Someone I deeply respect has been talking to a family member who is asking very intelligent questions and she passed these questions on to me, and I’ve decided to make it a blog post and answer them here instead of keeping it private. Good questions should not go unanswered, and it’s likely more than one person has these valid questions and would like to have them answered.
- Is the MMR vaccine effective? Yes! It is actually the most effective vaccine I know of. At least the measles component is. You can read my thoughts about mumps here, and since there are less than 10 cases of rubella per year in the US, I don’t think that’s a major concern. 
So measles. No one would argue that measles incidence has dropped since the vaccine was introduced. But does it follow that this is a good thing? Measles had a death rate of 0.001 before the vaccine was introduced.  Before vaccine induced immunity, when everyone got the infection, and no one was scared of it, we had lifelong immunity. The most common age for getting the measles was between 5 and 15 years, which is incidentally the age when humans are most capable of handling it without complications or risk of death. Incidentally, now that we have vaccines, that has flipped completely, babies are no longer protected via their mother’s placenta and breastmilk, the elderly are now at risk because the vaccine does not confer lifelong immunity. Scientists originally assumed vaccines would confer the exact same immunity as catching the infection naturally, but are having to admit that secondary vaccine failure is more prevalent than they had originally assumed.  Secondary vaccine failure is when a vaccine doesn’t last as long as they thought it would. The funny thing is, what they thought is based on assumptions, and the more studies are done, the shorter vaccines seem to last. It depends entirely on the individual, and for vaccines to actually equal protection, we should all be testing titers frequently to know when our vaccines wear off so that we can get revaccinated. Sadly, some people do not respond at all. This is called primary vaccine failure, and occurs in 2-10% of the population. 
I’m going to make an educated guess and predict that measles outbreaks will be increasing every few years in the near future, and in the next 10 years, we’ll see much more of it than we have in the past. Those who have actual lifelong immunity are starting to die off and without that protective portion of our population that has actual true immunity, we will see a rise in cases as time goes on. It will be blamed on anti-vaxxers, of course, despite high vaccine uptake, but it was predicted back in the 80s, before secondary vaccine failure was even suspected. 
So is the MMR effective? Yes. But there are qualifications. And even if it is, does it follow that it is the best thing to deprive people of a harmless infection that was survivable by almost the entire population even before we found out that it is treatable  when we know the vaccine comes with risks and that there are documented benefits to childhood infections, especially measles?
2. Why do you trust those scientists and not others? (referring to studies offered as proof of the dangers of vaccines). I should think the answer to this is pretty obvious. Vaccines are the bedrock of modern medicine. To question them is blasphemy, heresy, and not to be tolerated. The fact that there are any studies published showing less than stellar results, should be shocking to anyone. The fact that there is quite a huge pile of these studies is proof that the science is actually stronger than the bias that keeps repeating “vaccines are safe and effective”…because they have to add, “but I’ve got this little problem when I actually try to study it in real life…not enough to warrant stopping the mantra, of course, just this teeny tiny problem…” So they start the study by making sure everyone knows how great vaccines are, they end it with more reassurance that they are still recommended, but somewhere in the middle, in the actual data, you’ll find tidbits and admissions, you’ll find the truth. The more science I read, the more I skip the pontificating at the beginning and the end, and the more I spend time in the middle, where the actual study is discussed. I’m pretty sure the other fluff is just to get their study published by all their biased peers.
3. Do you have any concerns about any of the other vaccines being effective, as well? Um yeah. The flu shot is a joke, the HPV vaccine hasn’t even close been proven to be effective, the vaccines that are creating strain dominance problems really worry me, and don’t get me started on the pertussis vaccine because we’ll be here for hours. (I’ve written two blog posts about that if you’re curious).
4. Do vaccines cause autism? Any other injuries you’re concerned about? A better question is, have they been exonerated from their role in causing autism? The best way to answer this question is to look for the evidence. Keep in mind there are 16 vaccines, 8 of these given before 6 months of life. So shouldn’t we at least have good science exonerating the flu shot, and TDaP (both given during pregnancy), the hepatitis b, rotavirus, DTaP, HIB, pneumococcal, and the polio vaccines? All of these are given multiple times before the age of 6 months and most children aren’t diagnosed until 18 months to 3 years. Can you show me studies exonerating them? Can you show me any studies? I’ll save you the trouble of having to look because the CDC just lost a lawsuit showing they have no science (at least not any they care to present) on any of these vaccines and their relationship to autism. 
So many other injuries. Autism is literally the tip of the iceburg. Autoimmune conditions (the list is never-ending, all of them on the rise right alongside the increase of the vaccine schedule recommended to babies), neurological delays, childhood cancers, altered immune systems that are constantly manipulated artificially and weakened by a toxic load that is increasing all the time, the list goes on. We don’t know what conditions are actually caused by vaccines, because no one wants to do the thorough science necessary to answer these questions. No one wants to compare vaccinated children with completely unvaccinated children and look at the long term health outcomes. One wonders why.
5. Are the additives in vaccines safe? Aluminum. Are there any others? Aluminum is a big one for sure. You can read some of my thoughts on that here. Or read the book “Crooked” by Forrest Maready (if you dare). Others would include but are not limited to Polysorbate 80 (linked to cancer, opens the BBB, linked to infertility), aborted fetal DNA (linked to cancer, DNA mutation, autoimmunity), formaldehyde (linked to cancer). None of the ingredients in vaccines are conducive to health. None of them have been studied separately or in conjunction (to test for synergistic toxicity) for safety in humans when injected.
6. Can the scientists be trusted? Most certainly not. If you’re employed by pharma, even if you wanted to do real science (that could harm your boss’s reputation), you wouldn’t be allowed to. What company would submit for publication, evidence that would harm their revenue? When it comes to vaccines, the bias is extremely high. Like I said above, I’m surprised there are any studies noting the harms of vaccines at all, much less the amount that is available if you’re willing to dig. There are some independent scientists who are willing to do this science. Are they able to obtain funding? Not without much difficulty. Are they ridiculed, ostracized, and rejected? Yes. It’s a huge risk to study anything related to vaccines that might harm their reputation, and yet you would be surprised how many scientists with integrity are doing just that. So I guess I do trust some of them. But it’s definitely not the majority who are employed and funded by pharma.
7. Can the governing bodies be trusted? Short answer is no. But here’s a longer one. HHS was put in charge of vaccine safety after the government removed all liability from vaccine manufacturers for death and injury related to vaccines. HHS, incidentally, is over the CDC, FDA, and NIH. They’re the top dog, so to speak. So they were put in charge of vaccine safety in 1986 when pharma was given a free pass, and they were also placed in charge of vaccine court where people have to go and sue the government for vaccine injury or death if they’re brave enough to do so, or even know that it exists. Please just let this sink in. The same entity who defends vaccines in court is in charge of vaccine safety. Is it any wonder they have shirked their duty the past 32 years?  The CDC owns vaccine patents. They’re also in charge of VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) and beings that system is so inadequate that a study looking into it showed only 1% of injuries are ever even reported,  and instead of improving this system since that study was done (over 10 years ago), they have left it as is. They are satisfied with a system that is capturing a fraction of the injuries. If that isn’t untrustworthy, I don’t know what is.
8. Has any vaccine entity EVER admitted to there being a link between SIDS or even someone’s death as a result of vaccines? Yes! Here is just one glimpse of what it’s like to win in vaccine court and what it looked like to have the media report on it. Here is a horrifying case that ended in death and was also won in vaccine court. (If you would like an easier to handle breakdown, it is covered in The Vaccine Conversation Podcast, episode 59.)
“it is more likely than not that the vaccines played a substantial causal role in the death of J. B without the effect of which he would not have died. The role of inflammatory cytokines as neuro-modulators in the infant medulla has been well described and is likely the reason for “a significant number of SIDS deaths” 
“All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.” 
They fight really hard on SIDS cases, but one of the M states (can’t remember which one) is trying to pass a law that will make it mandatory for all SIDS deaths to include the date of the victim’s most recent vaccines and for those answers to be tracked. I pray it passes, but my cynical side thinks it won’t. It’s receiving heavy opposition from those who don’t want this question answered. Given that a study showing over 79% of SIDS deaths reported to VAERS occurred on the same day as vaccines received, one would think that is enough to warrant a closer look, but the conclusion blithely states, “no concerning pattern was noted among death reports submitted to VAERS…” 
If you have other questions you think should be added to this list, leave a comment below!