By Physicians for Informed Consent | MAY 2018
Dear PIC Members, Donors, and Friends,
Thanks to you, and our tireless team of stellar volunteers, PIC is experiencing strong and steady growth in 2018. As our membership and influence continue to flourish, we continue to produce and share our educational materials with the public, unite hundreds of doctors across the nation, and help thousands of parents navigate SB277.
Your support—every comment or share on Facebook, every $10 donation, every testimonial—allows us to reach hundreds of thousands of parents and doctors across the USA and abroad. See, for example, one of our most popular Facebook posts below, where Dr. Eidelman tells the press that doctors shouldn’t be forced to get the flu vaccine—it garnered over 45,000 Likes.
Besides our social media outreach, we are also sending educational letters to legislatures and letters to government agencies…whenever there’s a threat to informed consent in vaccination. All the exciting details are below.
Finally, there were many excellent questions that emerged after the release of the Measles DIS (Disease Information Statement) and VRS (Vaccine Risk Statement). So, PIC volunteers wrote a formal FAQs document which includes the 29 most frequent questions (and their answers) about the risks of the MMR vaccine vs. the risks of measles in the United States. Please check it out and share the FAQs with your friends, physicians, colleagues, and loved ones.
Thank you again for all your passion and dedication to help all of us protect one of our most basic human rights, the right to informed refusal and informed consent.
FAQs: The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine vs. Measles
Answers to questions about the risks of the MMR vaccine vs. the risks of measles in the United States
With data, statistics and analysis of disease risks vs. vaccine risks, the Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) Measles Disease Information Statement (DIS) and Vaccine Risk Statement (VRS) provide important facts for making an informed risk/benefit calculation for vaccination. Read on for additional information about the risks of measles compared to the risks of the MMR vaccine, with answers to readers’ questions about the DIS and VRS.
1. When assessing the risks of measles, why is disease risk sometimes measured using data from various time periods, like the pre-vaccine era (the late 1950s and early 1960s, before the vaccine was introduced), the 1980s, and 1990s?
Pre-vaccine data is necessary to account for the risk of getting measles, as the incidence has been significantly reduced by the mass vaccination program. However, there have been important advancements in health care, measles research, and surveillance of complications from measles since the 1960s. Therefore, information is also derived from more recent data concerning measles cases in U.S. populations.
2. Some sources estimate the measles case-fatality rate as 1 in 1,000, but PIC states that the actual measles case-fatality rate is 1 in 10,000. Why is that?
A pre-vaccination rate of about 1 in 1,000 reported cases has been publicized by public health departments. However, the key word is “reported.” Only 10% of cases are reported to public health departments, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Since nearly 90% of measles cases are not reported to the CDC, the result is a case-fatality rate of 1 in 10,000 for all measles cases. It is important to measure disease risks based on total measles cases, not just the 10% of cases that are reported.
SOURCE: Physicians for Informed Consent | MAY 2018; https://physiciansforinformedconsent.org/measles-faq/