New York, NY — As TFTP reported at the end of last month, in one of the most shocking moves to date over the 2019 measles outbreak, Rockland County officials declared a state of emergency and effectively banned any child under the age of 18, who had not received the MMR vaccine, from all public spaces. Now, officials are going one step further and have ordered mandatory vaccinations for multiple New York zip codes. Those who try to resist getting the shots will face charges.
If you watch the news or read mainstream media, you would think that people are dropping dead left and right and tens of thousands of people have contracted measles. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there have only been 465 reported cases as of April 4.
Nevertheless, government officials and media alike are whipping up mass hysteria and using that hysteria to remove your right to informed consent.
"It's a war zone," said a doctor who said he had seen over a hundred patients who hadn't been vaccinated but asked for anonymity for fear of jeopardizing his practices, according to a rather hysterical article in the Brainerd Dispatch. "I think the city is underestimating the scale of the outbreak."
"We cannot allow this dangerous disease to make a comeback here in New York City," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. "We have to stop it now."
In New York, there have been 285 reported cases of measles since last September, mostly in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Of the 285 cases, 246 were in children. There have only been 21 people hospitalized for it. No one in the entire country has died from it.
"This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately," de Blasio said at a news conference. "The measles vaccine works. It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested . . . The faster everyone heeds the order, the faster we can lift it."
The hysteria over this measles outbreak borderlines on insanity as measles is not even on the list of federally quarantinable diseases. Yet quarantines are already happening.
Furthermore, though 90,000 people die around the world from measles every year, according to the World Health Organization, malnutrition, especially vitamin A deficiency is the primary cause of death in those cases. In fact, 75-92% of measles hospitalizations in the United States are also due to vitamin A deficiency.
Even the CDC admits that before the measles mass vaccination program was introduced, nearly everyone contracted measles and obtained lifetime immunity by age 15.
According to Physicians for Informed Consent, in the modern era, it is rare to suffer permanent disability or death from measles in the United States. Between 1900 and 1963, the mortality rate of measles dropped from 13.3 per 100,000 to 0.2 per 100,000 in the population, due to advancements in living conditions, nutrition, and health care—a 98% decline—not the vaccine. This is illustrated in the figure below.
Yet still, government is going to be tracking down those who haven't received the measles vaccine and forcing them to take it.
According to the report, the mandate orders all unvaccinated people in four zip codes to receive inoculations, including children as young as 6 months old. Anyone who resists faces a misdemeanor charge and could be fined up to $1,000.
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As all fines and misdemeanor charges are enforced with the promise of violence, we could very well see people imprisoned or worse if they resist.
Those in the ultra-Orthodox community—who largely do not vaccine—are furious, and rightfully so.
"The doctors are trying to screw us, I'm sure of it," said Bery Schmeltz, a 28-year-old yeshiva student, declining to say whether or not he was immunized as this is now considered a crime. "The city is just trying to make money off us."
Officials are blaming the recent measles outbreak on "antivaxxers," demonizing them for supporting "fake science."
Oxiris Barbot, New York's health commission said the outbreak "is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods. They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science."
However, one does not need fake science to question the safety of the measles vaccine. As TFTP has previously reported, most people who get the measles make a full recovery within a week or so. Although some studies do link unvaccinated people to measles cases, according to multiple other studies, the MMR vaccine is likely worse than getting measles.
In 2017, the Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) reported in the British Medical Journal that every year, approximately 5,700 U.S. children suffer from seizures as a direct result of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
“In the United States, measles is generally a benign, short-term viral infection; 99.99% of measles cases fully recover,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC president and founder. “As it has not been proven that the MMR vaccine is safer than measles, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that mandatory measles mass vaccination results in a net public health benefit in the United States.”
While there is a risk of seizure from contracting measles, according to the data, the risk of developing seizures from the vaccine to combat measles is five times higher.
What’s more, the seizures from the MMR vaccine are far worse, according to the study, and can cause permanent harm.
“For example, 5% of febrile seizures result in epilepsy, a chronic brain disorder that leads to recurring seizures. Annually, about 300 MMR-vaccine seizures (5% of 5,700) will lead to epilepsy,” PIC points out.
Now, as the government rounds people up and forces them to take this vaccine for a non-life-threatening virus, according to the CDC's own data, children will undoubtedly be injured in this process. Fret not however, because to the statists, these children are expendable and their injuries and possible life-long suffering, will serve some mythical greater good.