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Vaccine Illusion Awareness Month

Did you know that this month marks a 10-year anniversary of my e-book Vaccine Illusion (published in February of 2012)? I wrote Vaccine Illusion to address a false belief that vaccination gives us immunity, where immunity implies being life-long and able to prevent infection and its transmission. These assumptions about what bona fide immunity is were foundational to my professional education in Immunology.

Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD

However, the experience of getting measles as a teenager despite being fully vaccinated in my early childhood, and later discovering it through my childhood vaccination records, was even more educational and led me to re-investigate the concept of life-long vaccine immunity. It appeared that the biomedical literature was chock full of studies pointing to waning vaccine ‘immunity.’ But somehow that information didn’t make it to the textbooks I was raised on.

Vaccine Illusion was meant to convey a point that the immunologic mechanism of bona fide immunity wasn’t truly discovered and that vaccines do not give us life-long immunity, but only a short-term protection from disease. In 2012, this was such a heretical idea to bring forth that I was labeled as a dangerous anti-vaccine quack who doesn’t know what Immunology is about.

Yet, the CDC has quietly changed its definition of vaccination recently, as pointed out by Luke Yamaguchi and many others. Prior to 2021, the CDC’s definition of vaccination was: “The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.” After 2021, it has changed to: “The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease” (emphasis added).

Did the CDC finally get themselves a kindle and read my e-book?

This bait and switch is being normalized and we are expected to accept it rather than question the point of being coercively vaccinated if it comes with risks and doesn’t deliver real immunity.


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