Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease


Physicians and public health officials know that recentlyvaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with theimmunocompromised can be especially dangerous.  For example,the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to”Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a livevaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasalinfluenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.“1

           A statement on the website of St. Jude’s Hospital warns parents notto allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment ifthey have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within fourweeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or haverashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles,mumps, rubella) vaccine.2

            “The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children forthe outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could justas easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinatedindividual,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A.Price Foundation. The Foundation promotes a healthy diet, non-toxiclifestyle and freedom of medical choice for parents and theirchildren. “Evidence indicates that recently vaccinated individualsshould be quarantined in order to protect the public.”

Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinatedwith live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella),rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virusfor many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated andunvaccinated alike. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12

Furthermore, vaccine recipients can carry diseases in the backof their throat and infect others while displaying no symptoms of adisease.13,14,15

Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk fromexposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure iswidespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recentoutbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measleshave occurred in fully vaccinatedpopulations.16,17 Flu vaccine recipients becomemore susceptible to future infection after repeatedvaccination.18,19