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Measles Cases Up Tenfold in UK; Almost 5000 Cases in France This Year

Measles Cases Up Tenfold in UK; Almost 5000 Cases in France This Year

More than 330 cases of measles have been reported in the first three months of this year in the UK, nearly as many as were reported in all of last year. According to the Guardian, a total of 334 cases of measles have been confirmed in England and Wales, as compared with 33 cases for the same period last year, and 374 in all of 2010. There have been outbreaks in universities, schools and in individual families, with most of the cases occurring in London and the south-east, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber.

Even more alarming are figures about measles cases in France where more than 5,000 cases have been reported this year. The World Health Organization says that, as of mid-April, 6500 cases of measles have been reported in 33 countries. Outbreaks have also occurred in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Serbia.

In regard to the US, travelers returning from Europe have brought back the disease. The US has had 118 cases of measles reported so far in children and adults in places including Minnesota, Boston and Santa Fe

Since 1997, measles cases in the US had been reduced to fewer than 150 annually thanks to immunizations. As the above figures reveal, the disease is still common worldwide, with an estimated 10 million cases and 164,000 deaths globally each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, US citizens traveling or living abroad very much need to be up to date on immunizations.

In the UK, vaccination rates for measles and infectious diseases such as mumps have significantly declined in the wake of fraudulent research by Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who claimed he had found a link between the MMR vaccine and certain gastrointestinal problems in some autistic children; scientific evidence continues to refute any link between vaccines and autism. In the UK and the US, more than a few parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children, or to “spread out” vaccinations. Doing so leads to a lower vaccination rate in a population which in turn leads to lowered “herd immunity”: When a significant proportion of a population has been vaccinated against a disease, those who not been vaccinated (such as infants) have a measure of protection. But when overall vaccination rates are lower, herd immunity is compromised. 

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough and a rash that spreads down from the scalp and through the body. The disease is highly contagious. For every 1,000 children who contract measles, one or two will die, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Writing in the Guardian, Dr. Luisa Dillner discusses why getting measles is, to understate the matter, no fun:

Measles is nasty — a dry cough, runny nose, red eyes that are made sore by light and a reddish brown rash. The typical sign is grey white spots in the mouth and throat. It’s caused by a virus, gives you a fever, and you feel ill for up to two weeks. There is no treatment.

Vaccinations really can make a difference in your health and in the health of the world. With summer just around the corner, if you’re planning to travel aboard, make sure your and your family’s vaccinations are up to date so that you bring back souvenirs, not a serious infectious disease.

 

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Autism, Vaccines, and the Damage Wrought by Andrew Wakefield

 

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2:17PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

If anyone would take the time to actually do the research you will find that vaccinations are an abomination which have been inflicted on mankind. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon, wrote a book entitled "Health and Nutrition Secrets". In chapter 6 (The Vaccine Controversy) he stands behind Dr. Wakefield's test results on vaccines causing autism in children. There are so many problems with vaccines which the public is ignorant about. Live viruses in vaccines can remain active in the body and cause long term damage. They have been found in the linings of peoples gastrointestinal tracts. Alos, many contain mercury (thimerosal) which affects the neurological system and there is evidence to support a possible link to ALS and MS. He states "recent investigations have found that several doctor-members of vaccine boards were either receiving grants from vaccine manufacturers or held stock in the companies. They were willing to sacrifice the health of millions of children just to fill their pockets with cash. These people should be looking through bars, not serving on boards".

Another quote, "The really upsetting thing about the rubella epidemic in Casper, Wyoming, 73% of the cases of measles occurred in vaccinated children", and "One of the most devastating complications associated with vaccination is encephalomyelitis, a diffuse inflamation of the brain that results in widespread destruction of brain structure."

"It is interesting to note that long-term studies h

12:28PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

I think the herd immunity is quite important aspect to be considered. If more people are vaccinated it means that measles have harder time spreading. Which means that infants are less likely to catch it... and I guess very tiny children are more endangered by it.

4:06AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

I was born in 1943, vaccinated against small pox before kindergarten, had many of the other childhood diseases naturally before vaccines against them were developed. I didn't get any complications, but measles was the first disease that made me feel bad enough that I didn't mind being confined to bed. I had rather mild German measles as a teenager. I had to be vaccinated with MMR in my late thirties because screening showed I had lost my immunity to the German measles. I used to get flu pretty bad every winter. I have been taking Epicor for two years and haven't gotten the flu, three days of diarhea and a lot of coughing and sneezing over tree pollen all spring but not the flu--go figure.

3:15AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

OH by the way, have a little search for Bill Gates and vaccines. There is a speech he made recently which is very disturbing!

3:12AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Choosing not to vaccinate should be a choice. If the vaccine is so effective then surely those vaccinated won't be at risk. Another scare story, while children are more likely to be run down by a car than contract measles.

3:06AM PDT on May 31, 2011

tks

9:55PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Philip S. Why is it so difficult for people to understand relative risk? Yes, vaccination can have adverse consequences but the chances are vanishingly small whereas measles induced death or disability is comparatively very high! 1 or 2 in every thousand children who get measles will die from it. 1 will develop encephalitis resulting in mental disability or deafness. World-wide there are 18 deaths PER HOUR from measles.

The worst adverse reaction to the MMR vaccine, for which there is actual evidence, is febrile seizures. These occur at a rate of 8 per 10,000 vaccinations (CDC studies). Of those reactions, 90% will have no further consequences. The rest may result in the development of epilepsy. That equates to roughly 1 in 10,000 vaccinations developing epilepsy as opposed to some 15 deaths and 10 cases of encephalitis per 10,000 who contract measles.

Studies the world over, show no evidence of a link between vaccination and autism, or any other serious condition, that outweighs the benefits of protection against the definite risks from the diseases themselves.

Which would I choose for my kids? The remote chance of epilepsy from the vaccine or the much higher chance of death or brain damage from measles? It really isn't a difficult decision when you consider FACTS rather than hysteria. Check out my other posts for more of them.

2:05PM PDT on May 30, 2011

One of the articles linked above says vaccines cause encephalitis which can be an autistic-like disorder or autism. It's not quoting Wakefield but another study, let me see which would I rather have measles or autism? Note to the author - the next time you write a pro-vaccine article, don’t link to an article with a study showing vaccines cause brain swelling.

11:44AM PDT on May 30, 2011

I'M SO TIRED OF THIS ENDLESS DISCUTIONS ABOUT VACCINES..........
I AM PRO VACCINE!!!!!!
I NEVER, EVER NEW ANYONE THAT HAD A PROBLEM WITH A VACCINE!
BUT WE ALL KNOW CHILD MORTALITY BEFORE HUMAN KIND HAVE VACCINES WAS VERY, VERY HIGH!
SO, WHAT'S TO DISCUSS?
OH,YES...THERE IS ONE THING: PEOPLE WHO DOESN'T TAKE VACCINES OR DON'T LET THEIR CHILDREN TOOK VACCINES SHOULD LIVE IN DESERT ISLANDS. . . . IF NOT THEY SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SPREAD OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASES AND GO TO PRISON FOR THEIR CRIME!
OF COURSE, THOSE WHO WRITE THESE BOOKS ABOUT THE RISKS OF VACCINES AND CONVINCE THE NAIVE PEOPLE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONES TO GO TO JAIL!...THIS IS NOT FREEDOM OF SPEACH......THIS IS A CRIME!!1

10:48AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Those of us who are older remember polio and measles and how deadly they both can be. Nothing is guaranteed to be 100% safe but taking the odds of having problems taking the vaccines is a lot less than the risks of getting those diseases.

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