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A Daily Beast 'Mystery Writer' Foams At Uninformed Mouth About Vaccines
The Daily Beast, an American website claiming to provide "breaking news and sharp commentary," recently published an article titled, "Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC," providing not a shred of evidence to substantiate its vociferous claims.
In fact, The Daily Beast does not even reveal who wrote the article, publishing the diatribe under a pseudonym ('Russell Saunders'), presumably a New England pediatrician, effectively cloaking their author from accountability for his dauntless indictments.
The article opens, "Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it's back, thanks to the loons to refuse to vaccinate their children."
Really? Those who choose not to vaccinate are "loons"?
First things first. The only way that the act of refraining from vaccinating could be justifiably characterized as 'insane behavior' is if vaccines were proven effective 100% of the time, and additionally, if the benefits could be proven to outweigh the known risks of side effects, which include deadly reactions. On both counts, this is not the case for the vaccine in question. Most obviously, there is a reason why there are 2 measles vaccines on the CDC immunization schedule. One shot alone does not work. That fact alone should provide a clue to its fallibility.
But the biomedical literatures speaks clearly and firmly about the measles vaccine's long history of documented failure, which we evaluated in our article from last year, "The 2013 Measles Outbreak: A Failing Vaccine, Not a Failure to Vaccinate," and which includes 6 confirmed mass outbreak events since 1985 in highly immunization compliant populations (up to 99% vaccinated). These events have proven time and time again that the measles vaccine is not sufficient to prevent outbreaks.
Only last month, a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, whose authorship includes scientists working for the Bureau of Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, found that the 2011 New York measles outbreak affected individuals with prior evidence of measles vaccination and vaccine immunity.
Titled, "Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011," the study acknowledged that, "Measles may occur in vaccinated individuals, but secondary transmission from such individuals has not been documented."
In order to find out if measles vaccine compliant individuals are capable of being infected and transmitting the infection to others, they evaluated suspected cases and contacts exposed during a 2011 measles outbreak in NYC. They focused on one patient who had received two doses of measles-containing vaccine and found that,