Vaccinations are one of the of most incredible aspects of modern medicine. They can make previously lethal diseases disappear from society and save countless lives. There is, however, a chance that the vaccines work a little too well and our collective memory is too short to remember the devastating effects some of these diseases caused just a few short decades ago. Recently, for reasons that are not based on science or logic, many parents have outspokenly rejected vaccinating their children. Unfortunately, this has caused a reemergence of easily managed diseases. The Council on Foreign Relations has released an interactive map detailing the catastrophic outcome of these poor choices.The interactive map gives a gut-wrenching tour of global outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough from 2008-2014. These diseases -- all of which are easily prevented by vaccines -- can have dire consequences. The CDC estimates that 164,000 people around the world will die from measles each year, and it is experiencing quite a resurgence in the UK. The United States has recently seen a drastic increase in whooping cough, which causes around 195,000 deaths per year. The majority of these deaths occur in impoverished regions with very little access to vaccines. In the case of developed areas like the US or UK, they shouldn’t be happening at all.
But how did it all begin?
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield released a paper claiming to have linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to the onset of autism. No other scientist was ever able to match Wakefield’s findings, and in the coming years, it became known that Wakefield had a financial conflict of interest. In 2010, an ethics review board found that he had falsified the data in his report, causing an immediate retraction of his original paper and revocation of his medical license. Despite the fact most scientists opposed Wakefield’s “findings” from the start, some were all too eager to jump on the anti-MMR bandwagon.
Among those leading the charge against vaccines is Jenny McCarthy, the Playboy Bunny-turned-pseudoscience advocate. McCarthy began speaking out against vaccines in 2007, as she believed they caused her son’s autism. Based on her son’s symptoms, some believe the boy has Landau-Kleffner syndrome, not autism. She has written a few books (including one with a foreword by Wakefield himself) continually claiming that vaccines cause autism and that she cured her son’s autism with alternative treatment, without a shred of credible medical evidence. In the face of a possible misdiagnosis and absolutely no scientific evidence to support the claim that vaccines cause autism, she remains unchanged in her opinion. Unfortunately, her celebrity status has given her a platform to use anecdotal (not scientific) evidence to urge parents against vaccines.
Of course, absolutely nothing is without risk and there can be side effects from vaccines, but those are incredibly rare. Some people are unable to be vaccinated due to allergies or other medical conditions. This makes it altogether more important for those who can get vaccinated to do so, creating a herd immunity for our most vulnerable members of society.
The full version of the map is available on CFR’s website.
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Keno wrote: »
I feel you should have the choice.
Do you want to refuse to vaccine your child? or do you want to keep your child?
carfiosaoorl wrote: »
Vaccines should absolutely not be mandatory, nobody should have a right to force people into doing anything with their bodies or their children's bodies. Swine flu vaccine narcolepsy that's all.
Kristopherus wrote: »
Was'nt that fella Wakefield and his claims totally discredited a few years ago? The national uptake for these preventive jabs was in the region of 90% the last time I looked at the figures.
steddyeddy wrote: »
By no vaccinating your child you're negatively impacting on the health of other children.
carfiosaoorl wrote: »
How are you negatively impacting the health of other children? If they are vaccinated they shouldn't be at any risk.
gvn wrote: »
The idea of The State forcing an individual to receive a vaccination against his or her will (or against the will of his or her parents in the case of a child) makes me queasy. My view stems not from a distaste for or distrust in vaccinations, but from a belief in individual liberty.
roadrunner16 wrote: »
what about children who are too young to be vaccinated ?
KnotABother wrote: »
If you don't vaccinate your kids then they should not be allowed attend school with other children who they may be seriously endangering. So the choice is for the parents...vaccinate or keep your disease ridden kids away from ours.
If a kid had HIV I'm sure there would be many precautions taken to protect other kids even though HIV is in a lot of cases harder to transmit than diseases we vaccinate against!
Corkfeen wrote: »
If a child has a weakened immune system, parents may be advised to not get vaccines. This is all fine with herd immunity however if less children are vaccinated, it endangers health of children with weakened immune systems because herd immunity is negatively affected .
carfiosaoorl wrote: »
Again if your child is vaccinated then they should be perfectly safe from the dirty unvaccinated ones
angelfire9 wrote: »
I've answered yes
This is why:
Back in the '70's while pregnant with yours truly my mother contracted Rubella in her first trimester
For those that don't know, invitro contraction of the disease can result in severe mental and or physical handicaps, deafness, blindness, hydrocephalus etc etc
In 1970's Catholic Ireland it was gently suggested to my mother that a trip to England on the boat might be the best thing for the family (I am youngest of 4 so she was looking at minding a handicapped child + 3 others)
By what our family considers a miracle I was born without visible defect eyesight perfect but with congenital deafness resulting in years of being dragged to ENT specialists and speech therapists
I can hear the same spectrums as dolphins apparently but less than 40% of what the average person hears
I was born at 39+4 and weighed the same as an infant born at 28 weeks gestation and was delicate for first 10 years
My mother was a RGN, if vaccines had been available she would have been first in line but they weren't
Neither were they readily available in the 80's when yours truly contracted Whooping Cough & regular measles
Am I pro vaccine
You can bet your ass I am
I am walking proof of the damage these diseases can do
Did my mothers experience have any long term affect on me?
Well I'd never get into the Gardaí or Defence Forces with my hearing
Ironically I have no immunity to Rubella now either so every unvaccinated child poses a potential risk to health
I was a virtual hermit during my two pregnancies for fear of coming in contact with someone who had Rubella because their parents hadn't bothered vaccinating
Apparently people still believe the connection between Autism & vaccinations
But Measles, Mumps & Rubella are three diseases that under the right conditions can cause death or physical defects far worse (in my opinion) than autism
So, for any parent or potential parent out there who is wavering on this issue
Please please please vaccinate your kids
It is only when we have a vaccine update in the high 90's worldwide that we can consider ourselves on the path towards erridication if these diseases
Do your bit to stop the potential spread
Do it for yourself, for your kids and for all the people out there who have no immunity for whom vaccines are ineffective
I would hate to see a mother going through 9 months of mental turmoil like my mother did for the sake of a few small injections
KnotABother wrote: »
Not true. If you are not vaccinated then you are an agar plate for disease. Diseases can mutate in your system or in the systems of many unvaccinated kids it is passed to and then be passed on to other kids who even though vaccinated are infected with the mutated strain. If you vaccinate all kids then the disease has very few places to go and is likely to die out more or less in the population like polio did.