“PROTECT THE HERD!” – The Battle Cry of Misinformation
There are many tactics used by vaccine advocates to scare parents into vaccinating on time and fully in the United States, and herd immunity is one of them. We were told in West Virginia, for example, that if parents were granted access to religious exemptions regarding school entrance that every school would lose “herd immunity,” disease would return and run rampant throughout the population, outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases would shut down the school system, and babies and children would die.
It was asserted that if state government gave parents the same religious freedoms and latitude to make healthcare decisions for their child based on their family’s moral code and that child’s individual health and well-being that all disease would return and that non-vaccinated children would others in epic proportion.
With all of the CDC’s hard work on their Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness strategy, it’s easy to theorize where they feel the state of health in the US must be headed.[i]
Interestingly, Vermont offers both philosophical and religious exemptions regarding vaccines and consistently ranks among the top two healthiest states overall, while WV continues to rank among the unhealthiest. How is it that West Virginia and Mississippi refuse to align themselves with the rest of the United States regarding mandated healthcare for their children without a public uprising?
Misinformation – and the biggest lie is “herd immunity.”
It is clear that those throwing around the term “herd immunity” to scare parents and citizens haven’t done their homework.
The term “herd immunity” was coined in an American Journal of Epidemiology” article printed in 1933 and refers to immunity derived from NATURAL infection – not a vaccine. Since 1933, only one trial has been performed to test the theory of vaccine-induced “herd immunity.” This 2010 trial, claiming “experimental proof,” encompassed only the influenza vaccine and made no claims to any vaccine induced long term immunity.
Translation: the myth of herd immunity has NEVER been applied to childhood vaccines. Ever.
Making the claim that non-vaccinated children are parasites, piggy backing on the immunity of vaccinated children is absurd. Even more concerning is the admission that vaccinated individuals may indeed be a health risk to the unvaccinated (as well as the vaccinated) population. In a CDC presentation, the agency states:
“The (small pox) vaccine can cause complications for those around them. People who get the vaccine will shed virus particles through vesicles on their skin and possibly through their respiratory tract. Infections in close and not-so-close contacts can ensue. The current plan to vaccinate first responders has the potential to cause infection in the most vulnerable section of the population, the hospitalized ill. Family contacts are also susceptible.” [iii]
This is true for ANY live virus vaccine such as Influenza (Intranasal Mist), Measles, Mumps, Polio (Oral vaccine), Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox), and Herpes Zoster (Shingles).
Should we fear children opting out of vaccines and riding off of the unproven, untested (regarding childhood vaccines) not-so-plausable theory of “herd immunity” or should we fear newly immunized children may make others sick through shedding of a live virus?
Perhaps we should fear the documented adverse reactions listed on the CDC’s website such as fever, swelling, poor appetite, vomiting, seizure, non-stop crying, coma, lowered consciousness, permanent brain damage, headache, muscle and/or joint pain, fainting, bleeding disorder, severe allergic reaction, deafness, Guillain-Barré, nervous system damage, pneumonia, and death or worse, the increased rate of infant death after vaccination.[iv]
I’d like to be scared of the fact that the CDC has NEVER studied the long or short term effects of its recommended childhood immunization schedule which they so happily add to, it seems, on a whim. However, because they’ve chosen to focus more on the pending zombie apocalypse, I must have more pressing concerns.
I wonder if zombies shed?
[ii] John TJ, Samuel R (2000). “Herd immunity and herd effect: new insights and definitions”. Eur. J. Epidemiol. 16 (7): 601–6. doi:10.1023/A:1007626510002. PMID 11078115.