142,000 died from measles last year, WHO estimates
Number of cases reported so far this year is three times higher than at same stage in 2018
Sarah Boseley Thu 5 Dec 2019 18.00 GMT Last modified on Thu 5 Dec 2019 18.18 GMT
The worldwide surge in deadly measles outbreaks is showing no sign of abating, with nearly 10 million cases and 142,000 deaths last year, according to new estimates, and three times more cases reported so far this year than at the same stage in 2018.
Most of those dying are small children, and thousands more suffer harm including pneumonia and brain damage. New scientific evidence shows survivors are at greater risk soon afterwards because their immune system is impaired.
Anti-vax misinformation spread through social media is contributing to a rise in cases in affluent countries such as the UK and US, while problems in health services play a big part elsewhere. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where not enough children have been immunised because of conflict and low-quality health services, more than 4,500 people have died from measles this year – more than the death toll from Ebola.
Samoa is in the grip of an island-wide outbreak that has killed 60 people after parents lost confidence in vaccination following the deaths of two children from a wrongly mixed vaccine last year. Anti-vax activists appear to have stoked the doubt; Robert F Kennedy Jr, a prominent anti-vaxxer, visited the island in June.
The estimates are from annual modelling carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control. They are vastly higher than the numbers of cases that countries report. Vaccination rates have stagnated for almost a decade. The WHO says 95% coverage is necessary to prevent outbreaks, but globally 86% of children get the first dose and fewer than 70% the second dose.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said: “The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children. To save lives, we must ensure everyone can benefit from vaccines, which means investing in immunisation and quality healthcare as a right for all.”
Prof Heidi Larson, the director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Despite an available, safe and effective measles vaccine, not enough people are being vaccinated to prevent this devastating loss of life. Some countries are scrambling to vaccinate in the face of serious outbreaks, far too late for many. Stressed systems due to multiple disease outbreaks, conflict, rumours and distrust contribute to the measles crisis.”
She cited Ebola in Liberia and DRC and plague in Madagascar, while she said Ukraine “has rumours and mistrust swirling alongside conflict and historic vaccine supply gaps”.
She added: “Measles, the most contagious of all vaccine-preventable diseases, is the tip of the iceberg of other vaccine-preventable disease threats and should be a wake-up call to strengthen protection against future outbreaks.”
The WHO’s immunisation director, Dr Kate O’Brien, expressed concern about the direction in which the numbers were heading. “We are clearly backsliding in terms of progress on measles. It’s not just that we are not continuing to have progress in its control and direction towards elimination, we are now going backwards. It is very sobering. The size of these outbreaks is very large.”
She said the outbreaks were having a severe impact on the provision of other healthcare in countries where provision was already stretched, she said.
The solutions involved better vaccination services and boosting public confidence, O’Brien said. “Hesitancy is high on our radar screen and on our risk register now and into the future. We’re very concerned about science deniers, we’re very concerned about misinformation and we’re very concerned about the ability of families, community leaders and even the political world to discern the difference between accurate scientific information, proven information and this misinformation.
“Anti-vaccine messages are not new. But what is new is the tools with which and the opportunity for these messages even from a small fringe group of people to disseminate very widely and to portray themselves as if they are accurate pieces of information, which they are not.”
Social media companies are beginning to help by taking down blatant misinformation and directing people to reliable sources such as Public Health England, the WHO or the CDC in the US. O’Brien said healthcare workers needed to be well prepared to answer vaccine questions, and young people needed to be educated about science, illness, vaccines and credible sources.
“They will be the parents of the future and we really think that there’s a lot that could be done now to essentially immunise young people against misinformation,” she said.
But look on the bright side: that's 142000 people saved from autism!
Thanks to medical experiments performed on human subjects, we now have vaccines against smallpox, rabies, and polio. Yet the advances that saved lives too often involved the exploitation of vulnerable populations. Covering the history of human medical experimentation from the time of Hippocrates to today, this work will introduce readers to the topic through a mixture of essays and ready-reference materials. The book covers the experiments themselves; the people, companies, and government agencies that carried them out; the relevant medical and sociopolitical background; and the legislation and other protective measures that arose as a result.
The encyclopedia is divided chronologically into six periods: pre-19th century, the 19th century, the pre-World War II 20th century, the World War II era, the Cold War era, and the post-Cold War period to today. Each period begins with an introductory essay and ends with a bibliography. Alphabetically arranged entries in each section cover pertinent people, experiments, and topics. The volume is enriched throughout with a wealth of primary sources, such as physicians' descriptions of their experiments. Medical experiments are not just a thing of the past, and readers will also learn about questions and debates related to contemporary efforts to advance medical science.
Jabbed demonstrates that the medical procedure hailed as the greatest medical advancement in history—vaccines—is a racket run by criminals and gullible believers who have replaced vaccine science with the religion of vaccinology. Vaccine marketers teach believers to fear, shame, and scapegoat anyone foolish enough to question the sanctity of vaccines. Such an environment is not the domain of science; rather it's the breeding ground of tyranny.
Jabbed exposes this tyranny. From polio and smallpox to medical journals, medical curricula, congressional hearings, regulatory policies, White House statements, and executive orders, Jabbed shines light on the dark underbelly of Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Big Government.
A vaccine informed public is the only thing that will have the power to stop vaccine industry sociopaths and to hold them accountable for their crimes.
Jabbed informs and immunizes against three of the most dangerous epidemics in history: tyranny, greed, and corruption. Once immunized, the growing vaccine-informed community will have the power to stand up and dismantle the vaccine paradigm and program and to punish the perpetrators of what may well be the greatest medical fraud ever perpetrated on the human race: vaccines.
Jabbed is one of the essential books on understanding the religion of Vaccinology. It is built on "The Wilcox Conjecture":
Irrational fear of Infectious disease + Irrational belief that vaccines safely prevent Infectious disease = Vaccine compliance.
Wilcox has convincingly presented and summarised the relevent literature for a person to make informed decisions on choosing to or not to vaccinate.
Unfortunately, I had not read his text before choosing to vaccinate our youngest. She suffered a catastrophic reaction after recieving the Pentacel, a 5 in one vaccine containing DTaP. Her reactions are among the numerous listed in Chapter 2; Vaccines are Safe and Effective and Other Lies. Pages 26-28:
The US National Library of Medicine catalogues adverse reactions to hundreds of diseases and disorders including: Acute Flacid Paralysis;...ADD;...; Systemic Seizures;...; Vaccine-Related Retroviruses.
Wilcox has especially written this text for his children in order to help them not make the same mistakes our generation has made. I post this review with the same hope.
This is my favorite quote from a member of the Pharma Aristocracy: "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-section. Our first male heir in the line of the next generation, and I do not want that grandson to get a thimerosal containing containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given thimerosal-free vaccines." Dr. Dick Johnston, the meeting chairperson and Immunologist and Pediatrician for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. King Dick made this announcement about the royal prince at the CDC Simpsonwood Conference. You can find this gem on page 154. King Dick has no problem with the monkey pus, mouse brain, toxic metals being jabbed into the peasant babies, but the royal family will not participate. I love the poke in the eye writing style. Tremendous research! Thanks, Mr. Wilcox!
Jabbed is a comprehensive and gripping exposé of the shocking malfeasence, rampant corruption, and outright fraud perpetrated by the out-of control vaccine industry. Combining history, science, and sociology, the author paints a horrific yet inspiring picture of the current conflict between the ever-expanding vaccine schedule and an increasingly vaccine-informed public. Concerned parents and advocates for healthcare freedom are lucky to have a writer of this caliber on our side. Given the current push to advance mandatory vaccination and silence informed dissent, I encourage everyone to buy this book while you still can!
Jabbed is the new, definitive, must have book for those wishing to educate themselves about vaccines and the controversy surrounding them. It offers a comprehensive analysis using science, history, philosophy, religion, and politics for an in-depth, but never dull examination of this contentious topic. With 40 pages of end-notes it is extremely well documented.
As a general practice physician in clinical practice for the last 30 years I will add my hearty agreement to Mr. Wilcox's conclusions. This is a timely book that desperately needed to be written and I am extremely grateful for Mr. Wilcox's ability to put into words so many repressed and concealed truths. It will occupy a prominent place in my office. One word of caution- this book may awaken you to a reality very different from that which you currently hold. May the Truth set you free.
Brett Wilcox's book is the best book I have read on the truth about vaccines. He challenges the vaccine manufacturers, the government agencies, and the entire pharmaceutical industry. This should be required reading for every parent, every health professional, and everyone involved in coercive government, and the vaccine industry. Jabbed is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a child.
Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: currently 1 in 2.5 American children has an allergy, 1 in 11 has asthma, 1 in 13 has severe food allergies, and 1 in 36 has autism. While some attribute this rise to increased awareness and diagnosis, Thomas Cowan, MD, argues for a direct causal relationship to a corresponding increase in the number of vaccines American children typically receive―approximately 70 vaccine doses by age eighteen. The goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re now seeing in such abundance among our chronically ill children: the provocation of immune response.
Dr. Cowan looks at emerging evidence that certain childhood illnesses are actually protective of disease later in life; examines the role of fever, the gut, and cellular fluid in immune health; argues that vaccination is an ineffective (and harmful) attempt to shortcut a complex immune response; and asserts that the medical establishment has engaged in an authoritarian argument that robs parents of informed consent. His ultimate question, from the point of view of a doctor who has decades of experience treating countless children is: What are we really doing to children when we vaccinate them?
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