A Measles-ly story

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The measles propaganda assault continues.

The measles vaccine story sounds quite fantastic – and unbelievable. , accidental discoveries … a familiar template.

It was only blood.

But more than 60 years ago, that blood from an 11-year-old boy was used to stop one of the deadliest childhood illnesses — measles.

Not long after recovering from the illness, Edmonston remembers getting pulled out of study hall by Peebles, who told him the good news — they were able to isolate the virus strain, and would be making a vaccine from his blood. After undergoing many years of human trials, the vaccine was finally released to the public in 1963 — nine years after his blood was first taken.

This is possibly the only true part of the likely fable:

When the time came to vaccinate his own son in the 1970s, Edmonston and his wife decided not to because they were concerned about possible reactions to vaccines.

“She was dead set against (the vaccination) and I was a bit disappointed. But you see we had an agreement that child rearing was largely in her hands, so I went along,” he said.

Now, Edmonston attributes high rates of vaccination to the fact that his son, now 34, never got measles.

“Our own child did not benefit from the measles vaccine in which I had a small part. We knew that we were benefiting from a risk that was being taken by others,” he told the Star in an email.

via Meet the man behind the world’s first measles vaccine | Toronto Star.

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3 thoughts on “A Measles-ly story

  1. khammad

    Inoculation refers to the subcutaneous instillation of smallpox virus into nonimmune individuals. The inoculator usually used a lancet wet with fresh matter taken from a ripe pustule of some person who suffered from smallpox. The material was then subcutaneously introduced on the arms or legs of the nonimmune person. From Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination.

    I have read about this practice in many other places. Many countries had their own version of inoculation.

    So you find a sick person with smallpox, who has a pock about to pop. Grab a sharp knife and dig that puss out of there. Take that knife and insert that puss into a previously open wound on your arm or leg.

    You are now inoculated.

    Interesting though, in 1855 Massachusetts passed a law mandating vaccination for school children. People were dying. Something had to be done.

    Was the first law for vaccines before or after the creation of vaccines in a lab?


    The first vaccine created in a laboratory was Louis Pasteur’s 1879 vaccine for chicken cholera. In 1855, that vaccination that were being mandated were a form of inoculation that was morphing into standardization.

    In 1876, the New York Board of Health established a vaccine farm in Lakeview, New Jersey. Lymph from calves infected with cowpox virus was harvested and used as vaccine.

    Vaccines started from a real need to prevent horrible illnesses that were being spread around. Now, all imaginary: the virus, the vaccine and the possible pandemic.

    1. khammad

      Timeline Entry: 1813
      U.S. Vaccine Agency Established

      The U.S. Congress authorized and James Madison signed “An Act to Encourage Vaccination,” establishing a National Vaccine Agency. James Smith, a physician from Baltimore, was appointed the National Vaccine Agent.

      Vaccinations were not a law yet, but they now had their own agency, with an appointed National Vaccine Agent. Now I am starting to doubt that a “real” need to vaccinate existed at the scale government sources say they did.

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