In January 2015, Disneyland made the national news. And that news wasn’t good. An outbreak of measles was traced back to the amusement park.
A single infected guest arrived at the park. Within weeks, scores of cases were reported. Not only in California, but in other states, too. Within just 5 weeks, 125 cases came to light. 125 cases of a disease that’s more deadly than most people realize.
You see, measles is highly contagious. But because more and more parents are declining the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for their children, it’s become a disaster waiting to happen.
Measles could have been wiped out in the U.S. We were that close. But now it’s a major public health threat. We’ve had outbreaks in 2008, 2011, and 2015. It’s just a matter of time before it spirals out of control.
The scary part? Well, it comes in three parts…
- Measles is far more dangerous than most people realize
- Outbreaks are almost entirely avoidable
- These outbreaks are fueled by baseless fears.
You – or your loved ones – may be at risk when the next outbreak occurs. And you need to understand this: Measles is not a benign disease. It can be deadly – especially to adults.
It’s a textbook case of the profit-driven mainstream gone haywire. Here’s what you need to know…
Baseless Fears Turn Into a Giant Health Issue
The big fear has been that vaccines – including MMR – may cause autism. Well, not the vaccines themselves, but a preservative sometimes used in them. This preservative – thimerosal – contains a tiny amount of mercury.
The “link” between mercury and autism was largely based on a flawed study. The study involved a tiny group – just 12 subjects. This 1998 study linked thimerosal to autism.
But shortly after the study was published, 10 of the 12 co-authors retracted their findings. In other words, they said they were wrong.
Large-scale, controlled studies quickly followed. And they proved the study’s findings were off the mark. Then, in 2010, even more damning information came to light.
Andrew Wakefield – the study’s lead author – had been funded by lawyers. Lawyers suing vaccine makers on behalf of parents of children with autism. Eventually, the entire study was proven a fraud.
Here’s the worst part… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the MMR vaccine never contained thimerosal. So refusing this vaccine just doesn’t make sense.
But the damage has been done. In spite of all the evidence, worried parents continue to decline the MMR vaccine for their children. And those children have started reaching a dangerous age: adulthood.
“It’s Just a Harmless Rash” – Not!
Before the mid-1950s, measles was extremely common. And that’s all most folks know – or remember – about the disease. But its history is a bit darker.
Measles was nearly wiped out in the U.S., but it still kills about 164,000 people each year. And those at highest risk are the very young… and adults.
Yes, adults can get this “childhood disease.” And it hits them much harder than it does children. Adults are far more likely than children to die from measles.
Which is scary when you realize almost half the victims in the 2011 measles outbreak were adults. And that measles is one of the most contagious viruses we know of.
There’s no treatment or cure for measles. And it spreads like wildfire. You can become infected just being in the same room with an infected person. One cough and it’s done.
And because victims are contagious for about four days before symptoms occur, you can be infected long before the person who infects you even knows they’re sick.
That’s probably what happened with the Disney cases.
Which is where things get really scary. Disney’s California theme parks host about 24 million visitors per year. Guests come from every state and almost every country. One infected person could trigger a worldwide outbreak.
If you’re not protected – even as an adult – you could easily be the next mortality statistic.
Don’t Become a Victim of Ignorance
You probably know I often disagree with the medical mainstream. I’m not afraid to call them out when they put greed or tradition ahead of the evidence. But this is one time I’m telling you the evidence says they’re right.
The autism argument is B.S., plain and simple. The MMR vaccine is safe. And it saves lives. It could even save yours.
Measles is no joke. It kills babies and it kills adults. If you or your loved ones haven’t been vaccinated, you need to be. We’ve had serious outbreaks in the U.S. every three years since 2008. If the pattern holds, 2018 could be a bad year.
Lifesaving Info You Need to Know
If you were born before 1957 – or you’ve already had measles – chances are you’re fine. Up to the mid-1950s, measles was so prevalent that almost everyone was exposed. And they’ve probably developed antibodies.
Immunity to measles seems to last for decades. So, chances are you don’t need a vaccine if you were born before 1957. Even if you’ve never been vaccinated.
If you received two doses of the MMR vaccine as a child, you’re probably still covered, too. But these groups are at increased risk:
- Healthcare workers
- Students in colleges and universities
- Overseas travelers.
If you fall into one of these groups – or if you know your parents declined the MMR vaccine when you were a child – you should be immunized.
Just check with your doctor to be sure you’re not among the handful of people (such as the immuno-compromised) who should avoid the vaccine.
Getting a third dose of the vaccine hasn’t been shown to carry any risk. But it could save your life. So if you’re not in a contra-indicated group, but may be at higher risk… by all means, get vaccinated. Better safe than sorry.
As far as autism goes, there’s no link. But there is a link between adult measles and risk of death. This is one case where following the mainstream could actually save your life.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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