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Measles cases reached 15-year high in 2011
April 19th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Measles cases reached 15-year high in 2011

Back in 2000 measles was eliminated from the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But now a  new CDC study tells us there were 17 outbreaks and 222 cases of the highly infectious disease reported in 2011.

An outbreak is defined as three or more cases linked by time or location.  The average age of those infected was 14 and most were infected while traveling abroad.  Seventy patients were hospitalized, but there were no deaths reported.

"Last year many U.S. travelers brought back more than they bargained for," said Dr. Ann Schuchat, director, CDC's Office of Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease. "This is the most reported number of cases of the measles in 15 years."

Measles was wiped out in the U.S. for more than a decade, thanks in large part to the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.  Cases here are sporadic and although the numbers reported seem relatively small, the CDC says vaccination is still key to maintaining elimination in the U.S.

"It's really important for families to know that measles are still a threat," Schuchat said. "In some places it's easy to exempt from a vaccine.  We believe that for many parents a reason to decline a vaccine is they don't think the disease exist, they believe it's gone ... No one wants their child to die from measles in 2012."

Schuchat says although many parents opt out of vaccinations for philosophical, religious or personal beliefs, the vaccine has been studied extensively and is safe and effective.

The measles vaccine is delivered in two doses for children.  The first comes between 12 and 15 months and the second between the ages of 4 and 6.

Two doses are also recommended for college students, health care professionals and international travelers who've never been vaccinated. Adults who have no recognizable immunity should get one dose.  People born before 1957 don't need to be vaccinated. It's widely believed that they either had measles - or were exposed to it.

The CDC recommends anyone older than 6 months who's traveling internationally should get vaccinated.

The agency says this small rise in cases underscores the ongoing risk to those who have not been vaccinated. The disease still exists in many parts of the world - infecting 20 million and killing nearly 200,000 each year and putting Americans at risk of contracting the disease when traveling outside the country, or from those visiting the U.S. while infected with the virus.  Ninety percent of last year's cases were exposed outside the country, the report found.  And nearly 90% of those that got the disease last year were not vaccinated or their vaccination status was not known.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by the measles virus.  Symptoms included a high fever of 101 degrees or more, body rash that lasts for 3 or more days, runny nose and cough.  The CDC says for every 1,000 children who get the disease one to two of them die. Between 2001 and 2008 there have only been two measles deaths confirmed by the CDC - a 13-year-old boy with and underlying condition, and a 75-year-old international traveler.

This year there have only been 27 cases reported so far.  But Schuchat says that's no reason to let your guard down.

"What would happen if people didn't get vaccinated? We would have thousands and thousands of cases."  With summer coming and people heading overseas for events like the summer Olympics she has this message: "For those of you traveling abroad, bring back memories and not measles."

And you don't have to travel to obscure places to be exposed.  Last year there were more than 37,000 cases of measles in Europe alone, including 27 cases of encephalitis – a serious infection that can lead to brain damage and possible deaths.  Ninety percent of cases reported to in the WHO European region were found in just five countries:  France, Italy, Romania, Spain and Germany.


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  1. kyle

    It will only get worse as stupid people like McCarthy convinces other stupid people to not get vaccinated.

    April 19, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      McCarthy's kid turned out not to have autism after all, but a treatable disorder that would have been diagnosed quickly had his bimbo mom taken him to real doctors instead of quacks. After a short round of normal treatment, he was as normal as any kid. Why mom isn't locked up in prison for child abuse remains a question.

      April 19, 2012 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
    • George100

      I 100 % agree! Stupid people give your kids a vaccine!

      April 19, 2012 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      anyone who listens to any celebrity has to be unintelligent. 99% of them barely made it out of grade school.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
    • Patriarchae

      If someone is stupid enough to believe the unsubstantiated claims of some bimbo celebrity, especially when such claims have NEVER had a single piece of scientific evidence supporting them and could end in them harming others... Well I personally wouldn't mind if disease killed a few of them off. It would certainly clean up the gene pool a bit.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:37 | Report abuse |
    • DL

      I will say this though: Celebrities don't work particularly hard in academics in school to get to where they are today.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Yeah, it doesn't help when the Michelle Bachmans of the world spout their ignorant conjecture.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
    • Canaan

      MMR IS LINKED TO THE RISE OF AUTISM AND MANY ARE PROFITING AND TEACHING OTHERWISE LIKE MONEY MAKERS DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT SUCH AS ANN SCHUCHAT.

      MMRs began in early 80's. The combination of all three shots in one. The problem? Since early 1980's the cases of autism continues to rise.

      People who were vaccinated in the 80's are Generation X babies (like me). Generation X babies are the carrier of MMR vaccination. Marry another person that is of generation X and what do you get???? A baby already exposed to MMR blood from a mother and father genes. Then, you get the MMR vaccination for this child who already has the MMR in the blood stream from generation X mom and dad and what do you get...an epidemic of autism in the new millenium. It is the reason autism is at a rise and it is the reason many parents have children prepositioned to autism and then it is aggravated with the MMR shot the baby gets at 12 months.

      Dont take it from me, take it from parents who say that either their kid got autism when they got a high fever after the MMR shot or that the child was predisposed to autiusm and the MMR shot's fever made it worst.

      WAKE UP America. If I am wrong...fine!!! But why cant we take the MMR shots separately like the baby boomers did???? Why IMPOSE the MMR shots?? Why not be precautious? I am all for vaccines, I just dont trust that MMR (a triple shot vaccination) is good for any new born child who just entered the world.

      DOCTORS ARE DIVIDED ON THIS ISSUE. BECAUSE THERE ARE NATIONAL CONFERENCES THAT TEACH DOCTOR THAT MMR IS NOT A LINK. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE, ALL POINTS OUT THAT SINCE THE MMR WAS INITIATED IN EARLY 80'S AUTISM CONTINUES TO RISE AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT DEVELOP AUTISM DO HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF HAVING KIDS WITH AUTISM BECAUSE THE PARENT IS AN MMR CARRIER AND THE SHOT AT 12 MONTHS ON THE BABY IS AN OVERDOSE KILL ON THE CHILD.

      Do your research. Dont take it from this reply. Do your research and do not believe the media, doctors, or MMR so-called specialists. If these people really care for vaccinating our children then why not give the MMR shots in seperate shots? It is as if they are keeping something from us and the media is the first to buy in to the nonsense.

      Here endeth the lesson

      April 19, 2012 at 19:11 | Report abuse |
    • Responding to last post

      MMR is not nor is any other vaccine to autism. I worked on this as a research project in college and extensively searched literature for evidence to support this link. Sorry but it is not there. Regardless of the amount of dribble you type.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:18 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Except the average age of those infected is 14 – that's after the age at which vaccines like MMR start to wear out. You can't just vaccinate an infant and expect the person to have life-long immunity; vaccines don't work that way.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:22 | Report abuse |
    • James

      Idiots like to assume that because there has been an increase in the us of vaccines, it correlates with the increasing rates of autism diagnosis. That is a pretty lame argument. It almost makes as much sense as claiming that a loss of ocean-faring, Caribbean pirates is causing global warming. Sure, we have had a loss of carribean/atlantic pirates, but that doesn't mean that it in any way correlates with global warming. There is no scientific evidence. . . anywhere to suggest that vaccines cause autism.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Hannah Polling was awarded 1.5 million by a federal judge for damages due to vaccine caused autism. Her dad, the NEUROLOGIST, was pleased.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Canaan can "copy and paste". Impressive!

      April 19, 2012 at 19:28 | Report abuse |
    • Epica

      Canaan let me explain this to you slowly so your little mind can grasp this concept. Since women entered the work world they have been delaying having children to later and later ages. Due to this when they have children their eggs are old say 30-40 years old, just like everything in life, older eggs tend to have problems that the younger eggs don't have. Due to this there are risks involved when you get pregnant later in life. I am not blaming women this is just a risk that you take when you have children later in life, the risk of autism rises. So no it is not linked to vaccines or any other "conspiratorial group." It is the fact that women are having kids later in life and the risk for complications goes up. When those risks go up across the board you see more problems that appear to have come out of no where.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
    • Canaan

      My wife is a shcool psychologist. And she works with lives first hand of children with mental dissabilities. She works with autistic families. It was she who demonstrated the research to me and the link. The reason why autism continues to take place before the MMR shot is because Generation X babies are already carrying the dose in their genes.

      You could speak to all the doctors and scientists you want. Parents know their children. And the fact remains. Some kids are born with autism, but it is AGGRAVATED after the shot. Vaccine or not, the link begins with early 80's when generation X babies got their shots. Now, generation X babies are having children. So if I am wrong, I hope so, but the time, sequence, and link and parents of autistic children point to MMR. You do what you want, but I guarantee that our grandchildren will be further hurt by this because of the gullible people who read what researchers say, but do not do the research themselves.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      I hate idiots with copy and paste from their favorite anti-vaccine. Find one just ONE scientific peer- reviewed article that shows there is a link. Now here's a little fact for you a child that contracts measles has a 5-15 percent chance of dying. So you're little anti-vaccine movement you think is helping will actually turn out deadly, sadly its going to be for the people who don't vaccinate their kids.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:33 | Report abuse |
    • Epica

      You may have results and links but you can manipulate that data any way you please to make it work in your favor. Just add in the outlyers, change the population size, manipulate your sample to stack the odds in your favor, or skew the post-hoc test and all of a sudden Autism is magically linked together. That is how the little known peer reviewed articles find these "connections." I am betting if you ran any of these tests yourself with a reliable population and run them how they are supposed to be run you will find the results to match what the more well known peer reviewed articles find. No linkage what so ever.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:39 | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Cannaan, the second you start with "I don't care what doctors and scientists have found.....," you show yourself to be a complete idiot.

      You might as well say "mathematicians may SAY that 2+2 =4, but I know plenty of voodoo priests who say it isn't so, and I'm not about to trust mathematics when there are voodoo priests to rely on."

      April 19, 2012 at 19:48 | Report abuse |
    • Canaan

      GRANT

      You really think I copied and pasted? I take that as a compliment. Just do your own research on both sides. the fact that you say there are no peer reviews shows you have poor reviews

      April 19, 2012 at 19:50 | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      Canaan, vaccines do not change someones genes. It is not somehow transmitted to the baby except as IgG in the mothers blood. IgG half life is less then a month. The circulating IgG for vaccinated individuals is low but measurable, but is essentially useless in actually combating disease, it only serves to activate memory cells. The children do NOT have memory cells, they have low levels of IgG that disappears after a few months. Since MMR vaccine is given 18 months after birth there is virtually no IgG left and the babys own immune response is the only physiological reaction.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:54 | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      Canaan – show me one of these articles that is actually peer reviewed and shows up in a journal. Just because its research it doesn't mean anything the research can be crummy. There has been more research peer reviewed on this topic than you have time to read. They have removed every possible part of the vaccine and have tested it with out, they have tested it in different countries, different population types. There is none, zero zilch data showing any link in any of these multiple times over repeated studies.

      Furthermore, saying your wife is a physiologist doesn't mean much and the fact that she says there is a clear link is more of an indication that she doesn't have a medical background because there is no clear link. There's multiple genetic factors that may be involved, there are multiple environmental conditions, multiple prenatal and neonatal/infant infections and diseases that have a elevated risk. The one thing that has never been shown to elevate the risk is vaccines. Furthermore, "carrying the dose in their genes" do you even know how dumb this sounds to anyone who has any biological science or medical background. Vaccines don't change the genes located in germ cells, a germ cell is a primordial cell to a sperm or egg fyi, they induce an immunological response identical to that of a the normal virus. However with not enough load to cause infection or the virus is inactivated so it can't cause an infection. None of this ever causes a permanent genetic change in germ cells. Like I said show me an article your anti-vaccine crew never seems to be able to do that, don't tell me to do the research that's B.S. I've done the research, I've read the article of fraud from Wakefield. I actually know what was in that article and what it actually means and how bogus it was to begin with. It shouldn't have been published in the first place.

      Since you actually said that first comment you wrote i'll respond to that too. Physicians are NOT divided on the issue, if you think physicians are just a bunch of idiots who listen to whatever they are taught you're mistaken. Anyone who makes it through med school is intelligent enough to understand the data, as in facts. Physicians are taught there isn't a link because that's what the data says, geez you can't be this dumb. There are thousands of conferences for every profession in the world just because people are taught something at a conference doesn't mean that there is some giant conspiracy. Furthermore you are implying they want people to get sick does that make any sense to you? Do you really think if there was actually a link they would not immediately stop? They don't want to injure people especially kids.

      The "rise in autism" you mean the change in the in the DSM that allowed for more people to be diagnosed or the fact that there is more communication around the country and world since 1980 which allows people to better understand the symptoms and get a diagnosis. Or the fact that we understand the symptoms more so we can give a better diagnosis. Just because something goes up at the same time something else happened doesn't mean it is correlated. Like i'll say for the 15th time show me just one study come on, if you want to have a discussion about this lets see your data.

      April 19, 2012 at 20:07 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Y u calling Jenny dumb?

      You prove your sources that aren't supported or funded by pharmaceutical comps. Who dies from chickenpox? but guess what we have a vaccine for that too.

      April 20, 2012 at 00:46 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      You prove your sources that aren't supported or funded by pharmaceutical comps.

      Jenny is not the dumb one. U r! check who is funding your sources. More ppl die from the flu than this crap

      April 20, 2012 at 00:54 | Report abuse |
    • YouRgullible4followingJenny

      Fred, the bimbo dropped out of High School. She is not the brightest bulb on the tree. REAL SCIENCE is repeatable. That flawed study could not be repeated, because the data had been manipulated by a doctor who wanted to make millions off HIS own vaccine after discrediting the current one.....You are so GULLIBLE.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:49 | Report abuse |
  2. E_Jenner

    Unfortunately people continue to believe that the MMR vaccine causes Autism. THIS IS NOT TRUE!! The scientific evidence points to no association between any vaccines and the development of Autism. Autism begins to present itself around the same time as the administration of the MMR vaccine. The medical community should almost be glad that this has happened, imbeciles who don't vaccinate their children run a higher risk of giving their child a deadly or debilitating illness that normally wouldn't cause a problem. The developed world has not seen the severity of diseases for a long time with the age of antibiotics and vaccines, clearly these diseases are re-emerging

    April 19, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • janelle

      Exactly!! And, the fact that fewer people are getting vaccinated, but the diagnosis of autism continues to rise should tell us that vaccines are not the cause!

      April 19, 2012 at 18:36 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      The average age of those getting measles, according to the article, is 14. The MMR vaccine is only routinely given to infants. This may just be a case of the vaccine's effectiveness wearing off, not a case of people choosing to forego vaccination.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
    • Canaan

      Scientific evidence said that the Sun goes around the Earth in the Middle Ages. It was not until someone did the research and link themselves and saw both sides of the story that it was confirmed that it is the Earth that moves.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      No, Cannaan, that wasn't "scientific" research that said the Sun goes around the Earth; it was supposition by primarily the clergy who refused to use the scientific method and relied on "what their own eyes and experience told them". Just like you with Autism. It was REAL science that proved otherwise, just like with the DISPROOF of a link between autism and vaccines.

      You are so invested in believing a lie, you construct a fantasy reality to fit your world view. Pitiful.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:53 | Report abuse |
  3. sane

    Why do we give voice to know-nothing people like McCarthy? Established medicine gets such a bad rap over rare instances and everyone forgets how much modern medicine has done for us.

    April 19, 2012 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fred

      Let me take a guess. you r a single man with no children. but you find yourself with an opinion to bash jenny. U probably weigh 500 lbs and eating hotdogs right now.

      April 20, 2012 at 00:48 | Report abuse |
    • YouRgullible4followingJenny

      Aww. Poor Fred, he wants Jenny so bad he is willing to overlook the fact that she actually let those quacks use chelation therapy(an excruciatingly painful ordeal) on her child in an attempt to "cure" the autism that the boy DID NOT HAVE because the quacks she was listening to misdiagnosed him! She put that kid through h3ll.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:01 | Report abuse |
  4. Elizabeth

    My mother's little sister died of the measles after it turned into encephalitis. My mother spent her whole life wondering what her little sister would have been like. Don't let that happen to you or your family.
    People used to expose children to measles on purpose to get them over it; that kind of wicked behavior killed thousands of children; and those were the same kinds of people against contraception.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • janelle

      I agree with what you say about exposure to measles, and in fact remember as a child purposely being exposed to chicken pox. I'm in my mid 40's, our generation was vaccinated against measles, but not chicken pox. However, I have no idea what you are talking about in your reference to contraception. What does that have to do with anything?

      April 19, 2012 at 18:40 | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Elizabeth, it was chicken pox parents would expose their kids to. I was there, old person that I am. No one would purposely expose kids to measles, even back in those dark days.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Here's a little known fact about "modern" medicine during the pre-vaccine era: aspirin was routinely given to bring down the fever. Aspirin has been linked to bringing on Reye's Syndrome and meningitis as secondary complications in childhood diseases, both of which can be fatal. So, it may not have been the measles, it may have been modern medicine in your mother's sister's case.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:19 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Holly Jr.

      Katy, remember what the word "Modern" means. what you speak of is the state of relative ignorance medical science suffered from in the past.

      April 19, 2012 at 21:00 | Report abuse |
  5. Ross

    Just another advertisment for the drug industry. Each child infected was previously vaccinated and contracted the non leathal ailment anyway. Im sure they will just say that they needed more "booster" injections, to prevent the horror of childhood illnesses.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AByronC

      Actually it says that 90% of the infected were either unvaccinated or vaccination status unknown. That means only 10% of infected people had a recorded vaccination. That's pretty significant considering that vaccination rates nationwide are above 92%. That means the 8% of people (the unvaccinated) account for 90% of the outbreak. That does seem like a pretty good endorsement of vaccines to me.

      April 19, 2012 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • Elena

      Yep, it is wild measles and man made used in vaccines. This is why my friend's 4 children got chicken pox last year even though all of them were vaccinated. Vaccines need to be improved for sure, to remove all the toxins and to be closer to the virus found in nature.

      April 19, 2012 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • Wrong

      The MMR cost $2.25/ dose. This is not a drug the industry cares about advertising. Its not ALL conspiracy. Vaccinate your children with these proven medicines or take responsibility for endangering the lives of American children.

      April 19, 2012 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      When you have to lie to make your point, you probably don't have much of a point. As is clearly stated in the article, 90% of the people who contracted measles were not vaccinated. I certainly can't vouch for this number, but since I know a doctor who treated two unvaccinated people last year who had contracted measles, I can say with certainty that your claim that they were all vaccinated is nonsense.

      April 19, 2012 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
    • Wrong Again

      Toxins? Closer to nature? Stop going to the internet for your medical advice and information. Speak with a physician, allopathic, osteopathic, naturopathic, when it comes to infectious diseases they're all in agreement. the Varicella vaccine is 70% effective in huge studies, your 'friend' is probably embellishing her story or they may have a familial immune deficiency rendering the vaccine ineffective. The science IS NOT faked. The Lancet, the journal that originally published the studies linking vaccines and autism has retracted ALL studies doing so. In addition the physician who started all of this LOST HIS MEDICAL LICENSE and now has a quack practice WITHOUT A LICENSE in Texas. Stop endangering our children.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
    • Len

      Maybe you should do some research before spouting your mouth off. Vaccines typically account for much less than 1% of revenue for big pharmaceutical companies.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • mselb

      Ross, you have no idea what you are talking about. When I was 3, I got measles. I was fine, however, my 3 month old little brother almost died from it. Vaccinations don't just protect those that receive the vaccinations, they protect the vulnerable people that may not be old enough to be vaccinated and people that are immunocompromised. So, the "horrors of childhood disease" as you sarcastically put it can be a true tragedy for some folk.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      chicken pox? do they make a chicken pox vaccine? People want their kids to get chicken pox because the older you get the more dangerous it becomes.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Just a few years ago, autism was estimated to affect 1 in 1000 children. Later, it was 1 in 250. Now it is 1 in 50. What has changed? MORE vaccinations! It is not the intent of the vaccine that is the problem. When an infant is given a dozen vaccines during a visit, they are also give a half dozen doses of the highly toxic adjuvants as well. It is not the dead viral tissues that cause the problem (usually) but the aluminum, mercury and several other adjuvants in the vaccines that are there to force your immune system to overreact to the viral material, hopefuly causing better protection. Some common adjuvants being used are: aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, potassium aluminum sulfate, and now SQUALENE! Also, there were over 47,000 cases of paralysis reported in India last year, the same year India was declared polio free! The CDC says that the oral vaccine is responsible. Another alarming trens is the rise of pediatric cancers, in some cases up 10,000% from a short time ago.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:43 | Report abuse |
    • janelle

      It' not just a childhood disease. When a pregnant woman is exposed to measles, she will be protected if she is vaccinated, but her unborn child has no protection. That exposure can cause all sorts of birth defects, neurological conditions and even death to an unborn baby.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
    • Dangado

      except the report clearly says that 90% of those infected had no history of vaccination.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:46 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Len, maybe you should take a closer look. Most big pharma companies are not involved in vaccines. Those that are, are raking in over $20 BILLION a year Add to that the fact theat they are immune from prosecution (no liability insurance to carry or lawsuits!) and the profits are even greater! Then add in all the lifetime patients you have from the side effects......

      April 19, 2012 at 18:53 | Report abuse |
    • A scientist

      Paul: Of course the rise in autism has to be due to vaccinations, because absolutely nothing else has changed in the world over the last few decades.

      The reality is that our lifestyles have dramatically changed during this time, so why people obsessively focus on vaccines, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, is beyond me.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:58 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Holly Jr.

      wow paul... just wow. you've made your claims. now it's time for you to "Put up or shut up".
      link us directly to the peer reviewed studies from which you take your information.
      you make the insanely asinine claims, you back your words up with facts.

      April 19, 2012 at 21:09 | Report abuse |
    • YouRgullible4followingJenny

      Paul, more people are eating sushi now. Tuna is a known source of mercury, as are some other types of fish. People are ingesting mercury in amounts far greater than bimbo Jenny raved on & on about.
      A true SCIENTIFIC TEST is REPEATABLE. Sympathetic physicians & scientists spent over a decade trying to confirm that quack's research on autism, it was not valid, it was fake. Age & heredity were the ONLY links to autism that were found. Children who were NEVER IMMUNIZED developed autism at the same age as any other child.....The only missing link we see is this neanderthal mentality among McCarthy's followers.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
  6. c s

    I cannot understand how people can avoid vaccines that prevent so many childhood diseases. My mother almost died of childhood disease that is preventable by vaccines. People need to understand that millions of children used to die of childhood diseases every year. Vaccines are one of the greatest blessings that medicine has been able to give to humans. Go visit an old cemetery and you will see tombstones and monuments to young children who died. Now a days it happens so seldom that it is national news. Just look at the picture of the baby on this article to see what happens to some children who get measles. I had measles as a child and it was certainly awful.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      No, good neutrition and sanitation are primarily responsible for eradication of disease. Vaccines only confer temporary immunity to about 40% of the people vaccinated. READ THEIR OWN REPORTS! The flu shots have on average about 70% antibody positives. Of those, about 40-50% get true protection. Again, READ THEIR OWN REPORTS!

      April 19, 2012 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
    • Farhan

      Paul. You are proving just how uneducated you are. The flu virus has over 100 strains that are constantly evolving. It is impossible to make a vaccine to protect against all strains of the flu virus. The flu vaccine every year guards against the most common strains of the virus but cannot protect against all strains. The flu vaccine is unique from all other vaccines for this reason.

      The MMR vaccine - and, in fact, all other vaccines - does not change yearly or need to be adapted because of dozens of new strains of mutations.

      People can choose to be ignorant. Or they can choose to vaccinate themselves and their children.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:21 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      It's pretty easy to tell which choice that bozo made.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:45 | Report abuse |
    • Smanzicks

      My sons have not gotten measles. My sons are alive. I'm glad I had them vaccinated.

      April 19, 2012 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      My daughters are healthy. My daughters are alive. Thank god I have not immunized them.

      April 21, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • c s

      Paul – nutrition and sanitation has helped lower disease but by itself it is not sufficient. Here is what the CDC says about diphtheria, just one of the diseases that has been controlled by vaccines:
      "A confirmed case has not been reported in the U.S. since 2003. Approximately 0.001 cases per 100,000 population in the U.S. since 1980; before the introduction of vaccine in the 1920s incidence was 100-200 cases per 100,000 population. Diphtheria remains endemic in developing countries with low vaccination coverage. During the 1990s, the countries of the former Soviet Union reported >150,000 cases in a large epidemic." Also "...death occurs in 5%-10% of respiratory cases. "

      I remember when polio was a scourge. I know people who have been affected by polio as a child and have the effects to the present day. Do you know anyone who has had polio? Do you know what an "iron lung" is? You live in a world where many of the childhood disease are almost totally absent. Are vaccines perfect? Nope, but they are much better than the diseases that they prevent.

      April 22, 2012 at 04:45 | Report abuse |
  7. LastoftheZucchiniFlowers

    Having had full blown measels in 1964 at age 8 (along with every other kid I knew), I VIVIDLY recall being violently ill, almost delirious with fever but mom gave St. Joseph's aspirin for children, routinely, pushed fluids and made me sleep on the living room couch so she could watch me during the day while she did chores. Pediatrician came by each night to check on me (and likely many other neighborhood kids). We worshipped him and he never scared us. I recovered, but there were TWO kids in our county who DIED from encephalitis complications. Measles is NOT a benign childhood illness and the MMR does NOT cause autism. The charlatan who postulated that quakery has been disgraced, AND the link is now being discovered to be more of a genomic condition. The more we learn about genomic medicine – the smarter and better our children's health care will me.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • janelle

      And the latest research has found a link between obesity in the mother and autism. Not weight gain while pregnant, but women who were obese when they became pregnant had a much higher occurance of autism.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Holly Jr.

      Really Janelle? this is the first i've heard of it, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least.
      do you have a link?

      April 19, 2012 at 21:14 | Report abuse |
  8. mommytoane

    IMO not vaccinating is stupid. Are we trying to relive the days when things like polio, measles, and typhoid killed all our children? To me, its neglect. There are so many children out there that CAN NOT be vaccinated due to allergies, and then there's the careless ones that believe autism is linked to vaccinations...but really. Lets think about this. Murcery levels in vaccinations are supposely what causes autism. Murcery isn't in most vaccinations anymore. It was in the 50's and 60's tho. Don't you think we would have had a huge outbreak in that time era? Der. Its ignorance and stupidity. CHILDREN NEED VACCINATIONS. Period.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      Would you also feed them the same and allow the unsanitary conditions that existed during the plagues? The biggest contributor to decline of these diseases is better neutrition and sanitation.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:59 | Report abuse |
    • Farhan

      Paul - that is patently false. Smallpox was eradicated, by the grace of God, due to the vaccine against smallpox. Vaccines can eradicate diseases entirely. You are spreading falsehoods and ignorance.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Paul-
      Care to provide a shred of evidence that "improved sanitation" lead to the eradication of small pox, measles, and polio in the US? What you're doing, Paul, is called "conflating the evidence." You've read somewhere how improved sanitation had dramatic effects on one disease, say cholera, in one place, say India, and now you're applying that conclusion to all diseases in all places.

      This is the sort of pseudo-logical reasoning that plagues the conversation, usually with someone yelling "Do your own research! Don't listen to your doctor; ask the Googles! The Googles will show you the evil truth!"

      April 19, 2012 at 19:36 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Paul, this is where 'critical thinking' is a necessary skill. You ain't got it.

      April 19, 2012 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
  9. HouseDoctor

    Did the people that contracted these 222 cases get vaccinated? Hmmmmm,
    Forget the Autism debate- thats as moronic as –HFCS "Your body cant tell the difference" (as a Biologist-Chemist I can unequivocally attest ) is NOT true: your body knows the difference.
    Back to point: Those people that are immunized are protected , right? So why do you care if someone doesn't ?
    One more anticipatory interjection: I have contracted every disease I was immunized for and am glad. Every experience your body has with foreign invasion helps to make you stronger as you get older- in fact I have first had experience that Mast Cell Tumor invasion can be treated and cured by purposely getting infected, boosting your mast cell immune response and lysis of cancer cells.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl

      Fake HouseDoctor said: "Those people that are immunized are protected , right? So why do you care if someone doesn't ?"

      No. Had you basic knowledge of these things, you would know that there are:
      1. Babies too young to receive some vaccines.
      2. A small fraction of people for whom the vaccine does not work.
      3. People who can't get vaccines due to immune disorders.

      On top of that, you have a complete lack of moral sensibility if you think it is OK for little kids to die because their ignorant parents chose not to vaccinate them.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:08 | Report abuse |
    • Wrong

      Immunizations DO NOT confer 100% immunity. Look up 'Herd Immunity' to understand why this is a big deal. If everyone gets vaccinated it is very unlikely to contact the disease, someone for whom the vaccine is not effective is still protected. Once people stop getting vaccinated and start contracting the disease, those who are not protected by the vaccine, up to 5% have a much higher chance of contracting the disease. Your choice should not endanger my health.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:09 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      I like this line of reasoning. It's just about time the government started banning people's choice not to get vaccinated. While we're at it they should force people to stop drinking since about 50,000 people die each year from alcohol related incidents. Also I think's it's important to ban cars since 60,000 people die each year in accidents. And since (per FBI statistics) 60% of police who are murdered are murdered by African Americans, is it time to ban them as well? What the CRAP!!

      April 19, 2012 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
  10. Joel

    This is what happens when we are 3 generations removed from children routinely dying from communicable disease. People forget. My grandmother lost 3 siblings to measles – but this is now ancient history. Instead people call it "harmless". Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a glimpse of the future, as we lose herd immunity that our parents and grandparents fought so hard for. We are so foolish.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jo Ann

      Exactly! My mother grew up in the early half of the 20th century and also lost family members to "routine" childhood illnesses. She said she cried with joy when the polio vaccine came out, knowing her children would not have to suffer with a disease she had seen kill and disable.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Polio was almost unheard of before we started eating purified sugars. Every wonder why most polio survivors exhibit blood sugar problems? We CAUSED the problem that was "fixed" by medical science so we could go on consuming purified sugars. Give good food a chance.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:13 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Polio was most certainly not unheard of before we started eating "purified sugars." I'm sorry, but that's just nonsense. Actually, I'm not sorry. Have you asked yourself if that statement makes sense? At all? (HINT: It does not.)

      April 19, 2012 at 19:43 | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    With so many parents failing to immunize their children, what is the risk of an eventual outbreak of polio? That one would really get people's attention.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kyle

      The attending physician at the teaching hospital I went to school at had Polio as a child, he was from India, and it paralyzed his legs. Polio still exists and all it takes is travel from these areas that are still endemic to cause a new outbreak.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
    • Kalashnikova

      The risk of a polio outbreak in the United States?

      It's certain to happen; the only question is when, where, and how bad.

      Most people my age don't know what polio–or what an iron lung is. People who went to school with kids in leg braces, or had parents that did, are more likely to realize what a threat polio (or any other viral disease) can be if vaccinations aren't kept up. Most people think a pill will cure everything short of cancer. (Another thing we're in for soon: outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections due to antibiotic abuse.)

      Maybe if it was phrased as a terrorist threat; I remember people got plenty scared over anthrax.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Polio was supposedy eradicated in India last year but there were over 47,000 other reported paralizations atributed to the program. The CDC says that the vaccine itself can cause a related paralysis. ALL major polio and paralysis outbreaks in the last decade were in areas where concentrated polio vaccinations were conducted!

      April 19, 2012 at 19:10 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Provide citations, Paul. And not spurious ones; real ones. Bet you can't.

      April 19, 2012 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
  12. Joel

    Here's why you care that as many people around you are immunized, even if you are. A) You can't vaccinate newborns, who frequently visit pediatricians offices – the same ones where nonvaxed kids seeking treatment from measles will be. B) Immunity is not always life-long for everyone. It can degrade over time. C) Some people cannot be vaccinated due to allergies or other medical conditions; they rely on everyone else to protect them. Voluntarily refusing to vaccinate is to abdicate your social responsibility, intentionally freeloading on others' immunity.

    April 19, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Joel

    No, every experience you have with an infection does NOT make you stronger. I'd like you to talk to my father, who is struggling with shingles (a result of childhood chicken pox) if you genuinely believe that.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. DC

    Thank Jenny McCarthy and her idiotic crusade against vaccines for this.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Casey

    First I would like to have heard where the people were when the contracted the disease and brought it back to the US. The final paragraph mentions where measles might be in Europe, but not where the people involved in the cases were. Also when speaking of the 13 year old boy who died it should be "an" not "and," also do not start a sentence with "But" if avoidable. The reporting also feels bias towards getting a vaccine, brushing over reasons against it and not giving any specific reasons for saying no or consequences from getting the vaccine.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kyle

      This article wasn't about vaccinations, it was about measles outbreaks that are largely attributed to people failing to vaccinate.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      They brushed over the reasons to not get vaccines because those reasons are all bu||sh!t. Unless you have some kind of specific condition which contraindicates vaccination, you should be vaccinated.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Kyle – they don't vaccinate in Mexico.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • rex

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Mexico has the same access to vaccines that the US does and anyone who actually takes their kids to the clinic gets vaccinated.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse |
    • ann

      Yes they do vaccinate in Mexico. It is mostly eliminated except for a few cases imported from other countries.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:44 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      THOSE DIRTY EUROPEANS!! So French = hairy pits on women AND no vaccines?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:09 | Report abuse |
  16. luke

    When you see the number of illegal children coming into this country from all borders, the health department agents should do a "Check" to report the measles and hosptals should do the same. I am sure the hospitals are. THe danger with the measles exposed to pregnant women is the baby IS in danger. Young men and women who are exposed and break out are also at great risk for becoming sterile. If you care about your family and schools where illegals attend, that other child who came down with the measles at home, just spread the danger further.. CDC and WHO should step up and make strong measures to ensure the safety of All of us. As far as Autism, I think McCarthy is off base. I would believe that if mother has carried that fetus for 9 months, her eating habbits have a lot to with it. I can't understand why a pregant women would drink diet soda and drinks, and add artificial sugars to anything?? THe weight you gain is also important. Case in point, I know of mother who gained only 7 pounds! When her daughter was able to interact with other children, she couldn't, she
    had massive speech problems and walking was strained... Autism? Maybe, but the mother is too proud of her figure to really check things out. That is nother to be proud of.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      Your quaint mix of thinly-veiled racism, pseudoscience, and wildly-speculative, anecdotal thoughts on the causes of autism made me smile.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      I do know that Hannah Polling was awarded 1.5 million dollars when a federal judge agreed that her autism WAS caused by vaccines. Her dad, a NEUROLOGIST, was pleased. Don't worry though, big business Pharmeceutical ALWAYS has your best interest at heart.

      Your thinkly veled attempt at biting sarcasm is fail and did not make me smile. Smile on MacDuff.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      And now all vaccine makers have legal immunity from being sued if their products cause harm! Sounds real safe to me! Would you buy a car if the government says you can't sue the maker if it is defective and causes an accident, when the maker KNEW it was defective? Would you buy baby food if you had no legal recourse if the maker "accidently" put poison in it?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Moron, the reason that the fund was created was so that manufacturers of vaccines wouldn't simply stop making them in this country. Had the government NOT stepped in, the pharmaceutical companies would have had no choice but to stop bothering to manufacture vaccines. It's not profitable enough for them to do so when there's constant costly litigation against them. We'd have had to import vaccines from places like China. Think THAT would be better?

      April 19, 2012 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
  17. holly

    ...what a surprise as millions upon millions upon millions of illegals network across the USA. what did anyone expect? ...NumbersUSA... is actually doing something about this. look it up

    April 19, 2012 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dangado

      Except it's clearly stated that this was due to travel outside the US

      April 19, 2012 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      dangado, don't confuse him with the facts!

      April 19, 2012 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Facts? What facts?

      April 19, 2012 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
  18. wemustdissent

    Thanks Jenny McCarthy!

    April 19, 2012 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. lauren

    12 months?... vaccinating a baby is stupid. if you do it then you have no clue how vaccines work. babies have no immune systems to respond to what you're injecting. none. your pediatrician is training you to be obedient and ignorant, and then stabbing your baby with a needle.
    our immune systems don't start functioning until around 4 years old, the same age that babies average stopping breastfeeding at around the world. breasts are a babies ONLY immune defense system.
    start reading real science people. start taking your babies health seriously, and educate yourselves.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      You are WRONG, lauren. If you were correct, then non-breast fed pre schoolers would drop dead of the common cold. Given that they do not typically do so, they must have functional, if immature, immune systems.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Interesting to see how far complete fabrications can go.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      I suggest you start reading science and not propaganda sites. Premature babies are sent home, and a very large majority of premature babies are fed formula since breast milk is insufficient for nutrition. Not to mention the huge number of women who don't WANT to breast feed. They are not walking around with no immune system, people who are in that condition are placed in plastic bubbles you moron. Vaccinations are spread over the life of a child to prevent the most common preventable diseases for that age group and they are given boosters because the immune system needs multiple challenges to form memory cells. Stop spreading your lies and go get an education.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:21 | Report abuse |
    • rex

      yes, of course. All the doctors are wrong. but Lauren, on the cnn forums, has the real answers and the "real" science. whatever that even means.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:27 | Report abuse |
    • janelle

      If that were the case, please explain how 40 years of vaccinating babies has eradicated the disease from our country instead of increasing the death rate of babies from measles.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:55 | Report abuse |
  20. Dean

    Along with the increase in measles amd mumps, Pulmonary tuberculosis that was once wiped out is now making a great comeback. Many companies now have mandatory skin tests for TB. One more thing we can thank our illegal aliens for.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mel

      Don't forget Whooping Cough. That's making a comeback too.

      April 19, 2012 at 20:06 | Report abuse |
  21. The_Mick

    222 cases and no deaths reported! I'm ALL for the vaccinations, but I've always been amazed at how measles has been painted as if it was a scourge of the earth! When I was a kid in the 1950's, if a kid in the neighborhood caught the measles, EVERY mother on the block was sending her kids who had not yet caught the disease to go play with the sick kid. It was considered the parents' duty to see to it that their kids caught measles before they grew up: when it is much more a threatening disease. The same for mumps, German measles (Rubella) and Chicken Pox. And when I caught those diseases, I was typical and was never covered with splotches as bad as the kid in the picture and they were not illnesses where you felt in any serious danger. The worst was Chicken Pox because it was so itchy but you couldn't scratch it or else it could disfigure your skin with "pockmarks".

    April 19, 2012 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dangado

      That practice was dangerous at the time, but not well discussed. While it did work for a lot of people (the same way vaccines do) and keeps protecting when kids grow older, it does not work for significant portion who can get encephalitis or other additional complications to "just" the Measles.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:55 | Report abuse |
  22. lo

    It is really sad so many people are falling for this. SANITATION, NUTRITION & BED CARE GOT RID OF MEASLES, NOT VACCINES< just like Polio, RESEARCH IT!! The govt has shelled out over 8 BILLION DOLLARS to families regarding vaccines & autism. 27 people? 27 people is an all time high? A death out of every 1000 kids? Seriously? We used to be a nation that understand getting sick made people stronger, now we won't even allow our kids to have a fever – which is what kills the deadly bacteria & viruses a fever is meant to take. FALLING FOR BIG PHARMA LIES IS WHAT IS STUPID!

    April 19, 2012 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      You are WRONG, lo. Study after study after study proves it. Big Pharma makes very little money on vaccines, so little there's concern that supply won't be great enough. This is not a grand conspiracy. I can't believe this sort of pseudoscience is threatening the crowning achievement of medical science. Madness.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
    • Jo Ann

      No reputable research supports your claims.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Brown

      "Big pharma" doesn't make any money on vaccines.

      In 1954, the beginning of the Salk polio vaccine trials, there were over 38,000 cases of polio in the United States. Ten years later, there were 122. The polio vaccine prevents polio. Period. The end.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:59 | Report abuse |
  23. HumeSaves

    Damn. Due to Jesus, et. al, I may end up getting a disease that has nearly been eradicated at one point...

    April 19, 2012 at 18:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Allen

      What are you talking about ? If you get vaccinated you can NEVER get the disease right? I mean, it would be stupid to get injected with a bunch of crap that doesn't work wouldn't it?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
  24. Christina

    Here is what nobody is addressing in all the comments I've seen, the haters and the supporters. Why are our children being subjected to over 3-5x the number of vaccines that we were only 30 years ago? While I support the vaccination for basic diseases that cause death in children and severe deformity (polio, Measles, rubella, etc) our society has gone above and beyond vaccinating for any and everything. Look at the flu vaccine, the rotovirus vaccine, now the chicken pox vaccine and on and on...Have you ever thought that it isn't the vaccine itself but rather the number of vaccines that are now pushed on parents to give their children from birth to 1 year?? Do we really expect our babies to not be impacted. Their little immune systems are so delicate during that period, but yet we expect them to be able to handle over 15 vaccines in a 3 month period of time. That doesn't make any sense. Yes vaccines prevent horrible disease and to discount them entirely is silly, but good things come in small doses. The key word there being small! You can always be selective and space out your vaccines. Get the essentials and so no thanks to all the others.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wemustdissent

      Christina, as a reasearch scientist who works at a non-profit developing vaccines let me state catagorically that your statements are not based on fact and are actually incorrect. You are basing your statements on nothing other than what you consider to be common sense. Babies are small therefore immune system is delicate. Great. Happens to be not true at all but sure does sound good. Please do not do that, it actually ends up causing a lot of suffering.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      "Yes vaccines prevent horrible disease and to discount them entirely is silly, but good things come in small doses. "

      Rephrased. Yes, scientific evidence has demonstrated the efficacy of vaccines but then again I can come up with pithy homespun statements so perhaps we shouldnt use them. Please. Tell me Christina is it the mixture of toll-like receptor agonists with TH1 adjuvants that concerns you? Is it the combination of repressor T-cell immunity coupled with the TH2 response? Oh wait no its none of that, its good things come in small doses. Brilliant.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:40 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Y because pharmaceutical comps fund our government and our studies and these people on this message board believe these studies conducted and funded by pharmaceutical comps.

      Yes, I am American born and raised. But, we Americans especially mid-america r just dumb for believe this crap!

      April 20, 2012 at 00:51 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Christina, I would really preferred to get a chicken pox vaccine than the chicken pox, which I did get when I was three years old. Oh that itch! If I can spare my kids from that by vaccinating them, I'll do it. And I did do it too

      April 20, 2012 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
  25. amanda

    wow, all those people who believe that the vaccine causes autism... come on, there is no PROOF or EVIDENCE! so because you dont want the vaccine you are putting others at risk for contracting the highly infectious disease. i hope the US escorts you out of the country if you choose not to get the vaccination!

    April 19, 2012 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Allen

      I do know that Hannah Polling was awarded 1.5 million dollars when a federal judge agreed that her autism WAS caused by vaccines. Her dad, a NEUROLOGIST, was pleased. Don't worry though, big business Pharmeceutical ALWAYS has your best interest at heart.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:02 | Report abuse |
    • VladT

      Looks like Allen discovered "copy and paste." 😀

      Bravo, good sir

      April 20, 2012 at 06:52 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Amanda where is the proof they do not?

      April 21, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
  26. VaccinesWork

    I wish vaccine deniers would also deny any other wonders modern medicine has brought. It's only natural selection.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PLZ

      Yes, moron...because I choose to deliberately not expose myself to known toxins that must also mean I'm against all technology. What a ridiculous argument, go chew on some asbestos. Just keep following the crowd and doing what you're told.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:53 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      I deny the effectiveness of Actos, Lexpro, Prozac, and Zoloft. I deny that Shaniah Rolle benefited from vaccines. I deny that Hannah Pollings autism was NOT caused by a vaccine as a federal judge agreed her father that it WAS. I deny that the medical industry always has our best interest at heart. You're welcome to trust big Pharmaeceutical business with your life all you want. I deny that this is the best way to proceed.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      By all means, trust a federal judge rather than thousands of epidemiologists. Be that special person who has the True Facts and tell that truth to power. But when you threaten my children by weakening the community's herd immunity, I'll fit you every step of the way. Your rghtt to persist in ignorance and pseudoscience stops at my children's health.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:14 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Just a few years ago, main stram doctors were calling people who promoted vitamind D as quacks and snake oil salesmen. Now, they are ALL jumping on the bandwagon. I have seen this happen time after time. The mainstream medical establishment says that you need this modern drug to be healthy. They are proven wrong time after time. Mu doctor said I needed to take medicine for high blood pressure, type Ii diabetes and to lower my cholesterol. Never once did he say quit eating all the CR@P that poses for "food" in the stores. I stopped eating anything with high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, splends, msg and any other chemical additive that I could. I started supplementing with known good vitamines and minerals. Lo and behold, I lost 45lbs, my triglycerides went from 170 to 110, my blood pressure is now in the normal range and my A1C is in the normal range. The point is, just because a doctor says something doesn't mean it is the ONLY way! Oh, and I have never had a flu shot and never had the flu, even when those around me are sick with it.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:28 | Report abuse |
  27. RobK

    Celebrities always know what's best for us...

    April 19, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. NorCalMojo

    When you import half the third world, you get third world problems.

    First TB,now measles.

    Go figure.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wemustdissent

      TB currently infects 2 billion people NorCalMojo, its a global health problem...which means its all of our problems. I wouldn't just slap a "third world" label on it and act like we should be ignoring it or just trying to shut our borders down. Global health is and should be our concern.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      When nutjobs in the US don't vaccinate their kids the US gets third world problems.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:44 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Well to be fair SurRy there isn't currently an effective vaccine against TB. There is the BCG vaccine based on M.bovis they use in Europe that is protective through childhood but that vaccine is not used in the United States. None of us (none natively born anyways) are vaccinated against TB. Hopefully we can get a little more attention drawn to that problem considering TB currently infects 1/3 of the worlds population. Its not a fringe thing.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
  29. kyle

    The boy in the picture looks like some giraffe hybrid.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Ani

    I have had measles twice, growing up in India, and I had been vaccinated as a child. It is usually a non-lethal disease and takes its own time to cure, and usually does not need much medical attention, if at all. In extremely rare cases, however, it can get complicated and lethal, just like any other "normal and harmless" disease can. Vaccination only REDUCES the chance of contracting measles, but does not guarantee against it. It is highly recommended that children be vaccinated with MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella), and any association of it leading to Autism is nonsense and unscientific.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fiona

      Ani, you cannot get measles twice. You may have contracted an infection that caused a rash and fever that looked like measles, but I assure you it was not measles. If the first illness was in fact measles, your body had - and has– the necessary antibodies to ward off another case of it.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:46 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      And yet you WERE vaccinated. A strain that wasn't covered? Or maybe the vaccine was out of date or a bad batch? No way, the medical industry is always right! Expecially when CNN talks about it.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      The second time you get the measles, its called shingles.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Allen no one claims that vaccines are 100% protective, just something on the order of 90ish percent usually. Don't try to pretend anyone is making that claim. Human immunity has enough genetic variance that it is impossible to make a "perfect" vaccine that will trigger a memory response in everyone.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Wow, the disinformation here is appalling.

      First of all, it's true, you can't get measles twice. You probably had something else the second time.
      Second of all, shingles is related to chicken pox, not measles.
      Vaccines are 20-100% effective in 80% of the population. For 20% they don't work at all.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
  31. Fiona

    I had measles as a kid (and was born after 1957, thank you). I remember it being like a flu with a rash. The ral danger has always been for unvaccinated pregnant women, as exposure can damage the fetus. Why is that not mentioned?

    April 19, 2012 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katie

      You're thinking of Rubella, or German Measles. That's the one they test pregnant women for, to see if they've had it.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • janelle

      It's not unvaccinated pregnant women, it's all pregnant women. While you are protected if you are vaccinated, your unborn child is not, and the measles virus can cause developmental, neurogolical and a host of other birth defects in your unborn child, even death.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:02 | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      Different Measles. Rubella (German Measles) is the one that causes birth defects. It is actually a much milder disease than the one this article is talking about. People don't die from German Measles, and the only reason we vaccinate against it is to prevent pregnant women from being exposed. It is one of the things that gets me so fired up about vaccinations. Parents choose not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine, saying it is their choice whether or not they protect their child and they would rather take the chance that their child could contract the disease than get the vaccine, yet MY unborn child could have birth defects thanks to your negligence. Choosing not to vaccine your children affects us ALL! I couldn't wait until my children were old enough to get the vaccines, I was so scared they would be exposed by some dumb idiot who didn't vaccinate before they were old enough to get their shots!

      April 19, 2012 at 19:22 | Report abuse |
  32. nnnnnnnnnnnn

    geee i wonder why traveling is mentioned as the main cause? no couldnt be that the tsa doesnt change their gloves after each grope down.. nows your chance to fire back crab revenge dot com.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Allen

    About a third of the people at work get the flu when they get vaccinated. I opt out and I don't get it. Whatever. Vaccines are the bread and butter of the medical industry and the AMA (a TRADE organization, NOT a quality review board) will fight to legislate or mandate their products so they can make MONEY any way they can. The bottom line is MONEY. As many drug lawsuits as there are I'm extremely surprised at how naively positive many of the responses are for vaccines. It's a medical product just like Actos, Prozac, Zoloft, or Lexapro. Don't get ANYTHING injected into your body if you don't absolutely need to. There are plenty of people that don't need vaccines. There are people with natural genetic immunity to AIDS and the Bubonic Plague for crying out loud. If you get sick a lot, get vaccinated if y

    April 19, 2012 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • medic

      Allen, do the world a favor and don't immunize your children. Hopefully they'll die and your low IQ genetics will be removed from the planet.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:54 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      No, vaccines are NOT the bread and butter of the medical industry. They would make FAR MORE money treating thousands of people getting measles!

      April 19, 2012 at 18:55 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Wow, you are quite obtuse my brother. As my father always said: There are no stupid answers, just stupid people.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:02 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Joel, they make a lot of money treating the chronic diseases cause by the adjuvants in vaccines. Why do you think the German ruling class and military get vaccines with less adjuvants and other seriously bad things in them than the regular population? Why do you think squalene was added to vaccines given to US troops when it is illegal in the USA?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:35 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Well, clearly! To cause, in a tiny percentage... Uh... A chronic disease, maybe, except not really. ... Um. If I was paying someone to come up with a money making conspiracy, and that's the one they brought me, I'd ask for my money back.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:52 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Well, of course, YOU would, but folks like Paul are idiots.

      April 19, 2012 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
  34. Mike

    "People born before 1957 don't need to be vaccinated. It's widely believed that they either had measles – or were exposed to it."
    ...
    "Between 2001 and 2008 there have only been two measles deaths confirmed by the CDC – a 13-year-old boy with and underlying condition, and a 75-year-old international traveler."

    A 75-year old? Hmmm. My math skills might be a bit rusty but... you know.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fiona

      Mike, did you miss the "international traveller" part? That 75-year-old may have grown up in any country(measles being more prevalent in some places than others), or may have had some natural immunity to measles that kept him from getting it when he was young, but did not protect him as an elderly man with a compromised immune system. When it comes to vaccines, the older you are the more you shoud weigh your odds before getting the shot(s). There can be complications.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:57 | Report abuse |
  35. Josh

    Will these people now get shingles, later on in life?

    April 19, 2012 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • medic

      shingles is from the "Chicken Pox" virus. Not measles.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
  36. lauren

    wow, there's not a single scientific response to me, not one. interesting.

    April 19, 2012 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      If you ignore my response, you mean.

      April 19, 2012 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
  37. Katie

    There were NO deaths from measles in the US for the year 2011. The truth is, most children do not die from this disease. They didn't usually die before the vaccine, either. While there may be complications such as hearing loss, they also are not common in children. (Children can also lose their hearing due to complications of meningitis, chronic ear infections, and the common cold or flu. Children taken on an airplane with colds, tonsilitis, or ear infections also can suffer hearing loss.)

    The second truth is measles is MUCH more dangerous in teenagers and adults. When parents willingly put their children through the vaccination process, it's imperative for them to remember that they MUST continue with booster shots for the rest of their lives otherwise they are only delaying the onset of the disease. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children must be prepared for the possibility of them contracting it when they are older and much more vulnerable to this childhood disease.

    The third truth everyone seriously needs to understand is that vaccines neither eliminate the disease nor do they offer a guarantee that a vaccinated person will never get the disease. They don't work with everyone and they don't work effectively with everyone. If you decide to go the vaccination route, the single most important thing you must do is to continue getting booster shots. Your doctor should be able to tell how often you need them – every five to seven years, perhaps, for the rest of your life – and remember to ask if you need one if you are traveling. Measles is uncomfortable for children, but can be serious and deadly for adults.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob Holly Jr.

      Citation Required.

      April 19, 2012 at 22:03 | Report abuse |
  38. lauren

    http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html
    In terms of the benefits of extended breastfeeding, there have been a number of studies comparing breastfed and bottlefed babies in terms of the frequency of various diseases, and also IQ achievement. In every case, the breastfed babies had lower risk of disease and higher IQs than the bottle-fed babies. In those studies that divided breastfed babies into categories based on length of breastfeeding, the babies breastfed the longest did better in terms of both lower disease and higher IQ. In other words, if the categories were 0-6 months of breastfeeding, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24+ months, then the 18-24+ month babies did the best, and the 12-18 month babies did the next best, and the 6-12 months babies did the next best, and the 0-6 months babies did the worst of the breastfed groups, but still much better than the bottlefeeding group. This has been shown for gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory illness, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, and on and on and on. Likewise, the babies nursed the longest scored the highest on the IQ tests. One important point to notice is that none of these studies looked at children who had nursed longer than 2 years. Anyone 18-24 month or longer was lumped into big category. Presumably, the benefits continue to accrue, as your body doesn't *know* that the baby has bad a birth day and suddenly start producing nutritionally and immunologically worthless milk.
    ....etc...
    anyway, baby=no immune system... so why did they get a vaccine?

    April 19, 2012 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      This is WRONG. Babies do have immune systems. They are immature, but they exist and they function. Breast feeding has so many benefits, it's amazing and should be supported in every way possible. It supplements and boosts a baby's immune system, it does not replace it.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:09 | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      These breast feeding studies also don't consider weather it is the breast milk, or the physical interaction with the baby that improves all these things. We do know some antibodies are transmitted through milk, but the rest is pretty bulls**t.

      April 19, 2012 at 20:01 | Report abuse |
    • mary

      This is on the benefits of breastfeeding, not proving that babies have no immune system.

      Think about what you are proposing (babies have no immune system). That would mean most babies would die at birth because they are immediately assaulted with trillions of novel bateria. It really makes no sense. Bacteria reside everywhere. The immune challenge of birth is something like 400x the immune challenge of all vaccine put together. You're using breastfeeding to support something it does not support my dear.

      April 21, 2012 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
  39. Canaan

    MMR IS LINKED TO THE RISE OF AUTISM AND MANY ARE PROFITING AND TEACHING OTHERWISE LIKE MONEY MAKERS DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT SUCH AS ANN SCHUCHAT.

    To note: MMRs began in early 80's. The combination of all three shots in one. The problem? Since early 1980's the cases of autism continues to rise.

    People who were vaccinated in the 80's are Generation X babies (like me). Generation X babies are the carrier of MMR vaccination. Marry another person that is of generation X and what do you get???? A baby already exposed to MMR blood from a mother and father genes. Then, you get the MMR vaccination for this child who already has the MMR in the blood stream from generation X mom and dad and what do you get...an epidemic of autism in the new millenium. It is the reason autism is at a rise and it is the reason many parents have children prepositioned to autism and then it is aggravated with the MMR shot the baby gets at 12 months.

    Dont take it from me, take it from parents who say that either their kid got autism when they got a high fever after the MMR shot or that the child was predisposed to autiusm and the MMR shot's fever made it worst.

    WAKE UP America. If I am wrong...fine!!! But why cant we take the MMR shots separately like the baby boomers did???? Why IMPOSE the MMR shots?? Why not be precautious? I am all for vaccines, I just dont trust that MMR (a triple shot vaccination) is good for any new born child who just entered the world.

    DOCTORS ARE DIVIDED ON THIS ISSUE. BECAUSE THERE ARE NATIONAL CONFERENCES THAT TEACH DOCTOR THAT MMR IS NOT A LINK. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE, ALL POINTS OUT THAT SINCE THE MMR WAS INITIATED IN EARLY 80'S AUTISM CONTINUES TO RISE AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT DEVELOP AUTISM DO HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF HAVING KIDS WITH AUTISM BECAUSE THE PARENT IS AN MMR CARRIER AND THE SHOT AT 12 MONTHS ON THE BABY IS AN OVERDOSE KILL ON THE CHILD.

    Do your research. Dont take it from this reply. Do your research and do not believe the media, doctors, or MMR so-called specialists. If these people really care for vaccinating our children then why not give the MMR shots in seperate shots? It is as if they are keeping something from us and the media is the first to buy in to the nonsense.

    Here endeth the lesson

    April 19, 2012 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      Right, don't listen to doctors, they're just experts on the matter. Madness. Utter madness.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      "Dont take it from me, take it from parents who say that either their kid got autism when they got a high fever after the MMR shot "

      Er no thanks, I think I'll take it from scientists and the actual research.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      And those doctors are paid by...? Ok wahtever, put your trust in big business pharma, they've ALWAYS got your best interest at heart.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:22 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      I am one of those doctors Allen and for your information I work at a non-profit. The vaccine we developed is sold at a loss to our organization.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Do you seriously thin Bayer and J&J would not make truckloads of money selling measles remedies at grocery stores across the US? Vastly greater sums of money than the pittance Parma companies get for the MMR vaccine?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Drug and vaccine development is an incredibly expensive enterprise with your average drug costing about 1 billion dollars to develop. Usually pharma companies have their one big bread winner and that makes then tons of money for sure, what is that money for? Well that money is for recouping the loss in terms of investment capitol that went into researching a cure or treatment for that particual disease. What you don't see when you see company A getting huge profits for drug X is the literally hundereds if not thousands of companies that spent 10s of millions of dollars in investment capitol to develop a drug, failed to do so and lost all that money and their companies. The only company you see is the one that happened to succeed. Yes pharma does make a lot of money but on drugs and usually one drug. Vaccines are often viewed as charity work, often produced at a loss, usually distributed by a governmental agency such as the CDC. They are investments in our future to save net costs.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:30 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      OK, you either never took a science course, or you slept through the whole thing

      April 19, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Just to clarify what I meant about drug development costs versus profit let me rephrase in case it wasn't clear. Imagine a lottery where 100 people pitch in 10 bucks per ticket to win 1000 bucks. One person wins 1000 but that money came from everyones investment. Sure, big pharma companies have billion dollar drugs but understand that the investment capitol collectively spent to research the development of a drug for that reason was a billion dollars. The investment was spread out over many, thousands of, companies all but 1 of which failed. Yeah that 1 company one the lotto, but all those other companies lost and went out of buisness. When you talk about how insanely profitable pharma is its like your claiming that lotto winners are sucking to much money out of our economy. Its a total misunderstanding of the process.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:47 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Get help, Canaan. You're completely nuts.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:50 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      And your medical qualifications are?

      April 21, 2012 at 09:36 | Report abuse |
  40. VACINATE !!!!

    If you pass this dease along, because you did not vacinate you could be a killer. A woman exsposed to Measles during the first three months of pregnancy can lose her baby or have the child born with physical and mental health disabilities. STOP SPREADING THE LIES ABOUT BEING VACINATED!!! Children are suffering from the bloody false internet info taken as the truth! IT DOES NOT CAUSE AUTISM!!!! autism seems on the rise because it is being diagnosed more ofter, than it has in the past 20 years. Common sense people!!! COMMON SENSE!

    April 19, 2012 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DW

      You have got to be kidding, what did they think the problem was when their kid had autism? They are diagnosing it more because it is increasing, just pull your head out of the sand and look around.

      April 21, 2012 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
  41. VACINATE !!!!

    The recent outbreak of Whooping Cough, was also because parents chose not to vacinate. CHILDREN DIED!!!! Needless deaths because of unfounded fears!

    April 19, 2012 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Janet

    My uncle died of diptheria at 18 mos. A 5 year old son of family friends died of measles. My 6th grade teacher's son died of polio and my brother's best friend was in an iron lung for several weeks before making a partial recovery. 10 little babies in California died last year of pertusis; too young to be vaccinated they were exposed by adults who were not aware that their immunity had worn off over the decades and that adults need shots about every 10 years to keep this immunity. I know a family whose daughter recently died at age 45 after a lifetime of infancy; she contracted a disease at 7 weeks that is now prevented through vaccination. Her now 70 year old mother cared for all her life. She never talked; was not toilet trained; was essentially a 45 year old 11 month old baby when she died. Babies used to be routinely born with serious damage from retardation to deafness or blindness from rubella infections their mother contracted in the first 3 mos of pregnancy.

    When I was a kid we all got measles, mumps, chicken pox, german measles etc. And a certain number of kids had lifelong damage and occasionally death from it. Polio was something that struck fear into the hearts of parents when epidemics swept through the country.

    It is easy to be dismissive of the value of vaccinations when you have never experienced any of this.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I call BS

      Or when you're completely insane and think there's a conspiracy around every corner. These nuts who think vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they cause would be truly hilarious in their ignorance if their ignorance didn't cause deaths.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:49 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Thank you Janet. As a scientist who is currently involved in drug and therapy development it is sad to see that how immensly successful these therapies are has lead to complacency. A blase acceptance that has some of the public actually believing that these therapies do nothing. It is nice to hear the voice of reason in the form of memories of what life used to be like before these vaccines became widespread.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:50 | Report abuse |
  43. wemustdissent

    I seriously have to question the sanity of those who would view the findings of the entire international scientific community and subsequent development of therapeutics as some sort of conspricy to make money.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joel

      Thanks for your hard work, wemustdissent. Epidemiologists and related scientists are among the unsung heroes of our society.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • wemustdissent

      Thanks Joel but no need to say that, I do it for the money of course. My big fat 5-figure salary which starts with a 4. Money money monaaaayy.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:52 | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Thanks, wemustdissent. And I might add from another perspective, the notion that Big Pharma is somehow coercing the Doctors is another crock. My wife is a pediatrician. Getting a ballpoint pen with a drug name on it or a free slice of pizza when the drug rep comes by to give a talk (which, by the way, doesn't even happen anymore because hospital policy now prohibits ANY benefits, no matter how miniscule) isn't about to influence her decisions. Do the conspiracy nuts honestly think she's getting bribed to push vaccines? If so, I'd be driving a better car.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:59 | Report abuse |
  44. Mike

    The situation will get better when misguided parents stop refusing vaccinations based on debunked reports of linkage to autism, retardation (thanks, Michele Bachmann) or other conditions, and realize it is the disease that the vaccine is protecting against that is the more immediate, likely, and serious threat.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. wemustdissent

    If you want to look for a country where they are not plagued by BIG PHARMA and see how financially prosperous they are as a result I invite you to look towards Africa.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. wemustdissent

    If you prefer your information in the form of pithy entertainment from celeberties rather than scientists and research then may I suggest at least getting it from here:

    go to youtube and type in this (watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo)

    April 19, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Shahriarzadeh

    I didn't even knew if Measles even exist anymore until last year (2011) both my younger brother and sister caught this disease.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wemustdissent

      The only disease that I am aware of having been eliminated in the populace is small pox. Everything else is still around in some pocket of the world even if it has been beaten back here by vaccination.

      April 19, 2012 at 19:43 | Report abuse |
  48. Jackie

    I was one of the travelers that brought measles home from France last year. In the article it stated anyone born before 1957 did not need to be immunized. This is not true. I was born several years before 1957 and had the 3
    day measles as a child. I still ended up with Rubeola last year and was hospitalized for 3 days.
    Take caution if traveling outside the US.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. MrDifficult

    This is due to an outbreak of stupidity.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Rod C. Venger

    "Last year many U.S. travelers brought back more than they bargained for," said Dr. Ann Schuchat, director, CDC's Office of Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease. "This is the most reported number of cases of the measles in 15 years."

    That's just bullsnot. Given the ubiquity of measles vaccines, it's not Americans that brought measles back to the US. The most likely vector was illegals and other travelers from areas where measles vaccines are not required. This has nothing to do with Americans traveling. We're immune.

    April 19, 2012 at 19:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I call BS

      How are unvaccinated children traveling abroad "immune"?

      April 19, 2012 at 19:51 | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Keep your racist bs out of this. This is affluent white Americans, mostly, refusing to vaccinate their children because of pseudoscientific hysteria, or older travelers who haven't had a booster in many decades.

      April 19, 2012 at 20:05 | Report abuse |
    • Sam Jones

      So, please enlighten me, hundreds if not thousands who come to NY (UN – HQ) via the JFK, EWR and LGD airports from all kinds of nations from around the globe who still have active Measles are illegal aliens?

      How about kids and people who then travel in the same airplane and are in the same airport who get exposed? How about hundreds of Americans traveling abroad including to the countries of third world?

      April 19, 2012 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
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