CDC Report on Failures to Vaccinate

Posted on May 25, 2011  Comments (6)

Science brought us the miracle of vaccines and the near elimination of many diseases. Unfortunately people are choosing to bring those diseases to many more people because they failed to get vaccinated or failed to vaccinate their children. The needless pain and suffering caused by these poor decisions are a sad testament to scientific illiteracy.

The financial implications of the US measles outbreaks

One reason measles outbreaks are so scary (and so difficult to contain) is that measles is the most infectious microbe known to man–it’s transmission rate is around 90 percent. It has also killed more children than any other disease in history.

The most significant factor in the spread of measles in the United States is declining vaccination rates — and, similar to what occurred in the UK in the early part of the last decade, that decline can be traced back to the press-fueled panic…

CDC report on Measles

Children and adults who remain unvaccinated and develop measles also put others in their community at risk…

In Europe in recent years, measles has been fatal for several children and adolescents, including some who could not be vaccinated because they were immune compromised.

Rapid control efforts by state and local public health agencies, which are both time intensive and costly, have been a key factor in limiting the size of outbreaks and preventing the spread of measles into communities with increased numbers of unvaccinated persons. Nonetheless, maintenance of high 2-dose MMR vaccination coverage is the most critical factor for sustaining elimination. For measles, even a small decrease in coverage can increase the risk for large outbreaks and endemic transmission, as occurred in the United Kingdom in the past decade…

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6 Responses to “CDC Report on Failures to Vaccinate”

  1. Danielle
    May 26th, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I definitely agree with you John. People need to take vaccinations more seriously and get their kids vaccinated. There is a lack of preventive care overall. People tend to only take action when things get severe.

  2. Alex Aguilar
    May 27th, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    It’s depressing to think we’ve reached the point where something as innocuous as measles vaccinations for your kid becomes a controversial topic. Ill informed debate in the mass media by third-rate celebrities and uninformed pundits certainly doesn’t help.

    Don’t get me wrong, people should have the freedom to proudly proclaim their skepticism of global warming, vaccinations, the moon landing, evolution, gravity, etc. But it’s going too far when these beliefs create a major public health crisis.

  3. Anonymous
    May 30th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    we have the chance to have vaccines and can not catch these diseases. It is imperative that people realize surout for the future it is important to get vaccinated as children and our environment before it is too late. may be that your article may inssité any person responding.

  4. Dean
    June 8th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    So what do you think caused people to first view vaccines in a negative way. It seems odd that something so damaging would spread without something to go on.

  5. curiouscat
    June 9th, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    Plenty of crazy damaging things happen all the time with lots of evidence available for anyone that cares to pay attention. Look at all the smokers, as one, very simple example, that many people will ignore obvious evidence to their detriment. Look at credit card debt for another. And look at how many people drive drunk or while talking on a phone. It is easy to see many examples of people acting without any evidence supporting their actions and lots of evidence showing those actions are harmful and dangerous.

  6. Isaac
    June 17th, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    It’s amazing to me how complicated science is and how far we have come with vaccinations, therapy, and drugs. Measles is indeed scary and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. What boggles my mind is that we’re able to adept and find a solution for a new outbreak rather quickly, but we can’t find the ultimate cure for cancer for quite some years. How does that happen?

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