An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology


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Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.  I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.  People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted.

  1. IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus. Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.  Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine.  Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.
  2. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.
  3. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.
  4. The acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine (the final element of the DTaP combined vaccine), now in use in the USA, replaced the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the late 1990s, which was followed by an unprecedented resurgence of whooping cough. An experiment with deliberate pertussis infection in primates revealed that the aP vaccine is not capable of preventing colonization and transmission of B. pertussis. The FDA has issued a warning regarding this crucial finding.
    Furthermore, the 2013 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC revealed additional alarming data that pertussis variants (PRN-negative strains) currently circulating in the USA acquired a selective advantage to infect those who are up-to-date for their DTaP boosters, meaning that people who are up-to-date are more likely to be infected, and thus contagious, than people who are not vaccinated.
  5. Among numerous types of H. influenzae, the Hib vaccine covers only type b. Despite its sole intention to reduce symptomatic and asymptomatic (disease-less) Hib carriage, the introduction of the Hib vaccine has inadvertently shifted strain dominance towards other types of H. influenzae (types a through f).These types have been causing invasive disease of high severity and increasing incidence in adults in the era of Hib vaccination of children.  The general population is more vulnerable to the invasive disease now than it was prior to the start of the Hib vaccination campaign.  Discriminating against children who are not vaccinated for Hib does not make any scientific sense in the era of non-type b H. influenzae disease.
  6. Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus. It does not spread in a community setting, especially among children who are unlikely to engage in high-risk behaviors, such as needle sharing or sex. Vaccinating children for hepatitis B cannot significantly alter the safety of public spaces.  Further, school admission is not prohibited for children who are chronic hepatitis B carriers.  To prohibit school admission for those who are simply unvaccinated – and do not even carry hepatitis B – would constitute unreasonable and illogical discrimination.

In summary, a person who is not vaccinated with IPV, DTaP, HepB, and Hib vaccines due to reasons of conscience poses no extra danger to the public than a person who is.  No discrimination is warranted.

How often do serious vaccine adverse events happen?

It is often stated that vaccination rarely leads to serious adverse events.  Unfortunately, this statement is not supported by science.  A recent study done in Ontario, Canada, established that vaccination actually leads to an emergency room visit for 1 in 168 children following their 12-month vaccination appointment and for 1 in 730 children following their 18-month vaccination appointment.

When the risk of an adverse event requiring an ER visit after well-baby vaccinations is demonstrably so high, vaccination must remain a choice for parents, who may understandably be unwilling to assume this immediate risk in order to protect their children from diseases that are generally considered mild or that their children may never be exposed to.

Can discrimination against families who oppose vaccines for reasons of conscience prevent future disease outbreaks of communicable viral diseases, such as measles?

Measles research scientists have for a long time been aware of the “measles paradox.” I quote from the article by Poland & Jacobson (1994) “Failure to Reach the Goal of Measles Elimination: Apparent Paradox of Measles Infections in Immunized Persons.” Arch Intern Med 154:1815-1820:

“The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.”

Further research determined that behind the “measles paradox” is a fraction of the population called low vaccine responders.  Low-responders are those who respond poorly to the first dose of the measles vaccine.  These individuals then mount a weak immune response to subsequent RE-vaccination and quickly return to the pool of “susceptibles’’ within 2-5 years, despite being fully vaccinated.

Re-vaccination cannot correct low-responsiveness: it appears to be an immuno-genetic trait.  The proportion of low-responders among children was estimated to be 4.7% in the USA.

Studies of measles outbreaks in Quebec, Canada, and China attest that outbreaks of measles still happen, even when vaccination compliance is in the highest bracket (95-97% or even 99%). This is because even in high vaccine responders, vaccine-induced antibodies wane over time.  Vaccine immunity does not equal life-long immunity acquired after natural exposure.

It has been documented that vaccinated persons who develop breakthrough measles are contagious.  In fact, two major measles outbreaks in 2011 (in Quebec, Canada, and in New York, NY) were re-imported by previously vaccinated individuals.

Taken together, these data make it apparent that elimination of vaccine exemptions, currently only utilized by a small percentage of families anyway, will neither solve the problem of disease resurgence nor prevent re-importation and outbreaks of previously eliminated diseases.

Is discrimination against conscientious vaccine objectors the only practical solution?

The majority of measles cases in recent US outbreaks (including the recent Disneyland outbreak) are adults and very young babies, whereas in the pre-vaccination era, measles occurred mainly between the ages 1 and 15.  Natural exposure to measles was followed by lifelong immunity from re-infection, whereas vaccine immunity wanes over time, leaving adults unprotected by their childhood shots.  Measles is more dangerous for infants and for adults than for school-aged children.

Despite high chances of exposure in the pre-vaccination era, measles practically never happened in babies much younger than one year of age due to the robust maternal immunity transfer mechanism.  The vulnerability of very young babies to measles today is the direct outcome of the prolonged mass vaccination campaign of the past, during which their mothers, themselves vaccinated in their childhood, were not able to experience measles naturally at a safe school age and establish the lifelong immunity that would also be transferred to their babies and protect them from measles for the first year of life.

Luckily, a therapeutic backup exists to mimic now-eroded maternal immunity.  Infants as well as other vulnerable or immunocompromised individuals, are eligible to receive immunoglobulin, a potentially life-saving measure that supplies antibodies directed against the virus to prevent or ameliorate disease upon exposure.

In summary: 1) due to the properties of modern vaccines, non-vaccinated individuals pose no greater risk of transmission of polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and numerous non-type b H. influenzae strains than vaccinated individuals do, non-vaccinated individuals pose virtually no danger of transmission of hepatitis B in a school setting, and tetanus is not transmissible at all; 2) there is a significantly elevated risk of emergency room visits after childhood vaccination appointments attesting that vaccination is  not risk-free; 3) outbreaks of measles cannot be entirely prevented even if we had nearly perfect vaccination compliance; and 4) an effective method of preventing measles and other viral diseases in vaccine-ineligible infants and the immunocompromised, immunoglobulin, is available for those who may be exposed to these diseases.

Taken together, these four facts make it clear that discrimination in a public school setting against children who are not vaccinated for reasons of conscience is completely unwarranted as the vaccine status of conscientious objectors poses no undue public health risk.

Sincerely Yours,

~ Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD


*Article originally appeared at Your News Wire.

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  • Verheyleweghen Ives

    I am an MD, bullshit about vaccination

  • Ethyl


  • dub

    lol k.

  • Gotta love his scientific classy response ; )

  • Brad Swarthout

    No you don’t.

  • Sarah

    Your comment is a little vauge and does not make your meaning clear… If you mean this article is BS, You’re an MD. She has a phd in IMMUNOLOGY. shes studided it a little more extensively.

  • A. Yoo

    Vaccines are hocus-pocus science, and ‘doctors’ who push them are retards.

  • David Wilson

    I’ll take my advice from a REAL Doctor (MD), not some liberal book worm that has used bull shit data from quacks to support their flawed opinions!

  • Alex

    What is about chickenpox, mumps, measles that may cause encephalitis, PNA etc.? What is about meningococcal vaccine ? Meningococcal meningitis could be fulminant and deadly. Poliomyelitis does exist and there were few cases registered in Russia. USA country of travelers and immigrants and therefore at risk for outbreak most deadliest “exotic” disease at anytime. I think the intention of the writer is to earn “fame” and give her name by this “stupid amendment” Yes I agree Hep B, Tetanus and HPV -those vaccine more for self protection but Polio, Chickenpox, mumps, measles, meningococcal disease are highly contagious and could be deadly.

  • Alleged Comment

    Oh yes, of course. But logic tells us your children won’t get it (if you believe the stuff) if they have been vaccinated so why worry about ours?

    We take other measures we think are more reliable and safer.

  • Alex

    This is “cultural” . Americans does not like when other people tell them what to do. However when outbreak happened in their neighborhood (and especially with few death among who are sick) I am expecting “huge line” in front of vaccination office. And those who reject idea of vaccination will be first in the line.

  • Alex

    And the last one. Please remember that any vaccine is not entirely protective however if vaccinated person contract diseases he/she likely will not die and avoid serious complications compare with those who are not vaccinated. Anyway. It is your kids and your responsibility. But people whose kids are vaccinated have a right to protect them even from light form of the disease and therefore to not allow unvaccinated kids to attend daycare ( with exception to kids with medical contradiction to vaccination since it is not their fault). You should not have “a free ride” and put your unvaccinated kid in immune /vaccinated society. Stay home. Hire nanny.

  • canuck

    Those who don’t like the HiB vaccine have probably never heard of Epiglottiis or deafness from H.flu meningitis secondary to middle ear infection. If you or your kid get the former, good luck because few know how to treat it anymore and the kid is liable to be dead in hours. This author needs to go back to treating test tubes.

  • Mark Belk

    You must be young, every kid in my school had measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases and no one suffered anything but missing a few days of school. You are falling right into Big Pharma’s hands like good little sheep.

  • Mark Belk

    Sorry, you are wrong.

  • Heretic Jones

    Good article, thank you. The author focused on the relationship between transmission and whether or not one is vaxed. There are other reasons to be skeptical of vax pushers including big pharma’s impunity, their push for an increasingly intense vax schedule, and the use of neurotoxic metals in vaccinations. Not to mention that peer-reviewed scientific literature supporting safety and efficacy of the current vax schedule – that is not funded by the pharma industry – does not exist.

  • vapensiero

    Not ‘retards’; millionaires.

  • canuck

    To the contrary I am old and have spent much of my life looking after kids with H.flu B with many nights in the Operating Room saving kids with fulminating epiglottitis. At one time it was twice weekly but now I have not had to intervene in 15 years because of the HiB vaccine….a disease which I don’t miss. I also don’t miss looking after kids with H. flu meningitis putting hearing aids on them or doing cochlear implants to treat the residual illness. Go back to rattling your beads and stick to gender studies for you know absolutely nothing about medicine. Here is what the epiglottis looks likes with H. flu…play the game: “Find the Airway before the Kid Dies.”

  • nicu79

    As an MD this is the best you can do?

  • FredJ11

    If you’re really an MD maybe you should refrain from foul language?

  • Matt

    I’m sorry but that just isn’t the way it happens. There are no circumstances that will make determined parents shoot up their kids with formaldehyde, mercury, msg, aluminum, etc.

  • guest

    are you joking? The people that reject this vaccination madness are the ones that have done the hard work: research then critically evaluated the information themselves, not left it to a paid hired medical professional with impartiality of Dick Cheney telling us 911 was orchestrated by a bunch of arabs. The reason we dont hear about outbreak data on vaccinated and non is because the small amount that filters out shows the unvaccinated are largely out of the outbreak loop. ITs the vaccinated that get it. 9 people including 3 children in my life I have known to get whooping cough all were vaccinated.

  • guest

    Shes is at the coal face of immunology so an MD has no depth in the field of there medical knowledge to come close to what this Harvard PHD has to offer.

  • Miraj Lee Saxton

    So now you have a specialist in the field of immunization. A PHD showing you FACTS based on science why she has come to the conclusion with proof of it all. Yet some people are so brainwashed they are still supporting vaccines? Really? You asked for proof. And she gave it to you. What is it going to take for this country to realize it has been lied to and manipulated by the drug companies. Drug dealers are always the same legal or not they are just trying to push their drugs and will go through any length and kill anyone to do it. The minute America wakes up to that, is the minute this crap will stop and the real medical solutions will begin to show up in the mainstream.

  • Nancy VM

    My right as a parent meant I got to make informed, educated choices for MY children
    with the knowledge that I was NOT harming anyone else in the process and
    ALL the consequences of MY decisions were my own. Period!
    This article is what I have been saying all along which is why I ONLY immunized my kids with the worst of the worst – Pneumococcal meningitis for example and since we travelled abroad with our kids frequently, we all did the Hep A ,B and C combination as well.
    AND! we did it one at a time, not all at once. Giving a baby an obnoxious amounts of inoculations before the age of two should be HIGHLY illegal.
    Vaccinate or not, I do not have the right to tell anyone what to do, but information like this is golden. Use it wisely, for you children’s sake!
    MY choice, my decision, my kids, my way.
    Thank you for this research.

  • guest

    Meningococcal is the only one that is really deadly. Its very rare though. The neingococcal vaccine has been so ineffective as to be of no use at all.

  • gogrrrl

    COMPLETELY WRONG about Hepatitis B – it is HIGHLY infectious and is carried in all secretions eg saliva etc, not just blood. It is EASILY transmissible, especially in childhood, when carrier status is most likely to result, eventually resulting in liver cancer. A NZ study:
    In the early 1980s serosurveys conducted by Alexander (Sandy) Milne
    and Dr Christopher Moyes in the eastern Bay of Plenty found the disease
    was endemic among children aged 0–15 years, and the prevalence of
    chronic hepatitis B infection among Maori was five times higher than
    among Europeans (12.0% vs 2.6% respectively).1 In Kawerau,
    where Milne recruited almost all the townspeople in a population-based
    study in 1984, 42% of the population showed evidence of past infection
    (54% of non-Europeans and 33% of Europeans). Infection rates among
    children were even more striking.2

    Addidle suggests that the downward trend in the prevalence of
    hepatitis B infection among antenatal women, noticeable from 1997
    onwards, is most likely the result of the Health Department infant and
    preschool immunisation programme introduced in early 1988.

  • gogrrrl

    Try tetanus for pleasure. The sheer ignorance displayed here is astounding.

  • gogrrrl

    a girl at my school got tetanus, and died an agonising death. Others got polio and really enjoyed the resulting mobility restrictions on their later (and shorter) lives, especially the ones left on crutches or worse.

  • Nattijeff

    She may get whacked for this

  • Justanothergoldbug

    Anyone can comment… not everyone has a Phd in immunology… pro-choice…

  • Justanothergoldbug

    Anyone can comment… Not everyone gets published with a phd in immunology

  • Steve S.

    That is your choice. Others have equal rights to make their own choices, and many people are aware that “REAL Doctor (MD)” practitioners have been blinded by pharmaceutical industry propaganda from their first day in medical school until the present day’s visit from the incentivizing pharmaceutical sales representative.

    The human body was not designed by Phizer, and no corporation nor quasi-governmental organization (AMA) holds a monopoly on truth regarding immunology or the workings of the human body. Therefore no organization should have the power to override our innate human rights in favor of flawed logic and outright disinformation.

  • Nurdo84

    I’ve never seen so many ignorant and dangerous people in one place