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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. Sheep for the Slaughter

    Do what the DR. GODs say IDIOTS.

    April 20, 2012 at 03:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PraiseHimOrBurn

      Finally, someone who's making sense!!!

      April 20, 2012 at 05:24 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      Oh, how well thought out, intelligent, and logical. NOT!.

      The sheeple get their ed-ju-ma-cay-shun from where? From bronze age tribal cultures. Yeah that makes sense.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:43 | Report abuse |
    • PEDO BEAR

      All god had to do was proclaim, "My followers, walk off a dock!" and this world would be better off.

      April 20, 2012 at 06:28 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Yeah, who cares about such annoying things as EVIDENCE and carefully controlled, objective, peer reviewed studies? I'll give my kids kombucha tea and they'll have nothing to worry about...

      April 20, 2012 at 07:16 | Report abuse |
    • Selfish

      It can be very selfish not to have your children vaccinated, as you benefit from other vaccinated children in your community not transmitting the disease to your children, but you don't have to take the risk (which is minimal but real) associated with the vaccine.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:08 | Report abuse |
    • jess boldt

      It doesn't matter how much evidence is presented to an anti-vaxer, they are committed to their dangerous and uneducated views.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:17 | Report abuse |
    • PleadSanity

      @PraiseHimOrBurn – have you ever considered the fact that God gave humanity knowledge about vaccines and how to produce them so we can protect ourselves? If everything on this planet comes from God, then so to did the knowledge of vaccines. By not using vaccines, your telling Him that you don't appreciate His enlightenment. Who's gonna burn in Hell now?

      April 20, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse |
    • Rob23Willia

      Vaccinate!

      April 20, 2012 at 09:00 | Report abuse |
    • circles

      @PleadSanity – wait, god gave us the measles and the vaccine? I am confused...

      April 20, 2012 at 09:17 | Report abuse |
    • Jeez

      Let people do what they want with their kids. I'm sure half of the people commenting on here are grossly overweight...but thats okay because they got their "vaccinations". Jeez. PS I have been vaccinated 5x for MMR...why? The vaccine doesn't work for me for the measles portion. Vaccines are good don't get me wrong but they aren't 100% either. In fact 1 out of every 100 people will have the same issue with the measles vaccine (antibodies will not last).

      April 20, 2012 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      I'll bet "Sheep" is the poster 'c' under a new moniker. Still as stupid as dirt and far less useful and attractive.

      April 20, 2012 at 21:23 | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    It's just plain stupid for parents not to get their kids vaccinated. So many parents are afraid to get their kids vaccinated against measles and other diseases because of the very tiny risk associated with various vaccines and don't realize that the risk posed by getting the disease that the vaccine protects against is much greater. I have seen what polio can do in places where vaccines are not readily available. Aftering seeing that, I just can't understand why some parents wont vaccinate their kids. Kids are NOT better off developing immunity by getting the disease. That's why there are vaccinations. GET YOUR KIDS VACCINATED against measles and everyting else that pediatricians recommend. By the way, consider yourself fortunate if you live someplace where vaccines are available. Not everyone in the world does.

    April 20, 2012 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PraiseHimOrBurn

      I've seen what Polio can do as well. If you get polio YOU MAY VERY WELL BECOME PRESIDENT LIKE THAT LIBERAL DICTATOR FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT!!

      April 20, 2012 at 05:28 | Report abuse |
    • Dtlb

      @praisehimorburn are you that big of a piece of poop? You cant even discuss the wellbeing of children without bringing right wing extremist politics into it. FDR a dictator? If his policies hadnt been implemented theres no telling how long or if ever the country would have recovered from the depression. The programs put a lot of people back to work, in fact theres very few people who are related to ro didnt have a family friend who was put back to work through his programs therby allowing them to eat and go to the dr and live a long happy life. Do us all a favor dont get vaccinated and when you retire dont apply for social security or medicare that way youll get sick and die and your idiocy wont be around longer than necessary

      April 20, 2012 at 06:10 | Report abuse |
    • jess boldt

      Well said, Kevin. It's just too bad some people would rather believe poorly made youtube videos over the evidence that vaccines really do save lives.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      It is beyond stupid. It is a public menace. Your refusal to vaccinate your child can kill babies. Just ask the McCaffery (sp?) family.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:25 | Report abuse |
    • Mintmom

      Why is vaccination the ONLY method of protection against disease? You are suggesting that vaccinations be forced upon everybody and that is a foolish mistake. Did you know that there are other methods of protection against disease? Vaccination is not even 100 percent effect, and yet you agressivly support it.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
    • Crocky

      Kevin, I completely agree with you. As a member of the Rotary Club, we have been trying to eradicate polio for many years now as our main global service project. We are close, but not quite there yet.

      It saddens me that there are so many irresponsible parents out there that don't vaccinate their kids. This is what happens when you don't...all those childhood diseases that we thought were gone from the US come back. Don't you want healthy, happy children? Get them vaccinated! The alternative can be MUCH worse...like burying your children.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse |
    • sane

      @Mintmom – condoms are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or desease, seat belts and air bags are not 100% effective in preventing deaths in accidents, the banks are not 100% secure in keeping your money, abstainace from smoking doesn't guarantee 100% that you will not get lung cancer. So...does that mean we should get rid of or not try these things? Your logic frightening.

      April 20, 2012 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      What "better method" do you think you have, Minty? Spill it.

      April 20, 2012 at 21:24 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Now you got me scared, just called to get the kids injected, they might die ya know!

      April 21, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  3. Tani

    While we have been told that we must have vaccines for all of these diseases. Our bodies are made to fight these diseases and more. It is us, who have destroyed our immune systems.

    April 20, 2012 at 04:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin

      Try going somewhere where vaccines are not always available. Once you have seen what those diseases can do, you will want to be the first in line to get yourself and your kids vaccinated.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:12 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      You are an example of stupid is as stupid does.

      If your logic were true, the mortality rate from diseases like these would be higher now than before the advent of vaccines.

      Odds are that you would favor teaching creationism in science classes.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:15 | Report abuse |
    • fishey72

      We had not developed a resistance to measles since the 11th century, more than 1,000 years. So we should just keep dying and trying is what you are saying.

      You can choose to not have the vaccine and take yourself out of the gene pool, along with any others.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:33 | Report abuse |
    • vuffypulva

      If you'd paid attention in middle school science class, you'd know that the entire point of vaccines is to expose your immune system to a harmless version of the virus so that it can quickly eradicate the real virus if it's encountered later. Vaccines work by making your immune system stronger, not by replacing it.

      Oh, and we were "made" to die around age 30 from infectious disease, tribal squabbling, predation, and starvation. Should we go back to living in caves and scavenging the occasional half-rotten carrion grubs, very mindful of the hours of daylight left before the beasts come to carry our children off in the night? Have fun.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:47 | Report abuse |
    • Michael Wong

      The idea that "our bodies were made to fight these diseases" is stupid. It derives from a religious belief that we were designed in some magical fashion to work perfectly.

      In reality, these diseases evolved to attack our bodies.

      April 20, 2012 at 07:10 | Report abuse |
    • Vinny

      Guess you have never taken microbiology.

      April 20, 2012 at 07:47 | Report abuse |
    • t4two

      If you actually believe that vaccines are not responsible for the elimination of measles, polio, mumps, and now even chicken pox & HPV, then you are scientifically illiterate. This is the effect of Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey and other celebs, standing on their pedastals, telling all parents your kids will have autism if you choose to vaccinate them. They are scientifically illiterate as well. The number of infected children and teens is only going to rise because of mis-guided, mis-informed, idiots.

      April 20, 2012 at 07:55 | Report abuse |
    • lolz

      LOL. Tani – PLEASE – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD – NEVER HAVE CHILDREN. In fact, never leave home.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      DOLT.... the diseases there are VACCINES for are the ones the Human Body has NOT been able to fight off or only about 2%. Learn some HUMAN history. instead of my uneducated momma told me this

      April 20, 2012 at 08:31 | Report abuse |
    • LivinginVA

      Before vaccines EVERYONE who lived to adulthood had friends who had died of childhood diseases.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse |
    • nobody

      Vaccines work by triggering our own immune system to create antibodies so it is better prepared to defend itself.

      Nothing more. My children never have to experience roto virus or chicken pox. I will never apologize for that. I was at a party once and there was a roto virus outbreak. It was brought in by a mom who did not vaccinate her child....the kids with the shots...never even had a symptom. But...those who choose, defiantly, not to had kids that lost weight and vomited out of both ends for over a week. One had to go to the hospital for IV....which the mom tried her best to prevent.

      These families are not in our circle of friends anymore.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:55 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      @ElmerGantry – I am a Christian and I like to have creationism taught as part of my daughter's education – at the same time I also believe that all children should be vaccinated (mine is) – and I'm not a an extreme Left Wing Liberal or a hardline Right Wing Conservative. That said, I do get your point, I have Christian friends who live in total fear of vaccines and try to pass that fear on like a bad disease. I also agree with what @Selfish said regarding parents who don't get their kids vaccinated are behaving selfishly and benefitting from those around them. One of my friends who does not have her kids vaccinated travels pretty regularly (at least once each yr, sometimes twice) abroad.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:25 | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      ... and EVERYONE recovered from smallpox and polio without any complications.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Tani, I wholeheartedly agree. @Kevin, A lot of those places where vaccinations are not available are also places who do not have access to quality food or clean water. Those people do not have an immune system strong enough to give them a chance. To compare how the disease would affect a body that has a well-functioning immune system versus a body who is malnourished is completely wrong.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Oh, nonsense. Vaccines prevent disease. Your muling about clean water is just wishful thinking.

      April 20, 2012 at 21:57 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      @Chris and Tani: How have "we destroyed our immune systems", exactly? (No need to thank me for correcting your punctuation, Tani.)

      Go ahead and cite your sources of information that support such a claim.

      April 20, 2012 at 21:59 | Report abuse |
  4. Rain

    Yeah and if you're really unlucky you live somewhere in Africa where they give you the vaccines with used needles. You don't get measles but you get HIV. Some major HIV epidemics in Africa were caused by dirty needle usage during vaccination programs! Also, 40,000 people die in automobile accidents in the US every year. Before there was a measles vaccine only 400 people died in the US every year of measles. Why are we pushing vaccines, but still driving cars that are killing us and the environment? As far as polio goes the majority of people who get polio just have a mild flu and recover 100%. Only 1% of people who get polio are paralyzed from it. In the US in the last 20 years the only cases of polio were caused by the vaccine. The real issue in third world countries is lack of clean water, food and antibiotics. Childhood illnesses are scavengers not predators they only kill the already weak for the most part. Otherwise they would die out along with the fatalities. They need us to live to reproduce so they can live too. In the US you will never see high rates of death from measles because we are too healthy.

    April 20, 2012 at 05:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PraiseHimOrBurn

      Antibiotics are WITCHCRAFT!!! Prayer is the only medicine you need.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:23 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Nguyen

      @praisehimorburn

      This man has had an overdose of fundamentalism, I need 1200CC's of sanity, STAT!!!

      April 20, 2012 at 06:21 | Report abuse |
    • Don

      RAIN said: "Before there was a measles vaccine only 400 people died in the US every year of measles."

      Plus 48,000 hospilization, 7,000 seizures and 1,000 cases of permanent brain damage or deafness per year. If all that could be prevented by two simple shots isn't it worth it? I'm a wuss around needles and I'm all for it.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:52 | Report abuse |
    • sane

      Are you serious? Comparing driving to desease? To help you out, here's a distinction: Driving has benefits, deseases....not. The comparison should be between the outcomes of having or not having vaccinations. If even one life could be saved and there is no provable negative effects of vaccinations, then the answer is simple. Vaccinate. I trust the AMA and the health organizations to make that call rather than a bunch of hysterical stay at home moms or religous nuts.

      April 20, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
  5. PraiseHimOrBurn

    Why should we vaccinate our children if there are so few measles cases? That's stupid. Infecting your body on purpose with "vaccines" 'is stupid. Since the cases are so low there's no need for vaccines anymore. It's all junk science. Polio isn't around anymore because it ran its course, and THE LORD has seen fit to protect us from it. DO NOT VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN!!! IF YOU PRAY HARD ENOUGH AND ACCEPT HIM INTO YOUR HEART NOTHING CAN HURT YOU!!!! IF YOU PRAY YOU ARE IMMUNE!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 05:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clair

      Makes as much sense as anything else we do as a society lol!

      April 20, 2012 at 05:25 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      UNEDJUMACAYTED TROLL ALERT

      April 20, 2012 at 05:28 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      @PraiseHimOrBurn,

      Before you criticize my spelling of uneducated, the spelling was satire.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:33 | Report abuse |
    • fishey72

      Yes! Do not vaccinate! Take yer self out of the gene pool for the goodness of all mankind.

      April 20, 2012 at 05:34 | Report abuse |
    • Paul's thorn

      Please read 2 Cor. 12:7-10.

      April 20, 2012 at 07:54 | Report abuse |
    • lolz

      +1 for fishey72. and the rest can take their brainless jehovah diatribe to the cr4pper where it belongs. take jehovah with you too.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      mo ron.... there needs to be a way to UNvaccinate peeps like u.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:36 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You make no sense. Measels and polio ARE still around. Vaccines are the best protection. We can pray for God to protect us from all of these diseases, but that's not enough. We have to make our effort too. Remember, God helps those who help themselves.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
    • John Q.

      You know, you remind me of the man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, “Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.” But the man shouted back, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, “Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.” But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety. Well... the man drowned. And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God. “Lord,” he said, “I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?” God said, “I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?”

      April 20, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      God blessed us in this day to have scientists who were able to figure out how to develop vaccines. If you believe in Him and are greatful, accept His gift. Otherwise you are no different than the man who prayed for God to rescue him from a flood, only to turn away three boats that offered to give him a ride. After drowning, the man asked God face to face, "Why didn't you answer my prayers for help?" God said, "I sent 3 boats".

      April 20, 2012 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
  6. Using Brain Cells

    I know that this concept of "science" is new to a lot of y'all but let's run through it one more time. Vaccines provide a high probability of not contracting major debilitating diseases that infected, permanently harmed, and/or killed many of the millions of people that inhabited Earth. The reason that measles is no longer a serious problem in the U.S. is because of the vaccine program. Many diseases that can be fatal to the more vulnerable populations have been protected by the concept of "herd immunity". Rain, your argument is flawed on so many levels that it is painful to deconstruct. Cars provide a tangible benefit... you know getting you from point A to point B. Is this a flawed process? Yes. Diseases serve no purpose to humans unlike cars. Also, refer to the history of the Spanish Flu (1918) for the consequences of epidemic disease in America. We are not too healthy. As to Tani, I assume that you are also unaware of anything outside the last twenty years. Our bodies are actually great hosts for a wide variety of diseases. Also, the other living things that we, as a species, are in contact with carry many diseases that are a mere mutation away from running amok. Seriously, you all are allowed to vote?

    April 20, 2012 at 05:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PraiseHimOrBurn

      ARRRGH!! YOUR USE OF LOGIC AND HISTORICAL CITATION HAS DEFEATED ME!!! I'M MELLLLLTING!!! ...what a world...

      April 20, 2012 at 05:31 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      @PraiseHimOrBurn,

      I see that you are not using your brain cells.

      Nice comment Using Brain Cells!

      April 20, 2012 at 05:37 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Nguyen

      @ElmerGantry

      Nice comment? A MAN HAS JUST BEEN KILLED!

      April 20, 2012 at 06:01 | Report abuse |
  7. BetterYouThanMe

    All of you crazy people (PraiseHimOrBurn) don't get vaccinated! I would be happy to see the diseases kill you off. The less of you in this world the better off we (the smart people) are.

    April 20, 2012 at 05:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Nguyen

      Smart? "I" have over 30 doctorate degrees. Even some in the United States! Including doctorology AND doctoronomy. Your comment post name doesn't even have Dr. in it. But despite that, I will agree that vaccines are good, and not getting vaccines is bad. Or so says my 3 week online doctorate course on performing cardiovascular surgery.

      April 20, 2012 at 06:13 | Report abuse |
  8. ElmerGantry

    The comments posted by the sheeple here are so well thought out, intelligent, and logical. NOT!.

    The sheeple get their ed-ju-ma-cay-shun from where? From bronze age tribal cultures. Yeah that makes sense.

    April 20, 2012 at 06:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Nguyen

      Zing! Take THAT Bronze Age!

      April 20, 2012 at 06:15 | Report abuse |
  9. J

    The number of measles cases are probably going to rise in the next few years before they fall again due to the # of parents who are afraid to vaccinate their child in fear of getting Autism.

    April 20, 2012 at 06:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin

      Sad but true. Of course the link between vaccines and autism was based on junk science.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
  10. earthshoes44

    FYI–What this article doesn't say is that there is a new strain of measles which is resistant to the vaccine. It's been under discussion since at least 2010, they just don't like to talk about it. Look it up for yourself and remember– 1)Measles is not life threatening, just inconvenient. 2) Having a kid who got the disease from the vaccine better than ten years ago (and I DON'T mean a minor reaction–we're talking two to three weeks of fun-fun-fun. And, yes, the health dept, where he received the shot, knew about it–their response when I reported it was "Yep. That happens sometimes"), I can tell you that the vaccine is not perfect either.

    April 20, 2012 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Nguyen

      As a doctor, i approve of this statement.

      April 20, 2012 at 06:53 | Report abuse |
    • Rinsewind

      Right, measles aren't life threatening, except for the 2/1000 kids who die from it.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • jmh5204

      I have a problem with your statement that measles is "just inconvenient." For healthy individuals, maybe, although encephalitis can occur in otherwise healthy measles patients. But a person is infectious for up to 4 days before the appearance of a rash, so, about four days before that inconvenienced healthy perosn realizes they have measles. In that time, how many places have they been? How many unhealthy and immunocompromised individuals have they had contact with in those four days? An adult with multiple myeloma? A child with leukemia? Those people CAN'T be vaccinated because there's no immunse system to respond to a vaccine, and must depend on herd immunity for safety, which can easily slip.

      For those individuals, measles would not be an inconvenience. Part of the problem with the vaccination "debate" is that people are selfish. My flu (or whatever else) vaccination protects more people than just me.

      Everyone ask their grandparents what they would have done if somebody had told them they couldn't vaccinate their children. Then everyone take a trip to a graveyard from before the 20th century and stare in horror at the number of dead children.

      AND, no vaccine is perfect. All attentuated vaccines run a risk of contraction. But I'll take the risk knowing I'm most likely protecting myself and others.

      ALSO, please cite your sources on this resistant measles virus. There has been discussion of a possibilty if vaccination rates have dropped, but none of those peer reviewed articles state anything about a "new resistant strain" and very few of them are from 2010 and after.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:27 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      The risk of getting the disease from not being vaccinated is much, much greater than the risk posed by the vaccination.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
    • y

      I like how it's not really talked about, but yet you, random citizen, know this information. l

      April 20, 2012 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    The Jenny McCarthy's of the world, the ones who think vaccinations are "bad" deserve to be wiped off the face of the planet for the threat they pose the rest of us.

    April 20, 2012 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lolz

      Yes, they should take Boehner and Palin with them.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:31 | Report abuse |
    • Logic Alert!

      Don't worry so much about what others do! Trust me, worrying about yourself appears to be a full time job. What danger do unvaccinated people pose to you if your vaccine works? Yeah.... I guess for your vaccines to work you have to have babies injected with enough thimerosal to poison a 350lb man on the first day of life? Sounds like your vaccine isn't the panacea you thought it was, was it? If vaccines are so great and protect you so well, don't worry, be happy!! Let other Americans make the choices they feel are best for their family and you worry about yours. I know the truth hurts that if vaccines worked so well you wouldn't need to worry about playing "vaccines police" mandating people that have objections to some of the ingredients be forced to have them put directly into their bloodstream.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:46 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Believe everything you hear, you should be gone long before me!

      April 21, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Good golly. You're a bona fide numbskull, DW.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
  12. angryersmell

    We need a good rubella outbreak anyway. Weed out some of the dimwits. "But that vaccine could ruin MY CHILD'S life!"

    Yeah. You know what else could do that? Measles.

    April 20, 2012 at 06:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lola

      I had rubella and measles....even though I was vaccinated against measles. I survived both.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
    • monah

      Lola, again, Since the vaccine contains an attenuated (weakened) live virus vaccine it's quite possible that while it wasn't 100% effective for you your body still developed some antibodies to measles and thus your outbreak wasn't as serious as it could have been.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:31 | Report abuse |
  13. Brad Ducoat

    It is quite evident from reading the posts of the tragically misinformed that while vaccines have indeed been an effective way to save lives, even good actions have unintended consequences, and many of those saved by the very action they disdain sadly turned out to be no more to human society than a sample of Darwinism having gone horribly wrong. The interesting part is that those who understand this know who those people are. Those who don't won't understand what I am talking about anyway.

    April 20, 2012 at 07:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. mjg

    the 75 year old was supposed to be immune!? born before 1957- vaccines do not edradicate the disease it only hopefully reduces the the attack of the disease we can all continue to carry the diseases

    April 20, 2012 at 07:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Vinny

    Just say no to vaccine and keep on praying, amen.

    April 20, 2012 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lolz

      Yes, the sooner our gene pool is rid of mentally ill religious freaks, the better. "AMEN!"

      April 20, 2012 at 08:20 | Report abuse |
  16. Grob Hahn

    Of course it's the US Travelers bringing this stuff back with them. There's absolutely NO possibility that it could be coming in with all those illegal border jumpers. Could it? Nope, no way no how. All we get from them is Hispanic family values and people to do the jobs Americans don't want to do (because being unemployed is so much better). Time to wake the fook up America. Close the gates.
    Grobbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

    April 20, 2012 at 08:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. cleat

    This is what you get when you let anyone cross our borders- For us to go to other countries, we need to be vaccinated-mainly so we dont bring crap back. up here we have huge somali community- they are not immunizing themselves and there is alwasy an outbreak in their community. be it "religious" or whatever...when you are in this country- get the shots.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. True Story

    To say all people should get vaccinated is not true. It should be a case by case, person by person, and culture by culture basis. Many people on this planet have never been vaccinated and are doing great. Look at some of the aged people commonly seen in Asia, India and Europe. Take care of your body and it takes care of you. On the other hand some people would be better off with the vaccine as their lifestyle is more...adventurous.

    Personally I never been vaccinated as my mother has repeatedly told me. As a newborn I somehow contracted Pneumonia and being unable to afford a return trip to the hospital she took me to her grandmother. I have no clue what was done but once it cleared I to this day have not been sick. No measles, mumps, flu or colds. As a kid is sucked to never be able to play sick and stay home from school (my mother always knew I was faking). But as an adult its the best situation as I can sit in an office with sick people or ride public transit w/o the worry other may have. Again this is just me, my siblings have been vaccinated and are doing fine. Most parent know if their child has a strong body or not. So lets not rush to judge people that don't follow the crowd and let everyone choose for themselves.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cleat

      well you are a lucky one. the funny part is that 99% of the US have never experienced the actual "flu". Almost always ita a nasty coldof some sort. trust me, if we had a REAL flu epedemic, this(any) country would be fooked.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:08 | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      All thanks to the stupid f***s that don't vaccinate their kids. I hope your children are horribly scarred and every day for the rest of your life you have to look at them and realize it is because of how terrible and stupid of a parent you were.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse |
    • y

      It sounds to me if you as an unvaccinated person and your siblings as vaccinated persons all managed to remain healthy through childhood and into adulthood, that this had more to do with your own genetics. Vaccines do not necessarily weaken the immune system just as not vaccinating doesn't necessarily strengthen it.

      April 20, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
  19. Lola

    I was vaccinated in the early 70's and still got measles shortly thereafter. I survived, but the vaccine FAILED.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • monah

      Since the vaccine contains an attenuated (weakened) live virus vaccine it's quite possible that while it wasn't 100% effective for you your body still developed some antibodies to measles and thus your outbreak wasn't as serious as it could have been.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
  20. TAK

    The kid in the picture doesn't have measles. He's ginger!

    April 20, 2012 at 08:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. cleat

    why get vaccinated? "if i get it its my probelm" right?
    Fail
    Same thing as all these outbreaks on a cruise ship- it has ZERO to do with ship cleanliness- its the passenger that drags that garbage onboard because "there is no way i am missing this trip-even if sick..." they spread that crap all ofver the ship, rails, stairs, buffet, elevators...one person- especially the dirtbag sicko that never washes hands, can speread their disease to hundreds.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Argie57

    And this is why I love Darwin. Thinning the herd is good for the planet

    April 20, 2012 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tez07

      except for the fact that many vaccines cannot be given until beyond 6 months of age. Until this point, kids rely on other intelligent people having already gotten their vaccinations and dropping the chance of infection to nill. The problem is that now my kids (for the first six months) are at higher risk because of the moronic decisions of others.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      What does Darwin says about parents keeping their children with down or other disabilities when they know while pregnant?

      April 20, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
  23. Tara

    the US is becoming a 3rd world bazaar. Measels and TB are back. There goes all the progress we made.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Dan Bednarik

    Parents are idiots - get your kids immunized.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Beatle Poet

    Reading the comments on this article is so disheartening. Very few people, even those who feel like vaccinations can be linked to autism (and just because most of us don't believe there is scientific proof does not mean it isn't true. We didn't always know cigs caused cancer, etc) are completely against vaccinating their children. The simple truth is, most parents, knowing nothing about the vaccines that their children will receive, have their children vaccinated from birth with vaccinations they will likely never need. Why does a 30 minute old newborn need a Heb B vaccine if there are no risk factors? Why would you vaccinate a baby who drinks only formula made with purified water or breast milk and who is not a young world traveler against Rotovirus? While this article clearly has undertones that says if you choose to not vaccinate your children because of religious or other preferences (your RIGHT as an America) that you are either the cause of such an epidemic (222 infected people is an epidemic? Or is the CDC slightly blowing this out of proportion) or allowing your children to be infected with diseases they will likely never encounter. Food for thought. And think for yourself people.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • brando

      @beatle poet– no, think for yourself. these diseases don't exist in the u.s. because of vaccines, not despite. just because a person isn't a world traveler does not mean that person may not encounter a third world disease. people from other parts of the world visit the u.s., in case you were unaware. there were 37,000 cases in europe alone, which is hardly the third world. any one of those 37,000 infected could have visited the u.s., came in contact with a child whose parents value their ignorance over medical expertise, and now possibly stamped a death sentence on their own kid. think for yourself indeed.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
  26. Aezel

    All thanks to the stupid f***s that don't vaccinate their kids. I hope your children are horribly scarred and every day for the rest of your life you have to look at them and realize it is because of how terrible and stupid of a parent you were.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xeno

      You would wish this on children? I don't care what ignorant decisions parents make, that you would wish harm to their children is beyond disgusting.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:08 | Report abuse |
    • brando

      xeno– it's evolution. sorry, but the stupidity of parents is often repeated in their offspring. it's natures way of trimming the evolutionary dead ends.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:47 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      I am thankful my kids are still healthy without you poisons!

      April 21, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  27. NotAsItSeems

    Looking at the CDC report it says "Of the 118 cases, 105 (89%) were associated with importation from other countries"
    So it looks like to me that this has nothing to do with the lack of US parents getting their children vaccinated (of course you have a disease problem if you import it)., but more to do with pushing the "vaccinate or we're all going to die..' agenda.
    Nice accurate reporting CNN.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. LivinginVA

    I have a math textbook from the late 1800s. It has questions such as "Mary is 9 and her brother Matthew is 5. If he lives, how old will he be when Mary is 12?" This was the fact of life before vaccines. My father is 94 and can tell you about childhood friends who died of various diseases that we now vaccinate against.

    April 20, 2012 at 08:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Kelly

    Some of these comments are extremely upsetting. Do any of you have children with significant developmental disabilities? I'm not just talking about autism here, either. Until you've walked in the shoes as a parent of a child with delays or disabilities, you have no right to judge. Furthermore, if you all are up to date on your vaccines, and our vaccine program works, then nobody has anything to worry about, right???

    April 20, 2012 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LivinginVA

      Many people – including many with extreme disabilities CANNOT get vaccinated because of contraindications. When people don't get vaccinated because they believe bad science, they put those people at risk.

      April 20, 2012 at 08:52 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Stupidest comment I've ever heard. Vaccines don't prevent you from getting diseases, they offer added protection against and lower severity of those diseases. I can still get whooping cough, it's just less likely of a chance and if I get it, it would be a less severe case of it.

      Anybody who thinks vaccines have been linked to autism need to realize that the dude who did the study came out and said it was a flawed study and invalid.

      But too late for you stupid Americans, you get an idea in your head and you run with it to the grave and defend it no matter the flaws.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
  30. lunchbreaker

    If you don't vaccinate your kids because you think it causes autism, that translates to you saying:

    "I would rather my child die of a preventable desease than to raise a handicapped child."

    April 20, 2012 at 09:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. tez07

    There are no Measels. Most of this is lies or misdiagnosis. Mumps are not all that unpleasant anyway

    Signed Jenny McCarthy

    April 20, 2012 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. ?mark

    I believe in the almighty and also believe that he made us with the intelligence to improve our lives and those of others. I never read a commandment, thou shall not accept science. There is a lot of very scary stuff that modern man doesn't have to deal with because of medical science. It would be nice to keep it that way. Religious ignorance is not obedience to God.

    April 20, 2012 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Lars Babaganoosh

    It's cool if you don't want to vacniate you child. Just be prepared to get my size 12 boot shoved up your candy a--SS when you're little diseased infested rodent brings some whacked out herpes whooping cough to the school because you felt it was your "right" and that you want things to get back to being "more natural."

    April 20, 2012 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DW

      Bring it on Skin Head!

      April 21, 2012 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
  34. Charles

    Since all of you claim to be so smart, how many of you have ever read the insert for the vaccines you have taken, or allowed your children to take?

    Don't claim that you know what you're talking about until you are smart enough to figure out what someone is putting in your own body.

    If you were as smart as your claimed, then you would first read the insert, then do research on every word you couldn't pronounce.

    Until you know what thermosol, and what adjuvuncts are you should stop pretending that you are smart.

    The theory behind vaccines is a wonderful idea; however, the companies who produce these have cut corners. Instead of giving you a small piece of a dead virus, they give you a very, very, very small piece. This would not normally make you immune, becuase it is a fraction of the amount that would normally be required. It works though, because they place adjuvuncts inside the vaccine. This saves them a ton of money.

    Basically it would be like someone selling you a gallon of milk, except they only fill the gallon 1/10 full, and the rest is water. So the companies make a lot more money this way.

    The problem is that many of these vaccines still use these types of chemicals. If you did research on these you would understand why many people would want to stay away from them.

    There are some vaccines that no longer have this, but you need to be smart, and informed. Read the insert of the vaccine before you take it.

    April 20, 2012 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tez07

      Smart enough to know that Thermasol is some over the counter flu drug . I believe you ranting about Thimerosal which according to actual research hasnt been used in vaccinations for some time now.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse |
    • Quixoticelixer

      Except you don't know what you are talking about either. An adjuvant is a substance added to a vaccine to prolong the exposure time of the vaccine to the immune system. It isn't put in there " to cut corners and save money", it actually has a scientifically proven function. And scientists only put small amounts of viruses into the vaccines because these are the exact components that stimulate an immune response in the body. Your immune system only recognizes the receptors on the outer surfaces of the viruses, NOT the entire virus itself. Thus, you only need these small components to recruit the immune system for immunization. Please pick up a textbook on microbiology and immunology before you try to show everyone that you think you know something about the science behind vaccination.

      April 22, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Charles is like some of the folks who post here about the 'dangers' of giving infants 'the same dosage' of vaccine a larger child or an adult would get. They seem to think that vaccines work like antibiotics–that there must be a certain amount of the active ingredient in the bloodstream to be effective and that the "dosage" is dependent on the size of the person getting the shot.

      I wish they'd read something other than the internet for their information.

      April 22, 2012 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
  35. Edward Brenan

    If you were to look at the child mortality rates among the world's nations, you'll find the U.S. in 30th place, yet many of the 29 nations above us with better rates only give a half to a third of the 36 shots we give our kids by the time of kindergarten.

    Also consider that most of the polio cases today come from the actual polio vaccine.

    Finally consider the fact that most of the old diseases that "have been eradicated" were already near bottoming out in # of cases or deaths by the time that vaccines were introduced. What caused these sharp decreases be4 the shots... better food storage and prep methods, refridgeration, better sanitation, better roads, etc. There were diseases such as scarlet fever for which there were no shots and they went down with the same statistical downslope as the ones with the shots. Google "Vaccines did not save us" for more info.

    If you want to read more info, instead of droning on what the mainstream medical community (which is connected quite nicely to the big pharmaceuticals), look up http://www.fourteenstudies.org, and names like Dr. Stephanie Cave and Dr. Sherry Tenpenny or even Dr. Robert Sears (who has written a book on vaccines).

    Finally, just so you know, Dr. Wakefield did not say that the MMR caused autism... the only thing he did was a Case Series.... not a full study... but a case series that indicated that more immediate research was needed. This was the same kind of "study" that was done when thalidomide became a concern. But because 2 other MMR vaccines were previously pulled off the market prior to the Lancet study thereby causing concern among the UK populace, the UK med community needed to make an example of Wakefield to discourage further such studies.

    Okay trolls... go to work.

    April 20, 2012 at 09:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Edward Brenan

    Lars, if vaccines are all you say they are, then you should have no worry about nonvaccinated kids bringing whooping cough to yours. However, you do have the right to be concerned because the vaccines ARE NOT all you say they are.... since many of the outbreaks happen in vaccinated populations.

    Also, you need to read the book Callous Disregard to get a balanced and more accurate view of Wakefield.

    April 20, 2012 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tez07

      except for the fact that many vaccines cannot be given until beyond 6 months of age. Until this point, kids rely on other intelligent people having already gotten their vaccinations and dropping the chance of infection to nill. The problem is that now my kids (for the first six months) are at higher risk because of the moronic decisions of others.

      April 20, 2012 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
    • Angel of light

      Tez007, kids get their first vaccine. (hep b) within hours of birth. They get their first "round" of vaccines at 2 months. The 2nd "round" is at 4 months. Where on earth are you getting you "info"? You are seriously MISINFORMED about this entire subject. You know even less about this than most pediatricians and most of them know next to nothing at all other than "the schedule." Please stop spreading misinformation.

      April 20, 2012 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Angel, you do a great job of selective reading. Tez didn't say "ALL" vaccines, dear, but "many", which is completely accurate. You are the one spreading misinformation and ignoring the facts.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
  37. kashi

    People no longer trust the fda and big pharma and perhaps rightly so. This whole issue of vaccination or not could be so easily resolved if docs, pharma and fda all got behind some sort of "responsible vaccination schedule". If a child is underweight, has deficient immune system or other health issues or if a parent simply wants a more reasonable and scaled back vaccination schedule... simply SCALE BACK THE SCHEDULE, give them one vaccine instead of 5. space them out over more time. give the MMR at 24 months instead of at 18 months when autism symptoms seem to appear. work WITh parents this way and feqrs will be eased...because when docs get all judgemental about not vaccinating, all they are doing is confirming the parents fears and increasing the mistrust.

    April 20, 2012 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Mintmom

    RIDICULOUS! To vaccinated .. or not to vaccinate? SUCH AN UGLY GAME, CAN ANYONE AGREE? I'm sick and tired of it! It's the same arguement over and over again! Yet nothing get's accomplished from it! All I can say is that the hysteria and panic surrounding disease and autism is HORRORENDOUS! Myself on the other hand, I would never insult another person in calling them uneducated because of their decisions. However, when people start forcing other people with the practice of western medicine and vaccination, this makes me angry. Listen to us forcing other strangers and people, thus taking away our freedoms! Onto other issues, let's discuss how everything is completely biased! CNN is baised, vaccination is baised, medical advice is biased, science is also biased. Yes oh yes sience is biased. Especially when the scientific research is funded by the pharmecuticals themselves, doesn't anyone understand this much at all? It's quite similar to the way in which the tobacco industry has funded the anti-tobacco campaign. Big money agressively protects their profits, they don't care about your health or your child's health to say the least!! And that is the ugly truth that CNN does not cover, it is the ugly truth that the "scientific research" won't reveal. So when I have to defend my decisions to my doctor or my employer or to my child's school that I don't want to vaccinate myself or my child, it makes me angry to have to hear the whole biased pro vaccine spool and have it agressively shoved down my throat. Mortal man cannot tell me what to put in my child's body or my own body. Man is foolish and always has been and always will! As mortal men our first mistake is made by trusting the not to be trusted, and our second mistake is voluntarily subjecting ourselves to the 21st century type hollocaust that is vaccinations and "stupid" food. If you nourish your body like an idiot that is where mistakes begin. If you look beyond the biased claims, you will learn that the human body is NOT that complicated! You do not need to attend medical school or be a know it all in biology or chemistry to reach optimum health. My family knows good food, therefore we have been invinsible to the seasonal flu and the "something going around thing."

    April 20, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mintmom

      I apologize for my aggressive approach.. stems from the aggressive responses

      April 20, 2012 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
    • ElmerGantry

      @MintMom,

      You stated that there are other methods of controlling diseases like this. OK, TIME TO FISH OR CUT BAIT!

      Tells us,
      1) what these methods are,
      2) where I can find the peer reviewed studies regarding said methods, and
      3) the efficacy of your stated alternative methods.

      Are you going to fish or sit on the dock and cut bait?

      April 20, 2012 at 21:39 | Report abuse |
    • Eeyore

      Goodness knows, Mintmom, you're certainly not going to be mistaken for a "know-it-all" about biology or 5th grade level grammar.

      April 22, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
  39. Pappa Smurf

    I'm not against vacination, my children have been.

    However for all you people that say this should be forced upon people or worry about a child that hasn't been vacinated bringing something around your children. If YOUR child has been vacinated then what the he!! are you worried about?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Pappa Smurf

    BTW my son did get the C-POX vacine and still caught it, although it was a very light case, very minor fevor, and only about a dozen or so spots.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Sara

    Until vaccines are mandated, we still have a choice. DEAL with it. It is sad that people are so judgmental toward one another. If you choose to get your child vaccinated FINE good and dandy. And if you don't FINE. It is still a personal choice.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tez07

      You cannot yell fire in a theater if there is none. The Freedom of speech has limits in some instances where one individual's behavior can detrimentally affect anothers. Some vaccines cannot be given until a youth matures (such as MMR at the age of 6 months). For those first 6 months, unrelated children are completely vunerable to the decision of other people (people who may not even be sick but simply carry the disease). You want to smoke, go right ahead, I do not like it, but it does not influence me, so I do not care. However, your choice on immunization goes beyone yourself and has influence on the people around you and their families.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • Angel of light

      Tez07...you really don't know anything on this subject so you really should just stop commenting. First of all, the mmr is given between 12 and 15 months, not at 6 months. Second, if vaccines work so well then why are you so scared of the non-vaccinated? Perhaps it's because you KNOW vaccines don't work the way they'd like you to believe they do. If they did work, then why did the whooping cough "epidemic" in CA affect mostly people who were FULLY VACCINATED? That's right...81% of those 18 and under who were infected were FULLY VACCINATED against whooping cough. There is no such thing as vaccine herd immunity. It is a MYTH. And it can only be a myth because HOW MANY ADULTS STAY UP TO DATE ON THEIR BOOSTERS???

      April 20, 2012 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
  42. PLZ

    Vaccines=Joke. Its herd mentality, not heard immunity fools. No science in vaccines, crooked studies funded by crooked companies to brain wash simple minded, dim-witted followers. Keep being cheerleaders for drug companies and keep telling yourselves they are concerned about your well-being and not their profits.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tez07

      Totally agree......I am just thankful that Polio decided to die of its own accord....we sure ducked the bullet on that one didnt we 'ole troll buddy

      April 20, 2012 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • PLZ

      troll? that's a new one, I can tell you're an independent thinker. http://www.whale.to/vaccines/decline1.html Take a look here Einstein.
      How did civilization survive the Black Plague without vaccines...explain that.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • Angel of light

      This reply is for tez07...hey genius, this is from the CDC: Approximately 95% of persons infected with polio will have no symptoms. About 4-8% of infected persons have minor symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the limbs, which often resolve completely. Fewer than 1% of polio cases result in permanent paralysis of the limbs (usually the legs). Of those paralyzed, 5-10% die when the paralysis strikes the respiratory muscles. The death rate increases with increasing age.

      April 20, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Angel,

      You know what? Never mind. I never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes my time and annoys the pig.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
  43. Jim

    Those who do not vaccinate should not procreate.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PLZ

      those who can't think, shouldn't speak

      April 20, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      I agree, PLZ. Why don't you shut up, then?

      April 21, 2012 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
  44. TW

    This middle ground argument "Stop judging each other! We all have a choice! Accept others opinions wahh!" is bogus when it comes to vaccines, because your choice impacts everyone around you. This isn't on the same level as "Should I enroll my kid in after-school soccer or after-school baseball?" There is a correct answer to the vaccine question, and it's sad that there is still a debate over it. Vaccines protect. Period. I believe that anti-vaxxers should be:

    1. educated. If they don't accept the facts, then move on to number two:
    2. ridiculed.

    Whatever it takes to convert or discredit these people, because if this trend continues we may see the revival of some very serious illnesses that should have, for all intents and purposes, died years ago.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angel of light

      I think YOU need to get educated on this subject. Vaccines are not 100% effective and do not protect all...in fact, they even kill some. Some vaccines (the live attenuated viruses) like the measles vaccine can even SPREAD vaccine-strain diseases to others while it sheds for up to a month after administration. Also, vaccine herd immunity is a MYTH. how many adults do you know who are up to date on their vaccine boosters? Are YOU? True herd immunity only applies when the population has had the actual disease.

      April 20, 2012 at 15:03 | Report abuse |
  45. ace

    I just want you to know that my mom took me in for my MMR later than she was supposed to and I showed up for my booster with the measles (about as hard as a severe influenza) fever, chills and sick and rash everywhere. Miserable. I had to delay the booster shot 6 weeks to get well. Then I got a 1/2 case of the mumps during the waiting period. All I did was lay around, sleep, and sweat. It was misery way worse than the measles. The mumps are very real and very bad. I live in an area with a lot of migrant workers and children that were probably largely unvaccinated. That is how I probably got it the dr. said playing at the park or soemething.

    There was no chicken pox shot and I got the chicken pox when I was 18. A very bad case. If I can vaccinate my kids to prevent all of this, I will.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Jen

    The child in the picture is standing and it seems like looking somewhere, fully alert. My healthy child almost died from a series of 6 vaccines she got in the same day.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Angel of light

    "Sounds scary and makes you want to run out and get a MMR vaccine shot, doesn’t it? The only problem with that hysteria is that there have been 698 FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports related to MMR, MMRV (MMR plus varicella) and measles vaccines in 2011 — including 4 deaths and 280 emergency room visits. 698 VAERS reports are almost six times more than the number of measles cases. Keep in mind that former FDA Commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.” (JAMA. 1993;269(21):2765-2768. A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Events and Product Problems). So 698 adverse reactions to measles vaccines in 2011 may be just the tip of the iceberg." http://therefusers.com/refusers-newsroom/6-times-more-measles-vaccine-adverse-reaction-reports-than-measles-cases-in-2011/

    April 20, 2012 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angel of light

      And the above post was just as of May 2011, so who knows how many more adverse reactions and deaths from the vaccine there were...???

      April 20, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
  48. Edward Brenan

    http://www.nvic.org

    April 20, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. danielle

    People. The vaccines that we received many years ago were not as dirty as they are today. The H1N1 Vaccine has caused a great many people to be injured with a brain disease called Narcolepsy. I just finished reading an article that the polio vaccine in India is causing paralysis. Vaccines cause all kinds of damage. The people blogging here about bad people not vaccinating are the ones that will be pay dearly maybe not today, but will later on. Just check out what's in store for us through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, pretty scary!!!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • I call BS

      More alarmist misinformation. I can find a video of cats talking online, too. Doesn't mean cats actually talk, doofus.

      April 21, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
  50. Justme

    Don't you people read the whole article. It says those it affected the the most where traveling abroad. That means most adults don't know if they are immune to measles. Don't blame the parents, blame the adults that THINK they are protected.

    April 20, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
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