Do vaccine-free children pose a risk to others?
* Tetanus? Not a communicable disease.
* Diphtheria? The vaccine is for personal protection only — it can prevent or reduce symptoms for a limited time but not prevent colonization and transmission.
* Pertussis? The vaccine is for personal protection only — it can prevent or reduce symptoms for a limited time but not prevent colonization and transmission. Asymptomatic carriage is posing a risk everywhere. And the vaccine prevents an individual from having a proper immune response making them susceptible to pertussis their entire life. And strain shift means it is not even protecting against the most commonly circulating strain. Newborns are catching pertussis from their fully vaccinated siblings.
* Mumps? Outbreaks are happening in fully vaccinated high school and college students because of primary and secondary failure and Merck is on trial for fraud regarding faking efficacy data to secure the exclusive rights to the MMR in the U.S.
* HepB? It’s not contagious in a school setting. Children who have HepB infections are allowed to attend school.
* Influenza? The vaccine does not prevent mucosal infection and studies show it doesn’t reduce transmission in close settings, like households.
* Polio? The inactivated vaccine is for personal protection, it doesn’t prevent infection or transmission in fecal matter.
* Measles? Primary failure is 2-10%, secondary a further 10% or more, and by 20 years out, around 33% fully vaccinated are estimated to be susceptible to clinical measles. A third dose has been shown not to extend protection. There are more adults and children fully vaccinated yet measles-susceptible than are using any type of exemption. A 1984 computer model showed that based solely on primary failure, by 2050, there would be more vaccinated but measles-susceptible people in the U.S. than there were prior to the introduction of the vaccine. Why does it appear as if the vaccine is so effective? Because when it was introduced virtually every single American over age 15 had lifetime immunity. Decades later, an aging population, far fewer adults with lifetime immunity, and vaccine failure is now becoming visible.
If exposed to a vaccine-targeted infection, a vaccine-free child will develop symptoms that alert parents to keep the child home. Even with measles, a fever develops a few days BEFORE rash onset, alerting parents of a possible contagious infection. Parents can check for “Koplik spots” which are small, white spots on the inside of the cheeks early in the course of measles.
If exposed to a vaccine-targeted infection, a vaccinated child might develop the full disease, alerting a parent, or the child may develop reduced or no symptoms yet still be contagious. Parents won’t know to keep the child home from school, and doctors don’t recognize the symptoms because of the vaccination status.
So which child poses the most risk in a classroom?
Education is the most important Public Health tool.
Parents who learn about infectious disease symptoms, treatments, and precautions, and parents who learn about vaccine product limitations and risks, can make informed decisions to protect their children and their community, based on their personal health approaches. We can protect each other and not limit medical freedom. Knowledge is power.
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