Barbara Loe Fisher on Vaccine Failures

Barbara Loe Fisher on Vaccine Failures

The public conversation about several hundred cases of measles reported in the U.S. this year is focused on whether every parent has a social obligation to vaccinate every child to maintain “community immunity,” but vaccine failures are rarely discussed. Emerging science reveals that there are differences in naturally and vaccine acquired immunity, and both vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults transmit infections, sometimes with few or no symptoms.

Nearly 40 percent of cases reported in the 2015 U.S. measles outbreak occurred in recently vaccinated individuals who developed vaccine reactions that appeared indistinguishable from measles. Outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) in highly vaccinated child populations have been traced to waning immunity and evolution of the B. pertussis microbe to evade the vaccines. Influenza vaccine effectiveness was less than 50 percent in 11 of the past 15 flu seasons.

Vaccine policymakers recognize that children with severe combined immune deficiency or those undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplants are at increased risk for complications of infectious diseases and vaccines. However, there is no recognition of the risks to healthy infants and children with unidentified susceptibility to vaccine reactions, including children whose health suddenly deteriorates without explanation after vaccination.

— Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)


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3 Responses to "Barbara Loe Fisher on Vaccine Failures"

  1. Wendy   May 16, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I would like to know if there is any information on whether catching a ‘vaccine’ strain of measles gives lifetime immunity.

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    • Jeff   May 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      The vaccine strain of Measles will always be Genotype A. There are 18 Genotypes of the wild strain and no contracting the vaccine strain doesn’t give lifetime immunity.

      The following 19 genotypes have been detected since 1990:

      A*, B2, B3, C1, C2, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, G2, G3, H1, H2

      *All vaccine strains (e.g. Moraten, Edmonston-Zagreb) are genotype A.

      https://www.cdc.gov/measles/lab-tools/genetic-analysis.html

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  2. Em   May 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I have not seen reports stating how many people who contracted measles had been vaccinated against it. Media reports imply that “irresponsible, unvaccinated people” are the ones getting measles. We would all benefit from factual reporting.

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