Herd immunity and tetanus

Clostridium is a quite wonderful bug... if you can forgive it it's penchant for murder. For Clostridium is the bug that produces not one, but three of the deadliest toxins known to man, it's found everywhere (not just in rusty nails) and also produces the most expensive substance on earth.

Furthermore, it proves (in a-round-about-way) that the vaccine story we are told is at best wrong, at worst a complete fabrication.

The Clostridium families three most famous members are Tetani, Botulinum and the black sheep of the family Difficile. They are quite remarkable because they produce such exquisitely powerful toxins, by weight Botulinum is both the most poisonous, and the most expensive, substance on earth and the Tetani toxin isn't far behind.

They are all anaerobes which mean they love an oxygen poor diet so they can happily fungate in poorly healing wounds. This fungation (NB not quite the correct word but I just like it) is important with tetanus because it takes a few weeks for it to produce its toxin. Finally the toxin gets transported up the nerve to the nerve cell body... where it kills it.

The result is muscle spasm, lockjaw (the old name for the disease) and then death.

Great! What a fantastically horrible, if exquisitely clever, disease! What does this have to do with vaccines then?

The tetanus vaccine first appeared in routine use in 1961. In fact the DOH considers anyone after this year who has had 5 vaccines to be fully immunised. If this graph is to be believed though (and there is no reason not to), the tetanus rate was already close to zero before this. (source:https://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/graphs/via 

But, the most damning bit of evidence for the null-hypothesis of tetanus vaccination is this. With measles, mumps and rubella (for instance) the reported decline in all infections (even amongst non-vaccinated) was put down to 'herd immunity'. The idea was that the virus no longer had a 'herd' to help it's propagation and so died out. This argument has been used as a powerful weapon to accuse non-vaccinators of endangering everyones lives: acting like individual trojan horses whilst selfishly obtaining the benefit.

However, tetanus has no reservoir within the 'herd'. It exists everywhere and especially in the soil. A non-vaccinated person should be at exactly the same risk of tetanus as 100 or a thousand years ago.

Given that approximately 5-10% of the post 1961 population has declined vaccination these should be showing up as tetanus cases, non? The null-hypothesis of routine tetanus vaccination would be that there will be no significant difference between tetanus rates in vaccinated and non-vaccinated people post 1961.

And look at this:



In summary in 2014 only two people (born after 1961) in the UK got tetanus... and both were vaccinated! Looking back at older data shows a similar pattern.

The null-hypothesis of tetanus vaccination appears correct... it is not responsible for low tetanus rates.

So what is responsible, especially for that dramatic decline pre-1961?

Better nutrition, antibiotics (they prevent fungating wounds), better sanitation, cleaner water, less crowded housing, better overall health, more vitamins in diet... etc etc

(N.B. tetanus is a notifiable and serious disease. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that all cases would have been detected)




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