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Friday, May 2, 2008

Vaccine Stuff

FYI. This is the second cycle of measles we’ve seen from complacency and refusal to vaccinate since introduction of the vaccine. There have been similar outbreaks of polio, diphtheria, and pertussis. These things occur, victims suffer, and everybody suddenly recalls why we take these vaccines…until the next time the population starts to forget.

By the way, the autism hypothesis has been examined by multiple large-scale studies, but the belief continues.


Data indicate largest resurgence of measles in U.S. since 2001.

ABC World News (5/1, story 9, 0:20, Gibson) reported that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases have "reported a surge in measles cases" throughout the United States.

Moreover, it may be "the largest resurgence" since 2001 "of the once-common childhood disease," the Washington Post (5/2, A2, Stein) adds. A minimum of "64 cases were reported in nine states between Jan. 1 and April 25." While "[n]o one has died," at least "14 patients have been hospitalized." And, four "outbreaks are ongoing in" New York and Arizona, where officials reported 15 cases, and in Michigan and Wisconsin, where officials documented four cases each.

The "largest outbreak, 22 cases, is under way in New York City, mainly in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where it was most likely introduced by travelers from other countries," the New York Times (5/2, A13, Grady) notes. The Times notes that "worldwide, there are 20 million cases a year."

Before "the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, there were up to four million reported cases, and up to 500 deaths each year in the United States," the Los Angeles Times (5/2, Lin II) reports. The vaccination programs, however, "were so successful that public health officials declared widespread transmission of the disease eliminated in 2000." But, Anne Schuchat, M.D., "director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases," said, "Now, I think we're seeing a different trend with communities or pockets of under-immunized children."

Bloomberg (5/2, Lauerman) further quotes Dr. Schuchat as saying that parents "who refuse vaccination for themselves and their children still risk infection through contact with residents of a number of countries...that are experiencing sizeable outbreaks."

Data from the measles cases also indicate that "63 patients either had not been vaccinated, or had a vaccination status that was unknown," the Chicago Tribune (5/1, Shelton) reported. And, "[a]mong the confirmed cases were an unvaccinated healthcare worker who was infected in a hospital, and 17 people who were infected while visiting a healthcare facility, including a 12-month-old child exposed in a physician's office."

Dr. Schuchat also noted that the fact that "some parents have been concerned that vaccines -- such as the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine -- can cause autism or other diseases, and have decided against vaccination for their children," may have "left children vulnerable to diseases that had virtually disappeared in the United States," HealthDay (5/1, Reinberg) added.


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