Officials in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina have identified a single case of measles, which they report involves an unvaccinated individual who had traveled to a country where measles was not an unusual thing.
For the record, measles didn’t used to be an unusual thing in the United States, either. Pretty much everyone who is over the age of 60 had measles as a kid, and pretty much everyone got over it just fine, without any lasting problems. Did you know that getting measles naturally as a child was actually celebrated in many cultures? That’s because catching the measles and getting over it grants lifelong immunity and helps to strengthen and train the immune system to help fight off other viruses in the future. Cool how God’s perfect design works.
The news article linked above, announcing the single measles case in North Carolina is pretty similar in some ways to other news articles from the past. Certain things are brought up:
- Measles is contagious (true)
- Measles can be prevented by vaccination (true, maybe, but definitely not always)
- Measles can be fatal (true, much more likely to happen if you live in a third world country with poor sanitation, no running water, and a high rate of malnutrition and starvation in your indigenous population)
In addition, these kinds of news articles almost always contain highly inflated death statistics warning the reader that every year hundreds of thousands of people die from measles. They almost never mention that those numbers are completely irrelevant in the United States or other developed nations, and they certainly don’t mention that those numbers were not relevant to people living in the United States, even many years before the measles vaccine was ever invented. See this article for more on how the decline in the death rate from infectious diseases had little or nothing to do with vaccines.
The article from North Carolina is consistent with previous “disease announcement articles” in that it contains all of the above. However, there is something in the North Carolina measles article that is missing and its absence is quite interesting. What’s missing at this time is any mention of the “safety” of the MMR vaccine. There is no mention of parental concerns about MMR and autism. There is no mention of the frequently reported lie that the MMR vaccine has been “proven” to have no causal effect in the development of chronic illness and autism.
My… how things have changed.
Do you remember the big ruckus when two cases of measles were identified among people who had attended the 2012 Super Bowl? I do. Here is the article I wrote about that debacle. In the report of the Super Bowl measles outbreak Dr. John Christensen of Riley Hospital for Children maintained that the MMR was safe, effective, and had nothing to do with autism.
What has happened that might have changed the way measles cases are now reported?
I’ll tell you what happened. The CDC Whistleblower happened.
We now know that the MMR vaccine DOES cause an increase in autism, and we know that at least for African-American boys, that increased risk is HUGE – nearly 240% increased risk. We don’t know how big the increase is for other children because the CDC scientists who are charged with doing the research committed fraud and covered it up for more than 10 years.
What we also know is that since the #CDCwhistleblower story broke, there has been a complete media blackout of the story. Today, December 30, 2014 is the 130th day of that media blackout. The media is desperately trying to avoid reporting anything about the #CDCwhistleblower issue. In the meantime, parents of children harmed by vaccines, including the MMR vaccine, are blowing up Twitter, with more than 600,000,000 tweets and on schedule to break a billion tweets in the coming days.
Could this be why there is no mention of the “safety” of the MMR vaccine?
So… Should you panic at the thought of measles? No. Please read this article for a shot of perspective, before racing out to update your vaccination status. I also highly recommend reading Dr. Viera Scheibner’s series on Measles Vaccination at the International Medical Council on Vaccination website. Check out their other articles while you’re there for lots of excellent, research-based information on all things vaccine-related.
The one thing we don’t need to do is panic. Education is power. Be awake, aware, and informed. And join the thousands of parent-activists seeking justice for our children. We’re on Twitter, and we’re waiting for you. Follow me @MarcellaPiperTe and help us #BREAKaBillion.