Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Measles Outbreak in Vancouver


Children of misguided anti-vaxx parents are getting sick and missing school.


In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour. (WHO report)


2 comments :

Anonymous said...

You are correct, however the next sentence in the WHO report addresses the extent of the threat in North America:

"More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures."

Before becoming alarmed by media reports, it's a good idea for folks to do their research!

bulletproofcourier said...

@Anonymous - Yes, North America has very few measles deaths - precisely because we vaccinate our children.

The measles deaths that do occur here are primarily due to anti-vaxx parents.

Indeed many research trials have been done, but still no link exists between MMR vaccination and autism, etc.

One final coffin nail: Dr. Andrew Wakefield's original 1998 paper linking MMR to autism has been totally discredited by his peers, citing unethical, dishonest conduct; his paper has been withdrawn from the Lancet where it was originally published.

Denying a child lifesaving medicine is child abuse, and our society should not tolerate such parental neglect.