Measles – The Real Facts

Measles – The Real Facts – Amazing how history repeats itself, this is from 1997

The Health Department intends to vaccinate 540,000 children from the ages of two to 10, which they say will prevent an epidemic of 50,000 cases, 900 hospitalisations with complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis; and 10 deaths.

The 7 to 10 year olds were the so-called susceptible children in 1991 who either got measles, or were the targeted population for the “one-off’ MMR vaccine campaign. These children will yet again be subjected to another “one-off’ jab.

Of the two to six year olds who were born after 1991, 85% have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is supposed to produce antibodies in 95% of vaccinees. These “vaccine immune” children will be given another vaccine they don’t need.

syringeWhat you have not been told about measles:

In the early stages of the cough, runny nose and fever, a child with measles will get KOPLIK SPOTS which look like bluey-white grains of salt. These are best seen on the inside of the cheek near the second upper molar, but may also be on the gums anywhere in the mouth. They last for a few days, and are SPECIFIC for measles only. (Medicine International, 1984, pg 20; Viral Diseases in Man, 83rd Edition, pg 412.)

You should NOT take your child to the doctor in this prodromal stage if your child has KOPLIK SPOTS. This stage is the MOST infective. If necessary, ring the surgery, but there is nothing your medically responsible doctor should, or could prescribe for your child at this stage. Studies have shown that “prodromal” children taken to doctor’s surgeries, health care facilities and hospitals increase the spread of measles, and put at risk the very people for whom measles is so dangerous – sick or immunocompromised adults, babies and other children. (Infect. Dis. Child, Dec. 95; Ped. Infect. Dis., Jan. 93; Maryland Med. J., Oct. 91.)

There is a “cure” for measles. It is called vitamin A… cod-liver oil. As early as 1932 doctors used cod-liver oil to reduce hospital mortality by 58%, but then antibiotics became the treatment of fashion, (Clin. Infect. Dis., Sept. 1994, pg 493) and vitamin A was ignored until 1980. A 1993 study showed that 72% of hospitalised measles cases in America are vitamin A deficient, and the worse the deficiency the worse the complications and higher the death rate. (Pediatric Nursing, Sept./Oct. 96.) Yet doctors and hospitals in New Zealand do not use vitamin A.

In 1991 there were six deaths and 13,500 notified cases of measles. Of the deaths, two could not be proven, three were immunocompromised and one had no data. (Diana Lennon, recent open meeting to Auckland G.P.’s.) Because over 60% of cases in children were “appropriately vaccinated”, a second dose of MMR was introduced in 1992.

Deaths and hospitalisations have been recorded for 120 years. The measles death decline graph (right) shows that the measles vaccine had nothing to do with the decline in deaths, and has not affected the number of children hospitalised during epidemic years since its introduction.

Parents have a right to know that:

Vaccinated children excrete measles vaccine virus for two weeks (B.M.J., 4 July 1987, pg 18). Parents of immunocompromised or unvaccinated children should be warned about this.

P.C.R. testing is the method of choice to diagnose measles, especially non-classical measles in vaccinated children (Arch. Ped. Adol. Med, Vol. 184, March 1994, pgs 289 – 293)

In a similar campaign called “Operation Safeguard”, 7.1 million children were vaccinated in November 1994 in England, leaving hundreds of children chronically ill or seriously mentally or physically disabled. The legal firm Dawbarns ( (0044 1553 764373) is taking legal action against the British Government to obtain compensation for the following cases:

Autism (287), Crohn’s disease and other serious chronic stomach problems (136), Epilepsy (132), Other forms of brain damage (induding meningitis, cerebral palsy, encephalopathy, encephalitis etc.) (77), Hearing and vision problems (81), Arthritis (50), Behavioural and learning problems (in older children) (110), Chronic fatigue syndrome (41), Diabetes (15), Guillain-Barre syndrome (9), Idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura (and other purpuras) (6), Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) (3), Wegener’s Granulamatosis (2), Leukaemia (1), Multiple sderosis (1), Death (18). (Dawbarns fact sheet.)

These childrens’ doctors and specialists have come out in the media in support of the children.

The New Zealand and British Health Departments deny the existence of these cases (NZ H. Dept, media release, and BMJ article) and maintain that Operation Safeguard eliminated measles from UK. Yet in October 1996, UK started another MMR booster campaign.

Deaths from measles were virtually wiped out in every developed country before the vaccine was even used.

The 1996 Immunisation Handbook on page 95 gives the risks of vaccinating children with MMR Using this data, vaccinating 540,000 children would result in:

  • Up to 81,000 cases of rash and fever
  • Up to 5,400 cases of parotid (mumps) swelling
  • Up to 216 cases of febrile seizures
  • Up to 18 cases of thrombocytopenia (red-blood cell destruction)
  • Up to 2 cases of chronic thrombocytopenia
  • Up to 5 cases of aseptic meningitis
Up to 1 case of central nervous system damage
  • Up to 15,420 cases of transient joint arthralgia – some of these becoming chronic

The Health Department considers these risks are outweighed by the benefits.

Germany does not routinely use the measles vaccine. (Dec. 1995 Infectious Diseases in Children, Pg 21.) Their reporting system found one per 2,500 vaccinees had a neurological complication, and one per 17,500 vaccinees had abortive encephalopathy. (FDA Technical Report, 1980.) They considered the risks too high in light of the fact that deaths and disease severity had decreased without any reference to a vaccine.

In Switzerland, over 400 doctors have formed an organisation to oppose the Swiss government’s MMR-vaccination programmes because they consider them unnecessary, irresponsible and harmful.
In the pre-vaccine era, mothers’ antibodies protected babies for around 15 months. Measles was mainly an infection of five to nine year olds, and by 15 years 99% had antibodies. By 1985, 16 years after the vaccine was introduced, 14% of 15 year olds lacked the antibody. (NZMed. J., 27 May 1987.) No one knows what the level is now, but evidence from America shows that adult measles, which can be very serious, is now quite common.

Unlike “pre-vaccine” babies, babies of vaccinated mothers can become susceptible to measles any time from birth onwards. This has become a major problem since the late 1980’s. (Washington Post, Sun. Nov. 22 1992; The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 22 Nov. 1992, and others.)
In the 1991 USA measles outbreak over half the deaths were vaccinated, and most deaths were in immunocompromised people. (Washington Post, 14 June 1991; BMJ, 11 May 1991.)
July 1990, New England Med. J. stated that all children with severe measles should be given vitamin A regardless of nutritional status.

September 1994, Clinical Infectious Diseases stated that all acute measles cases should be given vitamin A.

New Zealand doctors and hospitals DO NOT prescribe or use vitamin A for measles.

In Africa children who have a natural measles infection have half the atopy compared with their vaccinated peers (Lancet, 29 June 1996) (Atopy: allergy to dust mites, cockroaches, grass, dog & cat hair and aspergillus).
 If children with mild to moderate psoriasis get a natural dose of measles, the psoriasis is often cured. (Annals of Trop. Ped: Dec. 1986; French study 1969; German study 1982.)
 Babies vaccinated who have maternal antibodies, or people who have measles suppressed with gammaglobulin go on to have a higher rate of immunoreactive diseases, sebaceous skin diseases, degenerative cartilage and bone disease and certain tumours. (Lancet, 5 Jan. 1985.)

If you revaccinate children who already have antibodies what will happen to them in later life?

If you choose to vaccinate your child with MMR:

You should obtain the package insert of the vaccine and read thoroughly. Note contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor to explain the signs and symptoms of all adverse reactions so that you may recognise them should they occur.

Obtain the following information for your records signed by the vaccine administrator:

  • Time and date of administration
  • Name of vaccine administrator and credentials
  • Name and manufacturer of vaccine
  • The lot and batch number
  • Written verification the vaccine has been stored correctly at all times
  • Evidence your child is healthy and developing normally
  • This information is critical for obtaining ACC coverage in the event of compensatable injury
  • Adverse Reactions – More Stories and Links

Is Infant Immunisation a Risk Factor for Childhood Asthma or Allergy? Epidemiology (11/97) Vol. 8, No. 6, P. 678; Kemp, Trudi; Pearce, Neil; Fitzharris, Penny; et al. Results of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, conducted by a team of New Zealand researchers, found a greater rate of asthma and allergy episodes among immunized children. Of 1,265 children born in 1977, the 23 who did not receive the diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus shot had no recorded asthma or allergy problems before age 10. Of the children who were vaccinated, 23.1 percent had asthma episodes, 22.5 percent had asthma consultations, and 30 percent had consultations for other allergic illnesses. The comparison produced similar results at ages five and 16, and the discrepancy does not appear to result from use of health services, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or parental atopy or smoking. The authors note the study is limited by the small size of the non-immunized group, and although it does not appear to be the case, they cannot exclude the possibility the results are due to differences in healthcare utilization.
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Reporting a Vaccine Reaction

Any vaccine reaction should be reported on a H1574 form by your doctor, yourself or the person who administered the vaccine. Send the completed form to:
The National Toxicology Groups Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring
PO Box 913, 
New Zealand.

Ensure that ALL symptoms are recorded on the form and retain a copy for your own records. Request verification in writing that the data has been entered into their computer.

The form should be available from your doctor but can be obtained by writing to the Toxicology Centre for Adverse Reactions, or at

New Zealand Law

The HDC Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights Regulation 1996


Right to be Fully Informed
1) Every consumer has the right to the information that a reasonable consumer, in that consumer’s circumstances, would expect to receive, including –

a) An explanation of his or her condition; and

b) An explanation of the options available, including an assessment of the expected risks, side effects, benefits, and costs of each option; and

c) Advice of the estimated time within which the services will be provided; and

d) Notification of any proposed participation in teaching or research, including whether the research requires and has received ethical approval; and

e) Any other information required by legal, professional, ethical, and other relevant standards; and
f) The results of tests; and
g) The results of procedures.
2) Before making a choice or giving consent, every consumer has the right to the information that a reasonable consumer, in that consumer’s circumstances, needs to make an informed choice or give informed consent.

3) Every consumer has the right to honest and accurate answers to questions relating to services, including questions about –

a) The identity and qualifications of the provider; and

b) The recommendation of the provider; and

c) How to obtain an opinion from another provider; and

d) The results of research.
4) Every consumer has the right to receive, on request, a written summary of information provided.

Right to Make an Informed Choice and Give Informed Consent

1) Services may be provided to a consumer only if that consumer makes an informed choice and gives informed consent, except where any enactment, or the common law, or any other provision of this Code provides otherwise.

2) Every consumer must be presumed competent to make an informed choice and give informed consent, unless there are reasonable grounds for believing that the consumer is not competent.

3) Where a consumer has diminished competence, that consumer retains the right to make informed choices and give informed consent, to the extent appropriate to his or her level of competence.

4) Where a consumer is not competent to make an informed choice and give informed consent, and no person entitled to consent on behalf of the consumer is available, the provider may provide services where –

a) It is in the best interests of the consumer; and

b) Reasonable steps have been taken to ascertain the views of the consumer; and

c) Either, –

i. If the consumer’s views have been ascertained, and having regard to those views, the provider believes, on reasonable grounds, that the provision of the services is consistent with the informed choice the consumer would make if he or she were competent; or

ii. If the consumer’s views have not been ascertained, the provider takes into account the views of other suitable persons who are interested in the welfare of the consumer and available to advise the provider.

5) Every consumer may use an advance directive in accordance with the common law.

6) Where informed consent to a health care procedure is required, it must be in writing if –
a) The consumer is to participate in any research; or

b) The procedure is experimental; or
c) The consumer will be under general anaesthetic; or

d) There is a significant risk of adverse effects on the consumer.

7) Every consumer has the right to refuse services and to withdraw consent to services.
8) Every consumer has the right to express a preference as to who will provide services and have that preference met where practicable.

9) Every consumer has the right to make a decision about the return or disposal of any body parts or bodily substances removed or obtained in the course of a health care procedure.
10) No body part or bodily substance removed or obtained in the course of a health care procedure may be stored, preserved, or used otherwise than

(a) with the informed consent of the consumer; or

(b) For the purposes of research that has received the approval of an ethics committee; or
(c) For the purposes of 1 or more of the following activities, being activities that are each undertaken to assure or improve the quality of services:

(i) a professionally recognised quality assurance programme:

(ii) an external audit of services:
(iii) an external evaluation of services.