Category Archives: Vaccines

Measles – Where art thou?

I live on the outskirts of, and commute daily into our great capital city. Yet, since being promised a measles outbreak in London by numerous medical experts over the last few months I have been disappointed in the lack of cases this year…I jest obviously but still I feel rather cheated. The assertion from the medical establishment, politicians and the media that measles is this huge killing machine that “spreads like wildfire” is clearly a myth.

Geographically speaking, the UK is tiny, so London is virtually next door to Wales, the North West and North West of England where other ‘large’ measles outbreaks have occurred recently. Thus, we would expect this monster virus to have travelled to London within days of the welsh outbreak  and set up camp in those parts of the capital where MMR uptake is lowest (around 50% in some cases). So where is this monster measles virus? Well in fact according to the Health Protection Agency there were 67 laboratory confirmed cases between January & March 2013 – just over 20 cases in a population of around 8 million people! Where are all the medical experts now? Are they too embarassed to come forward and admit this virus does not “spread like wildfire” as was spouted over and over again. Even the Health Protection Agency say (with respect to measles) “The geographical pattern does not suggest widespread circulation across the country.”

Furthermore, WDDTY found around a third of those people in Wales who contracted measles had already been vaccinated against the disease. They go on to say that similar surveys of vaccinated children in the US found 98% of them contracted measles. So measles where art thou?

After casting doubt on the measles component here and in previous posts, lets quickly move on to one of its bed-fellows – mumps. Now mumps doesn’t fare much better than measles.

In 2006, the United States had the largest mumps outbreak in two decades. A total of 6584 cases were reported, with an estimated incidence of 2.2 cases per 100,000 persons. In patients for whom vaccination status was known, 63% had received two doses of the mumps vaccine. The same mumps strain that caused a recent outbreak in the United Kingdom caused the 2006 outbreak.N Engl J Med 2008; 358:1580-1589

Why with doubts over the effectiveness of this combined MMR vaccine do governments, health authorities and doctors still persist in insisting this and other dubious vaccines are essential? Possibly something to do with the massive big pharma lobbyists that practically live with ministers? Gosh what a cynic I am…

Are we moving towards compulsory vaccinations?

The latest measles outbreak in Swansea is obviously concerning as any childhood illness is. But what I find more concerning is the move to demonize those parents who have decided not to vaccinate their child/children. As the numbers of infected people increases there ARE more scare tactics being spouted by health officials, politicians and the media.

Since the outbreak in Swansea there have been numerous radio phone-in shows, news reports and tv shows coming from a pro-vaccination angle where so-called medical experts repeat the mantra that measles “is a killer” and how people in poor countries queue for hours for vaccinations (Dr Rosemary Leonard who’s never off the radio/tv). Dr Leonard didn’t add that clean water, good nutrition and good sanitation would as we know clear up at lot of these diseases without vaccinations.

Coupled with this callers, some of whom are parents, rang up to radio shows only to abuse the non-vaccinated saying that we are putting everyone at risk, blah, blah.  Even when on one radio show a parent phoned in saying his child had developed autism immediately after receiving the MMR jab, the presenter still questioned that fact that his other child had not had the MMR, and could possibly be a danger to other children! Duh!

Presenters of these radio shows rarely allow the counter view I’ve noticed. Is it because they are scared the other side of the story will come out? They are not shackled by anyone. So why not have an open & honest debate instead of saying in effect: Andrew Wakefield has long been discredited so just get on with getting the MMR. To be honest my views on this having nothing now to do with Wakefield. I have seen too much evidence (although un-linked officially in the UK) of children becoming sick after receiving the MMR vaccination. I would highly recommend visiting http://www.childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/ for in-depth coverage of MMR and other vaccinations. 

But haven’t we been here before with Swine Flu a couple of years ago? Do you remember the insane assertion by Sir Liam Donaldson (the then Chief Medical Officer) that there would be 60,000 dead in the UK due to the Swine Flu outbreak and that vulnerable people need to have the Tamiflu vaccination. And what happened? Yup – nothing!

This is what is now happening with this current measles outbreak. People are being scared into getting the MMR not only in Swansea but across the country. Currently, there is a national push to target those children who have not received both doses of the MMR with “one-to-one” meetings with the doctor. More sinister are the calls for compulsory vaccinations. At the moment thank goodness, the majority of doctors are against this, but, if measles cases increase, especially in London which they are predicted to do, then I can envisage more and more health workers calling for compulsory vaccinations.

One thing the ‘experts’ keep on coming back to is herd immunity. We need (apparently) 98% coverage of MMR to prevent measles epidemics. Quick question: Macedonia had a 98% coverage of measles vaccination but also had a massive outbreak in 2011. Hmmm. Why is this? Furthermore, this killer disease apparently according to the Health Protection Agency claimed very few lives every year if any over the last 25 years.

Mumps vaccine ineffective it seems

Mumps vaccine ineffective it seems

Take a look at this article about a mumps outbreak among Orthodox Jews in the U.S. To me it clearly demonstrated that vaccines at best are unreliable and worst just don’t work.

Out of just over 3,500, 1,648 were studied. Of these 89% were fully vaccinated against mumps (2 doses).

What made me chuckle was the following: The researchers wrote that “chavrusa study, with its prolonged, face-to-face contact,” probably resulted in high exposures to the virus, and these “overcame vaccine-induced protection in individual students.” 

Hold on a minute! I thought the idea of a vaccine was to introduce your body to a particular virus/bacteria so that when you come into contact with the real thing your body is able to fight it off! Not so it seems.

Apparently the source of the outbreak was a young lad (who was vaccinated) who visited the UK “where fears about vaccination had led to a large mumps outbreak.”  

WHO receive cash & advice from junk food industry

WHO receive cash & advise from junk food industry

YOu couldn’t make it up could you? It transpires that the Pan-American arm of the WHO has been asking the food industry for its advise it tackling obesity…well seems there won’t be any attempt to regulate fizzy drinks then. Coca-Cola, Nestle and Unilever have also bribed sorry donated large amounts of cash to the organisation. Apparently this is a “new ay of doing business”. I suggest this is one of the oldest ways of doing business, i.e. bribe the regulator! 

 

Vaccinating remote communities – what’s the point?

Don’t get me wrong I quite like the actor Ewan McGregor and and commend his efforts with UNICEF but after seeing two episodes of a new BBC series called: Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission I was left a bit puzzled. Now, I can understand the logic behind vaccinating where there is a high density of people particularly when the sanitary conditions are not great. However, in this series the aim is to vaccinate children in the remotest regions of the planet. The first programme Ewan travelled to India then to a remote region of Nepal to deliver polio vaccines where it takes a plane ride in a small plane and then a hike over two mountains to get there. What doesn’t make sense to me is that polio (poliomyelitis to give it its full name) as far as I know is an infectious disease, i.e. for a person to get it you need another person to have it. Now, if these communities are healthy and live in remote areas, then surely the likelihood of contracting an infectious disease such as polio are very small I would argue. However, it seems odd to seek them out by people from populated areas and western countries (who may be carrying some of these viruses), i.e. UNICEF in order to ‘save them’..More worrying is the huge rise in Japanese Encephalitis cases in the same region of India (Uttah Pradesh) where they have been embarking on a polio eradication mission since 2005 – see Gaia Health

Measles “outbreak” – figures don’t stack up!

Just reading a recent news release from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) regarding a measles “outbreak” on Merseyside. As usual the same old scare tactics are being used to get kids immunised with the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine.

Taken from HPA website

Measles on Merseyside – latest

26 March 2012

A measles outbreak on Merseyside is now the largest in the North West since MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988. To date there have been 113 laboratory confirmed cases and a further 43 probable cases are under review.

Twenty-eight people needed hospital inpatient treatment and three of these, two adults and a child, were extremely ill but have thankfully recovered and been allowed to return to their homes.

A feature of the outbreak is that approximately 29 of the confirmed cases are in teenagers (over the age of 15) and young adults who were not vaccinated as children. There are also 27 cases in children under the age of 13 months who were too young to be vaccinated.

The majority of the remaining cases (31) are in unvaccinated children aged between 13 months and five years. (For the sake of completeness, there have been nine cases in children aged 5-9 years and five cases in children aged 10-14).

Dr. Roberto Vivancos, a specialist with the HPA’s Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, said: “Measles is highly infectious and anyone who has not previously been vaccinated is at risk when it gets into a community, as it has done here.

“In this outbreak we have seen measles spreading amongst unvaccinated children, teenagers and young adults and affecting infants and toddlers who are too young to be vaccinated. Our advice to teenagers and young adults is to arrange vaccination now. Speak to your family doctor. It’s not too late. Our advice to parents is, arrange to have your children vaccinated regardless of their ages. If you are not sure if they have been immunised in the past, check with your family doctor.”

It goes on to say about it being a serious disease, blah blah blah…

So from this blurb you would have the impression that you are far more likely to get measles if you  haven’t had th vaccine…

Cast your mind not so far back to 2011 when it was reported  that a massive measles outbreak occurred in Europe with France in particular being hit hard with over 7,000 cases bring reported between January to April 2011. However, looking at the World Health Organisations (WHO) own figures France had a 90% vaccine uptake of a “measles-containing” vaccine in 2010. So, this beggars the question if 90% of the french population were immunised in 2010 why did that country have a massive outbreak at the beginning of 2011? The total reported cases for 2011 was 15213. Do you know how many deaths there were from all of these 15213 cases? 6! Yes a mighty 0.04% people who contracted measles died. Similarly in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which had the highest incidence of measles per million population the vaccine uptake has been very high according to WHO figures (98% in 2010).

Surely if a country has virtually 100% vaccination rates for measles and has a massive outbreak of this disease then shouldn’t this raise serious questions regarding the vaccine? This doesn’t get reported. Why? We should all be asking the health authorities and the media this very question.

My kids & vaccines

We have 3 kids, their ages being 8, 6 & 18 months. Now as good citizens of the world, my wife and I let the medics give our eldest child all of the vaccines that they could and we happily filled up her little jab book to completion. Following her jabs she was frequently sick, nothing life threatening you understand but frequent fevers, constant colds and bouts of eczema. Even now she seems to catch every bug going around.

My 6 year old received a mix bag, i.e. got some jabs but not others as we started to question the numerous vaccines and boosters to keep at bay all of the nasty diseases out there. What we did notice, however, is that he has had less illness than my eldest. And guess what? Our youngest has yet to be injected and in her short life of 18 months has been the healthiest of the three. Coincidence?

Now, I am very open minded kinda guy and want to do right by my kids, but I am slowly coming to the conclusion in in my cynical old (ish!) age that vaccines are a great money spinner for the big pharmaceutical companies who, at the end of the day only have £££’s in their sights and if some people become sick or even die from having jabs then that’s just life…your loved one had a “rare complication” or it was just a coincidence they keeled over literally hours after receiving a vaccine…
There are, as you can imagine lots of videos on YouTube about vaccines (for & against), but this one caught my eye recently:

So I now question the need to give so many if any at all vaccinations to very young children. My wife and I still debate our decisions and we still get jab junk mail from the GP but we are trying to resist and do what we think is right by our kids.