Believe it or not, some folks are still pushing misinformation to scare people away from getting vaccinated and protected against measles.
Ironically, this guy talks about propaganda, manipulating parents, and media lies without saying anything that is truthful.
As I’m sure you are aware, the Disney measles outbreak was not caused by a vaccine strain.
The outbreak strain during the Disney outbreak was B3, which can be traced to outbreaks in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Neither the Disneyland outbreak nor any outbreak has been caused by a vaccine strain of measles.
What about the idea that measles is now harmless???
Or that measles isn’t deadly is a developed country with a well-nourished population???
Why have so many people died with measles in Europe recently if it is so harmless?
Yes, research it for yourself and you will find the complications of recent measles infections he left out, including the pregnant woman with who had a miscarriage during the 2013 measles outbreak in Brooklyn.
Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated – Measles Outbreak Edition
Fortunately, misinformation about the number of vaccinated vs unvaccinated in an outbreak is among the easiest things to fact check.
Although folks will try to misrepresent this slide, as you can easily see, most of the folks in the Disneyland outbreak were unvaccinated.
For example, if you wanted to assume that the 20 people who said that they were vaccinated really were, then you have to assume that the rest of those folks weren’t. And you also have to raise the number of folks who had their immunization status verified.
But you really shouldn’t make assumptions. All you can really say for sure from this data is that 15 (13 + 2) of the people, out of the 131 cases, were fully vaccinated.
What about the New York outbreak in 2011? Was it really started by someone who was fully vaccinated?
Surprisingly, it was!
“This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice-vaccinated individual with documented secondary vaccine failure. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index patient were typical of measles in a naive individual. Secondary patients had robust anamnestic antibody responses. No tertiary cases occurred despite numerous contacts.”
Rosen et al on Outbreak of measles among persons with prior evidence of immunity, New York City, 2011.
And it was a very big deal because it was the first time it had ever been reported as happening!
“During 2011, a provisional total of 222 measles cases were reported from 31 states. The median age of the patients was 14 years (range: 3 months to 84 years); 27 (14%) were aged <12 months, 51 (26%) were aged 1–4 years, 42 (21%) were aged 5–19 years, and 76 (39%) were aged ≥20 years. Most patients were unvaccinated (65%) or had unknown vaccination status (21%).”
Measles — United States, 2011
That’s in contrast to all of the other measles cases that year. Remember, there were a total of 222 measles cases in the United States in 2011. Few were vaccinated.
What about other measles outbreaks?
As much as folks try and report that most of the people in recent outbreaks are vaccinated, they aren’t.
What about other measles outbreaks?
California – 24 cases
Minnesota – 75 cases
Tennessee – 7 cases
Ohio – 383 cases
California – 58 cases
Texas – 21 cases
Florida – 5 cases
Brooklyn – 58 cases
North Carolina – 23 cases
Minnesota – 21 cases
San Diego – 12 cases
We don’t even have to do the math.
“The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.”
Measles Cases and Outbreaks
It is easy to see that most folks in these outbreaks are unvaccinated!