Italy’s Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin just announced that Italy will be making vaccinations mandatory for all school children, a move anticipated to come into effect as early as next week. This comes in response to the recent increase in measles outbreaks in Italy, as reported cases of measles rose fivefold across the country in April compared to the same month last year, according to the National Health Institute.
Lorenzin blamed the fall in vaccinations in Italy to “an emergency generated by fake news.” Of course, this is untrue, as many of you may already be familiar with the concerns associated with vaccinations, especially the MMR vaccine. Nevertheless, mainstream media has been quick to place the blame on the rising anti-vaccine movement in Italy, making this a hot debate subject in politics and one that’s vastly misunderstood by the public as a result.
On Friday, Beatrice Lorenzin announced that mandatory vaccinations for school children would be passed next week. Once this new piece of legislation is enacted, non-vaccinated children will be banned from attending state schools.
Lorenzin hasn’t been shy about her personal stance on vaccines, as she suggested rapidly boosting vaccination cover in March and supported banning non-vaccinated children from public daycare centres last November. She has even resorted to sharing photos of children getting vaccines with pro-vaxx captions reading “Mums, don’t be afraid.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the concerns surrounding the MMR vaccine and you learn that there’s a rise in measles cases, widespread vaccination may seem like the perfect solution to the uneducated eye. However, this could be considered more of a political stunt or a clever ploy to increase the amount of money in pharmaceutical executives’ wallets than an actually safe solution.
Vaccines have been a hot topic in Italian politics of late. The rise in the anti-vaxx movement in Italy was fuelled by the Five Star Movement (M5S), led by founder Beppe Grillo. Grillo isn’t your average anti-vaxx advocate, and he even admitted in 2015 that “Vaccinations have played a vital role in eradicating terrible illnesses … but nonetheless, they bring a risk associated with side-effects.”
M5S gained an even larger following recently after state broadcaster RAI aired a program that covered the possible harsh and even deadly side effects from the HPV vaccine.
It isn’t just the anti-vaxx politicians who are getting involved in the debate, either, as the announcement on Friday seemed to cause friction within the government. Education Minister Valeria Fedeli stated that she was “astonished” by the way Lorenzin had pushed through the bill.
In response, Fedeli sought to reassure the public by explaining, “We will work together to create a concrete way of making vaccines obligatory without infringing upon the right to education.”
Should we really risk children not getting educated over vaccine policies? Before answering that question, make sure you understand all of the facts.
The Truth About Herd Immunity and Vaccines
Herd immunity, or community immunity, is a theory stating that a pattern of immunity amongst a group of individuals should lead to a decline in incidence of infection. This term is often associated with the pro-vaccine movement, as it’s said that the more individuals vaccinated in a given population, the less likely that population is to spread disease. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many holes within this argument.
First of all, herd immunity can be achieved without the use of pharmaceuticals. There is a significant difference between naturally-occurring immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. For starters, when immunity occurs naturally, it lasts a lifetime, whereas vaccines can only really protect you from anywhere between two and ten years.
Naturally-occurring herd immunity takes time to appear in a population. For example, when measles first enters a population that has never been exposed to it before, herd immunity is zero. Measles can be transmitted from person to person, so it’s easy to imagine how quickly it could spread during the pre-vaccine era.
Fast-forward a few years, to when measles has circulated the general population a few times, and natural exposures will eventually lead to long-term immunity. It’s pretty incredible to think that our bodies can adapt and evolve just to keep us healthy. The developing immune system contracts a disease, mounts an immune response, resolves the illness, and is left with lifelong immunity to a specific virus.
Essentially, it wasn’t uncommon at the time for someone to get it, get better, and then be immune to it for the rest of their life. Death via measles was rare, which remains true to the present day, yet people largely attribute this to vaccination. The truth is, measles vaccine failures have been documented for a quarter of a century around the world. One study even found that individuals who had been vaccinated twice for measles could still contract the virus. You can read more about that in a CE article we published about it here.
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Gastroenterologist and vaccine expert Dr. Andrew Wakefield explains that naturally-occurring herd immunity will develop in natural disease cycles within unvaccinated populations after going through two-yearly epidemics. Wakefield maintains that with each rapid spread of disease, herd immunity rates increase significantly. As he explains: “As a consequence of natural Herd Immunity, in the developed world measles mortality had fallen by 99.6% before measles vaccines were introduced.” (source)
When it comes to vaccinations and the discussion in mainstream media, what many scientists are concerned about is the “herd immunity threshold,” or the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated in order for herd immunity to occur. The World Health Organization maintains that the recommended threshold to block measles in a given population is 95%.
The Higher Health Institute says only around 85% of 2-year-olds are being vaccinated against measles at present, so mainstream media has been quick to place the blame for Italy’s rise in measles cases on this stat. However, according to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, as low as 40% of the population would need to be vaccinated in order for herd immunity to be achieved.
So, we’re expected to pump ourselves full of mercury, aluminum, and/or other chemicals as frequently as every two years, getting our “booster shots,” instead of trusting our bodies to do this for us for free? Many of these vaccines are actually marketed as providing lifelong immunity, when in reality you only reap their benefits for a much shorter timeframe. However, this was realized long after vaccines were already being implemented widespread.
This means that, for years, people were receiving vaccines they thought would be effective for life, when in reality these shots held an expiration date. Prior to this discovery and the development of “booster shots,” there weren’t any wide-scale epidemics or disease outbreaks, so what does this say about herd immunity and vaccines? Dr. Russell Blaylock, an American neurosurgeon and author, explains:
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. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.
Clearly, the issue here isn’t that only 85% of the population has been given the MMR vaccine. However, many people may still argue that they’d rather be “safe than sorry” and get the vaccine anyways. So, what are the potential side effects of the MMR vaccine specifically?
Potential Side Effects of the MMR Vaccine
The correlation between vaccines and autism is very real, and has actually been proved in regards to the MMR vaccine. A study published by Dr. Brian Hooker, PhD, in the peer reviewed journal Translational Neurodegeneration found up to a 340% increased risk of autism in African American boys receiving the Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. You can read more about this specific study in our CE article here.
The Italian court itself has actually recognized that the MMR vaccine has caused autism in the past. In one case, the Italian Health Ministry admitted that the MMR vaccine specifically caused autism in a 9-year-old boy. You can read more about that case in our CE article here.
Although the MMR vaccine itself doesn’t contain mercury, many other vaccines given to children do as well as aluminum, which is another concern regarding mandatory vaccinations. The safety of these elements has never been proven, yet we inject them into babies all around the world. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that explains the neurological effects and other harmful risks these substances pose to human health, to which many scientists turn a blind eye.
Read this article to find out more:
I think what many politicians, scientists, and people in general often forget is that there isn’t more than one truth when it comes to vaccines. We shouldn’t have to divide ourselves into categories and be forced to identify as anti- or pro- vaccines; we should simply look at the facts. Yes, vaccines played a necessary role at one time to eradicate disease. Yes, we now know that many vaccines can cause autism and other serious health issues.
So, instead of pushing more vaccinations on one another and fighting about the very real potential side effects, we should be figuring out how to make them safer. Why would anyone knowingly support injecting heavy metals and other toxic chemicals into our bodies? Though you may be preventing one disease, you are knowingly causing another. Keep in mind that my use of the word “may” was intentional, as people who have had vaccinations can still become sick with the very illness they were trying to protect themselves from in the first place.
So, let’s stop arguing about this subject and start doing something about it!
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