Measles on the rise

The people who are against vaccinations are causing a resurgence of measles. In an article in The Daily Beast, physician Russel Saunders outlines his concerns about the unnecessary rise of cases in New York.

Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness.  Unfortunately, about one patient in every 1,000 develops inflammation of the brain, and one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death.

20 years ago, vaccines had essentially eradicated measles from North America and Europe, but now people are sick and dying, thanks to people who refuse to understand the seriousness of the disease. 

I could go on and on about this and the reasons why, but Saunders provides links and there is a plethora of information on the reasons and the effects.

I want to point to a couple of graphs that demonstrate the results of misleading campaigns by those who endanger, not only their own children, but many others as well.

These two are from the Public Health Agency of Canada

From the BBC:

The last word to Dr Saunders: “If you missed measles and are glad it’s back, thank a vaccine-denier.


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