- The Measles Lie, and the ongoing ad campaign disguised as news (Natural News, May 6, 2012):
An article in the Daily Mail UK, has reported that there has been the highest rate of measles infection since 1988. It goes on to say that 214 cases have been reported in the Mersey-side area alone. In a blatant advert for the MMR vaccination, Dr Roberto Vivancos from the Health Protection Agency, said “It is obvious from these statistics that people who are not fully vaccinated are not just at risk themselves, but they pose an infection risk to others.” He is also quoted as saying that measles is “very infectious and can cause very serious complications” and that he would “strongly advise parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated.”
The first measles vaccine was available in the UK in 1968 and US in 1963. The infection and death rates for measles had decreased significantly over the previous century with the introduction of better sanitation, food and warmer homes. The death and infection rates did not significantly change after 1968, but rather raised and fell seasonally as it had previously. The controversial MMR vaccine was introduced in 1988 in the UK and the US and again no significant change in death rates have occurred since.
Despite the introduction of the vaccine in 1968, the official policy in the UK until 1988 was that if a member of the household had measles, then they should play with and infect as many people as possible to spread immunity. This practice was carried out without any increase in death rates. The same can also be said for rubella and mumps, although the advice was that adults should take precautions so that they did not become infected if they did not have immunity, due to fertility issues. Continue reading »