Rockland County Health Department Sign

A sign declaring the state of emergency is posted on the front sliding doors of the Rockland County, New York Health Department. Photo by Erica Yoon for STAT News.

UPDATE 4/5/2019

Parents of Unvaccinated Children Sue Rockland County – Judge Rules in Their Favor and Ends the Ban

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

As Rockland County, New York, became the first community in the United States last week to issue a state of emergency and ban all unvaccinated children from public places, including schools, many questions about the rationale behind the ban have gone unanswered, leaving many to speculate about what the real reason was to invoke such an intrusive government order that many feel violates constitutional civil rights.

Vaccinated Adults Spreading Measles

First, if the goal of the emergency order and ban was to stop the spread of measles, why were only unvaccinated children banned? Not only can unvaccinated adults also be carriers of the measles virus, it is well-documented that adults who received the MMR vaccine as children may no longer have immunity against measles, and allegedly need booster shots as adults.

Recent local news reports across the country confirm that some vaccinated adults are infected with measles and are carriers. See:

Sierra Avenue School exposed to measles after vaccinated teacher contracts illness

Vaccinated father from Oak Park among residents to contract measles

In 2011, a study was published in the Journal Vaccines titled “The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: Time to Develop the Next-Generation Measles Vaccines?

Gregory A. Poland, MD, and Robert M. Jacobson, MD, both of the Mayo Clinic, authored the study and revealed that a high percentage of individuals in measles outbreaks were already vaccinated.

Despite the above gains measles is reemerging as a serious public health threat, and outbreaks are occurring even in highly developed countries where vaccine access, public health infrastructure, and health literacy are not significant issues.

This is unexpected and a worrisome harbinger – measles outbreaks are occurring where they are least expected.

As illustrated in the Table, since 2005 these outbreaks have also occurred in the U.S.—with surprising numbers of cases occurring in persons who previously received one or even two documented doses of measles-containing vaccine. (Source.)

MMR Vaccine Shedding: Are Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spreading Measles?

Rockland County, New York reportedly has the highest rate of measles outbreaks in the U.S. with over 150 cases during a 6-month span.

And yet, one person’s call into the Rockland County Health Department last week revealed that there were currently only 5 active measles cases.

Health officials in Rockland County have stated that during this 6-month period, over 17,000 MMR vaccines have been administered in their county.

Given the fact that the MMR vaccine is a “live” virus vaccine where the vaccinated individual can be contagious for up to 30 days, could the mass vaccination campaign be a contributing factor in the measles outbreaks?

The MMR vaccine package insert found on the website states:

Excretion of small amounts of the live attenuated rubella virus from the nose or throat has occurred in the majority of susceptible individuals 7 to 28 days after vaccination.

Most hospitals post warnings about visiting immune-compromised patients shortly after being vaccinated with live vaccines.


2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology reported that during the 2015 Disneyland Measles outbreak, it was determined that 73 of the 194 measles cases were from the vaccine:

During the measles outbreak in California in 2015, a large number of suspected cases occurred in recent vaccinees. Of the 194 measles virus sequences obtained in the United States in 2015, 73 were identified as vaccine sequences (R. J. McNall, unpublished data). (Source.)

Rebecca J. McNall, a co-author of this study, is a CDC official in the Division of Viral Diseases. So the CDC has the data proving that some measles outbreaks are, at least in part, caused by the vaccine.

So far, nothing has been published about the measles cases in Rockland County that identify if the measles strains are wild, or vaccinated.

Antivaxx or Anti Government Intrusion?

Since the measles cases in Rockland County have mostly occurred in Jewish communities, there have been claims that Orthodox Jews are primarily “AntiVaxxers.”

Lev Facher, writing for STAT News, reveals that rates of vaccination among Jewish populations is about the same as non-Jewish populations, and that the real reason many are opposing mandatory vaccinations is a distrust in local government.

Despite the severity of the outbreak in their community, some Jewish leaders have bristled at the assertion by some public health officials and in media accounts that Orthodox families vaccinate their children at a lower rate than the general public.

They say much of the problem stems less from concerns about vaccines and more from a gap in trust with the local government.

Many in the Orthodox community… worry that the [ban on unvaccinated children] could only exacerbate a fractured relationship with the local government. In some cases, health inspectors have already been rebuffed by residents; phone calls have gone unreturned, attempts at home visits have been ignored.

“People will react in that way, and that is part of the problem,” said Aron Wieder, a county legislator and leader in the Orthodox community. “I believe that this ban only augmented that issue. People will go underground, people are not going to work with the health officials.”

“Unfortunately, the last couple of months, people have perpetrated the notion that this is an issue of the Orthodox Jewish community,” Wieder said. “People who quite frankly I would call anti-Semitic have been creating this notion that Orthodox Jews don’t vaccinate their children.” (Source.)

Government health authorities and the Big Pharma funded corporate “mainstream” media would like the public to think that “anti-vaxxers” are the cause of measles outbreaks and therefore a public threat, as they use this narrative to try and pass legislation to mandate vaccines against the will of parents and objectors.

However, both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine sentiments are represented in those who oppose government intrusion into private lives, and the denial of civil rights in trying to force medical procedures upon individuals who do not want them.

Statistics clearly show that the vast majority of the American public vaccinates their children. And yet, efforts to force vaccinations on those who don’t want them seem to be opposed by a majority of those on both sides of the vaccine issue.

Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) recently wrote:

Since 2015, no state legislature has removed a vaccine exemption.

This year, while 11 states are proposing to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions, NVIC is supporting 61 bills that expand exemptions or protect vaccine informed consent rights (as of Mar.1, 2019), the largest number of bills we have ever supported in a legislative session.

This pushback against forced vaccination is being met with fury by doctors and lawyers inside and outside of government..

The majority of the American public has a healthy distrust of Government motives in forcing medical procedures upon those who do not want them. As Fisher states:

The signs are everywhere that people are trying to throw off the chains binding them to failed medical and public health policies that cost Americans more than three trillion dollars a year in health care costs.

Americans are beginning to understand that trusting blindly and saluting doctors smartly for the past 40 years has not prevented 1 child in 6 from becoming learning disabled, or 1 in 9 from suffering with asthma, or 1 in 10 from struggling with mental and behavior disorders or 1 in 40 from developing autism.

America now has the worst infant mortality rates, and worst maternal mortality rates, and worst life expectancy of all developed nations.

Highly vaccinated and medicated Americans are very sick, with millions of children and adults suffering with immune and brain dysfunction marked by chronic inflammation in their brains and bodies that confines too many of them to special education classrooms and frequent trips to doctors’ offices to try to deal with a lifetime of chronic illness and disability.

No public health official, professor or legislator in America can explain why millions and millions of children and more than 1 in 2 adults are chronically ill or disabled.

This is the real public health emergency that mothers and fathers want to talk about, but Congress and medical trade groups do not want to talk about.

This is the elephant in the room at every public hearing on bills proposing to take away or expand vaccine informed consent rights being held in state legislatures today.


Will the Government Start Using Force against the American Public Resisting Mandatory Vaccines?

Who is Benefiting from Mass Measles Vaccination Campaigns?

Back in 2015 when the corporate pharma-funded media broadcast the Disneyland Measles “crisis” as something akin to the apocalypse, sales of Merck’s measles vaccines, along with their other vaccines, soared. As Bloomberg reported back in 2015:

There’s nothing like an outbreak to get parents to vaccinate — or to help vaccine sales.

As a measles outbreak that started in California grew from seven cases on Jan. 7 to more than 100 a month later, sales of Merck & Co.’s measles vaccine surged as well.

From the first week the measles outbreak was in the news to a month later when cases neared their peak, the use of Merck’s M-M-R II vaccine more than quadruped to more than 4,000 a week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Merck reported first-quarter results today showing that sales of the measles vaccine and two other inoculations grew 24 percent from the same time a year before, to $348 million. The extra sales helped the Kenilworth, New Jersey, drugmaker beat analysts’ profit estimates. (Source.)

No other product in the marketplace benefits more from government intervention more than vaccines.

The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from lawsuits originating from injuries and deaths due to vaccines.

Today, if you are injured or killed by a vaccine, you have to sue the U.S. Government and go up against their high-powered attorneys to try and prove vaccine liability, while the pharmaceutical companies continue churning out vaccines at a record rate with no accountability.

Health Impact News publishes the quarterly reports from this government-run “vaccine court” from the Department of Justice listing the settlements for vaccine injuries and deaths here.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is tasked with vaccine safety, is the largest purchaser of vaccines in the world, spending over $5 billion of American taxpayers’ funds to purchase vaccines. See:

Should the CDC Oversee Vaccine Safety When They Purchase Over $5 Billion of Vaccines from Big Pharma?

Corruption within the CDC and their revolving door with the pharmaceutical industry have been well documented.

Julie Gerberding, for example, was in charge of the CDC from 2002 to 2009, which includes the years the FDA approved the Merck Gardasil vaccine.

Soon after she took over the CDC, she reportedly completely overhauled the agency’s organizational structure, and many of the CDC’s senior scientists and leaders either left or announced plans to leave. Some have claimed that almost all of the replacements Julie Gerberding appointed had ties to the vaccine industry.

Gerberding resigned from the CDC on January 20, 2009, and took over as the president of Merck’s Vaccine division, a 5 billion dollar a year operation, and the supplier of the largest number of vaccines the CDC recommends (article here).

It was reported in 2015, the year of the “Disneyland Measles Crisis,” that Dr. Gerberding, now the executive vice president of pharmaceutical giant Merck, sold 38,368 of her shares in Merck stock for $2,340,064.32. She still holds 31,985 shares of the company’s stock, valued at about $2 million. (Source.)

Besides examples like this showing a clear conflict of interest between government agencies tasked with overseeing public health and vaccine safety and pharmaceutical companies, the National Institute of Health also holds patents on vaccines such as Gardasil, and earns royalties from the sale of vaccines.

Dr. Eric Suba tried to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much money the National Institute of Health (NIH) earned from the sale of Gardasil, but they refused to report the amount of revenue the government earns from this vaccine (although not denying they do earn royalties).

Did you know that the government earns royalties from the sale of Merck’s vaccines?

So what is the real reason Rockland County is pushing a massive MMR vaccine public campaign, and attempting to pass local legislation that could make their ban of unvaccinated children permanent?

Some of our readers have pointed to a news story earlier this year that RK Pharma, a pharmaceutical company specializing in developing injectable and oral pharmaceuticals, has signed a long-term lease and plans to bring approximately 100 jobs into Rockland County:

“RK Pharma’s expansion into Rockland County represents another important next step in achieving the shared public-private goal of fashioning the campus into one of the foremost hubs for the life sciences in the nation,” said Jeremy L. Schulman, President & CEO of REDC.

“To facilitate their expansion into Rockland, REDC guided them every step of the way through the process in order to make them comfortable with their projected $17.5M investment, which included assistance from the Rockland IDA.”

The company joins site tenants including Pfizer, Sanofi (formerly Protein Sciences), Profectus Biosciences, Urban Electric Power and NuBiyota. (Source.)

Health Impact News does not have any evidence at this point that this new venture in Rockland County has any ties to increasing vaccination rates in the county, and this may be purely coincidental, as Merck’s name is not mentioned.

If anyone has evidence of a connection, please contact us here at Health Impact News.

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