Sunday, April 14, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce


This Herd Mentality is for the Birds

Many of you have heard about the so-called “herd immunity” theory of immunity.1 Forget it. It’s a myth. Yes, I know, what about all those doctors, scientists and public health officials that are constantly parroting the theory on television, radio and printed media? Well, they’re wrong. It’s not the first time the “experts” have gotten it wrong and it won’t be the last.

Remember cigarettes?2 Remember all those recalled prescription drugs that have harmed countless people? How about all those multi-billion dollar lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies? Remember all those pesticides and herbicides they told us were perfectly safe, no problem? DDT, Agent Orange?

How about all those contaminated vaccines (the “bad batches”) that you periodically hear about in the news?3 4 Look up SV-40.5 Research the countless people who were given a vaccine to prevent them from contracting an infectious disease, and then actually ended up getting the disease from the vaccine. (Here’s a neat word for you to ponder and investigate: shedding, as in viral vaccine shedding)6 Start with the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines.7 8

Then check out some of the casualties of the herd immunity myth, all those once healthy teenage girls, in the tip top physical prime of their life, who got injected with the Gardasil HPV vaccine and are now little more than a shadow of their former selves.9 They can barely get up and walk. Their lives ruined. And for what?

The theory of herd immunity may have been valid under the old paradigm of natural immunity—the idea that if you contracted an infectious disease like pertussis or measles or chickenpox, then you would be immune to that disease for the rest of your life. However, the theory is not valid under the current paradigm of vaccine-induced immunity because that sort of “immunity” is temporary, at best—it doesn’t provide life-long protection from disease.1 Surprise!

You’re familiar with the words “waning” and “booster”? Those are simply clever ways of saying the vaccine doesn’t work so well. Notice all those news stories about communities and schools that have had outbreaks of diseases in which the vast majority of the people, students had been fully vaccinated?10 11 12 13 14 15 There’s your proof. It happens all the time. Surprise!

Then there’s that wonderful annual influenza vaccine. You know, the one that was determined to have an effectiveness (whatever that means) rate of 18 percent during the 2014-2015 flu season, and most other seasons is lucky to move that bar above 50 percent (again, assuming that actually means anything).16 17 18 How about the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine—FluMist? The one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently determined to be only three percent effective.19

Anyway, the point is that if vaccines do not confer the same kind of qualitative, extended protection as you get with natural (i.e. real) immunity, then the theory, or hypothesis, of herd immunity simply falls flat on its face. In other words, the herd is never protected, because, at any one point in time, there are very large portions of the herd that are not immune, because either the vaccine-induced immunity did not take, or it waned. And supposedly for the herd to be protected, at least 95 percent of the herd must have immunity. Ergo—not protected.

It is time to put aside the silly herd mentality thinking. Instead, we should be thinking more in terms of individual health. We should be contemplating strengthening our own unique immune systems by lowering susceptibility to succumbing to disease and illness and, if we do get sick, being able to heal without suffering serious complications.20 (Here are a few hints: nutrition, exercise, sleep and sunlight.)

Repeat and remember… It’s all about lowering our susceptibility. It’s all about lowering our susceptibility.

While we are thinking about susceptibility, we can’t forget that there is lots of evidence in the medical literature that there is increased individual susceptibility for suffering injury and death from vaccination. That’s because we are not all the same biologically even though the promoters of the vaccine herd immunity myth treat us like we are all the same, like a herd of cattle.

Susceptibility, that’s the magic word. Commit it to memory. Lowering our susceptibility. That’s what will help protect us.

Sticking a needle into yourself? Well now, that’s just downright medieval.


1 Cáceres M. The Misunderstood Theory of Herd Immunity. The Vaccine Reaction June 20, 2015.
Parpia R. Industry-Sponsored Research: Parallels Between the Vaccine and Tobacco IndustryThe Vaccine Reaction Aug. 23, 2016.
La Vigne P. Bad Batches: The Effect of Temperature Fluctuations in VaccinesThe Vaccine Reaction Oct. 26, 2015.
4 Cáceres M. Should We Be Concerned About Vaccines Made in China? The Vaccine Reaction Apr. 3, 2016.
5 Fisher BL. Barbara Loe Fisher on the SV40 Virus. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 1, 2016.
6 Fisher BL. The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding & Transmission (p. 12-13). National Vaccine Information Center November 2014.
7 Cáceres M. The Salk Polio Vaccine “Tragedy”. The Vaccine Reaction Jan. 11, 2016. 
8 Cáceres M. The Salk ‘Miracle’ Myth. The Vaccine Reaction June 2, 2015.  
9 La Vigne P. HPV Vaccines Raise International Red Flags. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 7, 2015.
10 Cáceres M. Merck Fraud Case Raises MMR Efficacy Questions. The Vaccine Reaction June 9, 2015.
11 Cáceres M. Pertussis in Reno County: Another Outbreak Among the Vaccinated? The Vaccine Reaction July 28, 2015.
12 Fisher, BL. Recently Vaccinated Kids Are Spreading Pertussis Everywhere. The Vaccine Reaction Feb. 12, 2016.
13 Fisher BL, Pertussis Microbe Outsmarts the Vaccines as Experts Argue About Why (Part I). The Vaccine Reaction Apr. 25, 2016.
14 La Vigne, P. Symptom-Free Vaccinated Individuals May Be Spreading PertussisThe Vaccine Reaction July 14,, 2016.
15 Mercola J. Mumps Being Spread by and Among Vaccinated People. The Vaccine Reaction May 16,, 2016.
16 Attkisson S. NIH Research: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 13, 2015.
17 Cáceres M. On the Question of Vaccine EffectivenessThe Vaccine Reaction Aug. 19, 2015.
18 Mercola, J. Getting Flu Shots Regularly May Increase Susceptibility to the Flu. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 15,, 2015.
19 TVR Staff. FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn’t Work Says CDC Advisory Committee. The Vaccine Reaction July 6, 2016.
20 Parpia R. Lowering Our Susceptibility During “Flu Season”. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 7, 2015.

27 Responses

  1. I see why you are calling it a myth but the mathematical concept behind it is still valid. As always, the devil is in the details.

    To understand why the herd isn’t “protected” by herd immunity currently, one has to get more detailed to get the whole story explained:

    a) show the people with natural immunity; they provide the best protection for the herd
    b) show the people with artificial immunity; they can still be carriers and become infected especially if immunity has waned
    c) show the people with no antibodies from either natural or artificial immunity; they can still not be infected if their immune system is healthy
    d) show the people who become infected by the disease but their system can deal with it properly
    e) show the people who become infected and their systems don’t handle it well

    The key is to get high quality immunity either by getting the infection naturally (a) or having a strong immune system (c) so that one doesn’t getting infected. But it’s also fine for a number of childhood diseases if the child goes through (d) because that moves them through to (a).

    I’ll go through this in the course and break it down for people.

    1. It’s great to read intelligent comments. Sometimes It seems the people that fully support vaccines come across organized and educated. And I can’t always say that for people wanting and needing different options than mandated vaccines. Also a holistic perspective on being healthy and what immunity actually means is much needed. Thanks Andre’

    2. The concept of herd immunity is bogus for the fact it is the herd who are most inclined to succumb to disease. The reason for that? Look at what they consume – fast food laden with pesticides, herbicides, GMO, heavy metals, antibiotics, hormones and hormone mimics or blockers. The herd are severely vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficient. They refuse to take responsibility for their health, complain and act surprised when they become ill.
      The herd are ignorant, self-righteous, frighteningly naive and opinionated. When faced with facts they are quick to deny them and argue their position regardless of the truth.
      Mathematics does not protect those too vulnerable or naive from vaccine-related damages. Mathematics are concepts manipulated and used to justify anything you want.

      All the concepts, mathematics and arguments are ultimately based on shaky foundation – microorganisms do not CAUSE disease. Antoine Beuchamp was a colleague of Pasteur. He reasoned disease was the result of an unhealthy body caused by poor nutrition and exposure to elements that disrupt biochemical and biological homeostasis. To that end, microorganisms are scavengers, attacking diseased tissue and organs.
      It was recorded when Pasteur was on his death-bed, he said, “Beuchamp was correct. It is not the germ but the terrain.” The terrain is our body’s internal make-up, the nutrients, the biochemistry thereof.

      The concept of “Herd immunity” is Orwellian double-speak. What is true, becomes false while what is false becomes true. If the “herd” were healthy, they would not succumb to disease so readily. They would generate healthy offspring. But we see this is not happening. The skyrocketing increase in autism is a perfect example. ALL those invested in vaccines blame the mother, genetics, socioeconomic standing and anything else that comes to mind to prevent the truth from being seen. “Authorities” dismiss what parents intuitively know, fault parents for standing up after researching facts and use fear and the state’s and authority of doctors and medical system to cause parents to doubt their own eyes and ears.

    3. I would like to see what is said in “the course.” Is there a way for me to do that?

      If the second shot is all you need for immunity, why are there boosters in 7th grade and college?

    4. “c) show the people with no antibodies from either natural or artificial immunity; they can still not be infected if their immune system is healthy”

      How would Andre Angelantoni determine if a person’s immune system is healthy? A CBC? Quantitative serum immunoglobulins? CD4 count?
      And are you saying all the people who have contracted hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, smallpox, polio, measles, etc had unhealthy immune systems? How would you know that?

  2. The myth is that herd immunity can be achieved only with the artificial vaccination of all the members of the herd. Artificial vaccination has already proven itself to be inefficient, undependable, and at worse –incapacitating.

  3. Wonderful article! I get tired about hearing that I’m putting SOMEONE else’s child at risk!! People are really brain washed.

  4. Herd immunity doesn’t exist-never has in Vaccine Induced antibodies production. A.W. Hedrich measles OBSERVATION,
    was not a study or a research paper and had nothing to do with VACCINES. His observation was in 1933 and the killed measles vaccine (the first measles vaccine) wasn’t developed until 1963. By 1963, the death rate from measles in the United States had already dropped by approximately 98% ( Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950–2008.) Live measles vaccine was distributed in 1966-7. Just on that basis alone antibody production could not be detected.

    Herd Immunity has no basis in vaccine-induced antibody production, it is not a scientifically validated concept, it is not an immunologic idea, but rather an EPIDEMIOLOGICAL construct and cannot be applied to vaccinated communities because VACCINES were not part of the OBSERVATION. This notion was built on the understanding that children developed immunity to a disease after experiencing it. Nowadays, we are told that vaccines can achieve the same. If we vaccinate the bulk of the herd, we can achieve herd immunity. Vaccinologists (a name they given themselves) adopted the phrase and increased the figure from 68% to 95% with no scientific justification as to why, and then stated that there had to be 95% vaccine coverage to achieve immunity. Essentially, they took Hedrich’s observation and manipulated it to promote their vaccination programs. Interestingly, the magic number has gone from 50% to 68% and is now 95-100%—and they have given no scientific justification,data or study for this. Vaccination campaigns are aimed at reaching 100% compliance. However outbreaks of childhood illnesses are happening in highly vaccinated communities. Also take this into consideration:
    Today millions of adults exist with having had no vaccines in decades (Baby Boomers) and millions of teenagers who have not had boosters. That is more than half of the country’s population. There have not been ANY EPIDEMICS in the US as a result of more than half of the population being unvaccinated.

  5. Easy Target.

    The commenter above is being reasonable, rare on this site.

    I don’t understand why the editors publish stuff like this. Of course, there’s herd immunity. The issue is how good it is for a particular vaccine.

    The easiest example, is measles. I think the answer is that the virus doesn’t change much. So when measles comes against a vaccinated (two shots please) it can’t infect.

    Propaganda or persuasion or you choose the words works better when proponents of anti-vaxxer views temper their claims so they aren’t so easy to knock down.

    1. Dr. Gregory Poland:
      The measles vaccine has failed ( he explained two years ago in a prescient paper, “The re-emergence of measles in developed countries.” In that paper, he warned that due to factors that most haven’t noticed, measles has come back to be a serious public health threat. Poland sees the need for a major rethink, after concluding that the current measles vaccine is unlikely to ever live up to the job expected of it: “outbreaks are occurring even in highly developed countries where vaccine access, public health infrastructure, and health literacy are not significant issues. This is unexpected and a worrisome harbinger — measles outbreaks are occurring where they are least expected,” he wrote in his 2012 paper, listing the “surprising numbers of cases occurring in persons who previously received one or even two documented doses of measles-containing vaccine.” During the 1989-1991 U.S. outbreaks, 20% to 40% of those affected had received one to two doses. In a 2011 outbreak in Canada, “over 50% of the 98 individuals had received two doses of measles vaccine.”

      To date, despite multiple efforts, the reality is that for the practical, socio-cultural, and immunologic reasons outlined above, we have not eradicated measles. As a result, measles is re-emerging as a public health threat, and our current tool for prevention has limitations that increasingly look to be significant enough that sustained elimination, much less eradication, are unlikely. Perhaps it is time to consider, in earnest, the development of the next generation of measles vaccines.
      Paper: The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: Time to Develop the Next-Generation Measles Vaccines?

      -Arch Intern Med. 1994 Aug 22;154(16):1815-20.
      Failure to reach the goal of measles elimination. Apparent paradox of measles infections in immunized persons. Poland GA1, Jacobson RM.
      Conclusion: The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons. Because of the failure rate of the vaccine and the unique transmissibility of the measles virus, the currently available measles vaccine, used in a single-dose strategy, is unlikely to completely eliminate measles. The long-term success of a two-dose strategy to eliminate measles remains to be determined. http://archinte.jamanetwork (dot) com/article.aspx?articleid=619215.
      Dr. Gregory Poland is Professor of Medicine and founder and leader of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. Poland is one of the world’s most admired, most advanced thinkers in the field of vaccinology.

      -Study titled, “Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011,” http://cid.oxfordjournals (dot) org/content/58/9/1205.long This fully vaccinated young lady viral vaccine shedding resulted in her infecting 88 people. Of the 88 four secondary cases were confirmed that had either two doses of measles-containing vaccine or a past positive measles IgG antibody. All cases had laboratory confirmation of measles infection, clinical symptoms consistent with measles, and high avidity IgG antibody characteristic of a secondary immune response.”

      -PLoS study: “Difficulties in eliminating measles and controlling rubella and mumps: a cross-sectional study of a first measles and rubella vaccination and a second measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination. China has one of the most vaccination compliant populations in the world. In fact, measles vaccine is mandatory. So why have they had over 700 measles outbreaks from 2009 and 2012 alone? “The reported coverage of the measles-rubella (MR) or measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is greater than 99.0% in Zhejiang province. However, the incidence of measles, mumps, and rubella remains high.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih (dot) gov/pmc/articles/PMC3930734/

    2. Really Sheldon101? So those people who got the measles during the measles outbreak – in spite of being vaccinated twice – and one child THREE times – seem to disprove your theory.

    3. Sheldon101, of course the measles virus changes — that’s viruses do — they mutate! Take half-dead viruses (in live-virus vaccines like measles) and you might get a quite twisted version after it’s been shed by the newly vaccinated — probably the biggest source of current outbreaks. At this point, the virus is sometimes more deadly or injurious than the wild version.

      Look up what’s happened in India, where it’s apparently more important to provide the polio vaccine, sometimes at gunpoint, than provide clean water to wash your hands. The “side effect” that has hit probably 200,000 vaccinated people from India by now is just like polio (of course called something else) but more severe and deadly.

      The ONLY ways polio are spread, per my (in the past) conventional pediatrician, are via feces or via the live-virus vaccine. Wash your hands.

    4. So you’re saying that the measles vaccine is 100% effective 2hen the full and complete doses are administered? I’d absolutely love to hear where you’ve received this information, because with all of the research I’ve done there is NO vaccine that is 100% effective.

  6. I don’t understand the logic behind “the anti VAxxers propaganda”. It makes no sense. Antivaxxers are challenging the status quo.they have nothing to gain. They do not profit from speaking up. Therefore is the people who vehemently protect vaccines and profit from them that are spreading the propaganda.

    1. UH-Do you have anything specific or cogent to say or are you just trying to make your per deim? Please enlighten us with whatever it is you are trying to say.

  7. Just curious to know if you have any scientific references from your end to validate vaccine induced herd immunity and its effectiveness? Because what I was able to find was the article by A.W. Hedrich that Redpill mentioned above and they’re correct. It is an epidemiological study based on a natural immunity theory.

    Not vaccine induced heard immunity theory. And the vaccine wasn’t invented until 1963. Is there Is there a study that you can site where people get their theory about herd immunity from vaccinating. A study of some sort. I think it would be very helpful. Thanks.

  8. Gary Null’s research showed that, at any given time, roughly 13% of the US population cannot be vaccinated due to severely suppressed immune systems — cancer patients on chemo and other auto-immune disorders. It is also verifiable that breast milk from unvaccinated mothers confers more antibodies than that of vaccinated mothers.

    “Since most vaccines are delivered by injection, the mucous membranes are bypassed and thus blood antibodies are produced but not mucosal antibodies. Mucosal exposure is what contributes to the production of antibodies in the mammary gland. A child’s exposure to the virus while being breastfed by a naturally immune mother would lead to an asymptomatic infection that results in long-term immunity to that virus. Vaccinated mothers have lower levels of virus-specific antibodies in the serum and milk compared to naturally immune mothers and thus their infants are unprotected.
    “Infants whose mothers were born after 1963 had a measles attack rate of 33%, compared to 12% for infants of older mothers.” Infants whose mothers were born after 1963 are more susceptible to measles than are infants of older mothers. An increasing proportion of infants born in the United States may be susceptible to measles.” [7]

    HYPERLINK “” n _blank“Herd Immunity.” The flawed science and failures of mass vaccination, Suzanne Humphries, MD

  9. Dr. Gregory Poland, hardly an antivaxxer by any stretch, has serious concerns for the MMR. According to him, the MMR is not doing its job. But his answer is just a more powerful MMR.

    On the other hand, Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD (Immunology) also has something to say about herd immunity. Maybe you should consider listening to her lectures online.

  10. Sheldon 101
    So the article cites references and data, the many comments above yours cite references and data and you chime in with what, apparently, is your belief while citing no data at all. If I may choose the words, as you graciously offer, I would say the word for you is indoctrinated arrogance. You have no idea where your deep rooted belief in the vaccine gods come from, you are just sure that they are right and all other religions are wrong.
    You owe it to yourself to become humble and actually do research rather than parrot what they taught you in Carnegie sponsored Sunday school. It is no longer about gold stars Sheldon, it truly is about life and death. I cannot wait to see you making informed and intelligent contributions to the discussion. Knowledge 101. Try it.

  11. In addition to nutrtion, sleep, exercise and sunlight, one must include proper SANITATION – hand washing and proper dispisal of waste and sewage is probably the number ONE reason we’ve improved our health and longevity in the last one hundred years.

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