This is a breaking story as I am putting together the newsletter, and more details may emerge. This news is good for the patient who doesn’t have measles, but it’s unfortunate for those of us trying to prevent anti-vaccine foolishness from deluding the public. One of the group’s flawed arguments is to exaggerate the possibility and danger of vaccine reactionss; you can be sure they’ll trumpet this.
A warning last week that measles was detected in a child who lived in Keene has been withdrawn, with the state saying that the patients was actually showing a reaction to the vaccine.
“There is no contagious measles known to be circulating in the community,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Thursday morning.
“Serious or extensive reactions (to the MMR vaccine) that resemble a real measles virus infection, as was seen in this child, are very rare. The scientific literature has found no confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of the vaccine strain of the measles virus,” DHHS said.
On Sunday, DHHS issued a warning that a New Hampshire who apparently had measles was in several public places while infectious. It was the first case of a state resident with measles in many years.
Several areas of the country are facing outbreaks of measles, a disease that had been eradicated from the country in 2000 but which has returned because of opposition to vaccines, including the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.
As the self-described “science geek” I was hoping you’d have some actual science and evidence on this rather than taking pot shots at those who do subscribe to the science and evidence.
It appears that no one but vaccine zealots could love the fact that the MMR vaccine has given yet another child a case of measles. Vaccine-derived measles virus, genotype A – per Dr. Benjamin Chan of the NH DHHS Vaccine Division.
Good news that this one-year old baby girl had all the symptoms of measles? That’s good news? Apparently only in the world of vaccine zealots and science and evidence deniers.
Vaccine zealots claim that measles from the vaccine is “very rare”. How is that “very rare” determined? I am affiliated with many parent groups and measles from the vaccine is so common that mothers alert other vaccinating mothers to actually expect it. I’ve seen many mothers report measles from the vaccine. Who is counting these cases and how are they counted and determined? If the doctor diagnoses it as a “reaction” or “viral illness with a rash” and no genotyping is done, do we really have evidence-based data?
And no evidence of transmission of the vaccine-derived measles? How was that determined? Has it even been investigated or studied? We all know that you won’t find what you don’t look for. And that claim of lack of transmission flies in the face of posted medical alerts at medical facilities that treat immune compromised, warning those who have been recently vaccinated with MMR vaccines to stay out. Are these medical facilities wrong? Or taking appropriate precautions?
“Eradicated” is the fake term used to fool the public into thinking that measles has been eliminated. The science shows that more and more cases of measles can be expected in the post-vaccination era as we lose the generation that has actual, natural immunity. Mass vaccination will put more and more at risk, especially infants. To think that we could eliminate simple microbes from the planet with mass vaccination is pure folly. The growing number of vaccine-derived measles, genotype A is evidence of that.
I’ll look for your update as you put together your newsletter. I’m hoping your update will include more evidence and science and less vaccine propaganda.
You have used the term “eradication” when the actual term used by vaccine promoters is “elimination”. This term “elimination” is used to confuse the public into thinking that measles was eradicated, when it was not. Apparently many are fooled.
In 2000, the year of claimed “elimination” there were 89 cases of reported measles in the USA. Likely there were more cases that went unreported. And how many cases of vaccine-derived measles genotype A were there?
60 years of mass measles vaccination, now up to 3 or more doses in some people and still the vaccinated are developing measles. And we now have a new strain of measles, vaccine-derived measles that is causing the exact same symptoms and same level of illness as wild measles. Creating new strains of disease from overuse of a pharmaceutical is not cause for celebration.
Isn’t it time we looked at the actual evidence and science rather than default to the broken promises made 60 years ago?