Here's a story you won't see on Age of Autism

10 Jul

Not without substantial spin anyway.

The measles outbreak continues to push through the US:

The biggest U.S. outbreak of measles since 1997 has sickened 127 people in 15 states, most of whom were not vaccinated against the highly contagious viral illness, federal health officials said on Wednesday.

These are the consequences of not vaccinating.

Oh but measles is nothing right? Just a bit of a rash and then you’re done, right?

Maybe not.

A teenage boy has become the first person in the UK to die from measles for two years as cases of the disease continue to rise, Government scientists have said….The teenager, from West Yorkshire, who has not been named, had been born with a poor immune system, leaving him susceptible to infections and unlikely to have been able to be immunised. However, he would have been protected if there had been high vaccination rates in the community.

Because of the MMR scare in the late 1990s when the measles, mumps and rubella jab was linked to bowel disorders and autism, vaccinations levels have dropped below the threshold required to control the diseases.

Its really not difficult.

MMR doesn’t cause autism.
MMR helps raise herd immunity against measles, mumps and rubella.
High herd immunity means weakened members of ‘the herd’ don’t die.

Take MMR.

10 Responses to “Here's a story you won't see on Age of Autism”

  1. Sullivan July 10, 2008 at 15:31 #

    There have been no populations found to be highly susceptible to MMR.

    There are populations who are highly susceptible to injury and death from infections disease.

    One of those groups is people with mitochondrial disorders. Another group is people with immune system dysfunction.

    People like this kid are good candidates for being not-immunized. But, it is imperative that people who can immunize do so to protect them.

    The people who avoided MMR and helped spread this outbreak carry some of the responsibility for those sickened, and, unfortunately, killed by this outbreak.

  2. Matt Brodhead July 10, 2008 at 16:13 #

    Maybe we should ask Jenny McCarthy what she thinks?

    In all seriousness, it’s sad that kids don’t get the immunizations they need, due to poor science and gossip.

  3. Chuck July 10, 2008 at 16:34 #

    The stupidity of people traveling overseas is the sole cause of every case of measles here in the United States.

  4. HCN July 10, 2008 at 17:34 #

    So, Chuck, your solution is to close the borders?

  5. Patrick July 10, 2008 at 19:29 #

    I feel that Telegraph should reword that statement to ‘inappropriately linked’ maybe adding ‘by a poorly run study paid for by our (national?) legal funds’, and perhaps even give credit where it is due, that it was a particular persons MMR scare.

    (Not naming him here to avoid liability issues.)

  6. andrea July 10, 2008 at 19:30 #

    Not entirely — although it takes but a single person to bring in a communicable disease (the index case), once the disease is present, it can be spread by travel within the country and in local communities.

    The problem is that an infected person does not have symptoms or signs until after a latent period.

    Furthermore, one does not have to travel overseas — it can be passed by infected persons travelling within North America.

    Lastly, these recent diseases in the news may have had index cases from travel overseas, that does not mean that other diseases are guaranteed to have the same line of events.


  7. Patrick July 10, 2008 at 19:36 #

    Incoming Snark Alert!

    The stupidity of antivaccinationist people relying on herd immunity is the sole cause of every case of measles here in the United States.

  8. Ms. Clark July 10, 2008 at 21:07 #

    Another story you won’t see on AoA. Hannah Poling’s (parents’) lawyer Clifford Shoemaker of Shoemaker and Associates of Vienna, Virginia, has had a history of *ahem* questionable billing practices.

    He has double and triple billed for doing things. That is he has sent separate bills asking to be paid for the same thing after having been paid for it already. He seems to have been inspired by the stories of the Dept. of Defense’s paying $400 for a hammer and some thousands of dollars for a toilet seat.

    “The special master determined that Mr. Shoemaker’s request for $150/hour was reasonable, but disallowed numerous hours claimed. These included 28 hours and travel costs for attendance at two meetings of the American Trial Lawyers Association DPT Litigation Group, and 33.8 hours’ worth of miscellaneous telephone consultations with his client. He also sought payment for 1.2 hours spent dealing with car trouble on the way to the entitlement hearing, and reimbursement for $732.31 in towing, repair and storage costs. The court declined the invitation to pay for Mr. Shoemaker’s garage bill, finding “that [he] happened to incur car trouble is of no significance in assessing the costs of litigation.””

    “The fee petition also claimed 12 hours for Mr. Shoemaker’s attendance at the April 1988 meeting of the DPT Litigation Group — the same non-case-specific cost denied in Davis — and 5 hours for a May 1989 hearing that lasted considerably less than 5 hours, and for which he had billed 4.5 hours to Davis. Warning that “if counsel is going to bill more than one client for a particular activity, the total time should be divided proportionately between the clients,” the special master allowed 2.5 hours for the hearing.”

    There’s lots more of this on Kathleen’s blog. This is apparently what Shoey didn’t want her to blog when he tried to shut her down with his egregious subpoena.

  9. Chuck July 10, 2008 at 21:26 #

    People who leave the country to areas with vaccine preventable illnesses should be vaccinated or be required to be screened for the illness upon return, measles and influenza included.

  10. Chuck July 10, 2008 at 21:37 #

    I stand corrected on my terminology:

    The stupidity of people traveling overseas is the sole cause of every index case of measles here in the United States.

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