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What is going on with measles? The science and politics of eradicating measles

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FROM MERCOLA

Story at-a-glance

  • Fear mongering about measles has reached epidemic proportions in America, and some state and federal lawmakers are reacting by proposing to severely restrict the medical vaccine exemption and eliminate all religious and conscientious belief exemptions in state vaccine laws
  • These exemptions, which help prevent vaccine injuries and deaths, also protect parental rights, civil liberties and the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking
  • Evidence published in the scientific and medical literature reveals a trend of measles vaccine failures, none of which is being discussed in public conversations about measles vaccine policies and mandatory vaccination laws
  • Vital statistics data from the early 20th century reveal that, although measles can cause complications like pneumonia, ear infections, and brain inflammation, measles infections have never been a leading cause of death or disability in the U.S.
  • Research shows vaccinated persons can be asymptomatically infected with wild type measles and may experience subclinical measles infections that remain unidentified and unreported

The following referenced information contains opinion and perspective on a health topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics that is being discussed in public forums, including in medical, law and other professional journals; newspapers, magazines and other print; broadcast and online media outlets; state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

Readers are encouraged to go to the websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for information on vaccine policymaking; to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for information on regulating vaccines for safety and effectiveness; and to National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for information on research and the development of new vaccines.

The World Health Organization has stated that “vaccine hesitancy” is one of the top 10 global public health threats.

By Barbara Loe Fisher

This year, the fearmongering about measles has reached epidemic proportions in America. A day doesn’t go by without media outlets publishing angry articles and editorials spewing hatred toward a tiny minority of parents with unvaccinated children, who are being blamed for measles outbreaks.1,2,3 The remedy is always a call to track down, persecute and punish any parent whose child is not vaccinated.4,5,6

Some state and federal lawmakers are reacting to the relentless fearmongering by proposing to severely restrict the medical vaccine exemption and eliminate all religious and conscientious belief exemptions in state vaccine laws.7,8,9,10 These exemptions, which help prevent vaccine injuries and deaths, also protect parental rights, civil liberties and the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking.11

Government, WHO, medical trade, Pharma, media say MMR vaccine is safe, effective

The U.S. government, the World Health Organization, medical trade associations, the pharmaceutical industry and multinational communications corporations all agree that the measles virus is extremely dangerous, the MMR vaccine is “very” safe and effective, and all children must get two doses of MMR vaccine to meet the goal of eradicating measles from the world by 2020.12,13,14,15

While most of the public conversation in the past two decades has been focused on children, who have suffered convulsions, encephalitis and encephalopathy after MMR vaccine reactions and have become chronically ill and disabled,16,17,18,19,20,21,22 there hasn’t been much discussion about measles vaccine effectiveness or what measles was like before and after the vaccine was licensed in the mid-20th century.

This is a special report on measles vaccine failures based on evidence published in the scientific and medical literature that is not being discussed in public conversations about measles vaccine policies and mandatory vaccination laws.

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