Forget Trump – anti-vaxxers are the clear and present danger

The measles outbreak in New York is an entirely predictable emergency. Those responsible should be publicly shamed

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Signs about measles and the measles vaccine are displayed at the Rockland County health department in Pomona, New York. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

It can be hard, reading the news at the moment, to settle on any one individual or interest group to dislike the most viscerally, and this week was particularly tough. Donald Trump’s “I didn’t commit treason, you committed treason” remarks to the FBI; the ongoing madness in Westminster; and the proposal by the US education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to cut funding for the Special Olympics made it a bad week even by current standards. But then news emerged, on Wednesday, of a measles outbreak in Rockland County, New York. Public health officials said there were 153 confirmed cases.

This is an entirely preventable emergency that, in a crowded field, has thrown anti-vaxxers back to the top of the league table of those to be held in utter opprobrium. As most thinking people know by now, measles was declared wiped out in the US in 2000 but has since come roaring back thanks to parents failing to immunise their children. It’s a pattern repeated across the western world. According to the World Health Organization, in 2018 measles cases tripled across Europe. In the US, they went up six-fold.

In New York, parents who sign up to the groundless panic around the MMR vaccine can, unbelievably, exploit a loophole in the system that grants exemption from vaccinations on religious grounds.

read more at UK Guardian

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The Big Pharma Land, including the Vaccination Reserve, is a very murky country. With Goldman Sachs questioning the commercial feasibility of curing people, rumours of peanut product contaminated vaccines (causing the modern mass of peanut allergies), bogus claims about herd-immunity, sidelining of all cheap natural health agents, etc. Then there are the stats. If 2 cases of measles is normal, then 6 cases represents 200% increase – yeah, (yawn) that’s right. Everyone panic! And increase taxes. And proceed to medical bankruptcy because the medical insurance is just too damn expensive…

  2. hey, if one’s vaccinated, that one’s safe. so what’s the big concern? only the anti-vaxxer’s should be in danger but they already know that. what am i missing (besides being a normie?)

  3. Mr. Duff has documented the “infowarian” nature of the anti-vaxx movement and its somewhat “scammy” online appearance as they sell all kinds of nefarious pills and potions to make a fast buck.

    The bottom line? The destruction of trust in one of our Federal families main institutions that oversee health issues for all Americans and of course that is extreamly troubling to me.

    Who would do that? Enemy I see…

  4. If measles were wiped out, where did the bloody virus come from? There has been a lot of noise about this lately. This whole thing smells like yesterdays diapers.

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