The Great Vaccine Debate continues to divide United States citizens who disagree over the safety and wisdom of mass child vaccinations, as recommended by the federal government.
Vaccination against a specific disease provides individual immunity from that disease for a long time – as much as a lifetime. Some vaccinations (tetanus, for example) need to be refreshed with a booster shot from time to time after the initial inoculation is injected.
The other way to develop an immunity to a disease – completely naturally – is to contract the disease and survive it. This is neither desirable nor feasible for certain medical conditions, obviously.
When I was in elementary school, in the 1960s, as soon as one classmate came down with chicken pox, mumps, or measles, the mother of that child (dads worked, you see) invited all the other kids of the same age to a “party” – that’s what they told us – so we would hang out together and all get sick at the same time.
Teachers would instruct on a modified schedule during periods when as much as half the class was out on sick leave. Then, we thought no more about it.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises a series of vaccines from early childhood to prevent children from getting measles, chicken pox, pneumococcal disease or other preventable illnesses.
The debate over vaccination hinges on whether or not parents have the right to give their children the chance to gain a natural resistance to a disease by suffering through it. Vaccinations typically remove this option.
Vaccination has a secondary benefit called herd immunity. A population is protected from a disease after mass vaccinations because the germ responsible for the infection being transmitted between people has been killed off so it can’t reproduce and spread through “the herd.”
History proves that mass vaccinations have gotten rid of devastating diseases and improved the quality of life for much of the herd. “Polio was once considered one of the most feared diseases in the United States. In the early 1950s, before polio vaccines were available, polio outbreaks caused more than 15,000 cases of paralysis each year in the United States,” reported the CDC. After Jonas Salk introduced the polio vaccine in 1955, “the number of polio cases fell rapidly to less than 100 in the 1960s and fewer than 10 in the 1970s.”
The polio vaccine has proved its value. But it appears that not all vaccines are created equal – some allegedly do more harm than good.
For decades, we’ve been hearing stories from heart-broken parents whose perfectly healthy babies suddenly developed autism or even died after receiving vaccinations per the CDC schedule.
Mainstream medical experts tell us that the link between vaccines and disease or death are purely coincidental. As public questions about the safety of vaccines go unanswered, the companies which manufacture vaccines are making huge profits.
Business Wire reported in January 2016 that “Technavio, one of the leading technology research and advisory companies in the world predicts that pharmaceutical corporations who produce vaccines will reach an estimated $61 billion in profits by 2020.”
Americans buy approximately 45 percent of all vaccines made – at a total cost just under $27.5 billion. Merck has a monopoly on producing and selling the measles vaccine Prodquad, MMR II (used for measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varivax (for chicken pox). This Big Pharma company has some heavy-hitting influence behind its success:
“[B]illionaire couple Bill and Melina Gates pledged at least $10 billion for worldwide vaccination programs supposedly to combat polio and the measles…It is also well known that Bill Gates appointed the former president and CEO of Merck, Raymond Gilmartin to the board of directors of Microsoft which lasted for more than 11 years before he announced his retirement in 2012.”
Sales profits from all three vaccines combined amounted to more than $1.4 billion for Merck in 2014.
We would never expect a drug profiteer like Merck to report that measles vaccines kill more people than measles itself. But the CDC did just that, in February 2015:
“Comparative data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reveal that nobody has died from measles in more than 10 years, while at least 108 deaths reported in VAERS during the same time frame have been linked to measles vaccines.”
Bear in mind that VAERS “captures only a very small percentage of the actual number of injuries and deaths associated with measles vaccines,” yet counted at least 108 deaths linked to measles vaccines since 2003.
The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine was associated with 96 of those 108 deaths!
According to a secondary source, Vaxopedia, a total of 578 cases of measles were reported in the U.S. over the three years 2016 (86 cases), 2017 (120), and 2018 (372). None resulted in death. There were seven reported measles deaths over the past ten years – since 2009.
Although the Vaxopedia numbers suggest a dramatic rise in reported American measles cases, a quick peek at the numbers since 2000 show that measles flares up and dies back down, year by year.
Vaccine supporters claim that, since they appeared in 1963, measles vaccines have all but eliminated death from the disease. But measles was already on the decline before that year, attributed to improved sanitation and better nutrition.
And so, the debate continues, with pro-vaxers squaring off against anti-vaxers. As many U.S. states pass laws requiring childhood vaccinations, President Donald J. Trump continues to rail against forced vaccination – all vaccination, in fact.
Five years ago, on March 27, 2014, Trump tweeted:
“If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one-time massive shots that a small child cannot take – AUTISM.”
Dr. Alvin H. Moss, M.D., a nephrologist at West Virginia University, said:
“The chemicals found in vaccines cause autism, period. The only people and organizations that say otherwise are paid to say so. We know the truth and we will not vaccinate our children to death!”
Which side of the Great Vaccine Debate are you on?