" At 16 months old, Stacy received her measles shot. She was a happy, healthy, normal baby,typical, curious, playful until the 10th day after her shot, when I walked into her room to find her layingin her crib, flat on her stomach, her head twisted to one side. Her eyes were glassy and affixed."She was panting, struggling to breathe. Her small head lay in a pool of blood that hung fromher mouth. It was a terrifying sight, yet at that point I didn't realize that my happy, bouncing baby wasnever to be the same again."When we arrived at the emergency room, Stacy's temperature was 107 degrees. The first 4days of Stacy's hospital stay she battled for life. She was in a coma and had kidney failure. Her lungsfilled with fluid and she had on- going seizures."Her diagnosis was
and her prognosis was grave. She wasparalyzed on her left side, prone to seizures, had visual problems. However, we were told by doctorswe were extremely lucky. I didn't feel lucky."We were horrified that this vaccine which was given only : to ensure that she would have asafer childhood, almost killed her. I didn't know that the possibility of this type of reaction even existed.But now, it is our reality.
"-Wendy Scholl, testImony given to Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment; 98th Congress, 2nd Session, December
In Vaccine Injury Compensation, p.
110.Most cases of measles (more rarely called
are not serious, whenlarge numbers of the population have been exposed to the germ. The symptoms generally leave withintwo weeks. However, one case in 100,000 leads to
subacute sclerosing panencephalitis
(SSPE),which produces hardening of the brain and is generally fatal.By 1955, there were .03 deaths per 100,000. Then, in 1963, a research team headed by J.F.Enders, developed the measles vaccine. Mass inoculations began.According to a November 1969
National Health Federation
report, a study conducted by theWorld Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that people who have been vaccinated for measles, havea 14 times greater chance of contracting the disease than those who were not vaccinated. A 1985study by the U.S. government noted that 80 percent of "non-preventable" cases of measles, occurredin people who had been vaccinated
(20th Immunization Conference Proceedings, May
21)."Measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In somelarge outbreaks.”over 95 percent of the cases have a history of vaccination."-
Federal Drug Administration Workshop to Review Warnings, September
(reported by Dr. Atklnson of the Centers for Disease Control [CDC]).
"The World Health Organization did a study and found that while, in an unimmunized, measles-susceptible group of children, the normal rate of contraction of disease was 2.4 percent; in the controlgroup that had been immunized, the rate of contraction rose to 33.5
percent."-Paavo Alrola, Ph.D.,Everywoman's Book,
279.A survey of pediatricians in New York City reveals that only 3.2 percent of them were actuallyreporting measles cases to the health department.A study of medical books reveals that measles vaccine may cause learning disability,retardation, ataxia, aseptic meningitis, seizure disorders, paralysis, and death.Secondary complications associated with the vaccine include encephalitis, subacute sclerosingpanencephalitis, multiple sclerosis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, anaphylactic shock, Reye's syndrome,Guillain-Barre syndrome, blood clotting disorders, juvenile-onset diabetes, and possibly Hodgkin'sdisease and cancer
(R.S. Mendelsohn, How to Raise a Healthy Child, p.