I raised those points on social media. The knee-jerk reaction is predictable, but disheartening. People in my artistic community, normally at the cutting edge of change in many areas are incredibly blind in this area. It's a perfect result of our educational process. You hear, starting in grade school, vaccines save lives! One of the great medical triumphs! Stopped the killing plagues!
I am currently reading a book "Dissolving Illusions" by Suzanne Humphries, MD. She was a nephrologist, a doctor who specializes in kidney health and kidney disease, and used to notice that when her patients would get a vaccine, they would get kidney failure. At first she thought it was a fluke, then she noticed a distressing regularity. So she notified her superiors at the hospital, who swiftly told her she was hallucinating. She ordered a stop to the immediate vaccinations that her patients would get. NO more kidney failure. Of course that didn't last long. She spoke of doctors and nurses coming up to her privately, and telling her that they agreed with her, but the PTB were not willing to advance the argument.
This, as they say, got her thinking a great deal about vaccines, and she started research into their history and application. The book is her result.
What i found fascinating is that the "anti-vax" movement, as they like to call it, started in the middle of the NINETEENTH century in Leicester, England. Oddly enough, vaccination was compulsory back then. The mothers and fathers, (you know, those ignorant ones who are with their children day in and day out) noticed that many of their children died from the smallpox VACCINATION. There were fines and jail time for the resisters, and rather tough tactics with police forcibly vaccinating children. Finally the parents had had enough, and arose en-masse, marched on the capitol, and got the laws changed. They stopped the major vector of smallpox back then, the VACCINE! They came up with laws to increase sanitation, clean up the water, pick up the trash, and they treated each case of wild smallpox, (an ever diminishing number) with quarantine in healthy surroundings. Deaths from smallpox in Leicester were practically non-existent, while deaths in the surrounding towns touched nearly everyone. The officials made the usual remarks about 'herd-immunity' (probably the only time humans like being called a herd, for some reason i have yet to fathom) and disaster when the un-vaccinated bred, yet the town of Leicester thrived and grew, while the opposite happened to the surrounding areas.
One could make the case that the vaccine was dirty and primitive in those times. Then Susanne goes to make the case with the current crop of vaccines. She makes a convincing case about Polio (which, in the wild strain apparently effects everyone in their gut, and was a self-limiting pathogen, mostly asymptomatic, in indigenous cultures around the world) also naturally falling in frequency BEFORE the vaccine. She also linked the current historical epidemic to DDT, which was used everywhere to PREVENT polio. She talks about parallels in India today, where polio is rampant, and DDT is still in use. She also discusses the fact that infants there are being compulsorily immunized against polio up to 50 times! And still they have no 'immunity' to the disease. She also spoke of a nurse in the outback Austrailia, when the polio epidemic hit out there. She talked about the children playing on barrels of DDT, and in them when they had been emptied. She cured all her patients with no deaths and no permanent paralysis with vitamin C in large doses. Of course, this was not a popular idea. She also spoke about the many many people who got Polio from the vaccine itself, and their disease was particularly grave, and oft-times fatal.
The dread measles had dwindled to practially NO deaths by the time the vaccine was invented. Hygiene and good diet helped attenuate the epidemics of the turn of the last century. She spoke of vitamin A deficiency being one of the causes for this particular diseases' virulence in particular cases. She also states that there is no particular immunity being gained from the vaccine because there is no natural immunity, which used to be passed down in mother's milk, which helped mitigate the disease. The 1930's and 40's were a time when nursing fell out of fashion, processed food and formula became more available, and measles had a corresponding peak. More children were breast fed in the 50's and 60's, and had better nutrition, and the cases fell in incidence and virulence.
She lays the case for each vaccine, giving some scary information about each that is not popularly published about vaccine failure.
With the measels, along with whooping cough, she states that not only are the vaccines not producing immunity, but everyone who has the vaccine is actually a carrier of the disease, and infectious. And when they get the particular disease, they get it worse, because, rather than getting the wild version of the disease, and having the body mount a full immune defense (which doctors have only a fundamental understanding of) the poor people get a raging version of the disease because their body has learned to mount a defense against only one antigen, instead of the whole virus, and has no defense for the real thing.
There is much more in the book, and I highly recommend it's reading. It is well researched; she gives good footnotes to back up her research and has lovely graphs to show you the incidence of each disease, and it's downward trajectory before the vaccine. She also gives a very scary upward trajectory, in modern times, of the rise of the diseases the vaccinations are supposed to prevent in the VACCINATED population! If you have kindle free, it's a free book. I"m not sure I would let my kid have ANY vaccines after reading this.