by Marco Cáceres
The idea that unvaccinated people are to blame for certain infectious disease outbreaks has become a common refrain in the media—mainly due to ignorance and fears fueled by that ignorance. The idea that people who get vaccinated with ineffective or live virus vaccines are playing a role in such outbreaks is much less popular—or well known.
Many of those, who like to point fingers at anyone concerned about the safety of vaccines seem to have this vague notion that, unlike vaccinated people, unvaccinated people carry dangerous hidden microbes that can magically appear at anytime and infect vaccinated people, thus spreading disease. In other words, that unvaccinated people are contaminated, while vaccinated people are not.
Then, there is the obvious fuzzy logic of (supposedly) protected people being infected by unprotected people. That makes no sense. Why should the vaccinated fear the unvaccinated? Otherwise, what’s the point of vaccination?
It appears that vaccines fail to prevent infection and transmission much more often than health officials are willing to admit. As Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), wrote in her 2016 referenced report on the evolution of pertussis bacteria to evade DPT and DTaP vaccines:
Both the reactive whole cell DPT vaccine licensed 1949 and the less toxic acellular DTaP vaccine licensed in 1996 do not prevent infection or transmission, and only provide two to five years of temporary immunity at best. Millions of vaccinated children and adults are silently infected with pertussis in the U.S. every year and show few or no symptoms but spread whooping cough to vaccinated and unvaccinated children—without doctors identifying or reporting cases to the government.1
In addition to inactivated and live virus vaccines sometimes failing to prevent infection and transmission of infections, live virus vaccines are additionally capable of causing both symptomatic and asymptomatic vaccine strain viral infections in vaccinated persons, who then can transmit those vaccine strain viral infections to other vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.