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RESPONSE: ABC NEWS | A race against the clock to tackle the worst measles outbreak in WA this century, James Carmody, 25th Oct ‘19

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Here we respond to some of the points made in James Carmody’s article:

1. “The WA Health Department treats every measles case as a public health emergency”

In 1950 Australian Government no longer considered measles (and whooping cough) morbidity important enough to be notifiable [1] and in 1956 it was declared that “as causes of infant mortality in Australia all the infective diseases have been overcome” [2].

Measles incidence between 1920 and 1949 had wide swings with a peak of 2,742 per 100,000 and in some years a trough as low as 1 per 100,000 [3], consistent with the epidemic nature of measles. However, there is no national data available from 1950 to 1991. “Measles notifications were not reintroduced until the mid… 1980’s” [3].

Health Department data shows death rates associated with measles were down to 1 death per 100,00 in 1955, from 53 deaths per 100,000 in 1905 [4], [5], [6], a significant decline in deaths before the introduction of the vaccine in 1970 [7].

This data makes it clear: Measles outbreaks were not a “public health emergency” before the introduction of mass measles vaccination. What makes measles a more significant issue NOW is the effect of mass measles vaccination.  Pregnant women and their infants become vulnerable because mass measles vaccination reduces circulating natural virus, which in turn greatly reduces natural immune boosts. Now mothers do not have adequate immune factors to protect themselves or to pass to their babies as they once did.

The WHO and scientific research tell how to prevent and manage infectious diseases. e.g. Vitamin A halves measles risks [8]. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from most infectious disease and rarely suffer complications [9].  An example of this is the 2019 measles outbreak in Samoa, where in the context of widespread poor nutrition and gross vitamin A deficiency, measles attracted medical attention and so consolidated diagnoses, morbidity and deaths [10].

Properly managed natural exposure to some vaccination targeted diseases, eg chickenpox, measles, mumps & rubella, may prevent (by up to 93% [11]) and resolve some cancers & other chronic conditions [12]. It also brings reliable lasting immunity, unlike vaccines.

2. “The latest infection has taken the number of measles notifications in WA to 54 for the year to date.”

Out of the 54 cases, the proportion of cases with and without prior measles vaccination is not stated. This would be relevant and possibly instructive information. Recent examples suggest that in most Australian instances, outbreaks have occurred in locations with high vaccination rates [13], [14], [15], [16], [17], [18], [19], [20], [21].Perhaps measles vaccination is not as effective as often claimed.

3. “Patient zero from New Zealand was a ‘super-spreader’.”

Dr. Armstrong is reported as stating “He was sick for his whole time that he was in Western Australia and he travelled widely — he was on holidays, going to lots of different places, shopping centres and other places”.  The vaccination status of the super–spreader is unstated. Why?  Seemingly he was sick but well enough to travel from New Zealand and travel widely in WA, yet unvaccinated adults who develop measles are generally said to be quite ill.  Could it be that some vaccinated people whose immunity has waned, when infected with natural measles virus, become “super-spreaders”?

4. “If you’re not sure that you have had two doses of the vaccine, go and get another one before you travel, it’s harmless to get a third vaccine if you’ve had two.”

As two vaccinations are regarded as giving 99% protection, what is the need?  Where are the controlled studies that indicate that having three MMR vaccinations is harmless? This would appear to be potentially injurious to public health.

5.  “We’re very keen to get the message out there of the importance and the utter safety of vaccination” Dr Murphy

Measles vaccination when given as MMR or MMRV vaccine involves a simultaneous unnatural infection with three or four different kinds of live virus multiplying in numerous locations in the body. This is effectively an unnamed systemic infection (measles virus infection by injection) with largely unknown health effects and not infrequently accompanied by fever and occasionally by other signs and symptoms consistent with measles.  Hence it is quite misleading to characterise measles virus infection with measles vaccine virus as “a nothing” and infection with natural measles as a necessarily serious event.  If the same signs and symptoms occurred in the absence of vaccination or if a doctor was unaware of the vaccination then those signs and symptoms would be seen as indicating a disease process and reason for concern.

For example: A recent paper describes a rare vaccine‐associated clinically profound measles infection involving the vaccine virus in an immunocompetent vaccinated child [22]; and a New Zealand report detailing confirmed measles notifications notes: “Any notifications that are found to be due to a vaccine strain are considered not to be measles cases and are removed from the analysis” [23].

The safety of vaccination is questionable. Reported vaccination side effects from clinical trials conducted using healthy subjects is documented in the M-M-R II vaccine package insert :“The following  adverse  reactions  are listed without regard to causality”: [24]: “death, diabetes mellitus, atypical measles (a more severe form, which lends itself to misdiagnosis [25], measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE), pancreatitis, vasculitis, pneumonitis, parotitis, leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia, purpura, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; optic neuritis; papillitis; retrobulbar neuritis; nerve deafness, lymphadenitis, myocarditis, exanthema, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, hypoesthesia, brachial radiculitis, secondary bacterial infections of the skin and soft tissue, including impetigo, agitation, septic shock, sepsis, bronchiolitis, urinary tract infection, roseola, aspiration, breath holding, influenza, inguinal hernia, viral syndrome, croup, thrush, wheezing, choking, colic, congestive heart failure.”

The problem is that there have not been any trials of MMRII using sufficient numbers over sufficient time period to ascertain causality in relation to many of the conditions.

TGA adverse event reports shows that since 1971, there have been 8 deaths and 7,456 adverse events reported that were associated with a vaccine that contained measles virus [26]. And it is well known that only 2% to 10% of adverse events are actually reported [27].

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” – Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L. Ed. 2d 1 (2011) [28].

Since 1988 to 2017, USA HRSA reports that 18,247claims were filed in the VICP for vaccine victims.  5,482 were successful for compensation paying out 3.7 billion dollars [29]. In Australia, as there is no statutory means of compensation for vaccine injury, no parent can reasonably be required to accept the risks of measles vaccination when the risk of developing natural measles is so low.

Measles is defined by the combination of specific virus infection plus (much of) fever, typical rash, Koplik’s spots, runny nose, sore eyes..) Subclinical instances of measles virus infection in vaccinated persons are not readily identified so mostly go unreported [30].


Perhaps tax payers’ “forensic operations” can be better spent on children with more serious health issues. Many of these have increased since the intensification of the vaccination program.

“asthma and juvenile diabetes, both of which have increased considerably,… head a list of complex disorders which have taken over from infectious diseases as the most serious threats to the health of our young people…

Asthma is now the leading cause of hospital admission in children and is costly to treat. It was the leading problem (present in nearly 20% of children aged 4-16 years) reported in the WA Child Health Survey in 1992 (Zubrick, Silburn et al. 1995)

Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus has also increased. In 0-14 year old Western Australian children the rate rose from around 12 per 100,000 (in 1985-91) to 22 in more recent years (Kelly, Russell et al. 1994). Many other centres are now reporting similar increases…

Both asthma and diabetes are lifelong illnesses with significant morbidity and need for complex treatments…” [31]

“441 deaths were due to asthma in 2017” [32].

“Australia continues to have one of the highest rates of childhood cancer in the world, with over half (48%) of all children diagnosed with cancer aged under 5. Childhood cancer incidence rates increased by 11% from 2006 to 2014 in those aged 0 to 14 years.” [33]

“Chances are that your child will not get cancer: the odds of your child developing cancer by the age of 19 is approximately 1 in 330. But, cancer is second only to accidents as a cause of death in children.” [34]


1. Commonwealth Year Book, Jan 1953, Chapter 8, pg 289.
2. Lancaster, H.O. 1956a, “Infant Mortality in Australia”. The Medical Journal of Australia, 2:104.
3. https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-pubs-annlrpt-oz_dis19_91.htm/$FILE/ozdis1917_91.pdf
4. https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/c828baef-75d9-4295-9cc9-b3d50d7153a2/aihw-phe-236_Measles.pdf.aspx
5. Australia’s Health 2006, The tenth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, pg 131.
6. http://vaccinationdilemma.com/historical-death-rates-diseases-vaccination-html/
7. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition (2013), Aust. Govt Dept of Health, Appendix 7: Overview of vaccine availability in Australia.
8. Scientific research now informs how to prevent and manage infectious diseases
– Stephens D, Jackson PL, Gutierrez Y. Subclinical vitamin A deficiency: a potentially unrecognized problem in the United States. Pediatr Nurs. 1996 Sep-Oct;22(5):377-89, 456. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9087069;
– Beck M. The role of nutrition in viral diseases, Nutritional Biochemistry 7:683-690, 1996;
– McCormick WJ,  Vitamin C in the Prophylaxis and therapy of Infectious Diseases, Archives of Pediatrics, Vol 68:1, Jan 1951, pp. 1-9, 1951, http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/195x/mccormick-wj-arch_pediatrics-1951-v68-n1-p1.htm;
– Levy T, “Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins: Curing the Incurable”, 2002 p30;
– Note also that Dr Frederick Klenner published and presented a paper to the American Medical Association in 1949 detailing the complete cure of 60 out of 60 of his patients with polio using high doses of intravenous sodium ascorbate (Vitamin C) (Klenner, FR. The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin C. Southern Medicine & Surgery; Volume 111; No. 7, July 1949:209-214.
9. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/02/04/703096/10118656/en/Corrections-Studies-Show-that-Vaccinated-Individuals-Spread-Disease.html
10. https://pafpnet.spc.int/attachments/article/692/Samoa%20Household%20Nutrition%20in%20Brief.pdf
11. Properly managed natural exposure to some targeted diseases prevents some cancers and other chronic conditions
Some examples include:
– Rønne T. Measles virus infection without rash in childhood is related to disease in adult life. The Lancet 1985, Vol 325, Issue 8419:1-5 http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2885%2990961-4/abstract
“Rønne could associate a missing history of measles in childhood with increased cancer risk for a variety of tumors in a historical prospective study. Out of 353 individuals with a negative history of measles 21 developed cancer
versus only 1 case out of 230 controls with a positive history of measles (p < 0.001).”
(Kleef R, Dieter Hager E. Fever, Pyrogens and Cancer. In: Madame Curie Bioscience Database [Internet].
Austin (TX): Landes Bioscience; 2000 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK6084/)
– Kondo N et al. Improvement of food-sensitive atopic dermatitis accompanied by reduced lymphocyte responses to food antigen following natural measles virus infection. Clin Exp Allergy 1993; 23: 44-50.
– Shaheen SO et al. Measles and atopy in Guinea-Bissau. Lancet 1996; 347: 1792-96.
– Albonico HU, Braker HU, Husler J. Febrile Infectious Childhood Diseases In The History Of Cancer Patients And Matched Controls, Dept of Mathematical Statistics, University of Berne, Switzerland. Medical Hypotheses 1998 Oct; 51(4):315-20.
– Wrensch M et al. Prevalence of antibodies to four herpesviruses among adults with glioma and controls. Am J
Epidemiol. 2001;154:161–165. (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/154/2/161.full.pdf)
“Glioblastoma cases were (60%) less likely than controls to have immunoglobulin G antibodies to varicella-zoster virus”
– Cramer et al. Mumps and ovarian cancer: modern interpretation of an historic association Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Aug; 21(8): 1193–1201 10.1007/s10552-010-9546-1 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951028/pdf/nihms235805.pdf)
“…suggesting a 19% decrease in risk of ovarian cancer associated with history of mumps parotitis.”
– M L Newhouse, A case control study of carcinoma of the ovary. Br J Prev Soc Med. 1977 Sep; 31(3): 148–153. PMCID: PMC479015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC479015/
Infective disease histories were found to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 39% for measles, 53% for mumps, 38% for rubella, and 34% for chicken-pox (Table 10).
– Kubota et al. Association of measles and mumps with cardiovascular disease: The Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) study. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Jun 18;241(2):682-686
Highlighting the most significant results, men who had had mumps had a 48% reduced risk of total stroke and 79% reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Men who had had both measles and mumps had a 20% reduced risk of
cardiovascular disease, and 29% reduced risk of myocardial infarction.
– Maletzki et al. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy. August 2013, Vol 62, Issue 8, Table 1 Anti-correlation between acute, cured infections, and the likelihood to develop cancer, on pages 1284-1285.
12. Properly managed natural exposure to measles resolves some cancers
– Pasquinucci G. Possible effect of measles on leukaemia. Lancet. 1971 Jan 16;1(7690):136.
– Bluming A, Ziegler J. Regression of Burkitt’s lymphoma in association with measles infection. Lancet. 1971 Jul 10; 298(7715):105–106
– Ziegler JL. Spontaneous remission in Burkitt’s lymphoma. Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 1976 Nov;44:61-5.
– H C Mota. Infantile Hodgkin’s disease: remission after measles. Br Med J. 1973 May 19; 2(5863): 421.
– Taqi et al. Regression of Hodgkin’s Disease After Measles (Letters to the Editor) Lancet,16 May 1981; 317(8229): 1112.
– Stephen J. Russell, M.D., Ph.D. and Kah Whye Peng, Ph.D. Measles virus for cancer therapy. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2009; 330: 213–241.
13. https://thewest.com.au/news/health/wa-people-contract-measles-despite-being-vaccinated-ng-b88953423z
14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3821823
15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23264672/
16. https://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V18N49/art20649.pdf
17. https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/58/9/1205/2895266
18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8053748
19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3821823
21. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-08/measles-scare-for-unvaccinated-children-at-perth-waldorf-school/8785070; https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/fourth-perth-waldorf-school-student-contracts-measles-ng-c5dcd5f2979ff00f3ce20f376132aa61
22. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5676287/
23. https://surv.esr.cri.nz/PDF_surveillance/MeaslesRpt/2019/WeeklyMeasles11112019.pdf p.5
24. (A few of these are sourced from the US product inserts for two of the same vaccines, M-M-R II and Prevenar13. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Vaccines, Blood & Biologics, Complete List of Vaccines Licensed for Immunization and Distribution in the US http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm093833.htm)
https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf from page 6.
25. http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6593
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/Previousproducts/1301.0Feature%20Article212001 p.2
26. https://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/DAEN/daen-entry.aspx
27. https://imoparty.com/Adverse-Events-Under-Reported
28. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/205203/bruesewitz-v-wyeth-llc/
29. https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/vaccinecompensation/data/vicpmonthlyreporttemplate5_1_17.pdf
30. https://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/May-2019/what-is-going-on-with-measles.aspx
31. Child Health Since Federation” by Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona J Stanley, for the 2001 Australian Bureau of Statistics Year Book.
32. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/asthma/contents/asthma
33. https://cancerqld.org.au/news/childhood-cancer-statistics-available-online-first-time/
34. http://www.ped-onc.org/diseases/SOCC.html

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