A remarkable study reveals that a vaccinated individual not only can become infected with measles, but can spread it to others who are also vaccinated against it – doubly disproving that two doses of MMR vaccine is “99% effective,” as widely claimed.
One of the fundamental errors in thinking about measles vaccine effectiveness is that receipt of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine equates to bona fide immunity against these pathogens. Indeed, it is commonly claimed that receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine is “99 percent effective in preventing measles,”1 despite a voluminous body of contradictory evidence from epidemiology and clinical experience.
This erroneous thinking has led the public, media and government alike to attribute the origin of measles outbreaks, such as the one recently reported at Disney, to the non-vaccinated, even though 18% of the measles cases occurred in those who had been vaccinated against it — hardly the vaccine’s claimed “99% effective.” The vaccine’s obvious fallibility is also indicated by the fact that that the CDC now requires two doses.
But the problems surrounding the failing MMR vaccine go much deeper.
First, they carry profound health risks (over 25 of which we have indexed here: MMR vaccine dangers), including increased autism risk, which a senior CDC scientist confessed his agency covered up. Second, not only does the MMR vaccine fail to consistently confer immunity, but those who have been “immunized” with two doses of MMR vaccine can still transmit the infection to others — a phenomena no one is reporting on in the rush to blame the non- or minimally-vaccinated for the outbreak.
MMR Vaccinated Can Still Spread Measles
Last year, a groundbreaking study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, whose authorship includes scientists working for the Bureau of Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, looked at evidence from the 2011 New York measles outbreak that individuals with prior evidence of measles vaccination and vaccine immunity were both capable of being infected with measles and infecting others with it (secondary transmission).
This finding even aroused the attention of mainstream news reporting, such as this Sciencemag.org article from April 2014 titled “Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time.”
Titled, “Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011,” the groundbreaking study acknowledged that, “Measles may occur in vaccinated individuals, but secondary transmission from such individuals has not been documented.”
In order to find out if measles vaccine compliant individuals are capable of being infected and transmitting the infection to others, they evaluated suspected cases and contacts exposed during a 2011 measles outbreak in NYC. They focused on one patient who had received two doses of measles-containing vaccine and found that,
Of 88 contacts, four secondary cases were confirmed that had either two doses of measles-containing vaccine or a past positive measles IgG antibody. All cases had laboratory confirmation of measles infection, clinical symptoms consistent with measles, and high avidity IgG antibody characteristic of a secondary immune response.
Their remarkable conclusion:
This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naïve individual. Secondary cases had robust anamnestic antibody responses. No tertiary cases occurred despite numerous contacts. This outbreak underscores the need for thorough epidemiologic and laboratory investigation of suspected measles cases regardless of vaccination status.
Did you follow that? A twice-vaccinated individual, from a NYC measles outbreak, was found to have transmitted measles to four of her contacts, two of which themselves had received two doses of MMR vaccine and had prior presumably protective measles IgG antibody results.
This phenomenon — the MMR vaccine compliant infecting other MMR vaccine compliant cases – has been ignored by health agencies and the media. This data corroborates the possibility that, during the Disney measles outbreak the previously vaccinated (any of the 18% known to have become infected) may have become infected or already were shedding measles from a vaccine and transmitted measles to both the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated.
Stop Blaming A Failing Vaccine on Failure to Vaccinate
The moral of the story is that you can’t blame non-vaccinating parents for the morbidity and mortality of infectious diseases when vaccination does not result in immunity and does not keep those who are vaccinated from infecting others. In fact, outbreaks secondary to measles vaccine failure and shedding in up to 99% immunization compliant populations have happened for decades, which you can learn in greater depth by reading our recent review article on the topic: “The Disney Measles Outbreak: A Mousetrap of Ignorance.“
Moreover, these CDC and NYC Bureau of Immunization scientists identified a “need” for there to be “thorough epidemiologic and laboratory investigation of suspected measles cases regardless of vaccination status,” i.e. investigators must rule out vaccine failure and infection by fully infected individuals as contributing to measles outbreaks.
Instead, what’s happening now is that the moment a measles outbreak occurs, a reflexive “blame the victim” attitude is assumed, and the media and/or health agencies report on the outbreak as if it has been proven the afflicted are under or non-vaccinated – often without sufficient evidence to support these claims.
Clearly stakeholders in the vaccine/non-vaccine debate need to look at the situation through the lens of the evidence itself and not science by proclamation or pleas to authority.
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It is very clear that infectious disease morbidity and mortality was originally overcome not by recourse to vaccination, ie by an artificial stimulation of the acquired immune system; but by improving public nutrition and sanitation, ie by a strengthening of the innate immune system, which more sensible strategy resulted historically in an exponential decline in disease incidence.
Vaccination is both highly dangerous, and also self-evidently ineffective, as we see from this report.
Dangerous, because of the added ingredients in vaccines, eg heavy metals, sterilizing agents, and adjuvants, which latter put the immune system into a state of overdrive which increases the likelihood that the body will begin to attack itself; and even more dangerous in that the CD8 component of the AIS is knocked out ( Erasmus Medical Centre study of a few years ago ) thus rendering infection with similar-but-different pathogens not less, but more likely.
If we add to this litany of corporate-inspired insanity the fact that vaccination only promotes antibody responses to a very few of the potential causative agents of disease, and leaves many of the disease pathogens unaddressed, we begin to understand that the vaccination agenda is being driven purely by commercial and political, rather than logical or scientific, considerations.
We never had MMR vaccinations when I was young. I had measles, mumps and rubella and never had any problems. they were considered normal childhood diseases. Parents would put their children with children who had the diseases so that they could get them while they were young and get them out of the way. These diseases rarely killed anyone. Autistic children were also rare. I now know more families with Autistic children than I have ever known. More research should be done to find out why and I think the vaccinations we give to our children should be the first place to look. How can injecting small children with toxic chemicals be good for them. I agree with timwebb1000, the reason for improved health in the general population
is mainly sanitation and nutrition not vaccinations.
The principle of vaccination is to fool the immune system into thinking that the person has become infected and to react appropriately. However, the full-blown disease does not develop as expected. When several such vaccines are injected without any of them developing into the full disease, one can expect the immune system to become “confused”. Such confusion is terribly dangerous as it could lead to the the system not losing its ability to to differentiate self from non-self – leading to auto-immune conditions.
While acknowledging that vaccines against diseases such as Smallpox were essential, it seems that the vaccines now used against common childhood diseases that are not life-threatening are driven by commercial interests rather than a real need.