Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids

Claims that the MMR vaccine might cause inflammatory bowel disease or autism continue to haunt parents. I’m asked about the connection every week. The group that began the controversy, researchers from the Royal Free Hospital in London, have since done further research vindicating the MMR. But the fears continue.

Another team of researchers has completed a large study of the MMR and its potential problems. The results are published in the March 2019 Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors conclude, “The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination. It adds to previous studies through significant additional statistical power and by addressing hypotheses of susceptible subgroups and clustering of cases.”

This study followed 657,461 children born in Denmark from 1999 through 31 December 2010, with follow-up from 1 year of age and through 31 August 2013.

Another team of researchers completed an exhaustive review of all scientific studies of the MMR and its potential problems in 2001. The results are published in the September 2001 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Those authors concluded, “While the final decision rests with the parents, the evidence of the safety and efficacy of MMR  vaccine is so overwhelmingly conclusive that health professionals should have no hesitation recommending its use.”

I agree that the claims that MMR causes autism or IBD are now completely unjustified. And it is far safer to give our children the MMR vaccine than to leave them unprotected from these diseases.

Published on: March 05, 2019
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Could it be the multiple rounds of MMR that increases risks?
Also I don’t understand how measles proliferate In vaccinated children.
If vaccinated children get measles from unvaccinated children, wasn’t the vaccine supposed to protect the vaccinated child?
Why doesn’t it?
My own experience was the ear infection vaccine (pneumococcal) gave my son over 70 ear infections.
I suspect it was because his immune system was so immature as to make him more susciptible to the damage created by the multiple vaccine injections in such a short period of time.
Kinda like polio vaccines went live into the body and gave people polio.
Is it because the variant is the individual child’s immune system is so vast across the population that these control numbers cannot be correctly correlated to the damages?
If 1 in 60 children become autistic is that considered good results?
Results that say no correlation?
What about that one child?
So many questions that I suppose I should read the study results and form my own opinion.
I understand this is becoming a super white hot topic with media and pharma fear agenda on forced vaccines.
I’m curious about the vaccine schedule. Is it the CDC/AMA belief that humans are becoming weaker in their ability to fight the off these diseases?
What about us older people who have hardly been vaccinated beyond the 5-10 initial vaccines given in childhood.
And we don’t “catch” these diseases.
Why is the vaccine schedule nearly 50 now?
I appreciate your weigh in on the subject. I’d love if you could address these questions with more depth.

“Also I don’t understand how measles proliferate In vaccinated children.
If vaccinated children get measles from unvaccinated children, wasn’t the vaccine supposed to protect the vaccinated child?”

The vaccine is 95% effective with one shot, 98% with the booster. It’s 100% effective at lessening the severity of the case, if one still contracts the disease.

Vaccination rates have decreased in some areas while autism diagnosis continues to rise. There’s not even a correlation. Autism diagnosis will increase as screening improves, which is has. This does not mean autism is more prevalent, it means more people who benefit from support will find what they need. This is a positive development, unless you’re looking at autism as an injury or disease to be cured.

Autism rate currently is 1 out of every 50 kids. Parents should be very concerned.

Increase in screening = increase in diagnosis. Vaccination rates have dropped while autism diagnosis rose. Vaccines do not cause autism.