Re: Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread
I read the letter of Jessica Omassoli and her fellow students  with interest, but I wonder whether trust in the medical profession is not also dependent on listening to patients or their families if something goes wrong with a prescribed medical product -and despite the assurances of medical professionals manifestly things can go wrong even on the basis of what we can read from package inserts , which under the provisions of the Montgomery ruling should be made known before being administered . Given that the Montgomery ruling was only in 2015 I am not sure that concept of informed consent is that outdated. I also wonder about the scientific soundness of extrapolating from the case of Andrew Wakefield - even supposing he had a fair hearing .
Meanwhile, I am bemused by the government/media narrative that the United Kingdom has meaningfully lost some pristine status conferred on it by the World Health Organisation . If we look at government data confirmed measles cases in 2017 and 2018 (284, 991) were higher than in 2014 and 15 (122, 92) . In the case of 2018 I detected an anomaly in the data which still has to be explained , and I can only repeat my recent criticism of the apparent lack of control in the WHO's global data (which remains undefended) .
There is also very considerable doubt whether even 100% uptake could eradicate measles due to waning vaccine effectiveness, well documented .
 Jessica A Omassoli, Amber Jennifer Sara Moore, Charlotte Rachel Valentine, Katherine Joanne Lewis, 'Re: Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread', 22 August 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5141/rr-0
 John Stone, 'Re: NHS chief attacks anti-vax “fake news” for falling uptake', 2 April 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l1000/rr-8
 Noel Thomas, 'Re: NHS chief attacks anti-vax “fake news” for falling uptake', 6 March 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l1000/rr-0
 John Stone, 'Re: A tale of two vaccines and the "spectre of Andrew Wakefield", 22 October 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4152/rr-22
 Elisabeth Mahase, 'Measles cases at highest point since 2006 as outbreaks continue to spread'
BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5141 (Published 13 August 2019)
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