Vaccine-induced SSPE

Subacute Sclerosing PanEncephalitis, (SSPE) is almost invariably defined as follows:

“A chronic brain disease of children and adolescents that occurs months to often years after an attack of measles, causing convulsions, motor abnormalities, mental retardation and, usually, death.”


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Because SSPE can be caused not only by the wild measles virus, but also by the measles vaccine virus, it would however be more accurate to say that “SSPE is a chronic brain disease of children and adolescents that occurs months to often years after infection with the wild measles virus or the vaccine measles virus, causing convulsions, motor abnormalities, mental retardation and, usually, death.”



Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) & Vaccines
Diseases linked to vaccines [back] Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)

[2013] The Curious Case of Panorama’s Blind Reportage – SSPE, MMR and the limitations of Sarah ” Did his child ever have the MMR jab?” ” Well yes he did – when he was nine years old he was given the booster jab but I’m quite sure this has no connection to his developing SSPE. Quite sure – it’s a parent thing, you know. And the doctors agree”. A year later his sight had deteriorated significantly. Eighteen months later this was becoming SSPE. So I tracked down Sarah Barclay. “Did you know this? In a programme to discuss outcomes of the MMR jab can you not accept that this is profoundly significant evidence.” “Well, yes we did know this but our consultants agreed that it was not pertinent to the issue.” “And still could you not have been just a little bit objective in your coverage?” “I refuse to discuss this case any more”….As an investigative reporter she presents with great confidence that which she’s provided with and instructed she’s allowed to say. No more, no less and so easy to believe. Until you start to check even her basic assertions – after which it’s hard to believe a word she says. Which is, of course, where the whole BBC is these days.

From Carmel Wakefield What the viewing public were not told, and what I only found out three years later was that in fact Adam Morrish, having apparently been exposed possible measles as a child was then definitely given two doses of MMR including a booster dose in 1990, but that his parents “intuition” was that the MMR “was not a relevant factor in his condition”. Mr Morrish did however confirm that he had not withheld the information from Sarah Barclay and the Panorama team. They had simply chosen not to make any reference to that crucial fact.

Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) & Vaccines


“Stacey Berry, of Atherton, Manchester was 13 when she had a booster jab in November 1994. Days later she started having fits, “stopped smiling, and stared into space.” She was diagnosed with the brain disease SSPE and given two years to live. She died in November 2000, aged 19. A post mortem examination concluded the disease was a “rare complication” of the vaccine”.”— Sunday Express
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Halsey N. Risk of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis from measles vaccination. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1990 Nov;9(11):857-8. No abstract available.PMID: 2263442; UI: 91088240.
“Polymerase chain reaction detection of the hemagglutinin gene from an attenuated measles vaccine strain in the peripheral mononuclear cells of children with autoimmune hepatitis,” Archives of Virology volume 141, 1996, pages 877-884: “The measles virus is known to be persistent in patients with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) and measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE). Since the introduction of measles vaccines, vaccine-associated SSPE has increased in the USA. Therefore, we should pay attention to SSPE after inoculation with measles vaccine, despite the decrease in the incidence of [wild] measles.”


Epidemiologic studies of measles, measles vaccine, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.


Belgamwar RB, et al (1997). Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine induced subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. J Indian Med Assoc. 1997 Nov;95(11):594. No abstract available. PMID: 9567594; UI: 98229001.

A particular case of SSPE is described in a thirteen-year-old girl who had been immunized against all childhood diseases; receiving the MMR vaccine at the age of nine months. The girl’s intellectual functioning until development of illness had been very good. After illness developed, the child verbalized little and was socially inappropriate; her memory and thinking abilities were impaired. She grew progressively worse, and added myoclonic jerks of the upper limbs, with depressed deep tendon reflexes. The authors concluded that Subacute, Sclerosing Panencephalitis was engendered as a delayed adverse effect of measles vaccine. The authors note other cases of SSPE induced by the attenuated measles vaccine.
Incidence of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis following measles and measles vaccination in Japan. Int J Epidemiol. 1989 Sep;18(3):684-9. PMID: 2807674 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


From 1956 to 1966 the incidence of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (S.S.P.E.) in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand was approximately one hundred times greater than might be expected. No case was seen before 1956, and none has been seen since 1969. The incidence of the disease was greatest in the late 1950s, then it waned and was associated with an increasing age at onset of symptoms. Mass vaccination of primary-school children with Salk vaccine was begun in 1956. The vaccine used is likely to have contained live SV40 virus. Killed measles virus is another possible contaminant. It is believed that the administration of Salk vaccine in New Zealand was related to the appearance of S.S.P.E. in the community. The idea that an unusual reaction to measles infection is the sole cause of S.S.P.E. is not consistent with the observations in New Zealand.


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