Anti-vaccination nutballs are a plague unto all

❝ An outbreak of measles four years ago at Disneyland focused attention on a growing health menace — the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The threat has gone international. The World Health Organization has just named the anti-vaccination movement among the 10 biggest global health crises…

❝ The “vaccine-hesitant” — the WHO’s politer term — often wave ignorant junk-science claims that vaccines can cause autism. This dangerous lie gained traction in a 1998 article published in the prestigious British journal The Lancet. It turned out that lawyers suing vaccine-makers were funding the author, Andrew Wakefield. Britain subsequently stripped Wakefield of the right to practice medicine.

❝ In this country, 18 states still allow “nonmedical exemptions” for vaccinating children based on a philosophical belief. Requests for such exemptions are rising in 12 of them.

New York state is seeing its most troubling measles outbreak in decades. Almost all the cases occur among ultra-Orthodox Jews, whose insular communities have been ripe for anti-vaccine propagandists. William Handler, an Orthodox rabbi in Brooklyn, told Vox that parents who “placate the gods of vaccination” are engaging in “child sacrifice…”

Once vaccination levels fall below 95 percent, epidemiologists explain, there aren’t enough people to hold the disease in check. And measles is highly contagious. The virus floats in the air and can live on surfaces for hours.

Scientifically-illiterate Americans have a perfect right to infect their families with preventable diseases in a number of states. Introducing contagion – of course – which especially threatens so many others whose circumstances are limited by income and age.

6 thoughts on “Anti-vaccination nutballs are a plague unto all

  1. Robert Raper says:

    you didn’t source the quotes… is Vox the source or is the source sourcing Vox…. so confusing. By the way, I agree a thousand percent that crazy people will bring us the new plague because they think that they and their children are so special they are immune to disease.. “thats why we outreach with our local Orange county community to help the less fortunate… cuz we can’t get sick…. we’re special”

    • eideard says:

      The large “open quotes” before paragraph(s) are a wordpress convention denoting sections blockquoting from an article – which is why no “close quotes”. Also why many [not all] bloggers use a different font for their own commentary. The confusion isn’t deliberate. Like Topsy – it just grew this way.

  2. Judas goat says:

    Officials in Minnesota have appointed anti-vaccine advocates to a newly formed state council on autism, sparking controversy in the wake of a record measles outbreak in the state. The state of Minnesota has been a battleground for anti-vaccine sentiments. For years, anti-vaccine advocates had pounced on fears of autism there, largely in the state’s Somali immigrant communities. This fueled a measles outbreak in 2017, which was largest the state had seen in decades.

  3. Doc says:

    “Wife of White House communications director pushes false anti-vaccination claims” (CNN 2/14/19) Darla Shine’s comments come as a measles outbreak sweeps across the country, disproportionally affecting those who were not vaccinated against the disease. Shine dismissed the reports as “#Fake #Hysteria.” Measles is one of the leading causes of death for children, according to the World Health Organization.

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