Measles

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:

Infections and infestations
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, meningitis, measles, atypical measles, pneumonia, respiratory infection, infection, varicella (vaccine strain), influenza, herpes zoster, orchitis, epididymitis, cellulitis, skin infection, retinitis, bronchitis, parotitis, sinusitis, impetigo, herpes simplex, candidiasis, rhinitis.
Blood and the lymphatic system disorders
Aplastic anemia, thrombocytopenia, regional lymphadenopathy, lymphadenitis.
Immune system disorders
Anaphylaxis and related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, facial edema, and peripheral edema, anaphylactoid reaction.
Psychiatric disorders
Agitation, apathy, nervousness.
Nervous system disorders
Measles inclusion body encephalitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, cerebrovascular accident, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, optic neuritis, Bell’s palsy, polyneuropathy, ataxia, hypersomnia, afebrile convulsions or seizures, febrile seizure, headache, syncope, dizziness, tremor, paraesthesia.
Eye disorders
Necrotizing retinitis (in immunocompromised individuals), retrobulbar neuritis, ocular palsies, edema of the eyelid, irritation eye.
Ear and labyrinth disorders
Nerve deafness, ear pain.
Vascular disorders
Extravasation blood.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
Pneumonitis, pulmonary congestion, wheezing, bronchial spasm,
epistaxis, sore throat.
Gastrointestinal disorders
Hematochezia, abdominal pain, mouth ulcer.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, erythema multiforme, acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, purpura, skin induration, panniculitis, pruritus.
Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders
Arthritis and/or arthralgia; pain of the hip, leg, or neck; myalgia; musculoskeletal pain.
General disorders and administration site conditions
Injection-site complaints (burning and/or stinging of short duration, edema/swelling, hive-like rash, discoloration, hematoma, induration, lump, vesicles, wheal and flare), varicella-like rash, warm to touch, stiffness, warm sensation, inflammation, injection-site hemorrhage, injection-site injury.
Death
Deaths have been reported following vaccination with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines

Vaccines Contain Carcinogenic and Mutagenic Compounds

Both ProQuad and MMRII’s package inserts list human diploid cells from an aborted fetus, which have been shown to integrate with the host DNA and are linked to childhood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, along with other human and animal biologics and known carcinogenic/mutagenic compounds.

Naturally Acquired Measles Infection Associated with Lower Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

On the contrary, naturally acquired measles infection has been associated with lower risk of cancer and cardiac disease:

Shedding

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.


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:


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.