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Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 4

In the final part of a series, Dr. Frank Han debunks myths from “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” addressing false links between vaccines and diseases like IBD, autism, and intussusception. He exposes the authors’ cherry-picking and incorrect conclusions, while highlighting science’s commitment to truth, citing extensive studies showing no evidence supporting these claimed associations.

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Measles surges in the USA — we need more vaccinations

Despite the near eradication of measles in the USA, cases are surging due to insufficient vaccinations. Measles is a serious respiratory disease with possible deadly complications for children, particularly those under 12 months old who cannot be vaccinated. The CDC has responded to the 64 cases reported in 2024 with vaccination advisories. Vaccination remains the safest, effective prevention, disproving anti-vaccine claims linking MMR to autism. International travel has been linked to most U.S. cases; hence, vaccination is critical for those traveling.

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Measles outbreaks in the USA are a public health problem

Physicians are concerned about recent measles outbreaks in the USA, citing misinformation as a contributing factor. Lack of public memory of measles’ severity, due to vaccine success, has lowered vigilance. Highly contagious, measles’ complications can be severe including death, with no cure but the highly effective MMR vaccine. Low vaccination rates and anti-vaccine sentiments risk exacerbating these outbreaks, undermining herd immunity and public health.

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The Trump school vaccine plan will be a public health catastrophe

Donald Trump threatens to defund schools implementing vaccine mandates, possibly risking a public health catastrophe by endangering vaccine rates for diseases like measles, which is highly contagious and potentially fatal. Historically, school vaccine mandates have been crucial in nearly eradicating diseases such as polio and maintaining high childhood vaccination rates in the USA. The potential repeal of mandates could lead to outbreaks, strain hospital resources, and have severe health and economic impacts. Leading experts strongly oppose the plan, forewarning of its dire consequences.

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Anti-vaxxers underestimate the dangers of measles

Measles is often underestimated as a benign disease, despite causing serious complications such as pneumonia, hearing loss, and a fatal brain condition called SSPE. The MMR vaccine is crucial for prevention, as measles can lead to death and long-term suppression of the immune system, making children more susceptible to other infections. Sadly, non-vaccinated individuals are enabling the spread of measles, exemplified by a case where a young girl named Angelina suffered and died from SSPE contracted as an infant. Vaccination is essential to prevent such tragic outcomes and protect public health.

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Measles cases appearing along the US East Coast

Measles, once eradicated in the USA, is resurfacing along the East Coast largely due to unvaccinated children. The highly contagious virus can cause serious complications like pneumonia and encephalitis. Recent cases have been linked to unvaccinated travelers from endemic regions. The MMR vaccine is the best prevention, debunking any autism linkage and proving 97% effective. As measles can swiftly spread, keeping vaccinations current is crucial for public health.

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Mumps vaccine effectiveness — the facts

Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss discussed a whistleblower lawsuit against Merck regarding its mumps vaccine. Though the case was dismissed, concerns remain about the vaccine’s effectiveness. Regardless, scientific evidence supports the MMR vaccine’s safety and effectiveness against mumps, a disease that can have serious complications. Waning immunity and incomplete vaccination may be contributing to recent mumps outbreaks.

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District Court dismisses 2010 Merck mumps vaccine lawsuit

In July 2023, a False Claims Act lawsuit against Merck, alleging fraud related to the mumps vaccine, was dismissed due to lack of material evidence. The court found that the government’s decision to contract with Merck was based on its own data about effectiveness, rendering any misrepresentations by Merck immaterial. The lawsuit has been appealed to the Third Circuit.