Article about the non-vax trend

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Article about the non-vax trend
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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 12:07pm

This appeared in today's NY Times.

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 2:29pm

That was a good read, thanks for posting it.

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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 2:41pm
It could also mean that these people do not have real problems anymore. The Dahls were educated and not poor and their daughter died of measles. The parents of the teen who died of measles in Germany in 2005 were well off and had sent her to a private school (bummer for them that this school had such a low vaccination rate).
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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 2:46pm
One takes a risk either way and again, all deaths are tragic - from the disease, or from the vaccine.
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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 2:59pm
while that is true, on the population level, not vaccinating is the more dangerous choice and there is no reason to cheer on the rising number of people who erode the herd immunity that we all profit of.
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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 3:07pm

As long as we're talking about measles, I'd be curious to know your thoughts. This may seem OT, but keep reading the links... it's not.


"More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's: report"
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Taking quotes from the article:

"An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and it could steal the minds of one out of eight baby boomers, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association. "

"The report found there were 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer's in 2000, a number expected to grow to 454,000 new cases a year by 2010. By 2050, 959,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease every year,
the report predicts."

"These findings illustrate that nearly every family

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 3:13pm
My responsibility is not to the herd - it's to my children.
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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 4:02pm
nope, nothing about the whale.to and Fudenberg claims has any value. The typical anti-vaccine hogwash. The Shaw paper is the only scientific bit amongst the whole write up and it does not carry the theory.
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Fri, 03-21-2008 - 4:05pm
you are not living in a blastic bubble, but in a community (I hope for you that you do). The non-vaccinating head of the PTA in the school the teen died in 2005 didn't even have one word of regret. This is egocentric to the highest and I for one would not want to join such a community, where people do not care in the least for the neighbor.
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 6:06pm
That is likely because she was educated enough to know that even a vaccinated child can get measles.
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Fri, 03-21-2008 - 6:28pm

Sometimes I wonder: when people read opinion pieces do they realize they are just that - opinion pieces?

I'll answer my own question: No they don't. That - is exactly how false information goes round and round then repeats the same vulgar cycle over and over.

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