It looks like British Health Minister Earl Howe has put egg over the faces of the British media regarding their claims that Dr Andrew Wakefield is to blame for recent UK outbreaks of measles. But they do not know it yet.
In one small area of one small region of the UK there have recently been relatively few, in historic terms, UK cases of measles but the UK media have been making a meal of it. So guys have some egg with that meal and lick it off.
The people to blame are the Department of Health and specifically Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation. Health Minister Earl Howe confirmed in Parliament on 26th February 2013 the correct position in a written answer in response to a question about whether recent increases in the number of cases of measles were linked to a reduction in the uptake of MMR vaccinations ten years ago.
But the media have been claiming the outbreaks are the result of a scare asserted to have been caused by Andrew Wakefield by publishing a paper over 14 years ago. The paper published in the Lancet in February 1998 recorded that parents and some doctors associated the MMR vaccine with causing autism. But contradictingly in The Guardian, Alex Hannaford claimed recently no one remembers who Dr Andrew Wakefield is.
Minister Howe stated in relation to recent cases in 2012 that the highest proportion occurred in those under five years of age and that [CHS emphasis added]:
a “minority of cases in 2012 can be attributed to the fall in coverage with MMR vaccine in the early part of this century …” and that “… MMR vaccination uptake is currently at historically high levels“
Health: Measles Question Asked by Lord Taylor of Warwick Hansard Tuesday 26 Feb 2013 : Column WA296 Vol 743 Part: 116
What this tells us and what it in fact means is that the Department of Health is presiding over the ultimate legacy of their MMR vaccination campaigns: “vaccination failure“. Measles vaccine failure is not new and will be likely to increase over the years. In the USA in 1985-86, 55% of all cases of measles and 72% of cases in 5-19 year olds were appropriately vaccinated: Orenstein WA et al, Worldwide Measles Prevention; Isr J Med Sci 1994;30:469-481.
The MMR vaccine is failing but the Department of Health and especially Professor Salisbury want instead to deflect blame to Dr Andrew Wakefield and historical events of over 14 years ago which most people it seems have forgotten about.
That the Department of Health should have kept the single vaccines until the position was clarified would have been the wiser course. The mandatory legal position under English and EU law is to apply the precautionary principle. The DoH instead oversaw the immediate removal of all single vaccines. They have also failed to take any steps to develop an effective treatment for measles for those children who will develop measles despite being vaccinated.
There have historically been measles outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations. For example:
Secondary measles-vaccine failures are more common than was more previously thought, particularly among individuals vaccinated in early life, long ago, and among re-vaccinees. Waning immunity – even among individuals vaccinated after 15 months of age, without the boosting effect of natural infections should be considered a relevant possibility in future planning of vaccination against measles.
Secondary measles vaccine failures identified by measurement of IgG avidity: high occurrence among teenagers vaccinated at a young age Epidemiology and Infection April 2000124:02;263-271 Cambridge University Press
The ultimate scandal in Century 21 is that we have no effective treatment for measles – no measles pill – nor for other basic childhood diseases. A very serious consequence is that children in the third world have died in their millions over the years despite the vaccines but if the treatments existed we stood a chance of saving those lives. And of course we have no treatment to offer those first world children who contract measles despite having had the vaccination.
This is all because the drug industry is just too busy making money selling all the allergy and other drugs to treat the chronic long term immune system conditions caused by vaccines like asthma, lupus, diabetes, autism and a long long list and because we have individuals like Professor David Salisbury in the UK ignoring the writing on the wall and all because political quasi-charitable organisations like United Nations organisation UNICEF is so riven with drug company interests that it doles out the vaccines like there was no tomorrow – and unfortunately for many of the third world children concerned – because of that approach – there isn’t one.
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