The Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Dr Peter Hotez is concerned about measles in his state of Texas, so much that he is raising the alarm by predicting a measles outbreak could happen as early as the winter or spring of 2018.
In an article published in PLoS Medicine last fall, Hotez writes: Measles vaccination coverage in certain Texas counties is dangerously close to dropping below the 95% coverage rate necessary to ensure herd immunity and prevent measles outbreaks.
He tells me during the interview, “Something awful is happening in Texas,” Dr Hotez said. “Texas is becoming the epicenter of what looks like, some neo-antivaxxer movement”. There have been some 50,000 nonmedical or “reasons of conscience” exemptions to school immunization laws, almost double the number of exemptions in 2010.
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28 thoughts on “Hotez measles prediction: ‘Something awful is happening in Texas’”
I’m not worried. There are many ways to protect against disease, and vaccines are only one of them. No one wishes to address the elephant in the room, which is vaccine failure. Meantime, everybody deserves to decide what to put in their bodies.
The elephant in the room isn’t vaccine failure. It’s parents who focus on an tiny, miniscule item like vaccine value or an outright lie like “vaccines cause autism” and don’t get their kids vaccinated. That results in outbreaks that kill other kids who can’t be vaccinated and can only be protected by a vanishing herd immunity. Get your kids vaccinated, lady.
How uninformed are you?
Stick your vaccines up your ass Joseph Nobles.
Right on, Joseph!
…vaccines do cause not only autism,but myriad of other autoimmune conditions….please review vaccine inserts,it’s right in there…vaccine science is based on fraud,machination….and myth…if you review the history of vaccines,you’ll be surprised to discover some uncomfortable truths….Nutrition is what keeps you healthy…not poisoned needle.Policies which focus on drugs,with complete disregard to nutrition and lifestyle-are futile….and from looking at children nowadays-the damage is obvious.
I’d recommend the documentary’ Vaxxed’….there you have some raw data-should you be brave enough to confront your beliefs.I understand that it is very difficult to come to realisation,that we have been duped,I have been there….
If you want to vaccinate your kids-go ahead…but what we put into our bodies should be always personal choice-and an informed one, because if you take it away-you are left with tyranny-not much different to that we have witnessed in the Nazi Germany.
good day Sir,
This is big pharma pushing the lie????
For instance, it can be considered very unethical to prevent people from this knowledge:
“Vitamin A deficiency affects the severity of illness and the rate of deaths associated with measles, and it is known to induce severe measles-related complications in children, delaying recovery and promoting xerophthalmia, corneal ulcer, and blindness (7,8,10). Acute measles precipitates vitamin A deficiency by depleting vitamin A stores and increasing its utilization, leading to more severe ocular injury (7,8). Vitamin A supplementation given to children with measles has been associated with better outcomes (7,8).”
So Michelle B, what are the other ways and do you have sound medical statistical evidence to support it?
‘Vaccine Failure’ is not an elephant in the room. It is recognised and acknowledged by medicine and science. However ‘vaccine failure’ only occurs to a small proportion if people who happen to be resistant to the vaccine (and who are also likely to not develop any immunity to the actual disease either). There are also those who are vaccinated who contract the disease but have enough immune recognition from vaccination to counter the disease resulting in a much milder infection compared to someone who is unvaccinated. The vaccinated person unlike the unvaccinated will also be protected from the more serious complications of the disease. You say people should decide what they put in thier bodies. Diseases don’t give you that choice.
Vaccine failure is the norm since there’s no evidence that vaccines prevent disease, but lots of evidence of diseases caused by vaccines.
Why vaccinate for a harmless rash, the vaccine kills more than anyone killed by harmless measles. As for Peter Hortez, he knows that zika doesn’t cause microcephaly, Dtap in pregnancy does, ask CDC why the rise in microcephalic babies from 400 USA in 2006 to 25,000 by 2013, you don’t have zika. Every affected baby Brazil, all were a trial …….. all vaccinated with Dtap in pregnancy. Every preg mum got the vaccine from 20 weeks from May 2015, exactly 20 weeks later, microcephaly epidemic. Don’t need to be a rocket scientist, but apparently being a Doctor in texas, makes one particularly unable to understand statistics, or vaccine injuries, or anything. Strange that. angela coral eisenhauer, expert in Dtap vaccine failures.
Expert? Wrong.You are a batshit crazy anti vaxxer,conspiracy theorist,who insanely rants about Mumbai shills and trolls
Hi everyone, let me introduce you to Angela, who is a rather mentally ill individual from Western Australia. Angela is obsessive about the DTaP vaccine and Zika even though she is yet to prove the theory. Angela is also obsessed about returning a vulnerable and severely disabled child to his parents who were starving him to death. Angela even went as far as saying the child was dead and promoted a memorial service for him when he is alive and well and being properly fed and cared for by the Australian Child Protection authorities. Even this childs parents had to block her because of her unfounded and obsessive rants.
“Harmless rash”? Measles is one of most severe of the childhood infectious diseases, with both short and long-term effects. The above poster doesn’t appear to be an “expert” in anything. WHere are her publications?
I am a survivor of measles, mumps and chicken pox. Me, my siblings and every other kid I knew had measles, mumps, chicken pox when we were children and no one blinked an eye. Truly, if you can sell people on the ‘dread measles’ you can sell them on anything. Why did these researchers who are out to save the world, pick benign childhood issues to address? A week of fever and a rash vs a lifetime of autism or chronic illness…I’m with Jenny…I’d take the rash. You can’t use words like ‘wane’ and ‘boosters’ and assume that the immunity we are being asked to pay for, works better than the immunity we got from our parents and ancestors for free…well, until this natural immune legacy was meddled with.
Well, there have been 35 deaths from measles this year. Oh yeah, but that’s fake news, right? And, then, only the news that validates your opinions and views is the TRUTH. Yep, you are SO MUCH SMARTER than PHD’s and MDs and the studies supported by the empirical method. I bet the parents in the below story wish they could turn back the clock and vaccinate their son – I mean, the unvaccinated son, who have their son suffering from leukemia (who could not be vaccinated) measles, which killed him. Yep, measles doesn’t kill. Saying it doesn’t make it true.
I’m a survivor of measles and mumps too. But unlike you, myself and many others were not so lucky. Those who died can’t speak for themselves can they? But those of us who survived but suffered the serious complications of these diseases and who were left with disabilities can. And we will counter you. Simply because you had the good and lucky fortune in life to be unscathed by these diseases does not mean those diseases are ‘harmeless’. You were just damned lucky. These diseases have a death toll as well as a toll for those of us left with a disability from them. Vaccination saves lives.
Does anyone remember small pox and how it was stopped? Check it out.
Can you just imagine the horror? A couple hundred or thousand people catching a rash that lasts a week, nobody dying, and all of them gaining lifelong immunity!
If you can sell people on the ‘dread measles’ you can sell them on anything. I am a survivor of measles, mumps and chicken pox. When we were children, me, my siblings and every other kid I knew had measles, mumps, and chicken pox; and no one blinked an eye. Why did these researchers who are out to save the world, pick benign childhood issues to address? A week of fever and a rash vs a lifetime of allergies, autism or chronic illness…I’m with Jenny…I’d take the rash.
You can’t use words like ‘wane’ and ‘boosters’ and assume that the immunity the we are being asked to pay for, works better than the immunity we got from our parents for free. Now our generational immune legacy is being threatened by medical tampering.
I am also a survivor of measles, mumps and chicken pox. I have the knowledge to understand that I am lucky not to have any long-term effects – scarring, deafness, etc. I retain the risk of shingles – from re-activation of my original chickenpox infection. I know that the immunity that results from infection wanes over time, as vaccine-induced immunity does. I know that the development of a shingles vaccine reduces the risk of this painful condition in people who survived their “natural” measles infection.
Keep believing that vaccines don’t work and that measles it’s just a rash; I will be watching your dumb American outbreak like a reality show, this will be epic.
We we will get outbreaks of measles simply as part of the transition from natural immunity to artificial immunity (i.e. that comes from vaccines). It’s baked into the math of it.
There are at least two papers (models) I know of that show the waning immunity of the measles vaccine sets up the population to create greater oscillations (epidemics) than the natural infection model does.
“In the absence of vaccination, lifelong immunity is maintained through frequent encounters with infection, which act to boost the waning immune memory (this agrees with the findings of Whittle et al. 1999)”
“However, when vaccination is introduced the prevalence of infection declines, which in turn reduces the amount of boosting and hence the level of immunity (in agreement with Muller 2001). What is more surprising is that the interaction between vaccination and waning immunity can lead to pronounced epidemic cycles in which the peak levels of infection can be of the orders of magnitude greater than the mean.”
“In particular, we show that moderate waning times (40–80 years) and high levels of vaccination (greater than 70%) can induce large-scale oscillations with substantial numbers of symptomatic cases being generated at the peak. In addition, we predict that, after a long disease-free period, the introduction of infection will lead to far larger epidemics than that predicted by standard models.”
Implications of vaccination and waning immunity
Here is the second paper:
The future of measles in highly immunized populations. A modeling approach.
Given the recent outbreaks in mumps, we could easily be seeing the beginning of the oscillations that come with this transition from natural to artificial immunity.
I am taking sign language and so far, I had an instructor and two deaf students in classes that stated MEASLES caused their deafness when pregnant Mom was exposed.
We must care beyond our own rooms.