Questions on The MR vaccine drive in India

What is the drive about?
Its part of an WHO campaign to eradicate Measles and Rubella worldwide. The stated goal is to render India Measles and Rubella free by 2020. As part of the drive, they are launching a campaign to give the vaccine to all children throughout India, and over the next two years will introduce it into the UIP (Universal Immunization Program — which is the Govt recommended and sponsored vaccination routine in India). As part of the drive they are targetting all  children in Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry , in phase I , from Feb 7th to Feb 25th 2017

How dangerous are the diseases?
As dangerous as  eating rice or cereal. As a child growing up in 1970’s India I remember kids getting Measles and Mumps. Rubella incidentally was never a serious childhood threat, ever.  Measles did kill a lot of kids at the early part of the 20th century. But it ceased to be a threat long before vaccines were introduced (in 1964)

What is the risk of your child dying or getting a lifetime disability from Rubella?
Zilch. Zero. Nada.  शून्य ,பூஜ்யம்,  ಸೊನ್ನೆ

Does the vaccine offer lifetime protection against Rubella and Measles?
The official marketing drivel is that yes, it does. But the reality is that these vaccines are constantly given as boosters, and when they are marketed as boosters, the logic given is that the immunity wanes over time.   But in reality there is no guarantee that you will not get either of the diseases shortly after the vaccine. It is a live virus vaccine containing live strains of both Measles and Rubella. Variants of this vaccine have caused Measles and Rubella infections in the past. There is a one month window, within which if you come down with Rubella or Measles, you should definitely look at the vaccine as the cause. Not only does the vaccine not offer any realistic protection, they can actually cause the diseases, or worse.

Officially , who is at risk with Rubella?
Pregnant women, in their 1st trimester of pregnancy. That is it.

Do deaths from Measles occur?
Yes they do. Measles can be a deadly disease in the malnourished. Most deaths and complications from Measles are  poorly nourished children. These kids are as likely to die from the vaccine as from the measles, or from tuberculosis. What kills them is lack of nutrition, not Measles.

Can the vaccine cause Measles and/or Rubella?
Yes they can, and do. This is a live virus vaccine, containing strains of both Measles and Rubella.  The fact that media and the Govt and the vaccine manufacturers don’t talk about it does not mean the vaccine would start behaving differently. There have been measles outbreaks that have been traced to the strain of measles virus used in the vaccine. Getting infected with Rubella after the vaccine is also a very realistic scenario.

Points to Ponder.

  • Rubella is a contagious, generally mild viral infection that occurs most often in children and young adults.
  • Its sometimes called the 3-day measles , most people don’t even realize they are sick, the disease is *that* mild.
  • The only people who are really in danger are pregnant women. If pregnant women catch Rubella in the 1st 3 months of pregnancy, then they have an increased chance of delivering a child with CRS, a birth defect.

Also — What is the likelihood that a 9 month old baby girl will become pregnant? Impossible for boys either 9 month or 15 years to become pregnant. In short, they are targetting this vaccine on kids only because they can. There is simply no logical sense in making kids take this vaccine, assuming that the vaccine actually works.

What is the risk of this vaccine? — No one knows, really. This is a new combination so we will only know if we actually monitor every child that is getting the vaccine for a substantial period, say 6 months. Right now, the marketing campaign is trained to encourage uptake of the vaccine, not look at the effects of it. Any side effect will be pushed to the ‘coincidence’ category .



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