Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Herd Immunity-The Flawed Theory

Posted by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM
  • 2 Replies
  • 1167 Total Views

The Science Behind Herd Immunity – And an Extension to GMOs?




This photo (which has been cropped) is by Lynette Coates, whose Flickr Photostream is at (Clickable link below*.) Image rights owned by Lynette Coates.

I must admit that the temptation to produce a blank page with only the above title was almost uncontrollable. But I’ve managed—though the simple fact is that there is no science behind the oft’ vaunted claim that everyone is ethically and morally bound to be vaccinated so that all can be protected by herd immunity.

There isn’t one shred of evidence behind it. It’s a fraud shrouded in Big Pharma money, not an established fact. But it sounds so good, doesn’t it? It brings up an image of civic duty. Indeed, herd immunity’s enthusiastic promoters play on the image of the poor grandma or newborn who died of a “preventable” illness. They’re brilliant at tossing around the manure of guilt.

The idea of herd immunity first came about around a hundred years ago in reference to natural immunity resulting from having a disease. The concept says: If X percent of the population is immune to a disorder, then the rest of the population is protected from that disease.

The concept of herd immunity, as taken up by proponents of vaccination, is used to accomplish three things:

  • Promote a sense of guilt in nonvaccinators, convince them of the idea that they may be responsible for others—including the vaccinated!—being infected with disease.
  • Encourage an aggressive response from vaccinators against nonvaccinators by giving the impression that those who don’t vaccinate are to blame for disease.
  • Press for governmental enforcement of vaccinations for everyone, regardless of different viewpoints, philosophical ideas, or individual rights—and regardless of the inherent risks of vaccination.

Inherent Flaws in the Concept

The term herd immunity is tossed about as if it had been proven to work. But it hasn’t. The fact is that herd immunity has never been more than a concept—an idea that sounds good, but has little basis in reality.

The figures tossed around for how many must be vaccinated for herd immunity to take effect have never been established. Now and again, attempts are made to establish a figure using statistics and math. However, no amount of math or statistical manipulation can add up to a valid figure when all that underlies the calculations is assumptions.  The intention of those pressing the idea of herd immunity becomes quite clear as you note that the percentage being quoted has grown larger and larger with time, now often approaching 100%, but with no accompanying explanation.

Vaccines are Not Fully Protective

Vaccinations are not 100% effective. This fact is not in contention. The initial concept of herd immunity was based on the idea that infection by a disease is completely protective against further infection.

Vaccines Wear Off

The fact is that protection provided by vaccinations is limited over time. It wears off, sometimes within 2 years, most likely within 10 years in nearly all cases. It’s becoming more and more acknowledged, and is used as an excuse to give booster shots.

Clearly, these dual facts—vaccines’ ineffectiveness in a significant number of cases and loss of effectiveness in a short time span—mean that the basis of the herd immunity concept comes from a mistaken notion that vaccines are consistently effective. They aren’t.

Even if a vaccination rate of 100% is achieved, and even assuming that the initial protection from a vaccine is perfect, the vast majority of people will have little or no immunity within a fairly short period of time. In fact, most adults, who are not revaccinated every few years, will have very little vaccine-induced immunity.

Dr. Blaylock uses these facts to demonstrate the complete lack of authenticity behind the herd immunity concept:

That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.(1)

As Dr. Blaylock’s observation clarifies, there is nothing behind that claims of herd immunity beyond the mass belching of overheated gases.

The fact is that herd immunity sounds good, but it has no real meaning. It doesn’t even have a clear definition. It’s a public relations term used to herd people to through the vaccination doors. It’s used to explain why everyone should not only be willing, but be happy, to do their civic duty and take the risks associated with vaccines.

Herd Immunity and GMOs?

It’s may be hard to believe, but the flawed concept of herd immunity is now being used to push genetically modified crops! Many genetically modified crops carry a gene that makes them produce toxins to certain pests. For this article, we’ll leave aside the fact that they’re toxic to humans, too.

A study has been done that claims genetically engineered Bt corn, modified to suppress the corn borer, has resulted in benefits to non-GM producers by reducing their exposure to corn borers. Perhaps. It’s one study only. But let’s assume that it’s true. There’s another aspect to to this story that’s devastating and needs to be addressed in terms of vaccinations, too.

Pests have rapidly developed immunity to Bt corn. That, of course, ultimately makes the pest problem much worse—not only for GM growers, but also for innocent organic farmers.

Of course, the downside is routinely ignored by the cheerleaders of GMOs. The sound of herd immunity sounds so good, it’s now being used to push genetically engineered crops. How long will it be before all farmers are forced to plant GM crops based on the idea that it’s their civic duty?

The Vaccine Connection

The same thing that’s happened in GM food crops through mass planting—the development of more virulent pests—has happened in vaccinations. As has been reported in Gaia Health, recent outbreaks of whooping cough are caused by a new variety of the B. pertussis microbe that is a direct result of the vaccine. Thus, the vaccine is fueling the outbreaks, and they are far more virulent and deadly than the type covered by the vaccine.

Clearly, there’s more to consider in the concept of herd immunity than whether it’s effective. Pushing for more and more vaccinations may fuel new and more virulent diseases.

The concept of herd immunity is trotted out whenever someone who wasn’t vaccinated contracts a disease so that fingers can be pointed at all those people who didn’t do their “civic duty”. Finally, it’s become part of the methodology used to control the masses—to get people to leave their reasoning ability behind, and do what they’re told.

*Photo at top of page by Lynette Coates.


Tagged ,,

Choosing Not to VaccinateChoosing Not to Vaccinate-proud group owner

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-2):
by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM


by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM
1 mom liked this

Love to have more knowledge to back myself up when discussing vaccination with uneducated or provaxers! Thanks!

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)