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Forced Vaccinations, Government, and the Public Interest (Part 1)

Is herd immunity real?

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.
Health Freedom News
Created: December 27, 2009 Last Updated: March 10, 2012
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Do governments officials wish the United States to be a nation of sheep? Herd immunity doesn't apply to vaccines. (Photos.com)

Do governments officials wish the United States to be a nation of sheep? Herd immunity doesn't apply to vaccines. (Photos.com)

This is the first part of a three-part series. You can also read Part 2 and Part 3.

Those who are observant have noticed a dangerous trend in the United States as well as worldwide: the resorting of various governments at different levels to mandating forced vaccination upon the public at large.

The state of Mississippi has one of the most restrictive vaccine-exemption laws in the United States, where exemptions are allowed only upon medical recommendation. Ironically, vaccine-exemption exists only on paper, as many people have had as many as three physicians—some experts in neurological damage caused by vaccines—provide written calls for exemption, only to be turned down by the state’s public-health officer.

Worse are the states, such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland, where forced vaccinations have either been mandated by the courts, the state legislature, or have such legislation pending. All such policies strongly resemble those found in national socialist empires, Stalinist countries, or communist China.

When public-health officers are asked for the legal justification for such draconian measures as forcing people to accept vaccines that they deem a clear and present danger to themselves and their loved ones or that have caused them serious adverse reactions, they usually resort to the rationale of protecting the public.

One quickly concludes that if the vaccines are as effective as being touted by the public-health officials, then why should one fear the unvaccinated? Obviously the vaccinated would have at least 95 percent protection.

This question puts public-health officials in a very difficult position. Their usual response is that a small percentage of the vaccinated will not have sufficient protection and would still be at risk. Now, if they admit what the literature shows, that vaccine failure rates are much higher than the 5 percent they claim, they must face the next obvious question: Why should anyone take the vaccine if there is a significant chance it will not protect?

When pressed further, they then resort to their favorite justification, the Holy Grail of the vaccine proponents: herd immunity. This concept is based upon the idea that 95 percent—and some now say 100 percent—of the population must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic.

The percentage needing vaccination grows progressively. I pondered this question for some time before the answer hit me. Herd immunity is mostly a myth and applies only to natural immunity, that is, contracting the infection itself.

In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason is that naturally acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. Vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity.

But there was one major problem: Vaccine-induced immunity lasts for only a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they quietly began to suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Then they discovered an even greater problem: The boosters were lasting for only two years or less. This is why we are now seeing mandates that youth entering colleges have multiple vaccines, even those that they insisted gave lifelong immunity, such as the MMR. The same is being suggested for full-grown adults. Ironically, no one in the media or medical field is asking what is going on. They just accept that it must be done.

That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given.

What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. At least 50 percent of the population has been unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95 percent. Yet we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50 percent or less of the population having vaccine protection.

Herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades, and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.

When we examine the scientific literature, we find that for many of the vaccines, protective immunity was 30 percent to 40 percent, meaning that 60 percent to 70 percent of the public has been without vaccine protection. Again, this would mean that with a 30 percent to 40 percent vaccine-effectiveness rate combined with the fact that most people lost their immune protection within 2 to 10 year of being vaccinated, most of us have been without the magical 95 percent number needed for herd immunity. This is why vaccine defenders insist the vaccines have 95 percent effectiveness rates.

Without the mantra of herd immunity, these public-health officials would not be able to justify forced mass vaccinations. I usually give the physicians who question my statement that herd immunity is a myth a simple example. When I was a medical student almost 40 years ago, it was taught that the tetanus vaccine would last a lifetime. Then 30 years after it had been mandated, we discovered that its protection lasted no more than 10 years.

Then I ask my doubting physician if he or she has ever seen a case of tetanus? Most have not. I then tell them to look at the yearly data on tetanus infections. One sees no rise in tetanus cases. The same can be said for measles, mumps, and other childhood infections. It was and still is all a myth.

The entire case for forced mass vaccination rest upon this myth, and it is important that we demonstrate the falsity of this idea. Neil Z. Miller, in his latest book, “The Vaccine Information Manual,” provides compelling evidence that herd immunity is a myth.


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This is the first part of a three-part series. You can also read Part 2 and Part 3.

Next week: Part 2, “The Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions”

Dr. Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon, author, and lecturer.

Source: thenhf.com/vaccinations/vac_299.htm



  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5WEB6MKY7VM2U775XUPGTHSRI Jenny

    Well of course most physicians have never seen a case of tetanus … tetanus was only a serious disease in the days when streets were clogged with horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians faced a risk of slipping on horse poo or being kicked by a horse.

  • http://twitter.com/shakeyerboobs shakeyerboobs

    They were NOT teaching that tetanus vaccinations lasted a lifetime 40 years ago … so why should I trust any of the rest of this article?

    • Suzy

      what is your source of information?

  • Venkhat mitran

    I have been having trouble understanding herd immunity, it is a mantra that is not understood and yet forced for the sake of others , to accept a vaccine.
    Thanks for explaining things.

  • concerndcitizen

    Forced vaccinations probably do more damage than they prevent.  No vaccine is “pure”, they all have contamination of one thing or another.  While you might get a dose of prevention, it’s also possible that you’ll get a dose of cancer along this that vaccine.  They forgot to tell you that part.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P57MF7UH7GMTI55BDDROXCXFP4 Sara

    our son is allergic to most ‘ingredients’ in vaccines and we were told a vaccine could kill him. i hope they plan to test everyone for allergies before injecting them and murdering them!


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