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    By Elissa Strauss

    In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that measles had finally been eliminated in the United States. It was a t […]

    • ‘@OP – They analyzed the health records of 1700 unvaccinated Spanish children and found that, among 6- and 7-year-olds, “only 12% of the children showed antibodies against the three diseases and 18.7% exhibited triple susceptibility.” By comparison, the measles vaccine, is 93 percent effective at preventing measles with one dose, and, with two doses, 97 percent effective.

      But that’s that sciency stuff, which anti-vaxers are allergic to understanding!
      It does not quack loud enough to get their attention and comprehension!

    • They found that those who don’t get the measles vaccine are far more likely to get and spread the measles than those who got it—and that the vast majority of the unvaccinated people who got measles were unvaccinated by choice.

      America, the most litigious society on the planet. Come on guys. Mount the law suite against the anti-vaxers.

      “My child got measles. Nearly died. Has diminished eye sight for the rest of her life.”

      Sue the Baskets. Put them before the court. Get them to defend their position with “evidence” that displaces decades of information that vaccinations work, and are not dangerous. When they get into the witness box, and try to defend their position. Cross examine. Debunk. Embarrass. And finally get a legal judgement that they are liable financially for the losses your child endured.

    • I am reading the autobiography of Mark Twain. In 1845 there was a measles outbreak where he was a child. He said there were funerals every day and all children were quarantined.

      One wonders that if this anti vaccine nonsense is not put down will such a virulent strain of the virus rise again?

    • This article will not educate the anti-vaxxers.

      Every time I encounter one they fall back on the “natures way” argument and this article supports their position.

      Most of us want all children vaccinated so they don’t get sick or pass on measles to other children, Anti-vaxxers want all children to catch and spread the disease to help kindly mother nature get on with her work.

      It took Charles Darwin to educate us that mother nature is anything but kind, at best we could call her ruthlessly efficient. The fact humans have by chance evolved enough resistance to not go extinct is what is being used as misinformation that catching disease is somehow good for you (whoever first said “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has a lot to answer for).

      I wonder if these parents also avoid telling their toddlers not to play with fire? it’s the same principle, if they stick their hand in it once they won’t do it again, and who knows? maybe even come out of it without life-changing disabilities, there’s bound to be an anecdote somewhere supporting this method.

    • When I was a beautiful baby, like most other children of the time, I contracted measles and whooping cough. No one but the rich had cars in those days, so doctors used to make things called “house visits” (of which the younger readers will not have heard), free on the National Health Service at that. How times have changed. Anyhow, as Dr Coulter was examining me, so I’m told, Mother ran into the bedroom and called: Quick Doctor, the Brabazon’s flying overhead! It was its maiden flight. He dropped stethoscope and bag and ran outdoors to see it, such was the seriousness with which the twin diseases were regarded in those far off days.

    • ml66uk #7

      The Brabazon flew from 1949-1953.

      Pretty conclusive statistics. It just shows that even irrelevant trivia, such as I am wont to produce, can bring forth important information. I remember seeing the Brab flying over our house, I suppose I was about six then. It was a beautiful aeroplane.

    • Helen #8
      Apr 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I remember getting the polio injection. Mum took me and my friend, the doctor’s son (he’s still now the doctor on the estate where we lived), there were no privileges for insiders in those days. The queue at the medical centre was immense, and I can still remember the relief when the needle went in, although as I was skinny, it scratched the bone in my arm, I can still feel the grinding sensation. I am two years older than Helen, but I remember every class in school having a polio victim. I sat next to one in primary school; he died a few years ago from post polio syndrome.

    • It’s sad to see how Progress has stalled. It seemed so linear, getting better all the time, when I was growing up, my cohort evaded the blight of polio, all vaccinated. Antibiotics available when needed, not — as far as I knew — fed to livestock on a routine basis. The future seemed bright, if only we could dodge the whole nuclear annihilation thing…

    • OHooligan #11
      Apr 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm
      It’s sad to see how Progress has stalled

      Sad how it all ended, the post war settlement I mean. After the worst war in history, millions of refugees resettled within a few years, National Health Services established in civilised countries, ruined cities rebuilt, 250 000 council houses built in UK within three years after The Great War, 1.2m after WW11. Free secondary education, free university education, full employment. De-colonisation. All the things which could have made life nearly perfect on this planet, but somehow, collectively, we managed to blow it.

    • eejit #10
      Apr 7, 2016 at 4:58 am

      I am two years older than Helen, but I remember every class in school having a polio victim. I sat next to one in primary school; he died a few years ago from post polio syndrome.

      Perhaps a few videos with archive footage of children hobbling around wearing leg irons, would make the point!

      . . . With the message – “Do you really want your child to carry the burden of anti-vax mytholgy?”