On this blog, I have ad nauseam discussed the fact that many SCAM-practitioners are advising their patients against vaccinations, e. g.:

The reason why I mention this subject yet again is the alarming news reported in numerous places (for instance in this article) that measles outbreaks are now being reported from most parts of the world.

The number of cases in Europe is at a record high of more than 41,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned. Halfway through the year, 2018 is already the worst year on record for measles in Europe in a decade. So far, at least 37 patients have died of the infection in 2018.

“Following the decade’s lowest number of cases in 2016, we are seeing a dramatic increase in infections and extended outbreaks,” Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said in a statement. “Seven countries in the region have seen over 1,000 infections in children and adults this year (France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine).”

In the U.S., where measles were thought to be eradicated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 107 measles cases as of the middle of July this year. “This partial setback demonstrates that every person who is not immune remains vulnerable no matter where they live, and every country must keep pushing to increase coverage and close immunity gaps,” WHO’s Dr. Nedret Emiroglu said.  95 percent of the population must have received at least two doses of measles vaccine to achive herd immunity and prevent outbreaks. Some parts of Europe have reached that target, while others are even below 70 percent.

And why are many parts below the 95% threshold?

Ask your local SCAM-provider, I suggest.


14 Responses to Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider!

  • The Dutch government is currently investigating legal possibilities for day care centres to refuse children who are not vaccinated. The country is worried over ever-lower vaccination rates. Finally, I’d say. They are explicitly pointing to the nonsense spouted on (anti)social media.

    • But they first want to try to convince parents that vaccines are save. Alas I’m affraid this will be a hopeless job, because a lot of those parents distrust everything coming from official instances.
      And of course they are affraid of parents arguing they are discriminated or concider their privacy endangered.

      And how about the Italian minister of health, who stated deads by measles are inevitable?

    • In Mexico it is so.
      Vaccinations card is a requirement to enroll kids to day care and schools.
      And no we don’t have measles cases.

    • Vaccination rates are 91% in the Netherlands according to the RIVM. They’re trying to stay ahead of this anti-vaccine sentiment spreading like an epidemic throughout the world.

      • Indeed. And for that, the christians are, as usual, helpful as ever, opposing the proposal of making life more difficult for those who chose not to vaccinate …

  • Bots and Russian trolls influenced vaccine discussion on Twitter, research finds.

  • From linked article:

    Italian authorities say vaccine critics have helped lower rates there from 90 percent in 2010 to 85 percent in 2015

    And in breaking news Italian upper house votes to overturn mandatory vaccinations despite surge in measles cases

    I live in Canada, and at last report (2-3 weeks ago?) we have only had 19 reported cases in 2018 but with a measles outbreak in Michigan and the outbreaks in Europe, I doubt our luck will hold.

  • It seems to me that those who cannot be effectively vaccinated for medical reasons (such as immunosuppression) should have a right to protection as a result of herd immunity, particularly as they are much more likely than an otherwise fit individual to suffer complications or to die if they do contract measles.

    Parents who are refusing to have their child vaccinated are putting other people at risk. I would certainly be in favour of reasonable legal restrictions in order to protect them. After all, we have laws to protect public health in other situations.

    For that matter, if parents are refusing vaccination for dubious ideological reasons, resulting in death and injury to others, it could be argued that there is a parallel with terrorism.

    Perhaps I am a bit biased here, as, although I had measles as a child, I now have multiple myeloma and I am unable to make any antibodies of my own. If I encounter measles again there is a high chance that it would kill me.

    • If you had measles as a child you have immunity. If you received a measles vaccine as a child then that gave you temporary immunity. You would then be susceptible to measles as an adult. That is how it works. Maybe rethink this herd stance.

      • Gary,

        That is not how it works.

        1. Different vaccines give different duration of immunity, which is why boosters are required for many of them. The measles vaccine gives lifelong immunity.

        2. For an infectious disease to cause an outbreak, each case has to infect, on average, more than one other person. This depends on how contagious the disease is, and the probability of encountering another susceptible individual. Measles is very contagious, and the herd immunity threshold to prevent an outbreak is therefore higher than with other diseases, in this case about 94%.

        3. “If you had measles as a child you have immunity.” You are giving me personal medical advice here. Are you licensed to do so?

        In any case the advice is wrong. Due to a combination of disease and treatment I am unable to make antibodies, I have an altered lymphocyte profile and I am intermittently neutropenic. This does not mean that my immune system no longer functions (indeed, I am currently dependent on immunotherapy to keep my myeloma suppressed, without which I would not be alive), but it is not safe for me to assume that I have retained immunity against diseases that I have previously had or been vaccinated against. And when I do get an infection it now makes me much more sick than it does other people, as my numerous hospital admissions over the past couple of year will attest.

  • Edzard

    “And why are many parts below the 95% threshold?”

    Where did this threshold figure come from?
    “We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.”

    May be 100% is a good figure? And then what?

    • To paraphrase a meme from the “‘Allo! ‘Allo!” comedy series: You stupid man!
      – Until approximately 1985, only one dose of the measles vaccine was given. This was only 95% effective, meaning that 1 in every 20 vaccinated people was still susceptible. A second vaccine dose, increasing protection to ~99%, was only recommended from 1985 onward.
      – One infectious person in a crowded environment (schools, cafeterias, hospitals etcetera) can easily infect several if not dozens of people, even with 100% vaccination coverage.

      This is why experts arrived at 95% coverage with two MMR doses as a minimum to maintain good herd immunity. And even then, an infectious person in a highly crowded environment may still transfer the disease to several others.
      The research from 1987 you cite is completely outdated (as are your views on disease, health and healing, for that matter).

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