Well all Wakefield said was that if the UK hadn't locked down the importation of single valent Measles Vax, then parents who were afeared of MMR would have gotten that, thus keeping vax rates for Measles high . . . Which was his idea all along, not that people would skip MMR, but that they would get them singlevalently . . . I still know lots of parents that wish for singlevalent M, M & R, but the trend is actually the opposite of what many parents want, penta & hexa valent vaccines . . . The US stopped having single valent vaxes for MMR available a few years ago . . .
I fully admit: I favor parent choice. When my SIL just went in to get my nephew's shots, she was told that ONLY medicaid patients in NC can now get DTaP (which is trivalent), that all privately insured patients now HAVE to get Pentacel. I have seen research showing Pentacel is more reactive, slightly than the components given singly (which I can dig around for if you want) but the point is, my SIL was NOT given a choice, just based on her insurance . . . It is important to preserve parent choice IMO, just like we are offered dye free Tylenol OTC, a parent should be able to say 'I want Daptacel, not Infanrix' or @ least: I want DTaP not Pentacel. SIL sure could have gone to a different provider, and hunted and pecked for DTaP instead, but like most parents, she didn't. I believe the only way for the Vax supply to ever be improved is Parent Choice and Parent Action. That is the only way it HAS ever been improved and now that all the companies are on the Honor System (no liablity), parent choice is more vital than ever.
I don't agree with everything he said, altho there were also some recent admissions by the UK Government concerning his research that I sorta noticed out of the corner of my eye.
Anyway, this is certainly not about Parent Choice or Wakefield. I see you don't think they could be related . . . I didn't say they absoultely were . . . I just said that I had wondered if an outbreak would follow and then it did . . .
By secondary transmission, do you mean, person contracts Measles from Vax and then passes it on (as in OPV)? I haven't seen that happen personally, but I know without a doubt that you can get actual clinical measles from the MMR (albeit attenuated) . . .
Edited by dinahx - 4/14/13 at 10:42am