posted on Apr, 28 2013 @ 03:49 PM
It would be good to have some carefully weighed, cool, thoroughly researched journalism on this topic, in the newspapers as well as the Internet. We
get incomplete or even completely one-sided stuff that sounds like it's there to manipulate us, we get sound-bytes that seem like they're there to
make us feel disturbed about the topic, and we get will-o-the-wisp reporting, i.e. the topic is repeated all the time for a few days and then is
replaced by something else equally disturbing before we really know anything about the outcomes.
I am rather on the fence about these vaccinations, having had measles myself as a child in the middle of another period when many children were
getting it, and while it was bad, for me it wasn't as bad as when I had chicken-pox or scarlet fever. The attitude to these illnesses in those days
was that it was good if you got them, because it would leave you with greater immunity when you were older. (Mind you, in my parents' youth it was
supposed to be healthy to smoke and eat lots of sugar...) However there are a few facts in the middle of the general melee about Swansea that make me
feel concerned about, particularly very young infants being included in this;
1. As the OP has pointed out, the man who died was clearly being portrayed widely at first as having died of measles. Then, rather more quietly a few
days later it was said well, he had measles but might not have died of it - as it turned out, both of these reports were put out before a proper
post-mortem had been done - which is another thing I think is wrong with news reporting, that rumours are reported as facts before anyone could
possibly really know the facts. Now, it looks as if there is doubt as to whether measles was even a factor in his death. Was this in the
manipulative category or the panic-inducing category? Not sure.
2. There was briefly another report about a whole class of about 30 children getting measles - well could it really be true that not a single one of
those children had already been vaccinated? Was this an unsubstantiated rumour, or was it that someone didn't notice the logical conclusion when
they put it out?
3. The best study on whether MMR causes problems, to my knowledge, was a big Scandinavian one which concluded that it doesn't. Perhaps this is right,
however the study relied on any cases coming out statistically and didn't look at whether there might be a small number of children who are
susceptible to damage for as yet unknown reasons.
4. Swansea has a measles epidemic and yet the vaccine being given is also against mumps and rubella. I suppose there might be an availability issue
but noticed that last week a Swansea clinic that gives single vaccines was being "investigated" - so what is that about? A suspicious mind might
think that someone somewhere might have an interest in closing down every avenue except one.
5. Scientifically, it's accepted that a coverage of most of the population - without looking it up, I think the figure is something like 85% - is
needed before the vaccine can prevent the spread of measles. Yet its proponents have never taken steps to try to achieve this coverage other than by
trying to get everyone to vaccinate young infants. At the moment they are also vaccinating teenagers but that's because of the active epidemic -
previously, although individuals might have been able to do it they had no promotion of provision in place for parents to have children vaccinated at
an older age because they had been worried about the effects on infants. They have also never done any studies of groups vaccinated at a later age to
see whether the level of reported adverse side-effects was different. Why have they never done that rather obvious work?