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Measles cases hit 25-year high

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/25/19, 10:54 am

The number of measles cases in the United States has reached its highest level in 25 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The count rose to 695 cases from 22 states by Wednesday, up from 626 reported Monday. This year has been the nation’s worst for measles infections since 1994, but no deaths have been reported from the disease so far.

About three-quarters of the reported cases were in New York, particularly in two ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and suburban Rockland County. New York City officials last week banned unvaccinated people from public gathering places for at least three weeks in an attempt to control the outbreak. The Pacific Northwest has also seen increasing cases, with 74 reported in Washington and 14 in Oregon. Lawmakers in Washington state on Tuesday voted to cut personal and philosophical exemptions from measles vaccine requirements, and Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, has expressed his support.

The CDC recommends the measles vaccine for everyone over a year old except people who had the disease as children. There have been three reported deaths from measles in the United States since 2000, the last one in 2015.

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  • cln
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 12:05 pm

    Please do some homework on this issue. 600 cases of measles and zero deaths? Measles is not serious. Many of us had it as children and now have lifetime immunity unlike those who are vaccinated with this live virus vaccine which can cause the spreading of measles. According to Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, measles is an infection, not a disease. The MMR vaccine has caused untold grief and has adversely affected far more than 600 people. Yes, immune compromised people may suffer from measles more than some, but does that justify putting millions at risk for the sake of a few? Vaccines are drugs, made my drug companies and for vaccines there is zero liability. Producers of lettuce and peanut butter and autos have liability, but not producers of vaccines. They stand to make billions with no accountability and no advertising expense. Colorado is on the brink of losing freedom of medical choice. So are other states. And we hear about measles! Where is the press? 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 08:59 pm

    You know what else can cause the spreading of measles? Measles. And I didn't find anything in possible complications about the weakened version used in the vaccine being able to spread. Do you have sources for that? No medical intervention of any kind is without some risks of harmful side effects (that even includes things as "natural" as chiropractors and exercise regimines), but we tolerate the risk as long as the chance of harm with the intervention is lower than the chance of harm without it. (Keep in mind that if the whole country decided to stop vaccinating, we'd have a lot more than 600 cases to deal with--it would once again become a part of growing up for almost every child.) And if we actually manage to eradicate measles globally, then we won't even need to vaccinate for it anymore, just like with smallpox.

    I just haven't seen any statistics that would suggest that getting a weakened version of the pathogen to protect the body from later getting the full-blown infectious disease is more risky than actually getting measles in its wild, full-strength form. The most likely serious complication listed for the MMR vaccine is a high fever (1 in 3,000-4,000), which actual measles also causes as a matter of course, not to mention other symptoms like brain swelling. Are you aware of any data or scientific studies that would support a different conclusion?

  • MP
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 01:09 pm

    Yes, World, could you do some research on this?  Perhaps follow the money?

  • cln
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 01:38 pm

    Agreed. James Lyon Weiler wrote Cures Vs Profit expecting to find all kinds of amazing information on the value of vaccines and he was shocked. Journalists, doctors, scientists,  who do honest work and scout it out stand to lose.... a lot...including their careers, their reputation, their licenses...they are shuttled away from mainstream media as much as possible....


  • Tabitha
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 03:15 pm
  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 09:08 pm

    Very misleading info. One graph compares "potential risk of permanent injury from the MMR vaccine" with "risk of death from measles in the U. S.". But why ignore the risk of permanent injury from measles? This is comparing apples to oranges, and in a very self-serving way. Oh, and their "potential risk" was calculated by taking the upper bound of the 95% confidence interval. This is not how sound science is done. A 95% confidence interval means that you are 95% sure that the real answer is somewhere within your range, and the most likely number is right in the middle of it, not at the extreme upper edge. I haven't even bothered to look up the sources mentioned, but with mistakes this bad on the surface, I'm guessing those are grossly misrepresented as well.

  • Glong
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 04:18 pm

    "In developing countries, measles affects 30 million children a year and causes 1 million deaths. Measles causes 15,000-60,000 cases of blindness per year." (Medscape)

    The reason that we don't appreciate the consequences of this disease (yes, infections are diseases) in the U.S. Is precisely because we have been vaccinating for over 50 years. Most of us who had measles pre-vaccination era were indeed quite ill for a number of days. The anti-vaccination factions are on the verge of causing severe public health risks which result in lost school and work days thus impacting both personal and community finances. 

  • cln
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 05:13 pm

    Better to be ill for a number of days than a number of years. School kids miss far more school these days than when I was a kid. They are sick with all kinds of things, not just measles. We now have pediatric oncologists, endocrinologists, neurologists and these docs are all busy. Why so many sick kids? Allergies, diabetes, learning issues, special needs classrooms, seizures, disabilities,  stimming...the list goes on and on. The secret here, as with any illness, is having some basic knowledge of good illness management. In other countries malnutrition and sanitation are huge issues. Here in the US with plenty of opportunity for good nutrition and sanitation measles should rarely be an issue. A few vitamins can help make measles nearly benign, plus you get an enhanced immune system which benefits even as an adult and your offspring.  The MMR vaccine has created huge outbreaks of meningitis in other countries in the past. See the documentary Vaxxed. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 04/25/2019 07:55 pm

    Silver lining: With the spread of measles occuring so overwhelmingly in unvaccinated communities, it's no longer possible to claim that the vaccine does nothing to prevent the disease. (Well, that never was a particularly plausible claim to begin with, but maybe there will be fewer people repeating it now.)

  • charles jandecka
    Posted: Fri, 04/26/2019 11:17 am

    So exactly who are being mauled by the measles? Those injected with the wonderful measles' vaccination, or those not innoculated?

    And 3 measles deaths since 2000? Compare that with the number of pharmaceuticals deaths for any year. 2015 might be a cool one.

  • cln
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 05:16 pm

    Good point.