Thanks to anti-vaxers like Jenny McCarthy, measles outbreaks on the increase.

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.

11 thoughts on “Thanks to anti-vaxers like Jenny McCarthy, measles outbreaks on the increase.

  1. What pisses me off the most is that the ingredient everyone claimed was the problem hasn’t been in vaccines for quite a number of years.

    This isn’t even to mention that the guy that came up with this ADMITTED he didn’t do a legit study and just paid people that had kids with Autism and that the journal that published his “study” originally retracted it for bad science.

    Seriously people. There are studies out there that do point to some possibilities for Autism such as the age of the FATHER…and none of them say Vaccines are the culprit.

    Growing humans is a dangerous and complicated thing fraught with all kinds of perils. If one thing goes wrong it can ruin the whole person…sometimes SHIT JUST HAPPENS. This is why DH and I decided not to have anymore after my daughter…just couldn’t take the stress. Even if you do it all “right” things can still go wrong.

  2. I’d be curious of those that were too young to be vaccinated, how many of them contracted it because they came in contact with someone who had refused the vaccine. I don’t have a problem in general with stupid people until they start having an impact on everyone else.

  3. There is no need to vaccinate unless there is a genuine threat of contracting the disease. Vaccines, like antibiotics, only lead to stronger strains becoming more common and dangerous. You know, the whole “evolution” thing?

  4. Melissa; no known vaccine for stupid people, yet. You can be sure that someone, somewhere, will eventually develope one :idea:

    Moloch; Smallpox.

  5. Moloch, vaccines don’t work the same way antibiotics do. Antibiotics are compounds/materials that kill or slow the growth of bacteria. Vaccines are weakened or dead biological material that trains the body’s immune system to recognize and kill it should it encounter it in the future.

    In short, the former do the work in place of your immune system whereas the later trains your immune system to do the work itself. The former can result in evolved resistance, the latter not so much.

  6. @ Les:
    Actually, Les, they work identically.
    Just as stronger bacteria evolve to overcome antibiotics, stronger viruses evolve to overcome antibodies.

    EyesOnly; the difference between casual antibiotics prescriptions and smallpox is the smallpox vaccine was a wide spread campaign targeted specifically at that virus (And even then it took nearly 200 years from discovering the cure to accomplish). Antibiotics are little more than a “shotgun cure”.

    So unless an effective vaccine is given across mass populations with the intent of eradicating the disease (not just trying to prevent it for a season, like the flu), its best to avoid them unless you have a high risk of exposure.
    In the given example of measles; The mortality rate is 0.3%, nearly all recover completely with just rest and transmission can be prevented with isolation or a mouth/nose mask.
    Any possible side effects from the vaccine, real or made up, are not worth the risk given how nonthreatening measles is and how easily its recovered from.

  7. Actually Moloch, they don’t work identically. Antibodies don’t kill the targeted microbes the way antibiotics do. They’re only part of the process. If they did work the same then the effectiveness of the measles vaccine would’ve long ago plummeted considering how widespread the vaccines have been used.

    As for how deadly measles is, the mortality rate in developed countries is .1% (1 out of every 1,000). In undeveloped countries it’s 10% and if complications set in then it jumps to 20-30%. And it’s the complications that are the real danger. According to the CDC six to twenty percent of people will develop complications, the worst of which is swelling of the brain. Even if you survive the disease you can be left disabled from it. Again, quoting the CDC:

    In the decade before the measles vaccination program began, an estimated 3–4 million persons in the United States were infected each year, of whom 400–500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and another 1,000 developed chronic disability from measles encephalitis. Widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases in the United States compared with the pre-vaccine era.

    However, measles is still common in other countries. The virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in areas where vaccination is not widespread. It is estimated that in 2006 there were 242,000 measles deaths worldwide—that equals about 663 deaths every day or 27 deaths every hour. If vaccinations were stopped, measles cases would return to pre-vaccine levels and hundreds of people would die from measles-related illnesses.

    This isn’t a trivial disease the way you suggest it is. There are major benefits in avoiding it via vaccination.

  8. Les is correct, Moloch.

    Antibiotics affect the bacterial growth, giving the immune system time to overcome the infection. A vaccine trains the immune system to recognise a specific virus and generate cells that destroy that specific virus.

    Yes, a bacteria can mutate and become immune to the antibiotic, and a virus can mutate so that they are no longer recognised by the body. But using a vaccine does not increase the chances of a new viral strain appearing in the same way as antibiotics do with bacteria. This is because the antibiotics kill all but the mutant bacteria allowing them to flourish, a direct result of using the antibiotic. It is not the same for a vaccine.

  9. Hadn’t come across FUD before, thought it meant “Fucked Up Data”, till I clicked on it and found out its real meaning.

    Yes Moloch, it did take a long time, resources and effort to eliminate Smallpox but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth doing so.
    Since a vaccine is already available for Measels a silmilar effort could (should) be made for that disease too.

  10. in 2006 there were 242,000 measles deaths worldwide

    How many deaths in Iraq?
    How many deaths in Afghanistan?
    How many deaths in the drug war in Mexico?

    All these deaths get major headlines, but when hundreds of thousands can be saved by a simple vaccination and all it takes is faith in some whakos to stop the progress of those vaccinations, something is AFU. Oh, that’s right, I forgot that Moloch thinks there are too many humans on the planet already. My bad.

    :cry: ;-)

    Peace.

  11. They’re really just queasy about needles, the FUD & FME just give them an excuse. Like the twits that avoid buckling up, thinking they’ll be thrown clear, or the cyclists who risk severe head injury, thinking they’re avoiding neck injury by going helmet-less. Irrationalizing?

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