The “experts” appear to be mystified by the
of mumps, but should they be? Here’s maybe why not:
Although the MMR and other vaccines were touted as affording
life-long protection, way before there was any data to support such a
claim, as it turns out, vaccine-induce immunity
time. (If it did not, the authorities wouldn’t be requiring or
recommending booster shots.) In fact, it would appear that the
way vaccines continue to work is by being “boosted” via
exposure to circulating virus.
necessarily work. Just ask the developer of the measles
vaccine, Dr. Samuel
is what he and his coauthors wrote in the textbook “Vaccines”:
of antibody titers appears to be transient, with several investigators
finding decay of antibody levels to the pre-revaccination level within
months to years”.
So here’s what may be happening: To varying
degrees, the diseases continue to circulate
boosting the immunity of the vaccinated. Perhaps, however, either
in the long run they do not circulate enough and/or (boosted) vaccine
immunity cannot be sustained indefinitely. Given that
vaccine-induced immunity eventually wanes and revaccination doesn’t
necessarily work, at some point either the circulating viruses or
exposure to a full-blown case will cause full-blown disease in at least
some of the vaccinated.
I have long argued that it might have been better
to allow children living in developed nations, where most of these
diseases usually do not have life-long negative consequences if
contracted during childhood, to get the diseases when they are the
least dangerous. But our health professionals thought otherwise
and decided to vaccinate our children against these diseases at the
very point in their lives when they were best able to handle them.
More and more, it’s looking like they may have
been wrong to have done so.
And if measles, which can be far more serious for
infants and adults, makes a similar comeback, let's hope it doesn't
turn out that they were dead-wrong.*
Gottstein (aka Mintz)
*For more on this, go to:
- Shoot First, Don't Ask
09/13/02 - Measles In The Vaccination Age: Is It
09/06/02 - Don't Worry, Be Happy
"Appearances often are deceiving." - Aesop
04/19/02 - “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses
lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.” - Andrew Lang - More
confusing disease stats
02/01/02 - What Is Wrong With This Picture?
"Eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty." - Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), paraphrasing
John Philpot Curran (1808)