Video: Get ready for measles deaths as cases “surge”

posted at 10:01 am on April 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when we all but eradicated measles in the US, along with the 500 or so deaths it caused each year among children? Good times, good times. The rapidly increasing number of infections so far has not caused any fatalities, but those will be inevitable — especially since the medical profession has become so unfamiliar in handling patients infected with the disease:

Since 2000, the highly contagious disease has been considered eliminated in the United States, aside from occasional small outbreaks sparked by overseas travelers. For most of the last decade, the nation was seeing only about 60 cases a year.

But since 2010, the average has been nearly 160.

“This increase in cases may be a `new normal,’ unfortunately,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Contributing to the problem: Decades of measles vaccination campaigns have been so successful that many doctors have never seen a case, don’t realize how contagious it is, and may not take necessary steps to stop it from spreading.

Among the 58 cases reported from California, at least 11 were infected in doctor’s offices, hospitals or other health-care settings, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York City health officials say two of their 26 cases were infected in medical facilities. …

There has been no measles deaths reported in the U.S. since 2003. “But the way we’re going, we feel it (another) is inevitable,” Schuchat said.

Medical-facility retransmission, however, is a secondary problem. The primary issue in the US for the resurgence of measles is a lack of vaccination, and measles isn’t the only disease making a comeback:

In the past 20 years, a concerted public health campaign, especially among lower-income families, has made measles outbreaks rare. The disease has been considered eradicated since 2000. But today, the number of unvaccinated children has begun to become a problem, Schuchat said. Some people are choosing not to have their children immunized for personal reasons and others are unaware of, or unable to get, vaccinations, before they arrive in the U.S. She said the CDC is also seeing growth in the disease pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Before vaccinations were available, about 500,000 people were infected with measles annually in the U.S., a number that fell to about 60 after the disease was all but eliminated in 2000. Since 2010, it has increased to an average of 155 cases per year. …

The proportion of vaccinated children varies by state, depending on the toughness of their immunization laws, Sammons said. Nationally the measles, mumps, rubella vaccination rate is over 90 percent, but in 15 states it is below that standard, she wrote. New York magazine reported last month on schools in California and New York with low immunization rates among students, in part because parents are choosing not to vaccinate them.

Ohio is also seeing a rapid increase in measles and mumps:

The CDC takes a positive approach in its advice to parents urging vaccinations on time and on schedule. Parents frightened off by anti-vaccination advocates like Jenny McCarthy should review actual research by the CDC, released last year, showing no connection between vaccinations and autism diagnoses:

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics Friday may put them at ease. Researchers found no association between autism and the number of vaccines a child gets in one day or during the first two years of the current vaccine schedule.

The research was led by Dr. Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together with two colleagues, DeStefano and his team collected data on 256 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 752 children who did not have autism. The children were all born between 1994 and 1999 and were all continuously enrolled in one of three managed-care organizations through their second birthday.

The researchers not only counted how many vaccines a child was given, they also counted how many antigens within the vaccines children were exposed to over three different time periods: birth to 3 months, birth to 7 months and during the first two years. They also calculated the maximum number of antigens a child would receive over the course of a single day.

An antigen is an immune-stimulating protein found in a vaccine that prompts the body’s immune system to recognize and destroy substances that contain them, according to the NIH.

Some vaccines, like Hepatitis B, only contain one antigen for this one virus. However, at the time these children were vaccinated, the typhoid vaccine had 3,000 antigens per dose and the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine had 24.

“When we compared those roughly 250 children with ASD and the roughly 750 children who did not have ASD, we found their antigen exposure, however measured, were the same,” said DeStefano. “There was no association between antigenic exposure and the development of autism.”

The researchers also found no association between antigenic exposure and ASD.

The return of these childhood diseases should be a national embarrassment, and any preventable deaths or damage done cause for shame.


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Open borders are great forquarantine communicable diseases.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

At least we will have something in common with most of Africa.

Bishop on April 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Some people are choosing not to have their children immunized for personal reasons because the’re f’ing morons.

Fixed it.

Defenestratus on April 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Obamacare will take care of this…

PatriotRider on April 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Amnesty for the Measles…!!

Electrongod on April 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Those people who choose not to have their children vaccinated are insane.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

It’s all part of the plan…

Fewer people have quality healthcare especially seniors,…a subtle Death Panel…

PatriotRider on April 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Let’s not forget that Robert Kennedy also supported the anti-vaccine movement..just sayin’

galtg on April 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The ecofreaks will demand that the small viruses have rights too.

Bishop on April 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The primary issue in the US for the resurgence of measles is a lack of vaccination, and measles isn’t the only disease making a comeback:

But, but, but, according to Insane McVain, our treatment of illegal immigrants is a ‘stain’ on our country.

So, I guess we’d better open the borders and ports completely so that we can enjoy the ‘benefits’ of massive immigration from third world dumps.

Resist We Much on April 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Likely brought to this country by an “act of love”…

PatriotRider on April 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

http://jennymccarthybodycount.com/Anti-Vaccine_Body_Count/Home.html

Too many have died already from this nonsense.

mythicknight on April 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

This is what happens when parents who have never seen diseases such as polio, and whooping cough suddenly become medical experts. I am amazed at the people who so readily discount a Physicians opinion, but think nothing of taking the advice of a Chiropractor/Homeopath/whatever other certificate they can put on their wall. Freaking quacks. This is what also happens when we no longer control the folks coming into our country. I don’t care if it hurts their feelings. Requirements have to be met prior to entry. They can do they same us when we visit. I could care less.

gator70 on April 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Open borders are great forquarantine communicable diseases.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Acts of love?

MistyLane on April 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

This is why my ancestors had to go through Ellis Island before being allowed to enter the country. You had to go through a screening process. If you had a contagious disease you were quarantined or they sent you back to your country of origin. These measles cases, tuberculosis cases etc are directly the fault of ILLEGAL ALIENS. Oh there are a few nutjobs like Jenny McCarthy and Alicia Silverstone who won’t vaccinate their kids but we all know it’s the illegals.

neyney on April 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Vaccinate your damned kids.

And thanks for your role in aiding in the re-emergence of long-dead scourges, anti-vaxxers.

You people are freaking geniuses, and medical science should be listening to you and not the data.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

That local news in the screencap is in Cincinnati.

Maybe that piece of shite Boehner might want to comment on whether illegal immigrants are walking this in the country in one of Jeb’s acts of love.

BuckeyeSam on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Amnesty for the Measles…!!

Electrongod on April 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

“Eliminating measles is genocidal or something.”
/Jenny McCarthy

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Wow, Jenny McCarthy really is the new “Dr. Death”

reddevil on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Vaccinate your damned kids.

And thanks for your role in aiding in the re-emergence of long-dead scourges, anti-vaxxers.

You people are freaking geniuses, and medical science should be listening to you and not the data.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I’m looking forward to the return of the Black Plague.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Mumps, Measles, Rubella, is the working title of AZ Senator John McCain’s comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Muslims in particular do not like to vaccinate their kids because many believe the vaccines are made from swine.

HotAirian on April 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Wow, Jenny McCarthy really is the new “Dr. Death”

reddevil on April 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Kathleen the Queen of Death is not impressed.

22044 on April 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Contributing to the problem: Decades of measles vaccination campaigns have been so successful that many doctors have never seen a case, don’t realize how contagious it is, and may not take necessary steps to stop it from spreading.

There was an episode of Doogie Howser in which a case of measles showed up in the hospital. Doctors were baffled until one of them overheard a nurse telling the patient that the fever and itching would be over in a few days and thought to ask her what was going on. Life is now mirroring a 25+ year old television show, and not in a good way.

Physics Geek on April 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Not to worry. Surely Obamacare covers treatment?

leftamark on April 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I as born in 1951. I remember going to get the polio vaccine by eating a sugar cube laced with the vaccine. Of course when I entered the first grade everyone had to have a smallpox vaccination. I still have a scar on my left shoulder. It would raise a blister, that you were told not to touch.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I as born in 1951. I remember going to get the polio vaccine by eating a sugar cube laced with the vaccine. Of course when I entered the first grade everyone had to have a smallpox vaccination. I still have a scar on my left shoulder. It would raise a blister, that you were told not to touch.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Have you seen the X-Files? “smallpox vaccination”

You a clone mang.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Muslims in particular do not like to vaccinate their kids because many believe the vaccines are made from swine. – HotAirian on April 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

No comment.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I’m looking forward to the return of the Black Plague.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

“I think I’ll take a walk.”

“You’re not fooling anyone, you know.”

Bishop on April 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The return of these childhood diseases should be a national embarrassment, and any preventable deaths or damage done cause for shame.

There really is no excuse for not getting your snowflakes vaccinated what with Obamacare shaking us all down for that service. But I’ve got to wonder how many of these diseases are carried in by the illegals. Have the higher incidences of some of these diseases been correlated to concentrations of immigrants- legal and illegal?

People forget that Ellis Island was far more than just an immigration center. It was the crown jewel of the public health service and they were not shy about denying entry or quarantine. I once knew a man who was stuck there for several days (along with his brother) for fear that he was infected with measles. In these days of non-existent borders and millions of illegals; are we seeing those “living in the shadows” carrying disease into our communities like rats spread the black death?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Muslims in particular do not like to vaccinate their kids because many believe the vaccines are made from swine.

HotAirian on April 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

What a pity.

leftamark on April 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Have you seen the X-Files? “smallpox vaccination”

You a clone mang. – Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I also have liked science fiction and the X-Files, but science fiction is just that, science fiction.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Too deep for me.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Muslims in particular do not like to vaccinate their kids because many believe the vaccines are made from swine.

HotAirian on April 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Seems to me like most of the morons advocating this publicly are not Muslim, and that they tend to be new-age or ultra-religious (which includes fundies of all stripes and craziness).

IE, anti-vaxxers believe in a lot of woo.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I don’t think I ever got the small pox vaccination growing up. I was born in 1971.

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

People forget that Ellis Island was far more than just an immigration center. It was the crown jewel of the public health service and they were not shy about denying entry or quarantine. I once knew a man who was stuck there for several days (along with his brother) for fear that he was infected with measles. In these days of non-existent borders and millions of illegals; are we seeing those “living in the shadows” carrying disease into our communities like rats spread the black death? – Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

And, today someone can get on an airplane and fly to anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours. We are overdue for a pandemic on the scale of Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918-1919. Too many people, too many bugs and an overconfidence in our medical system.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

My father had 2 brothers die of measles, 2 weeks apart, three months before he and his twin were born. My grandmother talked about that time until she died. She wasn’t allowed to see them before they died because she was pregnant, and it haunted her. These morons who don’t vaccinate their children should not have any children.

megthered on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

IIRC, my sisters had to get some shots in 1976 because they were traveling overseas — to Austria.

rbj on April 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I don’t think I ever got the small pox vaccination growing up. I was born in 1971. – NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

The disease was eradicated and vaccinations were stopped. However, some labs in this world still have the active virus, just in case.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I can’t believe in 2014 America we are having a debate over to vaccinate or not. Of course I once lived in a community that was roiled in medical controversy. They were the first municiple water system to add fluoride. It was the genetically-modified food scandal of its time. Though the controversy was long settled by the time I lived there, remarkably not all the animosity had dissipated.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

When I was a kid there was a public campaign to educate parents about how vaccinations worked…Every kid I knew was vaccinated because their parents & grandparents were of an age to remember how frightening those diseases were…especially Polio…

In short these diseases were in the living memory of parents and grandparents when I was a kid in the 60′s & 70′s.

In that era vaccinations were seen as a miracle.

Truth is many people don’t even understand how vaccinations work and why it’s important to vaccinate as many as possible.

Today vaccinations are seen as political ammo for conspiracy theorists who flame everything to feed the cultural cynicism because it sells.

Most people can apply simple common sense….But common sense is harder to mine these days I guess.

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Alright, folks, let’s get some perspective. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Once you’ve calmed…..

Before the vaccine came along the cases of measles annually numbered in the 1/2 million range. That’s something like 1 of every 100 kids or so (at the time). That’s a lot, right?

Two years ago it was 60. That’s closer to 1 out of every … some really big number of kids. That’s in the fourth decimal place of a percent or something like that, right? Wow, practically eradicated.*

Last year it was 160. OMG! That like doubled!!!11!! No, almost tripled!!!!! OMG, we’re all going to die!!!!!!! Wait, what? That’s still like in the fourth decimal of a percent? Maybe in the third? What do you mean it’s a statistically insignificant increase, given the number two paragraphs above?

That’s right, people, 160 cases in a population of something like 75 million kids is still statistically insignificant. For this, we should panic and suddenly begin doing whatever the CDC says? Sorry, but I call baloney.

* Did you notice whence those 60 cases predominantly came? That’s right, “immigrants”. Most of whom were not from places like Germany or Canada. Guess where the almost tripling is probably coming from? That’s right – the same source, “immigrants”. Seems to me you could cut down on infections pretty easily without producing a single dose of vaccine more.

I’m not advocating fear-mongering where vaccines are concerned, but I will advocate not panicking and blindly going along when the government starts yelling and freaking out about something that will require me to submit to their definition of “what’s good for me”.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I’m looking forward to the return of the Black Plague.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

He already returned, in 2012.

Rix on April 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

We are overdue for a pandemic on the scale of Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918-1919. Too many people, too many bugs and an overconfidence in our medical system.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Very true.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Child develops super high fever because of vaccine.

Child is autistic after the fever.

Nope. There’s no connection there. Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I didn’t have to read the article to know most of the cases were in CA. Between the inordinate amount of illegals and the new-age kooks there was only one place to it could have been.

CA will become a third world country where you have to “get your shots” before you go.

Tater Salad on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

“Among the 58 cases reported from California, at least 11 were infected in doctor’s offices, hospitals or other health-care settings…”
.
And among those 58, how many had vaccinations? And were those 11 that were infected in doctor’s offices infected by the vaccine, or by other patients? Just curious.

higgins1991 on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Oh my gosh. Measles is not DEADLY! The cases of death are almost nonexistent.

bossmanham on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I’m not advocating fear-mongering where vaccines are concerned, but I will advocate not panicking and blindly going along when the government starts yelling and freaking out about something that will require me to submit to their definition of “what’s good for me”.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

It’s not a ‘oh noes big government vs. me’ issue.

It’s a “hey, stop giving my kids polio and measles because you’re too stupid a parent to vaccinate them, you moron” issue.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The idea that this is Jenny McCarthy’s fault and not the fault of our open boarders policies is patently absurd. Jenny McCarthy influences exactly no one. The millions of untreated, unvaccinated third world migrants affects everyone.

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Child develops super high fever because of vaccine.

Child is autistic after the fever.

Nope. There’s no connection there. Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Show us the data.

Your personal fears and the ramblings of a Playboy model are not “data.”

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Child develops super high fever because of vaccine.

Child is autistic after the fever.

Nope. There’s no connection there. Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

So don’t vaccinate your children, Jenny.

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I was vaccinated and all my children get vaccines but…

500 child fatalities a year? Each child death is sad but are we going to get up in arms over everything that causes 500 child deaths a year?

gwelf on April 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The idea that this is Jenny McCarthy’s fault and not the fault of our open boarders policies is patently absurd. Jenny McCarthy influences exactly no one. The millions of untreated, unvaccinated third world migrants affects everyone.

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I concur that it is primarily an illegal immigration problem, but McCarthy does carry some small influence over a small percentage of ignorami.

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Child develops super high fever because of vaccine.

Child is autistic after the fever.

Nope. There’s no connection there. Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

At the same time, don’t bring your unvaccinated kids around my kids since who knows what diseases they may have. In an age where bringing a peanut butter sandwich to school is a HazMat situation, are we really allowing children in the doors who are carriers of disease by dint of the fact their parents are idiots?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It’s not a ‘oh noes big government vs. me’ issue.
It’s a “hey, stop giving my kids polio and measles because you’re too stupid a parent to vaccinate them, you moron” issue.
Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Actually it’s an “the same government that is so corrupt that they refuse to enforce a sane immigration policy where we know who and what is coming into this country, from where and what diseases they’re carrying are the same corrupt liars and thieves scaremongering people into injecting 45 plus vaccines into their child before age 2″ kind of an issue.

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

So, the science is settled. Where have I heard this phrase before?..

Rix on April 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

In an age where bringing a peanut butter sandwich to school is a HazMat situation, are we really allowing children in the doors who are carriers of disease by dint of the fact their parents are idiots?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yes, and the stupidity is spreading.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

It’s not a ‘oh noes big government vs. me’ issue.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

If you’re not even the least bit skeptical (160 cases? that’s an epidemic?) about this, then you have way too much trust in the people in our government. If you’ve honestly looked at the medical research (preferably sponsored outside the CDC and Big Pharma) and made your decision, fine.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I don’t think I ever got the small pox vaccination growing up. I was born in 1971. – NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

The disease was eradicated and vaccinations were stopped. However, some labs in this world still have the active virus, just in case.

SC.Charlie on April 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Yep.

I found that out when my kid was born in 1990.

I’m inoculated for small pox…she is not as it wasn’t available, but we made sure she was inoculated for everything else available on a schedule all the way through high school.

That’s why the US stockpiled it…and I for one am glad they did…just in case.

“Those seeking to enforce compulsory vaccination argued that the public good overrode personal freedom, a view supported by the U.S. Supreme Court in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905, a landmark ruling which set a precedent for cases dealing with personal freedom and the public good….”

link to wiki entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox_vaccine

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Yes. “Fearmongering” is the word I was looking for.

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

If you’re not even the least bit skeptical (160 cases? that’s an epidemic?) about this, then you have way too much trust in the people in our government.

Hey! Let’s let these disease spread until there are many more cases, and then we’ll deal with it!

Why nip them in the bud?

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

This is what happens when parents who have never seen diseases such as polio, and whooping cough suddenly become medical experts.

Didn’t you know that pregnancy imbues a woman with a wealth of medical knowledge that no doctor could ever understand?

tdarrington on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Child develops super high fever because of vaccine.

Child is autistic after the fever.

Nope. There’s no connection there. Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The point you are missing is that unvaccinated kids get ASD at the same rate as vaccinated kids. Why are vaccines responsible in one case, but not the other?

tdarrington on April 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Why nip them in the bud?

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Sure, let’s nip it in the bud – deport the illegal immigrants and stop new ones from coming in. Task complete. Now, can we dismantle the nanny state infrastructure?

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The point you are missing is that unvaccinated kids get ASD at the same rate as vaccinated kids. Why are vaccines responsible in one case, but not the other?

tdarrington on April 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Because don’t trust science and medicine or something!

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Sure, let’s nip it in the bud – deport the illegal immigrants and stop new ones from coming in. Task complete. Now, can we dismantle the nanny state infrastructure?

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Who says this is purely an immigrant problem?

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Even though this isn’t an isolated occurrence.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Prove it.

mythicknight on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I had measles in 1957 at the age of 10. Our doctor, who still made house calls, walked in the door and said “I smell measles.” No current doctor would be able to say that these days. I survived measles per se, but nearly died of complications. I developed a blood disorder which caused a loss of platelets in my blood. I had huge bruises on my arms and legs and a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop. I was sent to the hospital where they thought I was a victim of abuse.

Four weeks in the hospital with daily blood tests, and steroids for 4 months, cured me. Thank goodness my doc and the consulting pediatricians made a quick diagnosis.

My neighbor’s daughter, about the same age as my sister, had measles at age 2 and developed epilepsy and mental retardation.

Vaccinate your children, people. Please.

Qzsusy on April 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I had measles in 1957 at the age of 10. Our doctor, who still made house calls, walked in the door and said “I smell measles.” No current doctor would be able to say that these days. I survived measles per se, but nearly died of complications. I developed a blood disorder which caused a loss of platelets in my blood. I had huge bruises on my arms and legs and a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop. I was sent to the hospital where they thought I was a victim of abuse.

Four weeks in the hospital with daily blood tests, and steroids for 4 months, cured me. Thank goodness my doc and the consulting pediatricians made a quick diagnosis.

My neighbor’s daughter, about the same age as my sister, had measles at age 2 and developed epilepsy and mental retardation.

Vaccinate your children, people. Please.

Qzsusy on April 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

But there are so few cases statistically! Surely, we must fight Big Government’s attempts to force us all to protect our own and each others kids by the simple act of a vaccination that can even be done for free as a public service.

/derp

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Who says this is purely an immigrant problem?

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I think that’s where the return of these diseases started. But the anti-vax movement is helping it spread.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Clearly, there is a link in the upswing in formerly “eradicated” diseases to an unrestricted, unscreened influx of illegals from Mexico and elsewhere.

I guess it is just politically incorrect to notice.

DimsdalePiranha on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Who says this is purely an immigrant problem?
Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

It’s mostly an illegal immigrant problem. We’re letting people in from the third world and neglecting to check them for these diseases but some how this is all Jenny McCarthy’s fault.

Yea, that’s rational….

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The idea that this is Jenny McCarthy’s fault and not the fault of our open boarders policies is patently absurd. Jenny McCarthy influences exactly no one. The millions of untreated, unvaccinated third world migrants affects everyone.

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I concur that it is primarily an illegal immigration problem, but McCarthy does carry some small influence over a small percentage of ignorami.

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It’s both.

McCarthy influences her upper middle class moon bat gullibles and the unvaccinated illegals are not checked at the border because that’s raaacist or something….

Dated two years ago…

Immune to Logic: Some New York City Private Schools Have Dismal Vaccination Rates

“In 2011, parents at a progressive Silicon Valley private school felt the nation’s scorn when it was revealed that just 23 percent of the kindergartners there were fully vaccinated. Commentators savaged the rate as “shocking,” the school as “very dangerous,” and the moms and dads — many of them techies at Google, Apple, and HP — as “positively evil” for exempting their kids from a standard medical practice meant to prevent, say, a measles outbreak.
This cluster of unvaccinated children, critics cried, was putting the lives of others at risk, including infants too young for shots, people with compromised immune systems, and compliant shot-takers whose vaccines didn’t take or had waned. (The Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s vaccination rate has since risen to 42 percent.)
Now the question of school immunization rates is in the news again, thanks to a spike this year in measles cases, including an infected rider on a Bay Area commuter train, a student diagnosed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an outbreak in Manhattan that infected at least 20 people, including nine children.

California has become a home base of sorts for vaccine refuseniks because of its loose immunization laws. New York, by contrast, has significantly tougher laws — one anti-vaccine group describes it as “probably the most difficult state in the U.S.” for obtaining exemptions.

So would an NYC parent be right to think the city’s schools are fully immunized safe zones?

Not at all, actually. School immunization data for the 2012-13 school year obtained by Daily Intelligencer from the New York State Department of Health shows that some 245 New York City private schools fell short of the 95 percent vaccination rate which experts say prevents measles from spreading — an effect known as “herd immunity.”

Of those schools, 125 had rates below 90 percent, and 37 fell below 70 percent. The nine private schools with the lowest rates — between 41.5 percent and 18.4 percent — were so underimmunized that if any one of them somehow seceded and became a Sealand-style micro-nation, it would literally have had the worst measles vaccination rate in the world, according to WHO numbers….”

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/03/some-nyc-schools-show-dismal-vaccination-rates.html

Info on vaccinations

http://www.immunizationinfo.org

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Ed Morrissey

Even the vaccinated are contracting the disease. I would not go blaming just the unvaccinated in these cases.

That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.

Measles outbreak traced to fully vaccinated patient for the first time.

Ronaldusmaximus on April 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

1 in 68 kids have autism now. Is there any effort from the CDC to find out where that ‘epidemic’ is coming from. My nephew was vaccinated, got a very high fever from the vaccination, had brain inflammation, then afterwards was autistic. If I didn’t see it first hand I wouldn’t have believed it either. I would just have gone along believing that according to the CDC vaccinating your kid is 100% safe and no risk at all. Why is there vaccine court and why do vaccines come on and off the market? Are they using our kids as guinea pigs? I wish conservatives would treat the CDC with the same skepticism that it treats other gov. agencies.

rightwingwoman on April 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The point you are missing is that unvaccinated kids get ASD at the same rate as vaccinated kids. Why are vaccines responsible in one case, but not the other?

tdarrington on April 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

And, vaccines do trigger autism in some children. Not all. Until we know what causes autism, how is it possible to eliminate vaccines as a cause or trigger?

If a child develops a super high fever because of a vaccine, and then is immediately autistic, how can you deny that there is a connection?

The only vaccine I have concerns about is the MMR. Too many people have the same testimony for it to be a coincidence.

LOL at you people who think I, or anyone else, listens to Jenny McCarthy when it comes to medical advice.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Clearly, there is a link in the upswing in formerly “eradicated” diseases to an unrestricted, unscreened influx of illegals from Mexico and elsewhere.

I guess it is just politically incorrect to notice.

DimsdalePiranha on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Who says this is purely an immigrant problem?
Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

It’s mostly an illegal immigrant problem. We’re letting people in from the third world and neglecting to check them for these diseases but some how this is all Jenny McCarthy’s fault.

Yea, that’s rational….

jawkneemusic on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

It’s complicated…

The 2013 Measles outbreak was traced to adopted chinese kids…

Measles Outbreak Associated with Adopted Children from China — Missouri, Minnesota, and Washington, July 2013

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6314a1.htm?s_cid=mm6314a1_e

Some diseases like measles are highly contagious.

Bottom line is to vaccinate and quarantine the incoming like we used to do back in the day.

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

But there are so few cases statistically! Surely, we must fight Big Government’s attempts to force us all to protect our own and each others kids by the simple act of a vaccination that can even be done for free as a public service.

/derp

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

And the federal government should also institute a 5mph on all roads including highways. Ban bicycles as well. Both of these measures will save orders of magnitude more children than enforced vaccination.

It’s for the children.

gwelf on April 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

LOL at you people who think I, or anyone else, listens to Jenny McCarthy when it comes to medical advice.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Of course you don’t listen to Jenny McCarthy when it comes to medical advice. It is clear you don’t listen to anybody when it comes to medical matters.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

1 in 68 kids have autism now. Is there any effort from the CDC to find out where that ‘epidemic’ is coming from. My nephew was vaccinated, got a very high fever from the vaccination, had brain inflammation, then afterwards was autistic. If I didn’t see it first hand I wouldn’t have believed it either. I would just have gone along believing that according to the CDC vaccinating your kid is 100% safe and no risk at all. Why is there vaccine court and why do vaccines come on and off the market? Are they using our kids as guinea pigs? I wish conservatives would treat the CDC with the same skepticism that it treats other gov. agencies.

rightwingwoman on April 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

So sorry this happened to your nephew.

Also sorry that there is no recourse when this happens.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Ed Morrissey

Even the vaccinated are contracting the disease. I would not go blaming just the unvaccinated in these cases.

That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.

Measles outbreak traced to fully vaccinated patient for the first time.

Ronaldusmaximus on April 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Thanks for posting the link:

excerpted:

“By analyzing her blood, the researchers found that Measles Mary mounted an IgM defense, as if she had never been vaccinated. Her blood also contained a potent arsenal of IgG antibodies, but a closer look revealed that none of these IgG antibodies were actually capable of neutralizing the measles virus. It seemed that her vaccine-given immunity had waned.

Although public health officials have assumed that measles immunity lasts forever, the case of Measles Mary highlights the reality that “the actual duration [of immunity] following infection or vaccination is unclear,” says Jennifer Rosen, who led the investigation as director of epidemiology and surveillance at the New York City Bureau of Immunization. The possibility of waning immunity is particularly worrisome as the virus surfaces in major U.S. hubs like Boston, Seattle, New York, and the Los Angeles area. Rosen doesn’t believe this single case merits a change in vaccination strategy—for example, giving adults booster shots—but she says that more regular surveillance to assess the strength of people’s measles immunity is warranted.

If it turns out that vaccinated people lose their immunity as they get older, that could leave them vulnerable to measles outbreaks seeded by unvaccinated people—which are increasingly common in the United States and other developed countries. Even a vaccine failure rate of 3% to 5% could devastate a high school with a few thousand students, says Robert Jacobson, director of clinical studies for the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the study. Still, he says, “The most important ‘vaccine failure’ with measles happens when people refuse the vaccine in the first place.”

So I guess boosters for everybody coming to a neighborhood near you?

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Of course you don’t listen to Jenny McCarthy when it comes to medical advice. It is clear you don’t listen to anybody when it comes to medical matters.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Feel free to do everything the Gov. tells you to do. Do you believe everything they tell you? Of course you do. Congratulations on your naiveté.

As a concerned intelligent parent, I prefer to do research and investigation before I put stuff into my children.

I do not understand the blind trust some parents have.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

GWB on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I will do all in my power to make sure that my kid is not one of the 160. You do what you want.

cptacek on April 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I’m looking forward to the return of the Black Plague.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

You’re late to the party

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/161/3/299.full

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dm00bu.html

Because of this, bubonic plague is now endemic in rodents in the American Southwest, which would explain McCain’s irrationality.

ebrown2 on April 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

In an age where bringing a peanut butter sandwich to school is a HazMat situation, are we really allowing children in the doors who are carriers of disease by dint of the fact their parents are idiots?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yes, and the stupidity is spreading.

Good Lt on April 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Well we could also be employing them as well…Many new teachers/employees fall into the unvaccinated trend demographic.

Do school districts even check?

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

We’re not an anti-vaccine family, but we are a concerned and thinking family. Our issue was not about autism, thimerosol and such. Our issue was however about how/what the drugs are made with/from.

The reality is that we as Americans have very few – if any – options when it comes to vaccines. For some vaccines there’s only one product. Period. And if you have an issue with that product…

From my memory – going back about seven years – you cannot take a separate measles shot. Or a rubella and mumps shot either. I recall as a child taking an individual mumps shot. Now and for some time they’ve been grouped together as the MMR.

The issue we have/had with the MMR had to do with the rubella portion. The rubella portion of the vaccine is created from human cells. Those human cells originated from an aborted baby decades ago. HEK 293. This is no conspiracy theory. This is fact. As well, that cell line has been and is still used in a whole host of things – even in the production of foods (not in the food but as part of the process to test the food… specifically soda – look up “Pepsi soda HEK 293″)

Arguments and discussion can certainly be made about “greater good” and a positive coming from such a heinous act, but that doesn’t negate the underlying realities. Americans have very few and often no choice when it comes to vaccines. Some vaccines are created under a very morally troubling circumstances, specifically rubella and HEK 293.

We decided to go ahead and vaccinate our children. But we do so with eyes wide open, critically investigating and thinking.

Logus on April 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I just a saw a report that said measles were reintroduced in this country by unvaccinated “foreigners”. Of course, by foreigners they mean illegals. Not all vaccinations are good. The meningitis vaccine, for example, has a 1 in 10,000 serious side effect rate when the chance of getting meningitis from the bacteria strains in the vaccine are less than 1 in 300,000. I had polio, typhoid, diphtheria and smallpox vaccinations. My children were vaccinated for polio, measles, mumps, typhoid, diphtheria, tetanus, chickenpox and pertussis. My grandchildren are required to have all those plus hepatitis B and meningitis. Some states want to add the flu shot and HPV vaccinations. Some of these vaccines, like Gardisil, the HPV vaccine, was put on the market knowing that it was ineffective and had a very high rate of serious side effects. I think the problem is the number of vaccinations and a government that can’t be trusted. It was just reported that the number of flu deaths has been purposely exaggerated to scare people into getting the vaccine. The cozy crony relationship between big pharma and the FDA is to blame for the fear of newer vaccines. The real story here it is the unvaccinated illegals who are allowed to attend school and work among us.

fight like a girl on April 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The biggest outbreak in So Cal is in Santa Ana, which is virtually 100% immigrant. When the parents are not immunized, as well as the kids, you know they are from another country.

PattyJ on April 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The same freaks who tell you that “the science is settled–you must listen to Al Gore!” are generally the anti-vaccine folks. I find that hilarious.

I don’t know why anyone would be against vaccines. They work. The theory is sound, and historically they worked very well to eliminate polio, etc.

Now, there may be room for concern as to whether the shot you get is just the vaccine, but that’s a question of contamination, not whether you should or should not vaccinate.

Vanceone on April 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Mercy…

No vaccine is 100%, But for herd immunity it does not have to be. If you don’t understand herd immunity, please read up before you comment.

There is no “conspiracy”, the government isn’t out to get you with MMR vaccines, and no it isn’t just “your kid”, it is the entire population at risk because of your luddite idiocy.

Irritable Pundit on April 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Funny but Jenny McCarthy seems to be back pedaling from her earlier anti vaccine crusader days…

“Jenny McCarthy is claiming she is not anti-vaccine….” – Slate Bad Astronomy 4/13/2014

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

There are many times that as a parent you have to weigh the risks. To me, the horrible diseases were the more terrifying possibility.

greencalliope on April 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/us-vaccines.pdf

List of vaccines available in the US.

Logus on April 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Abortion kills roughly 3000 kids A DAY – where’s the outrage? Not that concerned about 160 cases of measles in a year.

twowheels on April 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Feel free to do everything the Gov. tells you to do. Do you believe everything they tell you? Of course you do. Congratulations on your naiveté.

As a concerned intelligent parent, I prefer to do research and investigation before I put stuff into my children.

I do not understand the blind trust some parents have.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I always find it amazing that people would blindly trust the federal government with the health and well being of themselves or their children, especially when we see everyday the cronyism that exists between business and government.

fight like a girl on April 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I do not understand the blind trust some parents have.

Bigbullets on April 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Well, they’re busy going out and getting the new fashionable line of pox patches…

Oh, wait…

ebrown2 on April 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

This is why my ancestors had to go through Ellis Island before being allowed to enter the country. You had to go through a screening process. If you had a contagious disease you were quarantined or they sent you back to your country of origin. These measles cases, tuberculosis cases etc are directly the fault of ILLEGAL ALIENS. Oh there are a few nutjobs like Jenny McCarthy and Alicia Silverstone who won’t vaccinate their kids but we all know it’s the illegals.

neyney on April 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Yes, thank you for telling it like it is.

KickandSwimMom on April 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

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