Measles is one of those childhood diseases that used to be a huge problem, but thanks to the creation of a vaccine in 1963 it was nearly eradicated from the United States. At least up until Jenny McCarthy and the other anti-vaccination idiots started spreading FUD and claiming that vaccines caused autism. Now it’s once more on the rise thanks to unvaccinated kids:
In the first report, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers chronicled the nation’s ongoing outbreaks in 2011.
Most of those sickened were not vaccinated against the disease, CDC researchers said.
Before the vaccine became available in the 1960s, some three to four million people contracted measles every year. Of those, 48,000 were hospitalized, 1,000 were permanently disabled and about 500 died, the CDC said.
Unfortunately, “we have experienced an increased incidence of measles this year,” said Huong McLean, lead researcher and CDC epidemiologist. “Typically we see 60 to 70 cases a year, this year we have 214 as of Oct. 14.”
Among those people infected, 86 percent were unvaccinated or their vaccination status was unknown. Thirteen percent were under one year old — too young for vaccination.
Throughout the United States, 68 of the patients have been hospitalized, 12 with pneumonia.
Granted, the number of cases this year is nowhere near as bad as it was back in the days before the vaccine, but it’s way higher than it should be and the majority of kids contracting the disease would’ve been protected had they been inoculated. You’re not just protecting your kid when you get them vaccinated — though that should be reason enough alone — you’re also helping to protect the kids that can’t be vaccinated, such as the ones that are still too young.
It’s not hard to see that the vaccine works. Prior to 1963 it was a problem, after 1963 and up until recently it was barely an issue, now it’s starting to become a problem again. You don’t have to have be a rocket scientist to figure this one out.