Doctors in Washington are trying to reassure the public after two MMR vaccine recipients contracted mumps after receiving the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s foremost health authority, claims the “Mumps vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps,” but two cases in Washington are forcing doctors to ease up on the vaccine protection rhetoric.
CBS affiliate KIRO reports that two people from two separate counties, King and Snohomish, contracted the mumps post-MMR vaccination, blaming the two-person “outbreak” on mumps cases leaking out of the University of Idaho.
The Snohomish County man had received one vaccine, while the King County woman had “received both recommended doses.”
The mumps virus is a particularly nasty, incurable disease that causes headaches, fever and facial swelling.
The cases clearly illustrate how vaccine protection is questionable, yet physicians continue to defend the safety of MMR jabs.
“No vaccine is perfect,” Harborview Medical Center Dr. John Lynch told KIRO. “It doesn’t protect everyone who gets it.”
For victims of adverse MMR events, however, the vaccine is nowhere near perfect.
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) admits the MMR vaccine, which contains live measles, mumps and rubella virus strands, “may cause a very mild case of the disease they were designed to prevent.”
Though muddled in legalese, the MMR vaccine insert specifically lists “death” as one of its associated adverse reactions, saying that “Death from various, and in some cases unknown, causes has been reported rarely following vaccination with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines…”
Other MMR vaccine risks and side effects, according to WebMD, include a fever (which affects 1 in 5 children), seizures (which occur in 1 out of 3,000) and encephalitis, or brain inflammation, (which – like some deadly lottery – reportedly affects 1 in a million). To put that number in perspective, the IAC says “hundreds of millions” of MMR doses have been distributed.
A program known as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which receives up to 20,000 reports a year, works to document adverse vaccine reactions, up to and including death, acting as an early-warning service to alert CDC and FDA authorities.
Despite the prevalence of documented adverse events, the IAC and CDC continue to claim the MMR “safety record is excellent.”
Vaccine proponents take health authorities’ recommendations as gospel, yet time and time again their wisdom has proven inaccurate.
In January, a study showed how this year’s flu strain was only 23 percent effective against the flu; in other words it would only protect less than 1 in 4 people.