Why is China Having Measles Outbreaks When 99% are Vaccinated?

Why Is China Having Measles Outbreaks When 99-100 Are Vaccinated 1

26th  September 2014

By  Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

China has one of the most vaccination compliant populations in the world. In fact, measles vaccination is mandatory. So why has China had over 700 measles outbreaks between  2009 and 2012 alone?

The obvious answer is that  the measles vaccines are simply not  effective.

A recent study published in the Public Library of Science  (PLoS),  titled “Difficulties in eliminating measles and controlling rubella and mumps: a cross-sectional study of a first measles and rubella vaccination and a second measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination”, has brought to light the ineffectiveness of two measles vaccines  —  measles–rubella (MR) and  measles–mumps–rubella  (MMR) — in fulfilling their widely claimed promise of preventing outbreaks in highly vaccine-compliant populations.

According to the study, “the reported coverage of the measles-rubella (MR) or measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is  greater than 99.0%  in Zhejiang province.  However, the incidence of measles, mumps, and rubella remains high”.

China’s Mandatory Vaccine Experiment

Zhejiang is an eastern coastal province of the People’s Republic of China and home to 55 million inhabitants. All children there receive a compulsory first dose of MR at 8 months and another dose of the  MMR vaccine at 18–24 months.

In the new study researchers analyzed a subset of 1,015 Zehjiang inhabitants and found that despite the recent measles outbreaks, 93.6% of them were seropositive for measles antibodies, a sign of  vaccine-induced protective antibodies against measles in their blood serum — more than is required to obtain so-called ‘herd immunity’ threshold of 88%–92%, which is often claimed to be the solution to extinguishing infectious diseases altogether.[2]  And yet despite this theoretical ‘protection’, eight-seven (8.6%) of the subjects developed measles anyway.

Another recent study, published in the highly authorative  Bulletin of the World Health Organization, looked at recent measles occurrences throughout China and found that there were 707 measles outbreaks in the country recorded between 2009 and 2012, with a steep trend upwards in 2013: “The number of measles cases reported in the first 10 months of 2013 – 26,443 – was three times the number reported in the whole of 2012”. This is all the more odd considering that  since 2009 “.. the first dose of measles-virus-containing vaccine has reached more than 90% of the target population”.

One would expect with increasing measles vaccine uptake there would result in a  decrease  in measles incidence.

Clearly the vaccines aren’t as effective as claimed,  nor is the concept of herd immunity. This observation  is supported unequivocally by the epidemiological evidence.

For more information, please see the  following  GreenMedInfo articles:

The failure of vaccine-induced antibody titers to protect against ‘vaccine preventable diseases’ may make more sense when you consider that the  antibody-based theory of vaccine efficacy  – a fundamental tenet of vaccinology  and  immunology – was recently called into question:  Study Calls Into Question Primary Justification for Vaccines.

The discovery that antibodies are not required for protection against infection, while counter-intuitive, is not novel. In fact, not only are antibodies not required for immunity, in some cases high levels are found in the presence of active, even lethal infections. For example, high serum levels of antibodies against tetanus have been observed failing to confer protection against the disease. A report from 1992 published in the journal  Neurology  found  severe tetanus  in immunized patients with high anti-tetanus titers, one of whom died as a result of the infection. [Learn more.]

Injecting aluminum and other highly immunotoxic adjuvants into the body in order to stimulate elevated antibody titers does not in and of itself guarantee their affinity for the antigen they are supposed to be protecting you against. To the contrary, it is much like saying you have improved the overall health of the beehive by kicking it with your boot to stir its angry residents and getting them to sting the closest thing around them – and hence die.

How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural Immunity

To learn the almost universally repressed truth about the dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccines, I highly suggest you obtain a copy of  Tetyana Obukhanych’s  layperson-oriented book  Vaccine Illusion. Dr. Obukhanych  earned her  Ph.D. in immunology at  Rockefeller University, New York, NY

“Due to the growing number of vaccine safety concerns, our society has been polarized into vaccine advocates and vaccine opponents. However, in the debate over vaccine safety, we have lost sight of a bigger problem: how vaccination campaigns wipe out our herd immunity and endanger the very young… Vaccines cannot give us lasting immunity to infectious diseases…  they jeopardize our natural immunity and overall health.”    Tetyana Obukhanych

The   WHO’s Goal of Eradicating Measles in China with Mandatory Vaccines Has Failed

In 2005, the Regional Committee of WHO Western Pacific Region established 2012 as the target date for the complete regional elimination of measles, and the Chinese Ministry of Health initiated mandatory measles vaccination to accomplish this. A year later, in 2006, China set a goal of accelerating their progress toward  eliminating measles by 2012, striving to keep measles incidence below 0.1 per 100,000, and developed a series of vaccination strategies to execute these goals.

Yet despite the full and near-universal implementation of multi-dose vaccines, measles, mumps and rubella outbreaks continued to afflict those receiving them:

Measles outbreaks continued in 2008, with 12782 cases reported, which translated to 252.61 per million of the population. From 2009 to 2011, the incidence of measles remained high at 3.14–17.2 per million of the population.

Similarly, the incidence of mumps increased from 394.32 to 558.26 per million of the population in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Finally, the reported cases of rubella increased from 3284 to 4284 in 2007 and 2011, respectively, representing a 30.45% increase or an increase from 65.94 to 78.71 per million of the population.

Therefore, the elimination of measles and control of mumps and rubella are urgent public health priorities in local regions.[1]

As I  have explored in a previous GreenMedInfo article, “Measles: a Rash of Misinformation“,  the measles vaccine  is not nearly as safe and effective as is widely believed. Measles outbreaks have consistently occurred in highly immunization-compliant populations. For a more extensive review of the epidemiological literature on measles outbreaks happening within highly vaccine-complaint populations, please read:  The 2013 Measles Outbreak: a  Failing Vaccine, Not a  Failure To Vaccinate

Sadly, the latest study concludes with the recommendation that the  MMR vaccine should be increased to two doses with the first dose at 8 months and the second dose at 18–24 months. They further suggest, that in addition to another MMR vaccine, “an MR vaccination speed-up campaign may be necessary for elder adolescents and young adults, particularly young females”.

This  has long been the historical response pattern of the medical establishment’s pro-vaccine agenda when facing the evidence of their failed vaccine campaigns;  instead of acknowledging the folly of relying exclusively on a vaccine-centric view of immunity, they default (counter-intuitively) to increasing the number of vaccines given, adding 1 or 2 ‘boosters’ when the vaccines clearly are not working in the first place. What about integrating a nutritional approach? Vitamin D?  Improved sanitation and hygiene?

Take a look at other  failed vaccine campaigns here, often followed by the same dead-end recommendations. This intellectually dishonest and callous approach is, in fact, a primary reason the  dangerously high numbers of vaccines that are presently  populating the CDC’s (arguably insane) immunization schedule  keep rising– a schedule with the highest number of vaccines in the world, and which we are supposed to believe has nothing to do with our  exponentially increasing autism rate (1 in 5,000 in 1975; 1 in 65 today) or our  shameful worst  infant mortality rate  in the developed world.  Despite the CDC’s dismissal, infant mortality rates are highest among countries that administer the most vaccines within the most vulnerable developmental window of infanthood.

Another highly concerning problem with the new study is its conspicuous lack of mention of the known  unintended, adverse effects of vaccination. In fact, earlier this year we reported on another Chinese vaccine study that found that “42% of drug reactions are vaccine related“.

And of course, we cannot leave out mention of what is likely the greatest medical cover-up of our time: the senior vaccine scientist  William Thompson at the CDC blew the whistle  on how his agency covered up the autism/vaccine link for over a decade, with  more malfeasance still to be uncovered; something  which is still ongoing, as no mainstream media group has yet to cover the facts of the story in a serious or honest manner.

How many of these Chinese infants and children will undergo neurodevelopmental regression or suffer other neurological insults as a result of using the same MMR vaccine the CDC identified as doing harm to African-American boys? We may never know, but we can be certain that they are  not immune to the well-documented dangers.

Given the gravity of potential harms associated with routine vaccines, juxtaposed to the perhaps far lesser risk associated with contracting what were once considered normal, immune-system building natural infections (such as measles), the issue here is really about balancing the pro’s versus the con’s, with the medical literature itself guiding parents decisions; parents  who have the right and responsibility to choose what medical interventions are appropriate for their children.

For more research, please use GreenMedInfo’s vaccination database  to help you make an informed choice.


[1]  Zhifang Wang, Rui Yan, Hanqing He, Qian Li, Guohua Chen, Shengxu Yang, Enfu Chen.  Difficulties in eliminating measles and controlling rubella and mumps: a cross-sectional study of a first measles and rubella vaccination and a second measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination.  PLoS One.  2014 ;9(2):e89361. Epub 2014 Feb 20.  PMID:  24586717

[2]  Vaccination and herd immunity to infectious diseases.  Anderson RM, May RM  Nature. 1985 Nov 28-Dec 4; 318(6044):323-9. [PubMed]

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About the author:


Sayer Ji  is an author, educator, Steering  Committee Member  of the  Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC),  advisory board member of the National Health Federation, and the founder of  GreenMedInfo.com  –  an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities.  His writings have been published and referenced widely in print and online, including Truthout, Mercola.com, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, New York Times and The Well Being Journal.

In 1995 Sayer received a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University, where he studied under the American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire, with a focus on the philosophy of science.  In 1996, following residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, he embarked on a 5 year journey of service as a counsellor-teacher and wilderness therapy specialist for various organizations that serve underprivileged and/or adjudicated populations. Since 2003, Sayer has served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field.

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