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What a bargain!
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People, how about some ...
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Common Sense Tip #1
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Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
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Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
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No Fleas Please
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If you happened to be wondering  -- or needed it explained to you -- why people get vaccinated, here is your reason.

The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there's a big outbreak.

So measles is making a comeback? I wonder how that could possibly be happening.

Europe, especially France, has been hit hard by measles, with more than 6,500 cases reported in 33 nations. International health officials are blaming it on the failure to vaccinate all children.

Surprise, surprise.  "But surely", the anti-vax crowd will say, "this has nothing to do with not getting vaccinated. That reason is just a canard!"

Of the 89 cases reported through the end of last week, 79 were people who were unvaccinated or who had no documentation of it, Wallace said.

You were saying, anti-vax crowd?

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chall
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ahh... but don't you know, "measles isn't a dangerous disease really"

[people tell me this... and I have to breathe and collect myself before I answer since it is utter rubbish and a misconception. I think considering the outbreaks of whooping cough in CA last year with 9 dead children under 2 year within 4 months... and outbreaks in pockets inside USA and Europe countries....  there is still a misconception in regards to what 'dangerous" is, what "antibiotics can help with" and what really is a virus/bacterial disease... then again, i'm a ID microbiologist so.... very biased of course. THanks for the link!]


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If it can kill, I'd call it "dangerous", and clearly measles can kill. Here is a WHO page on measles. Measles can cause pneumonia, it can cause encephalitis. Sure they are not common complications, but they do occur and I would imagine most people would not want their children suffering from them.

Here is the anti-vax argument: I won't vaccinate my child because they have a chance of becoming autistic.

However, if your child then gets measles (and the article above clearly indicates they are more susceptible, the disease is HIGHLY contagious), they have the chance of developing encephalitis and dying.

We KNOW measles can kill. We KNOW vaccines do not cause autism, but even if it did ... autism is a more favorable outcome then death, no? Why no one employs any logic in these situations is beyond me.


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The anti-vaxxers are the same as the anti-flouride people, and all other emotion-driven kook-groups... you're right, there is no logic, just panic and a banner to fly.

It's disgraceful and offensive.


chall
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Thomas Joseph said:

... Measles can cause pneumonia, it can cause encephalitis. Sure they are not common complications, but they do occur and I would imagine most people would not want their children suffering from them.

 

oh I agree with so much. Then again, logic isn't applying to many people (apparently) .. risk vs benefit ratio to me is clear. Especially if measles pops up more and more, as it seem to have done lately... but again, some people just don't want to see what's in front of them (until they can complain after the fact of course...)

 


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So  a friend of mine had a son with leukemia and because he was immune deficient and etc etc I am not sure all the details he could not be vaccinated but based on principle that other children are vaccinated he would be safe.. wrong she could not take him to school and daycares because some parents exercised their rights not to vaccinate their children thus putting him in danger. So its not just their own children they are hurting. Its sad that he could not play with other kids etc because of this. I mean the world for him was a big bad place with just colds running around so there were other extreme precautions but this was something his mother had to consider when taking him anywhere.

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