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29 October 2011 @ 09:13 pm
Measles Cases at 15 Year High in U.S.  
There have been 220 cases of measles so far this year in the United States, more than triple the usual 60 to 70 cases per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Europe had more than 26,000 cases reported from January through July of this year, with nine deaths, according to the World Health Organization. So far, no deaths have been reported in the United States this year.

The CDC found of the 220 reported U.S. cases 87% of the people infected didn't get the vaccine, while the other 13% were too young to get it. Most of these cases were people who traveled overseas to Western Europe, Africa or Asia. Even though 91.5% of the U.S. population is immunized, those who are not, are putting themselves and others at risk, says Patsy Stinchfield Director of the Infection Disease Department at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

Two-doses of the measles vaccine is estimated to be 98-99% effective at preventing the disease and provide lifelong immunity. For those who are unvaccinated and exposed to measles, they can be expected to get measles at a rate on the order of 90% or higher, according to the CDC.

So frustrating and so preventable (other than the children too young to be vaccinated yet).

ETA: My reply to a dingbat who thinks that when children get measles it's not as bad as when adults get measles. (Is she thinking of chicken pox?)


Have you ever walked through a cemetery? One with plenty of older headstones, from the pre-vaccine era? Have you seen the little graves next to the parents, the ones with dates very close together? Compare the sheer numbers of those to modern graves. Lots more children were dying, and many of them died from illnesses we vaccinate against. Measles is deadly to children. It was one of the feared diseases. It's not like chicken pox. Measles, polio, whooping cough, smallpox, they killed and disabled children and that's why doctors worked hard to eradicate them. In areas of the world where fewer people receive vaccines, they still kill a lot of people. And they are making a comeback because an increasingly large number of citizens read junk science accounts and worry about things like micrograms of substances that are in our environment already or reactions that are statistically less likely than the disease, or the discredited theory about vaccines and autism.

I guess we have to learn the lesson of how deadly these diseases are all over again. Maybe when, once again, everyone knows a family who lost one or more children to these diseases we'll fear them enough to vaccinate every child.
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on October 30th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
i think the cdc is doing well. it's the people who are refusing to listen to the information they receive and have their children vaccinated that's the problem.
Tapatitapati on October 30th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
I think they've really tried, especially regarding H1N1. But these people have a huge filter through which they hear everything. They have their own junk science websites that push their misinformation or half truths. It's impenetrable. Until maybe one of their kids dies of measles.

All I can say to you is avoid being out in crowds as much as you can.

I know it's maddening. There are still people having chicken pox parties and they don't quarantine their kids after exposure.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on October 30th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
on a scary note. after thomas was born, they told me i didn't have any MMR immunity - scared the crap out of me. i had to get an entire series done. same thing happened again after i had tayler. same thing happened again during testing to give thomas a kidney several years ago. as far as i know i still don't have any mmr immunity.

i had german measles at 18 months and while i was in recovery, i came down with chickenpox. :eye roll: but everybody's told me that shouldn't have screwed me up bad enough that the immunity doesn't stick.

it's just very very weird.
Tapatitapati on October 30th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is weird. So you are one of the people who needs herd immunity to stay in place. At least you don't live in one of the California communities where lots and lots of people don't vaccinate. Lots of outbreaks out here.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on October 31st, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Yes and I'm also allergic to penicillin - real or synthetic - and all the derivatives. Had I been born in the late 1800s instead of 1969, I never would have made it, imho.