WaPo says anti-vaxxers are dangerous should be arrested

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by Jeffrey Dach MD, Health Nut News:

You may have noticed a recent article in the Washington Post by Juliette N. Kayyem entitled, “Anti-vaxxers are dangerous. Make them face isolation, fines, arrests.

My initial reaction was the article must have been written by a moron. However, my opinion changed when I discovered the author, Ms. Kayyem, graduated Harvard law school in 1995. So, it appears this article is a carefully crafted piece of pro-vaccine industry propaganda. In other words, a large pile of nonsense and misinformation masquerading as authoritative information. Propaganda pieces typically contain nonsense and blatant lies.  That’s OK because the “Big Lie” becomes believable if repeated often enough. (Who Said That?)(9) Let’s take a look at the main point and the most glaring falsehood in the article: “Anti-Vaxxers Are Dangerous.”

What is an Anti-Vaxxer?

The catch word, “anti-vaxxer” has become popular in the vaccine industry propaganda machine as a pejorative term for children who have been vaccine injured, and whose mothers no longer vaccinate them.  This is aptly described by Barbara Low Fisher in her article: “No Mercy for Mothers Or Their Vaccine Injured Children“

The Big Lie: Unvaccinated Are Dangerous

The easiest way to demonstrate the Big Lie: “Unvaccinated are Dangerous”, is to ask the CDC, the US Government Center for Disease Control.

It is universally agreed those most susceptible to the ravages of infectious disease are the immuno-compromised, such as those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.  If the “Unvaccinated Are A Danger”, then one would expect the CDC to advise keeping the unvaccinated away from the immunocompromised, those having bone marrow transplants.  Quite to the contrary, the CDC says the exact opposite.  The recently vaccinated, not the unvaccinated, must be kept away from the transplant ward.

The CDC document,  ”Guidelines for Preventing Opportunistic Infections Among Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients.” contains this quote.

“Visitors who might have communicable infectious diseases (e.g., URIs, flu-like illnesses, recent exposure to communicable diseases, an active shingles rash whether covered or not, a VZV-like rash (note: VZV is Varcella, chickenpox) within 6 weeks of receiving a live-attenuated VZV vaccine, or a history of receiving an oral polio vaccinewithin the previous 3–6 weeks) should not be allowed in the HSCT center (note HSCT is hematopoetic stem cell transplant center) or allowed to have direct contact with HSCT recipients or candidates undergoing conditioning therapy (AII).”

Not sure you want to believe the CDC? Instead, lets ask the University of Kentucky Transplant Service.   Are the unvaccinated a danger? and should they be kept away from the transplant ward? Again, they say the exact opposite, adults, and children who are recently vaccinated with the chickenpox or polio vaccine are a danger and should be kept away from immunocompromised transplant patients.

Still don’t believe it? Maybe the University of Kentucky is an exception?  All transplant wards across the nation follow the American Society for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation Guidelines. What do they say?  Are the unvaccinated a danger to be kept from visiting the transplant ward? No, again they say quite the opposite.  Those who have been recently vaccinated are a danger.  Nowhere in this document do they say the unvaccinated are a danger.  Quite to the contrary they say those recently vaccinated with the following vaccinations are a danger to the transplant ward: MMR (measles mumps rubella) Polio vaccine (OPV), Varicella Vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, Influenza Vaccine (LAIV).

The Varivax Package Insert Says Vaccinated Are a Danger to Others

This information is readily available.  All you need to do is read the package insert for the vaccine.  Merck, the manufacturer of the Varivax (chickenpox) vaccine openly admits in their product insert that people recently vacccinated with the Varivax vaccine pose a danger to the immune-compromised, pregnant mothers and infants.  The danger is due to transmission of live vaccine virus from those recently vaccinated to those contacts around them.  This is a quote from the Varivax product insert:

“Due to the concern for transmission of vaccine virus, vaccine recipients should attempt to avoid whenever possible close association with susceptible high-risk individuals for up to six weeks following vaccination with VARIVAX. Susceptible high-risk individuals include:” Immuno-compromised, pregnant mothers, and infants-(shortened for brevity).

Healthy Unvaccinated People Are Not Dangerous

The reality is that healthy unvaccinated individuals are NOT DANGEROUS, and are allowed visitation rights on the transplant wards across the country.  It is the recently vaccinated who are “dangerous’ and are restricted from visiting the transplant ward.  Perhaps someone reading this could inform Juliette N. Kayyem and the Washington Post of this information so their blatantly incorrect article can be retracted, or at least modified to correct the false information contained.

The Unvaccinated Are Causing the Measles Outbreaks

Another BIG Lie in this Washington Post article by Juliette N. Kayyem is the blame for the recent measles outbreak falls squarely on the unvaccinated.  For this reason, the unvaccinated should be branded as criminals to be arrested, found guilty and sent to prison.  For the moment let us ignore the obvious contrary argument that persecuting the unvaccinated like this is a violation of just about every form of national and international human rights and civil liberties laws you can think of.

Measles Outbreaks Are Caused by the Vaccine Program Itself

Let’s take a look at what Dr. Levy in 1984 J Epidemiology has to say about this in his article:  “The future of measles in highly immunized populations.” Dr. Levy is not alone in stating the obvious. Because of limitations and failures in the measles vaccine program ( i.e. primary and secondary vaccine failure), we are creating a larger population of susceptible individuals, than before the vaccine era. Dr. Levy is saying the measles vaccine program itself is creating a larger population of people susceptible to contracting measles, and this is the reason we are seeing periodic measles outbreaks which are predicted to increase.

Dr. Levy says:

despite short-term success in eliminating the disease (measles), long-range projections demonstrate that the proportion of susceptibles 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.”

What Dr. Levy is saying is that the unvaccinated are NOT to blame for periodic recurrent measles outbreaks.  We will be seeing more and more of these outbreaks as a result of primary and secondary vaccine failure.

Dr. Gregory Poland, world expert on measles vaccine, said in Vaccine 2012, that measles outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations occur because of primary and secondary vaccine failure. Here is a quote:

Thus, measles outbreaks also occur even among highly vaccinated populations because of primary and secondary vaccine failure, which results in gradually larger pools of susceptible persons and outbreaks once measles is introduced.. This leads to a paradoxical situation whereby measles in highly immunized societies occurs primarily among those previously immunized” (Quote Gregory Poland)

Similar measles outbreaks have been documented in other highly vaccinated populations in countries such as Israel, Nigeria, Korea, Czech Republic, Australia and Japan involving the vaccinated as well as unvaccinated. This is discussed in more detail in my previous article.

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