PASSCODE: CDC MEDIA (all numbers)
· The US has had 84 cases, spanning 14 states and 67 of those have been since December 28, 2014 and are connected to Disneyland
· Measles was declared “eliminated” in the US in 2000 (there were 86 cases that year, so in a year that there were 86 cases, measles was declared eliminated but now that we have 84 cases in the first month of 2015, it is problematic and concerning)
· She was very adamant that this outbreak is NOT the result of vaccine failure but failed to provide ANY statistics on the vaccination status of those involved in the outbreak
· She stated that the MAJORITY of cases in this outbreak are in those who are not vaccinated, but again, failed to give ANY statistics
· Everyone should get an MMR no matter what, even if they are older and may have had the disease (later on in the call she admits that those over 50 likely have had measles and therefore are immune)
· The MMR vaccine is extremely safe and effective
· Vaccine coverage is high which increases the chances of having cases in some vaccinated people
· This outbreak is “consistent with a highly effective vaccine”
· 1 in 12 children are not getting their first MMR vaccine on time
· 12 months is not too early to get an MMR vaccine, parents should not be afraid to do so
· We are seeing more cases in adults this time than usual
· The genotype that caused the Disney outbreak is causing outbreaks in 14 other countries right now.
· She stated that in 2013, 79% of cases were in unvaccinated individuals (there were 179 cases)
· At some point she said that 1 in 3 die. She HAD to be talking about the third world but I missed some of the conversation and would need to either listen to it again or see the transcripts.
· The median age for measles infection is increasing
· Have all 84 cases been laboratory confirmed?
· What is the genotype for those laboratory confirmed? Wild type measles or vaccine strain?
· Why aren’t recently vaccinated children who are shedding measles virus kept home until they are no longer shedding?
· How many deaths from measles have occured in the United States in the past decade?
· There were 644 cases of measles in the US in 2014 (432 depending on the source). Why is an outbreak of 84 cases, 67 associated with Disneyland, so alarming and concerning?
· Why aren’t the numbers in the MMWR consistent with what the media and you, Dr. Schuchat, reporting? Currently it shows 3 cases for 2015.
· How can you say you are certain that this outbreak has nothing to do with vaccine failure and at the same time either not know or not give the statistical breakdown on how many cases are in vaccinated individuals?
· If vaccine coverage rates are high, as you said they are, then why is everyone pointing at those who don’t vaccinate?
· If the MMR vaccine is highly effective, then why did you state that this outbreak is consistent for a highly effective vaccine and that it should be expected to see some cases in vaccinated people? And again, how many of those infected have been fully vaccinated?
· In light of William Thompson’s findings and admissions, why wouldn’t parents be afraid to give their child MMR vaccine at 12 months? The covered up increased risk had everything to do with the timing of that particular dose of that particular vaccine.