Unvaccinated behind measles outbreak

Unvaccinated behind largest U.S. measles outbreak in years

The largest U.S. outbreak of measles to occur in 15 years — affecting 214 children so far — is likely driven by travelers returning from abroad and by too many unvaccinated U.S. children, according to new research.

The finding could highlight the dangers of a trend among some U.S. parents to skip the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for their children, out of what many experts call misguided fears over its safety.

Credit: The Consumerist

Measles is deadly. The Consumerist notes:

The number of annual cases in recent years was usually lower than 70, but this year has seen a marked increase. The infection is hitting Quebec, Canada even harder, spreading to 757 patients as of earlier this month.

It’s past time for parents to stop thinking of just themselves and start accepting some responsibility for the community of children as a whole. And, time for anti-vaccine nonsense to be rubbed out.

  2 comments for “Unvaccinated behind measles outbreak

  1. Gill
    October 28, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Some are crazy, but many of these parents knowingly and purposefully rely on other parents to vaccinate, thereby maintaining herd immunity and protecting their own unvaccinated kids from epidemics. I’ve seen several admit it. It’s beyond selfish. It’s morally repugnant.

  2. Netski
    March 21, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    This is possibly a really dumb question, but why are vaccinations given by injection containing mercury and other nasties anyway? Is there a way to vaccinate someone, by introducing them to the virus in the same way you would get it normally?

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