Week 4 – Email Campaign

Our personal exemptions option, or personal choice to not vaccinate, is being threatened under Assembly Bill AB924.

Copy and paste this letter (and any endnotes) into an email to your legislators today! Don’t forget to add your name and address to the bottom.


Dear Legislator,

We have been led to believe that the Disney Outbreak was the result of unvaccinated, exempted children. However, according to the CDC, it began with an infected traveler from overseas and became infectious at the park. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused a large outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.

In 2014, the U.S. experienced 23 measles outbreaks, including one large outbreak of 383 cases, occurring primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. Many of the cases in the U.S. in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines.

Outbreaks within a 99% vaccinated population have occurred in the United States. One of many occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 2011, the largest measles outbreak (725) occurred in Quebec Canada, in a highly vaccinated, most twice-vaccinated population of children.[1]

The vaccine program was implemented in the 1960s with the goal to eliminate infectious disease, but outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, and mumps, continue in both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. What does this say about the theory of Herd Immunity? What does it say about vaccine efficacy? What does it say about the benefits of Natural Immunity?

The original concept of herd immunity was coined by Dr. A.W. Hedrich in the 1930’s based upon his epidemiological studies of measles. His theory applied to the protection that occurs when a population contracts and recovers naturally from infections.

Naturally acquired immunity lasts a lifetime; vaccine-induced immunity does not. The science is not settled. New science shows that antibodies from vaccines do not equal immunity since antibodies alone are not required for antiviral immunity. A whole-body (T-cell) response is required for life-long immunity. 

Evidence of high vaccine compliance of 95% and higher does not ensure protection of the “herd” and does not protect a community from an outbreak since vaccines provide only short-term, artificial immunity (vaccines wane in 2-5 years, sometimes less).

In China, with a 99% vaccination rate, there were over 700 outbreaks of measles from 2009 to 2012.[2]

Instead of basing mandated vaccination on the theory of Herd Immunity, we should be looking at why vaccines fail to show efficacy and do no prevent disease transmission in vaccinated communities across the globe.

We must also look to scientific evidence which demonstrates that vaccinated individuals shed the live virus from vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed (transmit) for many weeks or months afterwards to infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Note also that the measles vaccine causes injury and death. There have been 111 claims settled for injury and death from the MMR vaccine. However, no one is dying from natural measles infections, which is a mild infection in children. http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/opinion-search.

Until vaccine efficacy and safety is understood and all the data is evaluated, any attempt to eliminate personal exemption from current State law must be opposed. Where there is risk or uncertainty, there must be choice.





[1] Serres, G. De, F. Markowski, E. Toth, D. Auger, et al. “Largest Measles Epidemic in North America in a Decade–Quebec, Canada, 2011: Contribution of Susceptibility, Serendipity, and Superspreading Events.” Journal of Infectious Diseases 207.6 (2012): 990-98. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
[2] Wang, Zhifang, Rui Yan, Hanqing He, Qian Li, et al. “Difficulties in Eliminating Measles and Controlling Rubella and Mumps: A Cross-Sectional Study of a First Measles and Rubella Vaccination and a Second Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination.” PLoS ONE 9.2 (2014): n. pag. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3930734/
[3] Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011 http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/27/cid.ciu105
[4] Detection of Measles Virus RNA in Urine Specimens from Vaccine Recipients http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7494055
[5] Sibling Transmission of Vaccine-Derived Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Associated with Rotavirus Gastroenteritishttp://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/2/e438
[6] Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2008/10/polio-vaccination-may-continue-after-wild-virus-fades
[7] Yen, Catherine, Kathleen Jakob, Mathew D. Esona, Ximara Peckham, et al. “Detection of Fecal Shedding of Rotavirus Vaccine in Infants following Their First Dose of Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine.”Vaccine 29.24 (2011): 4151-155. Web. 31 May 2011
[8] Murti, M., M. Krajden, M. Petric, and J. Hiebert. “Case of Vaccine-associated Measles Five Weeks Post-immunisation, British Columbia, Canada, October 2013.” Eurosurveillance 18.49 (2013): 20649. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20649.