Selfish Idealistic Parents, Diseased Travelers & Rising Measles in U.S.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 15:37 PM
June 17, 2014

2-US-Faces-Worst-Measles-Outbreak-In-20-Years-942x1024    Whatever happened to the days when vaccination for measles was mandatory before any child could enroll in school? Unless those days return, this nation’s children are increasingly endangered by a growing measles epidemic.

In ‘Measles Cases at Highest Level in Nearly 20 Years,’ CDC reports CNN’s Trisha Henry discusses this year’s record breaking number of measles victims: “More people have been infected with measles in the United States during the first four months of this year than have been infected in the first four months of the past 18 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The CDC says many of the California cases are a result of people visiting the Philippines, which is experiencing a very large measles outbreak; at least 20,000 confirmed and suspected cases have been reported in the Asian nation.”

Health Day reporter, Amy Norton, explains how this outbreak could have began:  “An unvaccinated person travels abroad, brings measles back and infects vulnerable people––including children who are unprotected because their parents chose not to vaccinate them.”  That’s this week’s conclusion in ‘Pediatrics’ Journal.

“ . . . an unvaccinated 2-year-old was taken to Kenya, where he contracted the measles virus. After returning to the page-42-Does-my-child-have-measles1-650x493United States, the child developed a fever, cough and vomiting. However, before measles was diagnosed, he passed the virus on to three children in a drop-in child care center and another household member.

“Nine of the children ultimately infected were old enough to have received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine but had not. . . . the child’s parents feared the MMR vaccine could cause autism, . . . many studies since have found no connection between the vaccine and autism.”

Vincent Iannelli, M.D. writes:  “So far, there have already been at least 402 confirmed cases of measles in the U.S. in 2014 (the most in 18 years).  At least 314 cases of measles in Ohio since March 22.”  McClatchy News adds:

“In Ohio alone, 138 cases have been linked to Amish communities where several members had traveled to the Philippines . . . Fifteen outbreaks, involving three or more related cases, have occurred in places like New York City and in California, where six outbreaks were reported in six counties. Forty-three people have been hospitalized nationally, but no deaths have yet been reported.”

Mumps is the other record-breaking outbreak of disease rampaging among children this year.  As the dailybeast.com asks:  “This week, New Jersey joined New York and Ohio as the third U.S. location to have a mumps outbreak this year—and it probably won’t be the last. Is it time for mandatory vaccines?”

This nation must protect its children by making vaccinations mandatory.  Because of their unproven objections, a few parents should not be free to make other children sick. As plus-size Christian t-shirts insists: “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother (1 John 3: 10).”

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