“A one year-old just died. Paramedics were called but he was gone by the time they got there,” the resident spoke softly, obviously affected by the news. “What happened?” I asked. She told me that the child had been seen in the ER two days earlier, was diagnosed with measles and sent home. My heart sank. I had sent home a one year-old child with measles two days earlier. Was this the same child? It was. He had looked so good two days earlier, responsive, alert and in no distress. The careful follow-up instructions that were given were not followed and the child developed complications and arrested. I will never forget how I felt when he died. – Bart Barrett via “One Dead Child, Two Foolish Parents.”
Wow. This sounds scary doesn’t it? A one-year old died from “measles” and who’s to blame? The parents. I was personally shocked when I saw a medical professional (who also claims to be a Christian) casting such severe judgment and blame against parents for deciding not to vaccinate.
I saw so many fallacies in his emotionally charged argument that I couldn’t help but bring them to light. In all fairness though, if you’re going to base your vaccination decision on manipulated emotions, let’s get a few things straight.
Everything can be potentially deadly but is measles inherently deadly? Absolutely not.
Did you notice that the case mentioned above was from 1990? That was 25 years ago people. It makes perfect sense though. One couldn’t use a case from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, etc. because not a single child died from measles.
For the sake of full disclosure, is it possible to die of measles? Sure, if you live in an impoverished third-world country or have severe deficiencies of vitamins A, C, and D, but in this country, you have a higher chance of dying from drowning in your toilet, tripping up your stairs, or falling out of a window. You could die from a sinus infection too, but we don’t call it a deadly disease (probably because we don’t have a vaccine for it…yet). Measles is not a deadly disease either. Clearly at one time, Dr. Barrett agreed as he sent his patient home to recover.
If this one-year-old did die of measles, we should blame the vaccine…not the parent.
A one-year-old child is too young to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. Unfortunately, thanks to our vaccination program the most protected population during the pre-vaccine years (infants) are now the most at-risk population. It’s not hard to see why. Before the MMR vaccine, mothers acquired natural exposure to measles and passed on this protection to their infants via breast milk. This passive immunity protected them for their first year of life and (for some children) up to 10 years thereafter. The infants who did get measles were more often than not, children of mothers who had chosen not to breastfeed – something that was not popular during the boom of the formula industry.
Today, vaccinated mothers only pass on protection for a mere 2-3 months (if any) leaving our most vulnerable at risk.
Children of mothers vaccinated against measles and, possibly, rubella have lower concentrations of maternal antibodies and lose protection by maternal antibodies at an earlier age than children of mothers in communities that oppose vaccination. This increases the risk of disease transmission in highly vaccinated populations. – Journal of Infectious Disease.
Was this child’s death “causally connected” to measles?
I saw a lot of blame, hate, and judgment in Dr. Barret’s post. What I didn’t see was proof that confirmed this child actually died of measles. What did the autopsy report show? I would like to see a copy before I cast my judgment. You see, this is what is required to prove that a vaccine adverse reaction is causally connected to a vaccine – so it’s only fair. I would also like to know what the careful follow-up instructions were that were not followed.
Is Dr. Barret wrong for being haunted by this case? No.
I certainly have no room to tell him how to feel and the death of any child is tragic, but is it a bit hypocritical? Absolutely. Here’s a little perspective:
The American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States (others say it’s the third leading-cause). Despite what you may have been led to believe…it is NOT measles. There are 783,936 deaths per year caused by our healthcare system. 44,000-98,000 are due to medical errors made by doctors, 20,000 deaths that occur from other hospital errors.
- Do we discourage people from going to the doctor? They’re more likely to die from their doctor’s medical error than from measles.
- Do we discourage people from taking their children to the hospital even though they have a higher chance of dying from a hospital error than from measles?
In all fairness, does the insane number of children who have died or are living with severe, life-long, debilitating conditions as a result of getting vaccinated on the CDC’s schedule haunt you? If you’re being objective, it should. Over 550,000 adverse reactions are reported to VAERS each year – many including death post-vaccine. That’s estimated to be only 1-10% of the actual numbers.
While we’re talking about vaccine-injured children, is it okay to point the finger at a parent who follows the CDC’s (and their doctor’s) recommendations only to end up with a neurological damaged or dead child?
No. You do not have the right to point a judgmental finger in the face of any parent. You know why it’s not okay? You’re not GOD and that’s just plain ignorant and insensitive. We’re all doing the best we can as parents – making the best decisions possible for our children and you are not the authority on what constitutes the “best” decision for my child.
Apparently, doctors aggressively educated their patients about the safety of vaccines and the dangers of the disease and measles faded from the scene, right?
Please, a doctor’s training on vaccinations consists of the same media propaganda spoon-fed to the masses along with an emotional photo of a kid in an iron lung or the worst case of measles from a third-world impoverished country imaginable. I want to stand up and say…hello? Can I see a picture consistent with the CDC’s classification of measles, please?
Add to that the fact that your physician has zero training on vaccine additives and adjuvants. Just because they take a course in immunology does not mean they know jack about vaccines (or the immune system). Do you know how many cures we have for autoimmune diseases? Zero. How safe and effective are vaccines? We have no idea. Great “science” makes even better “medicine.”
What has caused the reduction in measles prevalence?
Measles mortality bottomed out before vaccine licensure and there’s no argument that measles prevalence and mortality continued to decline after the licensure of the first MMR vaccine, which did not work and was deemed a colossal failure.
Thus, we should probably give credit where credit is due: our lives do not resemble what they did in the 1900s. I poop on a toilet, have my own room, drink purified water from a glass, wash my clothes, eat my vegetables, and take a bath (every single day). I would venture to guess you do too.
Oh wait, what about Disney? Your sanitation and nutrition argument doesn’t fly.
Actually it does. There have only been 33 cases of measles so far this year which is right on target with the few hundred we normally have each year. Guess how many deaths there have been? Zero. Guess how many have vitamin A deficiencies? We have no idea. We’d rather blame the comeback of a disease that never left on those horrible anti-vaxxers.
If you still can’t wrap your mind around the fact that nutrition plays a role, ask yourself how many people you have met with scurvy? Black plague? Tuberculosis? Even the World Health Organization says severe measles can be prevented by vitamin A. Get on board with the science my friends.
It is estimated that there were nearly 4 million cases of measles per year (like a hundred years ago), and only a fraction were reported to health officials.
If that’s true. It’s only because nobody warranted measles worthy of a doctor’s visit. It would be like taking your child do the doctor for a hang-nail.
Prior to vaccine licensure every single rash was reported as measles. Contact dermatitis? Measles. Rosacea? Measles. The rash that comes with blowing your nose on a Kleenex? Measles. A little crazy with your lipstick this morning? Measles. A hicky? Measles. (Come on, that one was funny.)
Guess what changed after the licensure of the vaccine to make it look more effective? The diagnostic criteria. No surprise there. They did the same thing with polio. Now, the only cases that are not reported are the ones caused by the MMR vaccine. How ironic.
But the 1990 outbreak, it was due to those foolish anti-vaxxers right?
Please, let’s not make unsubstantiated statements. The claims that measles outbreaks are wild strain and always caused by unvaccinated children are huge, unscientific assumptions. We shouldn’t base our decisions on assumptions; we should wipe our butts with them. If your vaccinated child got measles, here’s why: the vaccine didn’t work – plain and simple.
According to the CDC’s 1990 MMWR data, there were a reported 27,672 cases of measles. There were 89 measles deaths. Fifteen of those deaths occurred in infants under 1 year of age, twenty-seven deaths occurred in people over the age of 20, and 19%+ of the deaths occurred in vaccinated individuals.
Let the record reflect that prior to vaccines, adults and infants were not the at-risk population, and thank goodness because measles is more severe in both babies and adults. These deaths can be directly attributed to the MMR vaccine. But you can pretend that the answer is “more shots!”
“This generation has seen a large cohort of parents, skeptical of the medical profession and supremely confident in their own knowledge and judgment and refuse to vaccinate (let’s not pretend immunization is a synonym for vaccination) their children.”
You got that right. We are skeptical of the medical profession because they continue to stand by flawed science and manipulated data. They pretend to be trained on the subject of vaccines but haven’t even read the package inserts. They don’t convey the risks associated with these diseases properly and they don’t convey the risk associated with vaccinations. They bully parents into a specific viewpoint and stand by dumfounded when their patients suffer adverse reactions.
You want to know why we’re confident in our decision? Because we’re smart, we read the studies, we see the neurological damage and chronic disease that results from getting vaccinated and we see children come out unscathed by the measles. We also see the manipulation and downright fraud that occurs at the CDC, FDA, and the pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines. We’ve read their “studies.” They’re a joke and we’re not willing to base such a serious decision on wood chips.
But yes, go ahead and tell me your emotional story that is meant to distract me from all rational thought and discussion, so that I will run my child, in fear, to the doctor to get a shot.
Parents, let me make something crystal clear:
If your doctor has spent countless hours trying to bully or coerce you into vaccinating by manipulating you with an emotional story or an irrational argument and it makes you uncomfortable, fire him. Your rational arguments will have no effect. I have reached a place where I don’t argue anymore. I am the parent. This is my child. This is my decision. Vaccines have not been proven safe or effective and if they refuse to respect my constitutional rights as a parent I will look for a physician that maintains professionalism and knows how to provide proper healthcare for my family. I will not stand by while any physician risks the health of my child and preaches intolerance and disrespect towards those who don’t vaccinate. There is absolutely no negotiation.
It is time that parents hold the scientific community accountable. There is no duty to respect a foolish position. Measles isn’t a deadly disease. Stop pretending that it is and stop blaming a parent for the death of their child because you would have made a different decision. It will only make you bitter, judgmental, and skew the objectivity you need to make proper medical judgments. The only foolishness I saw, was the post this one was written in response to.
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