In response to the January 29 editorial, “Outbreak of measles was preventable,” and the statement, there is a “…vast amount of misinformation surrounding vaccines,” indeed there is and your editorial is a perfect example. Case in point: “The measles vaccine is 97 percent effective against the virus, and if enough people are vaccinated, something called herd immunity kicks in, helping to prevent an outbreak even if someone comes down with the disease.”
False. Research has repeatedly disproven herd immunity in vaccinated populations. For example, the measles vaccine has been shown to be a dud for some individuals, with scientific evidence revealing measles vaccine only works as designed in approximately 25% of the population, leaving the majority of adults and children with little to no protection. This false herd immunity is now endangering our infants to young to vaccinate because their mothers have few antibodies to pass on. This is why we frequently see measles contracted in fully vaccinated individuals. Science has shown the only tried and true method for mothers to safeguard their infants is if the mother had previously contracted wild measles in her youth.
Public health scientists in the 1960’s simply didn’t realize that infecting us with the measles vaccine would result in a weak version of defenses our bodies develop to the real wild measles. Vaccines are providing a weak and ineffective herd immunity.
Space does not permit a response to the balance of misinformation included in the editorial.
Vern Saboe, DC, FACO
Albany (Feb. 3)