When it was time for my first child's measles vaccine (1979), our pediatrician was emphatic when he told me the combined MMR was not safe. It made sense to me, when he stated that since a child would not get the three viruses at the same time, the vaccines should not be given at the same time. Instead, he administered the three vaccines individually a few months apart. Unfortunately, the belief at the time and his assurance that one vaccine would produce lifelong immunity like the natural measles virus that I had as a child, proved not to be true. Although I didn't realize it at the time, that pediatrician planted the seed in me which, almost ten years later when I was expecting my third child, launched me into a more thorough investigation of vaccine safety and efficacy and ultimately led me to become an advocate for vaccine risk awareness and vaccine choice.
In the video below, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who has been studying the measles virus since 1990, explains that primary, secondary and tertiary failure of the MMR vaccine -- and not the unvaccinated -- could very well be responsible for measles outbreaks. Dr. Wakefield's warnings are very much in keeping with the several studies cited in the PIC documents below and in "The Future of Measles in Highly Immunized Populations A Modeling Approach" published in 1984.
Dr. Wakefield's segment begins at approximately minute 32.
For more detailed information on the measles virus and MMR vaccine failure, listen to Dr. Wakefield's 2019 Autism One presentation, "Man, Measles, and Make-believe"; and please read the just published "The Sixth Extinction: Vaccine Immunity and Measles Mutants in a Virgin Soil" by Andrew J. Wakefield, M.B.
“Subsequently, legislation which mandates MMR vaccination or restricts exemptions to MMR vaccination will not eliminate measles outbreaks.”
Dr. Shira Miller, Founder and President, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC)
Additional resources on the MMR vaccine and waning immunity.
Little is known about how an intensive measles elimination program changes the overall immune status of the population. A computer model was created to study the effect of the measles elimination program in the United States on the number of susceptibles in the population. The simulation reveals that in the prevaccine era, approximately 10.6% of the population was susceptible to measles, most of whom were children less than 10 years of age. With the institution of the measles immunlzation program, the proportion of susceptibles in the population fell to 3.1% from 1978 through 1981, but then began to rise by approximately 0.1% per year to reach about 10.9% in the year 2050. The susceptibies at this time were distributed evenly throughout all age groups. The model did not consider the potential effect of waning immunity. The results of this study suggest that measles elimination in the United States has been achieved by an effective immunization program aimed at young susceptibles combined with a highly, naturally immunized adult population. However, despite short-term success in eliminating the disease, long-range projections demonstrate that the proportion of susceptibies in the year 2050 may be greater than in the prevaccine era. Present vaccine technology and public health policy must be altered to deal with this eventuality.
Click here for a series of educational videos, "Vaccines: Their Safety, Effectiveness, and Risks" narrated by Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
Far too many people start researching vaccines after vaccine injury or the loss of a child. Educate yourself and share information with others so that, whatever your or their vaccine decision is, it's a well informed one.