It’s time to brutally honest and spread the word. Mumps, pertussis and measles outbreaks are making kids sick. Very sick. This is almost entirely preventable. Get your children vaccinated or YOU are contributing to their suffering, even death.
The number of Ohioans sickened in a mumps outbreak that began at Ohio State University climbed to 153 yesterday and includes a 9-month-old.
Interim university President Joseph A. Alutto appointed a mumps advisory executive team last week to review university policies, OSU spokeswoman Liz Cook said.
The group will “take a very careful and closer look at the outbreak and really try to determine next steps to really protect the university campus and the greater community,” she said.
One of two people who became temporarily deaf as a result of the mumps has recovered, said Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez. There are now six cases of orchitis (swollen testicles) associated with the outbreak, he said. The condition can lead to sterility, though that is rare.
Rodriguez said news that a baby was sickened was particularly troubling.
A mother speaks out as she must endure weeks of agony as her infant child suffers through pertussis because she contracted it from a carrier who likely wasn’t vaccinated.
[Meghan] Mcnutt-Anderson shared her story online.
In an April 1 Facebook post, she shared a photo of Brielle in hospital along with a short description of her situation. Her post quickly went viral, with more than 37,000 people sharing it as of Tuesday morning.
“This is why you immunize your children!” she wrote in the Facebook post.
“We have spent the last three days in the hospital at her bedside holding her up and patting her back as she coughs. You see, every time she coughs, she stops breathing, turns blue and goes limp. She has too much mucous and her airways are too small to cough it up and they become blocked and we have to manually help her pass it. We will likely be doing this to Brielle for the next 2 weeks at least.”
So by not vaccinating YOUR children, you are putting others through this. Sorry, but that’s despicable.
Besides all the data that shows that vaccinations do not cause or exacerbate autism, there was a new study that showed autism syndrome likely begins during pregnancy. Do vaccines cause autism? It’s a resounding NO. You are a denialist if you say so – get your head out of the sand. Anti-vaccination websites STILL herald Andrew Wakefield as some kind of hero scientist. He’s discredited altogether, plain and simple, his research has been completely retracted and his medical license revoked. Continue to follow one “maverick” guy who would have made money off his discredited research and you are a denialist.
For something new on Wakefield, see this review of his book “Callous Disregard” [PDF] [Wrong About Vaccine Safety: Andrew Wakefield’s “Callous Disregard” The Open Vaccine Journal, 2013, Volume 6] that contains a detailed systematic analysis of his claims. In conclusion, Wakefield’s claims are found to be incorrect or he omits evidence. No surprises. He is no “trusted expert”.
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Tip: @AlphaRalpha, Patrick Tritschler. Also credit to Joel A. Harrison, PhD