Measles in Bay of Plenty: New Vaccination Policy

Measles in Bay of Plenty New MMR vaccination policy for Bay of Plenty   On October 21, 2011 the Bay of Plenty District Health Board announced that in a bid to control measles in its area, it was changing the recommendations for the ages at which children receive the controversial MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.  For years, the Ministry of Health recommendation has been for children to receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at the age of 15 months, followed by a second dose at the age of four years. However, in press release last Friday Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack has said that babies can now receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at the age of twelve months and that “Once a baby has the vaccine at 12 months of age, the second dose of MMR vaccine can be given 28 days later.” (See: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1110/S00099/early-protection-from-measles.htm )   Possible health risks from new policy Many parents will be aware that the MMR vaccine is controversial due to research linking it to regressive autism and bowel disease. (See: http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/peer-reviewed-papers-support-findings.html  (A chronic infection in the bowel from the attenuated (weakened) live measles viruses from the MMR vaccine appears to be the trigger for the condition in some vaccine recipients.) After one dose of MMR vaccine over 90% of recipients develop an antibody response consistent with protection from the disease, according to IMAC (See http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=753  ) It therefore appears that a a second dose of MMR vaccine may be unnecessary for most people. Lowering the age of a baby’s first vaccination with MMR to twelve months and then giving...

Measles in West Auckland (2011)

Measles in West Auckland 2011 Update 24/10/11 Since this page was created, there have been cases of measles in many areas of New Zealand.  If you are a parent who is looking for information about measles, treatments for measles and the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)  vaccine, you may like to visit the site www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/articles and read the article titled “What’s worse? Measles or the Vaccine”.   The letter to the principal of Oratia School (below) also includes information about treatments for measles. If you are a parent whose child has been barred from school due to his or her having had one dose of MMR vaccine (or none) instead of the two doses on the NZ vaccination schedule, you can contact No Forced Vaccines the site coordinator through the Contact form for  information about your rights.) Adults born after 1969 who are not vaccinated according to Ministry of Health recommendations who may have been advised that they have to quarantine themselves can also contact the site coordinator through the Contact form.   Introduction In June 2011 Oratia School in West Auckland has barred  approximately 100 children from attending school as there have been (according to a member of the school community) four cases of measles among children attending the school. Parents of affected children were notified that their children were barred from school for twelve days were not notified personally.  Instead, their children were sent home from school on Thursday afternoon with letters in their school bags. Children were allowed to return to school immediately if their parents got them vaccinated – even though they may already have been...

“Early protection” measles (MMR) programme

Possible Health Risks from the “Early Protection” Measles (MMR) Vaccination Programme   Many parents will be aware that the MMR vaccine is controversial due to research linking it to regressive autism and bowel disease. (See: http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/peer-reviewed-papers-support-findings.html  (A chronic infection in the bowel from the attenuated (weakened) live measles viruses from the MMR vaccine appears to be the trigger for the condition in some vaccine recipients.) After one dose of MMR vaccine over 90% of recipients develop an antibody response consistent with protection from the disease, according to IMAC (See http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=753  ) It therefore appears that a a second dose of MMR vaccine may be unnecessary for most people. Lowering the age of a baby’s first vaccination with MMR to twelve months and then giving a second dose as soon as 28 days (or one month) later may be more likely to cause side effects than the usual schedule of giving the first dose of MMR vaccine at 15 months and a second dose at age four years.  There is some evidence that being vaccinated with the MMR at a younger age (under the age of three years) is associated with increased risk of regressive autism.  (See: http://legacy.autism.com/triggers/vaccine/wakefielddsouza.htm ) Two doses of MMR vaccine before a baby is  even 14 months old could theoretically put a child at a higher risk of developing this devastating condition. Secondly, according to the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine most commonly used in NZ some MMR vaccine recipients may still have  the vaccine-strain rubella viruses in their nose and throat as late as 28 days after receiving an MMR vaccination.  It is possible that...