Most folks remember Dr. Bob’s response to the measles outbreak in his home town.
He told folks DON’T PANIC!!!!
More Measles Hysteria From Bob Sears and Melissa Floyd
That was nearly four years ago, during the Disneyland measles outbreak.
So what’s he saying now?
He’s moved from panic (a sudden overpowering fright) to hysteria (behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess), but is still pushing his usual talking points.
He has changed the way he is talking about measles deaths though.
Remember how he used to say that measles wasn’t deadly and that no one had died of measles in a long time? Now, instead of acknowledging that a woman got caught up in the 2015 outbreaks in Washington and died, he has shifted to saying that there hasn’t been a pediatric death in a long time.
Either way, it is important to understand something he leaves out. There are few deaths from measles these days because most folks are vaccinated!
Whatever his motivation, let’s take a look at what Dr. Bob is saying about measles…
“Measles hysteria is everywhere. And it’s clear the hysteria is a result of media fear around this disease, a disease every child used to get (and handle virtually without complication) not that long ago.”Dr. Bob Sears
Not that long ago?
I’ve been a pediatrician for 22 years and I have never seen a child with measles. Neither did I have measles, as I was fortunate enough to grow up in the post-vaccine era for measles – a vaccine that has been available for since the 1960s.
And while every child did indeed once get measles, in the pre-vaccine era, not all handled it without complications, which is why measles was called the harmless killer.
Anti-vaccine folks try to hide the risks of measles in mortality rates, but the reality of it is that about 500 people died each year up until the early 1960s when the first measles vaccine was developed.
And I guess that wasn’t that long ago, after all, we had good hygiene and sanitation and healthcare at the time, and yet, a lot of people still died.
“There is another side to this measles conversation: how we’ve unintentionally shifted the burden of disease to babies and adults, both groups who are more likely to experience complications, by vaccinating all schoolchildren and losing natural immunity.”Dr. Bob Sears
There is really only one side to this.
Folks who are intentionally not vaccinating their kids are getting measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases and are putting us all at risk to get sick.
After all, the MMR vaccine provides life-long immunity to most people. That’s not the problem.
If we went back to the pre-vaccine era, when everyone got measles naturally, as Dr. Bob seems to be advocating for, not only would those kids have to earn their immunity, but many babies (those who hadn’t had measles yet) and adults (those with immune system problems) would still be at great risk.
Are you starting to see how silly his arguments are?
We almost had measles beat!
Consider that there were just 37 measles cases in the United States in 2004. And that we have already had more than twice that amount this month alone!
And while measles was cyclical in the pre-vaccine era, it shouldn’t be when folks are vaccinated and protected. What happened to the cycles between 1997 and 2007?
“Unlike natural immunity, the measles vaccine does NOT offer lifelong protection. Estimates of its protection average around 15 years, and describe a phenomenon in the vaccine world known as “waning immunity.”Melissa Floyd
The measles vaccine provides lifelong protection. Waning immunity only refers to protection against mumps. And no, there is no call for a third MMR dose for extra protection against measles.
“The other trend we’ve seen over the past 10 years is an increase in adult measles cases. “Melissa Floyd
Dr. Bob’s sidekick neglects to mention that in addition to unvaccinated kis with measles, the trend is an increase in measles cases in unvaccinated adults! After all, most folks who get measles in these outbreaks are unvaccinated.
“To recap: by losing natural immunity for measles for children 5-19 years old, we’ve exposed babies, pregnant women, and adults to measles—all vulnerable groups who are more likely to experience serious complications from the disease.”Melissa Floyd
Perhaps the only true statement that they make – “we’ve exposed babies, pregnant women, and adults to measles—all vulnerable groups who are more likely to experience serious complications from the disease.”
And no, vitamin A is not a proven therapy or measles in developed countries. It mainly helps prevent complications in kids who have a vitamin A deficiency.
Hopefully, it is becoming evident that what we need to stop is the anti-vaccine propaganda that keeps folks from vaccinating and protecting their kids. We need to stop the outbreaks.
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1 thought on “More Measles Hysteria From Bob Sears and Melissa Floyd”
“we’ve exposed babies, pregnant women, and adults to measles—all vulnerable groups who are more likely to experience serious complications from the disease.” Has there been peer reviewed research done using the gold standard that has included at least some of these “vulnerable groups” as test populations to prove the comprehensive effectiveness or harmfulness of the measles portion of MMR. If so, please provide the reference. Also how do you explain the measles outbreaks in populations that were 98% to100% vaccinated? Also, what is in the vaccine, what are the ingredients? Has thorough research been done on each of the ingredients to demonstrate that they are harmless and inert. I’m referring namely to the aluminum adjuvant. Aluminum has been demonstrated time and time again in the peer reviewed research to be a neurotoxin. It has no positive role, metabolic or otherwise in the human body. Aluminum injected into the muscle is almost completely assimilated. Only aluminum ingested or in the blood stream is processed out by the kidneys. But what about those with reduced and compromised kidney function like those in that “vulnerable group” that you mentioned, or those with kidney disease – uh oh- dilemma? Before you go on this thing about trace amounts, remember the full series of vaccines considered “necessary” contains several times the recommended maximum daily amount of exposure to Al. This series is administered to children who, as you know, have only a fraction of the kidney function of the healthy adults used in vaccine trials.