Our BFFs at the CDC plan on watering down the warnings in the MMR and MMR-V Vaccine Information Sheets even more than they are and guess what?! They care what we think! Well, that’s a stretch—it’s more accurate to say that they’re obligated to ask what we think, otherwise I’m sure they’d be happy to give us the fat middle finger like the CDC employee with the bad hair and Paul Offit frown.
We’ve got until December 19th to leave our relevant, articulate comments. I’ve taken it upon myself to redline their proposed draft of the MMR VIS below. My comments and changes are in BRIGHT RED SHOUTY ALL-CAPS. Feel free to base your comments to the CDC on any of my notes or proposed changes.
The link to leave a comment to the CDC is here.
THE CDC’S PROPOSED NEW VIS IS AS FOLLOWS:
Vaccine Information Statement MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella):
- Why get vaccinated?
Measles, mumps, and rubella are diseases that can have serious consequences. Before vaccines they were very common, especially among children. [THE “SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES” LINE IS A NEW ADDITION. THIS SHOULD SAY “THE DISEASES WERE VERY COMMON,” NOT “THEY WERE VERY COMMON,” AS “THEY” CAN MISTAKENLY BE READ TO MEAN “THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES WERE VERY COMMON,” WHICH IS INACCURATE.]
- Measles virus causes fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes, followed by a rash.
- [RARELY,] Measles can lead to ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, [AND, IN MALNOURISHED DEVELOPING NATION POPULATIONS AND IN PEOPLE WITH UNDERLYING CHRONIC ILLNESS,] brain damage, and death. [UP UNTIL THE POINT OF MMR VACCINE LICENSING, MEASLES WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A COMMON, CHILDHOOD RITE-OF-PASSAGE DISEASE, WHICH IS WHY IT WAS SO OFTEN A PUNCHLINE IN EARLY AMERICAN SITCOMS. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DEATH FROM MEASLES IN THE UNITED STATES NOT LINKED TO ANY UNDERLYING DISEASE SINCE 2003.]
- Mumps virus causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen glands in the cheeks and neck.
- [RARELY,] Mumps can lead to deafness, encephalitis or meningitis (swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, rarely, death [DEATH FROM MUMPS ENCEPHALITIS IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND THERE ARE NO STATISTICS OF DEATH FROM MUMPS IN THE UNITED STATES, NOR ANY DEATHS FROM RECENT OUTBREAKS].
Rubella (also known as German Measles)
- Rubella virus causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache, eye irritation, and arthritis (mostly in teenage and adult women). [RUBELLA IS A MILD DISEASE IN CHILDREN, WITH 50% OF INFECTIONS BEING SYMPTOMLESS. THIS VACCINE IS NOT TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD; IT IS TO PROTECT WOMEN WHO ARE IN THEIR FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY FROM BEING INFECTED BY YOUR CHILD. SINCE 2003, THERE HAVE BEEN LESS THAN 11 CASES OF RUBELLA IN THE UNITED STATES PER YEAR, WHICH LED TO ITS “ELIMINATED” DESIGNATION IN 2004.]
- If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects. [HOWEVER, WE DO NOT VACCINATE WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE, WE PREFER TO VACCINATE YOUR CHILD BECAUSE YOU ARE CONDITIONED TO ALLOW IT.]
These diseases are easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, or through direct contact with an infected person.
Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect children and adults from all three of these diseases. [OF COURSE, AS DEMONSTRATED BY RECENT MEASLES OUTBREAKS, THE VACCINE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF PREVENTING THE DISEASE FROM EMERGING IN HIGHLY VACCINATED POPULATIONS. ALSO, THERE IS THE SMALL MATTER OF THE MERCK WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT WHICH ALLEGES THAT MERCK FALSIFIED ITS DATA ON MUMPS EFFICACY, IN WHICH CASE THE MUMPS PORTION OF THIS VACCINE WOULD BE COMPLETELY USELSESS, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE NUMEROUS MUMPS OUTBREAKS IN 100% VACCINATED POPULATIONS IN RECENT YEARS.]
Vaccination programs, [ALONG WITH IMPROVED HYGIENE AND THE CYCLICAL NATURE OF MANY DISEASES] have made these diseases much less common in the U.S. But if we stopped vaccinating, these diseases could return and cause a lot of people to become ill. [OR, WE COULD STOP VACCINATING AND NOTHING WOULD CHANGE EXCEPT THE IMPROVED RATES OF CHRONIC AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE IN OUR CHILDREN. WHO KNOWS?]