The best way to protect healthy kids from measles

Lawrence Solomon discusses his recent column, the “Untold Story of Measles” on the Charles Adler Show, 680 CJOB in Winnipeg.

Listen in to Lawrence Solomon as he explains why the measles vaccine is detrimental to healthy children. The best way to protect healthy children is to not vaccinate them, he says, and instead target vulnerable populations — such as children infected with HIV and children without access to proper nutrition — rather than apply an inefficient, unnecessary, one-size-fits-all solution.

But as host Charles Adler paraphrased, the latter, however, is a course of action public health authorities and governments are loathe to pursue because to target “poor kids” would give the appearance of marginalizing and stigmatizing vulnerable populations. Public health officials, agreed Mr. Solomon, tend towards a politically correct line of reasoning, that being “we have an obligation to protect everyone”.

“Many doctors are in fact skeptics themselves,” said Mr. Solomon. “Even polls show that the majority of health care workers — doctors nurses and other health care workers — resist vaccines for themselves and, in fact, where the surveys have been done, they also show that they resist vaccines for their children.”

Establishment voices are also beginning to criticize the status quo, says Mr. Solomon, who points to the peer-reviewed medical journal Vaccine and numerous researchers in the field.

They’re saying, “It’s time to get real,” he says. “Vaccines for measles have failed. The failure rate is up to 10 percent. We need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better approach.”

Listen to Lawrence Solomon on the Charles Adler Show here

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About Lawrence Solomon

Lawrence Solomon is one of Canada's leading environmentalists. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday) popularized the Conserver Society concept in the late 1970s and became the manual for those interested in incorporating environmental factors into economic life. An advisor to President Jimmy Carter's Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970's, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion and adopt toll roads. Mr. Solomon is a founder and managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation and the executive director of its Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute divisions. He has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine, and the author or co-author of seven books, most recently The Deniers, a #1 environmental best-seller in both Canada and the U.S. .

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