Skip to comments.Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.
Posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Of all the things to be nostalgic for, infectious diseases probably dont make it onto many lists.
However, if you happen to pine for the good old days when measles was an active public health threat, I have good news for you. The anti-vaccine crowd is bringing it back.
There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City. Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country. Its only three months into 2014, and not only is the nations largest city seeing cases in several boroughs, but other major metropolitan areas are warning of new cases as well.
This is not some inconvenience to be laughed off. Measles is a highly-contagious illness caused by a virus. It usually presents with a combination of rash, fevers, cough and runny nose, as well as characteristic spots in the mouth. Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness. Unfortunately, about one patient in every 1,000 develops inflammation of the brain, and one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death.
Reports from New York note that several people have been hospitalized, and infected patients include infants too young to be vaccinated themselves. Because the American public hasnt needed to worry much about this once-contained threat in quite some time, most people probably dont know that measles can kill, or leave children permanently disabled.
We vaccinate people for a reason.
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NYC so it must be the hippy variant or the illegals
So they know for sure it was caused by people refusing vaccines and not uncontrolled immigration?
Are they sure it is antivaxxers and not illegal aliens?
Local mechanic I know just came down with the chicken pox. He is around 50 years old. Illegals?
OK, so only the unvaccinated get the disease. What’s the issue?
That would be my guess.
Too many ostensible conservatives buy in to it as well.
You can’t fix stupid. But a vaccine against it would be welcome.
Thank folks like Jenni McCarthy and Alex Jones. They spout nonsense and hysteria and try to make out that it is factual.
For those of us who remember just how dangerous measles can be, I say a pox on their houses
It’s possible vaccinated can get it. Nothing is perfect.
Was Jim Carrey available for comment?
I've read that it is illegal aliens that are bringing these illnesses in (and bedbugs, too).
Eh, I had them thanks to my brother, at age 5.
When my kids were young, parents had parties to infect their kids properly.
When my daughter was a baby, she couldn’t have the measles vaccine b/c she is allergic to eggs.
I asked the specialist if the vaccine were necessary or not.
He said virulent strains of measles were coming in from South East Asia and that he thought it was extremely important to get the measles vaccination.
Because infants that are too young to vaccinated get it. Even if you get your children vaccinated on schedule, your child can still get it if they come in contact before they are old enough to be vaccinated.