To The Daily Sun,
The headline over Gene Danforth's recent letter in The Sun is pretty impressive. Unfortunately it is completely false. It reads, "CDC reports 96 deaths from MMR vaccinations since 2004."
I don't know, Gene, where you got your information from. I went to the CDC website to look for it. Nope, no information on this. I even called the CDC and asked them to do a search, again no information about this number of deaths. It seems that you, like Russ Wiles, are inclined to spend your time reading the anti-vaccinator blogs rather than going to the true sources. Maybe you should try going to PUB MED to read the various papers on vaccines on their safety and effectiveness. A lot of the people and statistics you are quoting seem to be decades old.
Gene, you know that this is 2015. I will agree that when they were using live polio vaccine some cases of polio were attributed to the vaccine. However that was changed once the data came out, and today a killed vaccine is used. No problems with vaccine-induced polio today. You have to remember that polio was a scary disease with horrific consequences in some cases. Any type of vaccine and the promise of protection against this dreaded disease was welcomed.
An interesting note to Gene's concern about atypical measles in people previously vaccinated with the killed vaccine. Gene, do you think that is why we recommend every one getting the safe measles vaccine today, to protect those few who may have a serious reaction to getting the measles. Remember herd immunity. The more people who are vaccinated the better the population is protected. You quote Dr. J. Anthony Morris but I believe he was speaking about the swine flu vaccine only. If his quote, "There is a good deal of evidence to prove the immunization of children does more harm than good," is a general thesis on vaccinations, then he goes against, I would guess, 98 percent of the medical and scientific profession.
The measles vaccine is about 97 percent effective to those who get two vaccinations. Meaning that if 1 million people are vaccinated 30,000 people may be susceptible. In some communities the vaccine rate is in the mid-90 percent. Yes, some people who are previously vaccinated will get measles. Pure statistics, it does not have to do with a failure of the vaccine.
Parents need to be informed about vaccines, I agree. But the information they get should be based on good scientific data not on some ones personal vendetta against medicine in general. We, in the medical profession, take our responsibility seriously, and vaccination rates and immunizations are at the top of our priorities.
Mirno Pasquali, PAC
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