The provenance of the vaccine also was not immediately clear. Dr. Ajaj speculated that the doses might have been stored at improperly high temperatures, but other physicians discounted that possibility, partly because the same vaccine had been used on many other children with no ill effects. Some speculated that toxins or other contaminants might have been introduced when the vaccine, which comes in multiple-dose vials, was diluted for individual injections.
The Syrian American Medical Society, which organizes medical missions to Syria and runs a hospital in Idlib, said recipients of the vaccine began displaying symptoms within minutes, including tightness of breath, slowed heart rate, wheezing and inflammation of the larynx. The group’s own facility saw at least 65 patients, it said in a statement, and 15 were already dead upon arrival, all under the age of 1.
All the victims fell ill extremely quickly. Many infants - the oldest was just one and a half years old - suffocated as their bodies went into shock and swelling.
"There was shouting and screaming, it was hard for the parents. You get your child vaccinated and then you find your child dying, it's very hard," said Ajaj.
Is The Measles Vaccine Effective At All?
It is being considered as one of three highly controversial vaccines that many experts now believe should be banned from all vaccination practices in children.
Many Physicians are questioning the formulations of current measles vaccinations and demanding more answers from scientists on why so many vaccinated populations are contracting the disease.
There have been many startling case studies contradicting current knowledge about the vaccine and measles outbreaks in developed nations may lead to more illnesses even among the vaccinated.
In 2011, a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City developed measles and transmitted the disease to four other people according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprise, surprise....two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.
According to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, despite high vaccination levels, explosive measles outbreaks may occur regardless due to airborne measles transmission and high contact rates. This was earlier reported in the Illinois Med Journal where researching found measles in previously vaccinated children in Illinois.
There is also now established evidence which has exposed a CDC cover-up attempting to demonstrate a strong link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Brian Hooker's published paper, is a comprehensive analysis of the CDC's own data from 2003 revealing a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American children following the MMR vaccine.
Dr. Hooker's research in the Translational Neurodegeneration Journal provides the most recent epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis.
Negligence in Syria?
A statement said the reason the vaccine had turned deadly in Syria was unclear, “though local staff speculate that the vaccinations may have been compromised by the storage location in Jarjanaz or potential tampering.”
Residents of Jarjanaz and Sinjar described scenes of panic and despair among parents who watched as their vaccinated children succumbed. Ahmah Doughaim, a nurse in Jarjanaz, vaccinated his 8-month-old daughter, who died 10 minutes later. “The father is collapsed now,” said a cousin, Hussein.
The interim government posted a statement on its website that it had suspended the vaccination campaign and was investigating “in order to learn the truth behind this humanitarian disaster.”
The World Health Organization and Unicef, which helped to organize the mass vaccination, confirmed in a statement that at least 15 children had died, expressing shock and vowing to help investigate the disaster, which now threatens to upend the entire campaign.
Dr. Annie Sparrow, an assistant professor in the Department of Global Health at Mount Sinai in New York and an expert on the Syrian health crisis caused by the war, said that doctors in Syria had told her the symptoms from the bad vaccine included convulsions, an atypical reaction for a vaccine and more consistent with the effects of a neurotoxin. “If it’s expired it wouldn’t have caused that kind of issue,” she said in a telephone interview.
She cautioned that it was premature to conclude that the cause was sabotage and might be an instance of negligence.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.