LONDON – Health chiefs have warned Britain is on the brink of a second major epidemic just four months after the previous outbreak, which claimed one life and more than 1,200 victims. The virus is highly contagious. Experts say one child with measles sitting in a classroom for just an hour will pass it on to at least 70 per cent of other pupils who are not vaccinated.
Cases have once again soared in Swansea, the area which was hit earlier this year. Health chiefs in Wales warned last month that a renewed flare-up was likely to spread rapidly unless children have the vital secondary measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) booster jab.
At that point, the total stood at 13 cases but this has already risen to 36. “Parents and young people should not underestimate how serious measles can be and how quickly it can spread,” said Dr. Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales consultant in communicable disease control.
“To prevent this outbreak spreading even further, it’s crucial that unvaccinated children and young people receive two doses of MMR urgently and that those with symptoms do not attend school.” The epidemic which swept the greater Swansea area earlier this year triggered a huge vaccination program.
While many children got their first dose of the MMR injection, a significant number failed to get a booster jab within a month. Although more than 70,000 catch-up MMR jabs were given across Wales during the epidemic, 30,000 children and young people aged from 10 to 18 remain unprotected.
Health officials emphasized that the only protection against the infection is two doses of the MMR jab. All cases in the new outbreak, affecting four schools, date from the start of October. Several of the new cases have been spread as a result of pupils attending school already with the symptoms of measles. Where sufficient numbers of children remain unprotected in a school where there has been measles, school vaccination sessions will be arranged.
Dr. Hoffmann added: “Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health but are putting other children at risk. “We are very frustrated to see more cases so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die.” –Express UK
Measles outbreak hits Queensland: Thirty-five people have now contracted measles in Queensland in one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in Queensland’s recent history. This year 30 of the 35 measles cases have emerged since August, with eight cases now confirmed at Woodford Correctional Centre. Last year only four Queenslanders contracted measles.
Questions are being asked if the measles outbreak is linked to overcrowding in Queensland prisons. The Department of Justice and Attorney General on Wednesday evening confirmed there were now 6432 prisoners in Queensland jails on November 6. It is the first time in Queensland history prisoner numbers have been more than 6000. The extra 832 prisoners include hundreds “doubling up” in cells at several prisons in the Ipswich area.
Queensland’s chief medical officer Dr. Jeanette Young confirmed “gene tracing” had matched the Woodford prison measles outbreak to the measles outbreak in Ipswich. “Gene sequencing has now linked the Woodford outbreak to the Ipswich outbreak which so far has affected 23 people including those at Woodford,” Dr. Young said on Thursday night.
“So far this year, 35 people in Queensland have contracted measles, with 30 of these falling ill since August including the 23 in the Ipswich-Woodford outbreak.” There has not been a connection to an Ipswich prison, although prisoner transfers are being checked, Dr. Young told reporters last week.
Dr. Young confirmed the three extra cases of measles – bringing the total to eight confirmed cases – inside Woodford Correctional Centre. Dr. Young confirmed prisons were now a hotspot of concern for health authorities, after vaccinating 1200 prisoners and staff. “Measles is a highly contagious disease and can spread more easily in any situation where many people are in close contact,” she said. “This includes places like schools, shopping centers, airports or prisons.”
Health authorities have already warned people between the ages of 20 and 40 are more vulnerable to measles because they believed they were immunized. Public health physician Dr. Heidi Carroll said many adults in their late 20s and early 30s mistakenly believe they have been vaccinated for measles. “This may be because measles vaccine wasn’t universally available to all children in Australia until the late 1980s and early 1990s,” she said.
Sayer Ji, Founder,GreenMedInfo
Are the recently reported measles outbreaks in the U.S. being caused by the failure to vaccinate, or the failure of the vaccine? Shockingly, clinically confirmed reports of measles vaccine failure in fully vaccinated populations stretch back a quarter of a century from around the world.
In a recent CNN Health opinion piece too easily confused with reporting titled, US measles cases in 2013 may be the worst in 17 years, Elizabeth Cohen, CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent, blames the 159 cases of measles the CDC reported occurring from Jan. 1 through Aug. 24th on “visitors from countries where measles is common” and “vaccine objectors within the United States.”
What makes her conspicuously non-referenced statistics so disturbing is that she is ignoring a substantial body of literature, including peer-reviewed and published epidemiological and clinical studies, indicating that the recent measles outbreaks are just as likely caused by the failure of the vaccine as by presumably irrational and/or irresponsible parents exercising their legal right and responsibility to choose whether or not to vaccine their children.
Let’s fill in the data that so obviously got flushed down the memory hole by this irresponsible piece of CNN ‘reporting.’
First, we should acknowledge one underreported fact of immunology: vaccine-induced antibody elevations do not guarantee real world protection against the pathogen the vaccine is intended to immunize us against, which is the only true measure of their value.
This is not a new observation. It goes back decades, with a 1990 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases finding that even though 95% of a population of urban African children had measles antibodies after vaccination, vaccine efficacy was not more than 68%.
Or, take a look at 2008 study that found that even when the measles vaccine successfully generates an elevation of measles specific antibodies 20.7% (6 out of 29) have non-protective titers. Or, one from 1988 that found that within a highly vaccinated community experiencing an outbreak of measles, antibody responses to measles could be found in 100% of the unvaccinated versus only 89.2% of the vaccinated. They conclude: “[A] history of prior measles vaccination is not always associated with immunity nor with the presence of specific antibodies.
Again, the point remains the same: vaccine-induced synthetic immunity does not guarantee real world protection, and certainly not with anything near 100% effectiveness, despite what the CDC, vaccine manufacturers or mainstream news reports imply by blaming the non-vaccinated for vaccine-failure associated outbreaks.
Read our report on the groundbreaking 2011 study published in the journal Immunity that challenges the primary antibody-based justification for vaccination if you need a more in-depth explanation of this critical point.
Second, there is plenty of research available today demonstrating that the adverse health effects associated with the measles vaccine, and particularly the trivalent mumps, measles, rubella combination vaccine, may far outweigh their purported therapeutic effects, that even if a vaccine is successful at preventing and/or delaying infection from measles this does not mean that this will improve the overall health of those vaccinated. To the contrary, it has been known for several decades that the administration of measles vaccine in underdeveloped countries may actually be resulting in higher infant mortality rates.  This has, in fact, been a persistent criticism levied against UNICEF’s vaccine-heavy strategy in certain regions of Africa, which appear to have increased mortality rates. UNICEF is not solely to blame, as there are quite a few ‘charitable health organizations’ patting each other on the back for ‘saving lives’ by reducing ‘vaccine-preventable diseases,’ at the very moment that mortality from vaccine-associated adverse effects are increasing. This is exactly what’s so deranged about the Global Polio Eradication campaign, whose claim to have virtually eradicated wild-type polio in India obscures the fact that the live vaccine-specific strain of polio, believed to be twice as lethal as the natural form, may now be causing close to 48,000 cases of polio vaccine associated injury a year.
Now to the heart of the problem with CNN’s article. Throughout the real (not imaginary) history of the measles vaccine, failure after failure has been recorded, starting with:
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