Measles expected to be “very bad”, “horrible”

Congratulations anti-vaxxers, you SUCK! I pull no punches when it comes to this. You have no excuse for your ignorance. Listen to doctors instead of celebrities for your medical advice.

U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years – CNN.com.

This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say.

There were 159 cases of measles in the United States from January 1 through August 24, according to the CDC. If that trend continues, there will be more cases in 2013 than in any year since 1996, when some 500 cases were reported. The number would also surpass that of 2011, when there were 222 cases.

I used to get anti-vaxxers on this site who tried to comment whenever we posted a story about one, if not the, greatest human health initiatives ever: Vaccinations. No more. They do not come. They know they will not be able to defend the propaganda they spew. I can not tolerate such ignorance.

Behold:

Measles cases in the United States numbered in the hundreds of thousands before the advent of vaccination, and dropped dramatically throughout the 1960s. The disease was thought to have been eradicated in 2000, but the numbers have recently crept back up, largely because of visitors from countries where measles is common and because of vaccine objectors within the United States. Nearly two-thirds of the reported cases happened in three outbreaks in communities where many people don’t vaccinate their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

Science works. Deal.

If anyone around you pulls the anti-vax tropes, let them have it. Smallpox – GONE. Polio – GONE. All those tropical and other childhood diseases are rare. Until now. If we could nominate people for ANTI-Nobels, awards against the greater good of humanity, I’d go with anti-vaxxers as a top choice.

  11 comments for “Measles expected to be “very bad”, “horrible”

  1. Peebs
    September 12, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Sorry Sharon bit it’s wishful thinking to say that Polio has gone.
    It should have but not only do we have the antivaccers we have to win the trust of the third world again.

  2. Peebs
    September 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Apologies for the lack of punctuation on my last.
    It’s a pain replying when I’m on my mobile (cell) phone!

  3. One Eyed Jack
    September 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Below is a link to current global polio statistics. Somalia, Nigeria, and Pakistan lead the world, with Somalia accounting for over half of the world’s polio cases in 2013.

    http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx

    Of great concern is that polio is popping up in countries previously declared polio free. More than half of the cases in 2013 are from previously non-endemic countries. As countries become polio free, vaccination drops or stops completely, leaving them vulnerable to infection.

  4. BobM.
    September 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Quick question – been asked about vaccines in relation to peanut allergies. hard to find information in all the woo. Any proper sources would be appreciated. Had a quick look at pubmed but little there.

  5. Chris Howard
    September 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Didn’t some anti-vaxxer big wig have the audacity to come out and claim that the current rise in preventable diseases is proof that vaccines are ineffective?

    It’s amazing how willful ignorance, when combined with faith, can create grotesque twists of convoluted logic that seem perfectly reasonable, and sane, in the eyes of the believer.

  6. eddi
    September 15, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    This another one of those times where all I feel like doing is slamming my head into a wall. It hurts a lot less than trying to figure out these . Is anybody making money out this anti-life nonsense? I mean over and above the usual preacher’s tithe or speaking fees?

  7. Blargh
    September 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    It’s mentioned in One Eyed Jack’s link, but deserves its own: just the other week, Israel started a mass vaccination campaign after traces of the virus were found in the sewage system (poliovirus is shed in feces). So it’s not just the expected low HDI countries that are being hit.

    Unfortunately, due to the bloody CIA’s use of a vaccination program as a cover to find Bin Ladin (ruining about a hundred years worth of trust building for immunization aid programs), we’re probably never going to be able to eradicate the disease now. The conspiracy theories were effective enough when there was no substance to them.

  8. Bob R
    September 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    There are over 300 million people in the US so a few hundred cases is is really not that bad. Over 800 people a year are killed while riding bikes so should we develope a vaccine to prevent people from falling off their bike?

    • September 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      This is a completely preventable illness. There are hardly any excuses for not vaccinating. This is not comparable to accidents.

  9. Colin Davis
    September 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Alas, America isn’t the only supposedly advanced country where anti-vac flourishes.
    The infamous “scientist” mentioned by Chris was English, and even managed to get his original article published in a highly respected journal. Mind you, when he was struck off, he moved to the USA!

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