It clearly states under Section 7 – Routine vaccination that live measles vaccine should not be given to children below the age of nine months since it usually fails to immunise such children, owing to the presence of maternally transmitted antibodies. This was the advice from the good old JCVI who at the same time said that the vaccine should instead be given to children in their second year of life after the completion of the immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus whooping cough and polio.
However despite this advice, reports are now saying the complete and utter opposite.
....OK moving swiftly on. In the 1968 report in Section 6 – Reactions it says:-
“Mild febrile reactions and transient rashes may be expected to follow the administration of the vaccine in a substantial proportion of cases. The rise of body temperature which may occur from 5 to 10 days after vaccination – usually about the 8th day – is due to the multiplication of the attenuated virus. This febrile reaction, when it occurs, seldom lasts more than 24 to 48 hours. The Committee on Safety of Drugs has agreed that severe and unusual reactions to measles vaccine should be reported on the yellow card used for reporting adverse reactions to drugs. The Committee does not however, wish to receive reports of mild febrile reactions and rashes associated with the use of this vaccine.”
I bet it doesn’t as this may clog up the system. So what this actually says is, a mother lets her perfectly healthy baby have a vaccine that will give the baby a mild dose of measles ,while risking her child’s health with other adverse reactions to save her child from ultimately catching measles. Totally bizarre thinking if you ask me.
What this also proves is that the UK government as far back 1968 knew that the measles vaccine gave children adverse reactions, in fact, after reading the papers it is very clear that they seem quite happy to be offering babies a vaccine that they admit in a substantial proportion of cases gives them high fevers and rashes. Well I guess you could say it is all in a days work to them and on this score nothing has actually changed. Currently the measles vaccine is not being given as a single vaccine and is being given instead as part of the MMR. This now means that your baby can expect to enjoy a few more side effects than he/she would have had from the single measles vaccine.
...The most interesting fact given in the 1968 circular and something that needs a great deal of thinking about today is in Section 8 – Relation to other immunising procedures where it offers the following advice:-
“An interval of three to four weeks should normally be allowed to elapse between the administration of measles vaccine and any other vaccine, whichever is given first.”
My question is, if this is so, then why the hell did they dream up putting the measles vaccine into a multi vaccine just a few years later? It is obvious to me that their very clear advice seems to have gone completely out the window, as nowadays, not only is the measles vaccine part of a multi vaccine but now they are saying it is safe to give children many vaccines in one day. In fact Paul Offit is actively giving the advice to parents that multiple vaccines are quite safe saying that even as many as 100,000 are perfectly safe. I wonder how he would feel offering to be the pin cushion he wants our children to be.