MMR: Major mumps outbreak
proves the vaccine doesn’t work
10 April 2008
At a time when health officials are quietly admitting that there could be a link
between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine and autism, a new study has also
discovered that it doesn’t work.
Researchers investigating a large outbreak of mumps in 2006, when 6,584 cases
were reported among college students, have discovered that virtually every
sufferer had been vaccinated twice against the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that at least 84 per cent of young
adults aged between 18 and 24 years had received two-dose vaccines against
mumps. And in 2006 – when the outbreak occurred – the national two-dose
coverage among adolescents reached 87 per cent, the highest in US history, and
just one point below that needed for ‘herd immunity’.
CDC researchers speculate that the outbreak – primarily among 18- to
24-year-olds – was the result of the ‘wrong type of mumps’. The vaccine is
supposed to protect against A-virus mumps, whereas the outbreak in 2006 was
caused by the G-virus strain.
Despite its limitations, the CDC team reckons that all children need a third
dose of MMR – even though the two-dose vaccine was introduced following a 1980
mumps outbreak among children who had received a single vaccine dose.
It may be a measure that will be hard to introduce at a time when health
officials are accepting that the MMR vaccine can cause autism among children
with a ‘mitochondrial disorder’.
(Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2008; 358: 1580-9).