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Measles – Is Vaccination the key?

August 31, 2011 Context, Environment, Infection 3 Comments

Fears about the safety of vaccination are causing concerns that measles may be on the way back

“In the September Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Gregory Poland, M.D. writes that ‘More than 150 cases of measles have been reported in the United States already this year and there have been similar outbreaks in Europe, a sign the disease is making an alarming comeback (abstract). The reappearance of the potentially deadly virus is the result of unfounded fears about a link between the measles shot and autism that have turned some parents against childhood vaccination.'”

The use of statistics with this kind of time scale highlight the “Risk”.

In this context it looks like vaccination is great and is behind the almost eradication of the disease. So have a look at this stats that follow Measles further back.

Oh – so using this length of time we see a different picture. This is true for all infectious disease. More here and source.

So what is really going on? First of all recall that infection is rooted in environment. If it is easy for feces to get into the water, you have cholera and no cure will help you. If there are lots of rats and fleas, the chances of bubonic plague is high. Lots of mosquitoes, and you live in Panama, you will likely get yellow fever. Poor living conditions, poor food and you are likely to get TB. If you are weak, you are vulnerable and so on.

Vast improvements in the environments helped bring down the rate of infection. Secondly, true immunity comes from having survived the disease. When Europeans arrived in the New World, millions of indigenous people died of measles and our urban western diseases that we had largely become adapted too. Over time, we adapt and our real and systemic immunity builds.

So why the outcry about vaccination? History belies the claim that vaccination is the main defense. Secondly, the immunity that you get from a vaccine is not the same as the immunity that you get from the disease or from the antibodies you inherit from parents who have had the disease. No need for a second shot or any repeats if you are truly immune.

Are there risks from vaccinations? Let’s just accept for now that there is no know link to autism. And look at risks more broadly. How well developed is an infants immune system? Not much is the answer. How does an infant build an immune system? By inheritance and from its mother’s milk. And by testing it by putting everything in its mouth. When would a child’s immune system be robust enough to be tested in a hard way? 3 – 4? When we do we vaccinate them now? From birth to 15 months!

Might there be risk in testing the infant’s immune system at this early age?

Might building a real immunity be better?

We turn to medicine first – should we? Follow the money!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Jeremy says:

    After doing tons of research, we vaccinated our kids, and delayed the first shots by at least a year or more. You wouldn’t believe the pressure we got to follow the normal route, though; like we were endangering our kids and society as a whole because we didn’t want the stuff injected into our babies until they were older.

  2. robpatrob says:

    Well done you guys – I am not against vaccinations per se – I am nervous about how early they are done. How does a newborn get hepatitis B? I also know that they don’t offer a sound immunity. So for instance if you are vaccinated against chicken pox – a very minor childhood disease and don’t get it – you are open to get Shingles as an adult – and that is not a good thing at all.

    I also wonder about what are the outcomes of a premature stressing of the early infant immune system. Why would it not have risks, the infant is so undeveloped then.

    I think that caution is on your side Jeremy

  3. Jeremy says:

    Yes, exactly…those were the things we were concerned about. Our kids seem to be doing very well, but who knows how they would have responded to earlier vaccinations? Or none at all?

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