Measles Outbreak Linked to Anti-Vaccination Movement

Measles InfectionThe Seattle Times reports upon a recent measles outbreak in Minneapolis traced local Somalis fearful of a purported link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Andrew Wakefield himself has arrived on the scene. His 1998 study linking the MMR to a new syndrome dubbed “autistic enterocolitis” has since been retracted by the Lancet amid allegations of fraud, and his medical license has been revoked.

As CNN reports, Wakefield expected to earn as much as $43 million/year in revenue from “litigation driven testing” for autistic enterocolitis, a test for which he holds a potentially lucrative patent, and received more than $674,000 “from lawyers trying to build a case against vaccine manufacturers.”

From the Seattle Times article:

Health officials struggling to contain a measles outbreak that’s hit hard in Minneapolis’ large Somali community are running into resistance from parents who fear the vaccine could give their children autism.

Fourteen confirmed measles cases have been reported in Minnesota since February. Half have been in Somali children, six of whom were not vaccinated and one who was not old enough for shots. State officials have linked all but one case to an unvaccinated Somali infant who returned from a trip to Kenya in February.

The state had reported zero or one case of measles a year for most of the past decade.

Amid the outbreak, a now-discredited British researcher who claimed there was a link between vaccines and autism has been meeting with local Somalis. Some worry Andrew Wakefield is stoking fears, but organizers say the meetings were merely a chance for parents to ask him questions.

“Unfortunately a lot of the media thinks he’s saying ‘Don’t get vaccinated.’ That’s far from the truth. He’s basically encouraging people to get vaccinated but do your homework and know the risks,” said Wayne Rohde, a co-founder of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, which says parents should have other options for immunizing their children.

Measles has been all but eradicated in the United States but accounts for about 200,000 annual deaths worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. None of those infected in Minnesota have died, though eight have required hospitalization.

[Full Article at The Seattle Times]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLNM6ME2Y4ZAQLETRPARLMGL5E Modemac

    What, no comments from anti-vaxxers about how the biased liberal media are persecuting them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLNM6ME2Y4ZAQLETRPARLMGL5E Modemac

    What, no comments from anti-vaxxers about how the biased liberal media are persecuting them?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PDZXOCUXWGFCWYYTH36M6QSRKU Garry Rudd

      9 of those who contracted the virus were vaccinated , that’s near 70%. for most who you call “anti-vaxxers” are not against the vaccines per-say but the additives, which are not really necessary ie.. adjuvants, mercury and a host of very toxic additives . The idea of exposing people to a similar virus not as hazardous as the killing and maiming kinds. When I was a youngster it was very common to have kids that had not yet had chicken pox brought around kids who were contagious so as to acclimate them .

      • Haystack

        Right. Vaccination does not cause immunity, only resistance. In order to stop a disease from spreading through a population, it is necessary to maintain a very high vaccination rate (“herd immunity). A small proportion of unvaccinated kids are sufficient to cause an outbreak that will infect vaccinated children.

        A mercury-based preservative called thimerosal is sometimes used in vaccines to prevent the spread of dangerous fungi and bacteria. In a pediatric dose, the amount of mercury in a vaccine is equivalent to the amount one would ingest while eating a tuna sandwich. Despite a lack of scientific evidence to support a link between thimerosal and autism, it has been removed from routine childhood vaccines to allay parents’ fears.

        Since thimerosal was eliminated, no change in the autism rate has been observed. Consequently, anti-vaxxers have simply moved on to other vaccine-related substances without reconsidering their original hypothesis. The anti-vaccine movement can thus be described as ideologically driven, and indifferent to any evidence which contradicts their opposition to vaccines.

        Measels is a different disease from chicken pox. It can require hospitalization and kills 1/1000 kids who contract it in countries where children are not commonly vaccinated.

        • guest

          Measels? Is that in Germany?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PDZXOCUXWGFCWYYTH36M6QSRKU Garry Rudd

    9 of those who contracted the virus were vaccinated , that’s near 70%. for most who you call “anti-vaxxers” are not against the vaccines per-say but the additives, which are not really necessary ie.. adjuvants, mercury and a host of very toxic additives . The idea of exposing people to a similar virus not as hazardous as the killing and maiming kinds. When I was a youngster it was very common to have kids that had not yet had chicken pox brought around kids who were contagious so as to acclimate them .

  • Yeshua NJ Leapers

    Disnformation. Vaccines keep the population sick and dumb.

  • Yeshua NJ Leapers

    Disnformation. Vaccines keep the population sick and dumb.

  • Haystack

    Right. Vaccination does not cause immunity, only resistance. In order to stop a disease from spreading through a population, it is necessary to maintain a very high vaccination rate (“herd immunity). A small proportion of unvaccinated kids are sufficient to cause an outbreak that will infect vaccinated children.

    A mercury-based preservative called thimerosal is sometimes used in vaccines to prevent the spread of dangerous fungi and bacteria. In a pediatric dose, the amount of mercury in a vaccine is equivalent to the amount one would ingest while eating a tuna sandwich. Despite a lack of scientific evidence to support a link between thimerosal and autism, it has been removed from routine childhood vaccines to allay parents’ fears.

    Since thimerosal was eliminated, no change in the autism rate has been observed. Consequently, anti-vaxxers have simply moved on to other vaccine-related substances without reconsidering their original hypothesis. The anti-vaccine movement can thus be described as ideologically driven, and indifferent to any evidence which contradicts their opposition to vaccines.

    Measels is a different disease from chicken pox. It can require hospitalization and kills 1/1000 kids who contract it in countries where children are not commonly vaccinated.

  • guest

    Measels? Is that in Germany?

  • guest

    Measels? Is that in Germany?

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