed in the greater Houston area, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
“Five cases of measles have been confirmed in the greater Houston area,....The cases, all announced Monday, include three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. They involve four children, all under 2 years of age, and a woman between the ages of 25 and 35. All are doing well now…..Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, said he's concerned because in the pre-vaccine era, measles typically peaked in the late winter and early spring. He said "a perfect storm could be coming." ….Hotez said the fact that the other three cases, all involving boys, were unrelated suggests there may have been multiple original sources. Shah noted that Harris County's original source or sources, known in public health circles as Patient Zero, is unknown.
BUT in that same news piece, we are told --- “It was unclear Monday if a lack of vaccination played a role in any of the Houston-area cases. All four children had received the first of the two shots — the second is given between the ages of 4 and 6 — and the woman said she'd been vaccinated, though the county is still working to confirm that through records.”
That article reads like a crime had been committed and Hotez is a gumshoe on the case, and the 5 people, 4 children and a woman, had fled the scene. They had been vaccinated yet STILL got measles. In addition, they are being blamed. It is laughable if it wasn’t so disturbing. It sounds like a mob with torches is out to find them.
So again, science is showing us that vaccines are not like “lifelong immunity.” More and more measles cases show VACCINE FAILURE :
….since 2005 these outbreaks have also occurred in the U.S.—with surprising numbers of cases occurring in persons who previously received one or even two documented doses of measles-containing vaccine. In fact, as of September 2011, the U.S. has had 15 measles outbreaks with 211 confirmed cases—the highest number of cases since 1996,,,Large measles outbreaks are also occurring in many other developed countries,,,Thus, measles outbreaks also occur even among highly vaccinated populations because of primary and secondary vaccine failure, which results in gradually larger pools of susceptible persons and outbreaks once measles is introduced . This leads to a paradoxical situation whereby measles in highly immunized societies occurs primarily among those previously immunized……...
And that is where we are today. People are getting measles and the blame should not be on them, but on the failure of the vaccine. Is a new vaccine the answer?
Teresa Conrick is Science Editor for Age of Autism.