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Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot and Vaccine Exemption Ban

 

By Barbara Loe Fisher

There have been hundreds of media stories published in the U.S. and around the world since Jan. 14, 2015, the day after it was first reported that visitors to Disneyland got measles and presumably infected other people in California, Washington, Utah, and Colorado.1

Like wildfire, the story spread globally even though there was – and still is – limited information about the 51 lab-confirmed cases of measles public health officials say are linked to the happiest place on earth.

According a Jan. 23 Health Advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “no source case for the outbreak has been identified.”2

Demonizing of Parents and Their Children

The U.S. has a population of more than 320 million people and 38 million people live in California, so it is curious why a handful of measles cases prompted one California newspaper to quickly place blame on parents making informed vaccine choices, calling them “ignorant” and engaged in a “self-absorbed rejection of science.”3

Astroturfers4 and trolls5,6 saw that kind of talk as a green light to do more of it on public comment boards, suggesting that children with vaccine-related brain injuries are genetic mutants and calling mothers of vaccine injured children “liars” and “witches.”7

Pediatrician Leads Blame and Shame Game

Dr. James Cherry,8 a prominent UCLA pediatrician and infectious disease expert, publicly joined in the blame and shame game, hurling insults at parents declining to give children every one of the government recommended 69 doses of 16 vaccines, including two MMR shots.

Dr. Cherry said, “There are some pretty dumb people out there,”9 and “Some people are just terribly selfish.”10

Name-calling is a convenient way to deflect attention from inconvenient truths about vaccine failures and the dissolving myth of vaccine acquired herd immunity.11

A Very Highly Vaccinated U.S. Population

Case in point: there were 644 cases of measles reported in America in 2014,12 even though 95 percent of children entering kindergarten13 have gotten two doses of MMR vaccine, which is also true for 92 percent of school children ages 13 to 17 years.14

Plus, less than one percent of children under age three are completely unvaccinated and 92 percent of them have gotten one or more MMR shots.15 In some states, the MMR vaccination rate is approaching 100 percent.16

According to Dr. Cherry, measles vaccine acquired herd immunity is in effect with a measles vaccination rate of more than 90 percent.17 Well, that has been true in America since 1981 with one dose of MMR vaccine18 and since 2000 for two doses of MMR vaccine, which is one reason why the CDC declared measles eradicated from the U.S. in 2000.19

But, clearly, measles virus has not been eradicated from the U.S., just like measles has not been eradicated from any other country and emerging scientific evidence suggests it never will be—no matter how many doses of MMR vaccine are mandated for every man, woman and child in the world.20,21,22,23

Why is a big deal being made out of 51 cases of measles reported in the U.S.?

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Hippocratic Oath

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Primum non nocereo ~ First, Do No Harm 

~ Oath Taken by All Health Practitioners  ~

Non-maleficence, which is derived from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school and is a fundamental principle throughout the world. Another way to state it is that, “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.”

It reminds the health care provider that they must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. It is invoked when debating the use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm but a less certain chance of benefit.

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From the American Medical Association

  “The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. Furthermore, the AMA says, the patient should make his or her own determination about treatment. “
“The physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient or to the individual responsible for the patient’s care and to make recommendations for management in accordance with good medical practice. “ (Source)

Legally, ethically, and morally the American Medical Association declares that parents should have properly informed consent before making medical decisions. Hopefully, this website helps the AV Community, all healthcare practitioner’s, parents and others get better informed and educated.

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Currently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 and 69 doses by age 18. (Source)

Educating yourself as to what ingredients are in each vaccine recommended, potential risks associated with the different vaccines and whether the state has the right and power to require parents to vaccinate, is the reason this site was created for the community of AV.