Even though there have been no measles outbreaks in Maine, television ads have cropped up strongly urging people to get their measles shots.

What is going on here? Why are they trying to capitalize on people’s fears and/or lack of knowledge to induce public opinion for the vaccine?

There is alternative information available, however, for those who don’t want to be stampeded into making a quick decision.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control records, while no one has died of measles in the last 12 years, many have died in that same 12-year time period from adverse reactions to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The Associated Press reported Sept. 17, 2014, that 15 Syrian children died, “some just babies, all exhibited signs of ‘severe allergic shock’ about an hour after they were given a second round of measles vaccinations.”

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon and vaccine expert, told Newsmax Health: “There have been millions of reports about the negative consequences of vaccines, but nobody is talking about that. I have seen devastating neurological diseases develop as a direct cause of vaccines.”

Also, Dr. Lee Hieb, past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said in an interview with World Net Daily: “If you believe absolutely in the benefit and protective value of vaccination, why does it matter what others do? … By all means, vaccinate your child and yourself. Why should you even be concerned what your neighbor chooses to do for his child – if vaccination works?”

The risks and benefits of vaccines must be weighed by parents, and they should not be cowed by pressure from the state through proposed legislation such as L.D. 471, L.D. 606 or L.R. 1098.

Nor should they be unduly influenced by self-serving pharmaceutical companies whose biggest money-maker comes from the production of vaccines.

Pat Truman

Hallowell