THE MMR Vaccine saga – 2014/2015 updates from Huffington Post …. and Presidential hopefuls
18th Century Gilray vaccination cartoon
The saga that is the debate around ‘can MMR vaccination cause autism‘ rages on…..
New information was revealed late in 2014 in a Huffington Post Blog:
Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims
If whistleblowers from Merck – the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine – and also from CDC (Centres for Disease Control) are to be believed, there has been rampant fraud and coverup of this, hiding the truth about the autism connection.
I posted thoughts on this a few years back – see these links:
….. from 2007 –
….. and from 2008 –
This issue has emerged again this week in the slow-burn towards the next US presidential election….and it has become a political fire-storm following an outbreak of measles in California:
See: Inside the Vaccine War: Measles Outbreak Rekindles Debate on Autism, Parental Choice & Public Health
….with Democrats like Hilary Clinton on one side “The sky is blue and vaccines work“
….against Republican presidential hopefuls, such as opthalmologist Rand Paul ‘s emotive:“many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children [have] wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines” (on the right above)
….and the more nuanced Chris Christie: “parents need to have some measure of choice in things.” (on the left above)
Now I don’t know the truth – although I have my suspicions in the MMR saga – but it does seem possible that some immature and vulnerable immune systems – in the first year of life – may not be able to predictably (and safely) manage the adaptive challenges posed by the demands of a cocktail of vaccines