– Mandatory vaccination – No, thank you!:
It is as if we were in a madhouse: Politicians, Representatives of Medical Doctors, and the Media are outbidding each other with demands for a mandatory measles vaccination; Parents in Berlin are to stay at home with their infants; travel plans to Berlin are being cancelled. Some private nursery schools do not understand that measles is the only pertinent disease and have imposed mandatory vaccinations for everything, as a precautionary measure even for the sexually transmitted Hepatitis B.
Why this panic? Measles has existed as long as anyone can remember, and we had become relatively familiar with this disease. At the begging of the seventies most people had overcome measles by the age of ten. Therefore adult cases were extremely rare and infant illness had also become an exception due to the protection provided by the high antibody levels of mother’s. Complications were thus also very uncommon. Yet infections of the brain and fatalities with a frequency of 1:10,000 became increasingly unacceptable. After 1972 the rates of infection sustainably declined through the measles vaccination. Since 2004 there have been between 500 and 2,000 cases per year. Fatalities have only occurred in isolated cases and usually in the rare cases of an infant or adult infection.
Read moreDr. Martin Hirte, MD: Mandatory vaccination – No, thank you!