Measles Fear Mongering: Where's The Honesty – part 1

Measles Fear Mongering Part 1

Let’s start by looking at one of the latest Herald articles…

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Almost all the 64 cases were in unimmunised people, said Dr Richard Hoskins, medical officer of health.

Several cases have unclear immunisation records, partial immunisation, or were immunised for the first time several days after exposure to an infectious case.

ARPHS records show there may be two people who got measles despite having the correct number of immunisations for their age.” (Emphases added)

So in one breath Hoskins says “almost all” were unimmunised”, then he says “several” have “unclear “immunisation”” records or “partial “immunisation””, then it says there “may” be two who got measles despite being “fully” vaccinated. So they try to tell us that most were unvaccinated, then go on to say they actually don’t have a single clue who, out of the 64 cases were vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, so which ones out of the unvaccinated were too young to be vaccinated, or were too old to be vaccinated, how many of the partially vaccinated were too young to be what is now classed as “fully” vaccinated, or too old to be what is now classed as “fully” vaccinated? Let’s not forget that there was a time when to be “fully” vaccinated with the MMR you only needed one vaccination…

The vaccine has been shown to be highly immunogenic, with seroconversion rates of 95 to 100% being achieved for each of the 3 component vaccines. This immunity appears to be long-lasting and may even be lifelong.”

But hey if the vaccine doesn’t work the first time let’s just recommend more of the same in the hopes that at some stage it will work…

Measles vaccine is recommended as MMR at age 15 months and at age four years, prior to school entry. Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended because the 5–10 percent who fail to be protected by the first dose will nearly all be protected by the second.”(Emphases added)

So this means that, apparently 90-95% of kids are being revaccinated with the MMR totally unnecessarily “just in case” they didn’t seroconvert the first time. Yet if a child has only had one MMR they are not classed as “fully” vaccinated and either are told to get the second MMR or are sent home from school should there be an outbreak, yet none of them are tested to see if they seroconvert the second time.

Here is an example of a letter sent to parents from one school…

The Department of Health has been in touch with the school and updated us on the spread of the measles disease in Auckland. They have asked us to keep all un-immunised children at home for all of this week until the contagious period finishes

Please dig out your “Well Child” booklets that will have these vaccination records or GP immunisation printouts and present them to the school office URGENTLY. We MUST have accurate records to help contain/prevent the spread of this disease in our school and the wider community.

Regarding your child’s immunisation status:

  • If your child has not received a measles immunisation (MMR vaccine), call your GP as soon as possible. Arrange a time to immunise your child as it is never too late.
  • If your child has received one measles immunisation (i.e. one MMR vaccination), call your GP as soon as possible. Arrange a time to immunise your child with their 2nd MMR. Two measles immunisations provide better protection than one.
  • If your child has received two measles immunisations, or they have definitely had doctor-diagnosed measles infection in the past, they are considered protected. Over 95% of people who are fully immunised are protected from measles.
  • If you are not sure of your child’s immunisation records, check with your GP. They can do a blood test to check your child’s immunity to measles if needed.
  • If your child is not immune or you choose not to immunise your child, they are not protected from measles. If they come into contact with someone with measles, they will likely have to be excluded from school for up to 14 days”

The confusion among schools and parents continue here is a post on a parenting message board…

My niece’s school has been exposed to measles.

Niece had her first immunisation here at 15 months, and her 4 yr in Sydney. She now lives back in NZ.

The School won’t listen, and she cannot come back until 2 weeks after she is immunised. Obviously longer than that if she cannot prove the Sydney immunisation, or not have a double immunisation.”

So it seems they would rather just keep right on vaccinating the child than take the parent’s word for it.

Of course the “fully” vaccinated children don’t have to prove immunity to be able to remain at school when there is an outbreak, despite them not even actually knowing how many seroconvert once they’ve received two vaccinations. Seems to me it could well be the “fully” vaccinated who are letting the “herd immunity” down, especially as it is becoming more and more evident that whatever “protection” is gained from the vaccine wanes over time and now there is talk of ongoing “boosters” of MMR…

New Zealand will have to consider the possibility that further doses of MMR in adults may be required in the future.”

[part 2 coming tomorrow]