Measles Vaccine vs. Measles Infection

What if more deaths occurred after receiving the measles vaccine than the number of reported natural measles deaths in the U.S..

First do no harm.

Pediatrics, 1998 March; 101(3 Pt 1):383-7.  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/101/3/383.abstract

Acute encephalopathy followed by permanent brain injury or death associated with further attenuated measles vaccines: a review of claims submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

RESULTS: A total of 48 children, ages 10 to 49 months, met the inclusion criteria after receiving measles vaccine, alone or in combination. Eight children died, and the remainder had mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders. The onset of neurologic signs or symptoms occurred with a nonrandom, statistically significant distribution of cases on days 8 and 9. No cases were identified after the administration of monovalent mumps or rubella vaccine.

CONCLUSIONS: This clustering suggests that a causal relationship between measles vaccine and encephalopathy may exist as a rare complication of measles immunization.

In the last six years, 2009 through 2014, there have been no reported measles deaths in the U.S. but the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensated five families when their children died after receiving a vaccine that included the live measles vaccine.

United States, Two reported measles deaths:

There have been Six deaths compensated after receiving the MMR vaccine including 2008 through 2013.

Years of vaccine deaths:

2008 – 07-307V • TIMOTHY J. and JOANNA L. SARVER, as parents and legal representatives of the estate of their daughter, ERICA LYNN SARVER, deceased V. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Respondent conceded that the Sarvers were entitled to compensation. ERICA LYNN SARVER, 3-year-old, deceased MMR (associating MMR vaccine with encephalopathies that develop 5-15 days after vaccination) Erica died on December 7, 2008.   http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/MORAN.SARVER033012.pdf

2009 – Natural Parents of ERICK SANTIAGO, JR., Decedent, Petitioners ADEENA SANTIAGO and ERICK SANTIAGO, SR., allege that the measles-mumps-rubella (“MMR”) and varicella vaccines administered to Erick on November 20, 2008, and the diphtheria-tetanus acellular-pertussis (“DTap”) and pneumococcal conjugate (“PCV7”) vaccines administered to Erick on May 21, 2009, exacerbated his pre-existing reactive airway disease and asthma, resulting in, or substantially contributing to his death on May 29, 2009. A lump sum of $25,000.00, in the form of a check payable to petitioners, as administrators/executors of Erick’s estate…http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/CAMPBELL-SMITH.SANTIAGO.7.19.2012.pdf

2009 – (Attachment) KRISTEN RIDL, parent of S.M., deceased, Kristen Murdock (petitioner) filed a petition on behalf of her daughter, S.M., pursuant to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.2 42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to -34 (2006). Petitioner alleged that S.M. suffered an encephalopathy and later died as a result of her receipt of Hepatitis A, Varicella, and Measles-Mumps-Rubella (“MMR”) vaccines on January 21, 2009. A lump sum of $170,000.00 in the form of a check payable to petitioner as guardian/conservator of S.M.’s estate. This amount represents compensation for all damages that would be available under 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-15(a).

201011-356V • APRIL L. GARTON and JEREMIAH R. CASMIRE, SR., natural parents of Jeremiah R. Casmire, Jr., deceased V. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  April L. Garton and Jeremiah R. Casmire, Sr., filed a petition for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,  alleging that their son, Jeremiah Casmire, Jr., suffered a hypoxic/ischemic insult encephalopathy, which was caused-in-fact by the MMR vaccine he received on April 19, 2010, and died as a sequelae of the encephalopathy.  I award petitioners a lump sum payment of $250,000.00 in the form of a check payable to petitioners, April L. Garton and Jeremiah R. Casmire, Sr. This amount represents compensation for all damages that would be available under § 300aa-15(a).  http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/VOWELL.GARTON102611_0.pdf

2011 – 1:13-vv-00409 • DAHL et al v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Dalan and Elizabeth Dahl (petitioners) filed a petition on behalf oftheir daughter, LD, pursuant to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.. Petitioners alleged that LD received a measles, mumps, and rubella (“MMR”) vaccine on June 6, 2011, and thereafter developed symptoms that led to her death on June 18, 2011. Informed by respondent’s concession that an award of damages is appropriate, the undersigned finds that petitioners are entitled to compensation under the Vaccine Act.  A lump sum of $250,000.00, in the form of a check payable to petitioners.  https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013vv0409-25-0

2013  14-683 • R.T., et al v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Filed 11/21/2014 Public Decision – Damages Decision Based on Proffer, conceded entitled to compensation. MMR, Varicella, Hib, and pneumococcal vaccines received on July 10, 2013; Death, payment of  $500,000.00 and $600,394.22 to NM Medicaid lien  https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014vv0683-40-0

In 2014, “…About 17 percent of U.S. (measles) cases this year (2014) were vaccinated. Health officials say that although the vaccine is very effective, it’s not perfect. ”   http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/25/deaths-from-measles-outbreak-may-be-inevitable-as-cases-surge-in-us/

Death from a disease or a vaccine is devastating for any family.

Are any vaccine deaths an acceptable price for preventing measles when measles deaths are very rare?

Are too many being vaccinated with the measles vaccine?

Who should decide who should be vaccinated?  A Parent, doctors, government, other parents, neighbors….?

Compiled by Christina Abel