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Do you agree that this is the reason that the measles are back or do you think there is more to it?

From Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, doctors across Canada are grappling with a highly infectious disease the likes of which they’ve never seen before: measles.

Measles was supposedly stamped out years ago, along with whooping cough, polio and other nasty maladies. But now it’s made a comeback, thanks to people who don’t believe in vaccinations. France, northern England and Wales have all been hit with serious measles outbreaks. Wales alone has had 1,200 cases since November of last year, mostly among children and adolescents under 18. Dozens more cases have appeared in pockets of the United States.

Canada has recorded about 30 cases in 2013, including eight in B.C. since June. “It’s been three years since we have seen measles in B.C.,” Dr. Paul Martiquet of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority told Canadian Press.

The modern anti-vaccination scare began in the late 1990s, when a British physician named Andrew Wakefield began warning people that the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) causes autism in children. Medical experts refuted his claims, but parents panicked. Vaccination rates in Britain sank from 92 per cent to 73 per cent. Dr. Wakefield’s research has since been widely condemned as a giant fraud, and many of the current crop of measles victims were never vaccinated because of him.

In Canada, the good news is that the new infections have been imported from elsewhere, either from infected people who travelled to Canada and passed it along, or from Canadians who were infected abroad. The bad news is that Canada’s vaccination rate is just 85 per cent – lower than it should be to confer population immunity. Our worst recent outbreak occurred in 2011, when 725 people came down with it in Quebec.

Even though Dr. Wakefield was thoroughly disgraced, anti-vaxxers aren’t hard to find. Plenty of chiropractors, homeopaths and other practitioners of “natural” medicine believe vaccines are unnecessary or dangerous. Activist-actress Jenny McCarthy (the new girl on The View) has been waging a high-profile war on childhood vaccines for years. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmental activist, is another anti-vax crackpot. He’s claimed that we’re poisoning our children with thimerosal, a preservative in vaccines, and that a vast conspiracy of government agencies has covered up the truth.

Some anti-vaxxers belong to fringe religious groups. But some are highly educated, hyper-vigilant, holistically minded parents who believe the environment is full of toxic substances that are potential threats to their children. Some think the medical establishment has no right to tell them what to do.

“Measles is not a life-threatening disease,” goes one typical online comment. “Parents have every right not to vaccinate their children, especially when big pharma still uses toxins such as mercury (still in flu shots) and aluminum (still in most infant/child vaccines).” These people get plenty of affirmation on the Internet, which is a bottomless cornucopia of junk science and scare stories.

It’s true that measles rarely kills. But it can have serious side effects, including deafness and pneumonia. It travels the globe at the speed of airplanes. It is also easy to prevent and totally unnecessary. In some countries, and also some Canadian provinces, you have to get your kids vaccinated or else they can’t go to school. Good idea. As we learned with seat belts, a little coercion can be a good thing.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/measles-is-back-it-had-help/article13359533/

by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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needadvice1983
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I agree with the article. I fully protect my kids by getting them vaxed. And my oldest is autistic (NOT caused by vaccines!). If another parent chooses not to vax that's their right. But I wonder how they would feel if their kid got something preventable and became disabled or died.
brianard90
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I was vaccinated as were my 4 siblings, all my cousins and their children... no autisim and no diseases! A few cousin are add and adhd but that is because my aunts believed drugs are ok while preggo
lizard3731
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM
I wish the anti-vaccine people would realize they're putting their children at risk. They haven't seen diseases like polio leave a child unable to walk or typhoid or whooping cough kill children, so they don't believe it can happen. Any risks posed by vaccines are far outweighed by the benefits.
onethentwins
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Of course. If small percent of children weren't vaccinated, then the vaccinated ones wouldn't catch the deceases and spread it to them. The more non vaccinated children there are, the easier to spread the decease. It's obvious. I don't care what others do with their children, mine are fully vaxed so I'm not worried. 

Some people believe that vaxing hurts children and wont do it, they way the risk of the childhood decease with the danger of vaxing. It's their choice and that's just fine. I don't think schools should require vaccination for enrollment, but I do think vaccinations should be available for poor children if they want them. 

I don't think it's right to call a person who doesn't vaccinate a crack-pot, unless they want to impose their choices on others with legislation.

LittleBirdFly
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM


children have died after being vaccinated. But I never head of anyone suing the goverment for it. I guess that they keep on the down low, when that would be really news worthy.

Quoting tyrelsmom:

They would find who they can to sue... Probably the government. Because they have to, having a permanently disabled child is not cheap.


Quoting LittleBirdFly:


to shut them up? I dont know but I heard you can not sue the doctor nor the vaccine company


Quoting mustbeGRACE:

THERE IS A FUND SET ASIDE BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THOSE INJURED BY VACCINES  !!!!!

GUESS WHAT IT'S FOR  ?????








Cmgmqmmom
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Until kids start (God forbid) dying and getting irreparably injured from infectious diseases these families will continue to use b.s reasons to not vaccinate their kids. If your kid is medically incapable of getting a vaccine, that's understandable. If you aren't doing it because you disagree with it philosophically or religiously, I don't agree. Citing the use of aborted fetal stem cells 50 years ago to generate the vaccine as the reason why you won't do it is garbage.

What I find ironic is that all these anti-vax nuts are relying on their child not getting ill because of herd immunity. Kids are not getting sick because fortunately, there are still more people getting vaccines than not. If this movement keeps up, there will be fewer kids getting vaccinated and more kids getting sick. But the anti-vax nuts will tell you that it's all a lie, a conspiracy or biased because they found some crack pot on the internet to tell them so.

 

 

grapesandwrath
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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Or....its because our own, natural immune systems are destroyed because of today's vax schedule and the disinfecting era.

Our kids need to be exposed to illness. Or pretty soon we will all end up in a bubble.
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grapesandwrath
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM
You think drugs cause ADHD......?!


Quoting brianard90:

I was vaccinated as were my 4 siblings, all my cousins and their children... no autisim and no diseases! A few cousin are add and adhd but that is because my aunts believed drugs are ok while preggo

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grapesandwrath
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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Actually, I have seen these vaccines do exactly this. Kill, injure, or damage the child in some way.


Quoting lizard3731:

I wish the anti-vaccine people would realize they're putting their children at risk. They haven't seen diseases like polio leave a child unable to walk or typhoid or whooping cough kill children, so they don't believe it can happen. Any risks posed by vaccines are far outweighed by the benefits.

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grapesandwrath
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Lol


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