The CDC states that chicken pox used to be a very common disease, infecting over 4 million people and causing 150 deaths each year (1). To give that number some perspective, 4 times that many people (about 600) die annually in the US from falling out of bed (2).
According to the CDC, however, the chicken pox vaccine changed all that and saved us from this “very uncomfortable and sometimes serious disease.” They also state that the chicken pox vaccine is our best protection against chicken pox (3). As a result of their efforts, the incidents of infection and death from chicken pox have gone down dramatically since the vaccine was introduced.
But are these statements totally accurate? Let’s review the science and find out.
Chicken Pox Vaccine Fails in 3 Areas
The main study to review was published in the medical journal Vaccine in 2013, and was a statistical analysis of data gathered since the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine in 1995 (4).
The conclusion of the report was that:
- The chicken pox vaccine was NOT as effective as natural immunity.
- The chicken pox vaccine was NOT proven to be cost-effective.
- The chicken pox vaccine FAILED to provide long-term protection.
Not only did the report show that vaccine effectiveness had declined well below 80% by 2002, but researchers pointed out that cases of shingles increased during this time and that CDC authorities claimed that no such increase had occurred.
They also conveniently ignored the natural boost in immunity the general public enjoyed before mass vaccination.
“95% of adults experienced natural chicken pox – these cases were usually benign and resulted in long-term immunity. Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination is less effective than the natural immunity that existed in pre-vaccine communities. Universal varicella vaccination has not proven to be cost-effective as increased herpes zoster (shingles) morbidity has disproportionately offset cost savings associated with reductions in varicella disease. Universal varicella vaccination has failed to provide long-term protection from VZV disease.”
Some scientists are convinced that the sharp rise in shingles cases recently (a 90% increase between 1998 and 2003) is directly linked to our lack of natural immunity against chicken pox. Basically, since we’re no longer exposing ourselves to the chicken pox virus, we aren’t developing innate resistance against shingles.
Dr. Gary S. Goldman – in his peer-reviewed paper titled “The Case Against Universal Vericella Vaccination” (5) – regarding a 2006 study in the International Journal of Toxicology states that,
“Natural chicken pox immunity protects against shingles, and forced vaccination in the US population will eradicate our natural boosting mechanism and leave us vulnerable to shingles.”
The CDC itself reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that the chicken pox vaccine was a failure when it came to long-term immunity and began recommending a second dose (booster) shortly after the first (6) – a second dose of the same vaccine that didn’t work.
Chicken Pox – A Contrived Epidemic
The chicken pox “epidemic” is entirely manufactured. There are so few deaths associated with chicken pox that it’s not even worth mentioning. (I mean this in a statistical sense, of course, and do not mean to belittle the loss of those who have – in fact – died from the chicken pox.)
In actuality, the CDC admits that people don’t really die from chicken pox, but rather from “complications” of chicken pox in immunocompromised children and the elderly. And let’s not discount deaths that might occur as a result of medical treatments themselves such as aspirin and antipyretics (fever reducers).
Also consider the following:
♦ Between March 1995 and July 1998, the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) received 6,574 reports of health problems after chickenpox vaccination (7). That’s one adverse health event for every 1,481 chicken pox vaccinations, 14 of which resulted in death.
♦ As a result of these vaccine reactions, 17 warnings were added to the manufacturer’s product label AFTER the vaccine was being used (8).
It’s worth mentioning that adverse vaccine events are greatly under-reported (by as much as 90 percent, according to some experts) making the dangers of the chicken pox vaccine possibly far worse than these statistics imply.
Despite these scientific findings, the chicken pox vaccine continues to be recommended and administered to millions, a fact which suggests that public health has taken a back seat to profit.