Measles outbreaks reported from various parts of the U.S. once again spur debate over vaccination, its need and prevailing myths. At least five babies in the Chicago area have been reported to be infected with the measles and more cases could be reported given the contagious nature of this disease. The babies weren’t vaccinated because they were too young for measles vaccination.

Dr. Ken Haller of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center explained that children less than one year can’t be vaccinated for measles as it doesn’t react well with their natural immunities. Such babies contract measles because the natural immunity they get from their mothers may not be effective in fighting off measles. Once baby gets the measles, it could be of serious concern. Hence it is important that anyone who can get vaccinated, need to be vaccinated.

Another report suggested that 3% of St. Louis children are not vaccinated because of prevailing medical or religious exemptions.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention data released in October 2014 pointed at the lowest kindergarten vaccination rate in the state of Colorado, which was reported at 81.7%.

Tony Cappello, the Northeast Colorado Health Department’s Public Health Director, explained that the problem lies in data itself as the participation size was too small to derive any useful conclusion. Only 350 out of estimated 69,904 kindergartners in Colorado participated in a random-selection survey.

However, Cappello expressed that the available data could be a good starting point to build more reliable data.

With the reports of measles outbreaks, some old myths are also resurfacing about vaccines and their rational need in the current times. People believe that diseases prevented by vaccines are long gone and hence children don’t need them.

However, the recurrence of contagious measles once again spurs debate over the need for vaccination. The disease may not just require hospitalization but could also lead to lifelong brain damage, deafness and even death.

CDC data suggested 644 measles cases in the U.S. in 2014, with nearly 28% children under-5 requiring hospitalization over the past decade.

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  1. Gorianth

    What I see in the past several posts is the ignorance that is causing the debate. Medical exemptions are an absolute necessity. For example, children undergoing chemotherapy or who otherwise have weak or compromised immune systems might well die if they are required to have the vaccine. A physician is the only one who can make that determination.
    What needs to be eliminated are religious and personal exemptions. There are religions which want to “trust in God” and not use the medical community at all. Many children are unvaccinated because of this. When it comes to personal exemptions, there are still many who believe that vaccines cause autism thanks to the report that was published and then discredited because it was based on fictitious data. The journal withdrew the paper and discredited the author, but playmate Jenny McCarthy and other celebrities kept making a big deal about it and refused to accept the truth. Must be better to believe a playmate then the Center for Disease Control when making medical decisions.
    All personal and religious exemptions need to be abolished as it is in a couple of states. I wonder when we’re going to see the first parent sued because their unvaccinated child passed on the measles to another child who died from the disease.

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  2. Thombs.Thumbs

    How about this, You get vaccinated if you feel compelled to. You vaccinate your kids, your dogs, your cats, or whatever else you need to vaccinate to feel safe. Then you let everyone else worry about themselves and their kids, and their dog,and their cat. Mind your business. You’re talking about 644 cases in the United States last year out of 340,000,000.

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    • Seth Rosenberg

      You have no idea what you are talking about. You need to study phase transitions in non-linear systems. Things hold roughly steady until they reach a critical point and they everything shifts dramatically. This insane anti-vax trend is just getting going and we are just starting to see the cracks in herd immunity. If herd immunity really breaks down then the measles or other diseases will reach a huge percentage of vulnerable people.

      Just stop with your typical american combination of scientific ignorance and personal ‘freedom’ to the point where it damages the community and most vulnerable – i.e. self-centered and selfish.

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  3. Seth Rosenberg

    “Apple falling to ground spurs debate over gravity”

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  4. on the other hand

    Just be stupid, get sick, and die please…we need the parking spaces.

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  5. inverse137

    What exactly is the “debate?”

    justification for a small group of people to continue being idiots?

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  6. xiromisho

    We need to clearly remove “Medical” exemption – though the Religious one should be considered… because I don’t actually know of any religion that is against vaccines (blood transfusions, yes, but not Vaccines) – though the only religion i know of that is “against” Vaccines is “Christian Scientists” . (Not even Islam is against Vaccines.)

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    • jase

      So you say ” I don’t actually know of any religion that is against vaccines”

      And then in the next sentence ” though the only religion i know of that is “against” Vaccines is “Christian Scientists”

      So to summarize , YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT.
      To say you do not know of any religions that are anti in one sentence and then in the next sentence claim you do know of a religion that is anti vaccines just reeks of ignorance to me , and probably most people that will read your dribble

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      • inverse137

        Hola Jose,

        You are kind of grating…you know that? Never mind…i’m certain I’m not the frist person to point this out to you.

      • jase

        You have it PERFECT.
        This is the WWW and far to many people take every word to heart.
        Be it words of encouragement or words of hate.
        I have serious concerns about our planet, but i also like to stir up the “crazies”.
        I know it is a bit mean, but i just can’t help myself sometimes:)
        Not everyone see’ things as easily as you:)

      • xiromisho

        So very sorry – I know of “FEW” that have a religious exemption, sans the Christian Scientists. (though I hardly consider then a religion since they believe that prayer can heal all things… cause that worked out so well in the Dark ages).

        Is YOUR Religion one that does not allow Vaccines? Or is your religion just that of a Troll?

  7. jase

    I am not anti vaccines, but i wonder just how easily the disease would be controlled if (like in my days of the 80’s) we just let people get infected and build a NATURAL immunity?
    I had measles as a young teen and survived just fine.
    May be those that are going to get serious complications should be allowed to succumb to darwinism?
    We can not save everyone, and it scares me that the harder we try , and the more of the weak we save ,we could really be causing a massive problem in decades to come with allowing those with weak or damaged genes to survive.

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    • flopdog

      ….allowing those with weak or damaged genes to survive.

      Yes, let’s eliminate vaccination in favor of eugenics.

      (facepalm)

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    • freonpsandoz

      Right. Let’s carry that to its logical conclusion, and get rid of medical care entirely. The strongest will survive, the rest won’t.

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    • Thombs.Thumbs

      Jesus Christ, you should maybe read up on eugenics friend. Notice which jackasses in history advocated for this kind of thought process. FFS SMH. Would you consider drowning kids with CP or down syndrome at birth?

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  8. PieMan

    Could the outbreak be from the millions of illegals invited by Obama??

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    • LivedOnThreeContinents

      Nah, just one idiot. No contagion is more vile and dangerous than a foolish thought in a community of idiots. You are quite clearly infected by it.

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      • flopdog

        “Liberal?” Suddenly those who understand science and mock those who seek to politicize quackery are “liberal?” Even antivax CHURCHES are realizing their errors.

        Remember Laetrile? Bunches of people like you who hadn’t a clue ran to foreign countries to spend their life savings on a useless, dangerous “cure” that was basically cyanide.

        Trying to make illnesses brought about by ignorance somehow related to the president is deserving of mockery.

      • PieMan

        It’s like pissing in the wind with you assholes. You;re all here together tonight.

      • LivedOnThreeContinents

        Who else but an idiot would píss in the wind? Enjoy the taste of your own stupidity.

    • flopdog

      Yep. As soon as one infected person crossed the border in Arizona, those measles, now set free, zipped two thousand miles up to Chicago.

      Obsessed much?

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      • PieMan

        It’s like pissing in the wind with you assholes.

      • flopdog

        Make an absolutely inane statement, and yes, you get pisssed on.

      • PieMan

        And the asshole responded. Enough of you, you’re in over your head. Obama testicle licker.

      • flopdog

        Uh, you are the OP of this thread. You weren’t responding to anyone.

        New at this?

    • steve stanley

      Yes and his invitations said BYOM (bring your own measles).

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    • inverse137

      do you just kind of make up nonsense as you go along or are you working from a script?

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    • feduprepublican2

      Yeah sure. All those illegals go to Disneyland, Pull your head out.

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      • PieMan

        They probably do Obama gave them hotels/tickets asshole.

    • inverse137

      Wait….i’d like to revise my answe..

      No, the outbreak is not from illegals.

      There, does that clear it up enough for you?

      Oh wait..you probably lump tourism with illegals since many tourist aren’t “white.” What about a european tourist? Damn foreigners.

      I’m REALLY curious if you realize how stupid you come across online……

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      • Seth Rosenberg

        I think that your existence shows this statement to be false.

    • freonpsandoz

      They COULD have started it, but it was more likely to be a legal tourist at Disneyland. Regardless, it isn’t being spread now by illegal immigrants, it’s being spread by idiots who refuse vaccination.

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