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The Measles Scare and CDC Politics

The United States mandates 26 vaccine doses against 14 diseases for infants under age 2, and no fewer than 50 injections against 16 illnesses by the time they are 18.


A 2011 study published in Human and Experimental Toxicology, a medical journal, found a correlation with aggressive vaccination rates and high death rates among infants.

Increasing numbers of parents—especially the more educated parents—no longer trust the American government’s public health campaigns.

In March, 2008, when Hannah Poling’s family was awarded more than a million dollars by the government to pay for her care, Julie Geberding, M.D., then head of the CDC, insisted: ”the government has made absolutely no statement about indicating that vaccines are the cause of autism.”

In December 2009, Geberding left the CDC and was named president of Merck Vaccines.

I wish to acknowledge author Jennifer Margulis whose careful and thorough research in her book The Business of Baby was invaluable.

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107 Responses to “The Measles Scare and CDC Politics”

  1. Lisa Kamins says:

    thank you for sharing this. I have B"H grandchildren now, when my children were young I did not know what to do. I did not know that the single vaccine was an option. I have had the feeling for a long time that he who holds the gold holds the power and the "truth", in what ever form it takes.

  2. Vince Iannelli says:

    Nice summary of anti-vaccine talking points.

  3. Dorit Reiss says:

    I am sorry to hear you are discouraging people from vaccinating young infants against diseases as dangerous as pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus and measles. Any of these diseases can kill or seriously harm a child. Adverse events from vaccine can happen, but are very very rare; that is not true of the harms of vaccine preventable diseases.

  4. Dorit Reiss says:

    I am even more sorry to see you do it on the basis of an attack on the institutions, rather than on the basis of actual information. You say that you "differ with their statement that “there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccination causes mental or physical damage to children.”"; but there is no evidence that serious risks from MMR are anything but very, very rare and you have brought none. The vaccine injury court exists; it compensated less than 3300 cases in the 24 years of its existence, a very small numbers, especially given the large number of vaccine doses used. Here is a detailed analysis of the number: http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/2013/03/05/a-look-at-the-numbers-in-vaccine-reactions/. There is no evidence that vaccines are harmful, and you have brought none; and still you encourage people not to use them to protect children.

  5. Dorit Reiss says:

    Your autism claim – that vaccines cause autism – is based on two things: a defense of Wakefield, and the Hanna Poling case. As to Wakefield, putting aside his behavior, remember that his finding could not be replicated. Large scale studies from throughout the world found no connection. You can't blame the CDC for that – it included studies from Finland, Poland and Asia. Here is a link summarizing studies: http://www2.aap.org/immunization/families/faq/vaccinestudies.pdf.

  6. Dorit Reiss says:

    Hanna Poling was not awarded compensation because a vaccine made her autistic. She had a rare mitochondrial disorder that could be triggered by many things – including a fever from a vaccine preventable disease – but the government conceded the possibility it could be caused by her vaccines and awarded compensation.

  7. Carolyn Bursle says:

    Not really caused, but probably triggered deterioration/clinical manifestations.

  8. Michael Simpson says:

    Someone is still pushing this old canard? Even if vaccines were causal in this case, and there's no evidence suggesting that, one case out of hundreds of millions of vaccinations that prevented millions of deaths seems like an amazing risk benefit ratio.

  9. Sue Keller says:

    Thank you, Rabbi Handler, for this information so that parents can make "informed consent" before they decide whether to vaccinate or when to vaccinate. For even more information, parents can google "vaccine package inserts" to find out out what adverse reactions have been reported both in the testing and after-market phase of vaccines. Anywhere you see "encephalitis" or "encephalopathy", be very cautious. This is brain damage, which underlies autism symptoms. Here are some links: http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/ and http://www.vaclib.org/chapter/inserts.htm#human.

  10. Sue Keller says:

    Readers should be aware that some commenters here may be in the employ of vaccine manufacturing companies.

  11. The old Pharma Shill Gambit. How tired. You can't argue facts so you try to make it sound like some mysterious conspiracy is trying to make you sound foolish. Who is paying you? Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Big Suppla. Mercola, Natural news?

  12. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    The CDC determined there was no link between autism and vaccines after studying 25 children. Do you believe that's "credible"? …. read a little more into what the CDC's knowledge is…. http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/cdcfdaexperts.htm

  13. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/graphs/ vaccines get ALL the credit. What about scarlet fever? scurvy? typhoid fever? no vaccines but they are no longer around…

  14. Jenifer L Sellars 25? I am counting around 4 million in the listed studies. AAPS? The John Birch Society of medicine? 3000 members and declining. HIV denialists? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. A fringe crackpot group like antivaxers.

  15. Jenifer L Sellars Do you even know what those are?

  16. Jane Snape says:

    From a report issued by the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene dated January 7, 2013:


    Direct oral suction during ritual Jewish circumcision (metzitzah b’peh) has been documented to transmit herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 to newborn males (1-4). In December 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) received a report of a new case of HSV-1 infection in a newborn male infant attributable to direct oral suction.

    In total, 12 laboratory-confirmed cases of HSV-infection attributable to direct oral suction have now been reported to DOHMH from 2000 – 2012. Two of these infants died, and two others suffered brain damage (4). In the most recent case,
    the location of herpes lesions (on the penis), viral type (HSV type 1, which is commonly found in the mouth of adults), and timing of infection (10 days after circumcision) are consistent with transmission during direct contactbetween the mouth of the ritual circumciser (mohel) and the newly circumcised infant penis.

    When evaluating an ill infant boy in the weeks following circumcision, providers should inquirewhether direct oral suction was performed during circumcision and consider infection with HSV or other oral pathogens.

  17. Jenifer L Sellars Scarlet fever is still around but currently can be treated with antibiotics, for the moment. Scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency. Typhoid fever is still around and even with modern treatment has a 1% fatality rate. sanitation has helped curb it's spread.

    All of that has nothing to do with whether vaccines work. Modern evidence and science based medicine has shown that they do. It seems to make you angry that vaccines are so effective. Does it threaten your closely held beliefs?

  18. Jane Snape says:

    Kelly M. Bray No, she's just counting on people not to click through and to instead trust that her links somehow prove what she's saying.

    That's one reason why, when I linked to the NYC Dept. report on bris-related HSV in infants, I also included pertinent text.

  19. Jane Snape says:

    Your first link (to a legit organization) doesn't say what you imply it says, and your second link leads to this warning from Facebook: "The link you are trying to visit has been classified as potentially abusive by a Facebook partner."

  20. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    Can you name 5 ingredients in a vaccine and what effects they have on the body? How about ever read a vaccine insert? Look at the science, and by that I mean from CREDIBLE sources, not those influenced by the almighty dollar. Sanofi Pasteur showing SIDS and Autism as side effects in Tripedia: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm101580.pdf
    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html US Dept of Health's "Vaccine Injury Table" Yep. This exists….
    A good read about the lack of credibility vaccine.com (a Pharma sponsored website) references. They assume we don't look further into the science. This author did and found conflicting support. If anything, the references they cite create more doubt about aluminum safety. http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2011/11/28/overinformed-refusal-has-to-be-stopped/
    Vaccine ingredients, their purpose and what vaccines contain them: http://vaccinedamagehub.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/excipient-table-1-after-it-disappeared-off-the-CDC-Pink-Book-Appendix.pdf

  21. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    How about some SCIENCE? Its difficult to vet our solid science without a conflict of interest. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/ Infant mortality rates regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21745553 Effects of long-term low-dose formaldehyde exposure….
    http://lup.sagepub.com/content/21/2/223 Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21549155 "Persistent behavioral impairments and alterations of brain dopamine system after early postnatal administration of thimerasol in rats."
    http://www.safeminds.org/mercury/vaccinated-children-likely-to-have-a-higher-risk-of-developing-autism.html In 2007, Generation Rescue funded a Cal-Oregon Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Survey. Amongst boys age 11-17, the study found an RR (“relative risk”) of 2.12 for autism and 4.17 for ADHD when comparing prevalence amongst vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20200027 Acellular pertussis vaccination facilitates Bordetella parapertussis infection in a rodent model of bordetellosis.
    http://het.sagepub.com/content/31/10/1012.long Relative trends in hospitalizations and mortality among infants by the number of vaccine doses and age, based on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990–2010.

  22. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    single vaccines are VERY difficult to obtain. I've tried, to no avail. Only countries like Japan are smart enough to realize the need.

  23. I see damage control from the usual shills for the drug industry, too late!

  24. Jenifer L Sellars All it is saying is that acellular Pertussis vaccine needs a booster shot at around 11 to 13. You still are 23 times less likely to have Pertussis with the shot than without.

    Quote from the summary of the article…"To overcome the problem, it needs to be recognized that B pertussis is circulating in all age groups and, therefore, for herd immunity there is a need to universally vaccinate all age groups at frequent intervals"

    Have you considered an adult literacy class?

  25. Scott Taylor says:

    The VICP has paid out at least 83 cases of vaccine-induced encephalopathy (aka "autism) and that has been documented by Pace University School of Law. Vaccines are legally categorized as "hazardous waste" and "unavoidably unsafe." Dorit you work at a law school so you must be smart but you're not thinking critically and seeing through the government/corporate propaganda. I wish you well as you continue to study this.

  26. Vaccine "science" is NOTHING BUT "tobacco science" plain & simple. It is NOT based in valid & legitimate UNBIASED fact, but rather just like the same "science" that claimed that smoking & tobacco were safe in the 1950s (and prior) vaccine "science" is based on manipulated data & biased studies conducted by those with clear conflicts of interest, secret agendas & ulterior motives!

  27. "but for every life they help save from disease – the dreaded jab also harms more than 1,000 children, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention."

    Is THAT what you call "the benefits outweighing the risks?!?!?" *smh*


  28. Your comment is total BS!

    First off, the ONLY reason that the Vaccine Injury Court has only compensated a very small number of cases is because LESS THAN 10% OF VACCINE INJURY & VACCINE INDUCED DEATH CASES ARE EVER EVEN REPORTED to VAERS!!

    So IN ONLY 3300 CASES have been compensated and that is LESS than 10% of the TOTAL VACCINE INJURY cases, the number of UNREPORTED vaccine injuries is NOT small, but rather a LARGE PERCENTAGE of the number of vaccine doses given!!

    For example, the CDC in China ADMITS that "for every life they help save from disease – the dreaded jab also harms more than 1,000 children, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention."

    Is THAT what you call "the benefits outweighing the risks?!?!?" *smh*


  29. I totally agree, Scott (and Jenifer!)

    Dorit is clearly a pHARMa-brainwashed sheep & Offit clone!!

  30. Man that doritt posts everywhere I think she needs a new hobby!

  31. Sue Keller says:

    Jane, for the first link, you can click on the disease such as Hepatitis B, then click on the vaccine brand name such as Engerix-B, on pp. 6 and 7 are the adverse reactions from clinical trials and post-marketing. As for the 2nd link, it worked fine when I posted it earlier. Possibly an over-zealous vaccine proponent is abusing the Facebook reporting system?

  32. Sue Keller says:

    Kelly, I never suggested anything about a conspiracy. No one is paying me. My child is vaccine-damaged. I hope that others will take the time to become fully informed about all aspects of vaccinations and make their own choices for their own children, something I never knew to do until it was too late.

  33. Mike Stevens says:

    Nice summary of antivaccine myths, you mean.

  34. Mike Stevens says:

    You misunderstand, antivaccine person- claims for compensation have nothing to do with reports to VAERS. They are directed through the NCVIP. And we know from analysis of VAERS reports that only 3% of reports were definitely caused by vaccines.

  35. Mike Stevens says:

    OK, I'll bite.

    Sodium bicarbonate

    Effects on the body? …Nothing. That do you?

    PS I hope you realize that vaccine manufacturer's information sheets must include by statute all events that have ever been reported following administration of a vaccine, even when those things are coincidental and not causal?

  36. Sizzling Bacon Scent says:

    He left out population control and mokey pus.

  37. Mike Stevens says:

    Readers should be aware that some antivaccine posters here may be in the employ of pharmaceutical companies. They are the ones who profit most by the unchecked spread of disease, all of which needs expensive treatment.

  38. Mike Stevens says:

    Your first link talks about long term formaldehyde exposure.
    Fortunate then that vaccines which have formaldehyde are only given very intermittently.
    Also, I hope you realize that a child's body produces on a daily basis more formaldehyde than in any vaccine? Why, I guess kids must be poisoning themselves, what with that genuine long term exposure…

  39. Sue Keller says:

    Mike, interesting POV. That's a new one. I advocate that people become fully informed about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and then make up their own minds. Here's that link again http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/ from the pro-vac camp and here's a link from the pro-informed consent folks http://www.vaclib.org/chapter/inserts.htm#human

  40. Toni Bark says:

    Thank you Rabbi, for looking a bit deeper into the situation which has blinded so many. I trained as a pediatrician, ran an ER, have a masters in disaster medicine and I can't begin to tell you how deep the corruption is between pharma and the CDC. It is beyond the pale!

  41. Toni Bark says:

    Unfortunately, kelly Bray, your comments are not based in reality. The majority of outbreaks in the US are in fully vaccinated populations. In Israel, it was discovered that immunization for pertussis actually causes colonization of para pertussis and much of the outbreaks are this species. In addition, we know the acellular vaccine is failing and this topic is all the rage in the industry. In fact, those who are not vaccinated tend to do better in the outbreaks for reasons unknown. please do your homework before spreading untruths

  42. Toni Bark says:

    his findings can and have been replicated. remember, there was found to be no basis for Deer's allegations and the case was thrown out of court in England. Numerous other researchers have published the gut-brain connection and vaccine courts in and out of the US have paid damages to hundreds of children with brain damage leaving them autistic. please review the cases before making allegations.

  43. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Talk about comments not based in reality there, Toni.

    Immunization for pertussis CANNOT cause colonization by b. parapertussis – because it does not CONTAIN b. parapertussis. Immunization against pertussis cannot cause pertussis either, since it is acellular.

    The number of vaccinated individuals far outnumbers those who are unvaccinated, so we would expect to see more cases in vaccinated populations. If there's 1000 vaccinated for every 1 unvaccinated, well that shouldn't be too difficult to understand (I know math is hard, but the denominator matters).

    The difference is, unvaccinated have a higher incidence rate of vaccine preventable diseases, as a greater proportion of their population is susceptible.

  44. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Because a Chinese site is so reliable, right?

  45. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Can I name 5 ingredients?


    Distilled water – doesn't do anything.
    Saline – doesn't do anything|
    Formaldehyde – it's used to inactivate the virus – it's not an issue because our bodies can metabolize it in less than 2 minutes.
    Aluminum salt (either phosphate or hydroxide) – it's used as an adjuvant to increase the immune response to the antigen. It's excreted by the kidneys. Also not an issue.
    Neomycin (in some vaccines) it's an antibiotic. It's there to prevent colonization of the vaccine by bacteria, etc.

  46. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Toni Bark His findings have not been replicated. Sorry.

  47. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Readers should be aware that some folks commenting here may be in the employ of Age of Autism or other useless companies.

  48. Kelly M. Bray there is no conspiracy, to the contrary its more like just facts in the open, if you only open your eyes!

  49. And you shills left out it was just a coincidence, and the timing of the vaccine is about the same time a child is diagnosed with autism.

  50. Daniel Wenger says:

    Vaccine issues aside (the few valid points about spacing out vaccines are overshadowed by his focus on the scare tactic of "everyone is corrupt so who are they to tell you what to do anyway?"), is the author advocating for continued use of Metzitz B'Peh? Absolutely disgusting. The Halachic backing for it is weak at best and CERTAINLY not in the face of direct harm to the infant.
    Ushmartem Et Nafshoteichem – if you're going to use it to push an anti-vaccination agenda, yuo have to keep it in mind for the Bris as well!

  51. Sue Keller says:

    Readers should beware of listening to anyone who uses a pseudonym to post comments.

  52. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Readers should be aware of listening to anyone that thinks everyone else's name is a pseudonym, as it makes them look desperate to discredit others.

  53. More reliable than the biased Big pHARMa-funded corrupt corporate "tobacco science" of the so-called "mainstream media" American sites!!

  54. Actually his findings have been replicated NUMEROUS times. And your comments about the vaccine ingredients are TOTALLY FALSE!

    For example the use and overuse of antibiotics (like Neomycin) in vaccines are probably one of the reasons that people are developing resistance to antibiotics while diseases are mutating into drug-resistant strains. You really need to WAKE UP from the pHARMa-funded propaganda and do your homework!!

  55. Linda Tick Tock its more reliable than the biased Big pHARMa-funded corrupt corporate "tobacco science" of the so-called "mainstream media" American sites!!More reliable than the biased Big pHARMa-funded corrupt corporate "tobacco science" of the so-called "mainstream media" American sites!!

  56. Linda Tick Tock Actually his findings have been replicated NUMEROUS times in Canada, in the US, in UK and elsewhere. And your comments about the vaccine ingredients are TOTALLY FALSE!

    For example the use and overuse of antibiotics (like Neomycin) in vaccines are probably one of the reasons that people are developing resistance to antibiotics while diseases are mutating into drug-resistant strains. You really need to WAKE UP from the pHARMa-funded propaganda and do your homework!!

  57. Linda Tick Tock says:

    China administers over a billion vaccines a year. 1000 injuries leaves you with a 1 in 1 million risk of injury from the vaccine.

    You're more likely to die in a car accident than be seriously injured from a vaccine.

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