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US Measles Cases Rising

2013 Worst Year For Measles in US in Nearly 2 Decades

This year is on track to be the worst for measles in nearly two decades, with 159 cases of measles reported in the United States from January through August, CNN reports. On average, about 50 to 60 people contract measles every year, according to the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, but the number of people who contract the disease is increasing, as a result of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

About two-thirds of cases thus far have been among children who were not vaccinated. The trend is concerning because measles spreads rapidly, and it was thought to have been eradicated in 2000. Children can develop pneumonia and encephalitis as a result of measles. Nearly 40 percent of children under age 5 who get measles require hospitalization, and one to three children out of every 1,000 who contract measles will die from the disease, the CDC says.

Would such an outbreak change your views on vaccinating your children?

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LucyHill72480 LucyHill72480 2 years
If you live in the well-nourished and highly sanitized First World then the vaccine is of more risk to your health than Measles. Measles is perfectly safe and natural as long as you have sufficient Vitamin A, that is why the World Health Orgazination give out Vitamin A during Measles outbreaks in the Third World. Unfortunately the MMR vaccine is linked to a number of autoimmune diseases and allergies, it's simply not worth the risk. When my doctor first found out that I was interested in either going for a reduced/safer vaccine schedule or not vaccinating at all, he recommended this website http://www.smartvax.com/ which looks at which vaccines (if any) are actually worth the risk to healthy people in the First World. As you'll see on the site, most the vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases themselves. If you live in the Third World then it's a different ball game, but that's not to say that every vaccine is beneficial there, studies have show that the DPT vaccine increases the infant mortality rate in the Third World, whereas a single Measles jab is benefical to those in malnourished non-industrialized nations.
bovmd bovmd 2 years
The success of vaccinations are, in part, responsible for people's resistance to them. People have forgotten how horrible these diseases are. It's a little like people who are afraid to fly but have no problem texting while driving or driving without a seatbelt. The risk of death is infinitely higher in the latter but people fear the former. As one example, in 1989, there was a measles outbreak among the unvaccinated in California that affected 43,000 and killed 101. And that's in a country with a high vaccination rate. The death rate from vaccinations is about 8 per year. Many of the serious side effects of vaccines as well are, to my understanding, correlatively associated, meaning that cause and effect has been assumed because of timing but not necessarily proven in all circumstances. To be fair, when doing a study, if a study subject has an adverse effect, the assumption is that the vaccine or drug caused the effect unless proven otherwise. So... looking at all risks, I'd rather take the chance and keep my child, pregnant women, young babies, and old people disease free instead of putting them at risk of contracting horrible and deadly diseases.
KierstinTownsend KierstinTownsend 2 years
My son is one of the very very few children who did in fact suffer encephalitis as a result of the vaccination which turned into things far worse medically related. Now I, as a mother, am in a spot of do I chance making his medical issues worse and possibly increase the risk of causing further damage by not giving him his next round, or does the giving of the vaccination outweigh NOT giving him the vaccine and chancing him catching the actual virus and the outcome being worse?? It really is a tough spot when all your trying to do is make the best informed decision for HIM... my child who can't speak for himself in the matter. My child is a rare case in this controversial topic, so there is no right answer to find... I just wish there was another mother who has been in my shoes to help me make the right decision. My son has a long term diagnosis and permanent damage because if the MMR.... and we are the bad guys for not knowing what to do!
wolfcat87 wolfcat87 2 years
They need to make it illegal for people to put their kids' lives, and the lives of others, at risk by not vaccinating.
wolfcat87 wolfcat87 2 years
*face palm* for Stacey. Vaccines don't work on everyone because not everyone reacts the same way. Not everyone has a good immune system that remembers what it's supposed to. Not every child is old enough to have a measles vaccine. Catch a clue.
wolfcat87 wolfcat87 2 years
.... Unknown means there's no public record of one available which there would be if they were vaccinated.
Lori6142 Lori6142 2 years
If you actually read the linked article, it infers that the majority of people acquiring measles are not vaccinated because their vaccine status is UNKNOWN. Guess what? That is protected health information. So they could potentially be blowing a lot of smoke and most likely are. ALL it means is 92% of patients have declined the release of protected health information.
SallyBackhaus SallyBackhaus 2 years
You are more likely to get measles from the vaccine than "wild" and the vaccine is more likely to cause the scary side effects than the disease is. Also, this "worst year in decades" is less than 20 cases out of a population of about 3.5 million people. If you really trusted the vaccine, you wouldn't be afraid of unvaxed children, but even the companies that make them admit they only work 40-60% of the time, wear off in 2-10 years, and are statistically much more dangerous than the disease they pretend to protect you from.
CoMMember1361171100333 CoMMember1361171100333 2 years
Vaccines are there to protect your child as they grow up from serious and life threatening diseases like measles rubella polio and some forms of stds and cancer. If you vaccinate your child you give them the best chance of life. If you don't, and your child dos gets a serious disease (that should have been eradicated) and hospitalised, that comes back as one serious negligent and major life changing mistake that will haunt you forever. Not to mention watching your child suffer because you were all "I don't want to" and "the child can think and choose for themself". It's so wrong in many ways. Has anyone not heard this saying "herd immunity"? Google it and find out what happens when it breaks down. Exactly what is happening now.
KellyWalkerEveritt KellyWalkerEveritt 2 years
So my thought is if your child's physician is so brainwashed about recommending vaccines, then why take your kid to one at all? Then when your kid get the measles or really sick maybe you better be worried about using the same modern medicine to save your sick child. I think this generation needs to see a plague wash across the country to remember why our parents gave us the same vaccines. I sure don't want to see polio come back, I really don't want to see kids suffer and die because of measles, mumps and whooping cough ( my nephew got really sick with that one because he was too little to get the shot yet and the idiots around him didn't vaccinate, oh and one of the little girls died) I understand that our kids have a lot more given to them, but I really think the benefits outweigh the risks. It's like anything we do or medicine we take. Yes research, not all shots are the same, but don't be so blinded by fear and faulty studies. I am pretty sure most pediatricians don't want to hurt the children under their care and are a lot more informed than we are. I know I didn't go to school for years and a week on the internet does not make me more informed than him. And actually, the vaccines are doing what they are suppose to do, they keep the smart people from getting really sick, it's the young kids and people who actually can't get the vaccine I worry about.
DanielleStockdale DanielleStockdale 2 years
Stacey seems to be the only person in this group, to have done enough research, to not blindly follow what the physicians, brainwashed by the big pharmas, are dictating....She actually DOES KNOW how vaccines work !!!!!! Do your own research, and see what is in those vaccines, why they are being pushed and multiplied and what the results often are!
VictoriaHernandez10618 VictoriaHernandez10618 2 years
Children not vaccinated contract the disease from children whose parents refuse to vaccinate. The reason they contract the disease is the vaccine is given in doses over a time frame and doesn't begin until a certain age. You are not fully protected until you receive all doses.
Kristy14909900 Kristy14909900 2 years
Staceynugent you must have no idea how vaccines work.
StaceyNugent StaceyNugent 2 years
If vaccines work so well why are you worried about my non-vaxed child!? Everyone -vaccinated or not- are carriers. Maybe you should blame the makers of the vaccines for not doing what they said they would.
FrancinePrevost FrancinePrevost 2 years
I am so glad when I had my children, parents still had common sense and vaccination was not a big issue, meaning parents did what they were suppose to do as parents and had their children vaccinated and my children did not have to suffer because of idiotic parents.
missnanny missnanny 2 years
So - your right not to vaccinate your child ends where my right to have my child safe begins
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