measles outbreaks ARE unvaccinated

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vaccine Refusals Fuel Measles Outbreak

REUTERS

Vaccine refusals fuel measles outbreak

Parents refusing to have their children vaccinated against measles have helped drive cases of the illness to their worst levels in a dozen years in the United States, health officials reported on Thursday.

In 2008 alone, 131 cases of measles have been reported, with 15 serious enough to be hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Most of those infected were not vaccinated and there is no reason for any cases to occur when vaccines can prevent them, the CDC said in a weekly report on death and diseases.

"Measles can be a severe, life-threatening illness" the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a statement. "These cases resulted primarily from failure to vaccinate, many because of philosophical or religious belief."

Only 13 percent of the cases were imported, the CDC said, naming Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, India, Israel, China, Germany, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Russia. "This is the lowest percentage of imported measles cases since 1996," the CDC report reads.

At least 15 patients, including four children younger than 15, were hospitalized, although no one has died, the CDC said.

"In the decade before the measles vaccination program began, an estimated 3 to 4 million persons in the United States were infected each year. Of these, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and another 1,000 developed chronic disability from measles encephalitis."

Encephalitis is a life-threatening inflammation of the brain that can be caused by viral infections such as measles.

More than 90 percent of the patients were not vaccinated, the CDC said, had no evidence of having been vaccinated, or were babies too young to have been vaccinated.

"Of the 95 patients eligible for vaccination, 63 were unvaccinated because of their or their parents' philosophical or religious beliefs," the CDC said.

Some religious groups refuse vaccination but many parents have fears that vaccines are unsafe or may cause conditions such as autism -- fears the CDC says are unfounded.

"Increases in the proportion of the population declining vaccination for themselves or their children might lead to large-scale outbreaks in the United States," the CDC said.

Outbreaks of measles are being reported now in Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Britain among people who are declining the vaccine.

British health officials said in June that measles had again become endemic for the first time since the mid-1990s due to parents declining to get their children vaccinated.

The last serious U.S. outbreak was in 1989-1991, when 55,000 people got measles and 123 died. The CDC said 55 cases of measles were reported in 2006.

Measles kills about 250,000 people a year globally, mostly children in poor nations. The disease causes fever, coughing, irritation of the eyes and a rash. Serious complications include encephalitis and pneumonia that can be fatal.

"Measles knows no borders, but can be prevented for less than one dollar per child in a developing country. We must be steadfast in our efforts to reduce measles cases globally," the Measles Initiative, which includes the American Red Cross, CDC and United Nations agencies, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Michael Kahn)

Copyright © 2008 Reuters Limited.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 01-03-2009 - 12:14am

RE: 1. It is a misnomer that the vaccines are to thank for the decline of certain diseases.

Where is the proof of that?


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You can find real time proof right now,

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Fri, 01-02-2009 - 4:39pm

It is such a hard situation knowing that what your kid is screaming about is supposed to make them better. It's hard for me even when dh is pulling a splinter or something out of ds' foot!

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Registered: 12-14-2000
Fri, 01-02-2009 - 4:26pm

Isn't that "screaming from needles (or any procedure)" awful when it comes to our kids?

 

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Fri, 01-02-2009 - 11:16am

It took me a while to remember but I don't think they did any blood work and really don't remember a chest xray or anything. The only time I can remember ds screaming from needles was when he had to be hospitalized after a reaction to antibiotics he didn't need in the first place.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 01-02-2009 - 12:34am

**It really doesn't matter what I post or where it's from. If it's not from the cdc or your husband then you won't take it into consideration at all.

I've never quoted or said anything about the CDC .. I think I even stated at one point that I haven't even read what the CDC has to say about vaccines .. my information comes from peer-reviewed publications (and to some extent the research my husband has done .. although his research is with HIV vaccine and H5N1 vaccines .. not so relevant for current discussions).

**Honestly, I think it's nice having a civil discussion and you've been quite civil but I can see that you aren't here to open your mind to the possibility of anything other than what you believe. I'll just continue to use common sense and biological fact and know that my kids will have no risk of longterm effects from unknown injections.

I am open to other ideas .. and a few times the ladies here have had me thinking "well, maybe they're on to something" .. but each time I go back to what I know about the immune system and the published research and I just can't go with it. I really, truly do not believe that children who have not been vaccinated have any better an immune system than children who are vaccinated .. it just doesn't make sense from a biological point of view. The immune system is made to fight off attack from foreign viruses / bacteria / fungi, etc. whether challenged once, twice or thirty times .. For more on that you could read the post I made on another thread here, from my husband .. I think you might find some information useful? ...

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppvaccinedb&msg=4360.1&ctx=0

It's toward the end.



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Registered: 12-14-2000
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 11:08pm
OK.
 

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 10:23pm

I treated him the way I always treat things when one of us has cold symptoms. When the cough got bad I wanted to make sure my thoughts were right and that's what he had. Took him to the dr who confirmed it. As usual with all of us it lasted only a fraction of the time. I am not just coming up with things off the top of my head when it comes to my opinions on these things. My beliefs have been shaped by the way my family has responded to having natural immune systems and not being bombarded by vaccines and antibiotics in addition to eating right and keeping active.

Either the dr was right and proved my point on the vaccines and drugs or the dr was wrong and my beliefs about most doctors is proven as well. Honestly though, I know my ds and how he fights off illnesses. When his body is left to fight things off naturally he bounces back unbelievably fast. The two times in his life we were scared into giving him antibiotics he had such horrible reactions that the second time he ended up in the hospital.

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Registered: 12-14-2000
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 7:21pm

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Why do you think that what he had was pertussis?

 

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 6:41pm

I don't have a kid that got brain damage from a vaccine either. I've said before that I believe that if my kids contracted something like measles or mumps that their natural immune systems could handle it better than a child who had constantly had their immune system compromised by vaccines or antibiotics.

I contracted naturally chickenpox, mumps, and pertussis. No complications, still alive and kickin. So again, I would rather my child contract one of these diseases naturally and build their own natural immunity to them. My ds has already done it with pertussis. It lasted 2 1/2 days and he's very healthy.

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Registered: 10-25-2008
Thu, 01-01-2009 - 4:18pm

I think it's better to contract a disease naturally than be injected with it and who knows what else.


That is because you have not had any expierence with how seriuous these diseases actually can be.

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