Friday, January 23, 2015

Measles cases needlessly increasing in the USA

Measles is a deadly disease.

A child can be immunized against measles by a vaccine. The vaccine is safe.

People who deny the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and thus fail to have their children immunized tend to cluster in the same communities.

If one child in such a community comes down with measles, it is much more likely that that child will infect others than if a child in a community with high levels of protection gets the measles.

I think children deserve protection against bad decisions by their parents, but they especially deserve protection against bad decisions by others (such as the parents of other children in their schools or churches). 


John Daly said...

An outbreak of measles is now emerging that appears to have roots at Disneyland; it has now infected 70 people in 6 states. Public Health officials in those states are scrambling to stop their outbreaks before they get worse.

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John Daly said...

"One of the most infectious viruses on the planet is making a comeback in the United States, and many doctors have never even seen it......Measles killed some 2.6 million people each year before vaccination was widespread, according to the World Health Organization. Today, some 145,000 people die of measles each year—most of them because they lack access to the vaccine—and just a tiny fraction of them are in the United States, where the vaccine is readily available and widely used.......Measles is already one of the leading causes of death among young children worldwide. About 400 people die from the virus each day—that's about 16 deaths every hour, according to the WHO. 'It's a very severe disease,'........'The problem (in the USA) is people not getting vaccinated,' said Jane Seward, deputy director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'The vast majority of our cases every single year are unvaccinated people who choose not to be vaccinated. They are living in a family who are unvaccinated and they have friends who are unvaccinated. They might go to a school with a high proportion of people who are unvaccinated.'

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