Sheri Nakken, R.N., MA :
A nurse over at BabyCenter brought this information to my attention.
Evidently there is a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases
which shows that the measles vaccine (yes, the single measles-the one that
most folk believe is safe if given alone) interferes with interferon
production. Big deal, you say?
Well, turns out interferon is a necessary chemical produced by lymphocytes (a
type of white blood cell). Interferon assists the host to be resistant to
infection and interferon's production is stimulated by infection with a
virus. Production of interferon is a good thing because its purpose is to
protect the body from superinfection by some other micro-organism.
In the study, one-year-old infants were vaccinated with the measles vaccine.
This caused a huge drop in the level of alpha-interferon produced by
lymphocytes. Not only that, this harmful reduction in interferon production
lasted for an entire year, at which time the experiment was ended.
Conclusion: The study showed that the measles vaccine produced a significant
long-term immune suppression.
J Infect Dis. 1989 Sep;160(3):543-4
: J Infect Dis 1988 Dec;158(6):1386-90 Related Articles, Books
this study showed that measles vaccine produced a significant long-term
Comment in: Nakayama T, Urano T, Osano M, Maehara N, Sasaki K, Makino S. Long-term regulation of interferon production by lymphocytes from children inoculated with live measles virus vaccine. J Infect Dis. 1988 Dec;158(6):1386-90. No abstract available. PMID: 3143767