Measles Epidemic

CDC: vaccines for your children.

As of April 29, 2019,

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) officials say measles cases have broken a 25-year-old record, with at least 704 sickened by the highly contagious disease

More than 500 of the people infected with the measles virus were not vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Sixty-six people have been hospitalized, and one-third of the cases are children under 5.

This year’s outbreak represents a huge setback for public health after measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Think about this: “more than 500 (of 704)  were not vaccinated”.

Think about the risk this represents to your children and grand children.  Unvaccinated individuals represent a potential public health hazard no different than people infected with scary bugs like Ebola, or Marburg virus, or HIV, etc.  When I was a kid in the 1950s our parents were scared of polio and small pox.  They were more than eager to get everyone in the family vaccinated.  They stood in long lines to get a polio vaccine.

Now we have an organized anti-vaccine campaign #anti-vax.  It latches on to scary reports such as the myth that vaccines cause autism, a multiply debunked theory based on a fraudulent British report.

My ire is reserved for those that try to gain political followers/clout by gaming the anti-vaccine movement.  Donald Trump is at the head of this list.  Just follow his tweets on the subject, or watch this

“Trump claims vaccines and autism are linked but his own experts vehemently disagree”

Ofcourse he has modified his position most recently for political expediency.

Now, he claims, he is all for vaccinating kids, but not in a “single massive dose”…?  When was the last time DT went to see a pediatrician?  It is many visits, all spaced out to maximize the effect for each vaccine: the protection, and the safety to the patient.  Donald should keep his ignorant mouth closed.  I don’t tell my car mechanic how to fix my car and Donald should not tell an army of federally funded experts how best to immunize the population.

As an immunologist (with 40+ years of professional experience) I can attest that vaccines have arguably saved more lives than any other medical intervention in the history of medicine!  Just think about eradicated scary diseases like polio and small pox.  And, yes, measles too was declared “eradicated” untill the likes of DT and his #antivax friends.  Their irresponsible tweets and messages are in part the reason why measles has made a comeback.  Let them go live on an quarantined island far away, together with small pox, and polio, and measles and every other nasty bug.

The science of vaccines is best left to the experts.  The pathogens are always evolving and changing.  Take influenza for example, for which we get a new vaccine every year.  Vaccine recommendations for children and adults are also constantly modified and it is challengeing for health care providers to keep updated.  Politicians and political advocates such as #antivax ‘ers, have no role in this process.

 

Read more here:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/rfk-jr-has-spread-dangerous-misinformation-about-vaccines-his-family-says-2019-05-09

 

 

About D. Posnett MD

Emeritus Prof. of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
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3 Responses to Measles Epidemic

  1. John Hooker says:

    Keep up the factual news and continue to combat lying with impunity for political gain. DT is caught in the act of putting our children at risk.

  2. And in our case grandchildren! The pediatricians involved with our grandchildren insist that we, the grandparents, get immunized for the flu every year if we are to have any contact with the kids. I wonder about DT. Does he ever see Ivanka and Jared’s kids? Does he get the annual flu shots? How do Ivanka and Jared feel about this? And what about Melania? Does 13-year-old Baron get his shots? It sure looks like she wants WH personnel to get their shots so that Baron is safe: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/melania-trump-ban-flu-shot/
    Is the whole #antivax thing just a charade?

  3. Please, for the love of God people, vaccinate your kids. I truly do not understand why years of research to develop these vaccines are now being argued against.

    I’m also pretty sure Donald has rare contact with any kids that he is related to, as they are rarely in news coverage. And since Donald has a really sketchy past and present (and future), maybe he’s trying to spare them the way Jr., Eric, and Ivanka are being treated (which they deserve, IMO).

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