Several years ago I wrote about the theory of “herd immunity” and explained why it is a myth when applied to a vaccinated population. The herd immunity theory was formulated based on observations during the early 20th century of how an infectious disease appeared to lose its capacity to infect and spread after more than half of the people in a community had been infected with the disease and developed natural, life-long immunity to that disease.1
The theory of herd immunity was never meant to be applied to a vaccinated population, but rather was co-opted later in the 20th century to help justify mass, mandatory vaccination campaigns to eliminate infectious diseases for the so-called “greater good.” Its validity was grounded on the underlying assumption that the herd was protected because a significant portion of that herd had become stronger as a result of the natural process of contracting and surviving an infection.
The more members of the herd (community), who were exposed to an infectious disease and developed natural immunity to it the less of a threat that disease posed to the entire herd (community).
This same concept does not work in a highly vaccinated population for one simple reason: Vaccination stimulates an artificial, temporary immunity that does not last as long as naturally acquired immunity. Sometimes vaccination does not prevent infection at all but allows infection with few or no symptoms in the vaccinated person, who is still able to transmit the infection to others, which is the case with B. pertussis (whooping cough).2 At best, it may stave off infections in some vaccinated people for a limited period of time.
Consequently, a vaccinated herd is never really protected. There is an illusion of protection in such a scenario because those who have been vaccinated remain vulnerable to infection and, thus, so does the herd—vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.
Last year, in an article titled “This Herd Mentality is for the Birds,” I wrote:
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. Surprise!3
Imagine a group of 42 college students. Forty of the students each get vaccinated with two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Two of the students decline the vaccinations.
Theoretically, the forty students are protected from getting measles, mumps, and rubella. Theoretically, the two unvaccinated students are also protected because 95 percent of the group has been vaccinated and, thus, according to mainstream vaccine science, herd immunity has been achieved.
Voilà, the herd is protected thanks to the 40 vaccinated students.
But are they really protected? No. It’s an illusion.
During the first half of 2016, more than 40 students at Harvard University contracted mumps. Each of the students had received the required two doses of the MMR vaccine and were, theoretically, immune to measles, mumps, and rubella. The vaccine didn’t protect them. There was no herd immunity, and there can be none with vaccines because they do not provide the same kind of true immunity that is provided by a natural infection.
There were similar mumps outbreaks among vaccinated students in college campuses throughout the United States last year, including the University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University, MIT, Sacred Heart University, and others.4 5 6 7
Nearly every year, there are outbreaks of infectious diseases in the U.S. in which the communities involved were highly vaccinated and, thus, supposedly immune. In each of those situations there was an illusion of protection. It wasn’t real. There was no herd immunity.
This has certainly been true for pertussis. Numerous outbreaks of pertussis have occurred in the U.S. in recent years in communities where 80 to 90 percent of those infected had been vaccinated.8 The theory of herd immunity, as it relates to vaccinated populations, has been repeatedly shown to be false.
In science, when a theory is disproven, the scientific thing to do is to put it aside and develop a new theory for explaining something. That is not what doctors, public health officials, legislators, and the media are doing. Instead, they are clinging to a disproven theory and using it to justify mandating vaccination for everyone and shaming those who choose to exercise their informed consent rights and reconsider this medical intervention.
It’s like they keep trying to pound a square peg through a round hole. But it just doesn’t fit.
1 Cáceres M. The Misunderstood Theory of Herd Immunity. The Vaccine Reaction June 20,2015.
2 Fisher BL. Pertussis Microbe Outsmarts the Vaccines As Experts Argue About Why. NVIC Newsletter Mar. 27, 2016.
3 Cáceres M. This Herd Mentality is for the Birds. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 1, 2016.
4 Cáceres M. Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Are the Vaccines to Blame? The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 1, 2016.
5 Mercola J. Mumps Being Spread by and Among Vaccinated People. Mercola.com May 10, 2016.
6 Schive K. MIT responds to mumps outbreak at Boston-area schools. MIT Medical Mar. 21, 2016.
7 AP. 8 Mumps Cases Confirmed At Sacred Heart University. CBS Apr. 28, 2016.
8 Cáceres M. Pertussis in Reno County: Another Outbreak Among the Vaccinated? The Vaccine Reaction July 28,2015.
It seems that herd immunity may not even exist for at least some natural infections, in the sense that outbreaks will persist in spite of them. For example, pretty much everyone got chicken pox when I was young, yet chicken pox did not die out.
That same argument could be made for every supposedly “eradicated” disease. Yet, we keep vaccinating against them. Why? If they’ve been eradicated, how could they come back? Hmmm…
We need to take all these awesome unvaccinated children, with their obviously better immune systems, & just expose them with Mumps, Measles, Ruebella, Chickenpox, Polio, Influenza, Smallpox, Scarlet Fever, Spinal Meningitis, and even good old Ebola… ALL at once, then those kids would all be pretty much superhuman, considering the consensus stayed here. They’d make the human race jump a notch, FINALLY… I say Let’s Do It!!!
What do you all say?
Just think of the amazing possibilities here!!! It’s all too good to pass up people. 🙂 🙂
What is your point? Sounds cruel.
From what I’ve been studying, the reason that people who get chicken pox appear to be immune for life is because, throughout the course of their life, they are periodically exposed to chicken pox which then kicks their immune system into gear and protects them from further infection. It is being shown that vaccines are greatly diminishing the ability of people to be exposed to it, and incidences of shingles are on the rise, even among children, because of it. If this idea is true, then the whole idea of herd immunity, even among the unvaccinated, may just be a false notion.
The purpose of these vaccines is to destroy natural immunity to the diseases, force people into lifelong dependence on the vaccines, and to increase profits – at all costs.
In the early 1990’s my unvaccinated son was one of few, if not the only one, unvaccinated in middle school.. A major whooping cough epidemic struck the school. A majority of the students were out for 30 days.
OMG – my son caught whooping cough because I was a negligent parent!!!
My son’s major reaction to this pertussis infection was loneliness…when he returned to school in three days most of his friends were home sick for three more weeks…
This is very difficult paradigm because if there is even ONE person in the community that is unvaccinated, they are blamed for an outbreak whether or not the person had or contracted the disease. My husband and I watch it happen on the news every time there is any kind of outbreak of a contagious disease. How sad that people are so uneducated about this issue, and how sad that our own government tries to cover up information that could inform and protect us. And then there is the powerful news media coverage that is uninformed AND/OR deliberately trying to mislead the public. We must remain committed to staying informed through MANY sources.
“if there is even ONE person in the community that is unvaccinated, they are blamed for an outbreak whether or not the person had or contracted the disease.”
Yes, it’s called fearmongering and coercion through intimidation. It’s appalling the lengths BigMedicine will go to make money.
I just watched a youtube video by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, she explains how we are in danger of a super form of what everyone is being vaccinated against. Example Measles, they are now requiring more MMR vaccinations because the vaccine doesn’t give a lifetime immunity, like when you have the actual Measles and how this could mean someday when the people who had the Measles naturally will all have died off and the only ones alive are the ones who have had to continually get re-vaccinated, The measles could end up becoming a killer because the vaccinated kids don’t have a lifetime immunity.
Do a youtube search under Dr. Sherri Tenpenny and herd immunity…folks it’s going to get scary.
Be careful Tenpenny…..shes a good researcher re: vaccines and the harm they’ve done, exposing the CDC’s lie of efficacy, BUT she’s spreading the lie that viruses can cause cancer, an absurd proposition. Neither DNA or RNA viruses can. And guess what? The pharma whores are developing vaccines for RNA virus…..which are harmless. Gallo knew it and Montagnier knew it.
Tenpenny lying about viruses causing cancer? So the human papilloma virus, Epstein Barr virus and Hep B don’t cause cancer?
Viruses can cause cancer as stated by Dr. Maurice Hilleman-The Father of Vaccines. In this video he stated it outright. SV-40 in the Polio vaccine causes cancer.
Published on Apr 18, 2011
In this interview Dr. Maurice Hilleman reveals some astounding revelations. He admits that Merck drug company vaccines (Polio) had been deliberately contaminated with SV40, a cancer-causing monkey virus from 1953 – 63.
For years, researchers suggested that millions of vials of polio vaccine, contaminated with SV40, infected individuals which caused human tumors, and by 1999, molecular evidence of SV40 infections were showing up in children born after 1982. Some experts now suggest the virus may have remained in the polio vaccine until as late as 1999.
Some reports online state that over 60% of cancer cells removed from patients have SV-40 DNA. It would explain the sudden rise in soft tissue cancers in the 1980’s as predicted by Dr. Bernice Eddy. Cancer cells in the viruses in the vaccines is, I believe, why the cancer rate is off the chart for children and young adults.
Also, from “Fear of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts
Cancer linked to monkey viruses in vaccines
Roberts spent 12 years researching vaccines. She regularly attended high level government vaccine meetings in the US and in Europe. She has written extensively on the subject in her books: “Fear of The Invisible” and “The Vaccine Papers”. She presents meeting notes, comments and lectures from the top people in the vaccine world and names -names.
Several years ago vaccine manufactures received permission to culture vaccines on Cancer Cells. They’d been doing this for years but in 2012 they received official permission to do so. Here is a link to the transcript of that meeting:
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Meeting of The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) September 19, 2012 FDA White Oak Campus Building 31, Great Room Silver Spring, MD
In the body of the transcript two things popped out for me. 1-they don’t know if growing vaccines on cancer cells will cause cancer. 2-they are concerned how they are going to frame this for the public and what to put on the vaccine inserts. Many other concerns but this stuck me as an admission that they don’t know what they are doing and what they are doing they know its not in the best interest of people. However, HeLa cancer cells are immortal and it would be an infinite manufacturing culture for vaccine companies. Research HeLa cancer cells.
I remember my cousin Tom when he had whooping cough–he was funny as he sat in bed and looked at me and said –hey Richard–look I am making sounds like a whiperwill—-whoop -whoop and we laughed so hard –here I am next to him and I never got it–no big deal for him –he got to stay home from school –I did have so called measles and mumps and chicken pox but I thought a cold was worse–everybody got these diseases and no one really suffered –immune systems are the KEY
I am a doctor and I can say that people ought to use their common sense and go figure–follow the money and a lot of the drs I know are doing that and should never have taken an oath–I took the oath and I stand by it—-first do no harm!
Thank you Dr Richard – sad there are so few of you that do their own research and stand by the “first do no harm” oath!
Very poor arguments here. Herd immunity is a fact if the following are true:
!) vaccination prevents people from becoming carriers, and
2) The vaccine is sufficiently effective.
The arguments presented here are incoherent and nonsensical.
Its impossible to generalize because the question of herd immunity is specific for each illness. Vaccination does not create herd immunity for pertussis (because the vaccinated are still carriers). But vaccination definitely produces herd immunity for diptheria and measles for example.
Please read this segment from the package insert from STELARA They come right out and say viruses in vaccines can spread to people:
Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor if you:
have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for serious infections, cancers, or RPLS.
ever had an allergic reaction to STELARA® or any of its ingredients. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
are allergic to latex. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains latex.
have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take STELARA® should not receive live vaccines. Tell your doctor if anyone in your house needs a vaccine. The viruses used in some types of vaccines can spread to people with a weakened immune system, and can cause serious problems. You should not receive the BCG vaccine during the one year before taking STELARA® or one year after you stop taking STELARA®.
Perhaps you should get hold of a copy of “Trial by Fury” or “Dissolving Illusions – disease, vaccines and the forgotten history”.
Vaccines are neither safe or efficacious. Vaccines do not prevent people from becoming carriers. This was wildly made evident during the small pox vaccine experiments throughout the 19th century. Jenner was only one of many who had and were already trying this method in Europe. As many say of his trials, epidemics follow vaccinations. In regards to current vaccination, I am very skeptical that any virus or pathogen at all is present in vaccines. That these shots are void of any germ but pregnant with dangerous substances, fillers, preservatives and adjuvants. Many good comments here. Thank you all.
Vaccination does not prevent people from spreading disease – it is an imprecise science.
As you pointed out those vaccinated against pertussis can become asymptomatic carriers, but also polio (from OPV) and chicken pox can be spread by the recently vaccinated.
Vaccines vary widely in effectiveness and there are around 10% of people who fail to seroconvert after vaccination; (primary failure) In addition there is the problem of secondary failure or waning immunity.
Measles, mumps and pertussis vaccines have been subject to primary and secondary failure over the years with regular outbreaks worldwide. If you have outbreaks with sustained transmission, you do not have herd immunity.
Re- herd immunity for diphtheria, the level at which it occurs for diphtheria is not well defined.
“The need for routine boosters to guarantee population protection depends mainly on the proportion of vaccinated persons necessary to confer diphtheria herd immunity. This proportion is estimated at 70% to 80%, but no antitoxin level has been precisely defined for complete protection”
I had chicken pox as a kid. I refused the shingles vaccine and got shingles at age 70. I rubbed oil of oregano (anti-viral) on affected areas–and only had a mild case for a few days.
In the old days (before vaccination) almost all kids would get chickenpox, then when they had children and grandchildren would get re-exposed to their chickenpox virus–causing a stronger immunity. As the article says, real immunity is different from vaccine so-called immunity. Breast feeding infants and good nutrition is the best defense (not poisonous vaccines–made much worse when vaccines given close together, and especially before age 2).
Herd immunity is a trumped up and twisted term by the pharma whores and their doctor whores (and CDC/NIH) who should know better. It is basic epidemiology folks! All disease pathogens when new in a population, follow a bell curve as immunity is developed in the population. The weak (old and very young) perish, many get sick, until immunity takes hold. Sometimes many die depending on the virulence of the pathogen and/or the epoch in which the outbreak occurs. Of course many more died in epidemics pre 20th century. But, that is what true herd immunity is. And it is true that as we depend more on vaccines, true immunity in populations will fall off.
Reading through some old material I ran across this article from 2002. Many people aren’t aware that President Bush wanted to implement mass Smallpox vaccination in the US during the Gulf War. Many Doctors were against it and one was Dr. Tom Mack. Dr. Mack is probably one of the foremost authority on Smallpox. You can read the entire transcript at: http://www.vaccinationnews.org/DailyNews/December2002/Dr.MackTestimony12.htm
If it’s still up. I got it a while back.
Dr.Mack made a really interesting point that compelled the government to drop their push to mass vaccinate. The usual chant by industry trolls in attempts to distract people from seriously reading and researching vaccines outside of the CDC/media propaganda vaccination is: let’s bring back Polio & Smallpox or some other such nonsense because they are suppose to be the most deadly. We know the Polio vaccine was halted because it was causing Polio but Smallpox was halted because it is the most dangerous vaccine. From the transcript:
Dr. Mack testimony at ACIP Smallpox meeting:
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
The verbatim transcript of the Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Georgia, on June 19 and 20, 2002.
-There is a substantial risk from a vaccine, as you’ll hear in a moment. It is the single most dangerous live vaccine. We would still need to vaccinate and identify contacts. We would need personnel and resources for surveillance rather than mass vaccination. That protection will not be maintained. It will gradually wane and we’ll have to do it again and again. The informed consent that you would have to prepare to vaccinate somebody in the public, if it’s honest, would have to say that the dangers would exceed the benefits. And even if you fudged those words in such a way that you were happy and thought it would be convincing, an awful lot of people who ultimately might be exposed would not be convinced. You’d have to go back again anyway. So I don’t think it would work and I don’t think it would be beneficial.
-If people are worried about endemic smallpox, it disappeared from this country not because of our mass herd immunity. It disappeared because of our economic development. And that’s why it disappeared from Europe and many other countries, and it will not be sustained here, even if there were several importations, I’m sure. It’s not from universal vaccination.
What you can take from Dr. Mack statement is the disease died out because living standards were improved from the infrastructure of the countries to lifestyle choice that boost people immune systems. There is no vaccine for strep throat, scurvy, beri beri, tetanus (you can’t vaccinated against tetanus) rheumatic fever, foot & mouth disease, scarlet fever and other illness which appear to be more sever than measles lets say but there are no vaccines for them and people still get them and survive. Many of these maladies have become minimized and pop up occasionally. You can even go so far as to say there is no vaccine for the Flu or Shingles because I have encountered many people who developed shingles after they got the vaccine and several family members in the medical field develop the flu or as they say-ILI (Influenza Like Illness) after a flu shot.
It’s very telling the country no longer hears from the old school common sense Doctors who look at childhood illness as illness that research has shown to be beneficial in the development of the immune system later in life rather than looking at what the children are experiencing today as a disease process that can lead to death if no intervention takes place.
The Dr. Mack page has been removed but you may find this of interest.
Dr. Mack’s presentation to the CDC June 19-20, 2002.
A Mother of a now, approaching 6 years, I like many; have fought the ‘should I/shouldn’t I’, argument. I refused to have my 6 week infant pumped with toxins, and as was told by a GP, to my face, that I was in effect a child abuser, un-worthy of being a Mother”. I cried for months. I have recently moved to Mauritius, where the school states “BCG is required for entrance”. I have come across this in my time, with UK nurseries. I simply completed the boxes with, TBC. Nothing more was said. This time, it’s a bit more frightening for me. What are the percentages, stats. for these diseases on the African continent? I get the whole, herd-community argument, but how can I use this, along with the mixed scientific debate, to allow my child an education? Help?!
We need more ethical scientists and ethical politicians and ethical business people.SPIDER is short for Scientists preserving integrity, diligence and ethics in research.Where are the equivalents in Government and Business?At least some scientists are trying to expose corruption, at great risk i would imagine.We,the people are very trusting.BIG mistake when it involves VACCINES!!
My son became seriously ill when he received the influenza b and pneumococcus combined vaccines. He was just under 2 years old at the time and after reading that one shouldn’t give the shots to children under two (in the CDC brochure handed to me), I addressed this with our pediatrician before he gave him the vaccine (s),— noting also that my son was almost over a cold (maybe 3 days). The Dr. assured me that he was fine and that “sick” according to the CDC included sustained conditions for certain periods of time. I trusted the Pediatrician’s expertise (noting that he also has 3 children of his own) but my son’s body reacted violently against the invasion. He became very ill. His temperature soared as high as 104.2. It was a very scary time with our new baby. When we brought him in to the office (insurance dictates of course) they couldn’t figure out what was wrong and sent us to the ER. They couldn’t figure it out either. They ended up treating him for combination Pneumonia and Flu symptoms. He got better eventually, but I have never been able to let go of the idea that the vaccines made him sick. That my doctor is unwilling to say that it might be a possibility, makes me very worried. I have stopped giving my son vaccines. I keep doing my research. I keep seeking out discussions such as these. I often feel helpless and very much afraid to say how I really feel in public. But I don’t understand how the presumption became: if you’re not shot up with these “deactivated proteins, not the actual virus” then you’re somehow more likely to get someone else sick…even someone who is vaccinated. I don’t get it. Either they work, and I am taking some major risk with my child’s life, or vaccines really can’t provide true immunity and human beings just need to fortify their immune systems and practice good hygiene. My kids are healthy, they get sick less often than their immunized friends. They are thriving. They are not walking disease filled petri dishes…but I worry about their friends. 22 or more vaccines before they are ready for kindergarten! Yikes.
My daughter was on a very delayed immunization schedule just to be sure that if she had an adverse reaction, there would be no doubt what she was reacting to and it could be countered. Even before I heard anything about some of the really scary possible side effects of some vaccines, I had the common sense to realize that giving 6+ shots to a 2 month old in a 3 minute span of time was not the brightest idea in the world.
At 13, she has had all of the vaccines required for public school, and she has chosen to decline the HPV vaccine, due to the fact that HPV is present in more than 90% of the population, and she doesn’t feel the risk is high enough for the associated cancer to justify taking the risk of adverse reaction to the vaccine itself.
One thing I have observed, time and time again (though vaxxers will scream ‘anecdotal’ until they’re blue in the face) is that in my 38 years, 35 of those years I did NOT take a flu shot, and I did NOT get the flu, in spite of having cared for multiple people who had the flu over that time. However, ALL THREE times I got the flu shot, I got the flu that year, usually within 3-4 weeks of having gotten the vaccine.
I don’t think the vaccine itself gave me the flu, however, I do think that it essentially kicked my immune system in the teeth so hard that it was incapable of dealing with the flu when I was exposed.
My daughter chose to take the flu shot last year (to avoid potentially putting a friend undergoing Chemo at risk, supposedly), and she also got the flu within about 3 weeks (a month and a half after I got it, though we had separate strains).
In looking at the overall population of the earth, and infant mortality and epidemic rates, it occurs to me that humans may actually be the inadvertant tool of our own demise.
Before vaccines existed, things like plague and measles may sweep through populations, and in some cases yes, there would be high mortality rates; however, those that DID survive were stronger, healthier, and would go on to produce better offspring, in the same way that every other animal on the planet does.
Now that we have medical intervention on such a massive scale, all manner of babies with birth defects, congenital abnormalities, hereditary dysfunctions etc living to go on to produce offspring, but diseases that would have taken those with weaker immune systems are not doing their job anymore as nature intended, and the human race as a whole is becoming weaker and weaker.
As someone else mentioned in a prior comment; we are heading for a massive fall, because one of these so called ‘eradicated’ viruses is going to mutate, and we’re going to be smote but good.
We’ve already seen it happen with MRSA, and that is just the barest taste of what is potentially to come.
Saying vaccinations make stronger and healthier immune systems = Saying muscle implants make the body physically stronger. . . … You get a stronger immune system by exercising it. By catching small, essentially harmless diseases, like the cold, measles, mumps or chicken pox. Even the flu, will give you lifetime immunity from that flu. Human beings have been known to go into cancer remission because they got sick and their immune system kicked in stronger after that it was before. Human beings are better as a group when bodies learn to fight infections, because that is passed on to their children.
I find the story in the article of the vaccinated college students less than compelling due to the fact that 40 college students would not be the entire population of the community they lived in. That would exclude the entire campus and population within a few miles. Everyone those were likely to encounter.
Even the article confirms some temporary immunity is likely with artificial vaccines. So we can only conclude from these facts that herd immunity isn’t perfect; not that it is a myth.
P.S. I’m anti-vaccines but also pro-truth.
What I ask myself, is how the people who advocate vaccines cling to the holy mantra of the 95 percentage? At least in the Netherlands: if the vaccination-degree drops under the 95%, the herd immunity would be in jeopardy. Where does that percentage come from? Are there any (independent) scientific studies to substantiate that percentage?
There is a rise in the appearance of the diseases because people have stopped vaccinating. Ever since that false claim (by the way the guy that wrote that article had to retract it and lost his medical license) that vaccines cause autism the amount of children being vaccinated decreased. The decrease in people being vaccinated leads to a decrease in herd immunity and a rise in cases that the once thought to be eradicated diseases to rise. coincidence? I think not. Also the temporary immunity from vaccines is the reason that boosters are required to maintain immunity. Vaccines are also artificial, because an injection of the actual virus or bacteria could kill you. Vaccines are made in different forms there are versions that have killed viruses (Teach our immune cells what to look for without giving us the disease), modified live (live versions of the bacteria or virus that take away the potential to cause harm but gives our immune system an idea of what to watch for) toxoids (toxins that come from bacteria for example Tetanus.) So yes, you are getting injected with artificial agents, because the real thing could kill you, and has killed people in the past.
I used to work in the cattle industry and could very easily see how herd immunity works. If the farmer kept up with the regulated vaccine regimen every year the incidence of calves contracting the preventable disease and dying was little to none. If the farmer was careless and didn’t keep up on boosters and a strong vaccine regimen they would lose a large percent of their calves.
Another animal case, but a clear example of herd immunity. Denmark required all companion animals to vaccinated against Rabies, the virus is pretty much eradicated from the country, where in the U.S. there are lots of Rabies cases every year.
If herd immunity is false, show me legitimate research and not biased articles without actual scholar information to back it. I can find scholarly information to back my stance if requested. This even is found under an opinion tab, not fact.
I started reading this with an open mind and being receptive to the possibility of your theory being plausible. And then I stopped. And I don’t feel any remorse from stopping. Here’s why.
Early in your piece and before I stopped reading you mentioned a vaccine and you mentioned immunity…as if a vaccine guarantees immunity.
“The vaccine didn’t protect them. There was no herd immunity, and there can be none with vaccines because they do not provide the same kind of true immunity that is provided by a natural infection.”
Vaccines are not synonymous with immunity. Vaccines are an attempt to give the immune system a “head start” on fighting the symptoms of a pathogen. It does not ensure that the recipient is immune to it. Additionally, the vaccine given may not be “coded” for the correct strain of the pathogen and as a result, there will be no “head start.” Immunity is built once an antibody is formed against a specific pathogen. If the vaccine was not correct, then the antibody formed may not be applicable to the pathogen encountered and as a result, an infected person will enter the viral “shedding” phase in which they are contagious until their immune system successfully builds an antibody and THEN becomes immune which subsequently stops the transmission chain.
The truth of the matter is that vaccines, while beneficial in many instances, are a crap shoot. This however does not disprove herd immunity because even if the vaccine is incorrect and a pathogen is exposed to a host, if that host successfully builds immunity, they are no longer a transmitter. Every host that goes through this process also, stops the transmission chain. Eventually enough hosts will do this such that the virus will become less and less contagious amongst a given populace. Herd immunity works.
Someone mentioned MRSA as a virus. I thought MRSA is a resistant staph infection, not a virus. Correct me if I’m wrong.