Measles is a mild, self-limiting respiratory infection caused by the Rubeola virus, belonging to the Paramyxovirus family. According to CDC, measles is a virus that was as common as chickenpox or common cold before a vaccine was invented. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, conjunctivitis, Koplik’s spots, and a skin rash that present around 10-14 days after exposure.
Complications from measles are more common among people who are VITAMIN A deficient and are as follows:
- Diarrhea 8%
- Otitis media 7%
- Pneumonia 6%
- Encephalitis 0.1%
- Seizures 0.6-0.7%
- Death 0.2%.
Initial signs begin as mild cold like symptoms lasting two or three days, followed by a rash usually starting with the upper trunk and arms spreading downward and a spike in temperature. The rash will gradually resolve over several days. The communicable period is about eight days, according to Mayo Clinic, beginning 4 days prior to the appearance of the rash and ending four days from rash presentation.
American Citizens’ Risk of Dying From Medical Error Almost 3 Times the Risk of Death From Measles Worldwide
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, there were 89,760 deaths worldwide from measles, occurring in third-world countries where people are severely malnourished with horribly compromised immune systems. To put this into perspective, according to John Hopkins University, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US ALONE – killing between 250,000-440,000 people every year in the states. To recap, that’s 89,000 deaths from measles WORLDWIDE, including locations where people are starving/malnourished (thus have compromised immune systems), no clean water, no sanitary living conditions, and no access to even the most basic medical care VS. at least 250,000 deaths by medical error every year in the US ALONE. When we examine the real data much of the fear of these benign childhood infections is diminished.
Measles Vaccination Can Cause Measles, Meningitis, and Death
There are two MMR vaccines available for use in the US, ProQuad and MMRII. There are also MMR + Varicella combination vaccines available, but for simplification purposes we will look at ProQuad and MMRII.
The following are adverse events reported following vaccination listed on the manufacturers package inserts:
Vaccines Contain Carcinogenic and Mutagenic Compounds
Naturally Acquired Measles Infection Associated with Lower Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease
- Febrile infectious childhood diseases (FICDs) are associated with a lower cancer risk in adulthood
- Chicken pox and reduced rates of brain cancer in adulthood
- Mumps and reduced rates of ovarian cancer
- Measles and reduced risk of lymphomas
- Measles and mumps, especially in case of both infections, reduced risks of mortality from atherosclerotic CVD
Vaccine Shedding is a risk associated with live virus vaccines, like the measles containing vaccines. Below is a list of scientific and medical literature documenting this risk and other associated impacts of vaccine shedding.
- Detection of measles vaccine in the throat of a vaccinated child.
- Detection of measles virus RNA in urine specimens from vaccine recipients.
- Disseminated measles infection after vaccination in a child with a congenital immunodeficiency.
- Brother-to-sister transmission of measles after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation.
- Excretion of vaccine strain measles virus in urine and pharyngeal secretions of a child with vaccine associated febrile rash illness
- Measles inclusion-body encephalitis caused by the vaccine strain of measles virus.
- Virus genotype was determined by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada as vaccine strain, genotype A.
- Communicable Disease Control Manual, Measles. British Columbia: BCCDC. 2011.
- World Health Organization (WHO). Immunization surveillance, assessment and monitoring. Measles surveillance data.
- Development of quantitative gene-specific real-time RT-PCR assays for the detection of measles virus in clinical specimens.
- Vaccine-associated “wild-type” measles.
- Spotlight on measles 2010: Excretion of vaccine strain measles virus in urine and pharyngeal secretions of a child with vaccine associated febrile rash illness
Vitamin A Supplementation Reduces Severity and Duration of Measles Infection
Patients infected with measles are advised to rest, hydrate, and utilize comfort measures. While there is no specific treatment for measles and the virus must run it’s course, there are supportive measures, like vitamin A therapy, that can be taken to reduce the severity and shorten the duration of the illness. As early as the1930s, doctors were using cod-liver oil to supplement vitamin a and reduce measles mortalities. Here are a few more instances where vitamin A therapy has been used for improved measles outcomes:
- Treatment with vitamin A reduces morbidity and mortality in measles, and all children with severe measles should be given vitamin A supplements, whether or not they are thought to have a nutritional deficiency
- Severe Measles, Vitamin A Deficiency, and the Roma Community in Europe (vitamin A therapy improved outcomes for adult measles cases)
- Vitamin A for treating measles in children.
- Vitamin A supplementation to improve treatment outcomes among children diagnosed with respiratory infections
Making an informed decision starts with being informed. Use the resources provided to start getting educated about the true risks associated with vaccines and the tools, resources, and knowledge to manage mild infections without fear and confusion.