The measles vaccine has shown its dark side yet again. The Government has not learnt anything from the Chennai incident where three innocent lives were "sacrificed for the greater good", a term used to rationalise vaccine deaths and damage. We do not know whether the paltry compensation amount offered by the State Government will be enough to quell the grief of the young parents. Had this been the USA the compensation would have been approximately 40 million dollars. Life in India is dirt cheap.
Now in Aurangabad four children have died and six are battling for life. While various reasons are being ascribed to these deaths, the Chennai medical report points out brain swelling and haemorrhage as cause of death. This is a typical vaccine reaction.
The authorities should note that the Indian measles vaccine has caused the death of a child in Ukraine as reported by the press. The Rado Commission instructed by the Ukrainian Parliament to investigate the cause has put the entire blame on the vaccine sourced from India and provided to Ukraine by the WHO.
Under these circumstances it is imperative to again put a stop to the measles vaccine campaign and consider other means to treat this common childhood illness which many doctors believe is essential to exercise the immature immune system of the infant.
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